(HURON COUNTY) -- A 48-year old Bad Axe man will spend two to seven years in prison for his role in delivering designer drugs known as "bath salts." Robert Alent was sentenced Monday in Huron County Circuit Court after being charged with eight felony counts stemming from a raid last September at the Maple Lane Discount Store on N. VanDyke Street, owned by Alent, and his residence at 1030 Beech Street, both located in the city of Bad Axe. Two of the charges included maintaining a drug house. The Drug Enforcement Agency was called to search the home on Beech Street due to the large amounts of hazardous materials that were used to manufacture illegal substances. Alent was sentenced to 16 months to 2-years in prison on those charges. Huron County Prosecutor Tim Rutkowski stated that the Huron County Sheriff's Department and Bad Axe Police Department did an excellent job investigating the case and processing evidence.
(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City Council Monday approved to proceed with the Maple Valley Road Project in conjunction with Sanilac County at a cost between $24,000 and $35,000. Council members received a report from the Streets and Sidewalks Committee, which included an update on the project. Resurfacing work is scheduled to take place on Walter Street between Main and Second Streets and Maple Valley Street from Merrill Street to the east. The cost to micro-coat, versus chip and seal Maple Street between Merrill and Welles Street and North Cade Road from Main Street to the city limits is being researched. Also, based on the availability of funds, the city will repair sidewalks in the community.
In other business, a lengthy discussion was held on a pending resolution regarding Even-Year Elections. The resolution died due to the lack of a motion.
The regular May 27 Brown City council meeting was rescheduled for Monday, May 20 due to the Memorial Day holiday.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- In order to better serve the public, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division will have new office hours beginning Monday, May 13. The new office hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. On Tuesday's, the office will be open from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The adoption center hours will be 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the office held Saturday hours for quite some time, without much response from the public. The department hopes the extended hours in the evening on Tuesday's will better serve the public.
(MARLETTE) -- Monsanto Fund is joining forces with representative farmers from around the United States to distribute $2.3 million to public school districts. Locally, Wayne Wood of Marlette will serve as a member of the 2013 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council. The 30-member council will choose the winning school districts in each USDA-appointed Crop Reporting District eligible to receive a grant of up to $25,000 for math or science-based curricula. Wood was selected to serve on the council because of his active involvement in community programs, including Michigan Farm Bureau where he serves as President, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Michigan Agriculture Preservation Fund Board. He is recognized in Marlette for chairing the Sanilac County Mental Health Board for nearly 20-years. Wood holds a high standard for exemplary education and is passionate about strengthening instruction within rural schools. Wood supports the Grow Rural Education program because it gives districts an opportunity to explore areas of education and improve the quality of instruction that would otherwise not be possible.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- State Police from the Caro post were led on a high-speed chase Sunday evening that led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Kingston man. According to police, the suspect was traveling 99 miles per hour on Hurds Corner Road near Rossman Road when officers attempted to make the stop. With police in pursuit the suspect failed to stop at the intersection of Hurds Corner Rd and M-46 where he continued east on M-46 at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle then entered the north ditch, then exited the ditch and continued west of M-46 as he attempted to cause a crash with troopers by slamming on the brakes. He then continued west on M-46 at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lane forcing oncoming traffic off the road. The driver then lost control of the vehicle near Hurds Corner Road entering a ditch and becoming stuck. Police were forced to use a taser and OC spray to subdue the suspect as he refused to get out of the vehicle. After additional units arrived on the scene, officers forcibly removed the suspect from the vehicle and took him into custody. He is currently lodged in the Tuscola County Jail on several felony charges. His name has not been released pending arraignment.
(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky Police are seeking tips after gas was stolen from a vehicle parked in a closed, unlocked garage on Argyle Street Thursday afternoon. The suspect appeared to have entered the garage and siphoned gas from the car sometime around 2 p.m. Anyone who may have seen a person walking or riding a bicycle and holding a gas can in that area is asked to contact the Sandusky Police Department at 810-648-4016.
(KENOCKEE TOWNSHIP) -- Detectives with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department are investigating a suspicious house fire that occurred during the early morning hours of May 2 in Kenockee Township. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the blaze was reported at a residence in the 7800 block of Beard Road at around 4:20 a.m. No injuries were reported. Kenockee Township firefighters were assisted by departments from Clyde Township, Grant Township and Emmett. Members of the St. Clair County Fire Investigation Team conducted an investigation once the fire was extinguished and determined the cause was suspicious in nature. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steve Rickert at 810-987-1731. A reward is being offered by the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The 5th Annual Sanilac County Spelling Bee hosted 72 students from Brown City, Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Deckerville, Marlette, Peck and Sandusky Schools. The event, sponsored by the Sanilac County Talent Development Consortium, was held May 3 at the Sanilac Career Center in Peck. The top 5th grader was Kreigh Dimasuay of Sandusky. The 6th grade winner was Chris Mutch of Marlette. Cherokee Johnson of Peck took top honors in the 7th grade and in the 8th grade, Cecilia Linck from Brown City was the top speller.
(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers conducted two drug raids Wednesday in Port Huron netting cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and cash. Five people were arrested and await arraignment on charges. The first raid took place at 6 p.m. in the 600 block of Superior Street. Officers seized crack cocaine valued at $100, $350 worth of heroin, marijuana and $300 in cash. Two Port Huron men ages 49 and 58 and a 42-year old Detroit area man were arrested. The second raid happened around 11:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of Pine Grove Avenue. A search warrant was secured after deputies received information about a suspect at the residence selling narcotics in the Port Huron area. During the search, officers seized $3,000 worth of heroin, $200 in crack cocaine, marijuana and over $550 in cash. A 33-year old Detroit man and 27-year old woman, also from Detroit, were arrested.
A third raid took place early Friday morning at a home in the 700 block of Court Street. Five people were arrested after Drug Task Force officers seized crack cocaine valued at $1,550, heroin valued at $4,350, marijuana, methamphetamine, $250 in cash and a vehicle. Two Detroit area men ages 27 and 28, a 24-year old Clyde Township man and a 27-year old Port Huron woman were arrested and remain jailed on numerous drug-related charges.
(AREA) -- The Michigan Senate has approved a bill letting schools with too many snow days avoid having to schedule makeup days in June. Schools instead could lengthen their days for the rest of the school year under legislation approved 34-1 on Thursday. The bill could win final passage in the House next week. Supporters say the measure is needed because some districts in northern Michigan had more than the maximum six snow days, some as recently as April. They say families have already scheduled vacations and camps for kids after school ends. Some schools are facing the prospect of extending the school year at least one more week if the legislation is not signed into law. Under the bill, schools would still have to meet the minimum 1,098 hours of instruction.