(DECKERVILLE) -- Deckerville School Board members hired Sulynda Schumacher for the open high school math position Monday night. The board also approved the hiring of Denneil Park for the Cook's Helper position and Dan Woodard as the Varsity Boys Track Coach. In other business, additional funding from the general fund was approved to cover costs of preschool operations. The Deckerville Elementary staff and students were recognized for placing 10th in the state for being Fourth Grade Academic State Champions for 2011-2012 school year.
(AREA) -- State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City applauded the unveiling of an action plan of policy goals and objectives for the current legislative session designed to encourage a healthy economy and improve quality of life in Michigan. The 83rd District State Representative says he is eager to focus on programs that reform community college and vocational education to help create a workforce that fills the needs of today's economy. As chair of the House Community Colleges Appropriations Subcommittee, Muxlow plans to have a hand in drafting legislation that reforms Michigan's workplace development priorities to adapt to the changing market. The House GOP's Guiding Principles document, unveiled in January 2011, became a blueprint for reform and responsible leadership during the historic 2011-2012 legislative session. The GOP's Action Plan for the new legislative session can be accessed at www.gophouse.com
(AREA) -- Donations are being accepted for residents of the Parkway Place Apartments in Port Sanilac that were displaced by the fire Sunday, January 27. Their most urgent needs were mattress and bed frame sets. Those have been supplied and now a collection has been set up to pay for the items. Area residents wishing to help, may send donations to the Project Blessing Thrift Shop, 4 S. Marsh Street, P.O. BOX 233, Carsonville, MI 48419. Please make checks payable to Project Blessing and put "Parkway Place" in the memo line. All donations are greatly appreciated and will be tax deductible. The apartment complex located at 7081 Huron Street in Port Sanilac was a total loss. Seven fire departments and over 76 firefighters fought the blaze in freezing temperatures.
(PORT HURON) -- Three people were injured, one seriously, in a house fire early Wednesday morning in the 1300 block of Gordon Street in Port Huron. Firefighters were sent to the residence just after 3 a.m. to find heavy smoke coming from the home. Two of the occupants were able to get outside to safety before the fire department arrived. A third occupant was rescued by firefighters after being trapped. Port Huron firefighters, with assistance from the Marysville Fire Department, quickly extinguished the blaze. The home sustained serious damage from high heat and smoke. Family members were able to get several newborn puppies out of the house safely, but the family dog did not survive. All three occupants were transported to local hospitals for treatment. One person was taken to a Detroit area hospital for further treatment. Fire Marshal Jeffery Tucker says the investigation into the fire is ongoing, but preliminary results indicate the cause may have been from careless cooking. Tucker says this is the second careless cooking fire within the last six days that has occurred within the city of Port Huron.
(LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP) -- The 18-year old Kinde man accused in the attempted semi truck theft at Scott's Quik Stop Monday morning remains jailed on a $25,000 bond. Jacob Joseph Juzek was arraigned on charges stemming from the incident and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary exam in Sanilac County District Court on Tuesday, February 5. Sheriff's deputies were alerted of the situation just after 6 a.m. when the driver of the semi truck owned by Jensen Bridge and Supply of Sandusky, David Schmidt, noticed the truck moving as he checked out inside the business located at M-46 and M-53 in Lamotte Township. Schmidt was able to run outside and open the door to the semi before Juzek could take off. Further investigation revealed that Juzek has taken his grandmother's vehicle without permission and crashed it into a ditch on M-53 near Deckerville Road before getting a ride to Scott's Quik Stop. Deputies were informed that the Kinde man was planning on driving to Florida.
(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- Alcohol and heavy fog were contributing factors in a two vehicle crash that took place around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Black River Road and Harrington Road in Sanilac County's Lexington Township. Sheriff's deputies say that a pickup driven by a 45-year old Croswell man was traveling south on Black River Road when he failed to stop at the intersection and collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by 43-year old Troy Davis of Croswell. Both vehicles came to rest in the south ditch of Harrington Road following impact. Davis was transported by Croswell EMS to Port Huron Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The 45-year old Croswell man, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. His name is being withheld pending arraignment. Croswell Police assisted deputies at the scene.
(BUEL TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say an Avoca man escaped serious injury late Tuesday after walking into a downed Detroit Edison transmission line. 22-year old Dennis Reaume was traveling west on Aitken Road near Kilgore just prior to 10 p.m. when he swerved to miss a deer, lost control of the vehicle on the icy gravel road and struck the power pole causing it to break at the bottom and fall over. Deputies say Reaume managed to get out of the vehicle in the dark, foggy conditions. As he made his way to the road, he walked into the downed power line. Reaume refused treatment at the scene for injuries related to the power line exposure. The Applegate Fire Department and Croswell EMS assisted at the scene. Officials remind motorists that if they are involved in an accident where there are downed power lines, remain inside your vehicle and call for help immediately.
(COLFAX TOWNSHIP) -- A 29-year old Pierson, Michigan man was killed after his vehicle collided with a semi truck Monday evening near the intersection of M-142 and Pinnebog Road in Huron County's Colfax Township. The crash took place shortly before 7 p.m. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a preliminary investigation revealed that a northbound Kenworth semi truck and trailer hauling steel, had stopped at the intersection on Pinnebog Road and turned onto M-142 heading west. A witness following the truck observed a vehicle come from the east, appearing to be traveling at a high rate of speed, strike the semi truck and trailer. Following impact, the Volvo sedan erupted in flames. Deputies say the fire was extinguished by a nearby resident. The driver of the car, Brant Anderson, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured. An investigation continues. Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by Elkton Police and Michigan State Police Troopers.
(HURON TOWNSHIP) -- Huron County Sheriff's deputies recovered stolen property and a destroyed safe that was taken from a residence in the 6300 block of Hubbard Road in Huron Township. The breaking and entering was reported Sunday afternoon by a friend of the homeowner. The homeowner was out of the area. Deputies learned that the contents of the safe included keepsakes such as silver spoons, $2 bills, coins and cash valued at nearly $2,000. The description of the contents sounded familiar to Sgt. Hunt, who had seen items resembling the stolen goods just one day earlier. A 24-year old Port Hope man, who had been a traffic accident on Saturday, was in possession of the items. The man, who had moved to the area from West Virginia last August, was also a neighbor and renter of the victim. Marion Sarra was arrested and arraigned on charges including second-degree home invasion and held on a $7,500 or 10% bond.
(GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP) -- The state has opened 140 acres in the Sanilac State Game Area for hunting and recreation. State Natural Resources officials say Monday in a release that the parcel in Sanilac County's Greenleaf Township is called the Petroglyph Tract and that it offers quality deer, turkey and ruffed grouse habitat. The relatively flat-bottom land is along the headwaters of the North Branch of the Cass River. About 90 percent is forest. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund provided funding to purchase the land.