(BAD AXE) -- The son of the late sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters was sentenced in Huron County Circuit Court Monday afternoon in an indecency case. William H. Masters III was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 18 months probation and 50 hours of community service. He was also ordered not to enter Michigan's Port Crescent State Park. The 61-year old pleaded guilty in December to an indecent exposure charge for exposing himself to a sheriff's deputy and another woman on the Pinnebog River in Huron County. Authorities say a completely nude Masters yelled for the women's attention on September 1, then made obscene gestures. The crime carries up to 2-years in prison. The Southhampton, New York, resident also pleaded guilty to performing a lewd act in Central Park last year.
(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers arrested six people Wednesday in connection to a narcotics investigation involving sales of crack cocaine and heroin in the Port Huron area. Officers raided a home in the 1700 block of 10th street in Port Huron seizing $600 worth of crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy pills, marijuana, and over $300 in cash. A 27-year old Port Huron man, 36-year old Detroit man, and four women ages 17-26 from Port Huron and Detroit were arrested and remain jailed on numerous drug related charges.
(VASSAR) -- The state says six Michigan dam removal or repair projects are getting a share of more than $2.3 million in funding. The Department of Natural Resources on Friday announced it has approved six Dam Management Grant Program projects. The program was started last year to support Governor Rick Snyder's infrastructure efforts. Funding will support the second phase of the Boardman River dam removal project in Grand Traverse County; the Kalamazoo River and Otsego Township dam repair project; as well as the Ionia Conservation District's Lyons dam removal project. Other projects included are the Shiawassee Town Dam removal in Shiawassee County; the Vassar dam removal project involving the city of Vassar; and the Sunday Lake Dam spillway gate replacement project by the city of Wakefield in Gogebic County.
(AREA) -- Law enforcement agencies in more than two dozen Michigan counties are conducting extra patrols to arrest suspected drunken drivers through April 8. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is coordinating the effort. The enforcement period includes the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, and high school and college spring breaks. In 2012, 2,488 people were arrested for drunk driving during the NCAA tournament time period. Of those, 789 were arrested under the state's high blood-alcohol content law with BAC's of .17 or higher. More than 400 of those arrests were made by grant-funded law enforcement agencies during last year's drunk driving crackdown. Locally, St. Clair County received federal funding for the extra patrols through April 8.
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Michigan authorities say tests confirm a case of bovine tuberculosis in a cow from a Saginaw County dairy farm. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Thursday that a federal lab identified the disease in a cow spotted during slaughter surveillance. The herd is quarantined and all animals are being tested. The contagious bacterial disease spreads between cattle and wild deer. Michigan's 14,000 cattle farms have been tested since an outbreak began in the mid-1990s. The state says bovine TB is endemic in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties in the northeastern Lower Michigan. Saginaw County is about 115 miles from that zone. Michigan says it doesn't expect the finding to lead to a reclassification of Saginaw County as bovine TB free.
(AREA) -- Michigan agriculture was well represented during the Ag Day at the Capitol celebration held Wednesday, March 20. Representatives from the Michigan Corn Growers Association gathered with more than 30 other commodity groups to stress the importance of agriculture in the Great Lakes State. The ninth annual Ag Day at the Capitol united commodities together to educate state lawmakers on how agriculture contributes more than $91 billion to Michigan's economy and supports more than 920,000 jobs. Currently, agriculture is Michigan's second-leading industry and 15 percent of jobs in Michigan are agriculture-related. Corn alone adds nearly $2.3 billion to Michigan's economy annually while Michigan's corn ethanol industry adds nearly $233 million. Along with providing an opportunity for legislators to learn about agriculture, a highlight of this year's event was the attendance of Governor Rick Snyder. Governor Snyder took time out of his busy schedule to walk the halls of the Capitol and talk with representatives of each commodity group.
PICTURED: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder stopped by the Michigan Corn Growers Association booth to talk about the corn industry with Jim Zook, MCGA Executive Director (left), and Scott Lonier, MCGA President, during Ag Day at the Capitol on Wednesday.
(LAPEER) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $3 million to upgrade freeway signs along eastbound and westbound I-69 in Genesee and Lapeer counties. Crews will begin replacing signs on Monday, March 25. Shoulder closures will be in effect in both directions of I-69 with occasional lane closures. The project is expected to be completed in late September.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- An early morning chase with police landed a 27-year old Croswell man in jail. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says Sgt. Nathan Smith attempted to make a traffic stop on Babcock Road near Roach Road in Lexington Township around 2:40 a.m. Friday for a traffic violation and operating while intoxicated investigation. The suspect vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup, took off eastbound on Roach Road, south on M-25, and then west on Harrington Road where the driver lost control on a patch of ice. The pickup spun out of control and ended up overturned on its side in the ditch. The Croswell man escaped injury and refused treatment at the scene. No damage was reported to any of the police vehicles involved in the pursuit. The man faces charges of fleeing and eluding, second offense OWI, violation of a restricted operators license, open intoxicants in a vehicle, and probation violation. Sheriff's deputies were assisted by Croswell Police, the Lexington Fire Department and Croswell EMS.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- A 49-year old Salem, Oregon woman is jailed in St. Clair County, Illinois for her alleged connection to the elderly woman found dead behind the Goodwill store in Port Huron Township last week. According to Sheriff Tim Donnellon, the woman is believed to have disposed of the body behind the Goodwill. Citizen tips generated since March 15 led authorities to the suspect in Belleville, Illinois. She is being held pending further court action. The elderly woman's body was found under blankets behind the Goodwill store. She has not been positively identified.
PICTURED: Police sketch of unidentified woman found Tuesday, March 12 behind Goodwill store in Port Huron Township.
(AREA) -- The Michigan Legislature has approved $21 million in emergency spending to dredge 49 harbors with low water levels. The bill won final passage Thursday from the Senate on a 30-5 vote after being passed by the House 107-3 a day earlier. Lake levels are declining, and the federal government has cut back on dredging. About half of the money would be pulled from a fund that pays for improvements to marine infrastructure. The rest would come from the state's general fund. A couple of local projects will benefit from the improvements. In Huron County, almost an acre of land adjacent to the Judge James H. Lincoln Memorial Bathing Beach in Harbor Beach will be purchased at a cost of $200,000. Accessible playground equipment for Forester Park in Sanilac County will be purchased at a cost of $38,000 with $19,000 coming from the trust fund. Lawmakers also are sending Governor Rick Snyder legislation lowering dredging permit fees and waiving waiting periods for emergency dredging projects. The state also would spend $1 million on loan fees to help private marinas seeking low-interest loans for dredging.