(AREA) -- 84th District State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon is urging the House of Representatives to take up legislation he is sponsoring, which prohibits the manufacture and sale of personal cleaning products with plastic particles known as microbeads. The plastics, which are added for abrasive and polishing purposes, are not filtered out when wastewater is returned to the environment, causing harm to the ecosystem. Brown stated that not only do the plastics themselves contain dangerous chemicals, but they also absorb toxins that then go through the aquatic food chain and end up on our dinner plate. Representative Brown introduced House Bill 4994 in September, but it remains in the House Regulatory Reform Committee. Legislative leaders say they don't plan to take up the bill because some companies are beginning to phase out microbeads. On June 8, Illinois became the first state in the nation to sign into law a ban on the manufacture and sale of products with added microbeads.
(SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP) -- Two Harbor Beach men were arrested early Tuesday after authorities observed them taking part in the illegal sale of marijuana. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the traffic stop took place around 1 a.m. at the intersection of Schock and Lincoln Roads in Sand Beach Township. Deputies seized marijuana, marijuana wax and cash from inside the suspect vehicle. 21-year old Dominiek Weiss was arraigned on a felony charge of delivery of marijuana. He remains jailed on a $3,500 or 10% bond. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year old Tyler Krueger was arraigned on a felony charge of delivery of marijuana, and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended. He was released on a $5,000 PR bond for the felony charge and posted a $3,500 bond for the misdemeanor charge. Sheriff Hanson says his department has started to hear of and see marijuana wax over the last month or so. It's normally produced from properties of medical marijuana and is very potent. The product is smoked or used to make marijuana candy.
(BUEL TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 30-year old Croswell man Tuesday afternoon on felonious firearm charges after his wife called 9-1-1 stating that he had fired a handgun inside their home following an argument. The incident took place shortly before noon in a trailer park in Buel Township. The man had left the residence with the handgun in a white Ford Escape. Croswell and Lexington police officers assisted in the search for the vehicle and suspect. The car was located on Farr Road in Elk Township. Deputies were able to take the man, originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, into custody without incident. Authorities searched the vehicle and found the handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition. The man remains lodged in the Sanilac County jail on a no cash bond pending arraignment. He faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.
(CROSWELL) -- The Croswell Fair is happening this week with a carnival midway provided by Schmidt Amusements opening at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and at Noon on Friday and Saturday. There is free parking and gate admission is just $2 for everyone over the age of 5. Unlimited ride wristbands are $17. Friday, June 20 is Kids' Day and wristbands are $12 each.
Wednesday, the Supercross featuring Martin Xtreme Racing will entertain the crowd at the grandstand at 7 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12 and infield tickets are $10 each. Thursday night is the Figure 8 Races and the Truck and Tractor Pulls are Friday. Musical entertainment will be provided by Emily Torres Friday night at the community stage beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday hosts the dog show, MT Pocket Pullers mini-tractor pulls, and Off-Road Derby at the Grandstand. Two Weeks Notice will perform on the community stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Other attractions include Felix T Clown performing each day and the Wild World Animals performing shows at different times Wednesday through Saturday.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- The 50-year old Ubly man killed in the single-vehicle crash along Bay City-Forestville Road near Cemetery Road in Tuscola County's Elkland Township Sunday has been identified as Gary Franzel. Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place around 9 p.m. when Franzel's vehicle was traveling west on Bay City-Forestville at a high rate of speed. He lost control and the vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree. Franzel was pronounced dead at the scene.
(WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities have released the names of the couple injured in a farming accident that happened Sunday afternoon on Henderson Road in Watertown Township. A tractor driven by 82-year old Charles Henderson accidentally pinned 37-year old Jason Krause of Marlette and 28-year old Amanda Smith of Sandusky between the tractor and a loaded hay wagon just before 3 p.m. Smith was airlifted from the scene and taken to a Saginaw area hospital. Krause was transported to McKenzie Hospital and later flown by helicopter to a Saginaw area hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
(CASS CITY) -- Thumb Electric Cooperative held their 77th Annual members appreciation day/meeting last Saturday at the Cass City Recreational Park. An estimated 900 people attended the meeting, which was highlighted by the election of four directors and numerous entertainment activities. Re-elected to 3-year terms of District 3 were Beth McDonald, Huron County; Duane Kursinsky, Sanilac County; and Carl Cousins, Tuscola County. Others nominated for a director position were Dan Cregeur of Huron County and Ken Landsburg of Sanilac County. During a special election to serve the remaining term of a 3-year term in District 2 of Sanilac County was Lynn Morell. General Manager Dallas Braun presented the 2013 financial statement, which was negatively impacted by the late December ice-storm, showed operating revenues of $18.5 million and expenses of $18.3 million, resulting in an operating margin of $163,060.Member's patronage capital accounts were allocated 2.5 cents on each dollar paid by TEC members in 2013, down from previous years due to the impact of the ice-storm. The 2013 general patronage retirement of $395,600 for the years 1981, 1982, and 2013 appeared as a credit on a separate line-item on members electric bills received in May of this year. Following the annual meeting, the Board of Directors re-elected Louis Wenzlaff President, Donald Wolschleger Vice-President, Beth McDonald Secretary, and Randall Dhyse as Treasurer.
(GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP) -- The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is hosting a community celebration and teaching event at what's considered Michigan's only known prehistoric rock carvings. The event presented by the tribe's Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways is scheduled for Saturday at The Sanilac Petroglyphs in the woods outside Cass City in the state's rural Thumb region. The tribe says the "community cultural teaching and feast" aims to "honor the teachings and spirit" of their ancestors at what they consider a sacred site. Tribe officials say they host the annual gatherings in Sanilac County's Greenleaf Township as they "cultivate collaborative relationships" with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The sandstone carvings are within the Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park. The event is free to the public.
(AREA) -- Two long-time members of the Sanilac County Area Violence Elimination and the Sanilac Child Abuse Prevention Council were honored as "Citizens of the Year" at the Sanilac County Police and Firemen's Awards banquet on Saturday, June 14 at the Sanilac Shrine Park. Sherri Lanctot and Gail Innis were cited for their many years of leadership, volunteerism and fundraising efforts, which average $50,000 a year to help support the Eva's Place Shelter and their mission of educating the public to end violence in the lives of families and children in Sanilac County.
The "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" is Sanilac County Sheriff's Jail Lieutenant Nick Romzek. Romzek earned top honors for his leadership and guidance of the staff especially during the recent construction of the new jail facility and ensuring that health and safety concerns were addressed. Under the guidance of Lt. Romzek, the "jail-bed" program earned over $1.6 million for Sanilac County in 2013.
Two members of the Sandusky Fire Department received "Firefighter of the Year" honors for their commitment to "Rapid Intervention Team" training. RIT training teaches firefighters how to rapidly and safely enter a structure and rescue a downed firefighter due to structural collapse and medical problems. Brad Harris and Nick Lusher have spent countless hours of their own time preparing training courses, building props, and traveling to the area fire departments to provide a standardized RIT protocol for all departments in the county.
Marlette EMS Paramedic Cecil Byrnes and Marlette EMT Melissa Govea are the 2014 'EMT'S of the Year." They were honored for a life-saving incident that occurred in early March, when a forklift fell on a man. The entire incident was caught on tape and shown at Lapeer Hospital during a trauma symposium.
A "Certificate of Meritorious Service" was presented to Dr. William J. Starbird who has been Sanilac County's Medical Director since 1992. Dr. Starbird was instrumental in the forming of the Sanilac County Medical Authority and guided the county EMS system in changing from basic services to advanced services.
Sanilac County's "Dispatcher of the Year" is Kristal Schulz, an 8-year veteran of the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office. Kristal was honored for her professionalism during an incident on June 19, 2013 when a 26-year old man became trapped underneath a vehicle. Schulz was able to dispatch emergency responders while keeping the man calm as he lay trapped and was having a difficult time breathing. The man was able to recover from his injuries.
The "President's Award" was given to Argyle fireman Wally Marston, who recently retired as chief. During Marston's leadership of more than 20-years, the department underwent many upgrades including two new pumper trucks. Marston also served as president of the Sanilac County Fire Association and remains an active member of the Argyle Fire Department.
A special "Bronze Award" was presented posthumously in honor of Tricia Shephard to her family. Tricia was a dedicated dispatcher for the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department for 8-years. She passed away unexpectedly this spring.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- A Snover man faces multiple charges after fleeing from authorities early Monday morning. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says deputies attempted to make a traffic stop around 6:30 a.m. on Marlette Road near Johnson Road in Watertown Township when the suspect vehicle, a dark colored Chevy Impala, proceeded to flee north on Johnson Road. The 30-year old Snover man driving the car pulled into a private driveway and fled on foot. Additional deputies and the K-9 unit from St. Clair County assisted in tracking the suspect. Deputies made contact with the homeowner, who knew the suspect, and located him inside the residence. He was taken into custody without incident. The suspect's name is being held pending arraignment. He remains jailed.