(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a vehicle from a residence in the 4100 block of S. VanDyke Road in Marlette Township sometime between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday. The 29-year old resident informed deputies that she arrived home and found the 2002 4-door Ford Explorer, beige in color, missing from the driveway. The vehicle had three aluminum rims, one black rim, pink windshield wipers and a John Deere sticker in the front windshield. The woman said the vehicle had a half tank of fuel. On Tuesday afternoon, around 2:30 p.m., a citizen in the area of Montgomery and Cade Roads contacted Sanilac Central Dispatch to report a Ford Explorer that was found with extensive damage. Troopers from the Caro State Police Post confirmed that the damaged vehicle was the one reported stolen. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department at 810-648-2000.
(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools Superintendent Ann Binienda presented a list of cost savings recommendations to the school board last Wednesday for consideration. The recommendations are the result of declining enrollment at the district. Superintendent Binienda proposes a 5% reduction in across the board expense items, adjusting the Great Start Readiness Program teaching position, reducing the staff by four positions, reviewing the Athletic Director and Schedule B positions and transportation fees. The board was asked to take the recommendations into consideration and a discussion will be held at the March 20 meeting. Currently, Superintendent Binienda serves as he Athletic Director at no cost to the district. In other business, Principals Week was February 10-16 and the board and Superintendent Binienda commended High School Principal Scott Bular, Elementary Principal Jennifer Richmond, and Alternative Education Coordinator Russ Clark by passing a resolution in their honor.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Marlette Schools took home the traveling trophy at the 28th Annual Raymond T. Dunbar Sanilac County Academic Games, Saturday, February 23, for the 6th year in a row. Students on the Marlette team earned 302 total points and took top honors in the Science and Social Studies categories. Brown City Schools earned second place overall with 294 points and took top honors in Math. Carsonville-Port Sanilac earned third place overall with 274 points taking first in Language Arts and second place in Science. Other participating schools included Croswell-Lexington, Deckerville, Peck and Sandusky. 135 students tested their knowledge and skills during the competition held at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron.
(CROSWELL) -- The Croswell City Council selected their top choice for the City Manager position after interviews with four candidates Sunday. 28-year old Samuel Moore, current Community Development Director for the Village of Cass City, was offered the position. The Michigan Municipal League is conducting background and reference checks as the city attorney draws up a contract. City Clerk Sue Dobson says a start date has not been set as the background and reference checks take place. Interim Administrator Amy Planck will stay on the job and work with Mr. Moore, helping him assume his new duties as City Manager. The Michigan Municipal League has been assisting the City of Croswell in the search for a replacement after John Espinoza retired in December 2012. The three other finalists for the top spot were Joseph Merucci, former manager of Fowlerville, Clawson, and Pleasant Ridge, Assistant to the Oakland Township Manager Elaine Leven, and retired Port Huron Fire Chief Robert Eick.
(CASS CITY) -- Officials in Roscommon County say a 49-year old Cass City man was killed in a snowmobile crash Friday night. The victim, Christopher Peters, was with a group of riders when his snowmobile struck a tree near Houghton Lake. Denton Township Police say Peters was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
(LEXINGTON) -- Michigan State Police Troopers from the Caro Post arrested a 68-year old Lexington man early Monday morning on two counts of felonious assault after the man allegedly brandished two long guns toward his wife and adult granddaughter. Troopers were dispatched to the Lexington residence and advised that the man was intoxicated and suicidal. The man had also allegedly made threats to harm his neighbor. The man's family fled from the home for their own safety. The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team arrived and the suspect left the residence and was taken into custody without incident. Troopers were also assisted by the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department. The man remains jailed pending arraignment.
(PORT HURON) -- The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock in Port Huron will have a new commander soon. Hawaiian-born Justin Kimura will take command on June 14. Lt. Commander Kimura said he was excited to get the assignment. His wife is a Grand Rapids native. He replaces Commander Tim Brown, who will become the Coast Guard Academy planning officer in New London, Conneticut. Kimura now is the director of law enforcement, maritime security and defense operations executive assistant at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. The 225-foot cutter is responsible for tending buoys and other Coast Guard missions. After Kimura takes command, the ship and crew will spend the summer in dry dock in Maryland for repairs and maintenance.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- A 17-year old Lexington resident was injured in a roll over crash Sunday just before 11 p.m. along South Lakeshore near St. Clair Road in Sanilac County's Worth Township. Sheriff's deputies say the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Amber Lynn Tate, was traveling south on Lakeshore Road when she lost control, ran off the roadway into the ditch, struck a utility pole and several trees before coming to rest in a wooded area. Tate was transported by Croswell EMS to Port Huron Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash. Lexington Police, Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.
(AREA) -- State Representative Paul Muxlow says he supports the Michigan Department of Natural Resources 2013 Emergency Dredging Plan, which includes more than $1.5 million of funding for Blue Water and Huron lakeshore harbors. The plan includes a proposal of Grants-in-Aid of $71,995 each for the Port Huron River Street and Fort Street marinas, and $280,000 for the Port Sanilac Municipal Harbor. The Lexington State Harbor is targeted to receive $1.05 million from the state through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Representative Muxlow stressed that our Pure Michigan lakeshore communities are facing record-low water levels this year and it's crucial that this plan gets approved. The DNR's plan requests that the money be appropriated from the Waterways Fund and a portion from the general fund. They are also looking to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the federal government to give supplemental funding.
(BAD AXE) -- A joint investigation by the Huron County Sheriff's Department and Bad Axe Police resulted in a drug raid at a Bad Axe residence netting heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and cash. The search warrant was executed at the home located at 215 W. Butler Street Thursday evening. Officers discovered the meth lab in one of the bedrooms and contacted the Bay Area Narcotic Enforcement Team. The HAZMAT crew and fire fighters arrived on scene and quickly began opening doors and windows for ventilation of explosive fumes created from the manufacturing of methamphetamine. A 21-year old Detroit man was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance. A 30-year old Bad Axe man was taken into custody for maintaining a drug house. Additional charges are pending. Authorities say a third suspect is being sought by officers.