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(AREA) -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is increasing its manpower by 2,000 officers nationwide. Twenty officers will be hired at Port Huron's port of entry at the Blue Water Bridge. Detroit's port of entry at the Ambassador Bridge will be increased by 50. Congresswoman Candice Miller, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security says the move keeps our entryways safe. Miller added that as the second busiest land crossing on the northern tier, traffic on the Blue Water Bridge can quickly overwhelm current screening capabilities, causing backups and delays. While completing the unfinished plaza at the bridge is the only real long-term solution, adding additional officers to the crossing will help alleviate traffic congestion and improve the flow of commerce.

(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette A High School Quiz Bowl team won the 2014 Winter League Championship last Thursday. Team members included Andrew Howard, Aaron Cook, Aaron Fitzpatrick, Adam Krause, Collin Blatt, Adam Goodrich, Chris Blatt, and Page Crosby. Marlette Senior Adam Krause took first overall winning the Champion of Champions for wins in the four subject areas of Arts, Language Arts, Science, Technology, and at the senior grade level for a total of six trophies. Adam was also awarded a $250 book scholarship by the Thumb Area Quiz Bowl League. He has been accepted to Michigan State University and will start classes in the fall. Taking runner-up in the Tournament of Champions was Tate Larson of Sandusky. There was a third place tie between Andrew Ng of Bad Axe, David Doerr of Bad Axe, and Brittany Haskins of Marlette. A total of 11 schools and 20 teams participated in the Championship Tournament.

(MARLETTE) -- The local group of sports enthusiasts, coaches and interested citizens raising money for the new running track at Marlette Schools have raised over $75,000 to date. The Independent Committee launched the fundraiser last July with a goal of $200,000. According to Marlette Track Coaches Chris and Cathy Storm, the surface of the Marlette track is almost unusable and even dangerous. The Marlette Sports' Complex addition was constructed in the 1970's. In May, there will be a Red Raider Outdoor Banquet at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall featuring gun raffles, buffet dinner, games, and prizes. Tickets for the event May 3 from 6-9 p.m. are $40 per person and are available for purchase at Farm Bureau Insurance. Along with various fundraising efforts, donations from businesses and community members are graciously being accepted. Tax deductible donations may be sent to Chris and Cathy Storm at 6230 Euclid Street, Marlette, MI 48451. 

(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff's deputies made a routine traffic stop early Thursday morning and arrested a man wanted in Washington state. Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the stop was made on S. Van Dyke in Colfax Township around 2:30 a.m. The driver of the pickup was found to be a fugitive out of Tumwater, Washington on felony charges of escape and one involving the sex offender registry. The 36-year old man, who currently lives in Port Austin Township, was lodged in the Huron County jail pending extradition back to Washington.

(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky Schools Superintendent Mike Carmean has released a revised make-up day schedule for students and staff. The extremely harsh winter resulted in excessive snow days that have to be made up. Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22 will be full days of school.

Monday, April 28 through Thursday, May 1 will have minutes added to the day to make-up the required two hours of school from a 2-hour delay. The district will add 15 minutes to the beginning and 15 minutes to the end of each day April 28-May 1. The elementary will start at 7:55 a.m. and dismiss at 3:35 p.m. The Jr./Sr. High School will start at 7:55 a.m. with dismissal at 3:21 p.m.

Also, May 23, June 6, June 9-13, June 16 and June 17--the last day for Sandusky students, will all be full days.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:51

Michigan-shot film 'Jinn' opening on Friday

(AREA) -- A film shot at several locations in Michigan, including Port Austin in Huron County, will open in theaters across the country on Friday. "Jinn" was written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, who is the co-founder of Detroit-based Exxodus Pictures. The movie centers around an automotive designer played by Dominic Rains who enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife until it is interrupted by a cryptic message that warns of imminent danger and a curse that has afflicted his family for generations. The films opening sequence shows Turnip Rock, which is just off the shores of Lake Huron about three miles northeast of Port Austin. Ahmad says that about 15 percent of the film was shot in and around Port Austin in 2011. The scenes that take place in the woods and any aerial shots over woods are from Huron County. "Jinn" was also filmed in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, and Detroit. The movie is rated PG13.

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Authorities have not released the name of the driver who was killed when the fuel truck he was driving crashed and exploded early Wednesday morning in Tuscola County's Denmark Township. The truck hauling ethanol was owned by Petroleum Transport of Troy. The driver is believed to be from the Detroit area. The crash took place around 3:30 a.m. on Vassar Road near the intersection with Wilder Road. Richville Fire Chief Eric Brown says the truck was carrying about 13,000 gallons of ethanol. Flames reached 150 to 200 feet and scorched a nearly 100-yard radius on the ground. Firefighters at the scene assessed the environmental impact of the blaze and made the decision to let it burn itself out. The flames burned for about 7 hours Wednesday. The wreckage was cleared and an investigation continues.

(AREA) -- Katelyn Schweitzer, daughter of Kim and Mark Schweitzer of Palms, is the 2014 National Wild Turkey Federation's local chapter Slate Stone Strutters $500 scholarship winner. Katelyn is a graduating senior at Deckerville High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, president of her class and president of the Student Council. She has also participated in varsity sports and several fundraising and community service activities. Katelyn has been a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation since age 8. Over the years she has developed into an avid outdoorswoman, dedicated to wildlife stewardship and responsible hunting. She is currently pursuing a career in Nursing through St. Clair County Community College. The National Wild Turkey Federation is able to offer young people college scholarships at the local, state and national level through the generous support of grassroots volunteers and corporate sponsors. 

PICUTRED: Katelyn Schweitzer with Chapter President Garry Biniecki

(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Sheriff's Office K-9 Fist will be a safer as he heads into dangerous situations after fundraising efforts bought him a new bullet proof vest. A group of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers, led by CBP K-9 handler Bridget Hillard, held a bowling fundraising event in St. Clair, raising over $1,200 to purchase the body armor for Fist. Fist and his handler, Deputy Mike Pink, were presented with the vest at the Customs and Border Protection office April 1. Sheriff Tim Donnellon noted that with tight budgets, the department is grateful for those who stepped up to coordinate the event and those who attended. K-9 Fist and his handler will continue to work with the BEST unit, which is a multi-jurisdictional investigative unit that works on cross-border criminal activity.

(AREA) -- The Michigan Milk Producers Association recognized Senator Debbie Stabenow with their "Champion of Dairy" award for her unwavering support and persistence in passing the 2014 Farm Bill during the 98th MMPA State Annual Delegate Meeting March 20. Senator Stabenow helped bring attention to Michigan's diverse agricultural economy long before her tenure as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. She's advocated for agriculture throughout her career in public service, dating back to her time in the Michigan State Legislature in the 1980's. Stabenow stated that it was great working with the Michigan Milk Producers to write a dairy policy that gives Michigan farmers the tools they need to provide consumers with an abundant supply of milk products at the grocery store. MMPA is a member-owned and controlled milk marketing cooperative serving nearly 2,000 dairy farmers in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio.