(BROWN CITY) -- Brown City Schools Superintendent Jerry Steigerwald informed the board of education Monday night of his intention to retire effective January 31. Superintendent Steigerwald stated that the school has been a great place to work as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. He noted that its been a privilege to work with a great group of people throughout the years. Mr. Steigerwald recommended to the board that they consider Elementary Principal Doug Muxlow for the position. It was later moved by board member Jim Seidell and supported by Ron Marion to appoint Doug Muxlow to the position of superintendent. Board President Alan Burgess said that he felt the need for more discussion. Jeff Liebler stated that there is no question that Doug is the best person for the job, but added, "I feel we need to have a process. We need to sit down, ask questions and have discussions." The motion was defeated with a 4-2 vote.
In other business, the Brown City School Board heard a presentation on the 2012-2013 district audit, which showed General Fund revenues and other financing sources at $7.7 million and General Fund expenditures and other financing uses at $8.05 million. The fund balance on June 30 was $2,026,033. The Designated Fund balance is $922,895 and the Undesignated Fund balance is $1,106,138.
(AREA) -- St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon was unanimously re-elected to serve on the Michigan Sheriffs' Association Board of Directors for the 2014 term, which begins January 1. Executive Director Terrence Jungel says the board's leadership comes at an important time in the Association's and state's history, when budgets have been stretched to the breaking point.
Board officers elected during the Fall Conference include President Leo Mioduszewski, Sheriff of Isabella County; Vice-President Blaine Koops, Sheriff of Allegan County; and Secretary-Treasurer Kirk Wakefield, Sheriff of Crawford County. Immediate Past President of the statewide association is Mackinac County Sheriff Scott A. Strait and the New Sheriffs' Representative is Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton. Other Sheriffs elected to serve on the Board include St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello and Oceana County Sheriff Robert Farber.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Community Mental Health employees who participated in the "Casual for a Cause" fundraiser raised $794. The money will be used to help launch the new Sanilac County Child Advocacy Center. CMH employees are allowed to dress casually every other Friday in exchange for a $3 donation to the fund. The money is directed toward initiatives that benefit citizens in the county. Sanilac County Community Mental Health Executive Director Jim Johnson recently presented a check to Dianna Schafer, Health Officer of the Sanilac County Health Department and Sanilac County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Young. The money will be used specifically to assist in paying a forensic interviewer at the center, which will be housed at the Health Department. The child-focused neutral facility for children who are victims of alleged sexual abuse or severe physical abuse, will offer specialized medical exams and interviews by trained professionals.
(MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP) -- A 26-year old Warren man was seriously injured after the vehicle he was driving overturned Monday night along Maple Valley Road in Sanilac County's Maple Valley Township. Sheriff's deputies say the Dodge Ram pickup was traveling north near Fisher Road when the Warren man failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the pickup. The vehicle entered the ditch, struck an embankment, and become airborne before overturning and ejecting the man. A citizen called 9-1-1 shortly after 9 p.m. to report the crash and informed dispatchers that he could not locate the driver. Brown City Firefighters found the man unconscious and severely injured. He was taken to Marlette Regional Hospital and later flown by Life Net to Covenant Cooper in Saginaw for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Deputies say the crash remains under investigation. Anyone that may have witnessed the crash or has information regarding the crash, contact Deputy Nowiski or Deputy Sanchez at 810-648-2000, ext 2.
(MEADE TOWNSHIP) -- Michigan State Police Troopers from the Caro Post say a headstone from a cemetery was found on property along Pinnebog Road near Berne Road in Huron County's Meade Township. Troopers were called to investigate Wednesday. The homeowners stated that they were unaware of where the headstone came from or how it got onto their property. The marble headstone is gray in color with the name "Edith" engraved on the front. Anyone with information should contact the Michigan State Police Caro Post at 989-673-2156.
(KINDE) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says his department and the Kinde Village Police Department have been contacted by several concerned citizens regarding student pedestrian traffic at the M-53 and Kinde Road intersection. Hanson says students have been making unsafe crossings, mainly before and after school because North Huron Schools is a "closed campus" during schools hours. The situation became an issue a few weeks ago when a new convenience store opened up on the southwest side of the intersection. Motorists are asked to exercise extreme care and caution when driving through or near the intersection. Sheriff Hanson says parents permitting their children to cross the intersection are advised to talk to their children on how to do so safely. North Huron School officials have been addressing the safety issue for several months and have met with the Michigan Department of Transportation to discuss possible solutions.
(PORT HURON) -- A 39-year old Port Huron man was arraigned Sunday in connection with a shooting that took place inside a party store located at Griswold and 20th Street Friday afternoon. Port Huron Police say the incident occurred around 3:40 p.m. when the suspect, Ellis Bookrum, entered the store and approached a 27-year old Detroit area man. Brookrum allegedly produced a handgun and fired one shot at the victim, striking him in the leg. Police believe the incident was the result of an ongoing dispute between the two men. Brookrum fled the scene and was arrested a short time later. The Detroit man was treated at Mercy Hospital for his non-life threatening injury. Brookrum was arraigned on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, CCW, felon in possession of a firearm, felony firearm, and 4th offense habitual offender. He remains jailed without bond.
(AREA) -- A number of local law enforcement agencies are joining the Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday, October 26 during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, giving residents an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by safely disposing of dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Liquids will not be accepted. The event will take place between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office at 65 N. Elk Street in Sandusky, Tuscola County Sheriff's Office, located at 420 Court Street in Caro, Huron County Sheriff's Office at 120 S. Heisterman Street in Bad Axe, St. Clair County Sheriff's Department at 1170 Michigan Road in Port Huron, and at the Port Huron Police Department at 100 McMorran Blvd. Unwanted prescription pills may also be turned in at the Michigan State Police Caro and Lapeer Posts on Saturday, October 26 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
IRON RIVER, Mich. (AP) - A 68-foot tall spruce in Iron River will be Michigan's state Christmas tree. The tree was chosen this week. It will be cut down Nov. 6 and hauled to Lansing, where it will be displayed on the Capitol grounds throughout the holiday season. The Daily News of Iron Mountain says the tree is in the yard of Jonny Waara's home. He says he's unsure how old it is. Denny Olson of the Michigan Association of Timbermen spotted the tree and advised Waara to nominate it. Waara says his family is excited that it was chosen. To be considered, trees must be a spruce or fir, be at least 65 feet tall and have a maximum crown diameter of 30 feet with a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches.
(ARBELA TOWNSHIP) -- Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies say a 17-year old Millington girl was killed in a single vehicle crash Thursday night. The crash took place along Bray Road near Swaffer in Arbela Township. Deputies were sent to the scene just before 8:30 p.m. An initial investigation showed that the victim, Laura Massey, was traveling south on Bray Road and for an unknown reason, left the roadway and struck a mailbox and some trees. Massey was the lone occupant. Deputies say there were no witnesses to the crash. A passerby came up on the scene and called 9-1-1. The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Tuscola County Sheriff Sgt. Mike Mattlin at 989-673-8161 ext. 2230.