(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Lexington woman accused of deceiving an insurance company and the public into believing she had cancer is scheduled to appear in Sanilac County Circuit Court August 12. 38-year old Sara Ylen waived her arraignment Monday and her pretrial was adjourned until 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 12. Ylen is charged with false pretense, using a computer to commit a crime and health care fraud. In a separate case, Ylen is accused of filing a false felony report and tampering with evidence in St. Clair County. She was bound over to Circuit Court and is scheduled to appear on Monday, August 26 at 1:45 p.m. Authorities say Ylen falsely accused two men of rape last September in her Lexington home 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. In November 2012, 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.
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(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- Worth Township officials say that a $23 million in grant funding and low interest loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn't enough for the construction of a sewer project in the township. At this time, to move forward with the project, residents would face a special $10,000 assessment to cover costs. Worth Township was mandated by the state of Michigan in 2004 to install a sewer system after E.coli bacteria was found during a water quality test. The township never proceeded with the project citing lack of funding. The issue went to court. In the most recent ruling, the Supreme Court says Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act presumes that a local government is at fault for any discharge within its boundaries, regardless of whether it has a sewage system. Officials are seeking help from legislators in securing more funding. A projected completion date for the sewer project, should additional funding be secured, would be in 2015 or 2016-more than 10-years after the initial mandate.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- The Lapeer County Road Commission reports that the intersection of Millville and Oregon Roads is now open to traffic. Finishing touches will be complete this week. Other areas of work include grading and brining in Oregon, Attica, Dryden, Burnside and Rich Townships, work continues on the pump house at Fish Lake and Haines and primary roadside mowing is happening in Lapeer Township. Mowatt Road between Barnes and Millington is still closed as crews install a new culvert. Imlay City Road is closed to thru traffic from Myers/Morris to Maple Grove. Businesses remain open during construction and MDOT may be doing crack sealing on M-53 from just south of I-69 to north of the Macomb/Lapeer County line at night, weather permitting.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public in solving at least three home invasions over the past month in the 8500 block and 9500 block of Lindsey Road in Casco Township and in the 10000 block of Big Hand Road in Columbus Township. Police believe the break-ins occurred in the time frame of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. between July 9 and July 29. Authorities say the suspect is a white female with brown hair driving a gray delivery type van with faded lettering on the side. Anyone with information on these break-ins or the suspect in question is asked to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office at 810-985-8115. Call 9-1-1 if you spot the suspect vehicle or witness a crime in progress.
(PORT HURON) -- Police have released the identities of the two people found dead at the Gratiot Village apartment complex in Port Huron Tuesday evening. The case is being treated as a double homicide. The victims are 29-year old Daniel McRoberts and 26-year old Melissa Ichenberg, both of Port Huron. Police were sent to complex in the 1400 block of Riverview shortly after 7:30 p.m. The Port Huron Police Major Crimes Unit, Port Huron Police Detectives, and MSP Forensic Lab Specialists are investigating. Autopsies are pending. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky High School's Food 4 Friends organization is holding their second of three free food distributions this week. Students raised money for the cause over the Memorial Day weekend in hopes of helping out area families in need. Free food will be distributed on Wednesday, July 31 at the former Sandusky Middle School at 935 S. Sandusky Road from Noon-2 p.m. Anyone in need is welcome to attend. The last distribution date will be Wednesday, August 14 at the same location and time.
(GORE TOWNSHIP) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a 43-year old Port Huron man involved in a motorcycle crash earlier this month in Gore Township has passed away from his injuries. The crash took place along north Lakeshore Road near Lawitzke Road the evening of July 14. The victim, 43-year old Matthew Nelson was driving the motorcycle when he struck a deer. Nelson and his passenger, 58-year old Terry Nead of Port Huron, were ejected from the bike. Both were transported to Harbor Beach Community Hospital for treatment. Nelson was later transferred to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where he passed away on July 23. Sheriff Hanson says his department was notified Tuesday of Nelson's passing. Neither Nelson or his passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
(DECKERVILLE) -- Deckerville School Board members Monday were given an update by Superintendent Tricia Pawlowski regarding bond projects that are going on at the district. Work continues on the parking lots, security camera installation, lights, doors and the installation of a generator. The board accepted with regret the resignation of Maureen Kirkpatrick as the head Jr. Varsity Girls Basketball Coach and high school math teacher, Chelsea Johnson.
The 2013-2014 spring coaches were approved as recommended by Athletic Director Scott McVittie. The Varsity Baseball Coach is Todd Walker, Adam Klee-Volunteer Varsity Baseball Assistant, Christi Pavlovics-Head Varsity Softball Coach, Dan Woodard-Varsity Boys Track, Randee Kirkpatrick-Varsity Girls Track, Steve Linn-Volunteer Varsity Track Assistant, and Phyllis Ridley-Jr. High Girls Track.
(AREA) -- Already ravaged by invasive species and industrial pollution, the Great Lakes now confront a newly discovered threat: untold millions of tiny plastic bits, some visible only through a microscope. Scientists discovered masses of floating plastic particles in Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie last year. This summer, they're widening the search to Lakes Michigan and Ontario. It's unclear how long the pollution has been in the lakes or how it is affecting the environment. Studies are under way to determine whether fish are eating the particles and passing them up the food chain. Scientists suspect the particles are abrasive "micro beads" used in personal care products such as facial and body washes. They're so minuscule that they flow through screens at waste treatment plants and wind up in the lakes.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State regulators have approved a 99-cent monthly fee to help Michigan residents pay their energy bills and avoid a shut-off. The charge applies to all customers, starting in September, unless a utility opts out of the program. The Michigan Public Service Commission says only a few so far have declined to participate. The money will be passed to the state of Michigan, which will help low-income residents pay their bills and avoid losing electricity, natural gas or propane, mostly in winter and early spring. If a utility opts out of the program, it can't cut off power between November and April 15. Michigan's largest utilities, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, plan to participate.