(ALGONAC) -- The St. Clair County Drug Task Force conducted a raid involving the sale of Ecstasy in the Algonac area Tuesday night. A search warrant was served around 9:00 p.m. in the 500 block of State Street in Algonac. Officers found Ecstasy pills with an approximate value of $1200, analog pills, and drug paraphernalia. Two suspects, a 48-year woman and a 50-year old male, both from Algonac, were taken into custody. They remain lodged in the St. Clair County Jail pending charges of possession of ecstasy pills with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug home, and habitual offender. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team and Road Patrol assisted at the scene.
(LAPEER) -- Construction will start on Monday, September 9 at 8 a.m. along M-24 and the Rail Crossing. Motorists can expect delays and are urged to seek an alternate route. The project is expected to wrap up around September 20. A posted detour on M-24 for southbound traffic will be M-24 to Genesee Street then to Saginaw Street and McCormick Street and back out to M-24. Northbound traffic will be directed in the reverse route.
(SILVERWOOD) -- State Police Troopers from the Lapeer Post are investigating the attempted abduction of a child in Silverwood Tuesday afternoon around 2:20 p.m. Authorities say the 12-year old child was working in his yard, cleaning a shed when the suspect approached him. The child stated that he did not see the suspect until he began speaking and offered to help him. The suspect then told the child he could take him to a better place and asked the child to come with him. The child ran into the house and an adult called 9-1-1. The suspect may have been driving a white full sized pickup truck that was seen near the residence at the time of the incident. The child was unsure of the make or model. The suspect is described as a tanned white male, 30-40 years old, approximately 5'11" with an athletic build. He had short dark hair styled forward to a point, a short stubble beard with trimmed goatee, a scar approximately 3 inches long on the right side of his neck and was last seen wearing a dark orange t-shirt and blue jeans. The child described the suspect as having a deep voice and a bigger nose. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Lapeer Post at 810-664-2905.
(AREA) -- State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon introduced a resolution in the state House this week urging the Congress of the United States to maintain funding levels for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative after a U.S. House subcommittee voted to cut funds for the restoration initiative by 80%. Brown says the great lakes could be in danger if the proposal to slash the budget is passed. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provides important funding for things like fighting pollution, protecting drinking water and eradicating invasive species like Asian carp.
(WINSOR TOWNSHIP) -- Troopers from the Caro State Police Post say a semi hauling chickens overturned in a ditch late Tuesday in Huron County's Winsor Township. The incident took place just before midnight on Caseville Road near Haist Road. The truck was enroute to Ontario, Canada when the driver undercut the turn. Troopers say the driver, who was traveling alone, was not injured. An investigation into the mishap continues.
(CASEVILLE TOWNSHIP) -- Huron County Sheriff Marine deputies were sent to Oak Point in Caseville Township Tuesday just before 6 p.m. to assist a powerboat that had run aground. The occupants of the boat were able to walk to shore with no injuries reported. Deputies learned from the boat's operator, Daniel Smith of Irons, Michigan, that they were fishing in the rough water, north of Oak Point. Waves had reached 4-feet at times. The driver decided to return to Caseville. He was unfamiliar with the area and ran aground. The 18' Sea Ray powerboat had to be pulled ashore with a tractor and removed by a local salvager. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says that this was the second incident of a boat grounding at Oak Point that his office has handled within the last 30 days. Mariners are advised to be familiar with the shoreline when traveling close to it.
(HURON COUNTY) -- A 17-year old Kinde boy was arrested Tuesday afternoon after taking Huron County Sheriff's deputies on a chase while driving a stolen ORV. The suspect, Shaun Nowiski, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Carpenter Road near Schott Road in Dwight Township when he failed to stop for deputies. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the ORV headed north with speeds reaching 65 mph. Nowiski eventually stopped near Stoddard Road and gave deputies false identification. An investigation revealed that the ORV was taken without permission from a residence on Hellems Road east of Kinde. Deputies were familiar with the suspect and questioned him about a breaking and entering that took place earlier in the morning at Kent Farms on North Van Dyke. They learned that Nowiski had taken the Honda ORV from the Kent residence around midnight and drove it to Kent's farm where he forced his way into a shed and took a one-ton dually farm truck. He later returned the truck and got back onto the ORV. Nowiski was arraigned Tuesday on charges of breaking and entering, unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle and fleeing from a police officer. He remains lodged in the Huron County jail on a $20,000/10% cash bond.
(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky City Council members met Tuesday evening and accepted a bid from V and T Painting for the coating and painting of the city's water tower in the spring. V and T Painting offered the lowest bid among three other bidders, with a total bid of $297,000.
In other business, council members received a report from Steve Barnett, CEO of McKenzie Health System. Barnett updated the council on McKenzie's recently changed mission and vision in order to prepare for the upcoming changes in healthcare. He also announced that the affiliation between McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital should be in place by the end of this year--after nearly three years of work and negotiation. Barnett also said that in 2012, McKenzie Health System had a total economic impact of $14.7 million just in Sandusky alone.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to legislation to make more low-income adults eligible for health insurance through the federal health care law. The Medicaid expansion bill approved 75-32 Tuesday by the Republican-led House now heads to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who plans to sign it. The newly eligible recipients would be covered starting in March instead of January because Senate Republicans refused to put the measure into effect immediately. Medicaid expansion is part of a strategy to ensure nearly all Americans have health insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. It was designed to cover the neediest uninsured people but became optional for states because of a Supreme Court decision. Michigan's plan includes GOP provisions requiring federal approval. Snyder says he has received "positive feedback" from the Obama administration.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies were kept busy over the Labor Day weekend with 499 calls fielded by Sanilac Central Dispatch. According to Sheriff Garry Biniecki, deputies responded to 260 of those calls, which ranged from in-progress calls to assisting with Labor Day events. Sgt. Steve McKenney says deputies performed 46 traffic stops, issued 11 citations and gave 31 verbal warnings. There were four personal injury accidents and five property damage accidents over the course of the holiday weekend. Deputies made five arrests and Sanilac County Correction deputies booked in 24 people into the jail. The Sheriff's Marine Division patrolled the Lake Huron waterways between Lexington and Port Sanilac. The Marine deputies conducted regular patrols and responded to one boater assist call.