(VASSAR TWP.) -- Michigan State Police troopers from the Caro Post have arrested a 24-year old man after a lengthy chase following an assault complaint on Saturday. Troopers were called to an address on Hess Road in Vassar Township around 10:30 p.m. to find a victim who had been pushed down and received an open head injury. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.
Two hours later, dispatch received another call from the residence that the same suspect had returned and removed a window to gain entry. State Police troopers returned to find the suspect at the scene, and a foot chase took place through a wooded area. A State Police Canine Unit from the Flint Post arrived and tracked the suspect for over an hour. The canine eventually located the suspect, who had climbed up a tree. He was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Tuscola County Jail. The suspect faces charges of resisting and obstructing police, aggravated assault, and breaking and entering-illegal entry. He also had several warrants for his arrest in Tuscola County. Millington Police and Tuscola County Sheriff's Deputies assisted at the scene.
(AREA) -- Darcy Lipskey of Minden City was crowned the 65th Michigan Bean Queen on Friday, August 30 during the 67th Annual Michigan Bean Festival in Fairgrove Labor Day Weekend. Darcy is the daughter of Dale and Janet Lipskey of Minden City. She was crowned the 2012 Sanilac County Bean Queen and graduated from Ubly Schools. Darcy currently attends Michigan State University where she is pursuing a degree in crop and soil science. The first runner up was Laura Lubeski of Bad Axe.
(SANDUSKY) -- Beginning Monday, September 16, Sandusky Elementary Schools start and end times will be moved forward 5 minutes. According to Superintendent Mike Carmean, the new school starting time will be 8:10 a.m. School will dismissed at 3:20 p.m. Superintendent Carmean says that the change will not affect bus pickup or drop-off times. The reason for the change is due to traffic issues during those times of the day.
(GOODLAND TOWNSHIP) -- A 52-year old Imlay City man was killed in a house fire early Thursday morning on Black Corners Road near Clear Lake Road in Lapeer County's Goodland Township. Fire crews were sent to the scene shortly before 3 a.m. Authorities say a 17-year old was able to escape and was rescued from the roof. A 23-year old resident was also able to successfully escape without injury. The victim and father of the 17 and 23-year olds, Ricardo Rinconeno, was found dead inside the home. The Imlay City, Goodland Township, North Branch, Attica Township, Arcadia Township and Brown City Fire Departments battle the blaze for 2-hours. The Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded and determined that the fire originated in the kitchen around the stove. Foul play is not suspected and the incident remains under investigation.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County Undersheriff Glen Skrent says four county residents have been arraigned on charges of breaking and entering, larceny in a building and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering stemming from an incident early Tuesday morning. 17-year old Trenton Pomeroy of Kingston, 19-year old Javis Blogg of Kingston, 20-year old Dennis Powell of Mayville and 30-year old Noah Martin of Caro, who had outstanding warrants, were arrested after running from deputies when a call came into dispatch regarding a suspicious vehicle parked at the Vaughn Village Trailer Park in Indianfields Township. Deputies discovered evidence that linked the four suspects to a business on M-81 that stores scrap metal.
(AUSTIN TOWNSHIP) -- A 22-year old Lansing woman and 2-year old child were injured in a single-vehicle roll over crash Tuesday evening in Sanilac County's Austin Township. Troopers from the Caro State Police Post say the vehicle, driven by a 49-year old Lansing woman, was traveling east on Cumber Road near Freiberger Road around 8:20 p.m. The woman swerved to miss a deer, causing the vehicle to run off the roadway and overturn. The 2-year old girl was flown by Flight Care to Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Troopers say she is listed in good condition. The 22-year old front seat passenger was taken to Hills and Dales Hospital in Cass City, where she was treated and released. The driver and a 3-year old backseat passenger were not injured. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following statement in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the terror attacks on September 11, 2001:
“Today we mark the 12th anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which killed nearly 3,000 unsuspecting Americans. We will never forget, both because the horrors of that day are indelibly imprinted on the hearts and minds of all who witnessed them, and because we are obligated to honor the memory of those who died and the courageous service of the thousands who came to their aid and have protected us in the years that followed.
“America was targeted in 2001 because we were the world’s leading champion of human liberty and the idea that all men are created equal. We remain so today. We should be proud that our nation’s founding principles survived the darkness of September 11th. And thankful to those, many of them grade school children in need of protection themselves 12 years ago, who have since joined the fight to preserve our freedom on battlefields across the world. We pray for their safe return.
“Above all today, we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and pledge to remain unyielding in our determination that neither they nor those who have died defending us since died in vain. God bless America.”
(AREA) -- The Monsanto Fund has launched its 4th year of America's Farmers Grow Communities, providing farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. Farmers in the Thumb and Blue Water area are encouraged to sign up. There will be 1,289 winners across 39 states. Since the program started, $370,000 has been invested in rural communities throughout the state of Michigan. FFA chapters have received a total of $40,000 in Grow Communities donations, $70,000 has been given to fire and health related organizations, service organizations, like food pantries, have received $92,500 and a total of $30,000 has been donated to 4-H clubs across the state. Farmers and rural community members may visit www.americasfarmers.com/growcommunities or call 1-877-267-3332 to submit an idea for a nonprofit in need of funding.
Last year, the donation doubled to $5,000 for certain counties declared natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to drought. Cliff Gordon selected the Sanilac County FFA and Sanilac County FFA Alumni organizations to split the money. The Sanilac County FFA used their $2,500 grant to teach youth season extension production techniques. The Sanilac County FFA Alumni directed their $2,500 grant toward materials for a permanent building at the Sanilac County 4-H Fairgrounds in Sandusky to house the Life's Greatest Miracle Birth exhibit at the fair.
(AKRON TOWNSHIP) -- Consumers Energy plans to begin construction this year on a $255 million wind power project in Michigan that will expand the company's renewable energy options. The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. announced Wednesday that it signed a contract with Southfield-based Barton Malow Company for engineering and construction services at the Cross Winds Energy Park, a 105-megawatt wind farm in Tuscola County. The contract is subject to approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission. It includes designing, engineering and constructing the park's turbine foundations, access roads, an operations and maintenance building, 62 wind turbines, and building the infrastructure that connects the turbines to the electrical grid. The utility's project is in Akron and Columbia Townships. It's expected to create about 150 construction jobs. Cross Winds is expected to be completed by late 2014.
(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron firefighters were sent to Dunn Paper in the 200 block of Riverview Street early Wednesday morning for a structure fire. Officials say the fire started in one of the company's pieces of production equipment and extended to the roof around 5 a.m. The fire was under control within an hour and production resumed a short time later. One employee was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. Authorities say the fire started during the paper production process. The Fort Gratiot Fire Department and Tri-Hospital EMS assisted at the scene.