(APPLEGATE) -- State fire officials say declining revenues are becoming a growing problem for small fire departments in Michigan. The village of Applegate Fire Department in Sanilac County is one such department. It costs about $50,000 to run the department, which is contracted to cover portions of Washington, Sanilac, Lexington and Buel townships. Applegate Fire Chief Jeff Johnson says tax revenue isn't what it once was and village officials say their share is disproportionate. James McGee is president of the Michigan State Firemen's Association. He says other small departments are having similar cash problems and warns that if they fold, it would hurt communities and could lead to longer response times.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say two Madison Heights women were injured Saturday when their vehicle rolled over several times after they attempted to pass another vehicle on the snow covered roadway. The crash took place around 1:40 p.m. on M-53 near Adams Road in Lamotte Township. Deputies say the Ford Escape driven by 19-year old Jessica Jenkins was heading south on M-53. Jenkins went to pass the vehicle in front of her and lost control on a snowy patch. The vehicle entered the east ditch and rolled several times. Jenkins and her passenger, 48-year old Donna Jenkins-Pryon, were transported by Marlette EMS to Marlette Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Deputies report that both women were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
(BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a 27-year old Owendale man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Brookfield Township. A preliminary investigation showed that a mini van driven by the victim, Branden Hewitt, lost control at the intersection of Sebewaing and Shebeon Road shortly before 2 p.m. when it hit a snowdrift. The van then entered the path of an eastbound pickup driven by 26-year old Sean Kramer of Harbor Beach. Hewitt was fatally injured in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. Kramer was transported by Sebewaing Ambulance Service to Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon and treated for minor injuries. An investigation into the crash continues.
(DELAWARE TOWNSHIP) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department is investigating a snowmobile accident that sent a 45-year old Sandusky to Deckerville Community Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The crash happened just before Noon Saturday near Burgess Road and Palms Road in Delaware Township. Thomas Sokol was traveling across a field with a group of friends and struck a snowdrift causing the snowmobile to roll over several times and coming to rest on top of him. Sokol was treated at the scene by Sanilac EMS and was transported from the field by the Deckerville Fire Department's UTV and snow sled to the roadway and then to Deckerville Hospital. Sokol was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
(BUEL TOWNSHIP) -- A 22-year old Croswell man was injured in a single-vehicle crash early Friday morning on Harrington Road in Sanilac County's Buel Township. Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place around 5:50 a.m. when Michael Nickens was traveling east on Harrington near Coggins Road and lost control of his SUV on the icy roadway. The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled over. Nickens was transported to Port Huron Hospital by Croswell EMS for non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say Nickens was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. The Croswell Fire Department assisted at the scene.
(PORT HURON) -- An Oregon woman has been sentenced to serve 3 to 15 years in prison for dumping the body of her elderly mother outside a Michigan thrift store. Kelly Rhodes was sentenced Friday in St. Clair County Circuit Court. The 49-year-old from Salem, Oregon, pleaded guilty in November to manslaughter, fourth-degree vulnerable adult abuse and removing a body without permission of a medical examiner. Mary Grenia died inside a truck last March. The 89-year-old's corpse was found that month wrapped in blankets behind a Goodwill store near Port Huron. An autopsy revealed heart and lung disease but no sign of trauma. Officials say Rhodes and her mother were stopped from entering Canada at the Blue Water Bridge. Rhodes said Friday she's filled with guilt and remorse.
(DECKERVILLE) -- The 78th Annual Sanilac County Dairy Banquet: A Celebration of Dairy 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. Sanilac County's dairy industry is an important contributor to the local economy. In 2012, the industry generated nearly $140 million in gross revenue. The county's dairy farms have almost $325 million in assets that generate property tax revenues for state and local governments. 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 and dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. 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.
(LAKEPORT) -- A 14' custom built trailer was stolen from the Lakeport area between 9:30 p.m. Friday, December 27 and 10 a.m. Saturday, December 28. The trailer has a red box and black frame with black fenders. The bottom of the box is wooden and the tongue in not welded underneath the front frame. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Jarod Grigg at the Michigan State Lapeer Post at 810-664-2905. Callers may remain anonymous.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University is getting ready to welcome back the Spartans following their Rose Bowl victory. Their arrival is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. tonight. The East Lansing school's athletics department says fans wishing to greet the football team should wait Thursday night at the Skandalaris Football Center. People are being asked to stay away from Lansing's airport, since access to the team isn't planned there. No. 4 Michigan State beat No. 5 Stanford 24-20 Wednesday night. East Lansing Fire Department Lt. Chuck Gagnier tells the Lansing State Journal it was "fairly quiet" in the hometown of the Spartans afterward. WLNS-TV reports five fires, mostly furniture burned outside. WILX-TV reports extra police patrols took place. Last month, a rowdy celebration of Michigan State's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship included dozens of fires and prompted arrests.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A 15-day address verification period for Michigan sex offenders is underway. It started on Wednesday. During the period, state law requires all registered offenders to report in person to their local law enforcement agency, sheriff's office or nearest Michigan State Police post to verify their address. Tier 1 offenders must verify their address annually, during the first 15 days of January. Tier 2 offenders must verify their address semi-annually, during the first 15 days of January and July. Tier 3 offenders must verify their address quarterly, during the first 15 days of January, April, July and October. Failure to do so carries a penalty of up to two years behind bars. Thumb area residents verifying at State Police posts are asked to visit the Caro or Lapeer post.