(CARSONVILLE) -- Carsonville and surrounding community residents are invited to ring in the New Year Tuesday, December 31 with a fireworks display at the Blackie Burger Memorial Park. A community bonfire will start at 9 p.m. and the small fireworks show is expected to start around 10 p.m. A free will donation will be accepted. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fireworks in Carsonville this New Year's Eve!
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Census says Michigan's population rose in the past year but at a rate below the nation's. The bureau said Monday that Michigan had about 9.9 million people on July 1, 2013. It says the state's estimated population rose by 13,103 from the year before, an increase of one-tenth of a percent. The bureau says the U.S. population rose 0.7 percent to about 316 million in the 12-month period. The new figures place Michigan ninth in the nation, about 48,000 ahead of 10th-place North Carolina. The Census Bureau's exact estimate of Michigan's population for July 2013 is 9,895,622. That compares with 9,882,519 a year earlier. Michigan's population also rose slightly from 2011 to 2012 after seven years of decline.
(AREA) -- Colder weather is making its way into Michigan as crews work to restore power to the last people left without electrical service following an ice storm more than a week ago. In the Lansing area, where roughly 1,100 Lansing Board of Water & Light customers were without power Monday morning, the National Weather Service says temperatures were about 15 degrees. In the Upper Peninsula, readings of 15 below zero were reported in places. In all, about 666,000 Michigan utility customers lost power, including 40,000 from the Lansing utility. DTE Energy Company says all its 210,000 affected homes and businesses had power back as of Sunday night. CMS Energy Corporation said essentially all its 416,000 affected customers were back online.
(COLFAX TOWNSHIP) -- A Christmas Eve crash at the new four-way stop at M-142 and Pinnebog Road injured two people. Huron County authorities say the crash took place just after 3 p.m. when a 50-year old Bad Axe woman failed to yield and struck an SUV driven by a 54-year old Illinois man. The Bad Axe woman was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe for treatment and released. A 26-year old passenger in the SUV was hospitalized with an arm injury. The intersection was switched to a four-way stop by the Michigan Department of Transportation this fall. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling at the intersection of M-142 and Pinnebog.
(FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP) -- St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies say a 29-year old Lakeport man was injured early Monday morning after he fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says Roger Cash was traveling south in 5100 block of M-25 in Fort Gratiot Township shortly before 2:30 a.m. when his Ford Escape left the roadway, struck a mailbox and some pine trees and then a light pole guide wire. The vehicle flipped over and landed right side up in a snow bank. Cash told deputies he had fallen asleep while driving. He was transported to Port Huron Hospital by Tri-Hospital EMS with undisclosed injuries. Deputies say alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
(MARLETTE TOWNSHIP) -- Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday, December 21 along M-53 near Airport Road in Sanilac County's Marlette Township. Sheriff's deputies say the incident occurred around 6:20 a.m. when 50-year old Marshall Lacross, Jr. of Fraser lost control of his Ford van while traveling north on M-53. Lacross crossed the centerline and struck a southbound Kappen Tree Service Ford Super Duty box truck driven by 28-year old Steven Walther of Deford. Walther was transported to Marlette Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Lacross was treated and released at the scene. Deputies say both men were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and alcohol was not a factor. Authorities were assisted by Marlette EMS and the Marlette Fire Department.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A St. Clair County judge has found 31-year old Manuel Gamez competent to stand trial in the brutal deaths of two Port Huron residents. 26-year old Melissa Ichenberg and 29-year old Daniel McRoberts were found dead at the Gratiot Village Apartments on July 29, 2013. Police say Ichenberg was strangled to death and McRoberts was stabbed more than 50 times. Gamez, also of Port Huron, has been charged with two counts of open murder, two counts of torture, and one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct. The mental competency hearing was held Thursday. Gamez remains jailed without bond pending a preliminary exam January 24 at 9:30 a.m.
(BURTON) -- Michigan's last known wild wolverine - and the first confirmed since the 1800s - is taking a farewell tour. The stuffed, mounted wolverine is hitting Monroe and the Flint and Saginaw areas in the new year before "retiring" at the Saginaw Bay Visitors Center at the Bay City State Recreation Area. The exhibit featuring the animal discovered alive in February 2004 in the Thumb region has been crisscrossing the state, but park manager George Lauinger says it's become too costly to maintain. The wolverine's carcass was discovered in 2010 by hikers in the Minden City State Game Area, where she primarily lived. Despite its lack of native wolverines, Michigan unofficially is known as "The Wolverine State." The animal is the mascot of the University of Michigan's sports teams.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Ford
(BAD AXE) -- Michigan State University says its agricultural extension service is planning 11 workshops this winter about how to use irrigation to improve crop yields. The university says the MSU Extension will start the mainly daylong workshops January 9 in Bad Axe. They'll be held January 10 in St. Johns, January 14 in Cassopolis, February 13 in West Olive, February 14 in Coldwater, March 6 in Shipshewana, Indiana, March 12 in Traverse City, March 13 in Prudenville, March 17 in Dundee, March 18 in Frankenmuth, and March 19 in Grand Rapids. Most of the workshops require a $50 fee. People can register online.
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Michigan authorities say at least 21 wolves have been killed in the Upper Peninsula during the state's first wolf hunt in decades. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that's the total as of 6 a.m. Thursday. The department has expressed doubt that the hunt will reach its quota of 43 by year's end. The take in the wolf hunt remained at 20 for around three weeks as frigid weather kept the killing down. The season opened in three sections of the U.P. on Nov. 15. Before the season, the DNR estimated that Michigan had 658 wolves.