(DECKERVILLE) -- Deckerville Schools will become a closed campus starting this fall. The school board adopted the Late Arrival and Early Dismissal policy at their meeting this week and students will no longer be able to leave the building during lunch.
The following 2013-2014 Winter coaches were approved as presented by Athletic Director, Scott McVittie--Adam Klee-Varsity Boys Basketball, Jim Gentner-Volunteer Varsity Boys Basketball, Cory Schumacher-JV Boys Basketball, Todd Walker-8th Grade Boys Basketball, Dave Troyer-7th Grade Boys Basketball, Pat Oswald-Varsity Girls Basketball, Jodi Emming-Volunteer Girls Basketball, Stephanie Gobie-Volunteer Girls Basketball, Maureen Kirkpatrick-JV Girls Basketball, Doug Kirkpatrick-Volunteer JV Girls Basketball, Gary Cesefske-8th Grade Girls Basketball, Melissa Tank-7th Grade Girls Basketball.
In other business, a $.10 increase in lunch prices for students and staff for the 2013-2014 school year was approved. Kindergarten through 4th grade elementary lunch will be $1.85, 5th-12th grade secondary lunch will be $2.10 and an adult lunch will now be $2.85. The board also approved the International Transmission Company resolution to waive Deckerville School's right to file a claim of ownership of property located on Deckerville Road between Farnsworth Road and Stringer Road where a previous country school was located.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Experts say recent wet weather may boost Great Lakes water levels, but it's uncertain by how much - or how long it will last. Drew Gronewold is a hydrologist with NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. He said Tuesday that runoff from melting snow and rain showers typically causes lake levels to rise in spring. Gronewold said precipitation, runoff and evaporation rates together determine where lake levels go. Keith Kompoltowicz of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells The Holland Sentinel that Lakes Michigan and Huron have risen 6 inches this month. The Great Lakes basin in April has received more than 150 percent of average precipitation. Kompoltowicz says several more wet winters and springs are needed to return the lakes to their normal levels.
(AREA) -- Authorities arrested 433 motorists for drunk driving during a three-week impaired driving crackdown March 13-April 8. Of those arrested, 72 were charged under the state's high blood alcohol content law with a BAC of .17 or higher. The numbers show an increase from the 405 drunk driving arrests made during a similar enforcement effort last year. The federally funded effort to curtail drunk driving took place during the NCAA basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods and St. Patrick's Day. There were 12,296 traffic stops resulting in 6,350 citations and arrests. Locally, St. Clair County received funding for the extra patrols.
(SEBEWAING) -- A 43-year old Sebewaing man was arrested Monday after forcing his way into a woman's apartment. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the incident took place just before Noon at the Riverview Apartments in Sebewaing. The 37-year old woman called 9-1-1 as the male acquaintance was attempting to force his way inside. Dispatchers instructed the woman to lock herself and her young son in a bedroom until help arrived. The man was able to gain entry through a glass sliding door after damaging the main door and eventually broke into the bedroom and struggled with the victim. Sgt. James Hunt and Caseville Police Officer Kyle Romzek arrived on the scene and took the intoxicated man into custody after a brief scuffle. The suspect, Ricky Prichard, was arraigned on two misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and illegal entry. He was released on a $5,000 PR bond and is not to have any contact with the victim. His pre-trial is expected at a later date.
(AREA) -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program has recognized two farms in Sanilac County for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by the Sanilac Conservation District. The Duane R. McAllister Farm and Stoutenburg Farm has been recognized as verified farms in the Cropping System. To become MAEAP verified, farmers must complete three comprehensive steps, which include attending an educational seminar, conducting a thorough on-farm risk assessment, and developing and implementing an action plan addressing potential environmental risks.
(LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP) -- A pickup truck backing out of a driveway struck a vehicle on West Sanilac Road near Marton Road Monday around 8:20 p.m., causing the vehicle to roll over in a ditch. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the crash occurred after the pickup, driven by 40-year old Scott Vasbinder of Marlette, failed to yield and backed out of the private driveway into a westbound car driven by 82-year old Velma Shagena of Kingston. Shagena's vehicle entered the north ditch and overturned. She was taken to Marlette Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Marlette EMS and the Lamotte Township Fire Department.
(KINGSTON) -- Three Michigan communities have received $2.97 million in federal aid for improvements to their water and sewage treatment systems. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that the Tuscola County village of Kingston is getting a $1.24 million loan to improve its wastewater treatment system. The department says the county's Akron Township is getting a $690,000 loan and a $382,000 grant for its water system. In neighboring Saginaw County, Albee Township is getting a $498,000 loan and a $165,000 grant to extend its water system. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants and loans to 43 projects in 32 states as part of his department's Earth Day celebration. They fall under its rural development program.
(WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP) -- The 31-year old Peck man convicted in the armed robbery of the Watertown Party Store has been sentenced to 30 to 50-years in prison. Howard Deon Wiggins was sentenced by Sanilac County Circuit Court Judge Donald A Teeple Monday to 28-50-years for armed robbery, 6-20-years for felon of possession of a firearm, and 2-years for a felony firearms charge, which will be served prior to the start of the other sentences. The armed robbery took place just before 8:30 p.m. October 26, 2012 at the party store on S. Sandusky Road in Watertown Township. The clerk was robbed at gunpoint by Wiggins, who left the scene with a substantial amount of cash. Another person in the case, Cassandra Marie Kelly of Peck, has been charged for her role in the heist and is scheduled to go to trial at a later date.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky School Board passed the initial "parameters resolution" to refinance the 2004 Bond during last Wednesday's meeting. According to Superintendent Mike Carmean, if market conditions remain favorable, the district will save approximately $350,000 in interest on the remaining payments. That will allow for a decreased millage rate for the balance of the loan. Superintendent Carmean informed the board that the original bond issue, approved in 1993, was in the amount of $11,300,000 for the purpose of constructing and equipping the high school building, as well as additions to the middle school and elementary school buildings. The bonds were refinanced in 2004 at an average interest rate of 3.94%. The principal amount of the possible upcoming finance will be $4,865,000 at an interest rate averaging 1.69%.
Also during the meeting, board members approved the 2013-2014 school calendar and accepted the retirement of 1st grade teacher Cindy Reisner. Mrs. Reisner has been teaching for 33-years, 28-years with Sandusky Schools.
(WALES TOWNSHIP) -- The owner of a husky that died last year after someone sprayed acid on its face is pushing a bill in the Michigan Legislature that would track animal abusers. Matt Falk of Wales Township hopes his dog Logan's memory will raise awareness of animal abuse and track people convicted of the crime. Two bills known as "Logan's Law" have been introduced in the Michigan House by Republican State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City and Democratic Representative Harvey Santana of Detroit. The bills would start a registry of animal abusers and block convicted abusers from adopting animals. Costs to start the registry would be about $10,000 and be paid for by the Animal Defense League Fund.