(AREA) -- Heavy rainstorms this spring have forced Michigan sugar beet growers to postpone planting. Michigan State University Extension educator and sugar beet expert Steven Poindexter says it's not time to panic despite the delay. He say that although earlier planting of sugar beets means more growing time and usually larger beets, farmers have planted them as late as June some years and still had a successful harvest. Dave Zwerk of Tuscola County-based Zwerk and Sons Farms says he's hoping his 1,200 sugar beet acres will be ready for planting in the coming weeks. Zwerk says if he "can get in there in the next week or so," he "might not lose a lot of yield."
(AREA) -- A number of local law enforcement agencies are joining the Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday, April 27 during national Drug Take Back Day, giving residents an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by safely disposing of dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Liquids will not be accepted. The event will take place between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office at 65 N. Elk Street in Sandusky, Tuscola County Sheriff's Office, located at 420 Court Street in Caro, Huron County Sheriff's Office at 120 S. Heisterman Street in Bad Axe, St. Clair County Sheriff's Department at 1170 Michigan Road in Port Huron, and at the Port Huron Police Department at 100 McMorran Blvd. Unwanted prescription pills may also be turned in at the Michigan State Police Caro and Lapeer Posts on Saturday, April 27 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department is seeking tips from the public following a rash of larcenies in Kimball and Port Huron Townships. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says several businesses have had their air conditioning units stolen during the evening and overnight hours over the past two weeks. At this time, no suspect information is available. Anyone with information on the larcenies or spots copper tubing or air conditioning units in the back of a pickup is asked to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department at (810) 987-1733.
(SANDUSKY) -- State Representative Paul Muxlow appeared today at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department to announce legislation that would place restrictions on the sale and purchase of scrap metal. The legislation is part of a series of bills from Michigan lawmakers aimed at curbing the spike in scrap metal theft seen in recent years. Representative Muxlow says the bills have received plenty of support in Lansing.
"I'm very pleased that this bill is progressing. I think it'll be good to tighten up the rules against scrap metal theft, in addition to the good metal theft. So it's a step in the right direction, and I think there's good support in Lansing to move this bill," Muxlow said.
The legislation would eliminate cash transactions in the sale of scrap metals and require scrap metal dealers to make copies of a seller's ID, as well as take thumbprints. It would also make it a felony punishable by five years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines for the purchase or sale of stolen scrap metal.
Pictured: State Representative Paul Muxlow is joined by Representative Terry Brown, Undersheriff Brad Roff, Sanilac County Prosecutor Jim Young, and others at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Road Commission reports that effective Monday, April 22, at 7 a.m., seasonal load, speed and weight restrictions will be lifted on all Sanilac County roadways and bridges. Restrictions will also be lifted Monday, April 22 at 7 a.m. on all Huron County roadways and bridges. Seasonal load, speed, and weight restrictions were lifted in St. Clair County on Tuesday and in Lapeer County on Thursday this week.
(BAD AXE) -- Two Flint area residents were arrested in Bad Axe late Wednesday for outstanding warrants after the pair was spotted hiding between vehicles parked at the Rosewood Restaurant. The restaurant's manager called authorities to report the suspicious activity. One of the suspects, 31-year old Dawn Adloff, had a warrant issued for her arrest the same day out of Huron County for delivery of a controlled substance. The second suspect was 28-year old Christopher Ulin. During a routine search, officers found a quantity of heroin and drug paraphernalia on Adloff, who faces additional charges for possession of a controlled substance. The restaurant manager informed police that he knew the two suspects and believed they were going to rob him after he closed the business. Both Adloff and Ulin remain jailed.
(HARBOR BEACH) -- The Michigan Lottery's $40,000 Tax Free Raffle paid out a grand total of $1,586,900 with the drawing of 85,017 tickets on April 15. That total includes the 17 grand prize winners who each won $40,000. One of the grand prize tickets was sold at Fosters Bar & Grill on M-25 near Harbor Beach. The winner wishes to remain anonymous. The other 85,000 raffle prizes included 850 -$100 prizes; 31,450 - $50 prizes and 52,700 - $15 prizes, which can be claimed at any Michigan Lottery retailer. If any of the prizes go unclaimed, the money will be deposited into the state School Aid Fund, which is the beneficiary of all lottery profits.
(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- Carsonville-Port Sanilac school board members approved the retirement of long-time employee Ann Binienda Tuesday, with best wishes in her future endeavors. Binienda began her career as a teacher at CPS in 1978, moved to the position of High School Principal in 2000 and then became Superintendent in 2011. Mrs. Binienda started and managed a very successful student school store and has served in numerous positions through the years, including CPSEA Union President, Athletic Director, and as a coach. The board thanked Mrs. Binienda for her 36-years of dedication to CPS students, staff and the community. The board of education is now in the process of looking for an interim superintendent.
(BROWN CITY) -- Police are searching for a suspect who robbed the Tri-County Bank in downtown Brown City just before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Police Chief Ron Smith says authorities are searching for the bandit who did not have a gun, but handed a note to a teller at the bank. The suspect is described as a white male, between 30-40 years old, approximately 5’8” tall weighing between 150-180lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark colored T-shirt with an American flag on the front, a baseball cap and sunglasses. He fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash in a red/maroon Chrysler Town & Country mini-van in an unknown direction of travel. Authorities say no one was hurt in the robbery. Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department at 810-648-2000 or Brown City Police at 810-346-2325.
(CROSWELL-LEXINGTON) -- School will be in session for some Croswell-Lexington students beginning July 8. The district's year-round waiver was approved by the state this spring, giving parents a choice between the traditional calendar or year-round. Students in grades Kindergarten through 6th that opted to attend year-round will start July 8 after a 3-week summer break. Superintendent Dr. Kevin Miller says the district has a special day planned for the year-round students and their parents on the first day. Summer classes will be held Monday through Thursday. Those students will see a 4-day Labor Day weekend and be back in school for 2-weeks before a 2-week break in September. Year-round students at Cros-Lex have a week off for Thanksgiving, 3-weeks off for Christmas break, and 3-weeks off in the spring. Superintendent Miller says there will be two sections in Kindergarten through 4th grade and during the summer all classes will be held in the middle school. Daycare will be available during the intercession days at a cost of $10 a day. Superintendent Miller says the program will be structured like a day camp with field trips and learning. Over 250 students are signed up for the year-round option and the district is accepting applications through May 1. Superintendent Miller says there is still space in the 6th grade classes.