(PORT HURON) -- A $6 million project to complete the Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron is nearly done. Final touches are being made ahead of a planned June 7 grand opening. The Community Foundation of St. Clair County and St. Clair County are partners in the project along the St. Clair River. Workers are installing signs, benches, art and underwater plantings up and down the shoreline. Other items planned such as walkways and a fishing pier will be done when funds are available.
(CROSWELL) -- The 29-year old Croswell man accused in the fatal shooting of a 53-year old man Memorial Day Monday has been arraigned. Jeremy William Ginther appeared in Sanilac County District Court Tuesday and was charged with open murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. His bond was set at $300,000 cash or surety. The shooting took place shortly before 8 a.m. Monday at Julia and Mills Street in Croswell. Ginther is accused of killing his 53-year old uncle, Paul Barr. Croswell Police Chief Dave Hall says an investigation showed that the victim was arguing with a woman at the residence when Ginther became involved and allegedly shot the man. Ginther's next court date is June 3 at 10 a.m. with a preliminary exam scheduled for June 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Photo provided by the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department of Jeremy William Ginther
(AREA) -- State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City and other lawmakers last week testified before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on a package of bills to ensure that veterans are aware of the many benefits they are entitled to. Muxlow is a sponsor of House Bill 5535, which requires the Michigan Department of Human Services to determine a veteran's status when applying for food assistance and forward the information to the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Other bills in the package deal with veterans who are in a substance treatment court program, those who are entering the corrections system, or veterans being released on parole or probation. Representative Muxlow notes that fewer than 20% of the states 680,000 veterans are aware of the benefits they may be eligible for. The committee will continue to consider the bills.
(MARYSVILLE) -- Plans are moving forward by a business that specializes in industrial brownfield work to redevelop the site of the decommissioned Marysville Power Plant. St. Louis, Missouri-based Commercial Development Company says it's ready to begin the first phase of cleanup, starting on the inside of the buildings. The company says it expects the site will be ready for a new use in about 18 months. DTE Energy Company announced a preliminary agreement on a sale with Commercial Development Company in December. The deal was finalized Friday. Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed. Known as the "Mighty Marysville," the plant operated from 1922 until 2001 along the St. Clair River. It employed as many 250 people at its peak.
(AREA) -- The Department of Natural Resources has announced its first-ever Free Off-Road Vehicle Weekend, set for June 7-8. On that weekend, residents and non-residents may ride an ORV for free, no license or trail permit is required. All ORV rules and laws will still apply and a Recreation Passport is still required for vehicles entering Michigan state parks or recreation areas. Riders will save up to $36.25. Michigan's public ORV trails system covers 3,700 miles of trails and routes throughout the state. Free ORV Weekend also includes the use of the state's five scramble areas: St. Helen's Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake, Bull Gap and The Mounds. Maps of state-designated trails are available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/orvtrails The next Free ORV Weekend is scheduled for September 27-28.
(POINT EDWARD, ONTARIO) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Dive Team was involved in recovering two bodies over the Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday, members of the Dive Team were called to the North Channel of the St. Clair River off Harsens Island. A citizen had called Central Dispatch shortly before 7 a.m. to report observing a body floating in the water. Divers, with the assistance of the Sheriff's Office Marine Division and a Clay Township Fire boat, were able to recover the body believed to be that of a Port Huron man reported missing in late December. The victim has not been positively identified. Also, last Thursday it was reported that a man had jumped off the north span of the Blue Water Bridge. Several law enforcement agencies started a search to find the man, which continued over the weekend. On Monday, May 26, the Dive Team along with members of the Ontario Provincial Police continued the search in the St. Clair River. The man was located in about 25 feet of water on the Canadian side of the river, south of the Point Edward Casino.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says that with the weather being warmer than last year, his department saw an increase in activity over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Central Dispatch received 1,074 non-emergency calls and 219 9-1-1 calls. Last year there were 489 calls for law enforcement services and this year there were 750 calls. Sheriff's deputies responded to 456 of the calls, ranging from in-progress calls to assisting with Memorial Day festivities. According to Sgt. Steve McKenney, Sheriff's deputies responded to one fatal injury accident and one property damage accident, assisted Croswell with a with a homicide investigation, performed 119 traffic stops, issued 21 citations and 62 verbal warnings. There were three arrests made for Operating While Intoxicated and three arrested on outstanding warrants. Sanilac County Correction deputies booked 11 subjects into the jail. The Marine Division was on Lake Huron waterways in both the Port Sanilac and Lexington Harbors. They conducted marine patrols, responded to four boater assist calls and conducted one boat inspection. No water related injuries were reported and no violations or citations were issued.
(VASSAR TOWNSHIP) -- Three people were hit by a pickup truck during a large mud bog event Saturday in Tuscola County's Vassar Township. Michigan State Police Troopers from the Caro Post were sent to the scene on private property near Waterman and Oak Roads around 9 p.m. Two of the victims were transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. Both underwent surgery and their conditions are unknown. The third victim was transported to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw and was listed in stable condition Saturday night. Troopers say a 35-year old man was arrested on three counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating while intoxicated 3rd offense, and three counts of driving while license suspended causing serious injuries.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a program to fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is scheduled to announce the program Tuesday near Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay in Michigan, where farm runoff causes algae blooms that degrade water quality. The area is among many that are expected to generate funding proposals. USDA officials provided details of the program to The Associated Press ahead of the announcement. They said the purpose is to involve private companies, sporting groups, local governments and others more directly in conservation initiatives tailored to meet local needs. USDA will spend $1.2 billion over five years and seek the same amount from partners.
(CROSWELL) -- A 53-year old Croswell man was killed following a shooting at Julia and Mill Streets in Croswell Monday morning. Chief Dave Hall says the incident took place shortly after 8 a.m. The victim, identified as Paul Barr by police, was taken to Port Huron Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect, a 29-year old Croswell man, was located at the scene and arrested. He is expected to be arraigned on charges of open murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Chief Hall said a preliminary investigation showed the victim was arguing with a woman when the suspect became involved and allegedly shot the man. Hall says multiple shots were fired outside the home near Julia Street. The Michigan State Police Crime Lab responded along with members of the Lexington Police Department, Sanilac County Sheriff's Department and Croswell EMS.