(DECKERVILLE) -- The 78th Annual Sanilac County Dairy Banquet is happening Saturday, January 18 at the MI-Dahs-Well Banquet Hall in Deckerville. The banquet held each year celebrates the accomplishments of one of Sanilac County's most important industries, the dairy industry. This year's guest speaker will be Melissa Elischer, the new Michigan State University Extension Educator in charge of the 4-H dairy youth program in Michigan. The winner of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award will also be announced. The award recognizes dairy producers who have given a lifetime of promoting and producing for the Sanilac County dairy industry. The doors will open at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 18. Tickets are available at the Sanilac County Michigan State University Extension Office at 37 Austin Street in Sandusky or from a dairy banquet committee member. Tickets are $12 per person, $6 for children 10 and under in advance or $15 per person at the door.
(PORT HURON) -- A Port Huron Township family is recovering at home and warning others about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning after a scare from it earlier this month. Don Nichols, his wife and three of their four children were hospitalized January 5 after they were overcome by carbon monoxide in their home. The home's boiler system had malfunctioned, pumping it full of the colorless, odorless and lethal gas. The home did not have a carbon monoxide detector. Nichols says the family now has three. He warns others to do the same. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness.
(MARYSVILLE) -- The St. Clair County Drug Task Force and Marysville Police Department have taken more illegal drugs off the streets of St. Clair County. Acting on a tip, officers from Marysville went to a house in the 3300 block of Ravenswood Road where they made contact with the homeowner at about 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. When asked if he was growing marijuana, the 36-year old man said he was and stated that he is a medical marijuana caregiver. He gave permission to the officers to check his buildings. During the investigation, it was discovered that the man had a total of 106 plants growing, 13 1/2 pounds of processed marijuana, and a small quantity of suspected psilocybin (sihl-uh-sy'-bin) mushrooms. The drugs, plants and $13,000 in cash were seized. The marijuana had a street value of $43,000. During the course of the investigation, authorities learned that the man had purchased a second home in the 1000 block of Miller Street in Port Huron. St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers assisted in the search of the home and seized a small amount of marijuana and gaming tables. The suspect was released from custody pending results from the MSP Crime Lab on the suspected drugs. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Law states that primary caregivers are allowed to have a total of six patients, including themselves. The caregiver is allowed to possess not more than 2.5 ounces of processed marijuana per patient and not more than 12 plants per patient.
(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette School Board held their organizational meeting prior to the regular board meeting Monday night and elected Jay Burton as President, Mike Hall as Vice-President, Gina Kraft as Secretary and Sarah Kady as Treasurer. During the regular meeting, Interim Superintendent Alan Broughton discussed the current budget. After reviewing the actual 2012-2013 expenses and the approved 2013-2014 budget, a revised working 2013-2014 budget was presented. The revised working budget shows a deficit of $52,345 as is. Broughton asked the board if they wanted a balanced budget or wanted to go into fund equity. After much discussion, the board asked that the budget be balanced with revenues exceeding expense. The board also requested that Finance Director Cheryl Bruff present the board with ideas for non-personnel cuts for the 2013-14 budget. In other business, Interim Superintendent Broughton updated the board on the bond project. He would like to meet with representatives from the Construction Management Company, E. Gilbert & Sons, to review where the remainder of the funds could be best spent. Broughton informed the board that he will keep them updated.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Authorities say the body of 18-year old Alma College student has been found. Sean Murawske, a Harbor Beach graduate, was reported missing after he was last seen early Sunday, January 12 at an on campus fraternity house. Sean's parents Lori and Richard Murawske offered a reward for information on his whereabouts and over 250 volunteers from the college and his hometown of Harbor Beach began a search at the school Tuesday morning. Alma Police say Murawske's body was found in a field just north of the Alma College campus at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. No other information has been released. An investigation continues. Due to the death of former student, Sean Murawske, Harbor Beach Schools have been cancelled for Wednesday, January 15.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A spending bill crafted by congressional leaders would allocate $300 million to a Great Lakes cleanup that had been threatened with a deep cut during last year's budget battle. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is an Obama administration program dealing with some of the lakes' most serious environmental problems such as invasive species, loss of wetlands and other wildlife habitat, toxic pollution and runoff that causes algae blooms. It has gotten around $300 million in most years since funding began in 2010. But last year, a House subcommittee proposed slashing the 2014 allocation to just $60 million, which Great Lakes advocates said would gut the program. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says Tuesday that the compromise bill would provide enough money to continue momentum toward restoring the lakes.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council met briefly Monday evening for their first meeting with new council member Brad Harris. Police Chief Brett Lester introduced Officer Trent Vatter, who is training with the department. Vatter, a Cass City native, is replacing Officer Paul Fox, a two-year veteran of the force who recently took a job with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. In other business, City Manager Dave Faber announced that he received a quote on the cost of replacing and upgrading computers in city hall. A total of eight computers will be replaced and two will be upgraded at a cost of roughly $5,000. Faber also mentioned that the city is planning to dispose of fallen branches from last month's ice storm once the snow melts. The Sandusky City Council meets again next Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.
(AREA) -- Preliminary reports indicate two people died in crashes over the Christmas holiday and two people died in crashes over the New Year's holiday in Michigan, according to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in any of the crashes. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian. The Christmas holiday period began at 6 p.m. December 24 and went through midnight December 25. The New Year's holiday period began at 6 p.m. December 31 and went through midnight January 1. In 2012, nine people died in traffic crashes during the four-day Christmas holiday, and 15 people died in traffic crashes during the four-day New Year's holiday. The holiday periods in 2012 were longer than 2013 due to the day of the week where the holidays fell. The holiday periods are determined by the National Safety Council.
(SANDUSKY) -- Residents are invited to join in a Mini-March for life in Sandusky on Sunday, January 19 at 1:30 p.m., sponsored by the Sanilac County Right to Life. The Mini-March will start at the St. Joseph Catholic Church at 59 N. Moore Street. Signs will be provided, but those in attendance are welcome to bring their own. The walk will start at the church and head to the Sanilac County Courthouse steps and back. Afterwards, a memorial service will be held at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Hall around 2:30 p.m. in support of the protection of the unborn and to pray for an end to abortion. The guest speaker will be Rev. Don Derby from the Heritage United Methodist Church. Right to Life of Michigan is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization made up of caring people united to protect the gift of human life from fertilization to natural death.
(SANDUSKY) -- A Lexington woman who claimed for years that she had cancer has pleaded no contest to fraud. 38-year old Sara Ylen appeared Monday in Sanilac County Court and plead no contest to two of six charges including obtaining more than $20,000 in services because of false pretenses, which is a 10-year felony and healthcare fraud, which is a 4-year felony. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such at sentencing. Ylen is accused of deceiving an insurance company and the public into believing that she had cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is seeking over $120,000 in restitution. Her sentence will be handed down on February 19 at 9 a.m. Ylen gained widespread sympathy and public generosity after she agreed to tell her story of being a rape victim back in 2003. Her alleged attacker, James Grissom, served about a decade in prison before his conviction was overturned based on Ylen's credibility. Most recently, Ylen was found guilty in St. Clair County of making a false report of rape against two men in 2012 and tampering with evidence. She is set to be sentenced in that case on Friday, January 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. She remains jailed after her bond was revoked on December 5.