(PORT HURON) -- A 31-year-old Port Huron man has been arraigned on charges stemming from the bodies of a man and woman found late last month at an apartment complex in Port Huron. Manuel Francisco Gamez was arraigned today on five counts, including two counts of open murder, two counts of torture, and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and habitual offender third degree. On July 30th, officers found the bodies of 29-year old Daniel McRoberts and 26-year old Melissa Ichenberg after responding to a complaint of a suspicious incident at the Gratiot Village apartment complex. Gamez is being held without bond. A preliminary examination is set for Tuesday, August 20th.
Country 92.5 WBGV FM is now back on the air. We are still working around the clock to get programming for WMIC 660 AM and WTGV 97.7 FM back up and running as normal. Expect Rush Limbaugh and the Detroit Tigers to return to the airwaves by the end of this week. Again, we thank you for your patience during this time.
(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette City Council unanimously approved a resolution for a new city ordinance restricting the use of fireworks during their meeting Monday night. The new resolution bans the use of fireworks within city limits the day before, day of, and day after a national holiday from midnight to 8:00 a.m. Violation of the ordinance is a class D misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $250. Marlette Police Chief Brian McGinnis said that dispatch received numerous complaints from residents about fireworks during and around the fourth of July holiday. Information on the new ordinance is avaliable on the Marlette Police Department's Facebook page. Citizens are encouraged to contact city hall if they have any questions or concerns about the ordinance.
(BRIDGEHAMPTON TWP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched Monday evening around 5 p.m. to the 1000 block of Ruth Road between Custer and Snover Roads for a report of a personal injury accident. Initial investigation revealed that a 36-year-old Caro resident driving a semi-truck southbound on Ruth Road had pulled over onto the shoulder of the road to answer a call from dispatch. The shoulder was not wide enough to fit the entire truck and an unknown vehicle driving southbound on Ruth Road entered the northbound lane to pass. At the same time, 23-year-old Minden City resident Sally Hawley was driving northbound on Ruth Road with her mother, grandfather, and 5-month old son. Upon seeing the vehicle passing the semi-truck, Hawley abruptly slowed down to avoid a head on collision. A vehicle traveling behind Hawley, driven by 18-year-old Deckerville resident Corey Wagester, rear-ended the Hawley vehicle. Both cars spun around and ended up in the oncoming lane of traffic before coming to a stop. No serious injuries were reported and deputies are still looking for the vehicle that caused the collision by passing the semi-truck. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies were assisted by the Carsonville and Deckerville Fire Departments, as well as Sanilac EMS. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident and all occupants were wearing their seatbelts.
On the evening of Thursday, August 1st, our broadcast studios took on a heavy lightning strike, damaging much of our equipment. WMIC 660 AM and WTGV 97.7 FM are back up on the air, although we have had to change some of our format for the time-being due to satellite and network damages. WBGV 92.5 FM is currently off the air, but should be back up and running by the end of this week. We are working around the clock to get things back up and running as normal, and we thank you for your patience during this time.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Beach water testing in Sanilac County showed all bathing beaches are safe for swimmers. The Health Department says the five bathing beaches tested include the Forester and Lexington County Parks and the Forestville, Port Sanilac and Lexington Village Parks. Waters 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
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan has its first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus infection, a year after at least 17 people died and 202 came down with the mosquito-borne disease in the state. The Michigan Department of Community Health said Thursday that a man from St. Joseph County in southwestern Michigan was confirmed with West Nile Virus. State medical chief Dr. Matthew Davis says now that there's clear evidence of the disease's return, people should take time to protect themselves and their loved-ones from becoming infected. Davis says protective measures include using door and window screens, emptying buckets and other standing water sources, wearing light-colored clothes and applying insect repellant containing DEET.
(PORT HURON) -- A judge in Port Huron has dismissed charges against six people linked to medical marijuana dispensaries, saying it wasn't clear the pot shops were illegal until the Michigan Supreme Court ruled earlier this year. The judge says the six couldn't have known the Supreme Court would bar the sale of medical marijuana through shops. They'd been ordered to stand trial before the court made a decision in February. Owners and employees of the Blue Water Compassion Center facilities Doug, Debra, James, and Amanda Amsdill and Mark and Terra Sochacki were accused of operating the marijuana dispensaries in St. Clair, Tuscola and Sanilac counties. The attorney general's office says the charges should stick. Prosecutors say there shouldn't have been any confusion because dispensaries were illegal under other Michigan laws at the time the charges were filed. The state is considering an appeal.
(JEDDO) -- State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City invites shooting enthusiasts, sportsmen and sportswomen alike to join him Saturday, August 10 in a fundraising shoot. Muxlow, a supporter of Second Amendment rights, encourages his constituents to join him at the Four Square Sportsman's Association, 6779 Cline Road in Jeddo. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and a mandatory safety meeting will start at 1:15 p.m. The cost will be $60 per person. Both 12 and 20 gauge shells and the clays will be provided. Representative Muxlow says the event is an excellent opportunity for like-minded gun enthusiasts to gather and have a fun Saturday afternoon. Muxlow was endorsed in his successful re-election effort in 2012 by the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners.
(AREA) -- The Community Foundations in St. Clair County and Sanilac County, along with the Huron County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanilac Tourism Association, are collaborating for the first time via a new effort to promote tourism in Michigan's Thumb Region. The four organizations have been holding informal meetings among their staff for more than a year and discussing a wide range of issues, opportunities and challenges common to the three counties who make up the shoreline of the Thumb. The groups call themselves the Thumb Area Foundation Collaborative and have chosen a touch screen tourism kiosk program as their first project. The Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is working with MDOT to install four 22-inch touch screen kiosks in St. Clair County this fall. There are plans to purchase and install up to five smaller tabletop versions suitable for restaurants, cafes and local visitor centers and one kiosk to be installed at the Revolution Café in Harbor Beach, and one each in Port Sanilac and Lexington. The budget for the 2-year pilot project is approximately $12,000 with hopes of having the kiosks installed by Thanksgiving.