(HURON COUNTY) -- More drugs were taken off the streets in Huron County following raids in Harbor Beach. The warrants were the result of an extended cooperative joint marijuana trafficking investigation conducted by the Huron County Sheriff's Office and Harbor Beach Police over the last three weeks. The first search took place March 28 at an apartment complex at 602 S. Huron Avenue. Deputies seized a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. No arrests were made, but charges will be sought at a later date. The second search took place last Friday at a residence in the 600 block of State Street where marijuana, prescription drugs, packaging material and a scale were seized. No arrests were made, but charges are being sought for two people in that case. Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity within the county is asked to contact the Huron County Sheriff's Department at 989-269-6500. Confidential callers may use the TIP HOTLINE at 989-269-2861.
(PORT HURON) -- State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon attended a meeting this week at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron regarding a proposed nuclear waste repository in Ontario, Canada, less than a mile from Lake Huron. There are concerns that radioactive material could leak from the site, as it did from a similar facility in New Mexico, and contaminate the lake. Brown stated that he attended the meeting to find out more about the proposed waste site and alternatives that could prevent a costly and terrible disaster. In the Legislature, Brown has co-sponsored a resolution urging Congress to oppose the construction of the waste site and asking Ontario Power Generation to find a new way to contain the waste. Published reports say the Great Lakes are the source of drinking water for 24 million people in the U.S. and allow for Michigan's $2 billion fishing economy, $4 billion boating economy, and $18 billion tourism economy. Representative Brown serves the 84th House District, serving Huron and Tuscola counties.
(SANILAC TOWNSHIP) -- No injuries were reported after a Sanilac Township man told his wife and kids to leave their home because he was suicidal. The incident was reported just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says deputies were sent to the home in the 800 block of S. Huron View Road after a report of a suicidal subject with a gun. They were met by the 64-year old man's wife and children down the road and informed that the suspect was inside the house alone with several shotguns. According to Sgt. Steve McKenny, authorities attempted to contact the man and a perimeter was set up. The Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team and St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Teams were called to assist. With the aid of the State Police armored vehicle they were able to safely approach the house and get the man to come outside. He was taken into protective custody without incident around 2:30 a.m. and transported to Port Huron Hospital for a mental health evaluation. Also assisting at the scene were troopers from the Caro post, Sandusky Police and Sanilac EMS.
(AREA) -- Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki informed County Commissioners that jail inmates will no longer be staffing the Sanilac County recycling center in Sandusky during Tuesday afternoon's Board of Commissioners meeting. Biniecki cited safety concerns as the reason behind pulling inmates from the site. He said he is looking to hire three part-time employees on an interim basis until management details can be worked out. Commissioners also moved to allow the Sheriff's Department to purchase exercise equipment for officers at a cost not to exceed $5,000. In other business, commissioners passed a resolution honoring Goma Dairy Farm owners Gertie and Geert van den Goor for being named the 2014 Dairy Farmers of the Year by Michigan State University. The van den Goor family provide employment for 34 people and manage over 3,000 cattle.
(SANILAC COUNY) -- A 20-year old Minden City woman was arrested after taking authorities on a 5-mile chase Sunday morning. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the vehicle pursuit began around 8:30 a.m. on Patterson Road in Austin Township after the driver, Adrienne Christensen, failed to stop for a deputy for a traffic violation. Lt. Charlene Washkevich says Christensen was traveling at high speeds and passing motorists on the right. The pursuit continued west on Huron County Line Road until Christensen pulled into a private driveway and jumped out of the vehicle. The woman failed to comply with Deputy Shelly Park's verbal commands and shortly thereafter, was taken into police custody. Christensen was arraigned on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, possession of a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated, and resisting and obstructing a police officer. She later posted a $10,000 cash bond. Deputies were assisted by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
(DECKERVILLE) -- Certified Public Accountant Scott C. Long is offering residents in Deckerville and surrounding communities a quick, easy, and responsible way to get rid of their unwanted paperwork and documents. Scott's practice has partnered with Shred Experts for the paper shredding event Wednesday, April 16 from 3-5 p.m. at 3473 Main Street in Deckerville. Shred Experts of Saginaw will be on site to securely destroy confidential, unwanted documents including CD's, videos, X-rays, and credit cards. All of the materials will be destroyed on site and recycled.
(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System will host a day of free and low-cost testing Saturday, April 26 to help area families prevent serious illnesses and better address existing health issues. Project Healthy Living offers tests for those 18 years of age and older. The testing will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in McKenzie's Outpatient Lobby at 120 Delaware Street in Sandusky. McKenzie Public Relations Coordinator Nina Barnett says free tests include blood pressure, vision screening, body mass index, blood oxygen levels and skin cancer. Other tests include prostate specific antigen, blood, food allergy, and protein tests. McKenzie Health System providers and nurses will also be available to provide overall assessments and counseling, as well as referrals. Some of the tests that require pre-registration include bone density screening, cardiac scoring, and echocardiograms To pre-register, call 810-648-6179.
(AREA) -- The 12th Annual Flamingo Fling, which supports Sanilac County's Eva's Place Shelter, raised over $35,000. The event last Thursday was held at Demott's Westpark Inn. 150 women were in attendance. They took part in a variety of raffles and silent and live auctions. Generous businesses, civic groups, and individuals donated more than 170 prize packages and over $4,500 in cash. When the evening ended, a total of $38,882 was raised. The SAVE Council extends their sincere thanks to everyone involved including sponsors, guests, volunteers, and the Eva's Place staff. Fundraising continues with the SAVE Council's annual Geranium Sale. All order must be placed and paid for by Monday, April 21. Flowers will be delivered on Friday, May 2 at the Sanilac County 4-H Fairgrounds. Registration for motor coach trips to the Eastern Market on May 17 and Chicago on October 3 must be complete by April 30. For more information or to register, contact Fundraising Chairperson Sherri Lanctot at 810-648-5463.
PICTURED: Team One Volunteers in Pink and Joyce Hagan and Jeanne Lohela enjoying the evening!
(AREA) -- Women seeking to improve their outdoor skills can now register for the 17th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman summer program, held May 30-June 1 at Bay Cliff Health Camp, in Big Bay, 30 miles north of Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.
Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the program offers instruction in more than two dozen types of outdoor activities, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, wilderness first aid and survival, lake and fly-fishing, fly-tying, geocaching, shooting sports, boating, mountain biking and much more. The $185 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies. Class information and registration materials are available online at www.michigan.gov/bow, and registration may be paid online at www.michigan.gov/estore. The deadline for registration is Monday, May 12. A limited number of scholarships are available to help low-income participants with the cost of registration, with an application deadline of Friday, April 25.
(AREA) -- Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation approving more than $27.6 million in grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. About $13 million will go to trail development. Grants will also fund 44 outdoor recreation projects and 32 land acquisition projects. Snyder says the grants will boost tourism and stimulate local economies. The grants will go to both state and local agencies. The Trust Fund gets its money through investments from the sale and lease of the state's mineral rights.
In Huron County $27,000 has been allocated for the PFC Brian Backus Memorial Nature Trail in the City of Harbor Beach. In Lapeer County's Attica Township, a $50,000 grant will be used to purchase playground equipment at the Attica Township Park. A $36,700 grant has been awarded to the Brockway Township Community Skate Park in St. Clair County. The Marysville City Park-Chrysler Beach will see $239,900 for development at the beach along the St. Clair River. Improvements include a playground, picnic area, a fish cleaning station, remodeling of existing bathroom facilities and amenities. Local land acquisition projects include $98,600 for the acquisition of 23 acres of property adjacent to the Southern Links Trailway in Lapeer County's Marathon Township. The property will be developed as the first township park and future facilities may include trails, picnic areas, a playground, parking, and restrooms. In St. Clair County, $296,000 will be used for the North Channel Waterfront acquisition, which includes about 9.4 acres with 360 linear feet of shoreline on the North Channel of the St. Clair River and 362 feet of frontage on M-29. The park will be developed as a universally-accessible county park including fishing piers, a canoe/kayak launch, swimming beach, pathways, restrooms, picnic
facilities and parking.