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(AREA) -- Michigan's annual summer free fishing weekend is Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. The DNR says residents and non-residents alike may fish Michigan waters without a license that weekend, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Michigan has offered the free fishing weekend annually since 1986 as an easy, affordable way to showcase the state's vast water resources. The state has more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To encourage involvement in the free fishing weekend, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. Visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing for official events.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:52

Headstone found buried in mud

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public regarding a headstone that was found buried in the mud along M-53, about a half mile north of Hemans. The headstone reads Albert F. Davis 1907-1978. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Willis at 810-648-2000 ext. 2.

(AREA) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department is starting a pilot program to remove deer carcasses from county roadways. According to Sheriff Garry Biniecki, Deputy Monique Tank spearheaded the operation through research and community support for the program. Area businesses, townships, cities, and villages donated funds, which were then earmarked for the wages of a deputy to supervise inmates during clean-up. The Deer Removal Program is in its beginning stages and will be conducted two weeks in the spring after the thaw and two weeks in the fall during peak deer movement. Sheriff Biniecki says the program will be assessed throughout the year as donations and deer patterns are monitored. Deer removal is the primary focus, but other animals that have been hit are also being removed in the targeted areas.

(HURON COUNTY) -- A 23-year old Ubly man accused of causing a crash that killed four people last July has pleaded no contest to the charges. Andrew Braun appeared in Huron County District Court last week and plead no contest to four counts of moving violation causing death and two counts of moving violation causing serious impairment of a bodily function. The crash took place on July 27, 2013 at the intersection of Stein and Maxwell Roads, killing 40-year old Joshua Heck, 38-year old Jessica Heck, 13-year old Taylor Heck of Pigeon and 13-year old Brenden Smith of Caseville. Police reports say Braun failed to stop at the posted stop sign, causing the crash. Braun is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5. The four counts of moving violation causing death carry a penalty of up to a year in jail and or a $2,000 fine. The two moving violation causing serious impairment of a bodily function charges could result in 93 days in jail and or a $500 fine.  A no contest plea is not an admission of guilty, but is treated as such at sentencing.

(BAD AXE) -- The growing collaborations among three community foundations in the Thumb took a leap forward with the hiring of Mackenzie Price as the new full-time director of the Huron County Community Foundation. Mackenzie is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College and has been actively involved in the field of community foundations since 2008 when she joined the Michigan Community Foundation's Youth Project. The three foundations have been focusing more on regional collaboration for the last 2-years, with an initial focus on tourism. Under a 2-year pilot program, Price will serve as director of the Huron County Community Foundation for 25 hours a week and also on a regional basis with the county foundations in Sanilac and St. Clair counties for another 15 hours a week. 

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Officers from six police agencies were involved in a high-speed chase that resulted in the arrest of the suspect driver. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say that around 7 p.m. Saturday evening, Croswell Police Officer Erik Wurmlinger attempted to stop the suspect vehicle on Howard Avenue near McGill Street. The driver failed to stop and proceeded north on Old 51 to Aitken Road and then turned west. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies, who were monitoring the chase, responded as Wurmlinger got caught up in low visibility due to a large amount of dust being kicked up by the fleeing vehicle. The pursuit continued south through Sanilac County entering St. Clair County. The suspect turned onto Jeddo Road and proceeeded east. Deputies set up spike strips at Jeddo and Todd Roads and were able to end the chase. The suspect traveled about a quarter mile further, stopped, and exited the vehicle before surrendered to authorities. Croswell Police and  Sheriff's deputies were assisted by State Police from the Caro post as well as officers from the Sandusky, Peck and Yale Police Departments.

(PORT HURON) -- U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow was the speaker during the dedication of the Island Loop National Water Trail in Port Huron. The ceremony was held Saturday morning in Bakers Field Park. Stabenow's office says U.S. Interior officials announced last fall that St. Clair County's 10.2-mile-long Island Loop Water Trail had been selected as the first National Water Trail in the state. There are only 14 such trails in the United States. The trail traverses the Black River, Black River Canal, Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. The National Water Trails System is part of the National Park Service.

(DECKERVILLE) -- Spring Cleanup in the Village of Deckerville is set for Wednesday, May 14. Knox Disposal will begin picking up at 6 a.m. Deckerville village residents should have their items at the curb at or before 6 a.m. There will be one pickup only.

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers raided a home in Port Huron Township and seized drugs at the Blue Water Bridge early Thursday morning. A total of 11 people were arrested and thousands of dollars in cocaine was taken off the streets. The first warrant was served at 1 a.m in the 3600 block of Lapeer Road. Officers seized methamphetamine, meth lab equipment, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, pills, $1,500 in cash and drug paraphernalia. The eight suspects arrested at the residence were from Battle Creek, Detroit, and Port Huron and ranged in age from 18-31. The second bust happened at the Blue Water Bridge around 4 a.m. During the search of a 2013 Dodge Charger, officials found approximately $5,000 worth of cocaine. They also recovered a small amount of crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. A 23-year old Grand Rapids man was arrested and lodged in the St. Clair County jail. Two passengers, a 34-year old man and 20-year old woman, both from Grand Rapids, were released pending charges.

(AREA) -- Legislation that would waive initial state occupational license fees for honorably discharged veterans has been approved by the Legislature and is ready to be signed by the Governor. The measure is part of a two-bill package sponsored by State Senator Mike Green of Mayville and Senator John Moolenaar of Midland. If the bills are signed into law, initial occupational license fees would be waived for veterans seeking to become private security professionals, accountants, builders, barbers, engineers, surveyors, real estate agents and many other occupations. According to Senator Green, our veterans have some of the best occupational and leadership training in the nation. Senate Bills 671 and 672 are awaiting Governor Rick Snyder's signature.