(AREA) -- A nonprofit group dedicated to protecting the Clinton River in southeastern Michigan held a volunteer training session for its Adopt-A-Stream program. The Clinton River Watershed Council's Adopt-A-Stream program empowers community members to protect local streams and rivers by monitoring their health. Volunteers will be assigned to sites based on their preferences. They then will be supplied with the necessary equipment and sent out to gather information on physical characteristics and aquatic bug populations. Twice a year - in May and October - volunteer teams visit their adoption sites and collect data. The Clinton River watershed covers 760 square miles through four counties - Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, and St. Clair.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The area's first official heat wave of the summer is here and the Sanilac County Health Department reminds residents to take extra precautions. Check on elderly relatives, don't leave children or pets in parked cars, reschedule outdoor work for early in the morning or late in the evening whenever possible. Drink plenty of water, take breaks in the shade or in an air conditioned location, and be aware of signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Suffering a heat stroke is an emergency and 9-1-1 should be called immediately.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources says it will make about the same number of public-land antlerless deer licenses available to hunters this fall as last fall. Monday's announcement comes after the Natural Resources Commission approved antlerless license quotas at its meeting last week in Lansing. The DNR says, however, that private-land licenses will decrease by about 25 percent - most significantly in southern Michigan. The DNR will make 70,550 licenses available for public land, down from last year's 70,750. A total of 483,400 private-land licenses will be available, down from 637,900 in 2012. In the northern Lower Peninsula, more antlerless licenses will be available for public and private land. In the Upper Peninsula, 18,800 private-land licenses will be available. The quota for public-land licenses is 4,500.
(LAPEER) -- A Lapeer man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash that took place around 4 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Bowers Road and Rood Lake Road in Lapeer County. Troopers say witnesses saw the car traveling east at a high rate of speed along Bowers Road before it crossed the centerline, left the roadway, and flipped over. The 37-year old driver was ejected from the vehicle as it came to rest on its roof. The man was transported to McClaren Regional Medical Center for treatment. Michigan State Police Troopers from the Lapeer Post were assisted by the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department, Lapeer City Fire, and Lapeer County EMS. The crash remains under investigation. Troopers say the driver was not wearing a seat belt and its not known at this time if alcohol was a factor.
(DUANESBURG, N.Y.) -- A 32-year-old St. Clair County man remains jailed after being arrested by New York State Police who say he left his two sons in a hotel to deliver drugs to a music festival. Troopers say they stopped Randy Doviak of Kimball over the weekend for texting while driving as he traveled in Duanesburg, where the three-day Camp Bisco Festival was being held. Police say Doviak had hash and marijuana in his vehicle. Officials say he told troopers he had left his sons, ages 8 and 13, at a hotel in nearby Schenectady (skuh-nek'-tuh-dee) while he delivered drugs to the festival. Troopers say more hash and pot was found inside Doviak's room when they checked on the boys. Doviak is being held without bail.
(AREA) -- The Michigan Farm Bureau is disappointed in the U.S. House of Representatives' move July 11 to split food and nutrition programs from the 2013 Farm Bill. MFB President Wayne Wood of Marlette stated that without its nutrition component, the amended farm bill wastes months and months of hard work both agriculture committees have invested in revamping and dramatically improving our nation's single largest piece of farm policy. The House narrowly approved its revised 2013 Farm Bill by a slim 216-208 vote, omitting the nutrition title and repealing the 1949/1938 permanent law. Wood added that members want to see a comprehensive farm bill, preferable passed by the September expiration of the current farm bill extension.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- A Port Huron Township teen faces several charges following a short chase with police and crash late Sunday night. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the incident started around 11:30 p.m. when the 16-year old boy driving the Chrysler Sebring, began throwing objects from the car at a patrol car as they were passing on West Water Street. The patrol car went to stop the vehicle, which took off without its headlights on. The suspect vehicle turned north on Range Road and struck a Chevrolet Malibu attempting to turn onto Elaine Avenue. The impact caused the Malibu to roll onto its side. The driver, a 23-year old Port Huron Township man, was taken to Port Huron Hospital for treatment. The 16-year old driver of the Sebring was also taken to Port Huron Hospital. His two 15-year old passengers were not injured. Sheriff Donnellon says the 16-year old Port Huron Township resident is expected to face charges of fleeing and eluding and reckless driving. The case remains under investigation.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- For the third time in four days, Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies were called to assist in a water-related incident. The latest occurred early Saturday evening around 5:45 p.m. when a 43-year Ypsilanti man was taken to McKenzie Hospital in Sandusky and later air lifted to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for specialized treatment. Investigating Deputies Adams and Marschall reported that the victim, 43-year old Stephen Walter, became dizzy and disoriented, then started vomiting shortly after surfacing from a scuba dive on the shipwreck Regina in Lake Huron near Port Sanilac. Authorities believed that he was suffering from an illness called Decompression Sickness, which requires treatment in a Recompression Chamber. Port Sanilac Fire and Rescue and Sanilac Ambulance Service assisted the Sheriff's Office Marine Division.
(CROSWELL) -- Construction work continues in downtown Croswell. Streetscape and road construction along S. Howard Avenue started this month after the city was awarded a $253,000 Michigan Strategic Fund grant through the Community Block Grant Development for the installation of 40 decorative LED streetlights with Wi-Fi, parklet construction, and other improvements. Work is expected to be complete by mid-October. The project also includes sewer and water infrastructure upgrades and the reconstruction of roadways and sidewalks costing around $2 million. City officials are running into increased inspection and administration fees because the project budget was planned over 3-years ago. A recent increase of $130,000 in grant funding has helped offset some of those additional costs. Residents and visitors are reminded that all downtown businesses will remain open during the construction and parking is available behind those buildings. Project updates will be posted on the City of Croswell facebook page.
(FORESTVILLE) -- The Sanilac County Health Department reports that waters at Forestville Village Park beach were retested on Thursday, July 11 and now show safe levels of E.Coli for swimming. The beach is now open! All other beaches have tested safe for swimmers, including the Forester and Lexington County Parks and the Port Sanilac and Lexington Village Parks. Waters also 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