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(AREA) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested the suspect in the case Monday. The 30-year old Minden City man was taken into custody after a thorough search following an attempted K-9 track. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer was reported stolen from the Minden City area during the early morning hours Monday. The vehicle was found overturned on Bay City-Forestville Road near Bad Axe Road, unoccupied. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit responded. When the lead turned cold, deputies continued their search of the area. Acting on tips called in from area businesses and residents, the suspect was located and arrested without incident. The case remains under investigation and the man's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

(AREA) -- Twenty-three recruits successfully completed Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer training and graduated last Friday. Ceremonies were held at the training academy in Lansing. The 23 new officers now enter 18 weeks of field training partnered with more experienced conservation officers in the counties in which they have been assigned. The academy and ongoing support for the graduates is funded in the DNR budget through a General Fund appropriation approved by the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder. Officer Kyle Bucholtz was assigned to Sanilac County and Sanilac County native Paul Fox was assigned to Presque Isle County. DNR conservation officers are certified police officers with the authority to enforce Michigan's criminal laws. As conservation officers, they also have unique training in a wide variety of other areas related to the protection of Michigan's citizens and natural resources.

The new officers and the counties they are assigned are:
  • Jeremy Beavers, Genesee County
  • Jason Becker, Macomb County
  • Brad Bellville, Montmorency County
  • William Brickel, Gratiot County
  • Kyle Bucholtz, Sanilac County
  • Jon Busken, Mackinac County
  • Richard Cardenas, Oakland County
  • Brett Delonge, Menominee County
  • Paul Fox, Presque Isle County
  • Robert Freeborn, Schoolcraft County
  • Saykham Keophalychanh, Genesee County
  • Josiah Killingbeck, Lake County
  • Christopher Knights, Monroe County
  • Brian Lasanen, Ontonagon County
  • Michael Mansell, Ontonagon County
  • Matthew Page, Branch County
  • Christopher Reynolds, Hillsdale County
  • Timothy Rosochacki, Alpena County
  • Joshua Russell, Iosco County
  • David Schaumburger, Wayne County
  • Andrew Sutzko, Washtenaw County
  • Justin Ulberg, Lenawee County
  • Robert Watson, Luce County

(PORT HURON) -- Coast Guard crews from the U.S. and Canada worked together to rescue two women who were adrift in a raft on southern Lake Huron. The U.S. Coast Guard says it was asked Sunday evening to assist in locating the women, who were reportedly pushed from land by winds and couldn't get back. A rescue boat crew from the Coast Guard Station in Port Huron located them near Sarnia, Ontario. A helicopter from Air Station Detroit also was launched to assist in the search. Names of the women weren't released.

Monday, 16 June 2014 11:55

Ubly man killed in crash Sunday

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- A 50-year old Ubly man was killed in a single-vehicle crash along Bay City Forestville Road near Cemetery Road in Tuscola County's Elkland Township Sunday. Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place around 9 p.m. when the man's vehicle was traveling west on Bay City Forestville at a high rate of speed and he lost control. The vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say the victim's name will be released Tuesday.

(HURON COUNTY) -- An irate bar patron who was asked to leave Shelley's Bar in Port Austin Township caused significant damage to property and the alledged assault of at least one bar patron early Sunday morning. According to Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson, police were called to the bar when a 24-year-old Elkton man had caused the disturbance. Police say the man was escorted out of the bar and the door was locked, as the bar closed for the night. The man began kicking at a window until a 22-year-old man opened the door in an effort to calm him down. The suspect then pushed the 22-year-old to the floor rendering him unconsious and began punching him. Other bar patrons were able to get the suspect outside once again where he grabbed a golf club and came after them. The other bar patrons were able to get the club away from the suspect and re-enter the bar. That is when the suspect got into his pickup truck, revved the engine and smashed into the front of the bar pushing the wall in about six inches. He then spun out across the parking lot to property across the road where he turfed the lawn, knocked down some trees and signs, and hit some boulders. The suspect fled the area and was apprehended a short time later when he went off the roadway near 2240 Grindstone Road. Huron County deputies and a State Police Trooper that had responded to assist took to him into custody.

(WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP) -- A 37-year-old Marlette man and a 28-year-old Sandusky woman were seriously injured Sunday afternoon around 2:50 p.m. in a farming accident involving a loaded hay wagon on Henderson Road in Sanilac County's Watertown Township. According to Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies, dispatch received a frantic call from family members that two people had been injured and at least one had been run over by a tractor. Deputies determined that an 83-year-old man had been operating the tractor and was unable to stop while the man and woman were assisting in hooking up a loaded hay wagon, pinning both between the tractor and the wagon.  Two helicopters were dispatched and both victims were airlifted, one to Covenant Hospital and and the other to St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. The 28-year-old Sandusky woman was airlifted from the scene and the 37-year-old Marlette man was transported to McKenzie Hospital and later flown out for further treatment. No word on their conditions at this time. Sanilac Ambulance and the Sandusky Fire Department assisted at the scene.

(AREA) -- Legislation sponsored by State Representative Paul Muxlow that protects pets from abusive owners was passed by the House 98-12 this week. House Bill 4534, known as Logan's Law, is part of a four-bill package that bans animal shelters from adopting animals to people who have been convicted of animal abuse in the last 5-years. The measures also would allow shelters to perform background checks on prospective pet owners using the Michigan State Police database. Representative Muxlow of Brown City says that work on the legislation has been going on for 2-years, ensuring it provides the best protection for the animal members of our families. The bills are named in memory of Logan, a Siberian husky who was burned with acid in March 2012 after his owner and another man were involved in a road rage incident. Logan died four months later as a result of side effects of his treatment. The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

(PORT HOPE) -- Huron County authorities arrested two Port Hope area men Wednesday evening following a lengthy, multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in the county. The first arrest took place around 6:30 p.m. outside a Harbor Beach business. The man was lodged on a felony charge of delivery of marijuana and his pickup truck was impounded. The arrest led to a search warrant that was served a few hours later at 3469 Finkle Road in Bloomfield Township. Home at the time of the raid was four adults, a teenager and two toddlers. Officers seized about a half pound of marijuana, 14 marijuana plants and syringes, which were found in a diaper bag. A Port Hope man was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, which was unrelated to the property seized inside the home. Charges are being sought  against the other adults at the residence and Child Protective Services was notified. Both men were arraigned Thursday in Huron County District Court. 31-year old Michael McCormick was arraigned on a felony charge of delivery of marijuana. He posted a $600 bond and was released. 20-year old Travis Phillips was charged with a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and posted his $350 bond.

(ST. CLAIR) -- Furniture from the historic St. Clair Inn is being sold to help support a substance abuse rehabilitation program. Jacqulynn Idzior, director of operations for Southeast Michigan Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, says that crews brought two truckloads of furniture to a Salvation Army store in Macomb County's Clinton Township. Idzior says money from the sale of the furniture will help support the Salvation Army's 180-day drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. She says she didn't know who made the donation. Reports say that it's wasn't clear who authorized the removal of the furniture from the 88-year-old St. Clair Inn, which closed in January.

(CLYDE TOWNSHIP) -- A 49-year old North Street man was seriously injured in a car vs. motorcycle crash Thursday night in St. Clair County's Clyde Township. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says Timothy Perry was traveling south on Vincent Road on his Harley Davidson motorcycle shortly after 10 p.m. when a northbound car, attempting to turn left onto Shoefelt Road, turned directly into the path of the motorcycle. Perry was thrown from his bike. He was transported to Port Huron Hospital and later transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. The extent of his injuries is unknown. The driver of the car was a 22-year old St. Clair man. Deputies say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. It's unknown if the St. Clair man was injured in the crash.