(HUME TOWNSHIP) -- After nearly 5-hours in a wooded area of Hume Township in Huron County, a missing 74-year old woman and her dog were found safe. Penelope was reported missing from the Duggan's Family Campground at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Her son, Ted Kowalski of St. Clair Shores informed dispatch that his mother suffered from dementia and had apparently walked away with her small dog from their campground summer home. A search of the campground ended with no sign of Penelope. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says several agencies and a Michigan State Police tracking dog started an extensive search. Just before 1:30 p.m., firefighters from Port Austin and Caseville located Penelope in the woods, pushing her way through thick, tall vegetation. At first, she attempted to elude them, but eventually cooperated and was helped out of the woods to an awaiting ambulance. Sheriff Hanson says Penelope was taken to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe for treatment.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Authorities in Huron County are searching for a 22-year old Bad Axe man accused of assaulting a former girlfriend and holding her against her will. According to Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson, the incident was reported Saturday just before 8 p.m. The 24-year old woman alleged that she was assaulted by the man earlier in the day and had gone to a former residence on Soper Road in Colfax Township to retrieve property where she was confronted by him once again. The woman told police that she had been assaulted with a knife while being held against her will at the home. She was able to get away and call for help. The suspect, Shawn Newland, was located by Bad Axe Police traveling in a vehicle along Soper Road. When attempting to stop the car, the suspect took off. The chase ended on McKenzie Road, just west of Bad Axe Road. The suspect exited the vehicle and ran into a large, heavily wooded area. Several police agencies began a search of the area, which was suspended at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The search for 22-year old Shawn Newland of Bad Axe continues. He is described as 5'8" in height, with hazel eyes, black hair and weighing around 180 pounds. Sheriff Hanson says it doesn't appear that he is a threat to the public. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1.
(DECKERVILLE) -- A severe thunderstorm that rolled through Sanilac County Friday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. left a path destruction in a short period of time. According to Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff, as many as 700 DTE Energy customers were without power as a result of the storm. The majority of the storm damage was in Deckerville with some damage reported in the Argyle area. The fast moving thunderstorm with high winds and rain prompted 21 calls to central dispatch to report trees down in the road, trees uprooted, trees down on power lines and vehicles. No injuries were reported.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Beach water testing in Sanilac County showed all bathing beaches are safe for swimmers. The Health Department says the five bathing beaches tested include the Forester and Lexington County Parks and the Forestville, Port Sanilac and Lexington Village Parks. Waters tested safe at the Blue Water Subdivision, Forester Creek, Miller Creek and Mill Creek. The public may access beach water test results online at www.deq.state.mi.us/beach
(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson is warning residents of a computer virus scam. The virus, known as the FBI Virus or the Moneypak Virus, makes a screen appear on the victims computer. The prompt claims to be from the FBI, warning that illegal content was discovered. The user is unable to clear the screen. Instructions then appear to create a disposable credit card and code. In one case, Hanson says a victim transmitted $300, per instructions on the computer. The screen never went away. It is even alleged that one version of the virus affects laptop computers equipped with built-in cameras, taking a picture of the individual reading the screen. The image is then superimposed on the screen along with a FBI warning. Residents are asked not to respond to the scam. Contact a computer professional who will direct you to websites that deal with these types of infections and offer tips for removing them.
(CARO) -- In a move that promises to cut costs and improve outcomes, the 54th Circuit Court in Tuscola County has been making increased use of the Tri-County Community Adjudication Program. TRI-CAP functions as an alternative to prison and provides a cost-effective way to provide treatment and counseling to offenders. Individuals in the program are given treatment for things such as substance abuse and receive tools to become productive members of society once again. The Michigan Department of Corrections reports that the average cost of a day in state prison in 2012 was $94.13, while a day at TRI-CAP costs $47.50. Circuit Court Judge Amy Gierhart says the facility's random drug screening and other disciplinary measures mean that offenders who can't get with the program can be identified and sent to prison if necessary.
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says some Detroit creditors are not sure they will be repaid. Snyder was speaking Friday, a day after Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr made Detroit had become the biggest ever U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Snyder determined earlier this year that the city was in a financial emergency and without a plan for improvement. The state hired bankruptcy expert Orr to stop Detroit's fiscal free-fall. Orr has said the city of about 700,000 people will continue to pay its bills and employees. Detroit's emergency financial manager says bankruptcy is the "first step toward restoring the city." The filing put the city on an uncertain course that could mean laying off municipal employees, selling off assets, raising fees and scaling back basic services such as trash collection and snow plowing, which have already been slashed. Emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr says it's business as usual in Detroit. He says the city will stay open and bills will be paid. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he didn't want the city to go bankrupt, but now that it's happened, the people of the city "have to make the best of it."
(LEXINGTON) -- A 48-year old Lexington man was pulled from Lake Huron at the foot of Lake Street in the Village of Lexington Thursday afternoon after he was found floating face down in the water. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies were sent to the location shortly after 4 p.m. Officials say the victim, Jeffrey McClelland, has a history of medical problems. The man was out cooling off on a float in about two feet of water when nearby swimmers noticed him. They pulled him to shore and C.P.R. was started. McClelland was transported to Port Huron Hospital where he remains in critical condition. Deputies were assisted by Lexington Fire and Rescue and Croswell EMS. Lt. Washkevich says it's still unclear whether a medical event occurred before McClelland overturned in the water. The incident remains under investigation.
(AREA) -- The Farmer Board of Directors of the Michigan Wheat Program is hoping to invest in innovative research projects that will help growers increase yields and quality, as well as ideas for new markets and uses. According to Chairman David Milligan, a Cass City area farmer, the board is once again seeking projects that will touch on various aspects of production, including rotation, cover crops, nutrients, inputs, pests and disease. The board is also interested in more market-driven projects that will provide an overview of production practices, current wheat markets and uses, exports and export markets and new uses. The full Request For Proposals and a budget submission form can be found on the MWP website at www.miwheat.org by clicking on "Research" under the "Industry" tab. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on August 6. Researchers chosen for funding will be notified by August 30. A pre-award presentation may be requested.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program has recognized two farms in Sanilac County for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices. The Sanilac Conservation District provided technical assistance. The Goma Dairy Farm of Marlette was recognized as a verified farm in the Farmstead System and Stoutenburg Farms of Sandusky, as a verified farm in the Livestock System. To become MAEAP verified, farmers must complete three comprehensive steps, which include attending an educational seminar, conducting a thorough on-farm risk assessment, and developing and implementing an action plan addressing potential environmental risks. To remain verified, inspections are conducted every 3-years and action steps must be followed.