(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Michigan State Police Troopers say two men were seriously injured in a single-vehicle roll over crash early Sunday morning on Washington Road near State Road in Sanilac County. The crash took place around 1:45 a.m. Troopers from the Caro Post say the driver of the vehicle, a 20-year old Southfield man, was traveling east on Washington Road when he struck a deer and went off the roadway. The impact caused the vehicle to overturn multiple times. The driver and his passenger, a 19-year old St. Clair man, were transported by a family member to a nearby residence where authorities were called. Both men were taken to McKenzie Health System in Sandusky. The driver was later flown by Flight Care to St. Mary's in Saginaw where he is listed in serious condition. The passenger was later transported to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw for further treatment. Troopers say speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash, which remains under investigation. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies, Croswell EMS and Sanilac EMS assisted Troopers at the scene.
(LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP) -- A 19-year old Kinde man was arrested early Monday after attempting to steal a semi truck from Scott's Quik Stop in Sanilac County's Lamotte Township. Deputies were sent to the business at the intersection of M-46 and M-53 just after 6 a.m. They learned that the driver of the semi owned by Jensen Bridge and Supply of Sandusky, David Schmidt, had stopped at Scott's and ran inside leaving the semi running. As Schmidt was check out at the cash register, he noticed the semi moving. Schmidt immediately ran outside and was able to open the door to the semi and apprehend the 19-year old suspect behind the steering wheel. Deputies arrested the Kinde man for unlawful driving away of an automobile. He remains jailed on a $25,000 bond. Further investigation revealed that the Kinde man took his grandmother's vehicle without permission in Huron County earlier in the morning. That vehicle was found in a ditch on M-53 near Deckerville Road. From there, the suspect was able to get a ride to Scott's Quik Stop. Deputies say the man was planning on driving to Florida.
(PORT SANILAC) -- Quick action by area firefighters and public safety officials resulted in no injuries during in a 7-alarm fire that broke out early Sunday morning in the hallway of Parkway Place Apartments, located at 7081 Huron Street in Port Sanilac. Port Sanilac Fire Chief Brian Moran says upon arrival, flames were observed shooting through the roof of the complex. Fire crews immediately checked the apartments and were able to get the last 10 of the 17 residents of the complex, out through patio doors to safety. Evacuated residents were taken to a temporary shelter at the Bark Shanty Community Center, and later transferred by Sanilac Transporation buses to the West Park Inn for temporary lodging. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigation Team is investigating. The building is expected to be a total loss. The Port Sanilac Department of Public Safety was assisted by 76 firefighters from Carsonville, Applegate, Sandusky, Lexington, Deckerville, and Croswell Fire Departments.
(AREA) -- State Senator Mike Green of Mayville testified last week on Senate Bill 60, legislation he sponsored that would clarify the definition of a "federally licensed firearms dealer" under state law. According to Green, the pistol purchase permit reforms passed last year cannot be fully implemented in our state because of a technical definition in state law. The legislation removes unintended obstacles to the exercise the Second Amendment in an industry that supports thousands of jobs in Michigan. Although intended to be industry-wide, the reforms only applied to certain firearms retailers because of an obscure, outdated definition in state law of a licensed dealer. The technicality has caused widespread confusion among law enforcement, firearms retailers and consumers. Green's legislation changes the definition to include any retailer licensed under federal law to sell firearms. It does not affect state or federal background check requirements for purchasing a firearm in any way. Green represents the 31st Senate District, which includes Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- Two people sustained serious non-life threatening injuries in a snowmobile accident that occurred Saturday evening on Birchwood Road near Forest Road in Worth Township. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say a 28-year old Port Huron woman was operating a snowmobile when she attempted to turn onto Birchwood Road and lost control, causing the snowmobile to leave the roadway and strike two trees. The woman and her passenger, a 30-year old Lexington man, were thrown from the snowmobile. They were not wearing helmets. Both were taken to Port Huron Hospital for treatment of injuries. The incident remains under investigation, with alcohol and speed both being a factor. Charges are pending against both subjects, whose names have not been released. Deputies were assisted by Lexington Fire and Rescue, Croswell EMS, and Lexington Police.
(LAPEER) -- Officials say a security officer who left his gun unattended in a Lapeer charter school's restroom will keep his job. According to Chatfield School Director Matt Young, the school reviewed the incident and has decided the unnamed officer "is a good fit for the position." But Young says the K-8 school has revised its security procedures and added additional protocols. They include installing "a lock box in a male staff restroom for our security officer to secure his weapon in while he uses that restroom." The county prosecutor's office has said a criminal charge isn't necessary, since no one was harmed. Chatfield recently hired the officer to help strengthen security. He's retired from the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department.
(AREA) -- Snow enthusiasts are enjoying the winter conditions and chilly weather throughout the state. Tuscola County Sheriff Lee Teschendorf reminds snowmobile riders to take extra precautions on the new fallen snow and to stay off of the ice. Some helpful tips to practice when heading out on the trails include wearing insulated boots and protective clothing including a helmet, gloves and eye protection, never ride alone, be alert to avoid fences and low strung wires, keep headlights and taillights on at all times and never operate snowmobiles on railroad tracks. Sheriff Teschendorf stresses that snowmobilers must abide by the same regulations as drivers. Be cautious at intersections and don't drink and drive.
(HURON COUNTY) -- A 36-year old Deckerville man remains jailed in Huron County after deputies received a call regarding a suspicious man from a concerned resident. Shortly before Noon Wednesday, the homeowner in the area of Carpenter and Learman Roads reported that a man came to her house wanting to buy gas. She became suspicious when the subject went through her yard and around her shed. The Verona Township woman witnessed the man leave in a black Ford Taurus after she told him she didn't have any gas to give him. Sgt. Schember found the suspect vehicle minutes later at a residence located on Rapson Road near Carpenter in Lincoln Township. As he approached the unoccupied home, the suspect came outside and told him he was in need of gas. The suspect admitted that he didn't know the homeowners. Sgt. Schember found a baggie of marijuana on the Deckerville man, which was believed to have been on him when he entered the house. The man was booked into jail for illegally entering the home and possession of marijuana. Formal charges are expected at arraignment. Sheriff Kelly Hanson urges residents to secure their homes, vehicles and out buildings at all times and report suspicious activity to authorities.
(HARBOR BEACH) -- The Harbor Beach School Board will hold a special meeting next month to conduct interviews with candidates interested in filling a vacant seat on the board following the resignation of Neal Laeder. The term expires on December 31, 2014. Interested applicants are asked to submit a notice of interest in writing to Superintendent Lawrence Kroswek by Friday, February 8 at 4 p.m. The notice of interest may be dropped off at the office between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or mailed to the board of education-Harbor Beach Community School District, 402 S. 5th Street, Harbor Beach, MI 48441. The interviews are scheduled for February 12 beginning at 7 p.m.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson warns residents of a recent scam that involves a fraudulent email that appears as if it is coming from Fed Ex. The email reads:
Your parcel has arrived at the post office on January 18. Our courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you. To receive your parcel, please, go to the nearest office and show this receipt.
Best Regards, The FedEx Team.
There is a link to a fictitious receipt. It is suspected that if the person clicks on the box "Get & Print Receipt," it may result in your computer getting a virus. Fed Ex confirms that the email message is a fraud and the company has been receiving reports of this scam since October of last year. Sheriff Hanson recommends that residents who may receive the fraudulent email, to contact Fed Ex directly at 800-463-3339.