(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky Community Schools Food Service Program is sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to children 18-years of age and under and to people up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a state or local public educational agency. The meals will be served at Doerr Field/Sandusky City Park on West Speaker Street, the Sandusky High School on E. Pine Tree Lane, and at Humpty Dumpty Day Care on South Stoutenburg Road from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 10-July 13. Each site will be closed July 1-5 in observance of the Independence Holiday.
(AREA) -- With Memorial Day Weekend here, the Michigan State Police is reminding motorists to make safety a priority during their holiday travel. Troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). The statewide "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement campaign has also started. In addition to looking for safety belt and child restraint violations, troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or are driving in a reckless and unsafe manner. The official Memorial Day weekend begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2013. Last year, nine fatal traffic crashes resulted in ten deaths over the Memorial Day weekend. Of those who died, three were not wearing a seat belt.
(AREA) -- A bill to establish a state sales tax exemption on the proceeds of fundraisers held by local veterans' posts for active duty military personnel or veterans in need, passed the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Senator Mike Green of Mayville introduced the legislation after a fundraiser organized by the Richville American Legion post for Sgt. Travis Mills was subjected to the tax. Sgt. Mills is a Vassar native and is one of only a few servicemen to lose all four limbs in combat during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and survive. Current state law offers a limited sales tax exemption to certain nonprofit groups. Local veterans' posts affiliated with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and AmVets do not qualify for that exemption. The measure passed the Senate unanimously and now moves to the House for further consideration.
(BROWN CITY) -- Brown City Council members Monday night were informed of the annual audit of the city, library and fire department conducted earlier this month. City Manager Clint Holmes says no discrepancies were noted during the city's portion of the audit and the council will receive a formal presentation of the results at the June 10th regular meeting. In other business, a public hearing was scheduled for Monday, June 10 at 7:15 p.m. for discussion on changing the even and odd year elections to even-year elections in the city. Jennifer DeVriendt began working as the office clerk this week and Sean Leathers joined the Brown City Police Department on a part-time basis. Officer Leathers orientation started Monday. He also works part-time for the Metamora and Yale Police Departments.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- SMR Automotive Systems, USA, Inc. has received a $4 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant through the Michigan Strategic Fund. SMR plans to expand its facility in Marysville, as well as purchase a 100,000 square foot warehouse in Port Huron. In total, SMR plans to invest $40 million and add 350 new jobs. Congresswoman Candice Miller commented that the grant shows a great level of confidence in the vision of SMR and the ability of innovators in our community. The investments in Marysville and Port Huron are examples of the forward movement of the economy in the Blue Water Region. SMR Automotive Systems, USA, Inc. is a Tier 1 automotive supplier of rear vision systems. The company plans to expand its facility in Marysville by adding new equipment and reconfiguring the existing space. The City of Marysville is providing property tax abatements in support of the project.
(AREA) -- Michigan lawmakers have questions about a proposed Canadian underground nuclear waste repository near Lake Huron. A state Senate resolution that was introduced by Democratic Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor passed Wednesday. Lawmakers worry that the facility might affect the Great Lakes, and they want Congress to help ensure Michigan's concerns are fully resolved. Ontario Power Generation has proposed the facility. A public comment period for the company's environmental impact statement comes to an end on Friday. Hearings and other steps are expected before approval is considered. The storage facility for low- to medium-level nuclear waste would be built in Kincardine, across Lake Huron from the Michigan shoreline.
(SANDUSKY) -- A V-Nose, 12-foot cargo trailer was stolen from behind a business in Sandusky between 7 p.m. April 26 and 7 a.m. April 27. Sandusky Police are seeking tips from the public in finding the suspect or suspects responsible for the theft. The cargo trailer is white in color with a Michigan trailer plate B809022. Chief Brett Lester says the trailer was stolen from behind The Jade Room located at 80 W. Sanilac Avenue. A $700 reward is being offered for tips that lead to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sandusky Police Department at 810-648-4016.
(IMLAY TOWNSHIP) -- The state says 62 former workers at a Vlasic pickle factory have pleaded guilty and will make $960,000 in restitution for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits while continuing to work. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced the sentencing Wednesday. It says the 62 people worked for Pinnacle Foods Inc. in Lapeer County's Imlay Township. The Lapeer County prosecutor's office also carried out the investigation. The state says the defendants got probation and restitution orders ranging from $5,309 to $40,670. Pinnacle Foods is based in Parsippany, N.J. Besides Vlasic, company brands include Duncan Hines, Birds Eye and Mrs. Butterworth's.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - AAA Michigan says about 1.1 million residents of the state will travel 50 miles or more on vacation during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The auto club announced Wednesday that Michigan travel during the Thursday to Monday period is projected to be nearly on par with last year. AAA Michigan says nearly 92 percent in the state will travel by personal vehicle, slightly more than last year. Others will travel by air, train or bus. Nationwide, AAA says about 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground or other getaway. That's a small increase from last year but still well short of the record 37.3 million people who drove during the holiday in 2005.
(PORT HURON) -- 38-year old Sara Ylen is due back in St. Clair County District Court on June 4 for a preliminary exam. The Lexington woman was arraigned Wednesday on charges of falsely reporting a rape and tampering with evidence. Not-guilty pleas were entered on her behalf. Authorities say she falsely accused a man of rape last September and used makeup to create what looked like bruises. The false felony report charge carries a maximum 4-years in prison, while the tampering with evidence charge carries a maximum 10-years if convicted. The charges in St. Clair County are from one of two criminal cases against Ylen. She's also accused of six felony counts of fraud in Sanilac County after claiming for years that she had cancer. State police say they couldn't find a doctor who made that diagnosis. In November, in a different case, a man convicted of raping Ylen was released from prison after nearly 10-years. New evidence showed Ylen had made false rape allegations that same year in California and the St. Clair County prosecutor's office dropped the case.