(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- The preliminary examination for the 38-year old Lexington woman charged with filing a false felony report and tampering with evidence has been rescheduled. Sara Ylen's preliminary exam in St. Clair County District Court Tuesday, June 4 was rescheduled for Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. to give her lawyer time to review case files. Authorities say Ylen falsely accused a man of rape last September and used makeup to create what looked like bruises. The false felony report charge carries a maximum 4-years in prison, while the tampering with evidence charge carries a maximum 10-years if convicted. The charges in St. Clair County are from one of two criminal cases against Ylen. She's also accused of six felony counts of fraud in Sanilac County after claiming for years that she had cancer. State police say they couldn't find a doctor who made that diagnosis. Her pre-preliminary exam in Sanilac County is set for June 11. In November, in a different case, a man convicted of raping Ylen was released from prison after nearly 10-years. New evidence showed Ylen had made false rape allegations that same year in California and the St. Clair County prosecutor's office dropped the case.
(BAD AXE) -- Bad Axe Police say an 18-year old man escaped injury after his vehicle rolled over four times before coming to rest on its side Sunday evening. The crash took place on Brick Street just west of N. Van Dyke shortly after 6 p.m. Officers say the driver, Rudolfo Nuncio III of Bad Axe, was traveling too fast around a curve on the street when the vehicle struck a curb and rolled. Nuncio left the scene and went to a nearby trailer park to call for help. He then went back to the scene and was cited for careless driving. Nuncio suffered a cut to his hand during the crash and sought his own treatment. Bad Axe Police were assisted by the Huron County Sheriff's Department.
(HURON COUNTY) -- A 16-year old Gagetown boy escaped serious injury following an auto theft spree Wednesday that last an hour and ended in a fiery crash. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the juvenile suspect was first spotted in a hit and run property damage incident just after 6 a.m. by Sebewaing DPW workers. The boy was seen driving a GMC Blazer that sideswiped two vehicles. Deputies responding learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen from a residence in Sebewaing earlier in the morning. The vehicle was found in a ditch about 1.5 miles east of Sebewaing. The shirtless suspect then approached a nearby home and began banging on doors before using a decorative milk can to break out the window of a 2010 Chrysler van. The suspect took the homeowners ATV and headed north to a residence located at Lange and Gremel Roads. At that residence, he drove the ATV through a garage door and took a 2004 Chevrolet pickup. The suspect put the pickup in a ditch on Gettel Road and stole a 2009 Chevrolet pickup from another residence by driving that pickup through the garage door. The owner followed the suspect and witnessed the pickup spin into a ditch. After a non-physical confrontation, the suspect headed to a nearby residence and attempted to steal a 2001 Kawasaki Motorcycle. The large motorcycle tipped over and the suspect fled to another residence where he took a 2004 Dodge Stratus. Bad Axe Police Officer Shawn Webber was able to catch up to the suspect, who attempted to hit the patrol car head-on. Officer Webber avoided a collision and a chase ensued. The chase ended on Notter Road, just north of Sebewaing Road in Brookfield Township, when the vehicle entered the ditch, rolled over four times, and burst into flames. Officer Webber ran to the car and was able to get the suspect out. The 16-year old suspect was taken to Scheurer Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Formal charges are expected.
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(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Marine Division has a new commander. Paul Reid has been named Lieutenant in charge of the division, which patrols more than 110 miles of shoreline in St. Clair County. Lt. Reid served the Port Huron Police Department for 31-years and retired as a lieutenant. He worked 4-years as a transfer officer for the Sheriff's Corrections Division. Lt. Reid takes over for Dennis Maurey, who was the Marine Division Lieutenant for the past 4-years.
(PIGEON) -- Saginaw Valley State University will now offer an agriculture studies minor. State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon helped secure funding for the program as part of his work on the Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid in 2009. The university will also add an agribusiness track this fall. The addition of the agriculture studies minor coincides with an extensive renovation and expansion of SVSU's on-campus greenhouse facilities. SVSU is also partnering with local agribusinesses and Michigan State University, which will accept transfer credits from the agriculture studies minor.
(SPEAKER TOWNSHIP) -- Detectives with the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department are investigating a break-in that occurred at the South Sanilac Veterinary Hospital sometime between Monday evening and early Tuesday. The vet clinic is located at 7020 Brockway Road. Employees called authorities around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after finding the building had been broken into. The thieves took an undisclosed amount of Ketamine. The drug is used on humans and animals for the purpose of general anesthesia and is usually combined with a sedative. It can also be used as a recreational drug. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to contact the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at 800-881-5911 or 810-648-2000.
(AREA) -- A federal agency has dismissed a complaint seeking to ban the use of American Indian mascots in Michigan's K-12 schools. In February, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights cited 35 Michigan school districts including the Sandusky Redskins, Port Huron Big Reds, Capac Chiefs, and Kinde North Huron Warriors for discrimination, saying their mascots reinforce stereotypes and hurt American Indian students' self-esteem and learning. But the U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights denied the state's complaint last week. Federal officials say Michigan officials provided no specific examples of racial incidents or American Indian students suffering specific harm because of the reported discrimination. The state civil rights department said Monday it's disappointed by the ruling and is considering its options. Michigan's complaint to the federal government has drawn criticism from Republican lawmakers who say it was misguided and a done without input from communities.
(PORT HOPE) -- A 19th-century lighthouse lens is moving a few miles to its former home in Michigan's Thumb as part of a settlement between the U.S. Coast Guard and a museum that possessed it for more than 25-years. The lens was removed from Huron City Museums, near Port Austin, over the weekend. The Coast Guard plans to give the lens to a group that runs the old Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse site near the tip of the Thumb. The rare lens was inside the lighthouse until 1969 and then donated to the city of Harbor Beach. In 1987, the city decided to let Huron City Museums use it. The government filed a lawsuit last year, claiming the transfer was not allowed.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council met briefly Monday night and unanimously voted to begin accepting credit cards for payment of water and utility bills, as well as taxes. City Manager Dave Faber gave an update on the abandoned house at 77 Minden Street in Sandusky and said that progress is being made in eliminating the blight there. City council members also approved the sale of city equipment that is no longer in use, including four lawnmowers and a backhoe. The Sandusky City Council meets again on Monday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Ferris State University's College of Education and Human Services. Sheriff Donnellon graduated from Ferris in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Steven Reifert, director of Ferris' School of Criminal Justice, says Sheriff Donnellon received the award based on the things he has accomplished throughout his career. Donnellon started as a Road Patrol Deputy in St. Clair County in 1988. Since being elected sheriff in 2008, he has served on the St. Clair County Drug Task Force, Special Response Team, and the Detective Bureau. Sheriff Donnellon also has a Master of Public Safety Degree from Eastern Michigan University and is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy 223.