(SEBEWAING TOWNSHIP) -- A worker was injured at the Michigan Sugar piling grounds in Sebewaing Township after being struck by a semi truck. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the mishap took place around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Deputies report that 63-year old Donald Albrecht of Unionville was accidentally struck by the semi driven by 56-year old Timothy Maust of Bay Port. As the semi backed up, Albrecht became pinned between the piler and semi. He was transported to Scheurer Hospital for treatment and later flown by helicopter to a Saginaw area hospital. The extent of his injuries were not reported. Sebewaing EMS and the Sebewaing Police Department assisted at the scene.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - An organization representing more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada is calling for steps to deal with the recently discovered problem of "microplastic" pollution in the Great Lakes. Microplastics are tiny bits of plastic less than an inch in diameter. Many can be seen only through a microscope. Over the past two years, scientists have detected significant concentrations of the particles in the lakes, with Lake Erie having the highest amounts. Some of the particles are believed to come from consumer products such as body washes, toothpastes and deodorants. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative sent letters Tuesday to federal regulators in both nations asking them to look into the problem. The group also is asking manufacturers of the plastics to phase them out by 2015.
(FORESTER TOWNSHIP) -- A 64-year old Deckerville woman was injured after her vehicle struck an unoccupied farm truck along Stone Road just after 7 p.m. Monday in Sanilac County's Forester Township. Sheriff's deputies say the farm truck, which was hauling soybeans, was broken down on Stone Road near State Road. The woman was traveling west and was temporarily blinded by a another vehicle heading east when she struck the back of the parked truck. Deputies say the woman was transported to Deckerville Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol was not a factor and the incident remains under investigation. Sanilac EMS and the Deckerville Fire Department assisted deputies at the scene.
(PORT HURON) -- A Lexington woman accused of making false allegations of rape has been scheduled to go to trial on December 3 in St. Clair County. 38-year old Sara Ylen appeared for a plea hearing Monday. She is accused of filing a false felony report and tampering with evidence. Authorities say Ylen falsely accused two men of rape last September in her Lexington home and used makeup to create what looked like bruises. Judge Daniel Kelly pushed the trial's start into December at the request of prosecutors, who say that will accommodate the needs of witnesses coming from California. In a separate case, Ylen is charged with four counts of false pretense, using a computer to commit a crime and health care fraud in Sanilac County. She is accused of deceiving an insurance company and the public into believing that she had cancer. Ylen's final pretrial conference in Sanilac County Circuit Court is set for January 27, 2014 with a trial date tentatively scheduled for February 4.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Four out of the seven school districts in Sanilac County earned additional per pupil performance incentive dollars from the state this year. The funding increases are based on Michigan Education Assessment Program test scores and Michigan Merit Exams. Sandusky Schools will see a $70 increase, Brown City Schools will receive $60 and both Croswell-Lexington and Carsonville-Port Sanilac will see a $40 increase per student. Districts receive $30 for growth in math and $30 for growth in reading for elementary and middle schools and $40 for growth in all subjects in high schools.
(PORT HURON) -- Baker College has opened a second Culinary Institute of Michigan. The second location started its fall quarter last month in Port Huron's waterfront area. It's about half the size of the first one, which opened in 2009 in Muskegon. The Port Huron institute is part of a $24 million project to revitalize Port Huron's waterfront area. The project also includes a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and restaurant. A conference center is expected to open in 2015. Baker College of Muskegon President Lee Coggin says the Muskegon school now has about 550 students. Port Huron has about 50 students.
(AREA) -- Governor Rick Snyder toured one of Michigan Sugar Company's four production plants on Monday, October 21 in Bay City. Michigan Sugar President Mark Flegenheimer gave Snyder a guided tour of the company's flagship plant, explaining step by step how the farmer-owned cooperative turns mountains of beets into pure table sugar. Michigan's sugar industry is a vital component of the state's overall agricultural economy. With four processing plants in Bay City, Caro, Croswell and Sebewaing, Michigan Sugar Company generates a half-billion dollars in economic activity annually across the state's Thumb and Saginaw Valley. Michigan Sugar is the third largest beet sugar processor in the United States.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- St. Clair County Sheriff's Office detectives are seeking tips from the public in hopes of solving a recent vehicle break-in/credit card fraud case. The victim contacted authorities after he found his wallet had been stolen from his vehicle that was parked in Port Huron Township on Friday, October 18. Early that morning, deputies say approximately $600 was charged to one of the victim's credit cards at businesses in Port Huron to Detroit. A surveillance video captured two female suspects believed to have used the card. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Stacy Tunich at 810-987-1729.
(PORT HURON) -- A Michigan company that makes camouflage items for the military says the partial government shutdown is one reason it's going out of business. Port Huron-based GMA Cover Corp. announced the closing in a letter to its employees Tuesday. The company says it's laying off all its workers. GMA Cover employed 150 to 175 people as of last year. The letter says the company is "no longer a viable entity" because of "poor market conditions and the recent government actions, including the extended government shutdown and the sequester." The company started in 1974. It laid off about 155 workers and closed one plant in June 2012, citing a lack of federal contracts.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- As of Wednesday, October 23, the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department started a new tip line that the public is encouraged to use when reporting tips on larceny, home invasions, drug activity, suspicious activity, or current investigations. The voice mail box is checked by a representative from the detective bureau on a regular basis. The phone number is 810-245-1374.