(AREA) -- Federal authorities say a suburban Detroit doctor has been charged with fraud in a scheme to milk millions from the Medicare program for unnecessary cancer treatments. A criminal complaint filed Tuesday says Dr. Farid Fata ordered chemotherapy for patients in remission and deliberately misdiagnosed patients as having cancer. In one case, the government says a patient fell and hit his head at Fata's clinic but was told he needed chemotherapy before he could be taken to a hospital. The man later died. Defense attorney Christopher Andreoff says the allegations are from co-workers. He says it's premature to allege that Fata harmed anybody. Fata is in jail awaiting another court hearing Thursday. Fata owns Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers, with offices in Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy and Oak Park.
(AREA) -- A long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" is keeping up his 22-mile swim in Lake St. Clair near the Michigan-Canada border despite moving slower than planned. Jim Dreyer had been hauling two dinghies since Monday bearing 334 bricks weighing more than 2,000 pounds. By Wednesday morning, however, he only was hauling one for the swim's final stretch. Dreyer is heading to Detroit's Belle Isle, where the swim is scheduled to end. He began Monday morning near Algonac. Dreyer had expected to finish Tuesday after about 30 hours in the water. An online tracking system showed him with a few miles to go Wednesday morning, just off the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Park. Dreyer has made direct crossings of the five Great Lakes. He's raising money for Habitat for Humanity.
(LANSING) -- The "lone wolverine" is in West Michigan. A traveling exhibit featuring the first wild wolverine confirmed in the state since the 1800s has been making its way around the state. It's on display at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center in Van Buren County. It'll be there through August 25. The exhibit next moves on to a state park in Muskegon. The wolverine's carcass was discovered in 2010 by hikers in the Minden City State Game Area in the Thumb. She's since been stuffed and mounted. Despite its lack of native wolverines, Michigan unofficially is known as "The Wolverine State," and the animal is the mascot of the University of Michigan's sports teams.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF FORD
(DECKERVILLE) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office and Deckerville Police Department are investigating numerous larceny complaints in and around Deckerville. The crimes began in mid July. The suspects are entering unlocked vehicles, garages, and out buildings and stealing anything of value. Residents are urged to lock their vehicles at all times and secure all valuables. Anyone with information on the larcenies, contact Central Dispatch at 810-648-2000 or the Detective Bureau at 810-648-8360.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- A 52-year old Arcadia Township man was killed after being thrown from his ATV Sunday at his residence on Lum Road. Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies say the victim, Michael Pitt, was found by a friend Monday afternoon. An investigation showed that Pitt was driving the Honda 4-wheeler on his property in an oval. According to deputies, the ATV slid sideways when rounding each of the curves when it overturned, ejecting Pitt. The ATV came to rest on all four tires. Pitt, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was found nearby and pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor. The case remains under investigation.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department spotted the missing 2000 New Holland TC45D tractor that was stolen from TNT Equipment in Sandusky on July 25 around 7:30 p.m. Surveillance footage shows the blue and white tractor being hauled by a light-colored, possibly pewter, 4-door Chevy 2500 pickup on a tri-axle 5th wheel trailer. The suspects loaded the tractor onto the tri-axle trailer, which is a special order option from the manufacturer. The pickup, trailer, and tractor were last seen traveling westbound on M-46 at 7:38 p.m. July 25. A photo is available on our website at www.sanilacbroadcasting.com Anyone with information on the pickup and trailer are asked to contact the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department Detective Bureau at 810-648-8360. You may remain anonymous.
(CASEVILLE TOWNSHIP) -- The Huron County Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a sailboat running ashore Friday evening in Caseville Township. Upon arrival, the Huron County Sheriff's Department Marine Division discovered a sailboat stuck approximately 100 yards from shore with three occupants aboard. Authorities determined that the best way to get the occupants to shore would be to assist them in wading through the waist-deep water. The owner and operator of the sailboat, a 79-year-old East Tawas man, was unable to wade through the water and an inflatable rescue boat was used to bring him back to shore. No major injuries were reported. The Huron County Sheriff's Office received assistance from the Caseville Fire Department and Scheurer Ambulance Services.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County authorities were sent to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Plain Road near Phelps Lake Road in Dayton Township on Friday morning around 6 a.m. Investigation revealed that the driver, 25-year old Shayla Deibert of North Branch, had been pinned in the vehicle for hours before being discovered. The driver told officers that she lost control of her vehicle and went into a ditch when a deer darted in front of her around 1 a.m. Deibert was injured and taken to Hills and Dales Hospital for treatment. Sheriff's deputies say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- The St. Clair County Drug Task Force conducted Operation HEMP on Thursday with help from a Border Patrol/Customs Air Marine Helicopter. During the aerial search, 13 illegal marijuana growing operations were spotted throughout the county. Approximately 109 marijuana plants were seized along with four vials of steroids and processed marijuana. Charges are pending.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- A 32-year old Applegate man wanted for strangulation and arson has been arrested on multiple felony charges. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says investigation started on July 27 in the 4800 block of Kilgore Road. Deputies were sent to the residence for a domestic violence in progress call. Upon arrival, deputies found that the suspect, William Ball, had fled the scene. An investigation revealed that the suspect was the son of the couple who resided at the home and he showed up intoxicated and unannounced asking for gasoline and food. An altercation between the dad and son broke out. When the suspect's father tried to stop the son, both the man and his wife were injured during the altercation. Ball was arrested without incident on Thursday at a home in the 4700 block of Wagner Road near Croswell. He was arraigned Friday on charges of Felony Assault by Strangulation, Attempted Arson Second Degree and Aggravated Domestic Violence. He remains jailed without bond pending his preliminary exam scheduled for August 13.