Monday, February 17, 2020
Padnos Iron and Metal, on Lucy Road in Howell, has requested that an industrial shredder be kept outdoors, and not in an enclosed building as current standards require.
Approximately $60,000 was raised, which will help to replenish OLHSA’s emergency utility assistance program which helps more than 200 local families throughout the year.
Applications will be accepted through Monday, March 2nd and there are currently three openings.
The purpose of the Curriculum and Instruction Council is ultimately “to inspire synergies amongst its members that will lead to improved student achievement and growth”.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Friends, family and community members celebrated Chief John Wright's many years of service at his retirement and farewell party Friday.
Brighton Board of Education approved a revised budget of $82 million, marking a 4.8% increase in spending, at its meeting last week.
The candidates that have committed to attending the forum as well as the post-forum meet and greet include Mike Detmer, Alan Hoover, Paul Junge, Kristina Lyke, and Nikki Snyder.
A resolution authorizing Livingston County’s participation in the drill came before the County’s Board of Commissioners Monday night and received unanimous approval.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Former County Commissioner Jay Drick says he will also seek an appointment to the seat vacated Thursday by the resignation of Donald Parker.
Most traffic crashes are the result of driver behavior, thus a safety and awareness campaign is continuing to educate the public about the difference.
Seaman Jacob Boston joined the Navy 20 months ago and is currently serving aboard the USS Boxer stationed in San Diego, California.
The annual report from the National Council for Home Safety and Security lists South Lyon as #3, Hamburg Township at #5 and Milford as #7.
On Friday, two former NECC employees, Owen Finnegan and Steven Haynes, testified about rushed production, skipped tests and ignored sterility standards in 2012 when the facility started dealing with a mass of orders.
Friday, February 14, 2020
Former Family Court Administrator Caryn Michalak will be replacing current COO Polly Mallory, who is retiring.
MHOG laid out a plan to budget $6-million for 2 projects being paid for upfront to avoid upwards of $300,000 in bonding fees.
Barry Cadden, the co-founder of New England Compounding Center, and Glenn Chin, who worked there as a pharmacist, were charged last year by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office with second degree murder in connection with 11 deaths in Livingston County.
62-year-old Douglas William Walsh is charged with six counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct involving at least two alleged victims under the age of 13.
In a move that is a surprise to nobody, Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy today signaled his intention to seek another four year term this November.
Director Mary Durst says the funding will be used to assist Veterans Services in moving to a larger location that will help better meet the needs of local veterans and their families, as well as provide better visibility and awareness to the community.
After the Michigan Supreme Court in November rejected a local judge’s ruling that denied Dennis Keith Towne’s motion to suppress evidence in his case, the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office has opted to dismiss the conviction.
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the Milford Skatepark and if successful - would complete a community dream decades in the making.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Commissioner Gary Childs says he believes the equipment to broadcast the meetings has been ordered, and that broadcasting will resume as soon as the vendor has installed it.
33-year-old Joseph Busha of Conway Township is charged with two counts of felonious assault and one count each of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and using a computer to commit a crime.
Four students from Pinckney High School won the Imagine Boldly competition and will be rewarded a grant to help build a crosswalk over Dexter-Pinckney Road at the high school.
An annual fundraiser to help families keep the heat on during the cold winter months is returning to Livingston County this weekend.
Kurtis Heathcott was waiting in the pick-up lane while picking up his child from Three Fires Elementary School when he accidentally shot himself in the leg while adjusting his gun.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and a bipartisan group of clerks, including Livingston County's Elizabeth Hundley, are asking state legislature for an extra 15 days for preparing, approving, testing, and mailing ballots.
Phil Weitlauf, President of the Memorial located in Lyon Township, says as time has gone on, he's become concerned of what would happen to the Memorial if he or his team could not continue managing it.
The Summit View development will feature 44 single family homes and 18 Brownstone-type condominiums.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Putnam and Unadilla Firefighters trained on Woodburn Lake in Unadilla while Cadets from the Livingston County Firefighter Training Academy trained on Woodland Lake in Brighton.
Averie Wilson of Hamburg Township is facing charges of fleeing a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer.
The Howell Public Schools District on Monday finalized a plan that will make the terms of all of its members increase from 4 to 6 years.
Residents of a Northwest neighborhood in Brighton opposed to a 140-unit luxury apartment development are organizing a petition drive to gather signatures of those who oppose the project.
A retirement and community farewell party is being held this Friday, celebrating the career of Chief John Wright.
Contracts related to the recently-passed Brighton Area Schools bond issue have been approved as the school board begins in earnest to implement its provisions.
The Howell Police Department was recognized during Monday night’s City Council meeting for achieving a Certificate of Accreditation and keeping with the highest law enforcement standards and best practices in the state.
The incident in question occurred Saturday when three students who are members of the Wayne Memorial wrestling team were being driven to a meet by their coach after a team bus had been canceled.
State Representative Hank Vaupel recently received the Michigan Optometric Association’s Legislator of the Year award for 2019.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Parker is resigning because he is applying for the position of Livingston County Administrator, which was left vacant as a result of the passing of Ken Hinton in October.
The resolution would declare Livingston County a sanctuary in protecting the Second Amendment. The measure has been adopted by numerous counties in Michigan in the wake of gun control bills proposed in Virginia.
If approved, the bond will be used to renovate, upgrade and construct school facilities, including safety and security improvements. While it will require a 1.44 mill increase in the current tax rate, Board of Education President Thom Dumond said they believe it is both “necessary and reasonable.”
On Monday, the Lyon Township Planning Commission recommended approval of plans by Amazon Inc. to develop a nearly 87,000-square-foot distribution facility along Grand River, west of Napier Road.
Children’s oral health was among the public health issues identified as part of the “Livingston County Road to Community Health” series.
The Howell City Council approved the signing of a restrictive covenant over the Diamond Chrome Plating property, which is part of a recommended remedial action plan between the company and state.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is responding to the public’s concern over the welfare of several local horses following headlines and pictures released last week of a severely malnourished horse.
The Livingston County Disaster Assistance Response Team or DART awarded Candlewood Suites in Brighton with a “Certificate of Appreciation”.
Monday, February 10, 2020
The 25-year-old Hamburg Township resident was lodged at the Livingston County Jail pending charges from the Livingston County Prosecutor's Office for fleeing and elude, operating with the presence of marijuana and other counts.
A meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday to discuss neighborhood concerns regarding a proposal for a large apartment development at the old Lindbom School site in Brighton.
The public has a few days left to nominate people and organizations whose efforts have made a major impact over the past year.
Bryan Busher is facing charges of retail fraud, organized retail crime, resisting and obstructing a police officer, and armed robbery.
An open house from 4 to 7pm today aims to answer questions and address any concerns related to a natural gas pipeline replacement project in Kensington Metropark and surrounding Milford areas.
The Rev. Deon Johnson, rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brighton, was elected in November to become the new leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and its first openly gay leader.
There were no serious injuries from the crash, including both drivers, a passenger in the truck and four passengers who were on the bus at the time. All involved were wearing seatbelts.
The Brighton Area Schools Alumni Association is offering a SAT Practice Test for area middle and high school students on Saturday, March 14th in the Brighton High School Cafeteria.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
A final layer of pavement will be installed and miscellaneous repair work done on a portion of Rickett Road in Brighton this spring.
Senator Lana Theis has introduced legislation aimed at strengthening existing laws to combat human trafficking.
Randy Root and Jordyn Najduk completed a year-long program aimed at strengthening tactics for fighting substance use by youths.
The improvements will convert all interior and exterior lighting at Fowlerville Junior High to energy-saving LED fixtures.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
The bond proposal addresses needs in enhancing student safety and school security, expanding and enhancing the instructional environment, remodeling, upgrading, and constructing school facilities, and upgrading technology and technology infrastructure.
The Livingston County woman, who wished to remain anonymous, won $321,313 from the Michigan Lottery.
The changes will include the addition of regulations identifying and penalties for Summoning Public Safety Personnel Without Good Cause.
The goal of the event is to gather feedback from residents to update the municipality’s Master Plan.
The 16th Annual Chili Cook-off to benefit the 4th of July fireworks show in Fowlerville will take place March 14th.
Friday, February 7, 2020
Suzette Morgan runs ZanBuck Arabian Farms in Imlay City, but also helped arrange for the rescue of an Arabian horse in November that was surrendered by a breeder in Green Oak Township. Morgan says the animal was emaciated to the point that its skin was peeling off from various ailments.
A federal grand jury charged 18-year-old Brandon McClure and 19-year-old Daniel Rae with Conspiracy to Steal Firearms from a Federally-Licensed Firearms Dealer and Possess Stolen Firearms.
The department is one of 24 in the state, and the only law enforcement agency in Livingston County, to be accredited.
The city of Brighton, acting on approval of a 2.5-mill Headlee override last year, will begin implementing that voter directive with street improvement work starting this spring.
Officials sought guidance from commissioners at a recent meeting related to issues since the building has been opened up to public groups for use.
The Michigan Department of Treasury declined to disburse $544,000 in Michigan Transportation Fund money and $97,000 in state revenue sharing until officials in Webberville correct required financial filings.
A special meeting was held to discuss possible partnership opportunities between the township and road commission, and special assessment district opportunities for residents.
Livingston County Catholic Charities' Special Ministries team will battle the Livingston County Sheriff's Office in this year's annual basketball game fundraiser.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Authorities say 37-year-old Shane Whiteman of New Hudson and 39-year-old Eric Lowman of Oceola Township cashed fake bottle return slips on several occasions at the Fowlerville Walmart.
Howell City Council resumed marijuana-related discussions at a recent meeting but plans to have more robust talks in late March.
Five Points of Hope provides grants of up to $500 to help patients pay for unaffordable essentials such as insurance deductibles, prescriptions, medical equipment and utility bills.
Both are proposed on Lyon Center Drive in the Lyon Crossing development.
State Senator Lana Theis has introduced legislation that she says would hold bodies of government and corporations that receive taxpayer assistance to greater levels of transparency and accountability.
Police are working to identify the suspects responsible for breaking in to the Unadilla Store in Gregory.
Business owner Sally Witt sent a letter to the City expressing concerns about snowplowing ending at Barnard Street - which was part of budget cuts made last year.
The two new classes being offered starting with the 2020-2021 school year are the CLEP, or the College Level Examination Program, for American Government, and Introduction to Sports Officiating.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
The PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act passed the U.S. House unanimously today after being co-sponsored last fall by 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin and Ohio Republican Congressman Steve Stivers.
Officials are looking to make improvements to parks and sidewalk connections while preparing for upcoming elections.
After President Trump touted economic gains under GOP leadership in his State of the Union speech, Whitmer, speaking at East Lansing High School where her daughters attend, highlighted the work of Democratic governors across the country.
The one-day event will transform the high school into a mattress showroom, with 25 different styles on display in all sizes and styles for customers to try, priced below retail.
A committee approved a resolution with a recommendation to start broadcasting meetings of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners again.
The pools, one at Milford High School and the other at Lakeland High School, are mainly for community and recreational use.
Charles Seymour and Quinton Peters pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct related to the August 7th incident involving a 15-year-old girl.
A community farewell is planned next week for Neilson, a well-known township trustee and community servant who passed away Monday.
19-year old Abdurrahman Ahmed Akl is charged with second degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of 18-year-old Brady Morris. His trial has been adjourned at least half a dozen times.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
The all-cash transaction of approximately $101.4 million will create a combined bank with more than 300 employees at 17 locations in four counties and have approximately $2.2 billion of total assets.
A lengthy road closure is now in effect for motorists utilizing 8 Mile Road on the Lyon Township/Novi/Wayne County border.
37-year-old Michael Ringle will serve 4 to 15 years in prison
for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Lana Theis to continue the state’s Dropout Recovery Program was recently signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy issued a January 30th Enforcement Notice to Diamond Chrome Plating, Inc. concerning its facility in S. Michigan Avenue.
Preliminary plans have been approved for a Planned Unit Development of 140 upscale apartments at the vacant Lindbom School site in Brighton.
Robert McTavish Jr. is charged with felony builder’s trust fund violation for allegedly taking thousands of dollars from a local man but never completing any work.
A committee of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners was in support of LETS applying for a grant that would allow for the purchase of buses for a dedicated service route along Grand River.
Elizabeth Hundley was appointed in 2016 before being elected to a 4-year term.
Monday, February 3, 2020
A Detroit area developer's proposal for 140 luxury town homes at the vacant, former Lindbom School site will be considered by the Brighton City Planning Commission tonight.
The Boil Water Notice applied to the Country Club Subdivision, located north of Grand River and west of Old US-23 in Brighton Township. It has since been rescinded.
According to 911 Director Chad Chewning, the plan for Livingston County was last updated in 2001 and amended in 2003.
A plea agreement with prosecutors calls for Johnathan Dunn to be sentenced to 9 to 15 years in prison.
22-year-old Ward Alvin Goodnight III pleaded to the lesser charge of larceny from a person after police say he pulled a gun on a Holly man in a store parking lot along Owen Road and stole his PlayStation 4.
Friday was the deadline for 2019 year-end filings by the Federal Election Commission, and of the five candidates announced so far for the August GOP primary; Paul Junge has by far the most money.
Both the Township Manager and Township Supervisor are interested in rolling the $37,500 into the next fiscal year budget.
M-59 (Highland Road) west of Hartland was closed down for over an hour Saturday as a result of a 6-vehicle accident.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
The recognition was for a recently-concluded fundraiser that realized $5,000 for the program - with over 12,000 pairs of shoes donated.
Livingston County will receive about $124,176 toward Emergency Management's efforts to prevent, respond to or recover from incidents of national significance, including terrorism-related activities.
Had Amy Kozle of Genoa Township gone to trial and been convicted, she would have faced up to seven years in prison or a $10,000 fine.
The Salvation Army of Livingston County’s Christmas campaign is coming to close later this week and the local non-profit is reaching out to the community.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
The Livingston Essential Transportation Service is pursuing a grant that would allow for the purchase of buses for a dedicated service route along Grand River.
Luis Santana reportedly picked the 16-year-old girl up from her home and drove to the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Genoa Township, where the pair allegedly had sex several times.
Building Official Jim Rowell says by adding communities outside of the county, the department will increase their economy of scale; helping to keep fees low and promote development in the region.
The park and residential improvements in the Portage Dells neighborhood were made possible through a state grant program.
State Representative Hank Vaupel has returned $13,969.27 of his 2019 office budget allotment back to the State of Michigan, amounting to about 13% of his total budget.