(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- A two-vehicle crash in Sanilac County's Lexington Township sent five people to the hospital Wednesday morning. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the crash at the intersection of Peck and Wixon Roads took place at around 8:30 a.m. when a vehicle driven by 27-year old Sarah Lukitsch of Lexington made a left turn onto Peck Road, in the path of a minivan traveling west along Peck Road. The minivan was driven by 53-year old Sheryl Webb of Lexington. Both vehicles struck nearly head on causing the minivan to leave the roadway and come to rest in a field. Deputies say both drivers and three passengers in the Webb vehicle were taken to Port Huron Hospital for unspecified injuries. Webb's passengers included 39-year old Charles Goodwine of Croswell and two children. Croswell Police, the Lexington Fire Department and Croswell EMS personnel assisted at the scene.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- The Speedy-Q Market on Water Street in Port Huron Township was robbed early Tuesday morning. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says a man walked into the store shortly before 3:00 a.m., went to a cooler and took out a bottle of pop, and then went up to the counter. When the clerk opened the cash register, the suspect reached over the counter, grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and ran out of the store to the east. Authorities checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. Sheriff Donnellon says no one was hurt during the incident and no weapon was seen or implied. The suspect was described as an African American man, possibly in his 40's, approximately 5'7" tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a maroon winter coat with a hood and blue jeans. He also had a cut on his hand. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kelsey Wade at 810-987-1738.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- 81st District State Representative Dan Lauwers has announced the five winners of his legislation contest. Residents submitted proposals that could improve voter turnout at local elections, increase sentencing for repeat sexual offenders and reduce the size of state government. Kathleen Sholtis of Yale submitted proposes reforming Public Act 222 of 2001, which makes governmental entities immune from tort liability for sewage disposal systems. Larry Sokolowski of Marysville proposed eliminating certain lending functions of the MEDC. Mark Shrapnell of St. Clair submitted a proposal to require Property Tax Millage votes to only take place during November elections. Julie Dickason of China Township would like to see legislation that would add certain medical procedures to the list of student excused absences not to be counted toward truancy and Pastor Tony Jessie of Capac proposes requiring a juvenile sexual assault charge to be considered a first offense, which could allow the courts to provide tougher sentencing guidelines to repeat offenders. Representative Lauwers of Brockway Township received more than 50 unique bill ideas from his constituents, giving them the chance to help direct public policy. The top five ideas will be introduced as legislation.
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a freighter has run aground in Lake St. Clair. Lt. Justin Westmiller says the ship became grounded Tuesday evening a little over a mile offshore from the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe. No injuries are reported. Reports say the freighter isn't blocking any lake traffic while it waits for a tugboat. The Coast Guard says the grounding is under investigation.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Five schools in Sanilac County were awarded bronze awards from U.S. News and World Report after its annual ranking of the nation's best high schools. 206 schools in Michigan were honored with 7 receiving gold medals, 68 awarded silver medals and 131 receiving a bronze medal. U.S. News researchers looked at 21,035 public high schools across the country. Rankings are based on the key principals that the school serves all of its students well and produces measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators. Brown City, Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Deckerville, Marlette and Sandusky High Schools all received a bronze award.
(AREA) -- This Saturday, Campbell Soup Company will once again join forces with the National Association of Letter Carries to support Feeding America during Stamp Out Hunger. Now in it's 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive benefits the largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Last year, letter carriers collected food donations from 10,000 communities, helping put millions of meals on the tables of Americans in need. The food drive will be held this Saturday, May 11. To participate, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mailbox prior to delivery. The drive is important for local communities by stocking food banks and pantries during the summer months when there is an increase for food assistance.
(CROSWELL) -- Motorcycle riders are invited to take part in a fundraiser ride Saturday, May 18 in support of the Croswell Fire Department's effort to purchase a new set of Jaws of Life. Croswell business Shawcycles is hosting the "Jaws of Life Ride 2013," with all of the proceeds going toward the purchase. The volunteer department has raised $12,000 of the $35,000 needed for a new set of Jaws, the tools used to help victims trapped in vehicles or farm equipment at the time of an accident. The ride on Saturday, May 18 will start at the Croswell Fire Hall at 11 a.m. Following the ride, hot dogs, chips, and pop will be served at the hall. To register visit www.croswellfirefighters.org for a form. The cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger when you pre-register. Same day registration costs $25 per rider and $15 per passenger. A bike show will be held after the ride and awards will be given for the Furthest Distance, Best Paint, Best Custom, Oldest Bike, and Best Trike. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. For more information on the motorcycle ride fundraiser contact Croswell Fire Department Lt. Mike Bales at 810-679-4020 or Derek Shaw of Shawcycles at 810-679-0347.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council unanimously moved to begin accepting bids for the removal of several trees located at Doerr Field and Diamond Trail Park during the regular meeting Monday. About 30 trees at Diamond Trail Park and two at Doerr Field that are in danger of falling will be removed at a cost not to exceed $20,000. In other business, the council heard from Sandusky High School students Angela Lasecki and Patrick Brown. Council members approved their request to hold a fundraiser for the school's Food for Friends program. Students will be at the four corners of M-46 and M-19 collecting money during the Memorial Day weekend. Last year, the program raised enough money to purchase three truck loads of food--enough to feed 655 underprivileged families in the community.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The 38-year old Lexington woman charged with making a false report of rape in St. Clair County, was arraigned Monday on several felonies in Sanilac County. Sara Ylen is accused of fraud following a lengthy investigation by the Michigan State Police. She was charged with two counts of false pretenses of $20,000 or more, using a computer to commit a crime, two counts of false pretenses of $1,000 to $20,000 and health care fraud. Investigators say Ylen claimed to have been diagnosed with cancer since 2005 and did in fact receive hospice care in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She identified several physicians that had made a diagnosis of cancer. Investigators say none of those physicians had made a cancer diagnosis. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, who paid more than $94,000 in hospice care, conducted an independent investigation after a complaint from Mercy Hospice. Ylen's bond was set at $10,000 cash/surety. Her preliminary exam is scheduled for May 16 in Sanilac County District Court. The arrest was made shortly after Ylen posted bond in St. Clair County in a separate case of filing a false felony and tampering with evidence back in September. Her arraignment for that case is scheduled for May 22. Last fall, a man convicted of raping Ylen was released from prison after nearly 10-years when authorities learned of other claims of rape in Michigan, California and Colorado that were unfounded.
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(NEW YORK) -- Police say a 51-year-old Almont man has died after suffering a heart attack during the annual New York City-wide bicycle tour. Police say Michael Boren went into cardiac arrest Sunday morning after crossing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge that links Queens and Manhattan. He was taking part in the 40-mile TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Authorities say he was declared dead on arrival at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center.