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(LAPEER) -- The lead singer of the rock group The Calling says he was abducted, beaten and robbed after performing at a festival in Michigan. The group says that Alex Band was attacked outside a store in Lapeer early Sunday. The group had performed during the Lapeer Days festival. The Calling says Band sustained a spinal fracture, three broken teeth and needed 15 stiches in his chin. According to a police statement that doesn't mention Band by name, the victim says two males forced him into a minivan, then assaulted and robbed him before dropping him off elsewhere in town. The Los Angeles-based group's 2001 song, "Wherever You Will Go," was used in several TV series and in the movie "Coyote Ugly."

(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Lapeer County officials report that work on the railroad crossing on M-24 will begin on September 9 and last approximately 2 weeks. Detours will be set up.

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sanilac County 4-H Fair in Sandusky is going on thru Saturday, August 24. On Sunday, August 18, Brittney Shephard of Brown City was crowned 4-H Queen and Nicholas Grifka, also of Brown City, took the honor of 4-H King. Tiffany Rich of Deckerville is the new Sanilac County Bean Queen. She was also crowned on Sunday afternoon.  

Monday, 19 August 2013 11:31

Croswell area assault suspect arrested

(AREA) -- A suspect is now in custody following an investigation into an assault that occurred early Saturday morning at a Croswell bar. Croswell Police say two people were seriously injured and treated at area hospitals. When the incident was reported to police, the suspect had already fled the scene. The vehicle the suspect fled in was later located at a house in the 7100 block of Avoca Road by St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies. A search warrant was secured and the suspect was arrested. He is in custody on multiple warrants from several agencies for serious offenses and has a history of fleeing from officers. He is being held on a no-bond detainer from the Michigan Department of Corrections. The investigation continues and may result in additional arrests of others involved in the assault. Croswell Police would like to thank those who came forward with information that led to the arrest of this dangerous suspect, as well as the number of other law enforcement agencies that assisted.

(GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is investigating a two-vehicle crash that took place Friday evening on Cass City Road, near Van Dyke Road in Greenleaf Township. At 4:42 p.m., Sanilac Central Dispatch received a transfer call from Tuscola County 9-1-1 reporting the accident. Investigation reveals that 24-year-old Sarah Volmering of Harbor Beach was traveling east on Cass City Road when she slowed down for a vehicle in front of her attempting to make a left hand turn. After slowing down, the Volmering vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Cass City resident Reggie Ignash. Volmering and her 1-year-old niece were taken by Cass City MMR to Huron Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Ignash was not injured in the crash. The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Cass City Police Department, the Cass City Fire Department, and Cass City MMR.

Monday, 19 August 2013 11:29

Cass City woman killed in head-on crash

(HURON COUNTY) -- The Huron County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal accident that happened Friday around 2 p.m. Huron Central Dispatch received a call about a northbound car side-swiping a southbound camper on Elkton Road, near Stein Road in Oliver Township. The car's female driver apparently waited at the scene for several minutes before getting back in her car and continuing northbound. As deputies were responding, dispatchers received a second call about a northbound car hitting a semi-tractor trailer head on along Elkton Road, north of Berne Road in Chandler Township. The truck driver, 55-year old James Siewer of Pigeon, reported that he had to bring his truck to nearly a complete stop because of the northbound vehicle entering his lane. The car continued on and made impact with the semi. The car's driver, 50 year-old Dawn Champagne of Cass City, had to be freed from her vehicle with by the Oliver Township Fire Department's Jaws of Life. She was later transported to Scheurer Hospital where she later died from her injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

(CASEVILLE TOWNSHIP) -- Huron County Sheriff's deputies responded to a single vehicle personal injury accident early Saturday morning around 1 a.m. just west of Oak Lake Road on M-25 in Caseville Township. Upon arrival, deputies found 37-year-old Jason Weber of Madison Heights lying conscious on the ground beside his 2013 Dodge Durango. Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was heading westbound on M-25 when it left the roadway, went airborne, and rolled at least once before coming to a rest on its side. Weber was taken to Scheurer Hospital by Scheurer Ambulance Service for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sanilac County Fair 4-H Fair is coming to Sandusky. Daily activities, the carnival, and 4-H exhibits will be held Sunday, August 18 thru Saturday, August 24 at the fairgrounds on Dawson Street. Rising country music star, Dewayne Spaw, is back this year to perform before the Flying Star Rodeo on Friday and again before the Demolition Debry on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Gate Admission is $12 per person over the age of 2. The pay-one-price includes parking, unlimited rides, and grandstand shows. Tuesday and Wednesday are Senior Citizens' Days with $7 admission before 3 p.m. for those 60 and older. MEGA passes, which provide admission all week to the 4-H Fair and include rides, are on sale now at a cost of $55 each at the Fair office at 37 Austin Street in Sandusky.

Kicking off the week on Sunday, August 18 is the presentation of the 4-H Cloverbud Court at 1 p.m. and the annual "Cares for Kids" Benefit 4-H Auction in the Dairy Expo Center. Proceeds from the silent and live auctions help support 4-Hers. Also on Sunday is the crowning of the 4-H King, Queen, Court, and the Sanilac County Bean Queen at 3 p.m. A Gospel Sing will follow at 7 p.m. in the grandstand featuring the group "Justified."

Starting Monday, August 19, the Playworld Carnival and midway games will open each day at 1 p.m. Grampa Cratchet will be strolling the grounds and perform daily stage shows. 4-H members have worked hard through the year raising their animals ranging from guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens to goats, sheep, pigs, cattle and horses. There are also exhibit building filled with 4-H arts and crafts, photography, and wood-working.
Kicking off the week's grandstand events will be two sessions of Tractor Pulling on Monday beginning at 3 p.m. The bigger Truck and Tractors pull at 7 p.m. sponsored by Tri-County Equipment. 

Tuesday, August 20 there will be a Talent Contest in the Championship Barn at 4:30 p.m. and the presentation of the Sanilac County Homemaker of the Year at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Martin X-treme Racing Super Moto-Cross will entertain at the grandstand, sponsored by Tubbs Brothers of Sandusky and Waste Management.

On Wednesday, August 21 it's the Bump 'N Run sponsored by Lois & Company Embroidery and Dave Hall Chevy Buick.
Thursday, August 22 is Kids' Day from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for children 6 and under with gate admission only $5. The Pedal Tractor Pull for children ages 4-12 starts at 2 p.m. Registration starts at 1 p.m. with a $1.00 entry fee. There will be Dog Demonstrations Thursday in front of the grandstand from 1- 3 p.m. At the grandstand at 7 p.m. it will be the Figure 8 Derby  sponsored by Exchange State Bank, TNT Equipment, Cros-Lex Laundry and Tanning and Exelon.

Friday, August 23 hosts the Small Animal Silent Auction in the Poultry Barn from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and the 4-H and FFA Small Animal and Livestock Sale in the Livestock Arena beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday night at the grandstand it's the Flying Star Rodeo, sponsored by Eastern Michigan Bank, Beta Seed, DTE Energy and Ball Equipment.

On Saturday, August 24 the Open Class Horse Show starts at 8 a.m. with the Small and Large Animal Sweepstakes in the animal arenas beginning at 10 a.m. The M/T Pocket Pullers, consisting of Stock garden tractors, Ultra-Lite tractors, Stock-Altered tractors and Multi-Motor Ultra-Lite tractors will be at the grandstand at 10 a.m. Rounding out the day Saturday is the Demolition Derby at the grandstand sponsored by Graff Chevrolet Buick and Dow AgroSciences.
Other sponsors for the 4-H Fair include ADM of Snover, ADS Tile, Adamczyk Electric, Alan McCarty, Angie Stoutenburg, Brown Builders & Contractors, Campbell Farm Tiling, Clear Ideas, Colby Excavating, Coop Elevator-Pigeon, D/S Services, Dairy Queen, Doug Gordon Well Drilling, Dumaw Farms, Helena Chemical, Keinath Tire, Knoerr Farms, Liberty Lanes, McKenzie Health System, Pioneer Seed, Sahr Crop Insurance, Sandusky Car Wash, Site Services, Stone Builders, Stoutenburg Farms, Stull Construction and others.
For more information on everything happening at the Sanilac County 4-H Fair, contact Karen Burgess at the Fair Office at 810-648-2515 or visit www.sanilac4hfair.com

(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- The Carsonville-Port Sanilac School Board accepted the resignation of Special Education teacher Carolyn Christner during Wednesday night's meeting. The board approved the recall of Michelle Barnett from layoff status to fill the 3rd grade teaching position opening made available by the resignation of Carolyn Christner. The resignation request of Band Director George Smith was approved and the board hired Jaimee Jordan to fill his spot. Jaimee is a Michigan State University graduate with a Bachelor of Music Education. She earned a Master of Music Teaching at Northern Arizona University. The retirement of the district's Custodial/Maintenance Supervisor Ed James was accepted with regrets. Due to Ed's retirement, the board approved an Operations/Maintenance Agreement with Croswell-Lexington Schools to cover his former duties.

Friday, 16 August 2013 11:08

Sanilac County Farms Recognized by MAEAP

(AREA) -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program has recognized two farms in Sanilac County for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by the Sanilac Conservation District. The Joe Kautz Farm of Croswell was recognized as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead System and the J-Shinn Farm of Croswell was recognized as a verified farm in the Cropping System. An average of 5,000 Michigan farmers attend educational programs annually; 10,000 Michigan farms have started the verification process; and more than 1,500 farms have been verified to date.