(DENMARK TOWNSHIP) -- Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies say a helicopter made an emergency landing in Denmark Township Thursday evening at Quanicassee and VanGeisen Roads just before 6 p.m. Deputies say the pilot and passenger were found unharmed. The pilot informed authorities that he was working on power lines 250 feet in the air and a hoist that was attached had a line break, causing the helicopter to pitch and strike a support arm. The helicopter blades were damaged and the pilot was able to safely land in a corn field. The FAA will inspect the site and helicopter. No other injuries were reported.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Explorers who removed a wooden slab from Lake Michigan this summer are taking an unusual step to determine whether it could have come from the Griffin, a long-lost vessel from the 17th century. The nearly 20-foot-long timber will undergo a CT scan Saturday at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. The scan will produce images of the beam's interior, including tree rings. An expert with Cornell University in New York hopes to analyze the ring patterns and estimate the timber's age and when it was cut down. The Griffin was commanded by French explorer La Salle and disappeared in 1679. Expedition leader Steve Libert says if the wooden beam dates from that period, it probably came from the Griffin. State officials say they're not convinced it's from a ship.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Beach water testing in Sanilac County shows all 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
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky School Board met Wednesday and approved refinancing the bond on the high school. According to Superintendent Mike Carmean, the district took advantage of a new interest rate of 2.16% on the remaining debt of $4.75 million. The adjustment will save the district $236,793 and the bond is now scheduled to be paid off in 2021.
Board members also ratified a new contract with the district's teachers. The language is for 3-years. The financial terms for 1-year are based on the 2013 fall student count. If the student count is greater than or equal to 965, but less than 975, there will be steps and rails in the contract. If the count is greater than or equal to 975, there will be a 1/2-percent salary increase. Financial terms for the 2nd and 3rd years will be based on the school audit and fall student count and be negotiated in October 2014 and 2015. Benefits include changes in dental, vision, life and LTD, which will be in effect for all three years of the contract.
The Sandusky High School and Elementary School Open Houses will be Wednesday, August 28. The High School will be open from 5-6 p.m. and the Elementary School will be open from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for parents and students.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of people turned out for a meeting to share stories and get legal advice after a Detroit-area cancer specialist was charged with fraud. The crowd Wednesday night included Dr. Farid Fata's patients and relatives of former patients. A grand jury indicted Fata last week, accusing him of billing Medicare for cancer treatments that weren't necessary. Burns Berryman of Rochester Hills says he was treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He says Fata told him he was cured but was advised to take pills for two additional years. Berryman says, "This ain't right." Attorney Brian McKeen advised people to move fast if they want to file a lawsuit, noting there are strict deadlines to sue for medical malpractice in Michigan. Fata has denied wrongdoing through his attorney. He owns Michigan Hematology Oncology, which has an office in Lapeer.
(GRANT TOWNSHIP) -- A man fishing in the Black River Wednesday afternoon snagged a suspicious looking object that turned out to be a pipe bomb. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the man was fishing in the river near the 6800 block of Norman Road around 5 p.m. When he realized the object was a pipe bomb, he carried it to the shoulder of the road and contacted authorities. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a PVC pipe wrapped in a plastic orange juice bottle and taped with duct tape. Michigan State Police Bomb Squad members were able to disarm the pipe bomb, which contained explosive materials. The device will be examined at a lab as the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office continues their investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Steve Rickert at 810-987-1731.
(PORT HURON) -- A former furniture store in St. Clair County will be turned into residential lofts and commercial space thanks to a Michigan Community Revitalization Program grant. State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City says the $217,500 performance-based grant for the renovation of the Ben's Furniture building in downtown Port Huron will help generate jobs and investment in the city. The project includes six one-bedroom lofts and five two-bedroom lofts, commercial space on the first floor, and historic repairs to the exterior of the building. The project is expected to generate a total investment of $1.1 million. The city of Port Huron has approved a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone District for the project, which will result in a 9-year tax abatement valued at $20,000.
(MARINE CITY) -- A Michigan judge has set a $100,000 bond for a Canadian scuba diver who was arrested after border patrol agents found 8 pounds of marijuana in a water-tight container tied to a seawall on the U.S. side of the St. Clair River. The PVC cylinder containing the marijuana was found near Marine City. 24-year old Jesse Zunti of Windsor, Ontario was arraigned Wednesday in Marine City District Court on one count of controlled substance, deliver/manufacture marijuana, which is a 4-year felony. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman says agents arrested the man in his scuba gear about 1 a.m. Monday after remote camera operators at Selfridge Air National Guard base spotted him. Zunti's preliminary exam is scheduled for September 4 at 9 a.m.
(AREA) -- As area football players are getting ready for their first grid-iron clashes a week from Thursday, preparations are also being made for the "Pink Out for Cancer Clash," as the Brown City Green Devils will host the Marlette Red Raiders on Friday, September 13. Kohler Propane in Brown City and the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation are presenting the event and Steve Kohler says the prime purpose is to raise funds for the B-Cups program, which provides free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured patients. Kohler commented that the goal is to raise awareness for all types of cancer. Casey Maples-Trudeau from Kohler Propane says many events are planned for the evening of September 13.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says investigators are seeking leads in a larceny case where several thousand dollars in construction tools were stolen from a construction site at the corner of Bay Port and Sebewaing Roads. Deputies were sent to the construction site in Sebewaing Township Tuesday morning after the contractor, Dean Deering of Owendale, found his utility trailer had been broken into. The suspect or suspects cut a lock off of the door to gain entry. Some of the stolen items include a Tap Con Laser, valued at $7,000, and several other power tools. The value of the stolen tools is over $21,000. The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between 7 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Huron County Sheriff's Department at 989-269-6500 or Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269-6421. Callers wishing to remain confidential may call the 24-hour tip line at 989-269-2861.