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(GORE TOWNSHIP) -- A 50-year old Warren man was killed while helping his brother clear debris from family property Monday around 5:30 p.m. at 6665 N. Lakeshore Road in Huron County's Gore Township. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a preliminary investigation showed that 62-year old Bruce Crisman of Harbor Beach was operating a front end loader. As Bruce was backing up with a telephone pole that had been lying on the ground, the victim, Michael Crisman, somehow fell and hit his head on the loader bucket. Deputies say Bruce was looking away at the time and accidentally pulled the pole over his brother, causing fatal injuries. Sheriff Hanson says the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

(AREA) -- A conservation group that works to restore the Great Lakes is looking for volunteers to help clean beaches in four states later this month. The Alliance for the Great Lakes is holding its annual Adopt-a-Beach event Saturday, September 21. The group is asking individuals, community groups and school groups to show up at Great Lakes beaches for three hours and help pick up trash. Thousands of people showed up last year and collected more than 17,000 pounds of garbage. Volunteers also performed water-quality tests to determine the lakes' health. This year's event will again be held at beaches in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. To find out where events are being held or to sign up, register online at www.greatlakesadopt.org In Huron County, cleanup is scheduled at the Sleeper State Park and the Port Crescent State Park. At Port Crescent, the cleanup will take place along the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. The concentration will be the campground beach to the mouth of the Pinnebog River. 

(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City Council agreed to forgive the 1% interest payment on a loan given to the Brown City Park Board for the Pond and Nature Trail Enhancement Grant. The city received a partial payment of $31,500 from the DNR toward the grant. $30,000 was retained by the city to repay the loan made to the Park and the $3,500 balance will be paid when the final paperwork is submitted and the DNR closes out the grant. 

Also during the meeting Monday, Brown City Manager Clint Holmes received an outstanding evaluation from the council. Out of a possible 1155 points on the semi-annual evaluation, Holmes received 1081 points for a 93.6% rating.

In other business, the report from the Michigan State Police concerning the patrol car vs. bicycle accident on May 31 was issued and received by the city on September 6. The report stated that the "crash is the direct result of the cyclist disregarding the traffic control device on Reed Street and failing to yield the right-of-way to the eastbound Ford."  It also stated, "Prosecutor James Young reviewed this complaint and advised no charges would be issued as the (cyclist) was determined to be at fault in the crash." The Michigan State Police have closed the investigation.

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- A concerned citizen contacted the Tuscola County Sheriff's Department early Tuesday morning to report a suspicious vehicle in the Vaughn Village Trailer Park in Indianfields Township. The call came in at 2 a.m. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle and noticed items inside that indicated more suspicious activity. Some time later, several people were spotted running in the area. Two were caught immediately and two others a short time later. An investigation led deputies to a business on M-81 near Walk Road that has been broken into several times. The storage building is used to hold scrap metal. The four suspects were arrested and remain lodged in the Tuscola County jail. Two of the suspects had outstanding warrants and one is currently on probation. Names are being withheld pending arraignment.

Monday, 09 September 2013 15:32

Experts: Climate primary factor on lake levels

(AREA) -- Experts say there's no guarantee that placing structures in the St. Clair River would elevate Lakes Huron and Michigan to their normal levels because they might not offset the effects of a warming climate. During a meeting of the Great Lakes Commission in Milwaukee on Monday, a panel debated the merits of putting "speed bumps" in the river that carries water from Lake Huron toward Lake Erie. Advocates for property owners on Lake Huron's Georgian Bay say it's needed to compensate for water lost from dredging decades ago. But Scudder Mackey of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says evaporation and precipitation will have the primary influence on levels. Deborah Lee of the Army Corps of Engineers says it could take many years for the structures to make any difference.

(MARLETTE) -- A Regional Brownfield Redevelopment Workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 10 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Thumb Works! office located at 3270 Wilson Street in Marlette. The workshop will focus on how to revitalize downtown by redeveloping potential Brownfield sites or buildings. Registration is required. There is no cost to attend. In addition, the organizers are asking communities to help identify sights that could be used for case examples for more in-depth discussion. Contact the Huron EDC at 989-269-6431 to register or receive an outline of site information.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers attempting to respond to a ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional have hit a stalemate that threatens to derail any progress. They can't agree on whether last year's Supreme Court decision last year applies retroactively to the roughly 360 Michigan inmates who were under 18 when they committed crimes. A group of Republican and Democratic legislators says prisoners should get new sentences, especially more than 100 who had lesser roles in a killing but still were given life with no possibility of parole. Prosecutors, led by Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette, contend the ruling only applies to new defendants. The tension-filled issue could heat up in the Capitol this fall. It's unclear at this point if a deal is within reach.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Protesters have marched outside a Detroit-area hospital to show displeasure over the cost of obtaining medical records linked to a doctor charged with fraud. They're relatives of patients who saw Dr. Farid Fata, a cancer specialist accused of intentionally misdiagnosing cancer and ordering unnecessary treatments. They held signs Saturday outside Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills, upset that requests for medical records are costing $1,000 or more. In response, the hospital says a contractor that handles the records is setting the charge. Liz Lupo told The Detroit News that her mother died under Fata's care. Lupo says her family has paid enough by losing her mother and doesn't want to be charged for records. Fata has denied any wrongdoing. He's in jail while his fraud case winds through federal court. He also owned a clinic in Lapeer.

Monday, 09 September 2013 09:34

Peck girl killed in car-pedestrian accident

(PECK) -- A 13-year old Peck girl was killed in car-pedestrian accident that happened Friday evening on the Galbraith Line Road, one mile east of M-19 in Speaker Township. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say that the victim, Emily Rosenthal, was struck by a vehicle driven by a 40-year old Melvin man as she was crossing the road. Deputy Josh Horst was first on the scene and began CPR immediately. Emily was transported by ambulance to McKenzie Hospital in Sandusky where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Accident Investigator Deputy Matt Armstrong reported that accident happened when the driver was not able to see the girl due to the low light conditions. The Melvin man was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident. The driver's name has not been released as the accident remains under investigation.

Monday, 09 September 2013 09:33

Three hurt in Austin Township crash Friday

(AUSTIN TOWNSHIP) -- Three people were injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on M-19 near Soule Road in Austin Township. Sanilac County Sheriff's Deputies say that a 17-year old Ubly man was driving a pickup hauling an enclosed tandem axle trailer south on M-19.  The trailer jacknifed causing the truck to lose control and enter a ditch. The truck became separated from the trailer and rolled over in a field trapping the driver and two passengers.  Argyle and Bingham Township firefighters used their Jaws of Life to free the occupants. The driver was taken directly by a Life Net helicopter to a Flint area hospital with unspecified injuries. A passenger, 18-year old Zachary Sopczynski of Ubly, was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, while the other passenger, a 15-year old Ubly resident, sustained minor injuries. Deputies say that all three occupants were wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor.