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House fire claims pets


Two dogs were lost from a house fire at the corner of Lincoln and Morse streets in Sandusky last week, despite the efforts of an 18-year-old family member to save them. Sandusky Fire Department responded to the call at the former SugarTown Sweets Shop, which is now a residence, at 44 Morse Street April 5 at 3:58 p.m. None of […]

Missed turn ends in crash

The 32-year-old motorist was treated by EMS and released at the scene after hitting a light pole in downtown Sandusky. Monday’s crash occurred around 11:46 a.m. at intersection of Sanilac and Elk, when the eastbound car driven by Joseph Grinnell of Croswell went wide turning right onto South Elk and struck the pole on the east side of the street […]

Croswell hikes fee for EMS services


CROSWELL — City council members approved new emergency services contracts last week, with an increase in rates that aims to correct the city’s ambulance fund deficit. The contracts are part of a three-year deficit elimination plan that was approved by council in December. The plan includes a 35 percent increase to municipalities in the service area for the 2024-25 fiscal […]

Giant clock won’t tock

Fixing the ticking costly, says county

The clock outside the courthouse is stuck in time. At 9:35, to be exact. That’s because the giant four-faced timepiece on the front lawn is no longer ticking, and county officials are hesitant to fix the mechanics because of the cost and likelihood of continuing problems. Administrator Nathan Roskey informed county commissioners last week that mechanical repairs alone would run […]

Egg-cellent time at Diamond Trail

Despite the chilly temps and a little wind, 250 children gathered thousands of Easter eggs at the Diamond Trail Park in Sandusky last Saturday, March 30, during Sandusky’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. There were appearances from Easter bunnies, prizes and more in the event sponsored by Sandusky’s recreation department. Pictured, Heidi Thompson, 3, chooses a treat from the Easter bunnies’ […]

Elderly homeowner escapes fire

3-alarm blaze driven by winds

DECKERVILLE — Assisted by construction workers, an elderly man safely exited his house that had caught fire. Deckerville Fire Chief Tracy Hoff estimated the top floor of the two-story, wood framed structure was 75 to 100 percent damaged in the blaze, while the first floor sustained primarily water damage. Deckerville firefighters, assisted by the Carsonville and Sandusky fire departments were […]

Bakery returns to Sandusky’s downtown


Trish LoPiccolo, owner of Sandusky’s new downtown bakery, said someone once told her that if you want to be successful, you do what is needed. That’s why she named the business, which opened on Saturday, March 30, “Knead Bread and Baked Goods.” Not just because you “knead” bread, but because her vision is to provide for a deeper human need […]

Second animal cruelty defendant pleads


The second defendant in an animal cruelty case has pled and is awaiting sentence. Daryl Holzhausen, 74, of Ubly, entered the no contest plea to animals-abandoning/cruelty to 4 to 10 animals, a felony, at his pretrial hearing last week in Sanilac County Circuit Court. Judge Timothy Wrathell accepted the plea that was worked out by Prosecutor Brenda Sanford and defense […]

Ain’t spring grand!

Mother Nature pulled a snowstorm from her bag of tricks last week, pummeling the county with a belated winter gift on the first couple days of spring – March 22-23. The good news: the sheriff’s office reported only two property damage accidents and one accident with a possible injury during the period. Here, Paul Gabriau shovels snow at his home […]

Alleged police shooter to undergo evaluation


LEXINGTON — The 38-year-old Lexington man charged with shooting two police officers will be evaluated for mental competency. Sanilac District Court visiting judge, Harry P. Gill, approved the request for the evaluation at the state center for forensic psychiatry to determine Carl Hoffman’s competency to aid in his legal defense. Hoffman’s court proceedings, including the preliminary examination scheduled on March […]


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