Monday, December 31, 2018
Livingston County Board of Commission meetings will no longer be broadcast in the New Year following a quiet committee vote.
Heading into the New Year, the Livingston County Road Commission is ready for the onslaught of winter with plenty of salt for the county's roads.
Governor Rick Snyder signed two measures and vetoed a third.
A groundbreaking is planned this coming spring for a new development on the former site of a historic building that burned down more than a decade ago.
It's a heartwarming story that resulted after a Christmas Day incident in Hartland Township in which a Veteran lost his money clip.
46-year-old Bruce Holder is said to have pointed a gun at another vehicle and fired one shot, but missed.
Gilmore has strong ties to the community where he has been heavily involved in local rotaries.
Thanks to the community’s help, Livingston County Habitat for Humanity ended the year on a high note.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
A mother and her grown son have been found dead inside their mobile home in White Lake Township.
All blood types are needed, as donations traditionally slow down in winter due to the busyness of the holidays.
Used Christmas trees in Brighton will be picked up by the city's refuse hauler for disposal.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Livingston County residents are being reminded to drive safe and sober during the New Year’s Eve holiday period – and local authorities say that means marijuana too.
The governor said any concerns HB 5916 might have addressed "are manifestly local in nature and local officials should be afforded the discretion to address them".
Governor Rick Snyder appointed Wanda Stokes of Okemos to the bench.
Friday, December 28, 2018
The Michigan Pond Hockey Classic will return to Northfield Township after fencing and alcohol management issues threatened its cancellation.
SB 985 would have created an exemption for automobile club contracts from requirements of the insurance code.
The organization is called “Veterans Connected”.
Michigan Works! Southeast is awarding nearly $100,000 in awards to help local employers train and build up skilled workers within the trades.
The presents for Abigail McPhee, a Howell girl with special needs, were reportedly taken from a locked, empty apartment in Lakeshore Village Apartments.
There's only nine days left to vote for "Sole Riders", an invention created by a Green Oak family that is a finalist in a national invention contest.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
A Howell woman has been appointed to head the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality by Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer.
According to the care-provider for the elderly homeowner, the victim had a history of alcoholism and has previous suicide attempts.
It may be near the end of the year, but health officials say it's still not too late to get your flu shot.
Commissioners have taken a wage freeze since 2009.
Howell Attorney Tom Kizer is pushing for the prosecution of former Michigan State Police Detective Sean Furlong and 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan for acts of misconduct in office and perjury related to a 2013 double murder trial.
The Brighton DDA has been informed that soil borings indicate ground under two downtown parking lots is not conducive to building a parking structure without expensive pilings to stabilize the soil.
Indivisible Livingston County and other such local groups will be holding their first demonstration of the year at the Livingston County Courthouse.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Governor Rick Snyder today appointed Shauna Murphy of Brighton to the bench.
23-year-old Dylan Robert Richards was killed in the crash that happened around 9pm.
The public has a new online tool to learn about what’s going on around Livingston County when it comes to crime and other quality of life issues.
The 62nd Annual Dinner and Citizen of the Year Presentation will honor community leaders and spotlight key programs from the past year.
A Genesee County judge has ordered Rochelle Vargas of Fenton Twp., who had already begun making the payments before criminal charges were filed, to pay back $15,974.
Deficiencies in the Hamburg Twp. Police Dept. will be addressed by hiring one full-time officer and promoting two officers to the rank of sergeant.
The Howell City Council met recently and adopted a resolution that serves as an exemption from the requirements of PA 152 related to employee health insurance.
Appointments have been made to the Livingston County Road Commission, Community Mental Health Authority Board and the Building Construction Appeals Board.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 23 year old Howell resident was driving northbound on Burkhart in a 2002 Ford Escape when they lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree.
The U.S. District Court in Detroit says the service for retired federal Judge Barbara Hackett will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Brighton.
The yearly gathering is hosted at the American Legion Devereaux Post 141 in Howell Township and was founded by the late Dale Harter 37 years ago.
Monday, December 24, 2018
Commercial establishments which dispense marijuana will not be allowed in the city of Brighton.
Department staff participated in No Shave November to benefit Wigs 4 Kids and continued the movement into December, this time to help three families in need with purchasing Christmas or holiday gifts.
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Megan Schrauben of Dexter to the state subcommittee focused on talent development.
Local officials adopted Livingston County’s budget for 2019, in addition to receiving praise for 2018’s budget document.
A new mobile app is being tested in Livingston County that allows Child Protective Services investigators to remotely enter information from field investigations.
Brighton City Police are now enforcing the rule about drivers stopping for school buses that are picking up and dropping off students.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
The attorney general's office charged Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin in connection with 11 deaths in Livingston County.
A Fenton man has been arrested after he allegedly fired a gun at another driver on Wednesday in Oakland County.
Consumers Energy is warning residents about a pair of scams working their way through Michigan.
Senate offices receive an allocation of about $54,000 per year to cover costs like office supplies, mail and postage, and other necessities.
The Salvation Army of Livingston County’s Christmas Campaign is nearing its end but the organization still needs help in its final days.
Friday, December 21, 2018
Officials hope a compromise can be reached regarding the density of the proposed single family housing development that would be built on a 93-acre lot off of Winans Lake Road.
Floyd Bryon Blalock Jr. is said to have removed the magazine from a handgun and, thinking the weapon was unloaded, pointed it at his friend.
Clarifications were made to the manual to include marijuana as one of the substances that Livingston County employees cannot use while on county business or during working hours.
A number of appointments and reappointments have been made to the township's Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, Fonda Island Briggs Water Authority and Board of Review.
Tracey Lynn Sindlinger is charged with ten counts involving her alleged embezzlement from Stein Electric in Manchester.
Payments on the township's new police station, a non-motorized trail project and a possible election are all major factors in the coming fiscal year.
Livingston County Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt says he has contacted Jerome Kowalski’s attorney to discuss the next steps to be taken to enter an appropriate court order vacating Kowalski’s convictions and granting him a new trial.
Adoption fees will be sponsored from 11am to midnight Friday and, from 11am-3pm on Saturday, adopters only cover $10 license fee.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
In a unanimous vote, the Brighton Township Board of Trustees adopted an ordinance Monday night to opt out of the Michigan Regulation and Taxing of Marijuana Act, prohibiting recreational marijuana establishments and the sale and consumption of marijuana in public places.
The report could result in a new trial for a man serving life in prison.
40-year-old Kinley Rae-Thomas Kelm pleaded no contest to the break-in at the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters on Milford Road that took place on September 22nd, 2017.
Howell High School teacher Leah Brinker was named Family and Consumer Science Classes Teacher of the Year for 2018.
The presentation will take place at South Lyon City Hall on January 9th, from 1:30pm until 2:30pm.
There’s just one day left for interested Brighton Township residents to apply for the vacant clerk position.
Some criminal cases are being dismissed in Livingston County following the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Warren Charles Gordon was bound over to Livingston County Circuit Court Wednesday on charges of bank robbery and armed robbery.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Heartland Dental is one of the country's largest dental service organizations.
Sgt. Megan Paul and Detective Kim Leeds were both honored at a Hamburg Township Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.
Authorities are investigating an early morning robbery at a Stockbridge Church in which the suspects used a stun gun on the pastor.
Saturday, December 15th marked the 18th year that the Brighton Area Fire department has been taking over kettles for The Salvation Army of Livingston County, making a huge impact on the donation totals.
Attorneys for 34-year-old Brian Dewayne Ali Jr. argued that their client was wrongly picked out of a photo lineup after the April 2016 robbery of the PNC Bank in Genoa Township.
State Representative Lana Theis is still pushing to get a get a bill passed in the lame duck legislature to impeach 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan.
The incidents in question happened earlier this month at the Plant Fitness on Milford Road.
The food drive, planned by Howell High School’s leadership class, began in November and collected more than 40,000 canned goods, exceeding the leadership classes’ goal by more than 10,000 cans.
36-year-old Albert Monteza Smith IV reportedly rolled his van in Tyrone Township, attempted to flee the scene and got into a scuffle with a Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Judge G. David Guinn of Genesee County’s 67th District Court oversaw the arraignment via a videophone, setting a personal recognizance bond and a date for a probable cause conference.
The new piece of equipment is said to be very important to current network infrastructure and will replace an old switch that is beyond its "end of life" cycle.
Items that may need clarity include the ordinance's Day/Night time table, new types of noise that could be excluded from the ordinance, and authorized enforcers.
Holly developer Pat Battaglia plans a 210-unit, 14,000-square-foot senior housing development that would involve both the renovation of the mothballed Lindbom School on State Street and construction of new senior housing.
Joe Riker has served on the committee for about a year and a half, while County Commissioner Bob Bezotte is new to the role.
The Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy Middle School Miners from Brighton won the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Saturday.
The Stockbridge High School InvenTeam TM Consortium is among nine being awarded a total of $15 (m) million to improve the state’s talent development and education excellence system.
Monday, December 17, 2018
The judge is accused of committing perjury and destroying evidence in her divorce case.
Troopers from the Brighton Post responded to a report of armed robbery at the Sprint Store on Highland Road, just west of US-23, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
It matched all six numbers drawn Saturday: 01-02-07-08-11-26 and marks the seventh time the game’s jackpot has been won in 2018 for a total of more than $21 million.
Linda Williams says she is hoping that a group of cemetery patrons can form a 501c3 nonprofit that would assume control of the cemetery and that Carol Street Park Ridge LLC would then donate the land to the group.
City Manager Nate Geinzer says emphatically that the city does not intend to make any changes for the coming year in the current fee schedule.
Livingston County Administrator Ken Hinton has confirmed for WHMI that Hansel Keene formally informed officials that he will no longer seek another term on the Livingston County Veterans Services Committee.
Local opposition is being expressed to a bill that would limit ballot drives and tighten requirements is currently advancing in the lame-duck legislature.
The township received an unqualified opinion from auditors Pfeffer, Hanniford, and Palka during their regular meeting Thursday night. An unqualified opinion is the best a township can be given.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
The Brighton City Council has come up with potential ways to erase a potential $2 million shortfall in next year's budget.
The Emagine movie theater in Hartland is now officially open to the public after it held its grand opening Friday night.
Dale Harter, who was past post Commander and past club manager, will be honored at the 37th annual event, following his passing last month.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office responded Thursday to a shooting threat made at Centennial Middle School and a bomb threat made via email at NOF Metal Coatings North America.
The ordinance to "opt out" of recreational marijuana facilities and the sale or consumption of marijuana in public places will be up for a second reading and public hearing at the Monday board meeting.
Donations to the Livingston County United Way on the 11th Annual Matching Money Monday raised a total of $245,000.
Speaking of students and the need to involve them further in their own education, James Velasco Sr. says they will always amaze you if given the tools to find motivation within.
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Livingston County Register of Deeds Brandon Denby to the state commission.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Keene admitted to the investigator that he was aware of the county's policy in regards to donations, but ignored it as the money was going to its intended purpose.
A man has been charged in connection with a robbery that occurred at a local credit union.
The Fowlerville-area Republican used his time to thank his wife, Marcia, as well as his parents and family for their support through his 14 years of service in Lansing.
Sam Scroggins is a senior at Howell High School who’s part of the Motor City Wheelz, a wheelchair basketball team having its first tournament of the season this weekend in Southfield.
26-year-old Paige Nicole VanCamp of Brighton had been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Lenawee County Circuit Court, but court records show she entered a plea this week to a count of second-degree CSC.
The attorney general's office filed charges Thursday against 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan. State police say she lied during a deposition about erasing data from her iPhone shortly after her ex-husband filed for divorce in 2016.
A newly acquired LUCAS Chest Compression System device is already paying off in Putnam Township, helping to save a woman's life earlier this month.
Legislation renaming the Howell Post Office in honor of local World War II veteran Don Burgett is on track to become law.
The Women of the Moose Chapter 2454 of Highland Township presented a $2,350 donation to Five Points of Hope.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
An FBI agent was seriously injured in a fatal crash Tuesday morning on a busy road in Dexter Township.
Brennan is being charged with perjury, tampering with evidence and common law offenses.
The Northfield Township Board of Trustees formed a committee to help work with a potential developer for the North Village district, downtown.
A state robotics championship is taking place this weekend and three FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams from Howell are competing.
The Planning Commission felt the 144-unit Waters Edge Village development was too dense.
75-year-old Edwin Brown been sentenced in connection with the deadly, wrong-way crash that killed two people on US-23.
The suspect was arrested Wednesday at his home in Novi without incident and provided investigators locations of key evidence.
Supervisor Mark St. Charles says the bill would prevent the township from enforcing their noxious weed ordinance and feels it's "another attempt to strip powers from the local municipalities."
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
On Tuesday, the State Senate Agriculture Committee approved a pair of House bills proposed by Handy Township Republican Hank Vaupel that critics contend would diminish local control over pet shops and ultimately be harmful to puppies.
Former 44th Circuit Court Judge Daniel Burress has filed a motion for reconsideration, stating that the court's response in denying the original motion is "factually incorrect"
Organizers of the popular pond hockey tournament have pulled their application following a dispute with officials over safety measures that have left the upcoming event in jeopardy.
The package was stolen around 1pm on Monday from a home on Maple Street near Jewett.
A South Lyon teacher is putting a positive spin on the start of each school day by greeting her students with personalized handshakes.
Council met Monday night and members Carl Richards and Mary Parisien were sitting less than 20 feet from each other. That's despite a PPO against Richards that Parisien said was granted November 26th.
The Brighton Township Planning Commission voted 4-2 to deny two special land use requests made by Verizon which would have put new cell phone towers at the General Motors Proving Grounds.
19-year-old Bradley Nowak of Gregory is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl while they were both visiting the residence of a mutual friend.
The township's Planning Commission intends to discuss how opting out will affect the Zoning Ordinance and whether facilities should be permitted in one zoning district or fully excluded.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Heavenly Acres pet cemetery in Genoa Township closed after its lease expired Sept. 30. A township official has said there could be up to 74,000 animal remains buried there.
The approximately $50,000 grant must be used for medical marijuana education, communication and outreach programs, though further specifics have not yet been determined by department heads.
There are two more weeks of opportunities to ring bells through 4pm on Christmas Eve at locations across Livingston County.
Cindy Blackmar has been selected as the 2018-2019 Service Person of the Year, while Laura Williams has been named the 2018-2019 Support Person of the Year.
The Board of Commissioners' Personnel Committee interviewed five candidates Monday for two opening on the veterans committee, which had been the subject of a criminal investigation which concluded with no charges being filed.
The credit union located at 8661 W. Grand River Ave was robbed around 2pm Monday. The suspect remains at large.
On a split vote, the Brighton Board of Education Monday night approved what items are to go on next year’s $53 million school bond issue.
The county has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for their 2018 Operating Budget Document.
Monday, December 10, 2018
The Planning Commission has been asked by the Board of Trustees to make a recommendation on opting in or out of recreational marijuana facilities.
With walking and biking on the rise, SEMCOG seeks survey input on traffic safety from residents.
In November, LOC Federal Credit Union was named the 2nd place winner of the Desjardins Award by the Credit Union National Association for its asset category.
Erika Farley of Fowlerville is the former treasurer for State Sen. Dave Robertson, the lead sponsor of bills the Senate passed last week that strip responsibility for campaign finance enforcement from incoming Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
All donations made to the Livingston County United Way today will be matched up to the total funds available, thanks to generous local sponsors.
However, state officials say at just 0.16 acres in size, the lot likely is not large enough to meet building regulations.
The three member board will determine if Council Member Carl Richards is in violation of the city's ethics ordinance in regards to conduct against fellow Council Member Mary Parisien.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
The district's goal was to collect 30,000 cans to support Gleaners Food Bank and Hutchings Elementary School alone had collected over 10,000 food items going into the last day of the drive.
New holiday lights now adorn the trees an d shrubbery at Brighton's Mill Pond Park..
North Second St. in Brighton is now open to traffic, although the paving portion of the reconstruction project won't be completed until next spring.
42nd District State Representative-elect Ann Bollin has been tapped by GOP House Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield to serve on the Policy Action Plan Committee.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
The Brighton City Council Thursday night unanimously approved the site plan for a $40 million, 199-unit luxury apartment complex on the banks of the Mill Pond.
Money raised for supporting Livingston County United Way programs will be matched by generous donors and sponsors on Matching Money Monday.
The customer walk-in office located at 7936 East M-36 will close effective December 28th.
A 19 year old is facing a vandalism charge after driving around a group of boys who were destroying mailboxes.
Lake Trust Credit Union donated $2,500 worth of pajamas to Jamar’s Jammies.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Because Judge Geddis' resignation is effective Dec. 15th, Gov. Snyder will choose her replacement instead of Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer doing so.
The family is asking for the community's help by voting for their invention once a day until online voting ends January 6th.
Meghan Reckling was elected as the party’s new chairperson, while Joseph Riker was elected Vice Chair, Daniel Schifko was elected treasurer and Kathy Jacksey will serve as secretary.
Donations made to the Salvation Army of Livingston County’s red kettles will be doubled this Saturday, thanks to two generous donors.
The program will deliver 20,000 presents to nearly 6,800 foster kids across the state.
Randy Longthorne of Handy Twp. was charged under Michigan's "super drunk law" after he allegedly crashed into a utility pole at an intersection on Grand River near Owosso Road, causing power outages.
Brighton officials have postponed action on a proposed civic events and facilities fee schedule for 2019 in light of objections from local civic and business leaders.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
No criminal charges are being pursued against the head of the Livingston County Veterans Services Committee following an investigation into a disputed donation.
Hamburg Township singer-songwriter Angela Predhomme sings “Christmas Time with You,” featured in the opening scenes of the film, “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane” which is airing this month on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
27-year-old Allyson Moran was sentenced Wednesday in Ingham County District Court to 25 months to 15 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Roy and Linda Seifried of DART have been recognized by the Michigan Emergency Management Association for their efforts in supporting first responders.
Nationally renowned comedian Mark Lundholm will perform Saturday, December 8th at Shalom Lutheran Church in Pinckney to help raise funds for various recovery based initiatives in the area.
The township joins several other communities in Livingston County that have done the same, including the City of Howell, Putnam Township, and the Village of Pinckney.
20-year-old Zachary Lally is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl who worked at a concession stand at the Oak Pointe Country Club Golf Course in Genoa Township.
Christmases of the past will make their way to the present during an old-fashioned holiday event this weekend hosted by the Brighton Area Historical Society.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Joe Hune of Fowlerville, Lana Theis of Brighton Township and Hank Vaupel of Handy Township joined fellow Republicans to push through the unprecedented lame-duck legislation that was fast-tracked and drew protesters to the Capitol.
Though heavy metals and traces of ammonia were detected in samples taken from the property owned by Green Oak Township, Supervisor Mark St. Charles says there's "no green, glowing frogs".
Huron Valley Schools is inviting manufacturers and business owners to a Friday meeting to learn about the new initiative aimed at closing the skills gap and providing career opportunities.
29-year-old Sasha Ross (left), a 2007 Fenton High School graduate, was critically injured November 20th when she was shot by her estranged husband, Donavan Gibson, after he forced his way into the home she shared with her boyfriend, Devan Bouge (left), who was fatally shot.
More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents was held by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Tuesday night, in Howell.
Officials at the local Corps say they never had 100% volunteers and have paid bell ringers to fill in those open shifts but this year was different.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
City Council met Monday night and approved an ordinance to prohibit all marijuana related businesses. However, it can be repealed at any time and the City could embrace marijuana businesses if the state establishes implementation rules.
A man found dead near an elementary school in the Village of Milford is suspected to have died from a drug overdose.
Ann Bollin officially turned in her resignation Monday night as Brighton Township Clerk, following her election in November as a Representative for the 42nd State House District.
To help Michiganders avoid becoming a scam victim this holiday season, AARP Michigan is offering some tips to keep in mind whether you are shopping online or in person.
Among some of the concerning GOP-sponsored legislation is a bill that would limit local tree-cutting regulations.
A vacant gas station that has become an eyesore in the City of Howell could be demolished if the owner doesn’t start taking some action.
Emma Roberts, a Maltby Intermediate School student, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in April and has been undergoing treatment since at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
The Livingston Educational Service Agency's annual Education Project Snack Pack Drive runs through this Friday, December 7.
Monday, December 3, 2018
An investigation is underway after a body was found near a Milford elementary school Sunday morning.
Stephanie Harris of Howell is involved with the program and has a very personal connection to the topic. She and her husband lost their son Ethan to suicide last year. Speaking Sunday on WHMI's Viewpoint, Harris said it threw them into “a pit of heart-hurt like no other.”
Participants in the Consumers Energy program will also qualify for energy-saving tools, including free in-home energy efficiency upgrades.
18-year-old Kody Brewer was ordered last week to wear an electronic tether for 90 days after again violating the terms of his probation.
The survey comes in response to an effort by Board Trustee John Conely to initiate a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program for high school students interested in a possible military career.
It can be difficult to bring up the subject of driving with an older loved one but officials say it’s an important topic that needs to be addressed and resources are being made available for older drivers, aging drivers and their families.
18-year old Abdurrahman Ahmed Akl is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Brady Morris.
Livingston County Catholic Charities received second-year grant funding to help with their Be Our Guest Adult Day, Volunteer Caregiver, and Resource Advocacy programs.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
The open house and blessing ceremony will be held Monday from 10am to 12pm at 909 North Street in Howell as a way to celebrate the new home for Becky Gremore.
The GoFundMe campaign aims to grant the Christmas wishes of young students at a school in Washtenaw County that has a student base where at least 40% come from low-income families.
The Bulldog Chamber Orchestra - an after-school program for budding Brighton Area Schools student musicians - is now starting to perform at various locations.
Some Hilton School parents in Brighton say a kindergarten student displays frequent violent behavior and needs help.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
A local man who crashed into a utility pole at an intersection causing power outages has been charged under Michigan’s “super drunk” law.
The annual event will again give area residents a chance to maximize their holiday giving.
Full freeways ramp closures are scheduled this weekend in Genoa Township at the I-96/Latson Road interchange.
Country Elementary Principal Les Sharon called K-3 the "linchpin" of education.
The care packages include toiletries like deodorants, toothbrushes, and razors.