(HURON COUNTY) -- A former Port Austin resident has been arrested on a felony charge of breaking and entering, almost 5-years after the incident took place. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says 23-year old Joshua Monaco was taken into custody on November 30 for his involvement in the break-in of a cottage located at 246 E. Spring Street in Port Austin back on February 8, 2009. Sheriff Hanson says that was also the scene of a suspicious fire that destroyed the cottage. Authorities suspect the fire occurred at the same time as the break-in. Monaco was arraigned this week on the breaking and entering charge and remains jailed on a $50,000 cash bond. Monaco had an additional non-sufficient fund check charge pending and bond was set at $3,500 or 10%.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - At least 19 wolves have been killed during Michigan's wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. The state Department of Natural Resources updated the results Wednesday morning. It says five wolves were killed in the far western U.P., 11 in central counties and three in the eastern U.P. The wolf season started on Nov. 15 and runs through December, unless 43 are killed before the end of the year. It's the first hunt in Michigan since the wolf was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. A total of 1,200 people are licensed to participate with firearm, crossbow or bow and arrow. Before the hunt, the DNR estimated the state's wolf population at 658.
(EVERGREEN TOWNSHIP) -- A 74-year old Port Austin man was injured in a single-vehicle roll over crash Tuesday evening along M-53, north of Cass City Road in Evergreen Township. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the crash happened around 5 p.m. Central Dispatch was advised by a passing motorist that the vehicle was starting to catch fire and that the driver was trapped inside. Sheriff Biniecki says that the quick response of the caller, Michael Blunt of Gaylord and another witness, the driver, George Kern was rescued from the smoking vehicle. During that time, Rodney Mazure of Cass City, immediately extinguished the fire. An initial investigation showed that Kern was traveling north on M-53 when he passed a vehicle, lost control on the icy roadway and hit a culvert. Kern's vehicle went airborne and rolled over before striking a tree and coming to rest. Kern was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe and treated for serious injuries. Deputies say it is believed that Kern was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Sheriff's deputies were assisted by the Cass City Fire Department, Cass City Police, Michigan State Police Troopers and the Sanilac County Road Commission.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council met Monday night and heard from Joseph Allen, manager of the Sandusky City Airport. Allen presented the council with a letter he received from the Olds Forge Flyers aviation club of Lansing concerning an incident that happened at the airport in August. According to the letter, an airport employee directed a pilot flying one of the club's planes to a parking space off the runway. The letter charges that, because of instructions from the airport employee, the pilot struck a hole while taxying to a parking spot, causing over $32,000 in damages to the plane. Allen says no airport employee directed the pilot, and that the FFA has determined the incident to be an accident--mainly because Sandusky's airport is not one with controlled airspace, and all decisions made are under the pilot's discretion. City Manager Dave Faber recommended that the city not reimburse the club. He says Sandusky's insurance company is handling the issue.
(MARYSVILLE) -- Pipeline company Enbridge Energy says it will pay for damages after a crew dropped a tree on power lines, blowing several transformers and prompting dozens of fire calls. The crew was preparing for a pipeline replacement project November 26 when the mishap knocked out power to more than 500 electricity customers and prompted several Marysville residents to call 911 because of smoke in homes. Morton Elementary School also was evacuated. Project manager Doug Reichley said the company provided hotel rooms for about 20 people and Thanksgiving dinner for about 50 at a restaurant. The project is replacing Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge's Line 6B, which runs between Sarnia, Ontario to Griffith, Ind. A portion of Enbridge's existing pipeline ruptured in southwestern Michigan in 2010.
(PORT HURON) -- A woman accused of filing a false report of rape and tampering with evidence is going to trial in St. Clair County. Sara Ylen is charged with lying about a sexual assault at her Lexington home last September and using makeup to create what looked like bruises. Trial is scheduled to start Tuesday in Port Huron. In a separate case in Sanilac County, Ylen is charged with four counts of false pretense, using a computer to commit a crime and health care fraud. She's accused of deceiving a hospice service and many supporters into believing she had cancer. Fundraisers were also held. Her final pretrial conference in Sanilac County Circuit Court is set for January 27, 2014 with a trial date tentatively scheduled for February 4. Ylen is well-known in the Thumb because she talked publicly about being a rape victim after a jury in 2003 convicted a man of sexually assaulting her. James Grissom served about a decade in prison before his conviction was overturned.
(PORT HURON) -- The Michigan Supreme Court is ordering a St. Clair County judge to take another look at the case of a man convicted of killing a Croswell man in a college parking lot decades ago. It's the latest attempt by 49-year old Temujin Kensu to get his 1987 conviction and life sentence overturned. Kensu was formerly known as Fred Freeman. His latest appeal focuses on police photos used to identify him as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Scott Macklem in Port Huron on the SC4 campus. The Supreme Court wants a judge to hold a hearing. Kensu insists he was hundreds of miles away in the Upper Peninsula when Macklem was killed. Governor Jennifer Granholm declined to commute Kensu's no-parole sentence in 2010. Kensu is represented by the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school. He is in a prison in Lapeer.
(MARLETTE) -- A four-alarm fire destroyed a home in Marlette Sunday afternoon. Marlette Fire, Police and EMS were dispatched to the residence on Church Street at the corner of Sterling Street shortly before 1 p.m. Heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the windows as crews arrived. Two people in the home were able to escape to safety. The Marlette Fire Department was assisted by Lamotte and Burlington Townships and the Brown City Fire Department. No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- Two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon along Black River Road near Hall Road in Sanilac County's Lexington Township when the driver attempted to avoid a flock of turkeys in the roadway. Sheriff's deputies say the incident took place around 4:30 p.m. when 19-year old Veronica Rapson of Port Huron lost control of the car on the gravel road. The vehicle spun sideways, traveled across Black River Road and struck a tree. Rapson and her 13-year old passenger were freed from the car and transported by Croswell EMS to a Port Huron area hospital for treatment of their injuries. Deputies say both occupants were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor. Croswell and Lexington Police and DNR officers assisted at the scene.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Drug Task Force has announced that it is expanding funding to include all schools in Sanilac County for on-site substance abuse counseling. The goal of the on-site counseling and prevention program is to assist students who either have an existing issue with substance abuse or those who are at risk to develop a problem due to other factors in their lives. The additional funding will allow counselors to spend up to a full day meeting with students, as well as allow students to continue receiving services in the summer months. In 2012, 60 percent of high school students seeking counseling had active substance abuse problems. That's up from 58 percent in 2011. The increase in prescription drug abuse and Heroin throughout Sanilac County is a growing problem, and the added funding for high school counseling is intended to help address this.