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(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities in St. Clair County are searching for a woman wanted in connection to the larceny of a wallet at the Super K-Mart in Port Huron Township Thursday. Sheriff's deputies say a 50-year old Clay Township woman was shopping at the Super K-Mart when the suspect came up to her and started asking questions. While distracting the woman, the suspect walked around the victim's cart and then walked away. Deputies say that when the Clay Township woman went to pay for her merchandise, she discovered that her wallet was missing. The woman quickly contacted her bank and was told that someone had tried to use her debit card at a local liquor store. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Detective Stacy Tunich at 810-987-1729.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources is planning to launch a new reservation system for state park camping, lodging and harbors. The central reservation system opens Nov. 1 for state park lodging, including camper cabins, mini-cabins, rustic cabins, yurts and modern lodges. Those typically have a year reservation window. On Nov. 3, the system opens to facilities with a 6-month reservation window, including campsites at state parks and select state forest campgrounds and slips at state harbors. For stays with an arrival of Nov. 1 or 2, campsites will be available at parks on a first-come, first-served basis. The DNR Parks and Recreation Division has contracted with Camis USA Inc., to provide the reservation system, including a call center in Ann Arbor and servers in Southfield. 

FRANKENMUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Officials say four people escaped injury during a small plane crash in a Michigan corn field. The plane went down Wednesday evening in Saginaw County's Frankenmuth Township. The plane took off from William "Tiny" Zehnder airport, near Frankenmuth, roughly 15 minutes before the crash. The station says the pilot reported engine trouble before the crash and the pilot was trying to get back to the airport when the plane went down. The crash is under investigation.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:28

Project to build fish passage at Cass River dam

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - Plans are in the works to build a passage for fish in Frankenmuth so they can swim past the site of a dam on the Cass River. Spokesman Tom Black with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District says that a construction contract likely will be awarded in late summer or fall 2014. In March, officials said construction was to start this fall. The $3.4 million project about 75 miles northwest of Detroit will remove a 9-foot dam and replace it with rock steps. Frankenmuth is responsible for $1.4 million for the project. It's been roughly 150 years since fish could swim past the dam. The work will open spawning ground for walleye and other fish such as sturgeon, and allow canoeists and kayakers more river access.

(AREA) -- Residents who qualify for Michigan's Home Heating Credit have less than two weeks left to apply for assistance, according to State Senator Mike Green. The deadline to apply for the credit is Monday, September 30. The Michigan Public Service Commission says eligible individuals must maintain their homestead in Michigan, must own or rent the home in which they live, and for the standard allowance, their income must fall with certain limits. For example, a single person must have an annual income of $11,929 or less to qualify. The income limit increases $4,114 for each additional exemption. Special exemptions are available for individuals who are deaf, blind, disabled or over the age of 65. Designed to help low-income Michigan families with the cost of heating their homes, the Home Heating Credit is federally funded through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. For the application form, visit the Michigan Department of Treasury website at www.michigan.gov/taxes or call 517-636-4486.

(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- The Carsonville-Port Sanilac School Board Tuesday night approved the hiring of Brenda Thompson through Thumb Educational Services for the Great Start Readiness Teacher position at the district. The board also accepted the resignation request from P.E./Health Teacher Adam Dorland and Colleen Milton was hired to fill the position. Board members approved the hiring of Tracie Ritchie as a part-time Elementary Aide. Tracie is a Carsonville resident and has previous experience in school classrooms, the lunchroom and office aide work.

In other business, student enrollment was discussed at the meeting. The official student count day is October 2. Based on preliminary numbers, the CPS district is down 13.5 in K-12, but up 27 in the Alternative Education program and the Blue Water Virtual School. School officials say that at this point, the numbers are better than last fall and last spring.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:24

Construction complete on M-24 rail crossing

(LAPEER) -- Officials say construction is complete at the rail crossing on M-24 in Lapeer. Crews would like to thank residents and motorists for their patience during the project.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:23

More charges filed against cancer specialist Fata

(AREA) -- A grand jury has loaded more charges on a Detroit-area cancer specialist accused of giving unnecessary treatments to patients. Dr. Farid Fata faces 13 additional charges, including fraud, conspiracy to receive kickbacks and fraud during the citizenship process. He's been in custody for six weeks, but a judge will consider lowering his bail at an October 2 hearing. Federal authorities say Fata misdiagnosed patients and ordered unnecessary treatments to enrich himself through Medicare and other insurance programs. The government says one patient who didn't have cancer had 155 chemotherapy treatments. Fata could lose his U.S. citizenship if the government proves he was committing health fraud when he applied in 2008.  Fata owned Michigan Hematology Oncology, which has an office in Lapeer.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:23

Three alarm fire destroys barn in Deckerville

(DECKERVILLE) -- A large barn on the Jason McConnachie farm was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning. The barn was located on Ruth Road. Deckerville Fire Chief Tracy Hoff says the structure was fully engulfed in flames when his department received the call shortly after 3 a.m. The cause of the fire has not been determined. A vehicle and some farm machinery were lost in the blaze. No one was injured. Deckerville firefighters were on the scene until 7:30 a.m. They received assistance from the Carsonville and Sandusky Fire Departments.

(AREA) -- The leadership teams at McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital have taken another step in their affiliation process that aims to provide enhanced patient
care while controlling costs for each organization. The collaboration, which started in 2010, will provide patients with access to more services, medical staff and resources held by the two hospitals.

Steve Barnett, CEO of McKenzie says a good example of the benefits of our collaboration was shown when Marlette needed additional family healthcare providers and McKenzie's Dr. James Sams and Nurse Practitioner Erin Roberts were quickly able to begin offering office hours at Family HealthCare of Marlette. In addition, specialty physicians, such as a cardiologist and two general surgeons, have begun to provide services at both hospitals within the last year.

The collaboration also allows equipment and materials to be shared. According to Dan Babcock, CEO of Marlette Regional Hospital, when a McKenzie ambulance was suddenly out of commission last year, Marlette had an extra ambulance that was put into immediate use until a new vehicle arrived at McKenzie.

Each organization will retain its own licenses, names, services, and continue to retain the funds and assets they have accumulated in the past and will accumulate into the future. The parent company, United Healthcare Partners, will have equal representation from both organizations and will hold its first board meeting on October 14.


Marlette Regional Hospital CEO Dan Babcock                                                     McKenzie Health System CEO Steve Barnett