DTF Seizes Meth And Crystal Meth

drug task forceThe St. Clair County Drug Task Force conducted two investigations Monday night, leading to the arrest of six people and confiscation of drugs.  According to Sheriff Tim Donnellon, the DTF was assisted by the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol in locating a woman with an outstanding felony warrant.  The woman, a 42 year old from Kimball Township, was located in a vehicle by deputies and a traffic stop was conducted at Griswold and Allen Roads at about 6:30 p.m.  When deputies made contact with occupants of the vehicle, a methamphetamine lab was located inside.  Members of the Drug Task Force specially trained in processing and neutralizing meth labs were contacted.  While processing the vehicle, meth lab components were seized, along with meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash and cell phones.  The suspect was arrested, as were a 32 year old woman and 29 year old woman, both from Kimball Township, who were also in the vehicle at the time of the stop.  The three are expected to face charges including possession of a methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and maintaining a drug vehicle.  The Kimball Township Fire Department also assisted at the scene of the traffic stop.  At about (con’t)

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First Roundabout In St. Clair County Moving Toward Completion

The new roundabout at the intersection of Range and Griswold roads is expected to open this Friday, May 27, with the entire project set for completion by July 29, as long as weather continues to allow work to continue.  That intersection has been closed since April 20 for construction of the single-lane roundabout.  More than…

First Roundabout In St. Clair County Moving Toward Completion

road workThe new roundabout at the intersection of Range and Griswold roads is expected to open this Friday, May 27, with the entire project set for completion by July 29, as long as weather continues to allow work to continue.  That intersection has been closed since April 20 for construction of the single-lane roundabout.  More than 4,000 vehicles pass through that intersection of roadway on a daily basis and with an average of five crashes a year. This will be St. Clair County’s first roundabout, but a second is already in the planning process at Lapeer and Allen roads in Kimball Township.  Construction is expected to begin midsummer of 2017.

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City Council Approves Budget – But Not All In Favor

Monday’s Port Huron City Council meeting saw the adoption of next year’s budget.  The vote was 4-3 with Councilmen Alphonso Amos, Ken Harris and Alan Lewandowski all voting no.  The three expressed concerns about the city’s increase in spending, including a 5.5 percent raise in general fund operating expenditures over the previous budget.  One councilman…

City Council Approves Budget – But Not All In Favor

city council.Monday’s Port Huron City Council meeting saw the adoption of next year’s budget.  The vote was 4-3 with Councilmen Alphonso Amos, Ken Harris and Alan Lewandowski all voting no.  The three expressed concerns about the city’s increase in spending, including a 5.5 percent raise in general fund operating expenditures over the previous budget.  One councilman had asked for more time to evaluate the budget, while another questioned planned raises for City Manager James Freed, while no evaluation for a raise has been performed.  Officials responded that general expenditures saw an increase due to two-percent wage increases for employees, along with an increase in contributions to the city’s unfunded liabilities  — those include contributions to the city’s unfunded pension and other retiree benefit liabilities.  City Manager James Freed stated, with this addition in pay, he is still making less than his original agreed-upon contract.

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Michigan Heat Awareness Day

In the U.S., about 120 people die each year from extreme heat. Michigan averages about 5 heat related deaths a year.   Heat deaths and injuries are typically underreported.   Most heat related deaths are adults over the age of 40 and the deaths occur in their homes.  The National Weather Service has set Friday, May…

Michigan Heat Awareness Day

heat awarenessIn the U.S., about 120 people die each year from extreme heat. Michigan averages about 5 heat related deaths a year.   Heat deaths and injuries are typically underreported.   Most heat related deaths are adults over the age of 40 and the deaths occur in their homes.  The National Weather Service has set Friday, May 27 as Michigan Heat Awareness Day.  Heat index is something which needs to be watched during those hot days.    The Heat Index is a measure of how hot the weather actually feels to the body based on air temperature and relative humidity.   Keep in mind that strong winds, particularly  those accompanying very hot, dry air, can be extremely hazardous, as wind increases heat to the body.    Never leaves animals or children in your vehicle unattended during hot weather.  Even cracking the window allows for very little relief.  If you would like more information, log on to www.weather.gov

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MADD Calls On Legislature To Strengthen Drunk Driving Law

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) learned that drunk driving deaths in Michigan are increasing at an alarming rate. According to Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning, 303 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2015 — a 28 percent increase over the 236 lives lost in 2014.  “This new information illustrates why MADD has asked…

MADD Calls On Legislature To Strengthen Drunk Driving Law

MADDMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) learned that drunk driving deaths in Michigan are increasing at an alarming rate. According to Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning, 303 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2015 — a 28 percent increase over the 236 lives lost in 2014.  “This new information illustrates why MADD has asked the Michigan Legislature to please pass a strong, life-saving law that extends ignition interlock use to all drunk drivers,” said Tyler MacEachran, State Executive Director of MADD Michigan. “Ignition interlocks keep drunk drivers off the road and the public safe.”   Currently in Michigan, convicted repeat drunk drivers and first offenders with at least a .17 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) who wish to drive during their one-year license suspension may receive interlock-restricted driving privileges. HB 5456 by Representative Klint Kesto, which is pending a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee, would expand the ignition interlock option to all drunk driving offenders.  MADD believes all drunk drivers should use an ignition interlock to protect the public while allowing offenders to maintain their daily commitments, including work, school and treatment programs. Multiple studies reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that ignition interlocks reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by 67 percent over license suspension alone.  Another study in Michigan, comparing recidivism of ignition interlock users to offenders participating in DWI/Sobriety Court without ignition interlocks, found offenders who did not use an ignition interlock were 3.2 times more likely to fail out of the Sobriety Court program than offenders who used ignition interlocks. According to the study, commissioned by the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP) in cooperation with the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), recidivism among ignition interlock users remained lower four years after using the device.  “To date, approximately 3.5% of interlock program offenders have been reconvicted for drunk driving offenses,” wrote authors Christopher A. Kierkus and Brian R. Johnson. “In comparison to non-interlock offenders in DWI/Sobriety Court, and to standard probationers, Interlock Program Participants have the lowest recidivism rates after one, two, three and four years of follow up. This is true for both drunk driving related re-offending and for general criminal re-offending.”  According to a MADD report, released February 10, ignition interlocks have prevented drunk drivers from starting their vehicles 86,393 times since October 2010, when Michigan judges began ordering the devices for repeat offenders and offenders with at least a .17 BAC.  “Imagine how many more tragedies could be prevented on Michigan’s roadways if every drunk driving offender used an ignition interlock during their license suspension period,” MacEachran said.

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