(LAPEER) -- State Representative Kevin Daley of Lum maintained a perfect voting record for the 2013 legislative session, his 5th perfect year in a row, heading into his 6th and final year as a state representative due to term limits. Daley was present for all 534 record roll call votes during the session. Wednesday, January 8 marked the first official day of session for 2014. Daley says being present for votes is the best way to be a voice for residents and make sure their interests are fought for and protected. Representative Daley will continue to lead the House Agriculture Committee and is a member of the House Committees on Education, Local Government, and Transportation. Daley chalks his perfect record up to a farmer's mentality--you just wake up each day and get to work because things have to get done.
(AREA) -- State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon has submitted a bill that would designate each February 2 as "Blue Star Mothers Day" in Michigan. The Blue Star Mothers of America was founded on that day in 1942 in Flint. According to Brown, the mothers whose children put themselves in harm's way for our country bear a unique burden, and they still do so much for other military families and returning veterans. Representative Brown hopes his colleagues join in supporting the bill. House Bill 5206 has been referred to the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.
(AREA) -- For the 3rd consecutive year, the Monsanto Fund is sponsoring "America's Farmers Grow Rural Education" and giving eligible farmers across the country the opportunity to enhance math and science programs in their communities. Now through April 6, farmers may nominate a local public school district to compete for a merit-based grant of up to $25,000. Administrators of nominated school districts may then submit grant applications through April 21. This year, the number of eligible counties has expanded to 1,289 across 39 states. Last year, the Sanilac Career Center's Bio-Tech Program and Sanilac County FFA Chapter were awarded $10,000, which was used to fund a new maple syrup production lab for the Bio-Tech Program. Seven area farmers nominated the program for the grant.
(BRIDGEHAMPTON TOWNSHIP) -- A 16-year old boy was injured in a snowmobile crash that happened Wednesday evening around 8:15 p.m. in a field near Hunt and Custer Roads in Sanilac County's Bridgehampton Township. Deputies say the Applegate teen was traveling across the field when he didn't see a large drainage ditch. The snowmobile entered the ditch, became airborne, and landed at the bottom of the ditch. The 16-year old was ejected from the snowmobile and landed at the top of the ditch, opposite of where he entered it. He was treated at the scene by Sanilac EMS personnel and transported to Deckerville Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was later taken to Port Huron Hospital. Deputies say the teen was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan regulators plan to investigate power outages stemming from a pre-Christmas holiday ice storm that knocked out service to about 660,000 customers. The state Public Service Commission is expected to approve the order at a meeting Wednesday. Scores of tree branches broke and fell from the weight of ice during the storm. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, Michigan's largest utilities, say they restored power within a week of the storm that hit Dec. 21-22. Customers without electricity for more than 120 hours may be eligible for a $25 credit. In 2009, regulators told major utilities to make changes after residents were frustrated by long power outages caused by storms. Changes included better notifying customers of the $25 credit.
(PORT HURON) -- Coast Guard crews are working to provide Great Lakes freighters with a safe escort through ice on the St. Clair River. Lt. Jillian Lamb, Command Center Chief for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, says that convoys are required for commercial vessels due to ice on the river that connects Lake Huron with Lake St. Clair. Lamb says U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard officials are in regular contact with vessels, coordinating groups to be escorted by an ice breaker. Four ice breakers, including two from the U.S. and two from Canada, are working from the western basin of Lake Erie to the southern part of Lake Huron.
(AREA) -- A man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend and partially stuffing her into a Christmas bag in the basement of her suburban Detroit home has entered pleas in the case. Jonathan Elbers was scheduled for trial Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens. The 24-year-old Tuscola County man instead pleaded no contest to five charges in the case, including attempted murder and home invasion. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. He's scheduled to learn his punishment February 20. Officers went to the woman's Chesterfield Township home in April to check on her safety and heard her scream for help. Elbers escaped from officers after a struggle, and was arrested hiding in a deer blind.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men last weekend during two separate marijuana buys. The first buy was the result of a lengthy investigation and lead to the search of an apartment Saturday at the Hallock Apartments in Caseville. Deputies seized nearly $400 in cash, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cell phones. A second warrant was served early Sunday morning at a residence on Main Street in Bay Port. A safe containing nearly ten ounces of marijuana, packaging materials, a computer, drug paraphernalia, and unknown pills were seized. The marijuana collected from both locations had a street value of $2,000. 25-year old Francis Phelps IV of Bay Port was arrested and arraigned on drug related charges. He was released on a $20,000, 10% cash bond. Late Sunday, deputies arrested a 22-year old Ubly man for selling marijuana in Bingham Township to an undercover officer. Joshua Tyll was stopped on his ATV along Huron Line Road just before 5 p.m. During the arrest, deputies seized the Polaris ATV and cash. Tyll was charged for the sale of marijuana and released on a $750 cash bond. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says anyone with information on illegal drug activity is asked to contact the department at 989-269-6500. Confidential callers may use the TIP line at 989-269-2861.
(PORT HURON) -- The Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock is now docked in St. Ignace as crews determine how to repair its damaged stern, fantail and hull. The 1,000-foot freighter Mesabi Miner hit the Hollyhock Sunday morning just west of the Straits of Mackinac in northern Lake Michigan. The freighter was the lead vessel in a convoy of six that were following the Hollyhock through the ice when the collision occurred. The bow of the Mesabi Miner had a 12-inch crack about 4-feet above the water line. The cutter had two punctures in the hull about 20-feet above the waterline and significant damage to the stern and fantail, which is the elevated deck at the rear of the ship. No flooding or injuries were reported on the vessels and there was no pollution as a result of the collision. The freighter was carrying iron ore and was escorted to Gary, Indiana. The 225-foot Hollyhock launched back in 2003 and its homeport is in Port Huron at Pine Grove Park.
Photos courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard
(AREA) -- Unemployment figures have dropped in most of Michigan's regional labor markets, but have risen up north. The state said Tuesday that Michigan's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was at 7.8 percent in November. That's down from 8.3 percent in October. The rates were lower in 14 of the state's 17 major labor markets but up in three northern Michigan areas. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget says the labor markets that saw unemployment rate increases were the Upper Peninsula, Northeast Lower Michigan and Northwest Lower Michigan. In the Thumb, Lapeer and Tuscola County saw rates of 9.6 percent in November. Sanilac County is at 9.2 percent, while St. Clair County is at 8.9 and Huron County at 7.2 percent, which is the lowest in the Thumb.