(CASS CITY) -- A 26-year old Cass City woman has been charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from Millennium Steering in Cass City. Reports say Amber Henneseey is accused of embezzling $20,000 to $50,000 of "money or personal property" from the plant. A second charge claims she embezzled $1,000 to $20,000 of "money or unemployment insurance benefits or personal property. Prosecutors say the crimes happened over a 16-month period from April 2011 to August 2012. If convicted, Henneseey faces up to 10-years in prison. She remains free on bond and will appear in Tuscola County District Court February 10 for a preliminary hearing.
(AREA) -- The state Department of Natural Resources says the 2013 hunting season in Michigan appears to have been among the safest for hunters. One fatality was reported statewide. Sgt. Joe Molnar of the DNR's Law Enforcement Division says that eight other people were injured during the year. According to a DNR report, carelessness was often cited as the cause. In 2012, one fatality and 14 injuries were reported. Past years have seen more problems. In 1960, 11 people died and 296 were injured. Last year, 52-year-old Michael Heisler of Port Huron was accidentally shot while hunting November 15 on state land in Montmorency County's Albert Township. The St. Clair County man was shot on the first day of firearm deer hunting season.
(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville Community Hospital Auxiliary is being recognized for their recent donations to the hospital and its patients. Funding donated by the Auxiliary went to the purchase of patient warming equipment for the surgical department. The warming units are attached to a specialty designed warming gown for patients in the pre-operative holding area and then in the recovery room, keeping them comfortable and promoting healing. The Auxiliary bought the surgical department an IV Fluid Warmer, which keeps those fluids at a safe temperature while keeping patients warm. Deckerville Community Hospital's lobby also received a recent face lift from the Auxiliary's generosity.
PICTURED: Auxiliary member Gail Hooper, Judy Piper, RN and Jennifer Pfaff, LPN
(AREA) -- Fundraising efforts by the SAVE Council are in full swing! The 5th Annual "Just the Girls" event was held January 17 at Benchwarmers in Sandusky. There were 107 women who took part in the fundraiser, which helps support the EVA's Place shelter. The ladies night out included a variety of spa treatments and products from 18 different vendors. Guest hosts and Goodtimers members Mike Keinath, Tom McConnachie, Jason McConnachie and Tim Williamson assisted by serving chocolates, parking cars, and clearing tables. Attendees enjoyed a buffet of appetizers provided by Benchwarmers and several prizes were donated by participating vendors. The SAVE Council raised nearly $3,500. Also that evening, this year's long sleeve t-shirts were for sale for $15. Shirts are still available by calling Sherri Lanctot 810-648-5463. The SAVE Council's next fundraising events include the 3rd Annual Wine, Beer, and Cheese Tasting on March 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Benchwarmers in Sandusky. Tickets are now available for $20. The Spring Geranium Sale starts April 1 with delivery on May 2. This year's 12th Annual Flamingo Fling will be April 10. Tickets are available for $30 per person.
PICTURED: Tim Williamson, Jason McConnachie, Mike Keinath, and Tom McConnachie
(CROSWELL) -- Firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire in frigid temperatures and high winds Sunday evening. Croswell Fire Chief Steve Bales says the two-story home in the 4700 block of Kilgore Road was a total loss. The Elk Township Fire Department assisted Croswell at the scene. The homeowners were not home at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported. Chief Bales says that there were no equipment issues with the cold temperatures. The cause of the blaze is unknown and remains under investigation.
(MINDEN TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies patrolling the snowmobile trails in the county Saturday afternoon witnessed a snowmobile accident around 3 p.m. in Minden Township. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says a DNR officer had turned his snowmobile around and attempted to catch up to a separate group of snowmobiles. As he continued north, the DNR officer entered an icy patch in the field just off of the trail. The snowmobile began to slide and the officer lost control. As he attempted to regain control, the snowmobile began to roll and he was thrown from the machine. The snowmobile continued to roll multiple times before coming to rest on its skies. The DNR officer was treated for his injuries by Sheriff's deputies at the scene and was later transported to Cass City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other snowmobiles were involved in the crash.
(AREA) -- The Thumb Area Quiz Bowl League recently started its 15th year of offering academic tournaments. There are currently 32 teams, 16 coaches, and about 250 students in grades 5-12 taking part. The Winter 2014 High School League recently held two after-school tournaments at Sandusky and North Branch. Marlette's A team was victorious at both, extending their winning record from the fall league to include 6 out of 7 wins at area tournaments. Twenty high school quiz bowl teams are taking part in weekly local tournaments in January, February, and March with qualifying teams taking part in the State of Michigan High School Class C/D Championship at Michigan State University in April. This week's high school tournament is Thursday at Bad Axe High School. January's monthly middle school tournament was held January 13 at Sandusky Schools. The Sandusky A team took first place with the Brown City A team as runner-up. Twelve teams participated including CPS, Dryden, and Marlette. The February middle school tournament will be held February 11 at Brown City Elementary.
(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Community College and the SC4 Alumni Association will sponsor the 2014 Regional High School Quiz Bowl on Saturday, February 1, in the North Building and Fine Arts Theatre on the college's Port Huron campus. Quiz bowl is a double-elimination competition testing students on a broad range of topics from history and mathematics to grammar and current events. This year's teams are from Brown City, Capac, Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Croswell-Lexington, Marlette, Port Huron High, Port Huron Northern and Yale High Schools. The winning schools in each of two divisions receive trophies, medals, and scholarship awards. Competition begins at 9 a.m. and the finals begin at 11:45 a.m.
(LAPEER) -- The revamped Powerball game has turned 24 lucky Michigan Lottery players into millionaires including Lapeer resident Donald Lawson, who won $337 million, the largest ever Lottery prize in the state. Based on player feedback, the Powerball was updated on January 18, 2012 to improve the overall odds of winning a prize, increased the starting jackpot from $12 million to $40 million, and boosted the match-5 prize minimum to $1 million with a maximum of $2 million. In the 2-years since it was updated, the Powerball game has created 1,000 millionaires nationwide.
(PORT HURON) -- A key hearing is taking place today for a paroled ex-convict accused of rape, torture and murder in the deaths of a St. Clair County couple. The preliminary exam for Manuel Gamez of Port Huron is underway to determine whether there's enough evidence to send the case to trial. The hearing earlier was delayed after a lawyer for Gamez requested a mental exam. In December, a judge ruled that Gamez was competent for trial. Gamez was charged with two open counts of murder, two counts of torture and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Open murder charge means a defendant faces either a first- or a second-degree murder charge. Officers found the bodies of 29-year-old Daniel McRoberts and 26-year-old Melissa Ichenberg on July 30 at the Gratiot Village apartments. Gamez was arrested August 1.