(CROSWELL) -- The Croswell Fire Department is seeking donations from community members, businesses, and local organizations for the purchase of a new Jaws of Life. The department's current set of jaws was purchased in 1987 and is wearing out after 25-years of use. A major concern is that alloy metals that come with improvements and safety features in newer vehicles can't be cut with the old equipment. With the advancements in technology, the new Jaws of Life are more powerful, faster, light weight and more portable, allowing firemen to extract victims from vehicles or farm equipment more efficiently. A new jaws would not only be an asset to the Croswell Fire District, but surrounding areas in the mutual aid agreement. A new Jaws of Life will cost the department $35,000. Donations for the life-saving equipment are greatly appreciated. Checks may be made payable to the City of Croswell with a note of "For Jaws of Life" in the memo line and dropped off or mailed to City Hall at 100 N. Howard Street. For more information on the equipment or how you can help, contact Croswell Fire Lieutenant Mike Bales at 810-679-4020.
(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron Police Detective Lieutenant Duane Loxton says a fourth suspect has been charged in connection to the torture, criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment investigation that was reported last week in the city of Port Huron. 18-year old Talon Ferguson of Port Huron was charged with multiple counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Ferguson remains jailed after bond was set at $100,000. Bond was denied for the three other named suspects charged in the case--21-year old Vito Hale, 19-year old Conrad Evenson, and 18-year old Bobby Joe Main. The four defendants are scheduled to appear for a preliminary exam on February 12 at 1:30 p.m. Authorities say the two victims in this case suffered alleged assault over a lengthy period of time.
(BAD AXE) -- Five illegal aliens were taken into custody last Friday evening after a routine traffic stop in Huron County. Bad Axe Police made the stop around 6:30 p.m. for defective equipment on a Chevrolet van. The officer noticed several Mexican citizens inside the van, two of them seated on the floor. The driver, a 56-year old Marlette woman, advised the officer that she was taking the people in her van shopping. She said the people were employed by a dairy farm in the Parisville area and call her when they needed a ride. Four of the people were able to produce Mexican ID cards. One of them had no identification. It was learned that all five were in the country illegally. After being transported to the Huron County jail, the five illegal immigrants were turned over to federal agents at a pre-arranged meeting place in Port Sanilac.
(BAD AXE) -- The Huron Community Fair Association has been awarded a Capital Improvement Grant. The grant program, offered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, is designed to assist in the promotion of building improvements or other capital improvements on county fairgrounds within the state. The Huron County Fair is entering its 145th year. State Senator Mike Green of Mayville says the improvements will help continue the tradition of agriculture competition and family-friendly entertainment for many years to come. The Huron Community Fair Association in Bad Axe will receive $20,000 for the installation of recreational vehicle pedestals and related electrical work. Fairs are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar cash match. In November, the association wrote and presented a compelling grant proposal to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development explaining why these improvements were essential and was chosen among dozens of applicants to receive the prestigious grant.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki asks the public to be on the look out for a 2004 maroon Ford Taurus and a man by the name of Daniel John Meyers. The 47-year old suspect, 6'2" in height and 210 pounds, was involved in a car chase with a stolen vehicle around the Argyle area recently and could be headed back to the Sandusky or Argyle area. Police believe Meyers fled to Taylor, Michigan and was possibly involved in several violent incidents spanning across areas of southern Michigan. Biniecki says Meyers is considered dangerous. The maroon Ford Taurus has a Michigan registration 0KUR05. Anyone with information on Meyers' location or spots the suspect vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP for a possible reward.
(METAMORA TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities say a car flew through the air, crashed into trees and caught fire, killing two people in the vehicle. The Oakland County Sheriff's Department says the crash happened about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday in Metamora Township in Lapeer County. The department says it responded to an emergency call and found the car engulfed in flames. It says an Oxford Township fire crew arrived and extinguished the blaze. Metamora Township police say authorities believe they know the names of the victims but are awaiting the results of autopsies and dental examinations to make sure.
(CASCO TOWNSHIP) -- A three-vehicle crash injured one person late Tuesday night on eastbound I-94 near Meisner Road in St. Clair County's Casco Township. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says ice conditions caused the crash, which occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. The first vehicle lost control on the slick roadway and struck the median barrier. The second vehicle spun out of control, also striking the barrier. A third car lost control and struck the driver of the second vehicle, who had exited his vehicle. The injured driver, 59-year old Rodney Thompson of Port Huron, was transported to Port Huron Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Eastbound I-94 was closed from 26 Mile Road to Fred Moore Highway for about two hours following the crash. The freeway was opened to traffic shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Ira Township Fire and Rescue assisted deputies at the scene.
(SANDUSKY) -- There is a vacancy on the Sandusky City Council following the resignation of council member Douglas Guibord last month. The term will expire on December 31 this year. Sandusky residents interested in getting involved in city government are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to the City Clerk at 26 West Speaker Street by 4 p.m. Friday, February 15. Applicants must be a registered voter in the city and reside within the Sandusky city limits.
(AREA) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may take another look at placing structures in the St. Clair River to boost water levels in Lakes Huron and Michigan. The river is at the southern end of Lake Huron and has been dredged over the years to deepen the navigational channel. That allowed more water to flow out of the two lakes, which are connected. The lakes are now at their lowest levels since record-keeping began in 1918. Keith Kompoltowicz is watershed hydrology chief with the Army corps district office in Detroit. He says Congress authorized the corps long ago to put structures in the river to slow the outflow, but nothing happened. He says the corps may ask Congress for money to study whether such action should be taken.
(AREA) -- State Senator Mike Green of Mayville has introduced legislation that would give drivers an electronic option when having to show their proof of insurance when pulled over by law enforcement. Senate Bill 91 would require law enforcement to accept digital versions of a proof of insurance as meeting the state's requirement for drivers to show evidence that their vehicle is insured. The bill would allow a driver to display the digital version to an officer on an electronic device, such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet. Senator Green says current law does not specify that the certificate has to be printed, but that is the only accepted format in practice. By modernizing the law to reflect advances in technology, the legislation would ensure that drivers who do not have a printed certificate are not unnecessarily ticketed and fined for a violation, when their vehicle is properly insured. Senate Bill 91 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.