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(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller will be joined by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this Friday, May 2 to tour the unfinished Blue Water Bridge Plaza in Port Huron. While visiting the Customs and Border Protection operations at the bridge, Congresswoman Miller and Secretary Johnson will focus on efforts to complete the project and additional efforts to expedite crossing. Congresswoman Miller is hopeful that Mr. Johnson's visit will open eyes on the importance of getting the job done. Miller added that after several years of no funding authorizations whatsoever for any of the land ports of entry, the President's 2015 budget only authorizes funds for improvements to Alexandria Bay in New York. A strong argument of the Congresswoman is the fact that the Blue Water Bridge carries more trade and commerce than any of the other ports mentioned in the Beyond the Border Agreement.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 11:51

Victim of Marine City Highway Fatal Named

(MARINE CITY) -- Police have released the name of the woman killed in a multiple vehicle accident near Marine City last Friday night. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says 24-year old Samantha Borgula of Cottrelville Township was the victim in the fatal crash that happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Marine City Highway. Police say Borgula was traveling east when she crossed the centerline and struck a truck and trailer. A second westbound vehicle swerved to avoid a collision and her vehicle ended up hitting a third westbound car head-on. The driver of the third vehicle was taken to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville School Board approved the summer office hours during Monday night's meeting. Beginning the week of June 23, the administrative offices will be closed on Friday's. Friday office hours will resume the week of August 11. The custodial staff will also follow that schedule. Superintendent Tricia Pawlowski informed the board that the bill signed by Governor Rick Snyder regarding the day and hour requirements for districts in the state does not change the plan put in place by the board in March. The scheduled make-up days due to the harsh winter will remain the same. Students will attend classes Saturday, May 3 and full days on June 16, 17, 18, and 19.

(CLAY TOWNSHIP) -- Investigators say a woman told them that she's the mother of a newborn found in a shallow grave in St. Clair County by a person doing yard work. Clay Township police Chief Don Drake says in a statement Wednesday that the woman approached the department this week, giving specific details of what happened. The statement says the department is working to confirm details, but it considers the information to be credible. The remains of the child were found about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Autopsy results haven't yet been released. Prosecutors are expected to review the case.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Retired Sheriff's Deputy JoAnn Bye has been appointed as the new Sanilac County Recycling Center Manager, effective April 28. JoAnn has previous experience managing the center from 1993-1997. The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners made the decision after Sheriff Garry Biniecki announced his decision to stop allowing inmates to work at the center. Two part-time material sorters will assist in the operation as the board continues to focus on reducing landfill volumes through recycling. Volunteers and community service workers are need to help with sorting and community partners are needed to assist with website development, marketing, community outreach and volunteer training. Residents interested in volunteering or becoming a community partner are asked to contact JoAnn at 810-648-3590 or County Administrator Kathy Dorman at 810-648-2933. The recycling center, located at 150 Orval Street in Sandusky, is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Recycling bins are also located at the Tri-City Landfill on Ruth Road, Argyle Township, Buel Hill, City of Marlette and Brown City.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are working to advance a Republican roads funding plan to spend at least $500 million annually by the 2018 budget year. The House transportation committee heard testimony Tuesday on bills in the package that would require warranties on road work to avoid short-term fixes and would change various streams of tax revenue. It holds another hearing Thursday. Minority Democratic lawmakers say a plan to double permit fees for overweight and oversized vehicles doesn't go far enough, since fees are low to begin with and those vehicles have the greatest impact on roads. Some lawmakers also question whether state and local governments have the staff and resources to oversee performance-based contracts and warranties. Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudle says officials are still working out the details of those plans.

(AREA) -- The Michigan State Police says a total of 586 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at MSP posts across the state during the 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 26. The Michigan State Police partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law enforcement agencies for the event, which provides a safe, convenient and responsible venue for citizens to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. Locally, the Caro Post collected 17 pounds of pills and the Lapeer Post collected 28 pounds. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department collected a total of 125 pounds of pills. The pills will be turned over to the DEA and incinerated.

(PORT HURON) -- Michigan Department of Transportation crews plan to begin building a new $5.5 million Port Huron welcome center this week. The agency says the 7,200-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in early summer of 2015. Traffic along Interstate 94 isn't expected to be affected during construction. The Port Huron-area center will be staffed seven days a week May through October, and Mondays through Fridays during the rest of the year. Restrooms will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(PORT HURON) -- A St. Clair County police officer has pleaded guilty to granting concealed pistol licenses to a class but failing to provide all required training. The 27 felony counts of unlawfully granting pistol training certificates against Clay Township officer Ralph Cierpial were merged into one covering all of those taking his class. The 37-year-old was scheduled to stand trial on Wednesday and his sentencing will take place later. The charges stem from the training held in March at a Port Huron church. Authorities say Cierpial provided classroom training but not required firing range instruction. Prosecutor Mike Wendling says Cierpial will pay restitution. Officials say Cierpial was placed on administrative duty in November, and his badge and gun also were taken away.

(AREA) -- Right to Life of Sanilac County is one of 20 non-profit organizations in the county participating in the Give Where You Live 2014 event through the collaborative efforts of the Sanilac and St. Clair County Community Foundations. Residents are asked to donate beginning Tuesday, May 6. The 24-hour national day of online giving allows individuals to make donations that will be matched with local and national funds. Visit www.givewhereyoulive2014.org Those who do not have a computer may stop by the Sanilac County Courthouse lawn and use a computer provided the day of the event. All donations are tax-deductible with a $10 minimum. Cash and checks will be accepted at the Sanilac County Courthouse location until 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.

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