(LEXINGTON) -- A 25-year old pregnant Davison woman was rescued Thursday evening after becoming stuck between two rocks in the Lexington Harbor. Sgt. Nathan Smith says Deputy Brad Thompson heard the call go out shortly after 6 p.m. and immediately responded to the water, jumping down into the rocky area to free Patricia Teddy. A man who attempted to free her before authorities arrived, was holding her up out the water as they were hit by the relentless waves. Lexington Police Officer Ryan Miller arrived on the scene to help with no success. Off duty Detective Stacy Tunich of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office was in the area and jumped into the water near the rocky ledge and was able to free Teddy's legs as the other officers pulled her to safety. Deputies say the woman became stuck in the rocks after attempting to help her two younger nieces who got caught in an undertow and had trouble getting back to shore. The waves were approximately 5 to 6 feet in height. Teddy sustained injuries as a result of being thrown into the rocks and was transported by Croswell EMS to Port Huron Hospital for treatment. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki stated that Deputy Thompson, Officer Miller and Detective Tunich are to be commended with their life saving efforts and will be nominated for a Life Saving Award for their actions.
(SANDUSKY) -- A critical court hearing is resuming in Sanilac County where a Lexington woman is accused of faking cancer. A judge must decide whether there's enough evidence to send 38-year old Sara Ylen's case to trial. The hearing picks up again this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The last witness Tuesday was a pastor whose church held a fundraiser for Ylen last summer. He said he received a letter from a University of Michigan doctor confirming Ylen had cancer, but investigators say it was forged. Ylen is charged with fraud, false pretenses and using a computer to commit a crime. She received $100,000 worth of care from a hospice agency, bills that were paid by her insurer. In St. Clair County, Ylen is awaiting trial on a charge of making a false report of rape. Authorities say Ylen falsely accused a man of rape last September and used makeup to create what looked like bruises. 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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(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers raided two separate homes within an hour Tuesday night, seizing illegal drugs, cash and arresting five individuals. The first raid took place at 10:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Lapeer Street in Port Huron. Officers found crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Two women ages 20 and 34 and a 43-year old man, all of Port Huron, were arrested and lodged on drug related charges. The second raid took place in the 3600 block of West Water Road in Port Huron Township. Officers seized $200 worth of methamphetamine, meth lab components, marijuana, $600 in cash and a vehicle. A 31-year old Berlin Township woman and 37-year old Port Huron man were arrested and remain lodged in St. Clair County jail.
(PORT HURON) -- A Yale woman convicted of plotting a fatal stabbing attack on her father has again been sentenced to life in prison. Tia Skinner was given a no-parole sentence in 2011 when, at 17 years old, she was convicted of first-degree murder in St. Clair County. But she had another day in court Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory no-parole punishments for teenagers. Judge Daniel Kelly issued the same sentence for Skinner, who is now 20, calling her "the architect" of the plan to attack her parents. Tia's boyfriend at the time Jonathan Kurtz and his friend James Preston attacked and killed Skinner's father, Paul Skinner, in their Yale home in November 2010. Her mother, Mara Skinner, was seriously wounded after being stabbed more than 25 times. Kurtz and Preston, who were 18 at the time of the crime, were sentenced to life in prison without parole. The former honors student said Thursday in court that she loves her family and acknowledges she could have stopped the attack.
(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- The driver and passenger on a motorcycle escaped serious injury after their bike was struck from behind by an Oscoda area man, who was flown to Flint for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the crash took place around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday along M-25 south of County Farm Road in Lexington Township. Deputies say the motorcycle driven by a 49-year old Lexington man was traveling north on M-25 and attempted to turn left on Berrywood Lane. The vehicle behind the motorcycle, driven by the 28-year old Oscoda man, struck the motorcycle causing the bike to crash onto the ground. The vehicle then entered a ditch and struck several embankments before landing near the intersection of M-25 and Edwina Lane. The Lexington man and his passenger, a 37-year old Lexington woman, were transported to Port Huron Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The Oscoda man was later flown to Flint Hurley Hospital and remains in serious condition. Deputies say the names of those involved are being withheld pending an investigation. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's Deputies Thompson and Armstrong rescued two people from Lake Huron after their sailboat capsized approximately 3/4 of a mile south of the Lexington Harbor Wednesday afternoon shortly after 3 p.m. The deputies, working the Marine Division, were able to pull 23-year old Arron Ninaber and 28-year old Amy Ryan from the water. The Ontario, Canada residents were wearing life jackets. Neither reported any injuries. The vessel was turned back up right and towed to shore. Authorities say the two got caught in a severe thunderstorm, which produced high winds, hail, and heavy rain causing the small sailboat to capsize. Just prior to the incident, the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Sanilac County.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers raided a home in the 3600 block of Lapeer Road in Port Huron Township around 9 p.m. Monday and seized $1,000 worth of heroin, marijuana, over $400 in cash, and drug paraphernalia. A 24-year old Port Huron man and 32-year old woman from Oxford were arrested and remain jailed on drug related charges. One of the suspects is a parole absconder.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- A deer crossing M-25 Tuesday morning was struck by two separate vehicles and ended up in the back seat of a Port Sanilac woman's car. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the incident on S. Lakeshore Road, north of Mortimer Line Road in Worth Township was called into Central Dispatch shortly before 11:30 a.m. A southbound vehicle driven by 32-year old Maegen Robinson of Lexington initially struck the deer, which became airborne and landed in the path of a second vehicle. The northbound car was driven by 44-year old Wanda Hughes of Port Sanilac. The deer went through the windshield of the Hughes vehicle and ended up in the back seat of her car. Hughes was transported to a Port Huron area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Robinson was not injured. Deputies were assisted by the Lexington Police and Fire Departments and Croswell EMS.
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(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon and approved Sheriff Garry Biniecki's request for more funding for inmate food at the Sanilac County jail. Sheriff Biniecki informed commissioners that currently 115 inmates are being fed daily, despite the current budget allocating money for only 110 inmates. More inmates are expected with the opening of the new jail--Biniecki said ten additional federal inmates could be arriving as soon as this Thursday. Commissioners agreed to increase funding for inmate food by an additional $25,000. In other business, commissioners appointed Kurt Wentzel to the Sanilac County Library Board for a 5-year term, set to expire June 30, 2018.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Authorities in Tuscola County say that autopsies were performed as part of the continuing investigation involving the deaths of two people in a July 4 shooting in Gilford Township. Officers responded to the home in the 9900 block of Van Geisen Road after a family member reported that their father stated that their mother was dead inside the house. The suspect, 53-year old James Edward Garcia, was killed during gunfire exchange with two deputies and a Caro Police Officer. It was determined that 54-year old Donnieca Ann Garcia died of a single gunshot wound inflicted hours before the arrival of police. One of the deputies was shot in his protective vest by Garcia and was treated and released from Covenant Hospital in Saginaw. Prosecutor Mark Reene says that all three officers returned fire after the initial shot by Garcia struck the deputy. An investigation continues by the Michigan State Police.