(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- A 25-year old man and a 44-year old woman, both from Croswell have been arrested and remain lodged in the Sanilac County Jail on home invasion charges. The incident happened Friday morning when Sanilac Central Dispatch received a call from an alarm company advising that an alarm had been activated at a residence in the 6000 block of Wildcat Road in Worth Township. Sheriff's deputies and Croswell Police were sent to the home and found a woman running from the residence into a wooded area. Once she was stopped and secured by officers, they entered the residence and located a man hiding in a closet and placed him under arrest. Further investigation by officers revealed that the culprits had entered the house through a back door, and once inside, they opened an overhead door to the garage and backed a pickup truck into the garage and closed the door. The suspects then began to load the truck with items from the residence triggering the alarm. Names of those involved have not been released pending arraignment.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- A 23-year-old Deford man and a 19-year-old Decker woman were injured when their buggy was struck from behind by a semi truck driven by a 57-year-old North Carolina man early Sunday morning around 8:30 a.m. in Sanilac County's Evergreen Township. Sheriff's deputies say the driver of the semi was self-distracted while he was traveling north on M-53 near Robinson Road and slammed into the back of the buggy ejecting both the driver and the passenger. The collision caused the horse and buggy to separate and the horse continued to run dragging parts of the buggy until it collided with a second vehicle parked about a mile and a half up the road. The Deford man in the buggy was transported to a Cass City area hospital for treatment of minor injuries while the Decker woman was air-lifted to a Saginaw area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The horse sustained injury and its condition is being evaluated. The driver of the semi was not injured. The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate the crash.
(AREA) -- The final winner of a $100 gift certificate in the Shop Your Hometown First and Win Giveaway, sponsored by select Sandusky businesses and WMIC 660 AM & 97.7 WTGV-FM, is Robert Gutiernez of Carsonville. He entered the contest at McDonalds in Sandusky.
The grand prize winner of $500 worth of gift certificates is Patti OConner of Sandusky! She registered at Sanilac Pharmacy.
Business sponsors included Snover Mattress and Furniture and J&D Market in Snover, Ball Equipment, Sara Jane Dress Shop, Thumb Cellular, I'd Rather Be Scrapbooking and More, The Traveler, McDonalds, Jerry's Foodland, Sandusky Auto Sales, Sanilac Pharmacy, AVCI Tech Center, Benchwarmers, Country Settings, and Tri-County Equipment in Sandusky.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- The 33-year old Lexington man involved in a chase with police this week was arraigned Friday in Sanilac County District Court. Johnathon Frank Clyne has been charged with felony fleeing and eluding, operating while intoxicated, operating without a license and reckless driving. Clyne was treated and released into police custody after the brief pursuit early Thursday in Lexington Township. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the chase began around 1:50 a.m. when deputies attempted to stop Clyne on Babcock Road near Mortimer Line. The chase came to an end when Clyne lost control on Sheridan Line Road west of Croswell Road. The Dodge Durango he was driving, went into the ditch and overturned. Authorities say Clyne was released after posting bond pending his preliminary examination set for Tuesday, April 1.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County will conduct their annual test of the Emergency Warning System on Monday, March 31 at 5 p.m. At that time, all warning sirens in the county will be activated by local fire departments in the warning mode. At approximately 5:10 p.m. Monday, the all clear will be activated. Sanilac County Emergency Management Director Todd Hillman encourages residents to review and exercise their plans in the case of a weather emergency. Households should be prepared and have supplies to maintain each family member for 72 hours after the event of a severe weather emergency.
(AREA) -- A $1.5 million gift is launching a fundraising campaign to boost a Flint-based food bank's capacities to distribute food to residents in 22 counties, diversify offerings and train workers. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan announced Thursday the grant is part of a two-year, $2.5 million pledge from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The Flint-based philanthropy will give the remaining $1 million if the Food Bank raises $600,000 by the end of 2014. The money is going toward turning a warehouse into what's called the Hunger Solution Center. Officials say it will double the organization's capacity to collect and distribute food and triple the annual delivery of fruits and vegetables. In 2013, the Food Bank partnered with 400 agencies to distribute 23 million pounds of food, an increase of 13 percent over the year before. In Sanilac County, roughly 7,400 people, nearly 17 percent of the total population, is considered to be food insecure. In 2013, over 1.7 million pounds of food was distributed to those in need totaling $2.9 million in the county. So far this year, the Food Bank has distributed 84,000 pounds of food in Sanilac County. Tuscola County has a food insecurity rate of 16.6 percent followed by St. Clair County at 16.3 percent, Lapeer County at 15.9 percent and Huron County at 15.2 percent. Established in 1981, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has grown into a major affiliate of Feeding America, the nation's only food bank network. There are 25 agencies in the five county Thumb Region that distribute food to those in need. For more information visit www.fbem.org
(AREA) -- The state says is hasn't received proper paperwork from Flint for its plans to start using water from the Flint River to serve city customers. Flint was working toward an April 18 date to begin using the water temporarily until the Karegnondi Water Authority completes its pipeline in 2016 from Lake Huron. The intake pipeline will extend nearly two miles into Lake Huron in Sanilac County's Worth Township. Flint currently gets treated water from Detroit. The state Department of Environmental Quality says it could take 30 to 45 days for permission once the state gets the paperwork. Howard Croft, Flint's director of public works, says the city is waiting for a state response. The city could keep buying water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department if needed. Officials don't anticipate that Flint will see any interrupted service.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky Chamber of Commerce and City of Sandusky is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newest business to the downtown area, Class Act Boutique, located at 31 W. Sanilac Road. The event will be held at Noon on Friday, March 28. Class Act Boutique is owned by Andrea Palmer. The shop specializes in clothing that is classic, yet contemporary, with a little something extra. Class Act Boutique features juniors, misses, petite's and women's styles for school, work, and casual occasions. Andrea is also the co-owner of Birchfield Studio with her father, Don Meissner. Andrea named Class Act Boutique in honor of her parents, Don and Sue Meissner, both of whom taught in the Sandusky School District.
(MARLETTE) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation will hold a public informational meeting today from 4-6 p.m. at Marlette City Hall regarding proposed improvements on M-53 in the Marlette city limits. In addition to resurfacing, proposed work includes signal upgrades, railroad repairs, and sidewalk improvements compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A small parcel of right of way will be acquired from property eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places to accommodate traffic signal safety improvements. Residents, business owners, and community representatives are invited to stop by the open-house style meeting to learn more about the project and provide input. MDOT staff members will be on hand to answer questions.
(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- A 33-year old Lexington man was treated and released into police custody after a brief early morning pursuit Thursday in Lexington Township. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the chase began around 1:50 a.m. when deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on Babcock Road near Mortimer Line Road for a traffic violation and operating while intoxicated investigation. The suspect vehicle, a Dodge Durango, proceeded to flee down several roads with the vehicle's headlights turned off. The chase came to an end when the driver lost control on Sheridan Line Road west of Croswell Road. The Durango went into the ditch and overturned, coming to rest on all four wheels in a cluster of several large trees. The suspect was removed from the vehicle and transported to a Port Huron area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The man remains lodged in the Sanilac County jail without bond on charges of fleeing and eluding, operating while intoxicated, reckless driving, and driving while license suspended. No other injuries or contact with any police vehicle were reported. Deputies were assisted by Croswell Police and Fire and Croswell EMS.