(AREA) -- The state of Michigan has approved Flint's plans to get its water by participating in a pipeline project that would tap Lake Huron. The approval is subject to review of a final offer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department by Monday. Under the proposal, Flint would get 16 million gallons of water per day from Lake Huron, pipe it to Flint for treatment and then sell it to city customers. Another 2 million gallons per day would come from the Flint River and would be treated in Flint. The Karegnondi Water Authority project could serve Flint and Lapeer as well as residents elsewhere in Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac counties. Genesee County bought more than 230 acres of former Detroit Edison property in the 7700 block of Fisher Road in Worth Township a couple of years back to eventually obtain a source of water for the city of Flint. The property includes 40 acres of shoreline for the project.
(AREA) -- A 102-year-old woman who was married for 83-years to a man she met in a rural Michigan church has died. Victoria Wrubel died Monday at Angelica's Place in Romeo. She grew up in the largely Polish community of Parisville, in Huron County. In a March interview, Steve Wrubel said that he fell in love with Victoria Puvalowski after the two met as children at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The 103-year-old retired autoworker says he remembers her as "this little girl with curly hair." They were married September 28, 1929, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Ubly. The couple lived in Mount Morris after Steve Wrubel retired from General Motors. They later lived in Holiday, Florida.
(PORT HURON) -- The St. Clair County Drug Task Force arrested three Port Huron area residents during a drug raid Wednesday night in the 2200 block of Garfield Street. The search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation involving heroin sales. Seized at the residence was heroin valued at $300, marijuana, seven different types of analog drugs, a 20-gage shot gun, cash and two cell phones. Two men ages 30 and 31 and a 32-year old woman remain lodged in the St. Clair County jail on a number of drug-related charges. Two young juveniles at the home were relocated with family members.
A second warrant was served Thursday at 8 p.m. in the 2900 block of Pine Grove Ave. in Port Huron. Officers seized $1,100 in heroin, analog pills valued at $500, marijuana, methamphetamine, $550 in cash, and drug paraphernalia. Two Port Huron area men ages 35 and 49 and a 21-year old Port Huron woman were arrested and lodged in St. Clair County jail.
(LUM) -- State Representative Kevin Daley of Lum is calling on Michigan residents to sign up to become a potential organ donor through the Secretary of State and support the Donate Life Program by purchasing a Donate Life license plate. The plates are $35 and $10 goes to the Thomas Daley Gift of Life fund, helping promote organ, tissue, and eye donation. Thomas was the son of Representative Daley and his wife Deborah. He passed away 2-years ago at the age of 23 from injuries he sustained after a tree he was helping cut, fell and hit him. Daley stated that because of Thomas' decision to be an organ donor, he helped four people. Legislation requires that 2,000 license plates be sold in the first year in order to keep the Donate Life program going. To date, 908 plates have been sold, which mean that another 1,092 need to be sold by August for the program to continue. To purchase a Donate Life license plate or join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, residents should visit the Michigan Secretary of State's website or any branch office.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A Thumb area man who collected $2 million by fooling prison inmates across the country is getting cold feet and wants to withdraw his guilty plea. 57-year old John Wilson of Yale was supposed to get a prison sentence this week, but it was delayed after he learned that he could face at least 30 years behind bars. Wilson says he expected a maximum of 17 years when he pleaded guilty to fraud and a tax crime in December. He admits to contacting inmates and offering to get them released through research and a successful appeal. Wilson isn't a lawyer and has no college degree. His so-called research didn't help any inmates. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Resnick Cohen says Wilson's guilty plea should stand. A decision could take weeks.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- MDOT crews will begin work on a $9.5 million construction project to resurface and make road improvements on M-25 from west of the Bay/Tuscola County line, and then east to the Bay Park Road intersection. Construction is slated to start Monday, April 15 and will include milling, resurfacing, shoulder widening, drainage improvements, and safety upgrades. Alternating single-lane closures will be in effect under flag control. Work on a separate project, M-25 over the Quanicassee River in Tuscola County, will continue with traffic detoured through mid-June. The entire project is expected to be complete by late August 2013.
(MARLETTE) -- 38-year old Earl Allen Northrop, Jr. of Marlette will spend 40 to 60-years in prison after being convicted of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and second-degree child abuse. Sanilac County Circuit Court Judge Donald A. Teeple sentenced Northrop on Monday to 40 to 60-years on the first-degree CSC charges, 30 to 50-years for kidnapping, 19 to 35-years for the second-degree CSC charges, and 4 to 15-years on the child abuse charge. The convictions resulted from evidence presented during Northrop's trial in February that he had duct-taped, gagged, threatened and committed sexual acts involving a relative of his who was a minor between the ages of 13 and 16. Northrop was given credit for 419 days served during sentencing. Prosecutor James V. Young was pleased with the sentences. He hopes it assures victims of sexual abuse in Sanilac County and elsewhere, that they will be listened to and supported.
(PORT HURON) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office held an awards ceremony Tuesday at the Donald Dodge Auditorium in downtown Port Huron. Awards were presented to Sheriff's deputies, officers from Port Huron and Clay Township Police Departments, Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement Administration agents, a Clay Township Firefighter and citizens in the community. Sheriff Tim Donnellon stated that those honored, all stepped up and assisted those in need of assistance.
PICTURED: The Unit Commendation awards were presented for work in solving a string of at least 35 home invasions by Brian and Lisa Thibodeau. Pictured from left to right; Undersheriff Tom Buckley, Port Huron Police Sgt. Joe Platzer, Port Huron Police Detective Brian Kerrigan, Port Huron Police Officer Jeremy Young, Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Spadafore, Deputy Mike Verwys, Deputy Jason Sklba, Port Huron Police Officer Nick Godwin, Sheriff's Lt. Matt Paulus, Sheriff's Detective Steve Rickert and Border Patrol Agent Mike Awe.
(AREA) -- With the arrival of spring, wild animals are giving birth and hatching the next generation. Baby red foxes appeared in dens during the last days of March and the first days of April. The first litters of cottontails will appear soon. Great-horned owls have already hatched and are growing up in stick nests high above the ground. Mourning doves have made nests and some have already laid eggs. The DNR reminds residents that it is important to remain at a distance and resist the urge to try to help seemingly abandoned fawns or other baby animals this spring. It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. It is illegal to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan and many baby animals will die if removed from their natural environment, and some have diseases or parasites that can be passed on to humans or pets.
PICTURED: Springtime brings sightings of baby animals, like this young fawn hidden in the tall grass. While fawns may seem abandoned, they almost certainly are not - deer often leave fawns unattended for long periods to help prevent them from being detected by predators.
(PORT HURON) -- Authorities in Port Huron have released the name of a 35-year-old Nigerian man who collapsed and died after a mixed martial arts match. Police Capt. Jeff Baker said Tuesday that Felix Nchikwo was living in Canada on a student visa. Baker didn't release Nchikwo's residence in Canada or his Nigerian hometown. Authorities say he told a trainer he wasn't feeling well after losing the fight Saturday night at a Port Huron American Legion Post. Authorities conducted an autopsy Sunday but say it was inconclusive. They're now awaiting the results of forensic tests to seek the cause of death. Michigan lawmakers have been considering regulations for mixed martial arts, including testing fighters for HIV and hepatitis and making promoters cover some medical treatment costs for injured competitors.