(AREA) -- Overnight below-zero temperatures are predicted for Michigan as the state braces for the coldest air of winter. Meanwhile, DTE Energy still is pecking away at power outages caused by high winds over the weekend. By late afternoon Monday, the utility says 17,000 customers lack power compared to a peak of more than 120,000. The Thumb was hardest hit with 20 percent of the service area knocked offline. As of 10 a.m. Huron County still had 357 customers without electricity. Lapeer County has around 200, Sanilac County around 170, less than 50 in Tuscola County and St. Clair County residents are back online with only a handful still in the dark. DTE says electricity should be restored to 90 percent of customers before Tuesday as crews work 16-hour shifts. The National Weather Service says temperatures will fall below zero after midnight around the state. When the wind chill is considered, it will feel like 35 below zero in the western Upper Peninsula. From Lake Michigan east to the Thumb, high temperatures Tuesday won't get past 15 degrees.
(DENMARK TOWNSHIP) -- Denmark Township Police say a Huron and Eastern Railway train struck a semi trailer last Thursday afternoon after the semi truck driver failed to stop for the flashing railroad crossing on M-46. 56-year old Billy Reese of Sebewaing was driving the semi truck hauling an empty double-bottom gravel train east on M-46 near Bradford Road when the crash took place. The second trailer was struck by the train. Neither Reese nor the driver of the train was injured. A witness reported seeing the crossing lights activated and hearing the engineer sound the train's horn prior to impact.
(AREA) -- The head of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw says about half of its 109 places of worship will reduce or end services over the next 3-years. Bishop Joseph Cistone says that so far, no churches are slated to close. Cistone says the diocese is designating 56 of the 109 churches as parish churches, 24 for additional use and 29 for occasional use.
Effective, July 1st of this year, St Joseph Church in Sandusky, St. John in Peck, and St. Elizabeth in Marlette will merge, forming a new parish community. St. Joseph will serve as the parish church. Mass will also be celebrated each weekend at both St. John and St. Elizabeth.
St. Denis in Lexington, St. Mary in Port Sanilac and St. Patrick in Croswell will also merge, with St. Denis serving as the parish church. Mass will also be celebrated each weekend at St. Mary. Regularly scheduled masses will no longer be celebrated at St. Patrick; however, the St. Patrick site will also serve in support of Hispanic ministry.
St. John in Ubly, St. Columbkille at Sheridan Corners, St. Joseph in Argyle, and St. Ignatius in Freiburg will be merging with St. John being the parish church. Mass will also be held each weekend at St. Columbkille at Sheridan and St. Joseph in Argyle.
Also on July 1st, Saints Peter and Paul in Ruth and St. John in Forestville will merge, with Saints Peter and Paul being the parish church. Mass will also be celebrated seasonally each weekend at St. John.
St. Mary in Parisville and St. Patrick in Palms will merge, with St. Mary as the parish church. A weekend mass will also be held at St. Patrick.
Our Lady of Lake Huron in Harbor Beach and St. Anthony in Helena will merge and Our Lady of Lake Huron will be the parish church. A weekend mass will also be held at St. Anthony Church.
(AREA) -- Winds that gusted to 60 miles per hour swept across Michigan early Sunday morning, knocking down trees and power lines and cutting off electrical service to at least 195,000 homes and businesses. Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says 120,000 of its southeastern Michigan customers lost power in the overnight storm, and about 84,000 remained blacked out late Sunday afternoon. The Thumb area was the hardest hit with 2,800 customers still blacked out in Tuscola County, 2,400 in Huron County, 2,120 in St. Clair County, 1,080 in Lapeer County and around 1,050 in Sanilac County. Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says the storms knocked 75,000 of its customers across the Lower Peninsula off line, and about 9,500 were without service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Area residents are reminded not to touch downed power lines and report them by calling 800-477-4747.
(OLIVER TOWNSHIP) -- A 28-year old Elkton man was found in the roadway on M-142 just west of Myrtle Drive in Huron County's Oliver Township Thursday evening. Huron County Sheriff's deputies say Jason Smukala was found by a motorist from Bay Port. Smukala told deputies that he was walking eastbound along M-142 and was struck by a 2003 or older Chevrolet Malibu or Impala, pewter or light gray in color. He was unable to provide any further information. Elkton EMS personnel transported Smukala to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. He was later transferred to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw for further treatment. Anyone with information on this incident or tips on the suspect vehicle are asked to contact the Huron County Sheriff's Department.
(ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP) -- Republican state senators have introduced a bill that would exempt Michigan-made guns and ammunition from federal regulations. Thirteen Republican senators introduced the "Michigan Firearms Freedom Act" on Thursday. The bill's introduction came on same week that President Barack Obama laid out his extensive gun proposal, which includes reinstating the military-style assault weapon ban. Progress Michigan said the bill was "copy and pasted from fringe Missouri legislation" and asked lawmakers to "stop introducing legislation written by radical out-of-state special interest groups." The bill's primary sponsor is Senator Phil Parlov of St. Clair County's St. Clair Township. Parlov introduced the same bill in 2009, but the bill stalled in committee under the Democratic-controlled House.
(FLYNN TOWNSHIP) -- The 25-year old Snover man accused of stealing cattle from a Flynn Township resident in November has been sentenced to 10 months in jail. Steven Galloway was charged with attempted larceny more than $1,000 and less than $20,000 following his arrest and plead guilty to the charge in December. Sheriff's deputies say the owner of the cattle, Matthew Sutton, informed deputies that he had purchased 10 Holstein cattle from the Cass City Stock Yards and the next day, noticed four of his cattle were missing. That evening, Galloway was found on Sutton's property with five feeder calves loaded into the back of a suspect trailer. Sutton said the cattle were worth $1,100 each. Galloway was given credit for 62 days served and must pay court costs and fines.
(AREA) -- The latest information and industry updates regarding corn in Michigan will be discussed at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Corn Growers Association on Monday, February 4 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. Registration, including a full breakfast, will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the program to follow at 10 a.m. This year's speakers include Pam Johnson, newly elected President of the National Corn Growers Association, Jeff Sandborn, MCGA president and NCGA Ethanol Committee member, Derek Bajema, Legislative Liaison for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ed Breitmeyer, a Michigan corn grower and U.S. Grains Council Advisory Board member, and Dr. Coleman Jones, Biofuel Implementation Manager for General Motors in North America. The keynote speaker will be veteran NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace, who will talk about his support of ethanol and America's farmers. MCGA members may attend the annual meeting free of charge and non-MCGA members may attend at a cost of $20 per person. To register visit www.micorn.org
(CARSONVILLE) -- A long-time Deckerville business is expanding and adding a new location. Scott and Judy Berger, owners of Deckerville Auto Parts, have purchased the Carsonville Auto Value store. The business will be known as Fix Automotive and will be managed by Rich and Maryann Singer. Fix Automotive will have the complete line of Napa Auto Parts that have been featured at Deckerville Auto Parts since the store opened in 1986. The new Carsonville location will be opening within the next 6 weeks.
(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron Police are seeking tips from the public in the search for a fugitive wanted for a serious sex offense. 38-year old Donald Francis McLeod is wanted for three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and fourth offense habitual offender. McLeod is known to be in the Port Huron area and was most recently residing in the 3000 block of Brace Road in Fort Gratiot. He is described as a white man, 5'11" in height and 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on this fugitives whereabouts are asked to contact the CAPTURE hotline at 810-987-6688 or go to www.porthuronpolice.org A reward of up to $1,000 is available if an arrest is made.