(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the theft of cattle. The incident took place in the 4000 block of Cumber Road and in the 5000 block of Cass City Road in Greenleaf Township between 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 29 and 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 30. A total of ten black and white Holstein cattle, ranging in age from 5-8 weeks old were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Heilig or the Detective Bureau at 810-648-2000 ext. 2 or 1-800-881-5911.
(AREA) -- Michigan State Police say that 641 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs were dropped off at its posts around the state during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. State police say the collection was with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law enforcement agencies. 29 State Police posts participated. A total of 71.5 pounds was collected at the Lapeer post and 11 pounds at the Caro Post.
(AREA) -- The Michigan House has voted for more restrictions on the sale of stolen copper and other scrap metals. Legislation, introduced by State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City, was approved 98-9 Thursday. It aims to combat scrap metal theft by making dealers keep better records of transactions so police can review them. It also would put certain items off limits to sales without the owner's permission and delay payments for equipment like catalytic converters and air conditioners. The bills now go to the Senate, which has been working on related legislation. A Michigan law that took effect in 2009 regulates the purchase and sale of scrap metals. But law enforcement and others say more must be done to stop a growing problem in cities and in rural areas with farms and railroads.
PICTURED: State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City (left), receives a congratulatory handshake today from state Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, after the House passed Muxlow's scrap metal reform legislation. Kesto headed up a summer work group to hammer out details on the legislation.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has declared November "Hire a Veteran Month" in Michigan. In a statement Thursday, the governor also announced a series of career fairs for veterans. Called "Operation Vet Connection 2013," the fairs will take place next week. More than 100 Michigan businesses have registered to participate. The events are free for veterans, and registration isn't required. Veterans who attend should bring a current resume, transcripts or training records and a photo ID. Snyder says he wants Michigan employers to consider veterans when making hiring decisions and to help returning veterans make the transition from military service to employment. In the statement, Snyder says "the returning heroes bring real-world work experience and transferrable skills to the job."
(AREA) -- Voters in Sanilac County will see three millage proposals and one contested city council race on the ballot Tuesday, November 5.
Croswell-Lexington Schools are seeking to annex into the St. Clair County Community College District and approval of the accompanying millage. If approved, the annexation proposal will save students enrolled in the Early College or duel enrollment programs at SC4 about $100 a credit hour. Peck Schools are asking voters to approve an additional 1.5-mill building and sinking fund millage. If approved, the district says approximately $101,145 will be raised in 2014. The Village of Deckerville is seeking a 2-mill police protection millage renewal, which is set to expire on December 31. The millage will raise approximately $26,840 the first year for the police budget.
Council races are being held in Sandusky, Brown City and Croswell. The only contested race is in the city of Sandusky where four candidates are seeking three seats on the council. Newcomer Brad Harris is challenging incumbents Roger Williamson, Maggie McNiven and Larry Mitchell. In Brown City, incumbents Patricia Jacobson, Bill Walters, and Julie Miller are seeking re-election. Kimberly Rhode and Ellen Brown are seeking re-election to the Brown City Library Board. Croswell voters will see incumbents Rob Butler, Mike McMillen and former council woman Cindy Fockler seeking the three terms on the council. Current councilman Larry Krawczyk is not seeking re-election.
(AREA) -- The House unanimously approved legislation this week that helps curb repeat drunk driving and keeps motorists safer. The measure, introduced by State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township, would help create a sobriety court interlock program throughout Michigan. The program allows repeat offenders to receive a restricted drivers license after installing an ignition interlock device on each vehicle the driver owns or operates.
"An ignition interlock device is a proven method to stop drunken driving and help keep our roadways safer for everybody," said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. "Motorists who continually drink and drive are a threat to themselves and to others, and we must find ways to curtail this type of behavior."
A three-year pilot interlock program in Michigan currently is set to end January 2014. Participants had lower drug and alcohol use than nonparticipants and also had a lower recidivism rate than for other criminal offenses, according to an evaluation released by the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals.
"People with repeat drunken driving offenses still need to provide for their families, and an interlock device would allow them to drive to work while keeping them sober," Lauwers said. "Any program that proves successful in combatting drunken driving should be duplicated across the state, and this legislation is a huge step in the right direction."
House Bill 5021, part of a two-bill package, now goes to the Senate for consideration.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers arrested three people following an extensive investigation into methamphetamine sales in the Port Huron area. The raid took place Tuesday night in the 3100 block of Aberdeen Court in Port Huron Township. Officers seized methamphetamine, meth lab components, marijuana, cash, guns, and a vehicle. The Port Huron Township Fire Department and St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Response Team assisted. A 33-year old Port Huron woman and a 32-year old woman and 44-year old man, both from Port Huron Township, were arrested and remain jailed on numerous drug related charges.
(PORT HURON) -- Two Port Huron area residents were arrested Wednesday night following a pair of strong armed robberies. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the first took place shortly before 5 p.m. in the Kroger Plaza on 24th Avenue. The female victim informed deputies that a man knocked her down, stole her purse and ran off. About an hour later, another strong armed robbery was reported at the Birchwood Mall in Fort Gratiot Township. The victim reported that a man had come up to her, grabbed her purse and took off. Authorities were unable to locate the suspect. A break in the case happened at around 7:45 p.m. when the victim of the second purse snatching called dispatch, stating that when she called to cancel her credit card, she was told someone had attempted to use it at the Admiral Gas Station on Pine Grove in Port Huron. Police quickly responded to the gas station and checked the surveillance video. Deputies recognized the suspect and set up surveillance at his residence on Pleasant Place in Port Huron. Around 10 p.m. the 33-year old suspect was located driving his vehicle in the area of Pine Grove Ave. and Sedgwick. During a traffic stop, the man and his passenger, a 23-year old Port Huron woman, were arrested. The man remains jailed on charges of strong armed robbery, fraudulent use of a credit card, and possession of suspected heroin. The woman is jailed on a charge of possession of suspected heroin. Both are expected to be arraigned Friday.
(SEBEWAING) -- Huron County Circuit Court Judge M. Richard Knoblock sentenced 67-year old George Barrett of Sebewaing to 12 to 25 years in prison Monday. Barrett was convicted of assault with intent to murder, assault with a weapon and two felony firearm charges stemming from a shooting incident March 5 in Sebewaing. Authorities say Barrett attempted to shoot his son, but the gun malfunctioned. His son was able to escape from the home and called for help. Barrett came out of his residence with a police perimeter set up and fired his weapon several times. Authorities returned fire and Barrett was struck in the arm. Barrett will serve 10 to 25 years on the assault with intent to commit murder charge and 2-years in prison for the felony firearm charges. The judge also ordered him to pay $1,100 in restitution to the Sebewaing Township Fire Department for the cost of moving people out of the area when the barricaded gunman call came into dispatch.
(AREA) -- Michigan's nearly 1.8 million recipients of government food assistance are going to have to make do with less aid starting Friday. The reduction will be felt nationwide in November because extra benefits that were part of the federal stimulus program in 2009 are ending. Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps and known as the Food Assistance Program in Michigan, come as Congress considers even deeper cuts. The Michigan Department of Human Services says the average family of four on food stamps in the state will receive $36 less a month. In the Thumb, the 28,219 residents in St. Clair County on the program will lose $2.9 million in assistance next year. Lapeer County has roughly 11,500 residents on food assistance, Tuscola County has 9,830, Sanilac County currently has 7,447 residents in the program and Huron County has 4,365. The U.S. House has passed a Farm Bill that cuts nearly $40 billion in SNAP funding over the next decade. The cash assistance is added to debit cards once a month, so some recipients will notice the decline earlier in November and others later in the month. DHS spokesman Dave Akerly says recipients can call 888-689-8914 to see exactly how much their assistance is declining, but they should wait until after their November benefits are loaded onto their cards.