(CLAY TOWNSHIP) -- Police say a 28-year-old man has died on a Lake St. Clair island that is the site of the annual Jobbie Nooner weekend boat party. In a brief statement, Clay Township police say the man was reported to be unresponsive around 4:30 a.m. Friday. An emergency crew sent to Gull Island was unable to revive him. His name was not immediately released. An autopsy is planned. Jobbie Nooner is a boat party that typically attracts hundreds of people to the waters around Gull Island in St. Clair County, near the Michigan-Ontario border.
(AREA) -- State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township is urging the International Joint Commission to encourage states and provinces within the Great Lakes region to adopt uniform ballast water standards equivalent to U.S. federal requirements to help protect the environment and improve commerce. The International Joint Commission currently is inviting the public to comment on the functions, structure and membership of two new boards. Representative Lauwers took the opportunity to submit his legislative resolution that urges the states and provinces to adopt uniform ballast water standards. In addition, the 81st District lawmaker has introduced legislation designed to help increase shipping activity while continuing to protect the Great Lakes from invasive aquatic species by requiring the state to mirror the EPA guidelines relating to ballast water discharge.
(AREA) -- Business courts are scheduled to open next month in 17 Michigan counties, including St. Clair County. Similar courts have been used in other states for decades, but they're just getting ready to take off in Michigan. A law passed last year requires circuit courts with three or more judges to establish such courts. Operated as part of the county judicial system, they'll offer a new route for business cases involving more than $25,000 in damages. An aim is to ease the case load on civil and criminal courts, accelerate the litigation process, and make rulings more accessible. Other business courts will open in Bay, Berrien, Calhoun, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Macomb, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Saginaw, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff's deputies were assisted by Elkton Police during two drug raids Wednesday evening in Caseville Township. Sheriff Hanson says the warrants were the result of several months of investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin in the county. The first raid took place at 4838 Hillcrest Drive. Officers seized heroin, drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs, and an unknown white powder from the home, along with $4,500 in cash. Arrested at the residence was 30-year old Jeffrey Hatch. He remains jailed on a $100,000 cash bond. The second raid took place at 4723 Patrick Drive. More drug paraphernalia was seized from the residence, which was occupied, but no arrests were made. Authorities in Tuscola County arrested 31-year old Brandon Fabyan of Pigeon after the search warrants were served and transported him to the Huron County jail for his role in the investigation. He is being held on a $20,000 bond for two felony charges involving the sale and distribution of heroin. Thursday, another wanted suspect was arrested. 33-year old Anthony Spencer of Clio remains jailed on a $100,000 cash bond and is also being held for the Department of Corrections for a parole violation. Sheriff Hanson says several arrest warrants have been issued in this case. It is believed that some of those individuals were part of distributing heroin throughout the thumb. Deputies are being assisted by the Caseville Police Department and Sanilac County Drug Task Force.
(AREA) -- With summer underway and the Fourth of July fast approaching, Michigan officials are urging caution with campfires and fireworks. DNR officials say the best way to avoid risk is to attend public fireworks displays and "leave the lighting to the professionals." But if you do light fireworks, the DNR recommends a number of safety tips. Sparklers should be placed in a bucket of water after the spark is gone. Point fireworks away from homes - and keep them away from brush, leaves and other things that burn. Campfires should be built inside fire rings. Never leave a campfire unattended, and keep water and a shovel nearby. Be sure to put your fire out completely before turning in for the night.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- State Police from the Caro Post say the 87-year old man from the Vassar/Caro area reported missing by his family has been found dead 10 miles from his home. The family of Robert James Capling last saw him Monday, June 24. Capling, who suffered from several medical issues including dementia, was found in his vehicle parked in the driveway of a vacant home on Dutcher Road Wednesday evening. State Police Troopers do not suspect foul play in Caplings death or disappearance.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Charlene Washkevich of the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department has been promoted to the position of Uniform Services Lieutenant. Lt. Washkevich is a 1984 graduate of Peck High School and went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie. She graduated from the Criminal Justice Certification Program and began her career in 1989 with the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office assigned to the Drug Task Force. Lt. Washkevich, who notably was Sanilac County's first female Deputy, Sergeant and now Lieutenant, has held many positions within the Sheriff's Office including; Special Response Team, Drug Task Force, Victim's Services, Triad, as well as a tenured D.A.R.E. Instructor. Charlene resides in the Croswell area with her husband Rich of 21-years and three children Shelby, Zachary and Logan.
Sheriff Biniecki stated, "I am very pleased with her promotion. We are not only making history with the promotion of the first female Lieutenant in the Office's history, but I am confident that her skills and abilities will only serve to assist us in moving forward in our pledge to serve the public".
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- State Police from the Caro Post are investigating a missing person complaint. 87-year old Robert James Capling from the Vassar/Caro area has been reported missing. He last had contact with his family on Monday, June 24. Capling suffers from several medical issues including dementia. He may be driving a 2007 Ford Explorer, which is silver in color with a Michigan plate reading 6HHT5. A white NRA sticker is located in the rear window and a deer head is on the trailer hitch. Anyone with information on Capling's whereabouts are asked to call the Michigan State Police Caro Post at 989-673-2156 or call 9-1-1.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- The Lapeer County Road Commission advises that Imlay City Road from Morris/Myers to Maple Grove Road will be under construction beginning Tuesday, July 2. Detours will be posted. The road will be open to local traffic only and is expected to be opened to all traffic by August 12. Work should be complete by August 16. The project includes the installation of a storm sewer.
(MINDEN CITY) -- Two juvenile boys suspected of breaking into a home in Minden City were apprehended Tuesday afternoon. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the break-in at a residence in the 8500 block of Maple Street was reported shortly before 3 p.m. by the care-taker of the vacation home. The man told dispatch that he had interrupted two individuals who had entered the home and that one of the suspects was possibly armed with a large knife. The suspects fled into a wooded area prior to deputies arriving. A short time later, a 14-year old Marlette area boy and a 16-year old from the Decker area were located a block away at another residence. They were staying with one of the teen's grandparents in Minden City. Deputies say a large Bowie Knife was recovered along with a pry bar that had been used during the break-in. Both juveniles admitted having been in the residence and petitions will be forwarded to Family Court for review. The boys were left in the custody of family members.