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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 10:07

Heroin seized during raid in Port Huron

(PORT HURON) -- Three people remain jailed after St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers raided a home in the 1100 block of Lapeer Street in Port Huron late Monday. The warrant was the result of a narcotics investigation involving sales of heroin. Seized during the raid was $200 worth of heroin and several pills. A 28-year old Port Huron woman and two men; a 45-year old from the Detroit area and a 52-year old from Port Huron were arrested on several drug related charges.

(AREA) -- Two longtime Sanilac County employees received recognition from the Sanilac County Board of Commissioners for their years of service. During their meeting Tuesday afternoon, commissioners presented Carol Holbrook and Carole Stieler each with a plaque honoring their time working for the county. Both women are retiring from their positions. Holbrook served as Senior Magistrate Clerk for the 73A District Court since 1998. Stieler had been Court Administrator and Assignment Clerk in Sanilac County Circuit Court since 1991.

(BAD AXE) -- A jury trial for the Huron County mother accused in the death of her 23-month old son has been scheduled for July 16. 29-year old Jennifer Emerick had a final plea agreement deadline on Monday, April 1. Prosecutor Tim Rutkowski submitted a motion requesting a review of the charges, which were reduced to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse during a hearing in November. The judge this week reinstated the original charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and first-degree child abuse. The charges stem from the death of Donavin Cochrane on December 29, 2011.

Prosecutors believe Emerick asphyxiated her child by holding him face down into his pillow, while the defense argues it was an accidental death. Emerick's posted bond was continued.

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:02

McKenzie Health System seeks public input

(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System in Sandusky wants to know what residents think about the health needs of the community. Community Health Needs Assessment meetings will be held on April 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. and April 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the hospital's dining room. Community members are invited and there is no cost to attend. Steve Barnett, McKenzie Health System CEO, says the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, requires all not-for-profit hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment every three years. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to give their opinion about what they see as the biggest healthcare needs facing the area and how to address those needs in the best way possible. Pre-registration is requested by calling 810-648-6127.

Monday, 01 April 2013 18:37

Sandusky City Council Talks Chickens

(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky residents could be allowed to own chickens on their property under a proposal being considered by the city's ordinance committee. City council members voted to allow the measure to move on to the ordinance committee during their meeting Monday night. The ordinance would let property owners in the city of Sandusky own a limited number of hens, as long as they are kept in cages.
In other business, the Sandusky City Council authorized the 2013 Miss Sanilac County 5K Run through town, set to take place May 25th. Council members also approved a resolution for "inter-local cooperation, collaboration, and consolidation" between the cities of Sandusky and Brown City. The agreement allows the cities to share equipment and resources.
The Sandusky City Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Two people in Michigan have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children. State agencies say the two who became ill are among at least 24 people infected in 15 states. An investigation detected E. coli in an open package of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas at an ill person's home in New York. The Buffalo, N.Y.-based Rich Products Corp. has recalled quesadillas, mozzarella bites, mini pizza slices and other frozen products made in November. The Michigan Departments of Community Health and Agriculture and Rural Development say residents should check their freezers for the recalled products and consult a doctor if they have bloody diarrhea.

(AREA) -- Two local meat processors received state awards at the Michigan Meat Association Cured Meat Competition held recently in Lansing. Fifteen meat processors entered 119 projects into the competition that hosted fourteen classes. Johnston's Meats of Peck took Grand Champion honors in the Jerky Whole Muscle category and Champion in the ham competition. Country Smoke House in Almont took home Champion honors in the Shelf Stable Snack Sticks and Specialty Venison Sausage categories. Members of the Michigan Meat Association not only compete in the annual competition, but also support the MSU meat program, which educates future meat industry professionals.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County will conduct an annual test of the Emergency Warning system Monday, April 8. All sirens in the county will be activated at 5 p.m. by local fire departments in the warning mode. An all clear will be activated at approximately 5:10 p.m. Sanilac County Emergency Management Director Todd Hillman says that during the siren test, residents are encouraged to practice their plan of action in the case of an emergency weather situation. In the event of a real emergency, citizens should have enough supplies to sustain each family member for 72 hours. For information regarding supplies and emergency preparedness, visit www.ready.gov or contact Todd Hillman at 810-648-8357.

(AREA) -- The arrival of spring means the state's farmers will soon be taking to the roadways with slow, bulky equipment, and that means it's time for motorists to take extra caution. Slow-moving farm equipment has as much right to the roadway as passenger vehicles and sharing the road safely this time of year calls for patience and close attention. It can take 300 feet of breaking distance for a car traveling 55 mph to avoid colliding with farm equipment traveling 15 mph. Michigan Farm Bureau's Agricultural Labor and Safety Services Department Manager Craig Anderson says motorists have to be alert at all times and allow enough room and time to slow down.

(ELKTON) -- Authorities believe a 19-year old Elkton man died from a drug overdose last Friday. The victim, Ryan Shemka, was found unconscious and not breathing at the Maude Street apartments in Elkton around 6 p.m. Police say Shemka and his 21-year old girlfriend had been intravenously injecting each other with methadone while consuming alcohol, just prior to the 9-1-1 call. An investigation led Huron County Sheriff's deputies to request a search warrant for a residence at 665 S. Van Dyke Road in Colfax Township. Seized during the search was several methadone pills and cash. A 51-year old man at the residence was questioned and released. Charges are pending. Sheriff Kelly Hanson reminds residents to report any suspicious or known drug activity to authorities.

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