(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County residents are invited to take part in "Free Disposal Day" on Saturday, June 1 at the Tri-City Landfill, located at 426 Ruth Road. The event will run from 8 a.m.-Noon p.m. Restricted items include tires, appliances containing freon, household cleaners, paint, and oil. If you would like more information, contact the landfill at 810-657-9313.
(AREA) -- Michigan's row crop farmers had a lot of catching up to do early this month, and two weeks of seasonable weather helped them with planting as spring races toward summer. Most sugar beets are now planted, 80 percent of the state's corn crop is in the ground, and half of its soybeans were planted as of May 19, putting farmers back on a near-normal footing for this time of year.
According to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service Great Lakes Region, relatively few areas are still lagging behind the curve because of overly wet fields.In the few areas where farmers were able to hit the fields early, sugar beets, corn and soybeans are already emerging. Planted in the fall and dormant through the winter, wheat is also in good condition. An overnight freeze May 12 did a number on some developing fruits and vegetables. The crops hit hardest by last year's balmy March and brutal April-apples, cherries, peaches and juice grapes-are mostly in fine form. Some damage has been reported to some young vegetable plants-tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, zucchini and yellow squash-but most other vegetables have gone unscathed. Sweet corn is emerging in the southeast, southwest and central parts of the state, and pea plants already exceeding six inches in height have been reported in southeastern Michigan.
(CUSTER TOWNSHIP) -- A 60-year old Sandusky man escaped injury after making an emergency landing with his aircraft in a farmer's field. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says Vernon Hazzard called 9-1-1 shortly before 9:30 a.m. Saturday after landing the Cherokee PA 32 260 airplane in Richard Gerstenberger's field north of Sandusky at Custer and Stoutenburg Roads. Hazzard informed authorities that he was making practice takeoffs and landings before heading out to Alpena. As he was in the air he started losing speed, causing engine difficulties. The aircraft touched the top of a tree causing minor damage to the wings of the plane. Hazzard was able to successfully land the aircraft without injury or additional damage to his plane. Sheriff's deputies were assisted by the Sandusky Police Department, Sandusky City Airport Manager Joe Allen, and Sanilac County Emergency Management Director Todd Hillman. An investigation into what caused the aircraft's engine difficulties continues.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says his department was kept busy over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. There were 489 calls fielded at Central Dispatch. Sheriff's deputies responded to 258 of those calls, ranging from in-progress calls to assisting with Memorial Day festivities. According to Sgt. Steve McKenney, Sheriff's deputies responded to one injury accident and six property damage accidents, performed 77 traffic stops, issued 17 citations and 44 verbal warnings. There were three arrests for domestic assault, driving while license suspended and a probation violation. Sanilac County Correction Deputies booked 13 people into the jail stemming from arrests by deputies and other police agencies in the county. The Marine Division patrolled Lake Huron, including both the Port Sanilac and Lexington Harbors and responded to two boater assist calls. No water related injuries were reported and no violations or citations were issued, as the weather remained cool throughout the holiday weekend.
(MARLETTE) -- A local author has written a book about a Marlette business owner who survived the 1912 Titanic sinking. Lois Johnson's "Lifeboat 15" tells the story of Bert Johns, a steerage passenger on the ill-fated ocean liner. While Johns' story is well-known to those in his hometown in Lebanon, Johnson says she now is telling the tale to a wider audience in his adopted home state of Michigan. The author interviewed Johns' friends and family, who described how deeply affected he was by the ship's sinking and the harrassment he endured for saving himself in a half-full lifeboat. While Johnson conducted the interviews years ago, she honored requests that Johns' story not be told until 50 years after his death, for the sake of his family. He died in 1952.
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - One of the busiest and welcome volunteers at Port Huron's St. Joseph Mercy Hospital strolls the hallways on all fours. A therapy dog named Toby walks from room to room with her trainer Carolyn Crowe. She says Toby is a "rock star" to patients and hospital staff. She says Toby is an ex-leader dog for the blind whose calm personality and intuition make him a good fit at the hospital. Crowe has volunteered at the hospital since 1987. She started bringing Toby in 2008. In 2012, she started the Heavenly Hounds program. It's a group of people with therapy dogs who visit patients at medical facilities. Crowe was the St. Joseph Mercy Volunteer of the Year for 2012.
(ALGONAC) -- A long-distance swimmer plans to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair this summer while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks. Jim Dreyer has made direct crossings of each of the five Great Lakes. He's scheduled to begin his swim on Aug. 5 from the Clinton River Boat Club near Algonac, and the event is to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. The swim is expected to take 30 hours and end August 6 at Detroit's Belle Isle. Dreyer says that this effort will be one of his most challenging. He's partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Michigan to help fund building projects for up to 75 affiliates through the Cornerstone Strength Swim Campaign.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A 60-year-old Detroit man is custody after an altercation with drivers in two separate vehicles on I-94 near Smiths Creek Road Friday night. According to St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies the man pulled a gun and pointed it at the other motorists while they were overtaking him on the highway. The first victim was able to speed away east on I-94 while the second victim was able to pass and exit on Range Road. The suspect then followed the second car onto the exit ramp and began to fire shots out the window of his car as the victim's car approached Range Road. The driver then dialed 9-1-1 while heading south on Range Road and kept authorities on the line while giving police a description of the man and his vehicle along with his direction of travel. The suspect was spotted by police turning into the Marysville Meijer where he was taken into into custody by deputies, Border Patrol and Marysville Police. The man is currently being held on multiple charges including attempted murder, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and driving while license suspended. Additional alcohol related charges are being sought pending the results of toxicology tests.
(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers conducted a raid Wednesday night in the 2300 block of Nern Street in Port Huron. A search warrant was obtained after authorities learned of a suspect in the area selling heroin. Officers seized approximately $1000 worth of heroin, $1400 in cash, and $1000 in property. A 23-year old Port Huron man was arrested and is lodged in the St. Clair County Jail pending arraignment on several drug related charges.
(PECK) -- Sanilac Intermediate School District Superintendent Duane Lange received high marks from the board of education during his evaluation, which was approved Monday night. Lange scored highest in the Values/Ethics of Leadership category, averaging 98%. Board members gave Superintendent Lange an average 92% overall after scoring was tallied in the six categories of Policy and Government, Communications and Community Relations, Human Resources Management, Educational Leadership, Business and Finance, and Values/Ethics of Leadership.