(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Inmate Work Crew Program received another generous donation recently to assist them in outdoor maintenance. Work Crew Supervisor Deputy Doug Shagena says that Sanilac County Hockey Association Vice-President Mark Orchard presented him with a brand new Stihl BR600 Magnum Backpack Blower, purchased from Tri-County Equipment in Sandusky. The backpack blower will be used by the work crew for various outdoor projects throughout Sanilac County.
Pictured left to right: Sheriff's Work Crew Supervisor Doug Shagena and Hockey Association Vice-President Mark Orchard
(AREA) -- Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds customers that all branch offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day. Secretary of State SUPER!Centers normally offer Saturday hours but will be closed on Saturday, August 31. The Department of State mails notices to motorists 45 days before their driver's license or license plates expire to give them ample time to renew. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty. License plates may also be renewed online or at Self-Service Stations located inside branch offices.
(LAPEER) -- Police have put out partial descriptions of three male suspects in the abduction, beating and robbery of the lead singer of the rock group "The Calling" after a performance at the Lapeer Days festival. The group says Alex Band was attacked outside a convenience store early Sunday in Lapeer. The group says Band had a spinal fracture, three broken teeth and needed 15 stiches in his chin. It released a photo of him in bandages. The Los Angeles-based group had the 2001 hit "Wherever You Will Go." Lapeer Police say one suspect is white, 30-years of age with a scruffy beard and was wearing a camouflage baseball cap. Another is white and about 6-foot-4 inches. Police say a third was driving the van and had a darker complexion. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lapeer Police Department at 810-664-0833.
(MARINE CITY) -- A Canadian scuba diver faces charges after border patrol agents found 8 pounds of marijuana in a water-tight container tied to a seawall. The PVC cylinder was found on the U.S. side of the St. Clair River. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman says agents arrested the man in his scuba gear about 1 a.m. Monday as he left the river near Marine City in St. Clair County. Authorities say someone called them after seeing the man swimming across the river. Remote camera operators at the Operational Integration Center at Selfridge Air National Guard Base located the man and informed agents he appeared to be pulling a dry bag behind him. The man has been turned over to the St. Clair County Drug Task Force.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is still seeking leads regarding several home invasions in Columbus and Casco Townships. Over the past six weeks, there have been at least five homes broken into. Two were located on Lindsey Road and one each on Big Hand, Kronner, and Frith Roads. Investigators believe they have two suspects narrowed down--one of them is a white man with a thin build and short brown hair. A suspect vehicle is described as a dark colored, full-size pickup. The make and model unknown. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Stacy Tunich at 810-987-1729.
(AREA) -- The Michigan State Police warn citizens of a recent increase in "gypsy scams" in Tuscola County. This one involves asphalt paving. The perpetrator is telling the homeowner that they have asphalt left over from another job and offers to resurface their driveway or sidewalk at a reduced cost. When the homeowner agrees, the scam artist proceeds to either apply a thin layer of asphalt that breaks away in a few days, or uses a substance other than asphalt. The perpetrators collect their money and leave before the homeowner is aware of the substandard work. The scam can also involve the perpetrator partially completing the job, requesting payment and then never returning to finish. To report a possible scam, residents are asked to contact the Michigan State Police Caro Post at 989-673-2156.
(MCKINLEY TOWNSHIP) -- A family of five was rescued after their 14' boat was located just southeast of North Island in the open waters of the Saginaw Bay early Sunday morning. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says dispatchers received a distressed boater call shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. The man stated that he, his wife and three children had gone fishing earlier in the day on Wild Fowl Bay when they lost their sense of direction after dark. The boat wasn't equipped with navigational equipment and had poor lighting. Sheriff's deputies in a patrol boat attempted to find the family as they kept in contact with dispatch on a cell phone. The small boat was located shortly after midnight and towed back to Caseville. Conrad Schultz of Saginaw informed deputies that some of his family members had gotten wet and became cold as the waves reached nearly 2-feet at times. No injuries were reported.
(PORT HURON) -- Authorities say an inert practice military bomb was found by a scuba diver in Lake St. Clair Monday. Port Huron resident, Robert Grattan, retrieved the device from the bottom of the lake and took it to the police department. Port Huron Police requested the assistance of the Michigan State Police bomb squad and blocked off a street near the Port Huron Municipal Office Center. The building was not evacuated. MSP bomb squad members examined the device and found it to be inert. The device was described as a vintage military practice ordinance or practice bomb, which was never used. It was turned back over to Grattan. Residents are reminded to not handle such devices, as they can be dangerous and could explode unexpectedly.
(PORT HURON) -- A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for a paroled ex-convict accused of rape, torture and murder in the deaths of a Michigan couple. A preliminary exam was delayed Tuesday that would have determined whether there's enough evidence for Manuel Gamez of Port Huron to stand trial. Defense lawyer Edward Marshall requested the evaluation. The 31-year-old is charged with two open counts of murder, two counts of torture and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. An open murder charge means a defendant faces either a first- or a second-degree murder charge. Officers found the bodies of 29-year-old Daniel McRoberts and 26-year-old Melissa Ichenberg on July 30 at the Gratiot Village apartments. Gamez was arrested Aug. 1.
(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette Police Department is investigating a larceny at the Main Street Grill restaurant. The incident was reported to police at around 6 a.m. Sunday, August 18 when the front door of the business was found unlocked and the cash drawer and deposit bag were missing along with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers say that employees confirmed that the door was locked when they left the restaurant around 8 p.m. Saturday, August 17. Previous employees are being interviewed and surveillance video is being reviewed. A still photo from surveillance video shows a suspect entering the Main Street Grill at around 4:15 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marlette Police Department at 989-635-2008. A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.
PICTURED: Here is a photo that was taken from the video at the Main Street Grill. The quality is low, but note the type of glove that is worn. Maybe this looks familiar to you. Polygraphs are being scheduled, but all the information can help. The suspect entered Main Street Grill at around 4:15 a.m. if you were in the area at that time and notice anyone or vehicles in the area at that time, call the Marlette Police Department at 989-635-2008.