(PORT HURON) -- Police have arrested a 27-year old Port Huron man for his alleged involvement in a stabbing Thursday night in the 800 block of Pointe Drive. Port Huron Police say the victim, also of Port Huron, was walking in the area around 7:15 p.m. when he was approached by the suspect. The suspect then produced a knife and attempted to stab the victim. Officers say the victim received superficial cuts during the altercation and the incident appears to be random, as both parties did not know one another. The suspect fled the scene and was apprehended a short time later. He remains jailed pending felonious assault charges. The attack is still under investigation.
(PORT HURON) -- A man convicted of second-degree murder after authorities say he slashed the throat of a 26-year-old man as they gathered around a bonfire in Port Huron has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. Michael Poole learned his punishment on Friday and declined to make a statement. During the trial, Poole testified in his own defense. He denied cutting David Long. Other witnesses, however, testified about circumstances of the slaying. Police say Poole and Long were part of a small group at the bonfire in June and that the two had been arguing throughout the day.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Circuit Court Judge Donald A. Teeple has appointed Denise McGuire as Sanilac Count Clerk effective December 27. Current County Clerk Linda Kozfkay is retiring after 23-years. Judge Teeple said that several applicants were reviewed for the position and his decision to appoint McGuire was based upon the recommendation of Clerk Kozfkay and McGuire's 20-years experience as a Deputy County Clerk. Judge Teeple added that Denise has extensive experience in managing county-wide elections, which will be a task that needs to be performed in 2014.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky School Board met Wednesday night and heard from several parents and citizens concerned over proposed changes to the district's transportation policy. The new guidelines require parents to designate only one pickup location and one drop off location for students riding the bus to and from school. Parents will no longer be allowed to contact the school and request that their child be dropped off at a different location, except in cases of an extreme emergency. School Board members cite student safety as the reason for the proposed changes. Several parents in attendance at Wednesday night's meeting said the changes aren't feasible with their work schedules. The board offered to table the new policy and seek further input from citizens. In other business, the Sandusky School Board accepted the retirement of the district's Athletic Director and Girl's Basketball Coach Al Demott, effective December 15th. Demott is expected to return to the district in January.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Lapeer County will receive more than $1 million in road project grants from special funding set aside by the Michigan Legislature in the 2014 budget. State Representative Kevin Daley of Lum says the funding is going to help the bridges on I-69 over both Newark Road and Winslow Road. Both projects are part of a grant through the $115 million Roads and Risk Reserve Fund. Daley, Michigan Department of Transportation officials, and other state and local officials announced a list of region-wide projects Thursday. As part of the fiscal year 2014 state budget, the Legislature created the special fund using $230 million in existing state revenue. One-half of the funds were available for appropriation on October 1 and the other half could be appropriated for roads next year.
DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard crews are conducting icebreaking operations in Great Lakes bays. The cutter Bristol Bay begins breaking ice Thursday morning in Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay Shipping Channel and is scheduled to continue through the day. The crew of the 140-foot vessel based in Detroit will be escorting the tug Samuel de Champlain, pushing the barge Innovation from the Saginaw Bay area to Essexville. The ice in these areas is unstable and the Coast Guard is advising everyone to stay clear. It's part of Operation Coal Shovel, which breaks ice in Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario and the southern part of Lake Huron, as well as the St. Clair and Detroit river systems. Another Coast Guard team is breaking ice in Lake Michigan's Green Bay.
(DECKERVILLE) -- Deckerville School Board members discussed Superintendent Tricia Pawlowski's evaluation prior to their regular meeting Monday night. The board collectively gave Pawlowski an "effective" rating. In other business the fall coaching appointments were approved along with the hiring of Sulyn Schumacher to fill the open boys Track Coach position for the 2013-2014 season.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A $2.8 million state grant made possible by the Michigan Legislature will provide extensive improvements to Lapeer Road between Beech and Wadhams in St. Clair County. State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township made the announcement. Lauwers serves on the House Transportation Committee. After the Legislature created the road funding grants, Lauwers consulted with St. Clair County road officials about what improvements were most needed in the area. Lauwers then recommended the Lapeer Road project. Improvements will include resurfacing, and sewer and drainage improvements. Other road projects in Lauwers' legislative district include a $620,000 grant to resurface Shea Road from Palms Road to Marsh Road and a $270,000 grant to mill and fill Lapeer Road from 24th to 32nd streets.
(ST. CLAIR) -- The St. Clair Rotary Club recently teamed with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office and other organizations to raise money for the Salvation Army. Members of the Sheriff's Office rang the Salvation Army bell outside of Neiman's Family Market, along with members of the Rotary Club, Crossroads Community Church and St. Clair Middle School in the beginning of the month. A total of $20,488 was raised during the Red Kettle Bell ringing effort.
Pictured from left to right: Major Mark Turner of the Salvation Army, Ralph Livingston, Lynn Alexander and Gerry Mason of the St. Clair Rotary Club and Undersheriff Tom Buckley.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Finance and Administration Committee met Tuesday afternoon and heard from State Senator Phil Pavlov. Pavlov, who represents St. Clair and Lapeer counties, said that lawmakers are in the process of finalizing Michigan's 2014 budget, which is set to be released in February. He adds that the economy is expanding throughout the state, in part due to a spike in home values and increased income tax collections. Pavlov also said that there were 182,000 new jobs in Michigan in 2013, dropping the state's unemployment rate down to 8.5 percent. In other business, committee members granted Circuit Court Judge Donald Teeple's request to fill two positions in the court. Commissioners also adopted the final 2014 budget on a three to two vote, with commissioners Ruby and Faber voting against the measure.