(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- More than $4,000 worth of crack cocaine was seized during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon on Dove Road near Michigan Road in Port Huron Township. St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers also found marijuana, cash, and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. A 23-year old Detroit man was arrested and remains jailed on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and habitual offender.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- A lucky lottery player from Lexington in Sanilac County claimed the top prize in the Michigan Lottery's popular $500,000 Cashword instant game. The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, plans to pay off debts with the prize money. The winning ticket was purchased from the Sunrise Store in Lexington.
(AREA) -- Legislation requiring driver education courses in Michigan include lessons on bicycle and motorcycle awareness and safety has unanimously passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. House Bill 5438, sponsored by State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon, now moves to the full House for consideration. Lisa Cook-Gordon of Melvin suggested the bill idea to Brown after a young friend, Nathan Bower, died in a motorcycle accident in 2009. Cook-Gordon testified before the committee and showed a video from Nathan's parents, Clint and Tammy Bower of Peck, urging motorcycle awareness and safety. Representative Brown says his primary duty as a legislator is to ensure the safety and well-being of his constituents. He added that stories like Nathan's are heartbreaking and we must do all we can to prevent similar tragedies from occuring.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Crews putting in a Lake Huron pipeline that will bring water to Flint and other area communities have removed a massive tunneling machine from the lake. Workers wearing hard hats and life jackets took pictures with their phones as the 78,000-pound contraption emerged from a shaft on Thursday near Worth Township. Project contractor Bob D'Agostini says the machine's removal marks the end of the tunnel portion of the project. The next step is to have divers excavate with a hydraulic excavator off a barge to install an intake pipe. Crews are expected to burrow another 1.25 miles into Lake Huron. D'Agostini says the intake tunnel will be done in October and will bring water to a pump station on the west side of M-25. The pump station is expected to be in place by October 2015. Water will be pushed west along Fisher Road to a second pump station in Lynn Township and then travel west to the Genesee Water Treatment plan in Lapeer County's Oregon Township. Finally, water will head west another 17 miles to customers in Flint and other Genesee County customers. Genesee County officials estimate having their own Lake Huron pipeline will save the county around $3 million a year. The project is estimated to cost around $250 million.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- Two men were arrested Thursday in connection to the larceny of electrical equipment from DTE. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies received a citizen tip advising that the two men were stealing the equipment on Galbraith Line Road near St. Clair Road in Worth Township just before 8 p.m. An investigation showed that the 42-year old Lexington man and 43-year old Port Huron man had stopped on the side of the road and began loading the electrical equipment into the bed of their pickup truck. DTE personnel responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation. The new equipment was valued at over $1,000. Both men were arrested on felony charges and the driver of the pickup was also jailed for operating while intoxicated. The suspect's name are being withheld pending arraignment.
(SANDUSKY) -- Police uncovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in Sandusky Wednesday night. The discovery came at around 9:50 p.m. when Officer Crisenbery of the Sandusky Police Department stopped a vehicle in the rear parking lot of the Sandusky Party Store on West Sanilac Avenue. The vehicle was driven by a 33-year old Sandusky resident wanted for a parole violation. A search of the vehicle revealed several chemicals used for making meth, including camping fuel, drain cleaner, and lithium. Officers also seized a package of suspected processed meth. The chemical contents of the vehicle were stabilized and safely taken into the custody of the St. Clair County Drug Task Force Meth responders and the Michigan State Police Meth Team. The suspect is currently lodged in the Sanilac County Jail on probation violation. He faces charges of operating and maintaining a methamphetimine lab containing methamphetamine, along with possession of methamphetamine.
(LEXINGTON) -- In hopes of expanding tourism, four mobile touch-screen kiosks will be installed at locations in Huron and Sanilac counties with the tourism season officially underway. The St. Clair, Sanilac, and Huron County Community Foundations have joined forces with Northstar Bank during the cross marketing and advertising effort. The first kiosk was placed at the Lexington Welcome Center last Friday. Others will be installed at the Revolution Cafe in Harbor Beach, the Port Sanilac Welcome Center and through the Sanilac Tourism Council, who will rotate their kiosk at area fairs and festivals. Northstar Bank partially funded the $11,000 cost for the 2-year pilot program. The mobile kiosks feature tourism websites that cover the three counties including www.bluewater.org, www.huroncounty.com, and www.sanilaccounty.net
PICTURED: Representatives from state and local governments, community leaders, and Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair Community Foundations celebrate the placement of Ipad Tourism Kiosks in the thumb.
(BAD AXE) -- A 22-year old Bad Axe man faces prison time after pleading guilty, but mentally ill to three counts of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct involving three minors. Authorities say the victims ranged in age from 13-16 years old. Ryan Wilson, who was found to have the mental capacity of a 10-year old, was originally charged with 14 counts related to sexual misconduct, but reached a deal with prosecutors. The Huron County man has admitted to the crimes, which took place at a residence in Bad Axe. Wilson's sentencing has been scheduled for July 7. The punishment carries a maximum penalty of 15-years in prison. He remains lodged in the Huron County jail.
(CASS CITY) -- The 26-year old Cass City woman that pleaded guilty to embezzlement has been sentenced to six months in jail and 2-years probation. Amber Hennessey appeared in Tuscola County Circuit Court this week facing a maximum 10-years in prison. Officials say Hennessey embezzled more than $26,000 from the Millennium Steering Plant in Cass City between April 2011 and August 2012. Prosecutors dismissed a second charge of embezzlement in the case as part of a plea deal. Hennessey was ordered to pay over $900 in court costs and fines and must also pay Millennium Steering over $26,000 in restitution.
(AREA) -- Bridge maintenance totaling $1 million has started on five bridges in Sanilac and Huron counties. The Michigan Department of Transportation says work on the M-25 bridge over the Pinnebog River and the bridge over Schram Drain, both south of Port Austin, includes paving, painting and erosion control. The projects will be suspended for the Cheeseburger Festival and during Labor Day. Work is expected to be complete by this fall. The M-142 bridge over the Clunis Drain east of Elkton will see erosion control work and is expected to be complete by the Fourth of July. Construction starting after July 4 includes the M-25 bridge project over the Shebeon Drain south of Bay Port and the M-90 bridge project over the Black River in Croswell. Motorists should expect delays.