(PORT HURON) -- 30-year old Lisa Bergman was sentenced to up to 50-years in prison Friday morning after being convicted of killing two men while driving under the influence of prescription pills in St. Clair County. The Port Huron woman was found guilty last month on several charges including two counts of second-degree murder in the July 20 crash in Kimball Township that killed 19-year old Russell Ward and 20-year old Koby Raymo. Witnesses say that Bergman's vehicle crossed the centerline along Lapeer Road, causing the collision. 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.
(LAPEER) -- The City of Lapeer is one of 14 communities in the state receiving funding for public infrastructure improvements. The $7.6 million in funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation was announced this week. Governor Rick Snyder says the Downtown Infrastructure Grants will improve downtowns and spur additional economic growth in the surrounding area. The City of Lapeer will receive $749,999 for street, streetscape, and infrastructure improvements and provide a $331,129 match. The projects must be completed by December 31, 2014. The Michigan Strategic Fund received a total of 45 applications requesting a total of $18 million.
(BRUCE TOWNSHIP) -- Two people killed in a Macomb County traffic crash have been identified. Michigan State Police said Friday the victims are 76-year-old Dick Allen Versendaal of Byron Center and 57-year-old Wendy Ann Knight-Goboly of Leonard. A 3-year-old boy from Dryden in Lapeer County was seriously hurt in the wreck around 3:25 p.m. on Thursday in Bruce Township. Both victims who died were driving vehicles that collided on M-53 near Romeo. A third vehicle also was involved in the crash, which state police say happened when one of the vehicles was driving the wrong way.
(PORT HURON) -- Officials in Port Huron, the Grand Rapids area and other parts of the state are warning about the potential for flooding in the coming months in part because of ice and melting snow. Port Huron City Manager Bruce Brown told about 40 homeowners Thursday that the Black River likely will flood. In past years, flooding damaged homes and businesses near the river's banks. Port Huron Public Safety Director Michael Reaves says the city is trying to be proactive, including hiring a tugboat to break ice. In western Michigan, forecasters said this week it could take just one major rainfall this spring to push the Grand River and other area rivers over their banks. The area was hit by major flooding last year.
(AREA) -- State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon testified in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday of House Bill 4916, which would allow charitable organizations to solicit donations in public rights of way. The bill, sponsored by Brown, and was first proposed by the Sebewaing City Council after they became aware of provisions prohibiting such actions to occur. "Selling flowers and candies to drivers on public rights of way is a major revenue source for Michigan charities," stated Brown. Representative Brown was joined by Douglas Deming of the Sebewaing Chamber of Commerce and Sebewaing Lions, and Michael McGee representing the Sebewaing Lions, Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post #293, who both spoke in favor of the bill. If voted out of committee, the bill will head to the full House of Representatives for a vote before being transferred to the Senate.
PICTURED: State Representative Terry Brown (D-Pigeon), right, testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on House Bill 4916 on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. At left is Douglas Deming of the Sebewaing Chamber of Commerce and Sebewaing Lions Club.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say strong winds, blowing snow, whiteout visibility, and slippery roads were to blame in a two-vehicle crash Thursday just after 11 a.m. on Wildcat Road near Gardner Line in Worth Township. Deputies report that a Chevy Impala driven by 64-year old Michael Sheridan of Carsonville was traveling south on Wildcat Road behind a county snow plow. The already poor conditions were made worse by the blowing snow coming off of the snow blade and Sheridan crossed the centerline into the northbound lane of traffic and struck a Ford Escape, driven by 32-year old Heather Johnson of Croswell, head-on. Sheridan and his wife, Lorraine, were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and were treated and released at the scene. Johnson was not wearing a seat belt and was transported by Croswell EMS to Port Huron Hospital with serious injuries. Wildcat Road was closed for about an hour. Deputies were assisted by Croswell EMS, Croswell and Lexington Police and the Croswell Fire Department.
(AREA) -- Older residents should beware of threatening con artists using Jamaican numbers. If you do not have friends, relatives, or business associates in Jamaica, there is probably a scammer on the other end of the line. Local authorities are warning residents that anyone receiving an unexpected call from area code 876 should be on high alert. Unfortunately, these scammers are reportedly persistent and in some cases verbally abusive, threatening to harm victims if they do not send money. Authorities say that seniors receive a call from an 876 area code, which is often mistaken for a toll-free number. Victims are congratulated for winning the Jamaican lottery or a new car and then are directed to send a fee of up to $4,000 to process the lottery winnings. Victims are told that once the fee is received, money will be wired to their bank account and the car will be delivered to their home. Many times the caller will tell the victim that a representative of the lottery is in the area and as soon as the process fee is received, someone will deliver a check to their home. Residents are warned to hang up on these types of calls immediately and don't fall prey to the scam.
(LEXINGTON) -- State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City will host a senior citizen town hall meeting on Monday, March 10 at the Lexington Community Center from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Joining Representative Muxlow will be Karla Ruest, Director of Legislative Affairs, and Phil Lewis with the Office of the Aging, both with the Michigan Department of Community Health. Each will present a short program and be available to take questions. Representative Muxlow says there are a number of important issues facing older Michigan residents, including elder abuse, long-term health care, nutrition, and elder rights. The meeting is open to the public.