(PORT HURON) -- The former Clay Township police officer charged with unlawfully granting pistol safety training certificates to 27 people has been sentenced. 37-year old Ralph Cierpial was handed down a sentence of a year and a half of probation on Monday in St. Clair County Circuit Court. He must also pay more than $16,000 in restitution. Cierpial pleaded guilty to the charge in April and resigned from the Clay Township Police Department the same day. The charges stemmed from the training held in March 2013 at a Port Huron church. Authorities say Cierpial provided classroom training but not required firing range instruction.
(AREA) -- A cancer specialist accused of fraud is returning to court to learn if his trial will be moved out of southeastern Michigan. Attorneys for Dr. Farid Fata say publicity about the case has poisoned the jury pool. They say the allegations are well-known and widely believed long before a trial. Federal Judge Paul Borman is holding a court hearing Tuesday in Detroit. The Oakland County doctor is charged with committing fraud to enrich himself through health insurance programs. Fata owned Michigan Hematology Oncology, which had and six offices in southeast Michigan including Lapeer. The government says the clinics billed $35 million to Medicare over 2-years and some patients were repeatedly exposed to powerful drugs despite having no cancer. He denies it. In a separate matter, lawyer Christopher Andreoff wants the public to pay for his defense of Fata. He says Fata has run out of money to pay him.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is seeking information in regards to individuals involved in damaging thousands of dollars in property over the weekend. Several citizens had farm equipment and mailboxes damaged between Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 in Elmer and Flynn Townships and in Watertown. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at 810-648-8360.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A 50-year old Croswell man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Grove and Garfield Street in Port Huron. Police say the victim, Donald Todd Manns, was traveling south on Pine Grove with two other motorcycles when a vehicle traveling west on Garfield pulled into their path. The other two motorcycles were able to avoid the vehicle. Manns struck the vehicle on the passenger side. Police report that Manns was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He died a short time later at Port Huron Hospital. An investigation continues. Officers at the scene were assisted by the Michigan State Police Reconstruction Unit.
(AREA) -- Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in April decreased in 16 of the state's 17 major labor market regions, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment levels rose seasonally in most regions over the month, while labor force levels were mixed and little changed throughout the state. Sanilac County had the highest unemployment rate in the month of April for the five-county Thumb region at 9.5 percent. St. Clair County had a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, 9.0 in Tuscola County, 8.9 percent in Lapeer County and 8.1 percent in Huron County.
(AREA) -- Eighty two recruits became Michigan State Police Troopers following the graduation of the 126th Trooper Recruit School Friday. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at the ceremony stating that Michigan is committed to public safety and he is confident that the graduates of the Michigan State Police 126th Trooper Recruit School will uphold the highest standards as they protect our families. The school started on January 5 with 115 prospective recruits. The Caro Post will welcome four new Troopers this week including Joshua Every of Mason, Alexander Fey of St. Clair Shores, Katelyn Hammond of Alma, and Steven Tuohey of Warren. Troopers Jesse Alexander of Pontiac/Ortonville and Joel Perkins of Howell will join the Lapeer Post. Other local graduates were Trooper Brant Downing of Sandusky who will go to the Niles Post and Trooper Louis Velaga Jr. of Lapeer who joins the Flint Post. The next trooper recruit school starts June 8.
(MARION TOWNSHIP) -- A 22-year old Deckerville man was flown by Life Net to St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw for treatment of injuries following a police pursuit on Friday evening in Marion Township. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on Black River Street near Ada Street in Deckerville for a traffic violation. After activating the patrol car's emergency lights and siren, the driver proceeded to flee through town and traveled north onto Range Line Road. As the chase continued, the suspect lost control of his vehicle near Richmondville Road, went into a ditch, and overturned. He was removed from the vehicle by the Deckerville Fire Department and Sanilac EMS, taken to Deckerville Community Hospital, and later flown to St. Mary's Hospital. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the mishap and the suspect was not wearing a seatbelt. Charges of fleeing and eluding police and operating while intoxicated are being sought, pending further investigation and lab results from the State Police Crime Lab. The name of the suspect is being withheld pending arraignment.