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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:14

Man, 76, dies after lawnmower accident

(BINGHAM TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities say a 76-year-old man has died after being trapped underneath a lawnmower in a Huron County ditch. William Henny was found Monday and it wasn't clear how long he had been trapped. Henny was in an about 8-foot-deep ditch and had been mowing the lawn at his home in Bingham Township prior to the accident. Henny is a former businessman who owned and operated Henny's Towne & Country Florist of Bad Axe for nearly three decades.

(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville School Board approved the Summer 2013 Bond Project bids as recommended by Superintendent Tricia Pawlowski during Monday's meeting. The parking lot improvements will total $163,000, additional inside and outside cameras will cost $15,885, security monitoring and access entry will cost $31,168, a generator will be installed for $33,030 and lighting upgrades in the Superintendent and Elementary offices will cost $6,400 for a total cost of $249,483 in improvements.

In other business, board members directed Superintendent Pawlowski to move forward with a deficit budget for the 2013-2014 school year. No cuts are being recommended at this time.

(LEXINGTON) -- A trial date has been scheduled for the former Lexington Municipal Mobile Home Park manager accused of embezzlement. 52-year old Cheryl Vincent of Lexington appeared for her Circuit Court arraignment Monday on felony charges of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $1,000 or more, but less than $20,000 and a misdemeanor charge of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $200 or more, but less than $1,000. An investigation between the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police revealed that approximately $18,000 was found missing during a routine audit and should have been recorded as rent payments. Authorities say the embezzlement took place July 2011 through November 2012 and totaled over 200 missing cash receipts. Vincent's final settlement hearing is set for July 8 at 2:30 p.m. and her trial is scheduled for July 23 at 9:30 a.m.

(AREA) -- Members of the Port Sanilac Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8872 will be conducting Memorial Day services at local cemeteries on Monday, May 27. Services will be held at 9 a.m. at Ridge Cemetery, 9:15 a.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. at St. John Cemetery, 10 a.m. at Washington Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Cemetery on M-46 and 11 a.m. at the Port Sanilac Cemetery. Residents are invited to attend and pay tribute to our departed veterans.

The Croswell American Legion Post 255 will hold Memorial Day Services at the St. Denis Cemetery in Lexington at 7:45 a.m. Monday, May 27. The Memorial Day Parade in Croswell will start at 9 a.m. followed by a service at the Croswell Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Services will follow at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Croswell at 9:45 a.m. with the Lexington Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m., a service at the Lexington Cemetery at 11:15 a.m. and a luncheon at the Croswell Legion Hall at 97 W. Harrington Street at 12:30 p.m.

The Memorial Day Parade in Sandusky is Monday, May 27 at 9:40 a.m. followed by a program on the courthouse lawn. A service at the Greenwood Cemetery will start at 10:15 a.m. The Mooretown Cemetery service will begin at 11 a.m.

A Memorial Day Parade will take place in Ruth on Monday, May 27. Participants include the Parisville VFW Post 5740, the Ubly VFW, TVO and auxiliary's. The Ubly H.S. band will perform and 4-H members will also be present. Participants should be at the fire hall in Ruth at 10 a.m. The service will be held at the Monument in Ruth at 10:30 a.m.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Finance and Administration Committee received an update on the Karegnondi Water Pipeline Project during their meeting Tuesday afternoon. Board members heard from Jeff Wright, the Genesee County Drain Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Karegnondi Water Project. Wright said that the project is expected to be completed by 2015 and will cost roughly $275 million. He emphasized that as much of that money as possible will be spent locally. The pipeline will pump up to 85 million gallons a day from Lake Huron for use in Genesee County and other areas, and will supply water to about 250,000 people.

(ELKTON) -- State officials are working to determine the cause of hundreds of fish deaths in a Michigan river. The Department of Natural Resources says the recent fish deaths were reported from the McMillan Drain in Huron County's Meade and Chandler Townships to the Pinnebog River and on to Port Crescent State Park. Reports say a manure spill at Shupe Dairy Inc. was reported last week near where the fish kill began, but the DEQ is investigating the cause of the fish deaths. Shupe Dairy apologized and said there was an "operational accident with manure." The dairy was blamed for a fish kill last year linked to manure runoff.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A commission has recommended that Michigan judges get a 3 percent pay increase. The State Officers Compensation Commission suggested the raise on Tuesday. It also says pay should remain frozen for other top state officials, including the governor and state lawmakers. Although the commission doesn't directly set salaries for judges below the Supreme Court level, the judges receive a percentage of what justices on the high court receive. The Detroit Free Press reports the 3 percent pay raise for judges would take effect Jan. 1, 2015, if the recommendation is approved by majority votes in both chambers of the Legislature. Circuit and probate judges in Michigan currently are paid $139,919. District judges make $138,272. The Lansing State Journal says the last pay increase for judges was in 2002.

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council moved to begin accepting bids for the repainting and renovation of the city's water tower during their meeting Monday night. The council also voted to allow two separate organizations to conduct fundraisers on the streets of Sandusky in the coming weeks. The Sanilac County Humane Society will be raising money Friday, June 14th for general operations of the no-kill shelter. The VFW Relief Fund will hold a street sale the following weekend on Friday, June 21st.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:56

Armada man killed in Emmett Twp. crash

(EMMETT TOWNSHIP) -- A 54-year old Armada man was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning in Emmett Township. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the man was traveling south on Carney Road at around 12:30 a.m., when his pickup crossed the centerline, left the roadway, and struck a tree. The pickup continued down the ditch line, re-entered the road, and flipped upside down. The Armada man was ejected from the pickup and pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff's deputies say alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky Police continue to investigate a case of "malicious mischief." Chief Brett Lester says a group of individuals were drinking on the roof of Sheldon Medical Supply, located at 21 W. Sanilac, at around 3 a.m. Sunday, when the suspects allegedly broke apart a chimney and began throwing bricks into the street and at nearby buildings, causing damage. Chief Lester says the individuals then climbed down and broke into Sheldon's before fleeing on foot. It appears nothing was taken from the business. Evidence left on the roof top was recovered by police. Chief Lester says his department is seeking tips from the public in finding those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sandusky Police Department at 810-648-4016.