(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- The St. Clair County Drug Task Force netted illegal drugs, cash, and drug paraphernalia during two separate drug raids this week. The first took place at a home in the 1100 block of Court Street in Port Huron Tuesday night. Officers arrested a 39-year old Port Huron man and seized crack cocaine, cash, and drug paraphernalia. The second raid took place Thursday night in the 9500 block of Anchor Bay Drive in Clay Township. Five men were arrested after Drug Task Force Officers seized analog pills, marijuana, cash, cell phones and paraphernalia from the home. The 24 and 25 year old Clay Township residents, a 29 and 30 year old, both from St. Clair and a 45-year old Richmond man remain jailed on drug charges, outstanding warrants and resisting arrest.
(SANDUSKY) -- Two physician offices through McKenzie Health System have been recognized for their high immunization rates by the Region 4 Michigan Care Improvement Registry. The McKenzie Croswell Clinic has met the criteria to be recognized as a Site of Excellence for March 2014 and McKenzie's Austin Street Clinic has received Honorable Mention. Region 4 first introduced their revised criteria to recognize providers as Site of Excellence in the fall of 2013. Providers are evaluated in March and September for meeting an immunization rate of 85% or higher in three distinct areas. Honorable Mention is given for providers who reached 85% or better for two criteria and were close for the third. Region 4 is comprised of Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, and Tuscola Counties.
(PORT HURON) -- Construction is moving forward on the Blue Water Area Convention Center along the St. Clair River in Port Huron. The northern footings of the facility are in place and the walls of the 43,000-square-foot building will go up in August. Before that time, plumbing, electrical and mechanical work will be done at the site. About $9 million has been set aside for the St. Clair County project. The facility will include a 20,000-square-foot event hall, meeting rooms and ballroom. The convention center will join a riverfront development that includes the refurbished DoubleTree by Hilton, Freighters Taproom and Eatery, and the Baker College Culinary Institute. Plans for the Blue Water Convention Center were announced in 2011.
(MARLETTE TOWNSHIP) -- An ex-convict has received a one-year jail sentence on a firearms charge after his son accidentally shot an 11-year-old friend to death during a sleepover at their home in Marlette Township. Sanilac County Circuit Judge Donald Teeple issued the sentence Wednesday for the man, who pleaded guilty May 5 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 11-year old Tyler Dunn died November 23 from a rifle shot in the home on Howard Road where the father and son lived. Authorities say no adult was home at the time of the shooting. The 12-year-old boy pleaded guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm and was sentenced May 6 to probation in the home of his mother until age 19.
(AREA) -- AgriPac has announced its selection of candidates to receive the "Friend of Agriculture" designation and endorsement for the August 5 primary election. AgriPac is the non-partisan political action committee of the Michigan Farm Bureau. "Friends of Agriculture" represent qualified candidates who have demonstrated basic beliefs and or actions consistent with farmer-developed Michigan Farm Bureau policy. In the House of Representatives, Republican Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township was selected as a "Friend of Agriculture" for the 81st District. Jan Peabody, a Republican from Lapeer, was selected for the 82nd District, Republican Paul Muxlow of Brown City for the 83rd District and Dr. Edward Canfield, a Republican from Sebewaing for the 84th House District.
(AREA) -- The Sanilac County Community Foundation has announced another round of scholarships awarded to graduating seniors. Jarred Dorman, a 2014 graduate of Sandusky High School, received the Aaron Brown Memorial Scholarship. Jarred plans to attend Central Michigan University in the fall to study sports management. He is the son of Troy and Lynn Dorman. The Aaron Brown Memorial Scholarship was established in Aaron's memory by his family.
Sandusky graduate Audrey Bracken was awarded the Mark S. Hund Memorial Scholarship. Audrey is the daughter of Bryan and Sandra Bracken of Sandusky. She plans to attend Grand Valley State University to study pre-med this fall. The Mark S. Hund Memorial Scholarship was established in 1997 in memorial of Mark, a long time principal at Sandusky High School.
Adam Krause, son of Brian and Brenda Krause of Marlette, received the Edward Huntoon Memorial Scholarship. Adam graduated from Marlette High School and will attend Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University where he was awarded the Spartan Achievement Award. He plans to major in food science and pursue a career as a food inspector. The Edward Huntoon Scholarship was established in 2009 in his memory by his family. Mr. Huntoon was an active businessman in the Marlette community and was always committed to the importance of education.
Sandusky High School graduate Matthew Ruggles is the recipient of the Kevin M. Pearce Memorial Scholarship. Matthew is the son of Mark and Mary Lou RUggles. He will be attending Alpena Community College in the fall and is enrolled in the Utility Technician program. The Kevin Pearce Scholarship was established in 2001 in Kevin's memory by his family to give students a chance to achieve, and to inspire the generations to follow. Kevin, a 1985 graduate of Sandusky High School, passed away on January 24, 2001.
Carsonville-Port Sanilac graduate Sydney Clark, daughter of Tammy and James Wagester of Port Sanilac and Mark Clark of Clinton Township, was awarded the Edward and Amelia Falls Scholarship. Sydney plans to attend St. Clair County Community College, majoring in nursing. The Edward & Amelia Falls Scholarship was established by Philomena Falls, a prominent Lexington resident since 1971, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 99. She was a strong supporter of public education, having spent more than 41-years in elementary education in the United States, Germany and Japan.
Monica Falls, the 2014 Salutatorian at CPS, was named this year's recipient of the Esther M. Cuppen Scholarship. Monica is the daughter of Christopher and Nicole Falls of Port Sanilac. She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University in the fall to pursue a degree in nursing. She has been accepted as a Freshman Pre-Admit into the Nursing Program.
(SEBEWAING) -- Isabella Krolikowski of Midland was crowned the Michigan Sugar Queen Friday night during the 50th Michigan Sugar Festival in Sebewaing. The runner-up was Erica Gremel of Sebewaing and the second runner-up was Megan Keen of Essexville. The very first Michigan Sugar Queen, Mary Ann LaCourse now from Frankenlust Township, earned her crown in 1965. LaCourse was on hand during the festival last weekend, along with several past Sugar Queens, in celebration of the festival's 50th year!
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- An 18-year-old suburban Detroit man has died after falling off a raft in southern Lake Huron and allegedly drowning. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the victim, Ikechukwu Onwuzurike of Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township, was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon after a witness on shore told authorities that the man disappeared in the water after falling off the raft. Divers from the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department responded to the location in Worth Township near Emigh and Galbraith Line Roads around 5 p.m. Onwuzurike was found in approximately 10-11 feet of water about three hours after he was reported missing and was pronounced dead at the scene. Burtchville Township Fire and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in the search by boat and aircraft. Sheriff Biniecki says the man was not wearing a life jacket. Deputies say alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident.
(MARINE CITY) -- Beach-goers in Marine City seeking relief from the heat will be able to get a different kind of relief thanks to a local couple. The community along the St. Clair River cut lifeguards this year as part of budget-balancing efforts. Since part of the job of lifeguards was maintaining bathrooms, City Manager John Gabor had said bathrooms would be closed - replaced by portable toilets. Charles Seigneurie, owner of Smashed Potatoes Catering and Food on the Move, and his wife Laura volunteered to maintain the bathrooms. They've also paid for a peddlers permit to park their Food on the Move truck at the beach for the season. Seigneurie says they're "hoping it's a win-win." Gabor says the city will leave one portable toilet.
(CARSONVILLE) -- Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School students and families participated in a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser May 29 and raised $2,080 for the band and music program. During the fundraiser, the Dodge brand through Tubbs Brothers Inc. in Sandusky, contributed $20 for each test drive in a new 2014 Dodge Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, or Dart. The Dodge brand has supported schools across the country for many years. Since 1993, Dodge has helped raise over $5 million for local schools with test drive programs like the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.