(SANDUSKY) -- A medical center that specializes in cancer says a Michigan woman charged with fraud never was a patient. Stephen Kroll is a lawyer for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. He says records show Sara Ylen made a phone call but got no care at a hospital in Zion, Illinois. Ylen's preliminary examination in Sanilac County was adjourned Tuesday afternoon and will continue on Friday, July 12 at 1:30 p.m. That day, a judge will determine whether there is probable cause to send the case to trial. The 38-year old is charged with a computer crime, health care fraud and false pretenses. Ylen claimed she'd been treated for cancer in Illinois and got hospice care at her home in Lexington. Mercy Hospice was paid just about $100,000 by Ylen's insurer. In a separate criminal case in St. Clair County, Ylen is awaiting trial on a charge of making a false report of rape.
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(PORT HURON) -- A St. Clair County judge has ordered a 49-year old Oregon woman to stand trial on a murder charge in the death of her 89-year-old mother whose body was left outside a thrift store in Port Huron Township. Judge John Monaghan says there's evidence that reckless acts by Kelly Rhodes contributed to the death of Mary Grenia, also of Salem, Oregon. He says the dumping of the body near Port Huron was a "callous" act. Rhodes and Grenia lived together. Traveling in a truck, they passed through Michigan while attempting to move to Ontario, Canada, in March but were turned away at the border. Grenia died in the truck a few days later. An autopsy revealed heart and lung disease. Rhodes is charged with an open count of murder. A jury can determine whether it's first or second degree murder. She is also facing charges of second degree abuse of a vunerable adult and moving a dead body without a medical examiner's permission.
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(PORT HURON) -- The Port Huron Department of Public Safety is investigating several car fires that are similar in nature. Most recently, Port Huron firefighters were called to two separate car fires early Tuesday morning between 4 a.m.-5 a.m. The first was located in the 1300 block of Pine Street. The vehicle sustained significant damage and was ruled a total loss. The second vehicle was located in the 900 block of Wall Street, with minor damage to the passenger compartment. No injuries or damage to other property or homes was reported. Fire crews responded to a vehicle fire on Friday, July 5 in the 2100 block of Griswold Street. Fire Marshal Jeff Tucker says all three fires have similar circumstances and each remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Port Huron Department of Public Safety at 810-984-9750 or the Port Huron Police CAPTURE hotline at 810-987-6688.
(HURON COUNTY) -- The Huron County Sheriff's Office assisted in the rescue of three men whose boat sank Sunday morning near Osceola Reef in Huron County's Hume Township. Huron Central Dispatch received a call around 8:40 a.m. from a 22-year-old Kinde resident reporting that his boat was sinking. The man and his two passengers, a 29-year old New Haven man and a 33-year old Caro man, had been fishing about two and a half miles offshore when the 18 foot Bayliner started to take on water. The men tried to accelerate in an attempt to drain water from the boat, but the engine eventually became submerged, causing the boat to go under. A charter boat captain who was nearby responded to their calls for help and managed to get the three of them out of the water to safety. The Huron County Sheriff Department's Marine Division arrived shortly after and towed the boat to shore. No one was injured in the incident. Additional assistance was also provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Harbor Beach post.
Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the Huron County Marine Division handled other incidents on the water during the Fourth of July Holiday weekend. Deputies investigated a property damage boating accident involving a boat running aground in the Caseville area and an incident on the Sebewaing River where a boater was forced aground by an alleged careless boater. There were over 100 safety equipment inspections performed as well.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- It was a busy Fourth of July weekend for the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department. Of the 641 calls to Central Dispatch for Police, Fire, and EMS services, Sanilac County Sheriff's Deputies responded to 309. Deputies performed 42 traffic stops--issuing eight citations and 31 verbal warnings. There were 12 arrests made for various law violations, including disorderly conduct, malicious destruction of property, domestic violence, and operating while intoxicated. The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office Marine Division was also in action over the holiday weekend, working out of both the Lexington and Port Sanilac harbors. The Marine Division issued nine vessel stops and nine verbal warnings. Deputies say boater traffic was light throughout the holiday weekend, and that no water related injuries were reported.
(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Schools Superintendent Jeriann Patterson gave the board an update on the progress of the Bond Projects last week, saying that at this time, everything is on schedule. The roof at the elementary school is finished and crews are starting on the Jr./Sr. high school roof. The boilers for the elementary school should be in this week and the Jr./Sr. High School office and north wall of the school has been removed to begin construction in that area. The projects at the old Bea McDonald site are complete.
In other business, the Negotiations Committee and Michigan Education Association met and came to a 3-year tentative contract agreement. Teachers would take a pay freeze in the first year and would see a .5% increase in the second year and a 1% increase in the third year. All Step 11 teachers have agreed to take a pay freeze for all 3-years. The tentative contract agreement was approved by the board.
(LEXINGTON) -- Reports say the former Lexington Municipal Mobile Home Park manager accused of embezzlement has plead guilty. 52-year old Cheryl Ann Vincent of Lexington plead to the misdemeanor charge of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $200 or more, but less than $1,000 last week. Her final settlement hearing was scheduled for Monday, July 8. An investigation between the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police revealed that approximately $18,000 was found missing during a routine audit and should have been recorded as rent payments. Authorities say the embezzlement took place July 2011 through November 2012 and totaled over 200 missing cash receipts. Vincent is scheduled to be sentenced in the case July 23.
(FAIRGROVE) -- The Michigan Bean Festival Committee is seeking candidates for the title of the 65th Michigan Bean Queen. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, August 14. Contestants must be between the ages of 17-22 as of September 1, a high school graduate, and not married. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. An application, contestant requirements, information on judging and crowning, and requirements of the new Queen are available at www.michiganbeanfestival.com A $100 non-refundable sponsorship fee is due with the application. The 67th Annual Michigan Bean Festival in Fairgrove is Labor Day Weekend, August 30-September 2.
(GILFORD TOWNSHIP) -- Two Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies exchanged gunfire with a man Thursday. The man was killed and one of the deputies was injured. Authorities say the deputies responded to the home on VanGeisen Road near Reese Road in Gilford Township shortly after 4 p.m. A family member called 9-1-1 after confronting their father who stated that their mother was dead on the floor. The deputies and a Caro Police Officer set up a perimeter around the house. The man then came out of the home and started firing a weapon at the officers, who returned fire. The deputy that was injured in the gunfire exchange was treated at a Saginaw Hospital and released. He is reportedly doing fine. The Michigan State Police are investigating and no other information is being released at this time. An updated press release says autopsies are scheduled on the dead man and woman.
(AREA) -- The Fourth of July Celebrations continue in the Thumb and Blue Water Area. Port Sanilac will have fireworks from the harbor Friday at dusk. The featured band during the Port Sanilac Music in the Harbor event is Golden Harvest performing at 7:15 p.m. Also Friday, there will be music at the Port Sanilac Farmers' Market at 3 p.m. Port Sanilac's 4th of July Parade is Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. followed by the Civil War Era Baseball game with the Mount Clemens Regulars vs. the Port Sanilac First Responders at 2 p.m. at the Bark Shanty ball field.
The Village of Lexington will hold their Independence Day Parade Saturday at 11 a.m. The Lexington Firemen's Breakfast is Sunday from 7 a.m.-Noon.
The Three Minute Band will perform Friday at the Free Lawn Chair Music Series in Sandusky on the Courthouse Lawn at 7 p.m. The Three Minute Band will perform a Fourth of July Patriotic Tribute.
Cass City is hosting its 34th Annual Freedom Festival with an entertainment tent at the Rolling Hills Golf Course Friday and Saturday nights with live music. Friday hosts food vendors, children's activities, free swimming at the Cass City pool, and a craft show. Saturday's patriotic parade will start at 10:30 a.m. followed by monster truck rides at the park. The huge fireworks display will go off at dusk Saturday in Cass City.
The 8th Annual Port Hope Modified and Antique Truck and Tractor Pulls are this Friday and Saturday. The pulling starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults and children 10 and under get in for free. There will also be a flea market, consignment auction and food vendors on site all weekend. Along with the truck and tractor pulls Saturday, there is a chicken BBQ, quilt show, and fireworks at dusk. The Independence Day Parade is Sunday at 2 p.m. in Port Hope.
The fireworks in Caseville will go off Friday night at dusk.