(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department is seeking help from the public in finding the person responsible of stealing a purse from a vehicle while it was parked in either the Brown City or Croswell area. Deputies report that the purse was stolen on either Tuesday, August 20 or Wednesday, August 21. The victim was at work in Brown City Tuesday from 7:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. and realized the purse was missing the next morning around 8 a.m. at her home in Croswell. Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect attempted to use stolen credit cards from the purse at the Sunrise (Marathon) gas station in Yale. The person attempting to use the card was caught on surveillance video. The clerk at the store was not familiar with the person who attempted to use the card. The female suspect in the photo pumped $40 in gas and drove off. The suspect vehicle is a light colored Ford Taurus. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office at 810-648-2000 or the Yale Police Department at 810-387-4201.
(ARGYLE TOWNSHIP) -- Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ubly and Deckerville Roads Thursday afternoon in Sanilac County's Arygle Township. Sheriff's deputies say the collision took place just before 3:30 p.m. when a Ford Edge, driven by 33-year old Nicholas Grandchamp of Lake Orion, was heading west on Deckerville Road and failed to yield at the intersection and struck a southbound Ford Focus driven by 67-year old Sandra Davis of Snover. Both drivers were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say both Grandchamp and Davis were wearing seat belts and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
(PORT HURON) -- Bicycles soon will be welcomed on some Amtrak trains running between Chicago and Michigan. Amtrak announced Thursday that bicycles will be accepted aboard the Amtrak Blue Water line trains number 364 and 365 starting September 6. The service is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The line stops in the Michigan cities of Port Huron, East Lansing and Kalamazoo. Rail cars have been modified to create an area to carry up to four bikes per train. There is a $10 charge for transporting a bike, in addition to the regular train ticket price, and cyclists are encouraged to lock their bikes onto brackets mounted in the cars.
(PORT HURON) -- A judge has awarded $2.2 million in damages to a company that ran a Port Huron hotel that had problems amid plans to expand the Blue Water Bridge plaza. Ingham County Judge William Collette issued the order August 16 in Bridgeview Hotel Associates' case against the Michigan Department of Transportation. The company ran a Holiday Inn Express. Greg Sparling built the 97-room hotel and said MDOT's plans led to the loss of the franchise. MDOT says it doesn't comment on ongoing litigation. The state developed plans in 2004 to expand the plaza and indicated it would need to acquire property where the hotel sat. An access road was closed. The hotel became a Quality Inn in 2009 and was sold in 2012.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- Sara Ylen will appear in St. Clair County Court on October 28 for a plea hearing. The 38-year old Lexington woman is accused of filing a false felony report and tampering with evidence. Authorities say she falsely accused two men of rape last September in her Lexington home and used makeup to create what looked like bruises. Ylen's court dates were rescheduled from August 26 and September 4. Her trial on the charges is scheduled to start on November 5. In a separate case, Ylen is charged with four counts of false pretense, using a computer to commit a crime and health care fraud in Sanilac County. She is accused of deceiving an insurance company and the public into believing that she had cancer. Ylen's final pretrial conference in Sanilac County Circuit Court is set for January 27, 2014 with a trial date tentatively scheduled for February 4.
(MARINE CITY) -- The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has suspended the chiropractor's license of Dr. Steven Anthony Kern of Marine City based on felony convictions as of August 20. In May, Dr. Kern was convicted of eight felony counts of subscribing to a false corporate tax return and eight misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file individual tax return. He was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $161,419 in restitution.
(LAPEER TOWNSHIP) -- Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies say a 25-year old Lapeer man was killed in a single vehicle crash late Wednesday along Maple Grove Road, just south of Higley Road in Lapeer Township. An investigation showed that the victim, Robert Stroup, was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck south on Maple Grove Road around 11:30 p.m. when he failed to navigate a curve and left the roadway. The pickup ended up striking a tree. Stroup's passenger, 25-year old Kala Cowell of Columbiaville was extricated from the vehicle by Lapeer City Fire and Rescue. She was transported to McLaren Lapeer Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Stroup was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say the roadway was closed for about 3-hours following the crash. Alcohol and excessive speed may have been contributing factors. The incident remains under investigation. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lapeer Post assisted at the scene.
(FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities say the suspect in connection to the early morning break-in at the Fort Gratiot Township McDonalds has been arrested. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says 19-year old Sebastian Taylor of Fort Gratiot Township was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon and arraigned Thursday on three counts of breaking and entering with intent and one count each of larceny in a building and malicious destruction of property over $1,000 but less than $20,000. Taylor is accused of breaking into the McDonalds on 24th Avenue just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Once inside, he damaged computers and cash registers and also stole some food. Authorities say video surveillance helped lead to his arrest. Taylor remains jailed on a $2,500 cash bond. His preliminary exam is set for September 10 at 1:30 p.m.
(CROSWELL) -- Michael and Jordan Noll of Croswell have been named the 2013 Michigan Milk Producers Association's Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators. The Noll's represented the MMPA's District 8 and the Mid-Sanilac Local at the annual Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators Conference August 15 and 16. They were selected to participate in the program by fellow dairy farmers in their district and will now serve as nationwide MMPA ambassadors attending various meetings and conferences. Michael and Jordan farm with Michael's parents and brother on Noll Dairy Farm Inc. They manage a herd of 310 cows and farm 1,500 acres. Michael has served as an MMPA delegate and secretary of his local. He is vice-president of the Sanilac County Farm Bureau, serves on various Fremont Township boards and coaches youth basketball. Jordan is active in dairy education, served as a past MMPA Dairy Communicator, is a Breakfast on the Farm planning committee member and Project RED volunteer. The Michigan Milk Producers Association is a member-owned and operated cooperative serving over 2,000 dairy farmers throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.
(MARYSVILLE) -- A 19-year old Port Huron man that became agressive during a traffic stop Wednesday was tasered by a deputy and arrested for resisting and obstructing police. The incident took place around 1 p.m. in the 400 block of Gratiot Avenue in Marysville. The 19-year old was originally stopped for not wearing his seat belt in a safety belt enforcement zone. During the stop, the St. Clair County Sheriff's deputy discovered that the man was driving on a suspended license, had expired plates and no insurance on the vehicle. The deputy informed the man that his vehicle was going to be towed because of his suspension. The man initially refused to get out of the vehicle. When he finally got out, he became agressive and threatened the deputy. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the man was warned twice to before he was tasered. The 19-year old remains jailed in St. Clair County.