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Monday, 30 September 2013 14:15

Rear-end crash injures two in Akron Township

(AKRON TOWNSHIP) -- Two people were injured after the vehicle they were in was rear-ended Saturday afternoon just before 2 p.m. along Bay City Forestville Road and Hoppe Road in Tuscola County's Akron Township. Sheriff's deputies say a vehicle driven by 58-year old Ronald Turner of Cass City was traveling southwest on Bay City Forestville when he began to stop for a semi truck in front of him making a turn. A second vehicle behind Turner failed to stop in time resulting in the collision. The driver of the second vehicle, 45-year old Robert Commire of Bay City, was not injured. Turner and his passenger were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Monday, 30 September 2013 14:15

Man on motorycle takes police on chase

(FREMONT TOWNSHIP) -- State police from the Caro Post were led on a brief high speed chase early Saturday evening when they attempted to stop a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed on Galbraith Line Road near Fremont Road in Sanilac County's Fremont Township. According to police, the motorcycle failed to stop then continued at a high rate of speed down various side roads for several miles then eventually headed north on Black River Road where he was intercepted by an officer from the Croswell Police Department. The rider, a 23-year-old Grant Township man, stopped without incident and told police he knew he was in trouble for speeding so he ran. He was lodged in the Sanilac County jail on charges of fleeing and eluding and reckless driving. Alcohol was not a factor.


(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- State Police Troopers were dispatched to the scene of a motorcycle crash in Tuscola County's Tuscola Township early Saturday evening when the driver of a motorcycle lost control of his bike on a curve on Sohn Road near Atkins Road. 36-year-old Brian Parkhurst from Flint was unable to negotiate the curve and laid his bike down ejecting both he and his wife, 35-year-old Sabrina Parkhurst from the cycle. The bike continued onto the shoulder and hit a road sign before coming to rest in a deep ditch. Parkhurst and his wife were transported to by ambulance to Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc for treatment. Police say both were wearing helmets.

(HURON COUNYT) -- The Huron County Sheriff's Department is investigating several turfing incidents where fields were damaged by a vehicle. The incidents took place sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The first was reported by the Willard Sengstock farm in Bloomfield Township. The cornfield, located on Swayze Road between Minden Road and Finkel Road, had several paths cut through it with what appeared to be a light truck. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says damage could exceed $1,000. Evidence at the scene showed the suspect vehicle hit a ditch bank and got stuck. More turfing damage was discovered at a nearby black bean field on Swayze Road owned by Dennis and Marcia Karg. Deputies recovered a skid steer wheel from that field that most likely bounced out of the pickup's box as the vehicle was spinning around. A third field, on Swayze Road, containing wheat stubble was found turfed. That field belongs to Ted Rink. Anyone with information on these incidents are asked to contact the Huron County Sheriff's Office at 989-269-6500 or Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269-6421. Confidential callers may use the TIPS line by calling 989-269-2861.

(AREA) -- As the two most dangerous months for deer-vehicle crashes approach, October and November, motorists should be aware that these crashes can cause more than just damage to your vehicle. In Michigan, there is an average of 134 car-deer crashes each day. The Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center released crash statistics from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. In the Thumb, St. Clair County saw the most car-deer crashes at 3,798 with 23 fatalities and 769 injuries. Lapeer County had 2,716 crashes resulting in 5 deaths and 407 injuries. In Tuscola County, there were 1,745 car-deer crashes with 14 fatalities and 289 injuries. Huron County had 1,646 car-deer crashes last year with two deaths and 162 injuries. Sanilac County saw 1,457 crashes with two fatalities and 150 injuries. All motorists should 'think deer' whenever they are behind the wheel, and drive defensively, as if a deer can appear at any moment. 

Friday, 27 September 2013 11:05

Feds will oppose lower bond for cancer doctor

(AREA) -- Federal prosecutors say they'll continue to oppose a cancer doctor's efforts to get out of jail while awaiting trial on fraud charges. Dr. Farid Fata wants his bond reduced to $500,000 from $9 million. But prosecutors fear he'll flee to his native country, Lebanon. They say they're still trying to sort out his extensive finances. The next hearing is Wednesday in Detroit federal court. Fata, an Oakland County resident, is accused of misdiagnosing patients and ordered unnecessary treatments to enrich himself through Medicare and other insurance programs. The government says some patients were repeatedly exposed to powerful drugs despite having no cancer. Fata owns Michigan Hematology Oncology, which has an office in Lapeer.

Friday, 27 September 2013 11:05

Amtrak ready to start more track improvements

(AREA) -- Amtrak is getting ready to start the second of three Michigan train track improvement phases for the 2013 construction season. Work begins Monday between Jackson and Battle Creek. The project will cause some delays and modified schedules, but Amtrak says it will result in upgraded tracks and more reliable service for Amtrak Wolverine and Blue Water trains as part of the Accelerated Rail Program. The Blue Water line runs from Port Huron to Chicago. When all 2013 phases of the project are complete in November, more than 30 miles of new track will be installed. The Michigan Department of Transportation is leading a three-state effort to improve the 300-mile corridor from Pontiac and Detroit across Michigan, through northwest Indiana and to Chicago. Train speeds will increase to up to 110 miles per hour in more places.

(CASS CITY) -- Dairy Farmers of America broke ground Thursday on a $40 million ingredient processing facility in Cass City. The plant will provide a local home for members' milk and answer the growing need for Michigan plant capacity. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant and a $1 million Community Development Block Grant, while the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is contributing $300,000 in corporate funds towards the facility. The Michigan Strategic Fund also awarded Tuscola County and the Village of Cass City a new 15-year Agriculture Processing Renaissance Zone designation for the project. The Village of Cass City is providing revenue bonding valued at approximately $6.7 million for a wastewater pre-treatment system and public infrastructure improvements. At least 25 full-time positions will be created at the 33,000 square foot facility, which is expected to be complete next fall. It will process up to 3 million pounds of fresh milk each day, which will be supplied by Dairy Farmers of America member farms in the Thumb.

Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:21

Careless Cooking Fire in Port Huron

(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron firefighters were called to their second house fire this week that involved careless cooking. Crews responded to the home in the 1400 block of 17th Street at 10 a.m. Thursday morning and found fire and heavy smoke coming from all levels of residence. Port Huron Police were able to safely retrieve the family's dog from the backyard as firefighters battled the blaze. Fire Marshal Jeffery Tucker says the home sustained fire and smoke damage. The fire was contained to the kitchen. No injuries were reported. The fire has been ruled an accident.

(AREA) -- All 83 Michigan counties can allow off-road recreation vehicles on road shoulders under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Current law lets eight counties in the Lower Peninsula and every county in Upper Peninsula authorize the vehicles on local road shoulders. Laws signed Wednesday allow off-road vehicles on more roads if municipalities pass an ordinance. Local governments can ask the state transportation department for permission to allow off-road vehicles on highway shoulders, not including interstates. One law will expand off-road vehicle uses not requiring a license. Snyder says the laws will boost tourism by making it easier to enjoy off-road vehicles. 

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