(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council met Monday and authorized the application for a SAW Grant agreement for the city. SAW stands for Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater. The grant would cover 90 percent of costs not to exceed $600,000. The funding would be used to clean and video tape Sandusky's sewer system, as well as re-map the city's entire sewer and drainage network. If the city receives the grant, all money used for sewage projects in 2013 will be refunded by the state. In other business, the council approved the Sandusky High School Student Council's application to hold a street sale at the four corners downtown. Students will be collecting donations Friday, December 6th from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Money collected will be used to help fund the Great Start Sanilac Parents' "New to You Toy Event" this holiday season.
(DECKERVILLE) -- Some Deckerville area residents lost telephone, cable or electrical service early Saturday morning after a piece of farm machinery took down cable lines and broke several poles. The incident took place around 6 a.m. at the intersection of Ruth and Nicol Roads. Deckerville Fire Chief Tracy Hoff says the tractor pulling a sugar beet cart was traveling along Nicol Road and the cart snagged a guide wire as it crossed Ruth Road, breaking six to eight poles, two of which were Detroit Edison poles. Telephone lines on the west side of Ruth Road and Comcast Cable lines on the east side were pulled down. The tractor operator was able to get out safely after officials determined that no electrical lines had fallen onto the tractor. Power was fully restored by early Saturday afternoon and no injuries were reported.
(MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP) -- Three people were injured in a single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Maple Valley and Wilcox Roads in Sanilac County's Maple Valley Township. Sheriff deputies say the incident took place around 3 p.m. A Ford Explorer driven by 20-year old Dennis Glover of Brown City was traveling south on Maple Valley Road when he attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him. As Glover realized that the vehicle was turning east onto Wilcox Road, he swerved back into his lane and onto the shoulder of the road. Glover lost control of the Explorer and the vehicle slid sideways into a ditch and rolled onto its side. Glover and his two passengers, 23-year old Paige Armstrong of Brown City and 25-year old Jenny Cahoon of Snover were extracted from the vehicle by the Brown City Fire Department's Jaws of Life. All three were transported to Marlette Regional Hospital for treatment. Deputies say the two women had more serious injuries and were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Glover had been wearing his and received only minor injuries. Deputies say alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
(IMLAY CITY) -- Imlay City is one of eight communities across the state of Michigan identified for the strategies they employ to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to the annual eCities study. The study, conducted by iLabs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research, identified Imlay City for their incentives, innovative programs and best practices geared toward business development. Imlay City also was recognized as a five star community. In 2012, Imlay City was recognized as a Best Practice Community. Imlay City is the first community to receive this award in two consecutive years. An additional 44 communities were also recognized as five-and four-star performers. Five-star communities spend a combined $2.2 million on economic development, have 15 percent of Michigan's population with a professional degree and 92 percent share services related to economic development with another municipality. Marine City was recognized as a five-star community.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Churches and organizations in Lapeer are working to collect donations for the individuals and families affected by the recent fires downtown Lapeer. Love Inc. is the acting monetary donation center. The money will be used to assist those families with purchasing food, housing, personal items, and pay their bills. Those wishing to donate are asked to earmark donations for the "Fire Relief Fund" and mail or drop them off at any branch of Lapeer County Bank & Trust. For donations other than financial, residents are asked to call Love Inc. first, due to the numerous donations of clothing they have already received. The affected families are also in need of temporary or permanent housing. For more information on how you can help, contact Sue Brady at Love Inc. at 810-245-2414. Also, Project Homeless Connect, located at the Faith Christian Fellowship Church-69 W. Nepessing Street-in downtown Lapeer will be open to the general public providing clothing, coats, boots, and shoes to those in need Monday's from 9 a.m.-Noon and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Hunting season is open for wolf and deer in Michigan. The state's first wolf hunt since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago was getting underway Friday. It's also the start of the Michigan's firearms deer hunting season, which runs through Nov. 30. There are 1,200 people licensed to participate in the wolf hunt. Michigan is the sixth state to authorize wolf hunting following the removal of federal protections. The season runs through December, unless the maximum kill of 43 is reached beforehand. Across Michigan, tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the deer hunt. Hunters are reminded to wear orange clothing and heed limits on bait that can be placed in some locations.
(PORT HURON) -- The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Ship Grayfox is expected to remain based in Port Huron after resuming training at the beginning of this month. A board of governance has taken over management of the ship following the September death of Bill Barnhardt, its captain. Board chairman Jim Semerad says training will continue into the foreseeable future. Semerad says a review in October determined that the ship has at least 15 years of useful life. The decommissioned Navy torpedo retriever originally called the Swampfox was brought to Port Huron in 1997 by Barnhardt, Semerad and others. It functions as a training platform for the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets, a program for those ages 13 to 17.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say alcohol is believed to be a factor in a single vehicle crash that happened Wednesday evening along M-25 near Mortimer Line Road in Worth Township. A citizen called 9-1-1 just after 5 p.m. to report a southbound vehicle traveling all over the roadway. A short time later, the caller reported that the vehicle struck a Detroit Edison pole. Deputies say that a 28-year old Deckerville woman struck the pole, causing it to snap in two. Wires came down on the vehicle. The woman was taken to Port Huron Hospital by Croswell EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injures. The crash remains under investigation and the driver's name is not being released pending formal criminal charges.
(MARION TOWNSHIP) -- A Palms woman and her two children had a close call Wednesday around 8 a.m. as they traveled along Mills Road in Sanilac County's Marion Township. Sheriff's deputies say 29-year old Kristie Falls was heading west on Mills between Ruth and Rangeline Roads when an eastbound vehicle came over the crest of a hill in her lane, causing her to take evasive action and run off the road into the north ditch where her vehicle rolled. Falls and her 4-year old son and 1-year old daughter were helped out of the car by drivers of a passing Waste Management truck and Deckerville School bus. She was unable to provide deputies with a vehicle description. Falls and the two children were treated on scene by Sanilac EMS personnel and later at Deckerville Hospital for minor injuries. Deputies are asking the public to come forward with any information relating to the other motorist in this case by calling Deputy Kevin Nowiski at 810-648-2000. Authorities remind motorists that when traveling down the vast country roads, please travel in the appropriate lane, especially when cresting a hill.
(AREA) -- On the eve of the opening of Michigan's firearm deer season, legislation to toughen penalties for illegally killing a protected animal or trophy buck in the state has passed the Michigan Legislature and moves to the Governor's desk to be signed into law. Senate Bill 171, sponsored by Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township, would increase existing fines for illegally killing a protected animal and impose additional penalties for poaching trophy bucks. A second bill, sponsored by Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba, would increase fines and penalties against violators that trespass on private property. The new measures are consistent with policies in neighboring states. Supporters say that each time a poacher takes a large buck, that is one less opportunity for a Michigan hunter to have that exciting experience. The progressive penalty system includes a $1,000 fine for any deer taken with or without antlers, an additional fine of $1,000 for any antlered deer, and antlered deer with 8 to 10 points taken would see an additional $500 assessed for each point. Antlered deer taken with 11 or more points would result in an additional $750 for each point. A point is defined in the bill as being at least one inch long as measured from its tip to the nearest edge of the antler beam.