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(AREA) -- Sprint will permanently shut down the Nextel National Network at the end of the month. Beginning at 12:01 AM EST June 30, the Nextel National Network will begin to shutdown, working westward every hour by time zone. Voice and push-to-talk calls, including calls to 9-1-1 and date service, will no longer originate from the Nextel National Network. Officials say there should be no impact to the Nationwide Sprint Network. Sprint announced plans in the fourth quarter of 2010 to phase out the iDEN Nextel National Network as part of its Network Vision plan.

(PORT HURON) -- A St. Clair County woman who was convicted of killing her father and attempting to murder her mother will be re-sentenced on July 11. Tia Skinner's life sentence will be revisited because the U.S. Supreme Court banned mandatory no-parole sentences for teens convicted of murder. She was 17 at the time of the attack. Skinner could get the same sentence, but a judge will be allowed to consider many factors. Paul and Mara Skinner were attacked at their home in Yale in November 2010. Paul was killed in the knife attack, while Mara was seriously wounded. Prosecutors say Skinner was angry at her parents and plotted with two young men, Jonathan Kurtz and James Preston, to carry out the crimes. Defense lawyer John Livesay says Skinner hopes "for a different outcome, but ultimately it will be a decision in the hands of the judge."

(AREA) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advise the public that an organization will hold informational meetings regarding deer antler point restriction (APR) proposals at a number of locations in June 2013. Individuals are invited to attend a local event to learn more about the APR process and the specific proposals currently under consideration.

The DNR supports the voluntary implementation of APR on private land. Under guidelines adopted by the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), mandatory regulations proposed by sponsoring organizations will only be recommended for implementation if DNR staff has no biological concerns regarding such regulations, and if a clear majority (at least 66 percent) of support among hunters in the proposed area is documented. Support will be determined by a DNR survey mailed to a sample of hunters who indicated on the 2012 DNR deer harvest survey that they hunted deer in the proposal area.

A group known as the Lower Peninsula Deer Management Initiative (LPDMI) has submitted two different APR proposals to be considered for implementation starting with the 2014 deer season. Antlerless deer regulations within the proposed areas would continue to be determined annually by the DNR. Surveys to measure support for these proposals will be mailed starting in August. Payment by the LPDMI will offset survey costs incurred by this proposal.

The process for review of APR proposals provides a uniform approach for addressing requests by organizations for adopting such regulations. The NRC retains full authority over decisions to implement APR and other harvest regulations regardless of the survey outcome, but the proposal review process provides valuable information to inform those decisions.

The first proposal of the LPDMI calls for implementing a minimum three-point APR for a portion of the northern Lower Peninsula. This proposal area includes Cheboygan, Otsego, Crawford, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Clare, Gladwin and Oceana counties and those portions of Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Midland, Bay and Arenac counties within Hunting and Trapping Zone 2. The APR would not apply to individuals hunting with an apprentice hunting license or mentored youth hunting license or youth hunters during a designated youth season. For all other hunters, antlered deer would be required to have at least three antler points on one side. Throughout Michigan, all hunters that harvest two antlered deer must ensure at least one has four or more antler points on one side, and this proposal would not change that requirement.

The second proposal of the LPDMI calls for implementing a four-point APR for all of Hunting and Trapping Zone 3 in southern Michigan. Zone 3 includes portions of Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Midland, Bay, and Arenac counties and all other counties to the south. The APR would not apply to individuals hunting with an apprentice hunting license or mentored youth hunting license or youth hunters during a designated youth season. This proposal seeks to require that all other antlered deer harvested in the area have at least four antler points on one side.

The public meetings listed below will be hosted by the LPDMI to explain its interest in APR implementation and answer questions about the proposals. The meeting in Clare will primarily address the proposed three-point APR for Zone 2. All other meetings will primarily address the proposed four-point APR for Zone 3. For all meetings, doors will open at 6:30 pm, the meeting will run from 7 to 8 p.m., and the building must be cleared by 8:30 p.m. Five additional meetings to be held in July will be announced at a later date.

 

June 11: Newaygo High School cafeteria, 200 East St., Newaygo, MI 49337

June 12: Phoenix Lodge No. 13. F&AM, 5752 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

June 13: Decatur Middle School cafeteria, 405 N. Phelps St., Decatur, MI 49045

June 18: Jonesville High School gymnasium, 460 Adrian St., Jonesville, MI 49250

June 19: Imlay City High School auditorium, 1001 Norlin Drive, Imlay City, MI 48444

June 20: Cass City High School gymnasium, 4868 North Seeger St., Cass City, MI 48726

June 25: Chesaning High School gymnasium, 850 N. 4th St., Chesaning, MI 48616

June 27: Clare Middle School auditorium, 209 E. State St., Clare, MI 48617

 

Landowner in one of the proposed areas who would like to offer input about the proposal may email their comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(PORT HURON) -- A 52-year-old man has been charged with open murder in the slaying of a 26-year-old Port Huron man, whose throat was slit as they gathered around a bonfire in the 600 block of Stanton Street in Port Huron. Michael Poole was arraigned on the charge of open murder Sunday. He remains jailed without bond in St. Clair County. The victim, David Long, died at Port Huron Hospital. Police say the men were part of a small group at the bonfire Friday night and that the two had been arguing throughout the day. Police say Poole fled after Long was attacked. He later was arrested at his home in the 1100 block of 10th Street. Poole's preliminary exam has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m.  

(CASS CITY) -- Thumb Electric Cooperative held its 76th Annual Meeting/Member Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 8 at the Cass City Recreational Park. An estimated 750 people attended the meeting, highlighted by the election of three directors and numerous activities.

Re-elected to 3-year terms were Randall Dhyse of Huron County, Kim Nunn of Sanilac County and Louis Wenzlaff of Tuscola County. TEC General Manager Dallas Braun presented the 2012 financial statement, which showed operating revenues of $17.8 million and expenses of $16.6 million resulting in an operating margin of $1.17 million. The Cooperative also earned $232,900 in interest on short-term investments, rental income, subsidiary income and patronage capital. Member's patronage capital accounts were allocated over 8 cents on each dollar paid by TEC members in 2012. The 2012 general patronage retirement of $488,100 for the years 1979, 1980, 1981 and 2012 appeared as a credit on a separate line-item on members electric bills received in May 2013.

TEC Board President Louis Wenzlaff informed attendees that in 2012, TEC employees designed and constructed $2.1 million of new utility plant, bringing TEC's total investment in the 3-county service area to $78 million. The Cooperative also paid $700,795 in property taxes to schools and other governmental bodies in Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties in 2012.

After the business meeting, a lunch was served followed by live entertainment, bucket truck rides, pony rides, face painting and other family activities.

(AREA) -- Croswell-Lexington Schools graduate Marin Western is this year's recipient of the Joshua Ross Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Joshua, who was murdered on April 17, 1998, just weeks before his graduation from Brown City High School. Joshua was a good student, athlete, and active in his community and church. He was looking forward to furthering his education at Michigan State University when his life was cut short by domestic violence. Marin's commitment to excellence is evident in all areas of her high school experience. She was a member of the National Honor Society, student council, and served as a class officer. She participated in cross-country, soccer, power lifting, basketball and numerous school and service activities. Marin will be attending Michigan State University and is enrolled at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She is the daughter of Julie and Ken Western.

(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron Firefighters battled a blaze in the 1400 block of Chestnut Street in Port Huron Friday, shortly before 4 p.m. No injuries were reported. The fire damaged both the interior and exterior of the home. Fire officials say arson is suspected. Authorities are seeking tips on two suspects described as white men, possibly in their teens. Both are slender in build and one was seen wearing a black coat. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Port Huron Department of Public Safety-Fire Department at 810-984-9750 or the Port Huron CAPTURE HOTLINE at 810-987-6688.

(AREA) -- Six area graduating seniors were recently presented $500 scholarships by Exchange State Bank. The scholarship winners are chosen by the schools' scholarship committees. This year's winners were Anthony Calabro from Brown City High School, Nickolas Davis who attended Cros-Lex schools, Savannah Corkins from Peck Schools, Siobhan Walsh, a Carsonville-Port Sanilac student,  Breanna Spencer from Deckerville Schools, and Jennifer Kursinsky, a Sandusky High School graduate. Each year Exchange State Bank awards $3,000 to top academic achievers in Sanilac County. The bank is locally-owned and has six offices serving the thumb. 

(AUSTIN TOWNSHIP) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department is investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred Friday night in Sanilac County's Austin Township. Around 8:52 p.m., Central Dispatch received a call from a citizen reporting an accident on Bay City-Forestville Road, just west of Ubly Road. Investigation revealed that a 39-year old Ubly man was traveling east on Bay City-Forestville Road when he lost control of his pickup, struck the shoulder of the road, and rolled the vehicle several times before coming to a rest in the eastbound lane. The driver was transported to Huron Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The man's name has not been released because of possible charges.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representatives Candice Miller (MI-10), Bill Huizenga (MI-02) and Dan Benishek (MI-01) have introduced the Great Lakes Navigation System Sustainability Act to modernize the current Great Lakes Navigation System. This legislation would establish a single, comprehensive Great Lakes Navigation System for budgeting purposes. It would take all the individually authorized commercial and recreational navigation projects in the Great Lakes and recognize them as a unified entity to ensure adequate funding. This legislation also creates a program to help reduce the harbor maintenance backlog. It does not create any new spending, instead uses existing funds from the underutilized Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to establish a cost-share program that makes these funds available by giving priority to harbors that provide a 50% cost-share for a Great Lakes Navigation System project. Joining Miller, Huizenga and Benishek as original co-sponsors: Representatives Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Brian Higgins (NY-26).

"Our Great Lakes harbors and supporting waterways create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the entire region and the commerce carried on the Great Lakes contributes greatly to the entire nation's economy. Throughout my career in public service, I have recognized the important role the Great Lakes play in our economy and have advocated and worked to improve our harbors and waterways infrastructure on the Great Lakes. Simply put, more efficient Great Lakes shipping helps to create a strong U.S. economy. In order to grow and strengthen our regional and national economy we must ensure our harbors and waterways are provided the resources they need," stated Congresswoman Miller.

Miller added, "There is currently a backlog of needed dredging projects that will cost $200 million to remove 18 million yards of sand and silt to enable the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin harbors to become fully functional. By using existing funds to implement a program where the federal government and state and local communities work together, this legislation will help eliminate this backlog. This partnership is important now more than ever as the Great Lakes continue to experience historic low water levels. By treating the Great Lakes as a system, our nation will utilize the user-funds collected under the Harbor Maintenance Tax for their intended purpose â€" operations and maintenance of our nation's ports and harbors. For years much of this fund, which was created through fees placed on shippers, has sat unspent or used for other purposes while important infrastructure projects have been ignored. My goal is to incorporate this legislation into the Water Resources Development Act the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is set to begin work on."