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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:54

Strong armed robbery suspect in custody

(CROSWELL) -- Authorities say the 47-year old Croswell man wanted in connection to the robbery of a 91-year old woman Sunday in Port Huron Township has been arrested. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the suspect, Stephen Stocks, was found in the city of Croswell Monday afternoon and taken into custody. He was transported to the Sanilac County jail and will be transferred to the St. Clair County jail prior to arraignment on charges of strong armed robbery. Stocks is accused of grabbing the purse of the 91-year old victim as she walked to her car after shopping at the Kroger store. One of the straps on the purse broke and the suspect dragged the woman for a short distance before taking off.

(FRANKENMUTH) -- Police in Frankenmuth say they've arrested a gasoline thief who may have stolen fuel dozens of times in several neighboring counties. City and state police say they got a call last Friday about a suspicious vehicle and caught a 52-year-old Clio man after a brief chase. They say they also found a van with containers of gasoline. Investigators say that the man he may be connected with dozens of fuel thefts in Saginaw, Genesee, Tuscola and possibly Shiawassee County. Police say the suspect's vehicle contained 16 five-gallon gasoline containers, some full of gasoline. Police say they also found a ledger containing locations and addresses of outdoor fuel storage containers. Police say the suspect also was wanted on assault charges from January. He's being held pending new charges. 

Monday, 26 August 2013 11:17

Three injured in Tuscola County crash

(MILLINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning at the intersection of Murphy Lake and Sheridan Roads in Tuscola County's Millington Township. Undersheriff Glen Skrent says the crash took place shortly before Noon when a vehicle driven by 52-year old Alexander Dureich of Oscoda turned off of Sheridan Road too wide onto Murphy Lake Road. His vehicle struck another vehicle stopped at the intersection, driven by 58-year old Marilyn Eberlein of Millington. Dureich, Eberlein, and a passenger in the Eberlein vehicle were injured. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

(MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP) -- No serious injuries were reported in a roll over accident Saturday night on Burnsline Road near Shepherd in Sanilac County's Maple Valley Township. Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place around 8 p.m. when a Ford F-350 pickup driven by a 52-year old Brown City man failed to stop at the intersection and struck an Envoy traveling south on Shepherd Road. The Envoy, driven by a 56-year old Rochester Hills man, entered the ditch and the pickup overturned twice and came to rest in a ditch. Deputies say both men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and both refused medical treatment. The driver of the Envoy did not have a valid driver's license and alcohol is believed to be a factor. Names are being withheld pending an investigation.

Monday, 26 August 2013 10:44

Brown City area man injured in ATV crash

(MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP) -- A 48-year old Brown City area man was injured after his 3-wheeler overturned Saturday evening around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Brooks and Shepherd Roads in Maple Valley Township. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say a call was made to 9-1-1 regarding the accident. The caller stated that a man was lying in the middle of the road and that it appeared that he had rolled his ATV. An investigation showed that the man was attempting to make a right hand turn onto Shepherd Road on the 1980's Yamaha when the crash occurred. The man was taken to Marlette Regional Hospital and later transferred to St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw with possible head injuries. Deputies say the man did not have a valid driver's license and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The incident remains under investigation. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. Deputies were assisted on scene by the Brown City Fire Department, Marlette EMS and the Brown City Police Department.

(AREA) -- Right to Life of Sanilac County has announced the winners of the 11th Annual Precious Baby Contest, which was held during the Sanilac County 4-H Fair in Sandusky. The contest was open to any baby that was born between July 31, 2011 and July 31, 2013. This year, there were 45 contestants. First place and $100 went to Flynn Hewitt, son of Brian & Lindsey Hewitt of Snover. Second place and $75 was awarded to Kole Schulz, son of Kristal Schulz of Deckerville. The third place winner of $50 was Caroline Graves, daughter of Leroy & Cynthia Graves of Sandusky and the fourth place winner of $25 was Alyxiana Duran, daughter of Rosa Duran of Peck. Honorable Mentions went to Aubrey Dials, Dallis Anderson, Quinn Eppenbrock and Laila Ford. Profits from the contest will be donated to the Blue Water Pregnancy Care Center in Port Huron, Positive Alternatives in Caro and the Sanilac County Baby Pantry in Sandusky. All of these agencies help pregnant mothers and mothers of young children.

(DECKERVILLE) -- Sanilac County farmers are reminded that the annual Dry Bean Picnic will be held Tuesday, August 27. This year's variety plot is located at the corner of Ruth and Russell Roads, five miles north of Deckerville on Ruth Road. The tour of bean varieties will start at 6 p.m. and the pig roast and industry reports will begin at 7 p.m. at the Tom VanSickle Farm located three miles north of Deckerville at Ruth and Richmondville Roads. For more information call the MSU Extension Office at 810-648-2515.

(OWENDALE) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a thief got away with almost $20,000 in merchandise after breaking into Stack's Market in Owendale early Friday morning. Deputies were sent to the business at around 5 a.m. after the morning employee found the store's front glass door broken out. Surveillance video showed the suspect entering the store around 3 a.m. with two duffel bags. Several items including cigarettes, liquor, and chewing tobacco totaling between $15,000 and $20,000 was taken. The video shows the suspect entering and leaving a total of seven times. Sheriff Hanson says that at one point, the suspect actually used the store's trash barrel to remove stolen property. The entire heist took almost an hour. Deputies believe the suspect parked near 5th and Mill Streets. The suspect is a man described as wearing a blue winter type jacket with the hood pulled up and tied tight around his face. He was also wearing blue jeans and dark colored gloves. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Huron County Sheriff's Department.

(AREA) -- The Port Huron Police Department reminds residents planning on using fireworks during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend that there have been recent changes to the state law and local ordinance. Fireworks use is only permitted the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday. In addition, during those nationally recognized holidays, fireworks may not be used between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Violators will be issued a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $500. A person using fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a fine up to $500.

(PORT HURON) -- Four Port Huron residents were arrested and a meth lab was broken up following a drug raid Wednesday night in the 1000 block of Minnie Street in Port Huron. St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers acted on an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the city. The raid took place around 9 p.m. Officers seized methamphetamine lab components and drug paraphernalia from the home. The 28 and 32-year old men and 25 and 26-year old women remain jailed on several drug-related charges.