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(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron Police are utilizing the latest technology to combat crime by tracking and locating stolen property. "Leads On-Line" offers a free service to the community called "report-it," which allows residents to securely store serial numbers, property descriptions, pictures, and receipts so that items can be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. Authorities investigate numerous home invasions, break-ins and larcenies each year. The online program is another tool police use to track and locate stolen property at pawn shops, second-hand stores, and precious metal dealers throughout Port Huron and the United States. Port Huron Police encourage citizens to create a free and secure account to register jewelry, electronics, toolsl and other personal valuables at www.reportit.leadsonline.com

(PORT HURON) -- A 15-ton steel sculpture of a sturgeon is drawing attention along the Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron. The Community Foundation of St. Clair County installed the sculpture of the fish, which lives in waters including the Great Lakes. Lou Rodriquez, of South Haven, says it took him three months to complete the sturgeon sculpture. The $10,000 sculpture was funded by private donations and commissioned specifically for the river walk, which officially opens Saturday. "Sugar, the Iron Horse," a sculpture to the south of the sturgeon, cost $15,000 and also was paid for through private donations. Names for the sturgeon sculpture are being solicited on the Community Foundation's Facebook page. More sculptures could be added in 2015.

(CASS CITY) -- The 77th Annual Meeting of Thumb Electric Cooperative will be held Saturday, June 14 at the Cass City Park. The business meeting will begin at 10 a.m., which includes the election of three directors. There will be entertainment for the entire family with pony rides, a clown, face painting, and bucket rides. Lunch will be served at noon. Impressionist, magician, and comedian Brandon Styles will perform at 1 p.m. The meeting is open to members of Thumb Electric Cooperative and their immediate family. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with seating for 1,000 people. TEC members are encouraged to arrive early and register for more than $1,000 in door prizes.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:01

M-24 reconstruction schedule changes

(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Motorists are being advised by MDOT that officials are revising the schedule for the M-24 reconstruction project in Lapeer. Staging changes are being made to avoid extending the traffic detours into the 2014 school year. The overall project includes reconstructing two miles of M-24 from south of I-69 to Nepessing Street in the city of Lapeer and Lapeer Township. Work, which began in late April, is expected to be completed in mid-September 2015. In addition to road construction, the $17.5 million project also includes the construction of storm and sanitary sewers, water mains and hydrants, sidewalks and signal upgrades, curb and gutter replacement, and shoulder improvements. Crews will also construct a non-motorized path from Turrill Road to Tower Street, replace the M-24 culvert over Farmers Creek, and install a new lighted pedestrian tunnel. Access to all businesses will be maintained for the duration of this project. The revised schedule will have M-24 reconstructed from I-69 to Demille Road this year, reconstruction from Demille Road to Nepessing Street in 2015, and the Farmers Creek Bridge will be replaced in 2015 with traffic detoured from July 8 to August 23, 2015.

(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies say a 41-year old Port Huron Township man was killed while riding his bicycle Tuesday night. The victim was traveling east on West Water Street just east of Michigan Road shortly before 10 p.m. when his bike was struck from behind by a Honda Accord driven by a 37-year old Novi man. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, who was not injured, was arrested. Deputies say alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

(EMMETT TOWNSHIP) -- A 36-year old Almont man remains hospitalized after crashing his motorcycle on I-69 Tuesday night. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the man was traveling west near Kinney Road in Emmett Township shortly after 11 p.m. when he left the roadway and crashed. The Lapeer County man was transported to Port Huron Hospital and then air-lifted to a Detroit area hospital for further treatment. Westbound I-69 was closed for about 2-hours during the investigation. Deputies say speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

(RICHMOND TOWNSHIP) -- A natural gas supply line exploded Tuesday afternoon in a northern Macomb County field injuring two men. The Macomb County Sheriff's Department says a crew from Sanilac Drain and Tile Company was laying the drain tile in a field near Place Road south of 33 Mile in Richmond Township when the line ruptured shortly before 1 p.m. The men, ages 52 and 23, were listed in stable condition Tuesday. The line belongs to Bluewater Gas Storage and has since been capped. Officials say the gas line's built-in safety valves automatically activated and shut off the leak. An excavator was destroyed in the explosion. No other injuries or damage to property were reported.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon and received an update from Sanilac County Recycling Center Supervisor Jo Ann Bye. Bye says that recycling has been backed up since Sheriff Biniecki pulled inmates from working at the facility last month. Since then, the county has hired two part-time employees to work at the recycling center. In the past, Bye says up to twenty inmates would be working at the facility on any given day. Commissioners also voted unanimously to remove recycling roll-off containers from locations throughout the county. Bye said that the condition of the roll-offs has become "disgusting." She adds that close to fifty percent of the contents of the roll-off containers is garbage. As part of the measure, commissioners will place ads throughout the county informing citizens of when the roll-offs will be removed. Additionally, commissioners moved to reinstate the county recycling committee.

(BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP) -- DTE Energy Co. is buying one of two Pheasant Run wind parks in Michigan from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC. The Detroit-based utility announced Monday that the 75-megawatt Pheasant Run II wind park in Huron County will be renamed the Brookfield Wind Park. Operating since earlier this year, it will shut down for one to two weeks during the transition. The wind park is located in Brookfield Township. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will still own and operate Pheasant Run I, with DTE continuing to buy the energy. Each wind park includes 44 wind turbines. DTE says the 150 megawatts generated by the wind parks is enough to power about 70,000 homes.

(LAPEER COUNTY) -- A tornado siren test in Lapeer County is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at 1 p.m. Lapeer County communities with a siren will participate. Residents are encouraged to practice their plan of action in the case of an emergency weather situation. In the event of a real emergency, citizens should have enough supplies to sustain each family member for 72 hours.