(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office recently recognized outstanding achievement during its annual Awards Ceremony. The ceremony honored deputies for their outstanding performance, courage and acts above and beyond the call of duty for 2012. The presentation included two Life Saving Awards, twenty-eight Meritorious Service Awards and nineteen Honorable Mention Awards. The Awards Committee also selected one recipient from each Division to receive Deputy of the Year Awards. The 2012 Dispatcher of the Year was awarded to Dispatcher/Director Dawn Cubitt. The Corrections Deputy of the Year was awarded to Sergeant Nichole Keinath and the Uniform Services Deputy of the Year was Detective Mark Ruggles. Sheriff Garry Biniecki presented the 2012 Sheriff's Distinguished Deputy Award to Dispatch Director Dawn Cubitt for her outstanding leadership in marketing, directing and implementing the 9-1-1 communications millage, assisting in the fulfillment of the Federal mandate to convert to a narrow band radio system, while at the same time managing Central Dispatch on an ever tightening budget. Sheriff Biniecki stated, "I want my deputies to hear from me and our staff, thank you for a job well done! It is important to honor their dedication and to show appreciation for the difference they make in the lives of our citizens."
PICTURED: 2012 Sheriff's Distinguished Deputy Award and Dispatcher of the Year recipient Dispatcher/Director Dawn Cubitt with Undersheriff Brad Roff and Sheriff Garry Biniecki
2012 Correction Deputy of the Year Sergeant Nichole Keinath with Undersheriff Brad Roff and Sheriff Garry Biniecki
2012 Uniform Services Deputy of the Year Detective Mark Ruggles with Undersheriff Brad Roff and Sheriff Garry Biniecki
(UBLY) -- Ubly School board members unanimously voted to extend Elementary Principal Joel Brandel's contract for 1-year during a packed meeting Monday night. Brandel's contract, which includes a $110,300 annual salary with benefits, was set to expire on June 30. Discussion was held over the last few weeks on the reorganization of administration at the district. A proposal by Superintendent Rocky Aldrich included replacing the elementary principal position with a part-time literacy-intervention teacher, purchasing textbooks, and purchasing iPads for 5th-9th grade students next school year. A number of parents and staff members voiced their objections to not renewing Brandel's contract during the meeting. Brandel has been with the district for 16-years, getting his start as a counselor. With the 7-0 vote to extend the contract for another year, Superintendent Aldrich says cuts will have to come from somewhere else.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- Michigan State Police Troopers are investigating the case of a missing 15-year-old girl from St. Clair County's Riley Township. Isha Greir was last seen by family members the morning of February 26 in Capac. Isha attends the Crossroads Alternative Education School in Capac and previously attended school in Mt. Clemens. Investigators believe the girl met with a subject and traveled to Roseville before returning to Capac on February 27 where she was last seen by a witness around 10 a.m. The Michigan State Police say information shows Isha may have been kidnapped and all leads are being investigated. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the State Police Post in Lapeer.
(HURON COUNTY) -- The 66-year old Sebewaing man that shot at police last week has been released from the hospital and is jailed on a $40,000 cash bond. George Barrett was arraigned Monday in Huron County District Court on charges of assault with intent to murder, felony firearm, and discharge of a weapon in a building. The charges stem from the incident last Tuesday in the 100 block of Young Street in the Village of Sebewaing. Barrett allegedly shot at his son after an argument. His son was able to run away from the residence to safety. As police set up a perimeter of the area, Barrett exited the home and shot at authorities several times. He was struck and injured by a Michigan State Police Trooper. The shooting by police remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. Barrett's pretrial hearing has been set for Monday, March 18 and a preliminary exam is scheduled for March 22.
(LANSING) -- The "lone wolverine" is heading to Michigan's Capitol this week. The traveling exhibit featuring the first wild wolverine confirmed in the state since the 1800's has been making its way around the state since last year. It now is stopping in Lansing and will be shown there Tuesday through Friday. Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh will join State Senators Mike Green of Mayville and Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township and "The Wolverine Guy" Jeff Ford for the exhibit's unveiling Tuesday at the Capitol. The wolverine's body was discovered in 2010 by hikers in the Minden City State Game Area. Despite its lack of native wolverines, Michigan unofficially is known as "The Wolverine State," and the animal is the mascot of the University of Michigan's sports teams.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF FORD
(LEXINGTON) -- A six alarm fire was reported at Huron Incorporated in Lexington Friday night just before 10:30 p.m. Emergency crews found flames and smoke coming from a portion of the factory building at 6554 Lakeshore Road when they arrived on the scene. A section of M-25 was closed to traffic and reopened around 4:30 a.m. Employees inside the building at the time of the blaze followed the company's fire plan and evacuated. There were no injuries reported. Fire officials believe the cause of the fire was electrical. Huron Inc. designs and produces tubular assemblies and precision machined components for the automotive industry. Employees were asked not to report to work on Monday or Tuesday. Production is expected to resume by the middle of the week. Around 280 people are employed at Huron Incorporated. Lexington firefighters were assisted by the Applegate, Croswell, Burtchville Township, Grant Township and Sandusky Fire Departments Friday night.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- A 52-year old Marion Township man remains jailed on several felony charges stemming from his arrest early Sunday morning during a domestic disturbance. Terry Lee Groesbeck was arraigned Monday on felony charges of assault with intent to commit murder, felonious assault, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and domestic assault. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says Groesbeck was arrested at a residence in the 2500 block of Mills Road. Deputies were sent to the home for a domestic disturbance involving the use of a firearm with shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies say the intoxicated suspect was attempting to flee in a vehicle after allegedly firing a shotgun at his wife and her ex-husband. Deputies stopped the vehicle near the driveway of the residence and took Groesbeck into custody without incident. The shotgun was recovered. It was determined that shots had been fired, but no one was hurt. Bond was set at $500,000 cash/surety at arraignment and Groesbeck is scheduled to appear for a preliminary exam on Tuesday, March 19 in Sanilac County District Court.
(DECKERVILLE) -- Chippewa County Sheriff's deputies say a 47-year old Deckerville woman was killed in a snowmobile crash Saturday just before noon in Trout Lake Township. Authorities say the incident was one of four fatal snowmobile accidents that occurred over the weekend. A press release from the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says Terri Tarzwell-Klee was driving a Yamaha snowmobile along a trail when she lost control on a curve and ran into a tree. She was thrown from the sled and found unconscious at the scene. Deputies say just prior to the crash, Tarzwell-Klee's 9-year old daughter was riding with her when they stopped, allowing the girl to switch sleds and ride with her father. Terri was transported to War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie where she died from her injuries. Sheriff's deputies say neither excessive speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.
(CARO) -- The federal government has awarded $250,000 to the Michigan State Police for assisting an investigation of illegal immigrant labor at a dairy farm in the Thumb. The government says the money comes from financial penalties collected from Aquila Farms, near Bad Axe in Huron County. In 2011, the owners pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. They admitted employing 78 illegal immigrants from 2000 through 2007. Many were hired on multiple occasions using different names or Social Security numbers. Besides the state police, the Huron County Sheriff's Office received $35,000 from the federal government. Authorities gave ceremonial checks to First Lieutenant Mitch Krugielki and Sheriff Kelly Hanson during an event at the state police post in Caro Thursday morning.
(DECKERVILLE) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners will hold their Tuesday, March 26 meeting at Deckerville Community Schools in the cafeteria beginning at 7 p.m. According to District 1 Commissioner Dan Dean, the meeting will be the first of five held by the Board of Commissioners around the county, one in each commissioner's district. The public is encouraged to attend. Presentations will include an update from Sanilac Regional Economic Consortium Executive Director Carl Osentoski regarding the windmill developments and pending appeal to the State Tax Commission. There will also be an overview of the county's budget by Treasurer Trudy Nicol.