(BROWN CITY) -- Brown City Council members Monday night awarded bids for proposed street and water main projects inside the city limits. The Walter and Maple Street project received three bids. The low bid of $89,014 was awarded to Astec Asphalt of Brown City. The water main project to replace mains immediately north and south of the central business district was awarded to Cassino Building and Development from Sterling Heights for $90,840. Three bids were received and reviewed by a representative from the engineering company-Flies and Vandenbrink. The engineer stated that they have successfully worked with Cassino in the past.
(AREA) -- A federal judge has ordered a $9 million bond in the case of a Detroit-area cancer specialist who is accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients. Judge Sean Cox made the ruling Tuesday, following a hearing in which prosecutors asked him to increase Dr. Farid Fata's $170,000 bond to $9 million, based on the assets available to him and his wife. They fear Fata may try to flee the country. Cox also ordered that Fata not practice medicine if he's released on bond. Defense lawyer Christopher Andreoff wanted a much lower cash bond amount for Fata. He says his client is a U.S. citizen and not a flight risk. The government says Fata ripped off Medicare by giving chemotherapy to patients who didn't need it and diagnosing cancer when it wasn't apparent. Fata owns Michigan Hematology Oncology, which has an office in Lapeer. The government says the clinics billed $35 million to Medicare over two years. The 48-year-old Fata is being held at the Wayne County jail because he can't make bond. A preliminary examination is set for August 20.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 4.16 million pond-raised walleye fingerlings have been stocked in 120 water bodies located throughout the state this spring and summer. The DNR announced the results Tuesday. It says walleye ponds "are a critical component of the DNR's coolwater fisheries management" program. It says it used 30 walleye ponds this year and says "most rely heavily on the support of local sportsmen organizations." The DNR says eggs are taken from adult walleye from the Muskegon River and Little Bay De Noc. It says the eggs are hatched at Thompson and Wolf Lake state fish hatcheries. A few days after hatching, the larval walleyes are moved to ponds.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an interactive map designed to help local officials in the Great Lakes region deal with climate change. Headwaters Economics teamed with the university's Graham Sustainability Institute on the project, which was announced Tuesday. The map provides social, economic and demographic statistics on 225 counties in the eight-state region. It includes data about municipal spending, land use and climate-change characteristics such as temperature patterns. Information tables cover topics such as employment trends in climate-vulnerable sectors such as farming, timber and tourism. There's also data on local population groups that might be susceptible to extreme heat, including the elderly and people below the poverty line. The online tool is available free of charge.
(SANDUSKY) -- The annual Car Show and Cruise Night in Sandusky is happening this Saturday, August 17, sponsored by the Sandusky Fire Fighters Association. The Car Show is located on the courthouse lawn from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. New this year is the Truck Show featuring Semi's-vintage, new, restored, and custom. Trailers are welcome. Registration is from 9 a.m.-Noon. There is a $15 entry fee for cars and $20 fee for semi's. A wash area will be available for semi's at the Sandusky Fire Hall from 8-10 a.m. First and second place awards will be given out at 3 p.m. The cruise lineup starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Sandusky High School and will take place from 7-8 p.m. The semi's are welcome to join in! The cruise will start at the DPW building east of town and head west to Westpark Motor Inn. The public is invited to check out the cars, trucks and semi's and find a prime spot to view the cruise Saturday night in Sandusky!
(VASSAR) -- The documentary "Travis:A Soldier's Story" will be shown at the Vassar Theatre this weekend. Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, a 2005 Vassar High School graduate, was part of the 82nd Airborne and is one of only five service members to lose all four limbs in combat during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars--and survive. SSG Mills was hurt when he dropped a bag on an improvised explosive device April 10, 2012 during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. The documentary is a true story of his life until the day everything changed. It shows his courageous fight to survive and recover for his family. SSG Mills and his wife Kelsey will be in Vassar for the event. Showings will be held at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 18. For more information on the documentary visit www.travisthemovie.com
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Lexington woman accused of deceiving an insurance company and the public into believing she had cancer won't return to court until next year. 38-year old Sara Ylen had a pretrial conference Monday in Sanilac County Circuit Court. Her final pretrial conference was set for January 27, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. and a trial date has been tentatively scheduled for February 4. Ylen is charged with four counts of false pretense, using a computer to commit a crime and health care fraud. In a separate case, Ylen is accused of filing a false felony report and tampering with evidence in St. Clair County. She was bound over to Circuit Court and is scheduled to appear on Monday, August 26 at 1:45 p.m. Authorities say Ylen falsely accused two men of rape last September in her Lexington home and used makeup to create what looked like bruises. The false felony report charge carries a maximum 4-years in prison, while the tampering with evidence charge carries a maximum 10-years if convicted. In November 2012, in a different case, a man convicted of raping Ylen was released from prison after nearly 10-years. New evidence showed Ylen had made false rape allegations that same year in California and the St. Clair County prosecutor's office dropped the case.
(AREA) -- A federal judge has upheld his earlier ruling overturning Michigan's use of a life prison sentence without parole for juveniles. U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara in Ann Arbor ruled January 30 that Michigan must allow the possibility of parole for those convicted of first-degree murder before they turn 18. State law has an automatic life without parole sentence for first-degree murder. The decision followed a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2012 that banned no-parole sentences for juveniles. The state attorney general's office asked that the decision apply only to the juvenile convict who brought the complaint. But O'Meara ruled Monday that "every person convicted of first-degree murder in the state of Michigan as a juvenile and who was sentenced to life in prison shall be eligible for parole." More than 350 people are serving no-parole sentences in Michigan for crimes committed when they were under 18, including a St. Clair County man. Raymond Carp was 15 when he was involved in the brutal death of a woman in 2006.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation reminds motorists that M-24 culvert replacement work is under way in Lapeer County. Crews began replacing the M-24 culvert just north of Newark Road in Lapeer County last week. Work is expected to continue through October. Single-lane closures are in effect in both directions.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about 16 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.50 per gallon. The auto club says Monday the average is about 49 cents per gallon less than this time last year. Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Traverse City area, where it's about $3.43 a gallon. The highest average is in the Marquette area at about $3.69 a gallon. Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily.