(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- A 52-year old Lexington man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on M-25 near Trail Road in Sanilac County's Worth Township. Deputies were sent to the scene just after 8:30 a.m. Lt. Charlene Washkevich reports that a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van driven by the victim, Daniel Costello, was traveling south on Lakeshore Road and lost control of his vehicle. The van crossed the centerline and was struck by a northbound 2001 Ford box van driven by 44-year old Matthew Harvey of Fort Gratiot. Costello was ejected from his vehicle upon impact and was pronounced dead at the scene. Harvey was treated for non-life threatening injuries by Croswell EMS personnel. Deputies believe both drivers were wearing their seat belts. The crash remains under investigation. The Sanilac County Sheriff's Accident Investigation Team was assisted by Burtchville Township Fire, Lexington Fire, Croswell Fire, Croswell EMS, Croswell and Lexington Police and the Sanilac County Road Commission.
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(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Local farmer, Jim Meissner, was honored during the 78th Annual Sanilac County Dairy Banquet last weekend in Deckerville. Meissner received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes dairy producers who have given a lifetime of promoting and producing for the Sanilac County dairy industry. Jim and his wife Dorothy own their farm in Delaware Township where they have more than 700 cows and farm 3,000 acres. They took over the family farm from Jim's father, Clarence in 1981. Several other awards were presented last Saturday. The High County Herd Award went to Steve Osentoski, who also earn the Improvement Award for Milk and Fat. The 2013 Top Herd Quality Award was given to Timothy Mater. The first-runner up was Steven Alexander. The High Lifetime Cow Award went to Chris and Daniell Osentoski.
(AREA) -- A local business that has operated for over 100-years in Sanilac County has been forced to close their doors due the current economic climate. Moore & Carter Lumber in Sandusky and Croswell closed last Friday. The family-owned business was established in 1904. Around 12 people were employed at the lumber yard in Sandusky on North Elk Street and at the Croswell location on E. Peck Road. It is still unknown if the company will hold a going out of business sale or what will become of the two properties.
(DECKERVILLE) -- Described as a hipster art student, 24-year old Ryan Nisbett of Deckerville impressed the American Idol judges during an audition held in Detroit. The audition show for Season 13 aired Wednesday night and featured Nisbett receiving his golden ticket to Hollywood. Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr. said they liked Ryan's voice, his look and his weight loss of more than 300 pounds. Ryan sang "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan during his audition. Lopez called him "one of a kind." Auditions continue Thursday in Atlanta. Keep watching American Idol on Fox to see Ryan's journey!
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(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- A 40-year old Mayville woman was found unresponsive in her vehicle following a crash early Wednesday morning in Fremont Township. A resident in the area called 9-1-1 after being awoken by a loud bang around 12:30 a.m. Michigan State Police Troopers from the Caro Post and Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies were sent to the area of Snover Road between Conrad and Leix Roads. Deputies found a pickup in the ditch that had rolled over. The Mayville woman who was driving the pickup, was transported by Mayville EMS to McLaren Bay for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Authorities say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A St. Clair County jury delivered a guilty verdict against a 30-year old Port Huron Township woman charged with driving drugged and killing two men last July. Lisa Bergman was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of operating under the influence causing death, and two counts of operating with a suspended or revoked license causing death as a second-time habitual offender. Authorities say Bergman's pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck another truck along Lapeer Road in Kimball Township July 20, killing 19-year old Russell Ward and 20-year old Koby Raymo. Bergman faces life in prison at sentencing February 28. Throughout the trial, witnesses testified to seven prior incidents where Bergman had police contact due to alleged drugged driving. Those cases were on hold due to a backlog of test results in the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.
(AREA) -- During his recent State of the State Address, Governor Rick Snyder publicly called for a federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution and applauded the leadership of Thumb area State Senator Mike Green on the issue. Senator Green of Mayville, introduced Senate Joint Resolution V last year to officially petition Congress to call a convention of the states to propose a federal balanced budget amendment. The measure was passed by the Michigan Senate in November and has been referred to the House. Twenty states have already approved the petition with 34 needed for it to be binding on Congress. Any amendment proposed by the convention would still have to be ratified by at least 38 states for it to take effect. The Governor recognized Green during his speech by saying, "Thank you for your hard work and I know you're going to help lead that balanced budget amendment!"
This week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette endorsed Green for re-election to the 31st District Michigan Senate, citing his leadership on the amendment, the state budget, agriculture, crime victims' rights and the Second Amendment. The district covers Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties. A former farmer, Green chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Quality. His work on agriculture issues as a legislator has been recognized by the Michigan Farm Bureau, Agri-Business Association, FFA and others. He resides in Mayville with wife of 44-years, Paula. They have five adult children and twenty grandchildren.
(FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP) -- An 18-year old Fort Gratiot Township woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the driver, Rachel Kolar was traveling east on North River Road near Parker Road around 8:45 a.m. when she lost control of the car on the snow covered roadway. The vehicle crossed three lanes of traffic, went sideways, and slammed into a 4" diameter steel mailbox post that was filled with cement. The passenger side door struck the post, causing the car to flip onto its top. Kolar was transported by Tri-Hospital EMS to Port Huron Hospital and later transferred to St. John's Hospital in Detroit with unknown injuries. The Michigan State Police and Fort Gratiot Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. Sheriff Donnellon says that most mailbox posts would snap in a situation like this, but because of the reinforcement, this post did not. Donnellon is asking residents with that type of post, to replace it. He noted that the severity of the crash could have been lessened if the post was made of wood or some other material that would break away with severe impact. St. Clair County Road Managing Director Kirk Westson said there is no state law against having such a post in place, but there is a county policy that if one is discovered in the county right of way, it will be removed.
(SANILAC TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say alcohol is suspected in a crash that injured two men Tuesday afternoon. The crash took place just before 4 p.m. along M-25, south of Basler Road in Sanilac Township. Deputies say a minivan driven by an 80-year old Port Sanilac man was traveling south on M-25 when he lost control of his vehicle and went into the oncoming lane of traffic, colliding with a northbound van driven by a 30-year old Kinde man. Authorities say the Kinde man was treated at the scene and released with minor injuries. The 80-year old man was transported by EMS to a local hospital with minor injuries. Names are being withheld pending criminal charges. The crash remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted by Sanilac EMS and Port Sanilac Fire and Rescue.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners and Finance and Administration Committee met Tuesday afternoon. Commissioners appointed Dan Manwell to the county Pension Plan Board and John Groustra (grow-stra) to the Sanilac Transportation Board. Meanwhile, Finance and Administration Committee members approved a request from Catherine Staples to hold the 2014 Farmer's Market on Thursdays from May 8th to October 30th. In other business, committee members approved Lieutenant Nick Romzek's request to purchase a new metal detector for the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department. The $36,036 cost for the metal detector will be paid entirely through a technology grant awarded to the department. The measures head to the full Board of Commissioners for consideration.