(PORT HURON) -- An investigation into the sale of marijuana in the Kimball Township and Port Huron Township areas resulted in the arrest of two men and the seizure of $18,000 worth of marijuana Tuesday. The raids took place in the 2400 block of Bartel Road in Kimball Township and 2600 block of Division Street in Port Huron Township. Along with the marijuana, three vehicles, guns, $5,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, and 75 marijuana plants were seized. Two men ages 34 and 35 were arrested and remain lodged in the St. Clair County jail on drug charges.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- A 33-year old Columbiaville woman was killed in a single vehicle crash early Thursday morning along Columbiaville Road just east of North Lake Road. Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place just after 12:30 a.m. when the victim, Trish White, failed to navigate a curve as she traveled east on Columbiaville Road. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. White, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say that the preliminary investigation shows that excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.
(MARLETTE) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday night at the Marlette Township Hall as part of their series of hosting a meeting in each commissioner's district. Commissioners approved measures from last week's Finance and Administration Committee meeting, including an addition to the front of the Sanilac Transportation Company building at a cost not to exceed $800. Commissioners also approved the removal and installation of updated cable wiring for the courthouse and jail's internet network at a cost not to exceed $2,228. The county will begin seeking bids for the replacement of every window in the courthouse. District two commissioner Justin Faber reported that replacing the windows would save 20 percent of the building's heating and cooling costs. Commissioners also moved to begin seeking bids for the resurfacing of the courthouse parking lot. Funding for the project will be taken from the jail contingency fund.
In other business, Diana Schaffer, from the Sanilac County Health Department, gave a presentation on the status of the department. She reported that smoking, obesity, and children living in poverty are all higher in Sanilac County than the state average. Schaffer also reported that Chlamydia is the number one rising STD in Sanilac County, and that heroin use is an emerging problem in the county.
The next meeting in a commissioner's district will be held Tuesday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Speaker Township Hall.
(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville School Board met Monday night and accepted with regret the resignation of paraprofessional Penny Kenny. Miss Kenny has been with the district for 23-years. The board hired Alex Schrauben as the Jr. High Assistant Football Coach for the 2013-2014 season. In other business, Duane Paehlig was approved to serve as the district's Transportation Supervisor. Paehlig will be employed 90% by Sandusky Community Schools as their Maintenance and Transportation Supervisor and employed 10% as Deckerville's Transportation Supervisor. Discussion took place during the meeting regarding the changes that have taken place in the Great Start Readiness Preschool Program. This school year, preschool students will attend for a full day.
(CASS CITY) -- Dairy Farmers of America will mark the official groundbreaking for an ingredient processing facility in Cass City on Thursday, September 26. The $40 million plant, located at 4105 N. Division Road, will process 3 million pounds of the Cooperative members' milk each day and will serve a region where milk production is steadily outpacing local plant capacity. Dairy Farmers of America is a national dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by more than 13,000 members on more than 8,000 farms in 48 states.
(IMLAY CITY) -- The FBI says it hopes someone will recognize a serial bank robbery suspect caught on camera during four stickups in suburban Detroit and one in Imlay City. The Detroit FBI office says there's a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man, whose image was captured in surveillance camera footage released by the bureau. Agent Robert Beekman says one robbery was September 13 at Talmer Bank in Imlay City. The others were August 30 at a TCF Bank branch in Sterling Heights, September 3 at a Flagstar Bank in Macomb County's Clinton Township and Friday at a Comerica Bank in Auburn Hills. The FBI says the man entered each bank and presented a demand note to the teller.
(AREA) -- Phone customers in four Michigan counties will see monthly 911 surcharge rates increase as part of a state agreement with communications companies. The Michigan Public Service Commission approved the rate increases Tuesday for Cass, Dickinson, Grand Traverse and Huron counties. Huron County's surcharge will be $2.20 per device. Cass County's surcharge will be $1.39. The surcharges will be 80 cents in Grand Traverse County and 68 cents in Dickinson County. The new surcharges will be effective in July 2014. Frontier North Inc., Frontier Midstates Inc. and Frontier Communications of Michigan, Inc. filed a joint statement saying they don't object to the increases.
(BURTCHVILLE TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities arrested a St. Clair County man Monday night for his involvement in a break-in September 18 at an apartment located in the 4000 block of Gratiot Avenue. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the 43-year old Burtchville Township man is accused of breaking into the apartment and taking five handguns, precious metal collectibles and tools. The suspect was arrested at his residence in the Indian Trails North mobile home park where deputies recovered many of the stolen items. The suspect remains jailed and is expected to be arraigned this week on charges of first degree home invasion, larceny from a building, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of stolen property over $20,000.
(AREA) -- Blue Water Habitat for Humanity has awarded its first college scholarships to two St. Clair County women, thanks to the generosity of one Lexington resident. Maureen Power, a retired teacher, left a significant and unexpected gift in her estate plan, giving Blue Water Habitat the authority to use the money for any purpose. Barbara Ernsberger, Executive Director of Blue Water Habitat for Humanity, stated that to honor Power's career as an educator, the scholarships were awarded to Blue Water Habitat homeowners or children of homeowners. This year's recipients are Danielle Lipa, of Marine City and Meghan DePelsMaeker of Yale. Lipa is a senior at Oakland University in Rochester, continuing her studies in business administration and DePelsMaeker is a freshman at St. Clair County Community College, in Port Huron pursuing a career working with young children and special needs students.
(PORT HURON) -- Baker College of Port Huron will host a seasonal job fair on Thursday, October 3 from 4-6 p.m. on their main campus located at 3403 Lapeer Road in Port Huron. Community members are invited to bring copies of their resumes to apply for current and future positions. The fair is free and open to the public. Carson's, J.C. Penney, Target, J.B. Robinson Jewelers, Kay Jewelers and Toys "R" Us are among the nearly 20 employers that are expected to be at the fair. The event is an opportunity to help area employers find qualified candidates for the holiday rush in their stores. Those attending are asked to enter through the student lounge, door 4. For more information contact Betsy White at 810-989-2117.