(CHANDLER TOWNSHIP) -- DTE Energy Co. says it has halted power production and construction at a wind park in Michigan's Thumb while it investigates why a blade broke on one turbine. DTE spokesman Scott Simons says that "there's no timetable" on resuming operations at Echo Wind Park. He says the company isn't going to put "anyone or anything at risk" until it discovers the cause of last week's accident. The turbine that broke is in Huron County's Chandler Township. Sixty of the 70 planned turbines are in place and were producing electricity until the accident. Simons says the company is halting construction of the remaining 10 turbines as well as operations of the 60 that are complete.
(PORT HURON) -- An Ohio boxer whose blood from a fight led to bank robbery charges is returning to a Michigan court for his sentence. Federal prosecutors are recommending about 12 years in prison for Martin Tucker, who was convicted of robbing the Monroe County Community Credit Union near the Ohio-Michigan border. He's due in Port Huron federal court on Tuesday. Investigators say the Toledo, Ohio, man pulled out a semi-automatic pistol during the 2009 robbery with another man. Tucker was charged three years later, partly based on a DNA match. The FBI obtained a swab used to stop bleeding during a boxing match. At the time of his arrest, Tucker was preparing for a light welterweight title fight. His attorney says Tucker is capable of rehabilitating himself and avoiding trouble.
(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette Board of Education held their regular meeting last night and announced the appointment of a part-time finance director for the district. The need for a new finance director came during a special meeting held last week when the board voted to place Superintendent and Finance Director Jeriann Patterson on paid administrative leave pending a financial investigation. Marlette school board member and chair of the district's finance committee, Sarah Kady, says the board hired Cheryl Bruff to the position.
"She was the public school finance director for North Branch for several years. She's recently retired from North Branch and was more than willing to come work for our district on a part-time basis," Kady says. "She will complete the remaining eight months of the school year for us, and we've retained her for a year at a cost of $24,000. Initially she will work every day in order to get things in order, and then after that she'll work two to three days a week based on all of the financial work that needs to be done."
Meanwhile, the Marlette school board is looking into hiring an interim superintendent for the remainder of the school year. The district's audit is expected to be released before the board's next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th.
(SANDUSKY) -- Sanilac County Community Mental Health will present a special two-day workshop for county residents who would like to learn the skills to competently and confidently intervene with a person at risk of suicide. ASIST-"Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training" will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Sanilac Community Mental Health building, located at 227 East Sanilac Avenue in Sandusky. The cost is $35 per person. The deadline to register is Friday, November 15 by calling Deb Messing at 810-583-0326.
(LANSING) -- The next generation of Michigan farmers face each other December 4 at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. Sixteen young farmers, ages 18-35, will face off in four individual contest categories geared toward measuring their agricultural involvement, leadership and achievements. All 16 finalists will receive a prize package sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.
In the Young Farmer Achievement Award category, there are two local farmers competing. The award recognizes a successful young Farm Bureau member or married couple for outstanding achievement in the business of farming and leadership in the ag community. The local finalists include Michael Noll and his wife Jordan, who are the 4th generation operating a 2,000-acre crop and dairy farm near Croswell in Sanilac County and Randi Clark and her husband David who live near Clifford in Lapeer County.The Clark's and David's parents raise 800 beef cattle and tend to 400 acres of feed corn as a 5th generation farm.
The winners in each category will compete at the National Competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation 95th Convention and Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, January 12-15, 2014.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A new program is being launched to recognize Michigan schools that are prepared for cardiac arrests. Schools find out if they're an MI HEARTSafe School at the end of this academic year. The program will continue in future years. It's being sponsored by the Michigan Departments of Community Health and Education along with the American Heart Association and a group focused on preventing sudden cardiac deaths. Michigan says more than 3,100 people from ages 1 and 39 died of sudden cardiac death from 1999 to 2009. To receive a HEARTSafe designation, a school must do cardiac emergency response drills, have a medical emergency response plan, ensure 10 percent of staff is CPR-certified, inspect defibrillators and ensure student athletes are screened properly with physicals.
RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) - Ceremonies in the Detroit area have paid homage to sailors who lost their lives in the sinking 38 years ago of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Lanterns flickered as a crowd gathered Sunday evening at Belanger Park in the Detroit suburb of River Rouge. Tom Abair is co-director of the River Rouge Historical Museum. He says it's an appropriate location for a memorial, since the ship was built and unloaded nearby. On Detroit's Belle Isle on Sunday, a service to remember those aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald also was held. The Edmund Fitzgerald went down in eastern Lake Superior during a monstrous storm on Nov. 10, 1975, killing 29 crewmen. The sinking spawned a well-known song by Gordon Lightfoot, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- State Police Troopers from the Caro Post say that an 80-year-old man from Fort Wayne, Indiana who was stopped late Friday night along M-25 just south of Port Sanilac has been safely returned to family members. Troopers say they pulled over the man for speed and improper lane use and while questioning him learned that he was unsure of his whereabouts. He said that he was coming from Ohio and heading to Fort Wayne and was quite surprised to learn that he was in Michigan. He told police that he did not have dementia, but was diabetic and was overdue for his medication. Police ran the man's license information through LEIN and found that a missing and endangered persons report had been issued for the man from Fort Wayne. Family members told troopers that he had left home at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon and they had not spoken to him since. He was transported to McKenzie Health System for evaluation and family members picked him up the following morning. Family members say the man had just celebrated his 80th birthday the previous day.
(AREA) -- Three men ranging in age from 29 to 66 from Cass City and Gagetown have been arrested after Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies received an anonymous tip on the theft of cattle that occurred in Sanilac County back in October. The caller was able to provide deputies with two separate locations in Tuscola County where the calves were located, as well as the names of those involved. Sanilac and Tuscola County deputies responded to the locations and were able to retrieve all 11 calves that had been stolen. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki say the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected adding "I am happy that someone came forward with information, assisting us in bringing the suspects to justice. Our citizen's input and support is key to what we do."
Harrison Township, MI - U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) Friday, Nov. 8 released the following statement honoring Veterans Day:
"In the year 1918, on November 11th at 11 am, the guns went silent in France to end World War I as an armistice went into effect that ended the bloodiest conflict in world history up to that day. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation of commemoration of Armistice Day to honor all those who served in that terrible conflict. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation officially proclaiming this day Veteran's Day on which we honor all of those who have served and sacrificed in defense of our great nation.
"America is a nation like no other because while other nations across the world have fought in pursuit of empire, or resources, or conquest, American patriots have fought in support of the simple and powerful ideas of freedom and liberty. Their service and their sacrifice has preserved freedom and liberty for not only we who are fortunate enough to live in this great nation, but also expanded it to countless millions across the globe including our former enemies.
"So on November 11th, once again, let us honor not only the fallen, but all of those who have worn the uniform and borne the battle in defense of freedom and liberty, including those among us today who have continued the unbroken line of American heroes through their service in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Beirut, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq, and in countless places in the Global War on Terror. We owe these great patriots a debt that can never be fully repaid so every American should offer their thanks in their own way because we all understand that due to the brave service and selfless sacrifice of America's veterans our flag still flies high and the light of freedom still burns bright. Happy Veterans Day!"