(AREA) -- Michigan State Police posts across the state collected 709 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, April 27. The Michigan State Police partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies to provide a safe, convenient and responsible venue for citizens to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The Caro Post collected 30 pounds of pills and the Lapeer Post collected 36 pounds. The service was free and anonymous with no questions asked.
(BAD AXE) -- The Huron County Sheriff's Department collected 4 pounds of unwanted, expired, and unused prescription pills during National Drug Take Back Day last Saturday. According to Sheriff Kelly Hanson, the department has collected 55 pounds of pills over the last 6-months and nearly 175 pounds since the initiative began.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- The remains of woman reported missing over 24-years ago has been identified as the victim of a homicide in St. Clair County. The skeletal remains of Diann Tatum, who was 26-years old when she was reported missing by her family on October 25, 1988, was positively identified through DNA and dental records by the St. Clair County Medical Examiner's Office. Authorities say Tatum reportedly left her home in Ohio on October 22, 1988 to travel to her parent's home in Warren, Michigan, but never arrived. In August 1994, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office discovered the unidentified skeletal remains of a female, who was the apparent victim of a homicide. The remains were moved to the Michigan State University Anthropology Unit for further examination and preservation. In March this year, genetic data from Tatum's family members and the skeletal remains were entered into the Combined DNA Index System and associated samples were noted. Last month, a dental records comparison conducted by the St. Clair County Medical Examiner's Office determined the woman's identity.
(PORT HURON) -- The Port Huron Police Department held another successful fundraiser for the Special Olympics last Saturday, raising over $1,000. The department's 2nd Annual Dodge Ball Tournament took place at the Port Huron High School gymnasium with fourteen teams, representing various community groups and public safety entities, participating to raise money for a great cause. The proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization provides year-round training and competitions for more than 4-million athletes in 170 countries. Nearly 20,000 athletes participate in Michigan Special Olympics programs.
(IMLAY CITY) -- A 22-year old Imlay City man was pronounced dead at the scene of a fire at an apartment complex the morning of April 20. Authorities say the manager of the complex located in the 500 block of Townsend Court in Imlay City called 9-1-1 after smelling smoke. The 16-unit, two-story building was quickly evacuated. The Imlay City Fire Department was assisted by Attica Township firefighters and Lapeer County EMS personnel. The victim, Kenneth Dahn, was found in an upstairs apartment living room. Fire officials say the blaze originated in the kitchen at the stove. The fire burned upwards from the stove top, through the cupboards, across the ceiling, and spread out to the living room. The fire had put itself out and there were no flames when fire crews arrived. Fire investigators believe the initial cause of death was smoke inhalation. An investigation into when and how the fire started continues.
(MINDEN CITY) -- A 35-year-old Minden City man was taken into custody Monday evening after police responded to a call where the man had gotten into an altercation with his 33-year-old girlfriend at a Minden Road residence in Huron County's Paris Township. Police say the man had struck the woman with a mop and also assaulted an 11-year-old family member that was trying to defend the woman. The suspect then drove off with the woman's car. He was located by Huron County Sheriff deputies a short time later and after a brief high-speed chase at speeds over 90 mph, he was stopped and taken into custody without further incident. Late Tuesday afternoon, the suspect Justin G. Hulbert of Minden City, was charged with four counts including felony aggravated domestic violence, misdemeanor domestic violence, felony fleeing and eluding and driving while license suspended. He is currently being held in the Huron County jail on a $20,000 cash bond.
(ALPHARETTA, Ga.) -- Police in metro Atlanta say a man who was wanted in a series of bank robberies in Michigan has committed suicide. The multi-jurisdictional manhunt ended Tuesday afternoon. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the suspect, 53-year old Jack David Kaiser of the Flushing/Owosso areas, was identified through multiple tips from Facebook users after his photo was posted by local authorities. Kaiser was suspected in bank holdups in Kalamazoo, Edmore, at the Tri County Bank in Brown City and the latest at the Capac State Bank in Yale. Investigators learned through surveillance that Kaiser had fled Michigan and was heading south to an unknown destination.
At around 4 p.m. Tuesday, detectives used the man's cellphone signal to track him in Alpharetta, Georgia. Alpharetta Police Sgt. George Gordon says when Kaiser realized police had surrounded his car, he shot himself. Evidence linking him to the bank robberies was located in his vehicle.
Yale Police Chief Michael Redman wanted to thank the citizens for their information. Chief Redman also said, "I am very impressed with the inter agency cooperation during this investigation."
Chief Ron Smith from the Brown City Police Department stated, "It was great how a single bank robbery turned into a multi jurisdictional investigation throughout Southern Michigan and culminated with the location and attempted arrest of the suspect in Georgia."
St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon stated, "It was very gratifying to see law enforcement partner together and get a positive resolution to the related investigations."
Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki would like to personally thank all of the agencies involved saying, "I would also like to commend Det./Sgt Darrin Siemen and Detective Mark Ruggles for their efforts as they worked tirelessly since Sunday evening in an attempt to capture the perpetrator responsible for the crimes in our area there by making our communities safer."