DETROIT (AP) - A retired Michigan priest has been removed from public ministry following allegations of sexual misconduct. The Archdiocese of Detroit says the Rev. Louis Grandpre is accused of misconduct involving a minor dating back to the early years of his service. An archdiocesan review board found that the allegation against the 79-year-old Grandpre was substantive. Civil authorities have been notified. According to a statement released by the archdiocese on Tuesday, Grandpre was ordained in 1961 and served at parishes in Detroit, Dearborn, Algonac, Southfield and Macomb County's Clinton Township. He achieved senior, or retired, status in 2003.
(IMLAY CITY) -- The much anticipated Lamb Steele Parking Lot Project started this week and is expected to take 45 days. The project includes replacing the entire parking lot from the Lamb Steele Building to the Farmers Market. The water and sewer lines that run in the alley from Third to Fourth street will all be replaced. Kim Marrone, DDA Director, reminds residents and visitors that the alleyway will be closed to traffic starting Monday September 23 and will remain closed until the project is complete. The alternate route is Main Street. The project was made possible through a DIG Grant applied for by the Imlay City DDA. They received $479,500 from the State of Michigan. The improvements will provide safe parking in Imlay City, as well as the replacement of the water and sewer mains. One highlight of the project is the "Green" aspect with bioswales, which naturally handle water runoff, LED lighting and an electric car charging station.
(AREA) -- Over 50 Sanilac County volunteers were honored during the 20th annual Silver Lining Awards ceremony last Thursday at the Firebird Theatre in Sandusky. Bob Stasiuk (Stash-ik) of Sandusky received the Crystal Award for Individuals. Stasiuk, a retired Sandusky teacher, is anything but retired. He shares this musical talents at the United Methodist Churches in Sandusky and Forester, the annual Senior Fair, Sandusky Lions Club meetings, Sanilac Historical Museum, and at many other gatherings.
Miranda Reinowski, (Renowski) a Cros-Lex Senior received the Teen Crystal Award for her many public service activities, including raising money to feed 600 families over the past four years. Besides her academic achievements, she plays in three sports, holds down a part-time job and does volunteer work.
Mike and Marsha Pozsgay of the Silver Tavern in Deckerville were honored as the Silver Lining Business of the year. The Pozsgay's have been serving the Deckerville area for over 40-years and during the holiday season, they have a mitten tree for needy childen. Marsha was President of the Deckerville Homecoming Committee for 20-years and is still very active in the annual event. She is also an active member of the Deckerville Womens Auxiliary.
Silver Lining Crystal Award honors of Organization of the Year were given to the McKenzie Health System Auxiliary. During the last 46-years, hundreds of thousands of dollars has been raised to support the hospital's needs. The annual golf scrambles have resulted in a yearly profit of $8,000 for each of the last six years. The Hospital Auxiliary also received the Stan Fetting Heart of Gold award for being nominated for Silver Lining recognition 10 times.
The George Romney Award is presented each year to those whose have been nominated for the Silver Lining Award for five years. This year's Romney award winners are Project Blessing of Lexington, the Lakeshore Garden Club and United Hospice Service volunteers.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Finance and Administration Committee met Tuesday afternoon and approved a number of requests from county departments. Committee members accepted a request from Sanilac County Veteran's Affairs Director Shannon Kreger for the purchase of a new transportation van for the department. Of the two bids received from area dealers, Tubb's Brothers offered the lowest, at a price of $23,179. The van will be purchased using funds from trading-in or selling older equipment, as well as from donations.
Committee members also approved a number of requests from the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department, including a bid from Orton Refrigeration in the amount of $5,400 for the installation of an air-conditioning system in the new jail's kitchen. It will be paid for using money from the jail contingency fund. Sheriff Biniecki also asked that the department's seasonal Marine Deputy be brought on as a part-time officer in the off-season. Biniecki stated that the Marine Deputy Gerard Marshall had performed his job so well that they "didn't want to lose him."
In other business, committee members heard from Heather Robinson of the Sanilac County Department of Human Resources. Robinson presented the department's 2014 child care budget, with a total amount of $200,000, along with a fifty percent match from the state. Finance and Administration Committee members moved to take all of the measures to the full Board of Commissioners meeting for consideration next Tuesday at the Marlette Township Hall at 7 p.m.
(IMLAY CITY) -- Imlay City Police and the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department are investigating a robbery that took place at Talmer Bank located on S. Cedar Street in Imlay City Friday, September 13 just before 5 p.m. Authorities say the male suspect approached and departed the bank by foot. Investigators say that the suspect was on the westbound I-69 entrance ramp at M-53 in Imlay City following the robbery. It is believed that the suspect traveled west on I-69 in an unknown make or model of vehicle. The suspect is described as a white man with a dark complexion or hispanic decent, between 35 and 45-years old, approximately 5'10" tall, weighing between 175 and 200 pounds. He was described as having a wider nose and a goatee. He was wearing a red colored wig, dark sunglasses, a white long sleeve shirt and a light colored stocking hat at the time of the heist. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Imlay City Police Department at 810-724-2345 or Lapeer County Central Dispatch at 810-667-0292.
(AREA) -- The Fall hunting season is here. The small game season opened Saturday, September 15. The long-awaited ruffed grouse season will kick into full gear, with hunters from all around Michigan and beyond hitting the forest with their dogs to flush a grouse. Squirrels and rabbits are also species that can be pursued during small game season, and fall turkey season kicked off last weekend as well. September 21 marks the opening day of woodcock season, when thousands of hunters will be on the quest for the famous "timberdoodle." The DNR reminds hunters to make sure they know the bag limits and shooting hours of the species they are hunting by picking up a 2013 Hunting and Trapping Digest wherever licenses are sold. Most hunters can hunt some small game for about 6-months with a $15 resident small game license. Non-residents, youth and seniors should refer to the digest for license information. Michigan deer hunting seasons of 2013 are set for September 21-22. Youth, antlerless deer hunters, and 100-percent disabled veterans all will be taking to the woods to bag the first venison of the season where it is legal. Information about those hunts is also included in the hunting and trapping digest. Youth 16 and younger will be able to hunt for antlered or antlerless deer on both public and private land for the two days of the youth hunt. Mentored youth licenses are available for $7.50 for youth 9 and younger, and youth who have not taken hunter safety can hunt under an apprentice license.
(ELKTON) -- Huron County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an accident this (Monday) morning around 8:00 a.m. at Tower Automotive in Elkton. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a 61-year old Sebewaing man and a 60-year old Port Austin man were injured when a high-pressure air line burst. Both men were taken to Scheurer Hospital by Elkton and Scheurer Ambulance Services before being airlifted to an out of the area hospital. There was no immediate word of their conditions, but Tower Automotive spokesman Derek Fiebeg says the company is thankful that "the injuries were non-life threatening in nature." The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County Sheriff Deputies are investigating multiple reports of items being stolen from vehicles in the Unionville and Wisner Township areas last week. Items stolen include purses, wallets, phones, rings, cash, and credit cards. Two rifles that had been taken from vehicles were later recovered in the area. Most of the vehicles had been left unlocked. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tuscola County Sheriff Deputy James Hook at 989-673-8161, extension 2232.
(COLFAX TWP.) -- Huron Central Dispatch received a call Friday morning around 11:00 a.m. from a driver reporting that he might be having a heart attack. The 51-year old Owendale man had been heading south near the M-53/M-142 intersection in Colfax township when Central Dispatch advised the man to pull over and put his flashers on. Dispatch lost communication with the man, but could hear him struggling through his open cell phone. Deputy Steven Bismack from the Huron County Sheriff's Office and Officer Scott Zaleski of the Bad Axe City Police Department responded and found that the vehicle had crossed the northbound lanes, left the roadway, and came to a rest against the Maple Lane Motel. Both officers removed the victim from the vehicle after finding no vital signs and began resusitation efforts. The man began to show signs of life shortly before Central Huron Ambulance arrived and continued life-saving efforts. He was transported to the Huron Medical Center and later flown by helicopter to an out of area hospital. At this time, his condition is unknown.
(HARBOR BEACH) -- A Harbor Beach man has been arrested for illegally selling Vicodin following a joint investigation by the Huron County Sheriff's Office and Harbor Beach police. Officers arrested 69 year-old Charles F. Smith Friday morning around 10:00 a.m. He was arraigned Friday and faces a felony charge of Delivery of Vicodin. Smith was later released after posting a $3500 or 10 percent bond.