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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 10:17

Deckerville man hurt in roll over crash

(MARION TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies investigated a  single vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Deckerville Road near Banner Road. Deputies say the driver of the vehicle, 68-year old Fred Hinds of Deckerville was traveling east on Deckerville Road when he lost control of his vehicle due to road conditions. The roads were icy and slush-covered and Hinds' vehicle entered the north ditch, rolling over several times before coming to rest in a field. He was taken to Deckerville Hospital and later flight cared to Covenant Cooper Hospital in Saginaw for additional treatment. Deckerville firefighters and Sanilac EMS assisted deputies at the scene.

(MILLINGTON) -- A quirky stunt a quarter-century ago and a 60-year relationship with a fast food chain has resulted in a Thumb area man's induction into White Castle hall of fame. Jim Work, a 69-year-old retired Livonia police officer, devised a late-1980's helicopter delivery of some White Castle hamburgers that earned him a place in the restaurant's history books. Work was one of 11 honorees for 2012 selected out of more than 700 applicants. Work says his idea for the helicopter delivery stunt grew from his and his fellow police officers' love for the bite-size burgers. He and his co-workers often had impromptu gatherings to enjoy sacks of White Castle sliders. Work now lives in Millington and says he doesn't get to White Castle now as much as in the past because the closest one is about 30 minutes away from him in Flint. There are 91 people in the White Castle Hall of Fame.

(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- A 50-year old Dearborn Heights man was injured in a snowmobile accident Thursday afternoon in the 4400 block of E. Aitken Road in Sanilac County's Lexington Township. Sheriff's deputies say the crash at 1:30 p.m. took place after the driver, Leonard Distelrath, was stopped at Aitken Road near Old-51 and his throttle stuck causing the machine to cross the road at a high rate of speed. The snowmobile struck the north guardrail and threw Distelrath over the guardrail and 25-feet down into the Black River. Two Croswell residents who witnessed the accident, found Distelrath partially submergered in the water. He was transported to Port Huron Hospital by Croswell EMS for treatment of unknown injuries. Sheriff's deputies were assisted by the Croswell Police and Fire Departments and the Applegate Fire Department.

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County authorities say a 36-year old Millington man has been charged with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and twelve counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from alleged abuse between November 2009 and December 2012. The victim in the case was between the ages of 12 and 15 when the crimes were committed in the city of Vassar. Todd Allen Geisenhaver was arraigned Wednesday in Tuscola County on the charges and bond was set at $80,000. His pre-preliminary exam has been scheduled for January 7 at 8:15 a.m. and a preliminary exam is set for January 14 at 8:30 a.m.

(AREA) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says it has started seasonal ice-breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The effort called "Operation Coal Shovel" began Thursday and also includes the Canadian Coast Guard. The U.S. Coast Guard is also scheduled to begin ice-breaking operations in the Saginaw Bay. The 225-foot Port Huron-based cutter Hollyhock will be in the Saginaw Bay shipping channel. Icebreakers from the U.S. and Canada work together to prevent ice jams in the waterways as conditions worsen throughout the winter. Crews say any ice in the area should be considered unsafe and officials are urging people in the area to stay clear.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan school was briefly placed on lockdown following an emergency call about a person with a gun. Flint school district spokesman Bob Campbell says the lockdown order at Northern High School was lifted around 9:55 a.m. Thursday after police searched the building. No weapons were found. Campbell says some parents picked up their children once the lockdown was lifted, but school was continuing for the day. According to Campbell, a call made to 911 earlier Thursday morning claimed a person at Flint Northern was armed and making threats. The school was notified by police and initiated its safety plan. Campbell says police will continue to investigate, and there will be an increased security presence at the school about 55 miles northwest of Detroit throughout the day.

(AREA) -- Preliminary reports indicate 10 people died in traffic crashes over the New Year's holiday in Michigan and nine people were killed over the Christmas holiday. According to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center, half of the deaths over New Year's involved alcohol and five of the nine crashes over Christmas were alcohol related. Although it is early to make comparisons, last year 14 people died over the four-day New Year's holiday period and eight died over the four-day Christmas holiday period.

(WATERTOWN) -- The two suspects accused in the armed robbery of the Depot Party Store in Watertown appeared in Sanilac County District Court Wednesday for their pre-exam conferences. With no changes in the case, 31-year old Howard Wiggins of Detroit and 30-year old Cassandra Kelly of Peck are scheduled to appear for their preliminary exams Wednesday, January 9 at 1:30 p.m. The robbery took place during the evening hours of October 26. Authorities say the pair got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and personal checks following the heist. Citizen tips were instrumental in the arrests. Wiggins has been charged with armed robbery, felony firearms, and felon in possession of firearms. He remains jailed on a $500,000 bond and is also being held on a parole violation. His girlfriend, Cassandra Kelly was charged with armed robbery for her role. Police say Kelly was driving the suspect vehicle in the case. She remains free on a $2,500 personal bond.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 11:33

Wind farm in Tuscola County operational

(GILFORD TOWNSHIP) -- A wind farm in Tuscola County set to be fully operational by the end of 2012 was completed ahead of schedule, according to NextEra Energy. The turbines in Gilford Township have been running for just over a month. The 68 turbines built by NextEra Energy Resources LLC are included with seven constructed in Saginaw County's Blumfield Township comprising of the Tuscola-Bay Wind Energy Center. NextEra, based out of Florida in the United States, invested more than $250 million into the project. The 120 megawatts generated through the wind farm will power around 50,000 homes.

(AREA) -- The federal government says preliminary figures show that Lakes Michigan and Huron reached record low water levels in December. Keith Kompoltowicz of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers says that the measurements are expected to be made official later in the week. All of the Great Lakes have had lower water levels in the past year because of light snowfall in the winter and light rainfall in the spring. The previous all-time low mean level was set in 1964 at 576.2 feet above sea level. The preliminary mean for December 2012 is 576.15 feet.