(PECK) -- The Sanilac Intermediate School District Board of Education Monday approved the resignations of school nurse Carolyn Richardson and part-time Special Education IST, Jessica Kubacki. The board also approved the two contracts from Thumb Education Services as presented and the resignation of Nina Barnett, Great Start Parent Liaison and playgroup mentor. In other action, the board approved the new IRS mileage rate of .56 a mile, effective immediately.
(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City School Board approved the appointment of district teacher Sean Hagey to fill the Elementary Principal position effective February 1. Hagey will assume the duties in the Elementary from outgoing Principal Doug Muxlow, who will take over the Superintendent position. Superintendent Jerry Steigerwald is retiring. Hagey shared a few goals and visions with the board Monday night regarding a positive student recognition system and teacher evaluations. He stated that he is looking forward to the new challenge.
In other business, the board approved second semester budget reductions. The Elementary Computer Lab Aide will not be replaced. The board also approved moving the Alternative Education Program from its current location in downtown Brown City to the high school campus, reducing personnel based on assessment of enrollment and program needs. During discussion, High School Principal Barry Markwart stated that he is very comfortable with his staff fulfilling the obligations of the program. Board members voted in favor of eliminating the high school mentor position held by Carrie Scott effective January 24. A few scheduling changes in the high school were also made Monday night.
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Supplier TRW Automotive plans to close a braking facility early next year in Saginaw, affecting about 600 jobs. The Livonia, Mich.-based company said Tuesday that the plant will close in mid-February. It says in a statement that it had been unsuccessful in gaining new business. Company officials say they will provide assistance to employees subject to talks with the hourly workers' union. TRW Automotive supplies automotive parts ranging from airbags to braking systems. TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.'s third-quarter net income rose 21 percent to $197 million, helped by higher demand for the supplier's safety systems and increasing auto production in the U.S. and China.
(FREMONT TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff deputies continue to investigate a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning around 11:30 a.m. in Sanilac County's Fremont Township. Police say a pickup driven by 72-year-old Clark Murray from Melvin was traveling east on Gardner Line Road when he failed to stop at the intersection of Gardner Line and Bricker Roads, colliding with a car driven by 46-year-old Timothy Bennet from Fort Gratiot. The Elk Township Fire and Rescue Department was called to the scene and used their Jaws of Life to free Bennet who was trapped inside his vehicle. Both drivers were treated at the scene by Croswell EMS then transported to Port Huron area hospitals for further treatment. The Sanilac County Sheriff's Accident Investigation Team says alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
(PORT HURON) -- A St. Clair County police officer will stand trial on charges he granted concealed pistol licenses to a class but failed to provide all required training. Clay Township officer Ralph Cierpial was bound over to circuit court Tuesday during a hearing. He faces 27 felony counts of unlawfully granting pistol safety certificates. Cierpial declined comment and defense lawyer Daniel Garon waived the right to a preliminary examination on all but one count. Garon argued one count satisfied the training requirements but a judge overruled. The charges stem from the training held in March at a Port Huron church. Authorities say Cierpial provided classroom training but not required firing range instruction. The 36-year-old officer remains on leave and surrendered his gun and badge.
(HURON COUNY) -- Two suspects in several turfing incidents that took place in three Huron County fields back in September, have been identified. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says warrants are being sought for a former 22-year old Bad Axe resident, now living out of state and a former 24-year old Port Hope man that is currently incarcerated in the state. The incidents took place in a cornfield located on Swayze Road between Minden and Finkel Roads, where several paths had been cut through it with what appeared to be a light truck. More turfing damage was discovered at a nearby black bean field on Swayze Road. A third field, on Swayze Road, containing wheat stubble was found turfed. Sheriff Hanson says the suspect vehicle has also been identified. More than $11,000 worth of crop damage was reported.
(COLFAX TOWNSHIP) -- A 38-year old Bad Axe woman was injured following a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon at the intersection of M-53 and Rapson Road in Colfax Township. Huron County Sheriff's deputies say the incident took place around 2:30 p.m. when a westbound vehicle driven by Jessica Bastuba of Bad Axe failed to yield for a southbound pickup driven by 49-year old Michael McKerchie of Columbiaville, resulting in the collision. Bastuba was freed from her vehicle by the Bad Axe Fire Department. She was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe and later flown by helicopter to a Saginaw hospital for further treatment. McKerchie and his three out-of-the-area passengers were taken to Huron Medical Center where they were treated and released. The crash remains under investigation. Deputies report that as of Tuesday afternoon, Bastuba is listed in good condition.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- The suspect in the unarmed robbery of Nick's Four Roses restaurant in Port Huron Township is in police custody. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says 50-year old James Cassano turned himself in after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Cassano is accused of going into the the business on 24th Street the evening of December 12. Once inside, the Port Huron man who used to work at the establishment, made small talk with his former colleagues and then lunged over a counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of money from the register. Deputies from the Sheriff's Office and officers from the Port Huron Police Department were unable to locate him. Cassano is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in 72nd District Court on charges of unarmed robbery.
(PORT HURON) -- A 4-foot long alligator named Wally will be allowed to greet patrons of a Michigan restaurant. The Port Huron City Council voted 4-2 to allow American alligators in the city's Central Business District. Wally will be on hand to greet guests at the Cajun Gator restaurant in downtown Port Huron. It's expected to open within the next week. Developer Larry Jones had said there were "a lot more excited people than there are people in question" when the idea was floated. Councilwoman Anita Ashford cast one of the votes against the proposal. She says she's not comfortable with the idea of a live alligator in an eatery.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council met Monday night and unanimously voted to adopt an 80/20 cost sharing model for the city's 2014 employee health care plans. The Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act of 2011 placed limits on the amount a public employer can pay for employee's medical plans. The city of Sandusky had three options: adopt the 80/20 cost sharing plan, place a hardcap on costs, or to opt out entirely. City Manager Dave Faber reccommended the board adopt the 80/20 model, stating that it is the best option and will provide shared benefits for employees. He added that the fees for a hardcap model are quite expensive. The 80/20 plan will go into effect on July 1st, 2014, and will last for one year. After that year, the city can review the plan and decide what they want to do next. In other business, council members voted to renew Chase Bank, Exchange State Bank, and Eastern Michigan Bank as the city of Sandusky's depositories.