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(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools is offering teachers with 15 or more years of service to the district a severance package. Those interested and eligible are asked to submit an application for participation by May 31. According to Superintendent Ann Binienda, the district has around 10 teachers eligible. Depending on the number that take the offer and which building they are in, there could be an adjustment to the district's cost savings recommendation of reducing the staff by four positions. The reduction in staff was most likely to be in grades K-5. The CPS School board is expected to review the recommendations at their June board meeting, which are pending due to declining enrollment and less state aid. The proposed recommendations also include a 5% reduction across the board in expense items, adjusting the Great Start Readiness Program teaching position, and reviewing the Athletic Director and Schedule B positions and transportation fees.


(ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP) -- A large amount of marijuana shipped from Las Vegas, Nevada to Michigan has landed a Port Huron area woman in jail. St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers joined with the United States Postal Service Inspectors Office during an investigation into marijuana sales in the St. Clair Township area. Last Friday at 3 p.m., officers raided a home in the 5000 block of Gratiot Road in St. Clair Township and found $20,000 worth of marijuana that had been shipped through the mail to the residence. The 32-year old woman was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

(CLYDE TOWNSHIP) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff Dive Team conducted a practice session Saturday, April 13, designed to work on rescuing people caught in a flood situation. The Swift Water Rescue Practice was held on the Black River near the M-136 bridge. The Dive Team and area fire departments have been called out to the area in the past to search for trapped or missing canoeists. The river was high and running fast, creating a hazard scenario. The team also set up a rope system and practiced positioning a rescuer near a trapped victim in order to attempt a rescue. 

(LEXINGTON) -- The manager of the Lexington Municipal Mobile Home Park was arrested on charges of embezzlement after a joint investigation into a large sum of money that was unaccounted for during a routine audit. 52-year old Cheryl Ann Vincent of Lexington was arraigned Monday on two felony counts of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $1,000 or more, but less than $20,000 and a misdemeanor charge of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $200 or more, but less than $1,000. Vincent was released on a $50,000 personal bond and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary exam April 30 in Sanilac County District Court. The investigation between the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police revealed that approximately $18,000 was found missing and should have been recorded as rent payments by the tenants to the Mobile Home Manager. Authorities say the embezzlement took place July 2011 through November 2012 and totaled over 200 missing cash receipts.

(AREA) -- The Michigan Education Association has announced the recipients of the 2013 MEA Scholarships, honoring exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall. Among the 1,116 applications submitted for scholarship awards this year, the MEA Scholarship Fund Trustees chose 20 new award recipients who will each receive $1,500. In addition, 18 repeat winners who are already enrolled in college will receive $750 each. The general criteria for awarding the scholarships include academic achievement, extra-curricular activities as well as school and community service. Erich Eberhard from St. Clair High School in the East China School District and Andrew Morgan from Yale High School were among the 20 new winners, receiving $1,500 each. Heather Nowak, who attends the University of Michigan from Caseville High School, was one of the 18 repeat winners, receiving $750.

(FORESTER TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies report that a 44-year old Birch Run man escaped serious injury when his 12-foot aluminum boat flipped over, causing him to fall into the frigid waters of Lake Huron in the 5200 block of North Lakeshore Road in Forester Township.The incident happened just before noon on Saturday when Michael Christenson of Birch Run was in his boat fishing. The boat overturned and Christenson was submerged in about 18-feet of freezing water. Christenson's wife was on shore working. She told officers that she saw the boat was flipped over and called 911 when she didn't see her husband. Christenson was able to get out of his waders while in the 37-degree water and swam to shore prior to help arriving. He was treated on the scene by Sanilac EMS and Port Sanilac Rescue. Christenson was in the cold water for about 15 minutes and stated that he was not sure why the boat flipped over. Deputies were also assisted by the Sheriff's' Department Dive team and the U.S. Coast Guard.

(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- The 36-year old Croswell man involved in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Worth Township is listed in serious, but stable condition at McLaren Medical Center in Macomb. The driver of that vehicle, 33-year old Andrew Scott Lerma of Croswell, was arraigned Monday in Sanilac County District Court on charges of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, failure to stop at a serious injury accident, failure to report an accident and operating with no license.The crash took place around midnight along Babcock Road near Burnsline Road when Lerma lost control of the vehicle, which ran off the road and struck a tree. Lerma fled the scene before a passing motorist stopped and called 9-1-1. The passenger, Lupe Lerma, was pinned inside the SUV and freed by the Lexington Fire Department's Jaws of Life. Andrew Lerma remains jailed on a $25,000 cash bond. His preliminary examination is scheduled for April 30.

(LAPEER) -- Authorities say a 6-year-old Lapeer County boy seeking Chinese food took his father's car for a morning joyride. The Lapeer County Sheriff's Department says it was alerted by other drivers who saw a youngster driving erratically Saturday on M-24. When deputies arrived, two drivers had the car boxed in, and one of them pulled the keys from the ignition. Sgt. Andy Engster says the boy had no previous driving experience but wanted Chinese food around 7:30 a.m. Engster says the boy also wanted to get the car repaired after hitting a sign. The boy's father told deputies that he was asleep and didn't know his son was gone. The incident is under investigation. 

(AREA) -- People convicted of animal abuse would be required to register with local law enforcement and prohibited from adopting animals under legislation recently introduced in the Michigan House. Republican State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City and Democratic Representative Harvey Santana of Detroit introduced legislation this week that would require people convicted of animal abuse to submit their address, photograph and social security number to local law enforcement. People would remain on the registry for five years and would be required to pay an annual fee of $250. Another bill would prohibit animal control shelters from allowing people listed on the registry to adopt animals. Similar measures were introduced last year.

Friday, 12 April 2013 14:35

Emmett man killed in skid steer accident

(EMMETT TOWNSHIP) -- A 59-year old Emmett man was killed Thursday evening while using a skid steer on a farm. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. The victim, Harry John Bitel, was using the skid steer to stake off a large pine tree that had tipped over due to heavy rain. The skid steer malfunctioned when Bitel was attempting to loosen the straps on the tree and trapped him between the bucket and the cab of the machine. Sheriff Donnellon says the man was pronounced dead at the scene.