(LAMPTTE TOWNSHIP) -- A 5-year old child was flown to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw Saturday following a roll over crash at the intersection of Germania and Mushroom Roads in Sanilac County's Lamotte Township. Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place shortly before 7 p.m. when an SUV driven by George Kile of Deford struck a pickup and trailer that was parked in the roadway. The truck and trailer, owned by Jean Smith of Snover, had broken down and were left roadside while arrangements were being made to remove them. The collision caused the SUV to overturn. Both Kile and his 5-year old passenger were transported to Marlette Regional Hospital for treatment. The little boy was later flown to Saginaw for further treatment. Both Kile and Smith were issued citations. Sheriff's deputies were assisted by the Lamotte Township Fire Department and Marlette EMS.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Award recipients for the annual Sandusky Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet have been announced. This year's event will be held Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Woodland Hills Golf Club in Sandusky. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will start at 7 p.m. Nominated as "Citizen of the Year" was William Dixon. Bill is the owner of the Sandusky Tribune/Deckerville Recorder. He is the past president of the Sandusky Chamber of Commerce and Sandusky Lions Club. Bill was chosen for the award for the countless hours that he has put into the many events and organizations in the community. The "Volunteer of the Year" is Sanilac County Drain Commissioner Greg Alexander. Greg is being honored for his work with the Sanilac County Hockey Association. He has served as a Grand Knight for the Sandusky Council of the Knights of Columbus and is active in the Sandusky Chamber of Commerce festivals. The Sandusky WalMart will be named "Business of the Year" for donating over $15,000 to the community over the last year. The "Civic Samaritan of the Year" award will be given to the Sandusky Fire Department for the staff's tremendous dedication to the community. Along with supporting relief efforts, department members take part in every parade, fireworks display, offer school tours and also provide Trick-or-Treat candy screenings. Eastern Michigan Bank, Stonegate Village Assisted Living, and Family Eye Care will receive a "Golden Hammer" award for adding a major addition onto their existing buildings or completing a significant remodeling project. During the ceremony March 9, there will be a 50/50 drawing and silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person and will be available February 1. For more information call 810-648-4445.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- As bridge replacement work over the Quanicassee River continues just east of the county line in Tuscola, county road officials are reporting a surge in traffic on Old State Road. Although traffic is detoured, too many motorists are taking a shorter route, opting to use the local road instead. MDOT officials strongly urge motorists to used the posted detour, which reroutes traffic to M-15 in Bay City, then to M-138 to M-24 and back to M-25 in Unionville. Work on the $4.2 million project is on schedule. Crews have removed the old bridge and are working to lay the foundation for the new one. The construction project started in late November last year and is expected to be completed in mid June.
(AREA) -- State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon recently praised several school districts in the Thumb after they were named among the best in the state by Bridge magazine. Across all metrics, Kingston Community Schools earned the No. 8 ranking in the state. Judging by high school achievement, Caseville Public Schools and Kingston were ranked second and third in the state, respectively. Among rural districts, the magazine ranked Harbor Beach Community Schools sixth, Ubly Community Schools eighth and Caseville ninth. Brown stated that the honors are just the latest indicator of what a great place the Thumb is to live and raise a family. With education funding being cut significantly in the last two years, and more cuts looming on the horizon, succeeding in giving children the best education possible is harder than ever. State Representative Brown says he will continue to fight for school funding.
PICTURED: State Representative Terry Brown (D-Pigeon) stands with Caseville Superintendent Ken Ewald and Ed Smith, from the office of Congresswoman Candice Miller.
Also pictured, State Representative Terry Brown with Ubly Superintendent Rocky Aldrich and Harbor Beach Superintendent Lawrence Kroswek.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- Shell Canada experienced a crude oil tank leak at their facility in Ontario, Canada Thursday afternoon. Residents near the St. Clair River may detect a strong odor that could be present over the next day or two. St. Clair County Emergency Management Director Jeff Friedland says there is no immediate threat to citizens in St. Clair Township in Ontario, Canada or in St. Clair County, Michigan. Canadian and U.S. authorities continue to monitor the situation. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says there is no threat to the St. Clair River. The City of Port Huron and the Marysville Fire Department are monitoring air quality as a precautionary measure only. At this time, Shell is allowing crude to flow to an oily water separator and estimate the pump-out time to be up to four days. Once again, there is no threat to area residents along the St. Clair River following a crude oil spill at Shell Canada.
(WATERTOWN) -- The two suspects accused in the armed robbery of the Depot Party Store in Watertown last October have been bound over to Circuit Court. The robbery took place during the evening hours October 26 with the suspects getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash and personal checks. 31-year old Howard Wiggins of Detroit and his girlfriend, 30-year old Cassandra Kelly of Peck, are scheduled to appear for arraignment Monday, January 28 at 1:30 p.m. Both had a preliminary exam on Wednesday in Sanilac County District Court. Kelly has been charged with armed robbery for her role in the heist and remains free on a $2,500 personal bond. Wiggins, who remains jailed on a $500,000 bond, was charged with armed robbery, felony firearms and felon in possession of firearms. He is also being held on a parole violation.
(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers seized illegal drugs during two raids and a traffic stop this week. The first took place Tuesday when deputies conducted a traffic stop on I-94 at Water Street in Port Huron around 9 p.m. Three people were arrested when deputies found heroin packaged for sale, valued at $1,200 and cash inside the vehicle. A small child was relocated with a family member. The stop secured a search warrant for a home in the 2700 block of Gratiot Avenue where Special Response Team members and Drug Task Force officers seized heroin, cocaine, cash, analog drugs, and a digital scale. A total of six people were arrested during both raids. The suspects include four Port Huron area men ages 20, 22, 28, and 31, a 25-year old Lexington woman and a 41-year old Port Huron woman. A home in the 3100 block of Electric in Port Huron was searched Wednesday night after officers received several tips of narcotic sales from multiple sources. Crack cocaine valued at $2,300, marijuana, $600 in cash, digital scales, and a vehicle was seized from the residence. A 27-year old man and 25-year old woman were arrested at the scene and two young children were relocated with a family member.
(LAPEER) -- Rain lead to ice in some parts of Michigan, closing schools in rural areas and knocking out electricity. Consumers Energy says hundreds of people lost power in downtown Flint Friday morning. Lapeer schools in Lapeer County told kids to stay home because rural roads were too slick. The weekend also started early for other schools in the Thumb, including Harbor Beach, Highland Pines in Caro, Brown City, Cass City, Kingston, Mayville, Millington, North Branch, Capac, Memphis, and Yale. Despite the slippery roads, the weather is expected to turn much warmer in much of the state this weekend with high temperatures in the 50's.
(HURON COUNTY) -- A 21-year old Cass City man remains jailed in Huron County after allegedly stealing a vehicle from a residence in Pigeon early Wednesday morning. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says deputies were sent to 112 James Street in Pigeon around 1 a.m. to learn that the intoxicated suspect had decided that he wanted to leave the residence and took the homeowners 1998 Ford Explorer. The suspect claimed that he was on probation in Tuscola County and needed to be home at a certain time. During the investigation, the Michigan State Police came across power tools in the roadway near Michigan Ave. and James Street. A fence nearby had also been driven through. The homeowner confirmed that power tools were located in the back of her vehicle and that there was a faulty back latch. The suspect then called the homeowner stating that he didn't know where he was. He agreed to call 9-1-1 in an effort to pinpoint his location. Deputies were able to locate the suspect, Christopher Garrett, in the area of M-25 and M-142 in Fairhaven Township, hiding in the ditch. He was arraigned on a felony charge of unlawfully driving an automobile, operating while intoxicated, and driving while license suspended. Bond was set at $5,000 or 10% cash.
(CROSWELL) -- The City of Croswell has hired former Imlay City Administrator Amy Planck as the interim city manager following the retirement of John Espinoza at the end of December. Planck assumed her duties on January 3 and is working on a part-time basis three days a week. When asked if she was interested in the full-time position, Interim Administrator Planck said she was not, but excited to work on construction projects that are in the works for as long as she is on the job. Planck served as Imlay City's Administrator for 11-years and as clerk before that prior to retiring. Applicants interested in the full-time city manager position have until February 8 to submit a resume to the Michigan Municipal League. A link is provided on the city's website at www.cityofcroswell.com