(CHANDLER TOWNSHIP) -- DTE Energy Co. plans to resume power production at a wind park in Huron County after officials determined why a blade broke on one turbine. DTE spokesman Scott Simons says that it will slowly bring Echo Park back online as it inspects each blade to make sure no other parts are affected. The Detroit-based utility earlier halted power production at the turbine in Chandler Township. General Electric makes the blades and said a manufacturing irregularity led to the Nov. 8 blade break. Sixty of the 70 planned turbines are in place and were producing electricity until the accident. The utility also halted construction on the remaining 10 turbines.
(FORESTER TOWNSHIP) -- Two Deckerville teens were seriously injured, one critically, around 3:45 p.m Monday afternoon in a two vehicle crash on M-25 near Deckerville Road in Forester Township. Sanilac County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from a citizen reporting the accident. Police say a pickup driven by a 17-year-old Deckerville boy was traveling north on M-25 when it collided with a car traveling south driven by another 17-year-old Deckerville boy. Both teens involved in the crash are Senior's at Deckerville High School. Port Sanilac Fire and Rescue and the Deckerville Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to free both boys who were trapped inside their vehicles. They were initially treated on scene by Sanilac EMS and later flown by Lifenet and Survival Flight to Hurley Hospital in Flint. One of the boys remains in critical condition and the other was reported to be in serious condition. Names are not being released at this time pending full notification of family members. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the accident remains under investigation by the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Team.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office has a new K-9 patrolling in the county. K-9 Baki, an 18-month old German Shephard, officially joined the ranks and began duty on December 9 along with his partner Deputy Josh Horst. Deputy Horst and K-9 Baki graduated on December 6 from an intense five week Basic Canine Handler's Course provided by Mid-Michigan Kennels in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. K-9 Baki is considered a Dual Purpose Explosives Detection and Patrol Dog and will assist with Tracking, Area and Article searches. According to Sheriff Garry Biniecki, K-9 Baki's purchase was made possible through Department of Homeland Security regional funds awarded to the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office. In addition to K-9 Baki, the Sheriff's Office was also awarded funds for the purchase of a 2013 Ford Expedition and all necessary equipment needed to outfit it as a K-9 Patrol Vehicle. K-9 Baki replaces K-9 Adam who retired in the May this year after serving 7-years with the department and K-9 Kaye who retired March of 2012 after 5-years of service. Both are enjoying retirement with their former handler's and their families.
(SANDUSKY) -- General Manager of Graff Chevrolet, Buick in Sandusky Keith Barnett and Brandon Marley recently presented a check for over $4,000 to McKenzie Health System CEO Steve Barnett and hospital community relations lead Sharon Danek. The money raised through the Graff "Drive for the Cure" program in October, will be used toward the hospital's recent purchase of a digital mammography imaging system. In its third year, "Drive for the Cure" raised money through vehicle sales and a variety of special events, including a Pink Procession and a Pink Party hosted by Graff Chevrolet, Buick. Keith and Debi Barnett and the entire Graff family are strong supporters of breast cancer awareness efforts.
Pictured left to right: Brandon Marley, Sales Manager and Keith Barnett, General Manager at Graff Chevrolet Buick in Sandusky present a check to Steve Barnett, President/CEO of McKenzie Health System (MHS), and Sharon Danek, Community Relations Lead, MHS.
(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- The Carsonville-Port Sanilac School Board accepted the resignation of Spanish teacher Febe Garcia, effective January 24 during last Thursday's meeting. The district is seeking to fill the vacancy, which will be shared part-time with the Peck School District. In other business, the board was informed that due to the transfer of roll-over funds from Title II to Title I, the district now has the ability to purchase iPads from Title funds. The money comes from a program created by the U.S. Department of Education, which distributes funding to schools and school districts with a high percentage of students in need. The board approved the purchase of student iPads when funds are available.
(BAD AXE) -- Authorities are investigating a felonious assault that happened early Friday morning in Bad Axe. Officers from the Bad Axe Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to Murphy's Bakery around 5 a.m. after a caller reported that a female had come into the bakery and was injured. The 23-year old woman had blood on her face and hands, as well as a deep laceration on her forearm and injuries to her face. Officers were able to follow a trail of blood from the bakery to an apartment building on West Huron Street. They then followed the blood into the apartment building, up the stairs, and to an apartment door. The door was locked and officers could not get anybody to answer. Entry was gained into the apartment a short time later and officers found a 28-year old male suspect hiding. The suspect was arrested for felonious assault. Further details on the investigation are not being released at this time.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- An unarmed robbery suspect is still on the run and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public. The robbery took place Thursday around 6:30 p.m. at Nick's Four Roses in Port Huron Township. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says a former employee of the restaurant, 50-year old James Cassano of Port Huron, went into the establishment, lunged over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register. Cassano was identified by his former co-workers. The Port Huron Police K-9 was called to the scene, but unable to locate Cassano. He is described as a white man, approximately 6'4" in height, thin build and red hair. Anyone with information on Cassano's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Colleen Titus at 810-987-1728.
(AREA) -- An artist from Lathrup Village has won the second annual MI Great Artist contest. Henry Heading's selection was announced Thursday night. He will receive a $1,500 cash prize and five submitted artworks framed by Park West Gallery. Heading said in a statement that "being able to create is an essential part of my life, reflecting my passion and imagination." Heading's primary focus is realism and he paints with oil and acrylics. He also works with wood and metal to build 3-D pieces. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione launched the contest to help identify and support up-and-coming artists in the Economic Growth Alliance region. The EGA region includes Oakland, Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Shiawassee and St. Clair counties.
(MARYSVILLE) -- A Marysville beach could receive a facelift from one of 76 grants recommended by the state. Chrysler Beach could be in line for a $239,900 grant from the state Department of Natural Resources. It was one of the projects recommended for part of more than $27 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The fund was started in 1976 from interest on money from publicly owned minerals and is used for land acquisition and outdoor recreation. About $8 million was recommended for recreation grants and $19 million for acquisition. The money for Marysville would fund a playground, fish cleaning station, new restrooms and picnic area. Marysville Mayor Dan Damman says it will change the face of the waterfront.