(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- The Clay Township Police Department is investigating an assault with intent to murder case that occurred on Sunday, January 20 at 9 p.m. in the township. Officers say two suspects entered a store at 9299 Stone Road. A single shot was fired at the manager by one of the perpetrators. The two suspects then fled on foot when the manager pulled out his weapon in self defense. The first suspect is described as a man, 5'6" or 5'8" in height and around 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue carhartt jump suit, a white hoodie, full face mask and white gloves. Police say the suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The second suspect was described as a man, 6 foot tall and about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue or black hooded sweatshirt with the letters PONY across the chest, white gloves and a dark mask. Anyone that may have seen two men matching these descriptions around the time of the crime is asked to contact the Clay Township Police Department at 810-794-9381 or the CAPUTRE hotline at 810-987-6688.
(SPEAKER TOWNSHIP) -- A Melvin woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. in Sanilac County's Speaker Township. Sheriff's deputies say a vehicle driven by 33-year old Christine VanBrande of Peck was traveling east on E. Burnsline Road near Duquette Road when 55-year old Renee Braman pulled out of her driveway into the path of VanBrande, causing the collision. Braman was transported to McKenzie Health System for treatment on non-life threatening injuries. Deputies were assisted by the Speaker Township Fire Department and Tri-Hospital EMS.
(ARGYLE TOWNSHIP) -- Three Snover area men were arrested Monday afternoon following a breaking and entering at a home in the 2300 block of Argyle Road. Sanilac County Drug Task Force officers observed the three individuals while gathering information on possible drug activity in the northern part of the county. Officers learned that the homeowners were not home. The three men ages 18, 20 and 21-all from Moore Township--were arrested for breaking and entering. The 18-year old was also charged with probation violation and the 20-year old was charged with drug possession. Property stolen from the residence and drugs were found inside a vehicle used during the crime. Deputies say the drug violations are unrelated to the victim of the crime or the victim's residence.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says his department has received $700 in contributions over the last couple of months to assist in waging war against illegal drugs in the county. The Ubly Fox Hunters Club and a local municipality, that requests anonymity, donated the money. They add to the list of many other civic organizations and municipalities that have also contributed over time and supported the Sheriff's Office's effort to curb drug activity. Sheriff Hanson says he is grateful for the donations during these tough economic times and the money will be used in a variety of ways, such as buying equipment, training, overtime or even as actual buy money. Residents are reminded to report illegal drug activity by calling 989-269-6500 or the confidential tip line at 989-269-2861.
PICTURED: Left to right: Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson, Ubly Fox Hunter's Club President Erich Wessels, and Treasurer Dan Lackowski
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- Genesee County is getting closer to the construction of an intake pipeline that will extend nearly two miles into Lake Huron in Sanilac County's Worth Township for the raw water pipeline project for the Karegnondi Water Authority. The authority includes representatives from Flint, Lapeer, and Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac counties. Genesee County bought more than 230 acres of former Detroit Edison property in the 7700 block of Fisher Road in Worth Township a couple of years back to eventually obtain a source of water for the city of Flint. The property includes 40 acres of shoreline for the project. Bids on the 78" intake pipeline will be accepted until February 26. Construction on the pipeline project is expected to take a year to complete and cost around $35 million. The pump station will be located in the woods on the west side of M-25. The intake pipe will tunnel 50 feet under the roadway, past the shoreline, and into the lake bed until it reaches a point where boring can be done from an anchored barge in Lake Huron. Water will run along the southern border of Sanilac County. A total cost for the project is between $270 and $300 million with a completion date set sometime in 2015.
(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron firefighters were able to save a family's home in the 1500 block of Jenks Street early Wednesday morning after being dispatched to the structure fire just before 6 a.m. The occupants of the home were able to get out safely. Fire Marshal Jeffery Tucker says crews arrived on scene and found flames coming from a bedroom window. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze with no injuries reported. Tucker says the home sustained moderate damage and the fire was confined to the bedroom. The cause remains under investigation.
(AREA) -- Nearly 800,000 passengers traveled on Amtrak trains in Michigan in 2012, setting a highest-ever ridership record for the state's three routes. Michigan's routes include the three-times-a-day Wolverine Service (Pontiac/Detroit-Chicago), once daily Blue Water Service (Port Huron-East Lansing-Chicago), and once daily Pere Marquette Service (Grand Rapids-Chicago). MDOT officials cited increased awareness of train service and a positive focus on the future of rail travel as the most important reasons why ridership numbers are increasing. There were 792,769 riders overall, with 495,277 traveling the Wolverine, 187,991 passengers on the Blue Water, and 109,501 passengers on the Pere Marquette. Revenue from the three routes also jumped to a best-ever high of $27.8 million in 2012, with Blue Water Service at $6.1 million. Amtrak operates intercity trains in partnership with 15 states, including Michigan's Pere Marquette and Blue Water services, which are supported by state grants.
(WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- A 76-year old Carsonville man was seriously injured after being struck by a falling tree Monday afternoon. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the incident took place shortly after Noon on vacant land in the 1000 block of Rowe Road in Washington Township. Deputies say the victim, Duane Nichol, had been cutting a tree that had been dead for some time and was brittle. The tree split unexpectedly and struck him in the head. Nichol was transported to McKenzie Health System in Sandusky by Sanilac Ambulance personnel and later flown to a Saginaw area hospital for further treatment. The Carsonville Fire Department assisted deputies at the scene.
(PIGEON) -- Cooperative Elevator Company is doing its part to help families in the area during tough economic times, providing $15,600 to the Thumb Breadbasket to help supplement the food needs of families in the community. The partnership with Thumb Breadbasket is one of Cooperative Elevator Company's many commitments to sharing the abundance of the harvest with communities in Michigan, nationally and across the globe through projects including Food Resources Bank and Operation Blessing.
Along with donations and grants, the company donated $100 in the name of each board of director and employee totaling $27,780 in 2012 compared to $23,846 donated in 2011. In 2013, Cooperative Elevator Company will be donating 25% of the crop income generated from a recently purchased 40 acre parcel of land to Thumb Breadbasket and 75% of the proceeds to the Food Resources Bank.
Established in 1915, Cooperative Elevator Company is an agricultural cooperative owned by 1,023 farmers. It currently employs 146 full-time people and is based in the Thumb with plants in Akron, Bad Axe, Deckerville, Elkton, Fairgrove, Gagetown, North Branch, Pigeon, Richville, Ruth, and Sebewaing.
(PORT HURON) -- A 149-year-old church in Port Huron is closing for several weeks while it makes repairs from Superstorm Sandy. There is water damage throughout St. John's United Church of Christ, especially on the ceiling above the stained-glass windows. Pews are being removed to accommodate the work. The church's administrative assistant, Ed McCoy, says the damage was obvious as soon as the storm hit in October. The congregation of 200 will have services in the church gym for at least four weeks. There are plans for a big celebration next year when St. John's United Church of Christ turns 150.