(CLAY TOWNSHIP) -- Firefighters have mostly extinguished a grass fire that spread across a marshy part of Harsens Island in Lake St. Clair. Clay Township officials say firefighters from multiple agencies were tackling the Thursday afternoon blaze that sent up plumes of thick black smoke. The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. and was mostly out by 6 p.m. Assistant fire chief Bob White says a cause is unknown. There are no reports of injuries or damaged buildings. A ferry offers the only access to the island at the mouth of the St. Clair River in St. Clair County.
(IMLAY CITY) -- Vintech Industries in Imlay City has been recognized as one of the 2013 "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch." The awards program is sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Vintech Industries is a global tier two supplier to the automotive industry specializing in plastic co-extrusion, insert and injection molding, tooling and various other processes. Companies making it to the "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch" list have 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generate $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants. Vintech Industries will be honored at the 9th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, May 2 in Lansing.
(UBLY) -- Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation's Hunting for Health fundraiser raised over $19,000 for the Prostate Cancer Understanding, Prevention and Screenings program. P.C.U.P.S. funding is used to provide free prostate specific antigen blood cancer screenings to men in the Thumb area. 122 hunters participated March 22 and 23 at the Rooster Ranch in Ubly during a European style pheasant hunt and a walk-up hunt. Thirty-four sponsors supported the event, along with numerous in-kind donors and volunteers. Hunting for Health Committee Co-Chairmen Tom Albrecht, Paul Lamm, and Shane Strickler, the volunteer committee and staff of Marlette Regional Hospital would like to thank all of the sponsors, supporters, and hunters that made the event such a success.
SPONSORS: Ray Park Foundation, New Holland, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, The Quality Deer Management Association QDMA - Thumb Branch, Answer Heating and Cooling, Betaseed - Richard Gerstenberger, Carry With Confidence, LLC, Eastern Michigan Bank, Exchange State Bank, Goodtimers, Greenstone, Krause Electric Co., Mark's Lawn Care & Tree Farm, Matrix Management, Inc., Michigan Sugar Company, Northwestern Mutual, Oetiker, Inc., Joe Pierce, Precision Planting/Taylor Ag Services, Randy Filkins, Sandusky Kiwanis Club, Sanilac Pharmacy, Scheurer Hospital, Sheldon Medical Supply, Stoliker's Custom Designs, Three Rivers Corporation, Thumb Cellular, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, TNT Equipment, Twin Kountry Korner, Tubbs Brothers, UHY LLP, Valley Electrical Contractors, Inc., and Viscosity Oil Company.
Additional funds were raised through a raffle that included an Ameristep Tree Blind donated by Ameristep, Inc., won by Trey Hebberd of North Branch, a Steelhead Fishing Trip donated by 5-19 At Ease River Charters, won by Jon Sayko of Marysville, a two-man one-day Goose Hunt donated by HotShot Outfitters, won by Doug Polega of Port Austin, a two-man, two-day Turkey Hunt donated by HotShot Outfitters, won by Tim Kramer of Cass City, a SX-1 Strother Archery bow donated by Strother Archery, won by Dan Lee of Reed City, and a Youth Deer Hunt donated by Legends Ranch, won by Ashley Caza, of Beverly Hills, Michigan.
For more information about the P.C.U.P.S. program and for more detailed information about free PSA screenings, please contact the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation at 989-635-4045.
PICTURED: Three generations of the Bowerman family of Carsonville; left to right: Eric, Zack and Jim Bowerman.
(AREA) -- The Michigan Supreme Court has named 18 circuit judges to serve in special business courts in counties around the state. The high court announced the appointments Wednesday. In St. Clair County, 31st Circuit Court Judge Daniel J. Kelly will serve in the special business court. The high court says the move follows a 2012 Michigan law to create courts to handle cases between businesses in which at least $25,000 is at stake. The law mandates a business court in any circuit with three or more judges, while smaller circuits have the option of creating them. Parties in the cases can be businesses themselves or their employees, directors, owners or shareholders. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young says business courts "complement Michigan judicial branch's three-part reform plan" that focuses on performance, technology and efficiency. The business court judges will serve terms expiring April 1, 2019. The business courts are scheduled to accept their first filings by July 1.
(CUSTER TOWNSHIP) -- Sandusky Firefighters battled a small shed fire Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of west Custer Road. An old Farmall tractor inside the shed and a car parked outside were a total loss. Sandusky Assistant Fire Chief Rich Honamons says there were no injuries reported and the Moore Township Fire Department assisted at the scene. Fire crews were dispatch at around 3:45 p.m. and cleared at 6 p.m.
(ELKLAND TOWNSHIP) -- A 7-year-old Cass City boy was critically injured Wednesday afternoon after crashing a John Deere Gator into a tree at the Rolling Hills Golf Course on Milligan Road in Tuscola County's Elkland Township. According to State Police at the Caro Post, a 5-year-old boy who was riding on the Gator was ejected in the crash but not injured. The 5-year-old was able to drive the Gator to the clubhouse to get help. The 7-year-old was flown by Lifenet to Hurley Hospital in Flint for treatment of life threatening injuries. Troopers were assisted by MMR Ambulance, Cass City Fire Department and the Gagetown Fire Department.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- The Salem, Oregon woman accused of dumping her mother's dead body next to a dumpster in Port Huron Township was arraigned Wednesday in St. Clair County District Court in Port Huron. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says 49-year old Kelly Rhodes stood mute on a charge of removing a dead body without Medical Examiner permission, which is a 1-year misdemeanor. Rhodes is accused of leaving the body of her 89-year old mother, Mary Gertrude Grenia, behind the Goodwill store. The body was found on March 12. A cause of death has not been determined. Sheriff Donnellon says a citizen tip led detectives to Rhodes, who was staying with relatives in Belleville, Illinois. Rhodes remains jailed on a $10,000 cash/surety bond. Her next court date has been set for April 15 at 1 p.m.
(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron police say a yearlong federal and local investigation of illegal firearms sales has led to a raid on an unlicensed gun shop and the arrest of its owner. Police say they began the probe after Goldie's Loan and Sales, located in the 1100 block of 10th Street in Port Huron, refused to follow state reporting requirements for sellers of used goods and precious metals. Undercover agents made repeated purchases at the store in an investigation assisted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Police say they raided the store Tuesday morning and seized an assault rifle, seven other long guns, three handguns, gold, silver, cash and illegal drugs. 60-year-old Dennis Eugene McAtamney faces charges of selling firearms without a license. He was transported to Detroit by Federal Officers.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Great Lakes levels probably will remain below average for the next six months but won't set records unless the weather is unusually dry. Officials with the corps' Detroit office said Wednesday the shipping industry and commercial boaters will continue to deal with hazardous conditions in many harbors for the foreseeable future. Watershed hydrology chief Keith Kompoltowicz says the winter's heavy snowfall will help the lakes recover slightly from extremely low levels in recent months. Lakes Michigan and Huron set an all-time record low in January. They're still more than two feet below their long-term average but are expected to stay slightly above record lows through September. But Kompoltowicz says it would take several wet years to get the lakes back to normal.
(LEXINGTON) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it will release about 100,000 Atlantic salmon into Lake Huron and two of its tributary streams this spring. Yearling salmon will be stocked in the St. Marys River, the Au Sable River, Thunder Bay River and the Lexington Harbor in Sanilac County. The salmon are raised in a laboratory at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie and the Platte River State Fish Hatchery near Beulah. Todd Grischke is the DNR's Lake Huron Basin coordinator. He says the fisheries division's managers have consulted with interested groups about where to release the salmon. They considered factors such as stream temperatures, public access and opportunities for the DNR to evaluate returning adults. They also sought good stream, pier and open-water opportunities for anglers.