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(AREA) -- In an effort to save lives this summer, the Sanilac and Tuscola County Sheriff's Departments and Michigan State Police Caro Post have launched a special "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown to stop impaired drivers. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki, Tuscola County Sheriff Lee Teschendorf and Lt. Mitch Krugielki say their deputies and Troopers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in traffic crashes involving an impaired driver. Data shows that among those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in their system. The special enforcement crackdown started June 1 and will run through August 31.

(WHITNEY TOWNSHIP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two people from Saginaw Bay after the boat they were riding in began taking on water. Crews responded after Iosco County dispatch notified the Coast Guard that a 22-foot boat was taking on water Sunday near Charity Island in the Saginaw Bay. A crew from Coast Guard Station Tawas responded, and found the boaters standing atop the submerged vessel. They had been in the water about 40 minutes. Names of those involved weren't released.

(PORT AUSTIN) -- Three search warrants served last Friday in the Port Austin area resulted in the seizure of meth manufacturing materials, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana plants. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the raids were the result of several months of investigation. The first search took place at 298 Washington Street in Port Austin. Officers seized several syringes, other drug paraphernalia, and meth manufacturing items. A 32-year old woman who rents the home and her companion were released pending further investigation. The BAYANET Drug Team was called to assist in the search of the second location due to the amount of hazardous material. Officers found components that were used to manufacture meth at the hunt club on Sullivan Road. The final raid took place a little more than a mile at 2160 Hunter Road in Dwight Township. Officers, with the help of the BAYANET Drug Team, found more evidence of a meth lab and substances believed to be meth. Also seized were marijuana plants of different sizes being grown in a bedroom and drug paraphernalia. A 31-year old woman staying at the residence was arrested on four unrelated felony drug warrants and three unrelated misdemeanor warrants. The 54-year old homeowner was released pending further investigation and the Huron County Health Department was contacted regarding the condition of the home. Sheriff Hanson says more arrests are likely in the coming weeks.


Saturday, 01 June 2013 09:45

Brown City police cruiser strikes cyclist

(BROWN CITY) -- Michigan State Police are investigating an incident involving a police car striking an individual on a bicycle in Brown City Friday night. Authorities say a 10 year veteran of the Brown City Police Department was responding to an emergency involving a suicidal person with a knife just before 10:00 Friday night, and was traveling eastbound on Main Street in emergency mode. At the intersection of Reed Street, a bicycle heading northbound attempted to cross the road and was struck by the patrol car. The bicyclist, a 16 year old male from Brown City, sustained serious injuries and was flown by LifeNet to Hurley Medical Center in Flint. The officer was not injured. Michigan State Police were assisted at the scene by the Brown City Fire Department, Sanilac County Sheriff Deputies, Marlette Police, Marlette EMS, and the Croswell Police Department. The crash remains under investigation.

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