(FLYNN TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a hit and run accident that took place on Shephard Road near Peck Road in Flynn Township. Deputies say the suspect vehicle is believed to be an older style One-ton pickup or stake truck, yellow in color. The suspect vehicle should have front left side damage with signs of silver paint from impact with the second vehicle. Authorities believe the suspect vehicle is in the Brown City or Melvin area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Kravitsky at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office at 810-648-5643. No other information has been released at this time.
(AREA) -- A University of Michigan-Flint student hopes to use his graduation cap to take a bite out of his education debt. Alex Benda of St. Clair says he wants to cash in on the 10-inch by 10-inch hat by selling ad space in 1-inch squares on top. He says if he's able to sell 100 squares he'll have wiped out his about $30,000 in student loans. The 22-year-old international business major is scheduled to graduate in a few months. He says it's "scary" to think about trying to find a job while having so much debt. As of Monday morning, he's raised more than $1,200 online from 10 backers - but no square buyers had yet to make a pledge.
(SANDUSKY) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller is expected to meet with Sanilac County officials on Tuesday, January 21 and present a special Congressional Recognition to retired County Clerk Linda Kozfkay for her many years of distinguished and honorable service to the county. The event will take place at the Sanilac County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Later in the afternoon, Congresswoman Miller will tour and meet with the owners of Tubbs Brothers Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. She will discuss how their business models have developed over the years, including how their local business is affected by the Affordable Care Act. The congresswoman will also mark the 60th Anniversary of the Tubbs Brothers Dealership and present them with a Congressional Recognition honoring their decades-long automotive sales and service to the surrounding area.
(SANDUSKY) -- A three-alarm fire destroyed a two story farmhouse Friday morning located at 2245 Banner Road in Sandusky. Sandusky Fire Chief Todd Hillman says the home owned by Alan Gough was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on the scene shortly before 9:30 a.m. The homeowner's wife was home when the fire broke out and was able to get out to safety. The Deckerville and Moore Township Fire Departments assisted Sandusky. Firefighters were at the scene for several hours. The home was a total loss and Chief Hillman says the cause is still undetermined. No injuries were reported.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The administrative agency of the Michigan Supreme Court is warning people about a possible email scam that sounds official. The State Court Administrative Office says Friday that the email notice states that the recipient is accused of "illegal software use" or other offenses. They instruct the recipient to download an attached "complaint" or click on a website link. The court says the aim is to get a virus or malware onto a computer. The court says such attachments shouldn't be opened and such links shouldn't be clicked. State Court Administrator John A. Hohman Jr. says the scam has appeared in some others states. It hasn't yet been reported in Michigan. The court says anyone who is contacted about such a possible scam should get in touch with law enforcement.
(PORT HURON) -- The early onset of winter has kept the 17 crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay busy breaking ice for flood prevention and shipping. The 140-foot cutter left its home port of Cleveland on Dec. 14 and hasn't returned. The crew hopes to be back on Sunday after breaking ice on the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, and western Lake Erie. It is one of four ice breakers assigned to that area. The Soo Locks closed this week so the extended navigation season is over until March 25. But the Neah Bay still had to clear parts of the St. Clair River for local traffic and ships still coming through.
(PORT HURON) -- Sara Ylen is heading to prison. The 38-year old Lexington woman was sentenced Friday morning in St. Clair County after being convicted in early December of filing a false report of rape and tampering with evidence. Ylen received 2-4-years in prison on the false report charge and 3-5-years on the tampering with evidence charge. Both are to be served consecutively. St. Clair County Judge Daniel Kelly exceeded the guidelines, saying it would be a "travesty of justice" to sentence Sara Ylen to any less. She has been jailed since December 5 when it took a jury about half an hour to convict. Authorities say Ylen accused two men of rape in September 2012 and used makeup to create what looked like bruises. The man that spent nearly a decade in prison after Ylen accused him of rape back in 2003, was at her sentencing Friday. James Grissom was set free after his conviction was overturned based on Ylen's credibility.
On Monday, Ylen appeared in Sanilac County and plead no contest to two charges stemming from a fake cancer scam case. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such at sentencing. She was charged with four counts of false pretenses, using a computer to commit a crime and healthcare fraud. Authorities say Ylen deceived a hospice service out of thousands of dollars and accepted money from sympathetic supporters after claiming to have cancer for several years. Ylen plead no contest to obtaining more than $20,000 in services because of false pretenses, a 10-year felony, and healthcare fraud, which is a 4-year felony. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is seeking over $120,000 in restitution. Ylen's sentence in Sanilac County Circuit Court will be handed down on February 19.
DETROIT (AP) - Federal prosecutors have filed fresh money laundering charges against a Detroit-area cancer doctor accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients and ordering unnecessary treatments. Dr. Farid Fata was arrested Aug. 6, 2013. A judge ordered him held because of concern he might flee to his native Lebanon. He's scheduled for arraignment on the new charges Feb. 4 before U.S. District Judge Paul Borman. Fata is a naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in Oakland County's Oakland Township. He's accused of committing fraud to enrich himself through health insurance programs. The government says his practice billed Medicare $225 million from August 2007 to July 2013. Prosecutors say some patients were repeatedly exposed to powerful drugs despite having no cancer. Fata denies it. His trial is scheduled Aug. 12. Fata owned Michigan Hematology Oncology, which has an office in Lapeer.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan is sponsoring a corn grower's meeting on Monday, January 20 at the Karen and Neil Flanagan Farm. Issues affecting the corn industry will be presented. The meeting will run from 10 a.m.-Noon. The Flanagan Farm is located at 650 Snover Road, Sandusky. No pre-registration is required.
(AREA) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller calls the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill a victory. The legislation passed with strong bipartisan support 359-67 Wednesday. The measure provides responsible funding for every aspect of the federal government, from national defense, transportation, and education. The bill contains a reduction of discretionary spending to $191 billion below the President's vision for Fiscal Year 2014 in his first budget request back in 2009. Congresswoman Miller says the measure has a positive impact on Michigan. The bill restores the full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is dedicated to the health and viability of the Great Lakes and rivers. Also included in the overall appropriations measure is funding for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to maintain and improve the area's harbors and waterways. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.