(MARYSVILLE) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers seized crack cocaine and heroin from a home in the 100 block of Gratiot in Marysville last Friday evening. The raid was the result of an ongoing investigation into the sale of cocaine and heroin in the Marysville and Port Huron areas. The crack cocaine had a street value of $800 and the heroin was worth around $600. Officers also seized $400 in cash. Two Detroit area men ages 22 and 35 were arrested on charges of habitual offender, maintaining a drug house, and possession of drugs with intent to deliver. Both remain jailed in St. Clair County.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council met Monday night and approved a grant match to fund additions and improvements to the Sandusky City Airport. The federal grant for $277,087 calls for a 5 % match locally. Council members unanimously moved to fund the $11,007 match, with money coming from the city's fund balance. The funds will pay for the construction of a new access road and parking lot at the airport, with construction expected to begin in July. Council members also approved an extension on Sandusky's medical marijuana moratorium. The moratorium bans the sale of medical marijuana by any individual or business in the city. In other business, City Manager Dave Faber informed the council that crews have started to pick up the fallen tree branches from last winter's ice storm. The Sandusky City Council meets again on Monday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m.
(MARLETTE TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say a 22-year old Marysville man apparently fell asleep at the wheel Monday morning on M-53, striking a semi truck. The crash took place shortly after 9 a.m. on M-53 south of Mayville Road in Marlette Township. Deputies say that the initial investigation and interviews at the scene revealed that Eric Zells was traveling south on M-53 in his car when he fell asleep and crossed the centerline, side-swiping a northbound semi driven by 54-year old Gregory Mossner of Reese. Zells had to be extricated from his vehicle with Marlette Fire's Jaws of Life. He was transported to Marlette Regional Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw for treatment of serious injuries. Deputies say Mossner was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- St. Clair County Undersheriff Tom Buckley was among 221 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy program in Virginia. The 256th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Also included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 23 international countries, five military organizations and two federal civilian organizations. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says he is extremely proud of Buckley's accomplishment. Donnellon graduated from the 223rd session in 2005. The National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, the officers have 19-years of law enforcement experience. Undersheriff Buckley has been serving at the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office since 1990.
PICTURED: R Sheriff Tim Donnellon and Undersheriff Tom Buckley
(AREA) -- Area farmers will be planting Michigan's big-acreage row crops a bit later than normal this year due to the long winter. They are waiting for some sun, wind and warmth make the fields firm enough to work up. Below-normal temperatures also have farmers sidelined, but with technology on their side, nobody's yet sounding the alarm. With a long growing season and the ability to germinate at soil temperatures in the 40's, sugar beets are traditionally the first Michigan row crop to be planted in the spring. Farm Bureau field staff report "nothing going on" in the rich, but waterlogged, fields of the Thumb and Saginaw Valley, where sugar beet cultivation is centered. Optimistic producers hope to be planting by April 15, but most realists are eyeing the 20 at best.
Corn planting follows next, as soon as soil temperatures reach the 50's. According to recent figures from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Michigan farmers anticipate planting roughly the same amount of corn as they did last year, approximately 2.60 million acres. Michigan soybean plantings this year are expected to increase to 2.1 million acres from the previous year's 1.9 million. Plantings of dry, edible beans will be up this year as well, from 175,000 acres last year to 185,000 acres. Michigan leads the nation in several varieties of edible beans, second only to North Dakota in navy beans and total dry bean production. Dry beans are the last of the major row crops to be planted, thanks to a relatively short growing season.
(PORT HURON) -- Construction of the final 50 miles of an Enbridge oil pipeline replacement project in Michigan resumes in May. Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum says exact timing of work will depend on weather conditions. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge last year pushed back completion of the project until this year. Work in Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties was supposed to wrap up in 2013, but Enbridge said delays in environmental approvals stalled work. The overall $1.3 billion project is replacing Line 6B, which runs between Sarnia, Ontario to Griffith, Indiana. Manshum says work is complete in Indiana and other parts of Michigan. A portion of Enbridge's existing pipeline ruptured in southwestern Michigan in 2010, dumping more than 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River system.
(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky City Manager Dave Faber reports that residents still running water to prevent water line freezing may stop, now that temperatures are above freezing.
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has postponed ice-breaking operations for Saginaw Bay that initially were scheduled for this weekend. The crew of the 225-foot cutter Hollyhock had planned to begin work Sunday morning from Gravelly Shoal to the entrance of the Saginaw River. The Coast Guard announced Friday, however, that the Port Huron-based cutter's crew is heading to another area to break ice. The Coast Guard says it will announce later a new date for Saginaw Bay ice-breaking work.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A fugitive wanted for armed robbery in Port Huron has been captured. Port Huron Police say 24-year old Daniel Myers was arrested Thursday in the area of 8-mile and I-75 in Highland Park after a brief foot chase. Myers was wanted on charges related to an armed robbery at the Days Inn on Pine Grove Avenue in Port Huron on March 20 and for parole absconding. He remains jailed in St. Clair County on a five count felony warrant for armed robbery, first-degree home invasion, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony firearm, and fourth offense habitual offender. His bond has been set at $250,000. The capture was the result of a team effort between the Port Huron Police Department NET unit and the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Absconder Unit.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- The driver killed in the fuel truck explosion early Wednesday morning in Tuscola County has been identified as 26-year old Travis Bielat of Allen Park. Authorities say the victim was transferring a load of Ethanol from the Poet Refinery in Caro to a plant in Flint when the crash took place around 3:30 a.m. on Vassar Road near Wilder Road. The truck was owned by Petroleum Transport Incorporated of Romulus. Sheriff's deputies say tracks at the scene indicate that the truck, which was carrying around 13,000 gallons ethanol, left the roadway and struck a tree. Flames at the crash scene burned for about 7 hours Wednesday. An autopsy showed nothing tangible and detectives are still working on the investigation.