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(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- State Police at the Caro Post have released details of a fatal accident that occurred Saturday evening on Dickerson Road near McGregory Road in Tuscola County's Elmwood Township. An investigation revealed that the driver of the SUV, 22-year old Alexandra Kappen of Cass City, lost control of her vehicle due to ice and snow on the road. Her vehicle then crossed into the westbound lane, striking a pickup truck head-on. The driver of the pickup, 48-year old Kurt Mika of Unionville was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw for treatment of a leg injury. Ms. Kappen died at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw shortly after arrival. 

(ELMWOOD TOWNSHIP) -- State Police Troopers continue to investigate a fatal crash that took place on Dickerson Road near McGregory Road Saturday, sometime before 7:30 p.m. in Tuscola County's Elmwood Township. Troopers from the Caro Post say an investigation showed that a pickup driven by a 42-year old Unionville man was traveling west on Dickerson Road when it collided head on with an eastbound Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by the victim, a 22-year old Cass City woman. The Unionville man was extricated from his vehicle by emergency personnel on scene and transported to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw with a leg injury. The 22-year old victim was flown by helicopter to St. Mary's in Saginaw where she passed away shortly after arrival. Troopers are seeking information on the crash. Troopers say both vehicles sustained extensive front end damage and it is believed that one of the vehicles may have lost control, crossing the centerline and striking the other. Anyone that may have witnessed the collision or came upon the crash prior to emergency response units are asked to contact the Caro Post at 989-673-2156.

(PORT HURON) -- Five suspects were arrested last Thursday night following a drug raid at a home in the 1300 block of 6th Street in Port Huron. St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers seized $140 worth of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, $728 in cash and a 1995 Buick. The suspects include four men ages 34, 40, 50, and 57 from Port Huron, Flint and Detroit and a 32-year old Flint woman. They remain jailed on numerous drug related charges. Drug Task Force officials had received several tips about narcotics sales at that location.

(PORT HURON) -- A $145 million expansion of the Blue Water Bridge customs plaza in Port Huron has been halted due to a lack of federal funding. Port Huron city leaders have been told the federal government isn't interested in continuing the project. The update was given Friday by federal and state officials. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dennis Counihan says the project is not part of the agency's current five-year plan.
Congresswoman Candice Miller says she intends to forcefully communicate with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and President Obama that this decision is completely unacceptable. In 2011, budget concerns forced the then-$500 million project to be scaled back from 56 acres to 16 acres. The Blue Water Bridge connects Port Huron and Ontario over the St. Clair River. A state Transportation official says $47 billion in goods crossed the bridge in 2011.  

Monday, 11 February 2013 12:27

St. Clair County inmate commits suicide

(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- An inmate in the St. Clair County jail awaiting trial on a home invasion charge, committed suicide in his cell Friday afternoon. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the 28-year old Port Huron man tied a sheet around his neck and laid down in a bed covering himself with a second sheet. Corrections deputies performing their rounds originally thought the man was sleeping. Deputies immediately contacted medical staff and began CPR on the man. He was transported to Mercy Hospital and pronounced dead. Sheriff Donnellon says it was determined that the Corrections Deputies performed their duties by the book and did everything possible to assist the man. He noted that the inmate had a long history of mental illness and had made other attempts at suicide.

(AREA) -- A Detroit-area couple who became stranded on an island last year exchanged vows in a wedding ceremony that - unlike the elaborate proposal that prompted their rescue - went according to plan. Nathan Bluestein and May Gorial were married Saturday in Detroit. Bluestein and Gorial set out by canoe in September in Wild Fowl Bay near Caseville. Gorial accepted the proposal, but strong wind and waves kept them from returning to shore. Bluestein had planned the proposal for months. The two talked and snapped pictures, not realizing they were too far from land. They ended up on North Island, unprepared for the weather. Two Huron County sheriff's deputies rescued them.

(PORT HURON) -- Partners at Heart, the joint cardiac program of Port Huron Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing comprehensive cardiac services to the Blue Water Area and has recently been ranked among the best in quality outcomes when compared to other hospitals by the Society for Surgeons. The two hospitals established Partners at Heart in 1993 based on community need. Although both hospitals had approval from the state to create their own programs, they determined that it would be more beneficial to the community if they combined their resources and extensive expertise into one solid service. More than 3,700 open heart surgeries have been performed since the program's inception.

Friday, 08 February 2013 10:43

Michigan commission to talk low water levels

(AREA) -- The Michigan State Waterways Commission plans to hold a special meeting to discuss the impact of low lake water levels on recreational boating. The meeting is set for Friday, Feb. 8 at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. A number of lakes throughout the state are reporting low levels, including Lakes Huron and Michigan, which are at their lowest levels since record-keeping began in 1918. And some Michigan harbors are in danger of losing their connections to open water because of low Great Lakes levels. 

(LAPEER) -- A jury has ruled against a Michigan prison employee who says she was illegally reassigned after telling lawmakers that young inmates at the Lapeer prison were being coddled. Ruth Mosholder was a school officer at the prison. She wrote a letter to lawmakers, complaining about prison-sponsored rap contests in 2008 and saying the prison lacked overall discipline. Mosholder sued after she was turned into a general prison officer and required to work weekends and holidays. She claims it was illegal retaliation, but a Detroit federal jury disagreed Thursday after a brief trial this week. The Corrections Department says Mosholder was reassigned because of conflicts with staff over her job performance. As for the rap contests, officials say lyrics were screened and any profanity or gang references caused disqualification. 

(PORT HURON) -- Two Detroit area residents were arrested Thursday after crashing a stolen vehicle into an ambulance  and fleeing on foot. Port Huron Police officers say the 20 and 15-year old suspects took the vehicle that had been left running in the 1300 block of 8th Street and drove west on White Street. The car crossed the path of the ambulance traveling south on 10th Street, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. Both suspect fled from the scene on foot and were apprehended a short time later. Witnesses assisted officers in locating the pair hiding in a garage. They both face charges of unlawfully driving away and auto and leaving the scene of an accident causing injury during arraignment.