(HURON COUNTY) -- Ice fishermen taking to the lakes are reminded to use extreme caution. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says sporadic depths of ice have been reported all over the Saginaw Bay--from 9 inches to 3 inches in some areas. Hanson says his department was contacted last weekend when an ATV and equipment were found floating in broken ice, several miles offshore of the Sebewaing area. For a period of time, it was not known if the operator or riders had made it to shore or were safe. Caution can't be stressed enough because many areas of the ice on Wild Fowl Bay and certainly Saginaw Bay, have not frozen equally. Fishermen are asked to report to Huron Central Dispatch if they break through the ice and leave their equipment unattended for any period of time so that rescue units aren't dispatched needlessly.
The coordinates of the annually suspected area of bad ice on Wild Fowl Bay are: N 43 53 188, W 083 22 233. These coordinates are approximately 1.91 miles (statute) west of the Mud Creek Public Access Parking Lot located off of the Filion Rd. or 2.21 miles north of the Bay Port Public Access Parking Lot located in Bay Port. These coordinates are also posted at those sites along with being posted at Bay Shore Marina and the Geiger Rd. Public Access.
(SANDUSKY) -- As of February first, McKenzie Health System in Sandusky and it's medical staff will implement a new policy. Dr. Mark Hamet M.D. says the hospital's emergency room staff will not be dispensing narcotic and sedative medications for chronic pain. Prescriptions refills for these medications will also not be given. Hamet, who is director of emergency room services, says this policy is for the patient's protection. It is also hoped that this will eliminate a policy called "emergency room shopping." Hamet also commented that after a patient is evaluated and a narcotic is definitely needed, exceptions will be made. Steve Barnett, President and CEO of McKenzie Health System, says the hospital is quite possibly the first in Michigan to adopt a policy like this, but after a discussion at a recent meeting of the Thumb Rural Health Network, consisting of area hospitals and health departments, there is a definite need for patients who have chronic pain to have a primary physician to assure regular care and eliminate possible misuse of narcotics medications.
PICTURED: McKenzie Health System President and CEO Steve Barnett
(PORT HURON) -- A U.S. Coast Guard ship that participated in early tests of the atomic bomb has been sold by the Port Huron Museum. The museum said it couldn't afford to keep the Bramble and had to sell it, despite protests by a Detroit-area man who tried to rally the public to the ship's defense. Jon Ottman of Warren got the ship on the National Register of Historic Places, a designation that didn't prevent the Bramble from being sold Wednesday to a Marine City man for slightly less than $200,000. Ottman was worried that the 180-foot vessel would be modified. But the owner, Bob Klingler, says that he'll attract people with tours and sleepovers. The museum said the ship cost $80,000 a year to staff and maintain.
(PORT HURON) -- Three Port Huron area residents remain jailed on charges of torture, criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment stemming from an alleged incidents that occurred over the past several weeks. Authorities say the woman and two men were arrested after members of the Port Huron Police Department Detective Bureau responded to a home in the 400 block of 14th Street to execute a search warrant as a result of the allegations last week. Bond was denied for 21-year old Vito Hale, 19-year old Conrad Evenson, and 18-year old Bobby Joe Main. Officers say the two victims suffered the alleged assault over a lengthy period of time. All three defendants are scheduled to appear for their preliminary examinations on Tuesday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m. in St. Clair County District Court.
PICTURED: Left-Bobby Joe Main; Below Left-Conrad Evenson and Vito Hale
(KIMBALL TOWNSHIP) -- A Kimball Township man suffered serious injuries in a one car crash early Sunday morning in St. Clair County. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says 27-year old Brian Martiny was driving east along Lapeer Road shortly after 4 a.m. when he crossed the centerline and ran off the roadway near Abbotsford Road, striking several trees. Martiny was transported to Port Huron Hospital and later transferred to St. John's Hospital in Detroit with serious injuries. An investigation into the crash continues. Deputies say alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
(BAD AXE) -- Bad Axe police say a 78-year old Anderson, Indiana man was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Friday afternoon around 2 p.m. on E. Huron near Buffalo Street. An investigation showed that Donald Taylor was traveling east in his Chevrolet pickup when he crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle driven by 77-year old James Hall of Bad Axe. After the initial impact, the Taylor vehicle continued to the north side of the road where it struck a parked pickup truck owned by an Ubly resident. Taylor's pickup pushed the parked pickup about 30-feet before coming to a rest. Taylor, who suffers from dementia, was transported to Huron Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. His family was contacted in Indiana and informed officers that they did not realize that he had left the state and did not know why he would be in Bad Axe. No other injuries were reported in the crash. Bad Axe Police were assisted by the Huron County Sheriff's Department and the Bad Axe Fire Department at the scene.
(FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP) -- Three St. Clair County residents were arrested following an investigation into the theft of thousands of dollars in merchandise from Wal-Mart, Meijer, and several other businesses in Fort Gratiot Township. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the suspects stole televisions, vacuums, shoes and other merchandise. Authorities reviewed store surveillance video and conducted interviews before taking the suspects into custody. 29-year old Victoria Urie of Port Huron was arraigned on two counts of first-degree retail fraud. She posted a $1,500 cash bond. 28-year old Duane Stone Jr. of Kimball Township was also arraigned on two counts first-degree retail fraud and remains jailed on a $5,000 bond. 43-year old Norman Karl, a fourth offense habitual offender, was arraigned on two counts of first-degree retail fraud and one count receiving and concealing stolen property. His bond was set at $25,000. Sheriff Donnellon says citizens are tired of people stealing from stores and driving up prices. He commended his deputies and detective bureau for their work with store loss prevention in bringing the three suspects to justice.
(PORT HURON) -- A 44 year old Port Huron resident was arraigned Thursday on a six count felony warrant stemming from a complaint of possessing child sexually abusive material. James Arthur Nofs stood mute in front of Magistrate Tim Cook on the charges. His bond was set at $200,000. Nofs was charged with child abusive commercial activity, communicating with another to commit crime via computer/Internet, three counts of child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime. The case was set for a preliminary examination on February 12 in front of Judge John Monaghan.
(WATERTOWN) -- A trial date for the pair accused in the armed robbery of the Depot Party Store in Watertown last October has been set. 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 final pre-trial hearings on March 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Sanilac County Circuit Court. Their 3-day jury trail was scheduled for March 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m. 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.