Thursday, April 25, 2019
Crews from multiple fire departments responded to a large building fire with multiple explosions this afternoon.
Today marked the final day of the 53rd District Court judge's preliminary exam related to charges of perjury, misconduct in office, and destroying evidence.
A 62-year-old bicyclist collided with a Cadillac at Island Lake State Recreation Area and is being treated with critical injuries at the U-of-M Hospital Trauma Unit.
71-year-old Thomas Archie Moran left his home in Hamburg Township on Monday, but is now safe and sound with family.
A boil water advisory will be going into effect, once water is turned back on.
The counterfeit $100 bills were passed at four different businesses on Silver Parkway.
The 4th Annual fundraiser in Brighton will again be held in memory of a Sarah Grundy and benefit children who have suffered serious burn injuries.
An Arbor Day celebration is planned this Friday in the City of Howell.
Last year the Brighton TechnoDogs finished the FIRST World Robotics Championship competition, being held at Cobo Center and Ford Field in Detroit, ranked 4th in the world.
The 8th District Representative was impressed with the training being provided to students, saying she was proud to have the CTI in Livingston County.
Someone has been trying to cash fraudulent checks from the Milford Public Library. Police are investigating.
37-year-old Broderick David Savage was sentenced in Livingston County Circuit Court in 2017 to serve a minimum of 22 years in prison for an armed robbery conviction.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
71-year-old Thomas Archie Moran left his home in Hamburg Township on Monday in a 2002 Jeep Wrangler. Police say he may be confused and in need of assistance.
Crews from the Brighton Area Fire Authority responded just before 8pm to Complete Battery Source on Grand River, east of Dorr Road.
Local and state fire officials say conditions are conducive for fires to build quickly and rapidly.
Superintendent Erin MacGregor updated the community on enrollment, the budget, current initiatives, future plans and information on the district's bond proposal.
State Representative Hank Vaupel's plan would add health care professionals to the list with first responders, making it a felony with stiffer penalties for any who may assault them while on the job.
In both Howell and Brighton, all City Council incumbents whose terms will be up this November have filed for re-election, but only in Brighton is there a challenger.
The County Broadcasting Committee is considering aspects like visual and sound quality, the presenting platform and the cost associated with different providers.
The Board of Trustees wants further spacing requirements and less licenses to be made available compared to the Planning Commission's draft ordinance.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The City received a 90% grant to fund the reconstruction of State Street and corresponding alleys while updating water and sewer infrastructure and burying utilities.
The bond that funded construction of a newer portion of the jail in 2016 restricted the number of federal inmates that could be housed in that part of the facility.
The senior class has set this year’s fundraising goal at $100,000 with all of the funds donated to North Star Reach a medically-supported camp near Pinckney that serves kids with chronic and life-threatening health challenges.
The deadline to propose a worksite project is June 28th, while the deadline for volunteer registration is July 5th.
The Brighton Area Schools Board of Education is engaged in contract discussions with the BEA - which represents about 320 district teachers, and has wage and benefits reopeners with two other two unions.
Lucas Vetter is well on his way to helping ensure the Howell Area Fire Department has hands-free CPR devices in its life-saving arsenal at all four stations.
Now in its 27th year, the annual Kids Count in Michigan data book compared data from 2012 to 2017 and analyzed 16 key indicators across four domains: Economic Security, Health & Safety, Family & Community, and Education.
The Severe Weather Network provides emergency, overnight refuge during the winter months for adult individuals affected by homelessness.
Monday, April 22, 2019
Work will be done on Grand River, Flint Road, Brighton Lake Road, and Black Walnut among others.
The former Kmart building in the Silver Lake Village plaza west of US-23 and north of Owen Road is being reconfigured to house a variety of retailers, including TJ Maxx, Michaels and Five Below.
The fundraising showcase will highlight the Kittyhawk Academy, a youth mentorship program that encourages Michigan youth to consider skilled trades as a career and to prepare them for accredited trades school and certification.
The Brighton District Library will present “Human Trafficking Awareness” on Monday, May 6th from 7-8:30 p.m featuring David Manille and Anita Hoepner of the Sparrow Freedom Project.
Hampton Manor of Hamburg will have 64 assisted living beds and 16 memory care units, helping fill a need in Hamburg Township.
The work is being done to replace two drain crossings under Owosso Road that will require excavation of the trenches to replace the culverts and then backfill the area.
Superintendent Erin MacGregor will update stakeholders on the current status of the district.
A statewide effort this weekend to get rid of expired medications, most especially opioid painkillers, will include Livingston County locations.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
The Lingenfelter Collection, located in Brighton, will be opening its doors to the public this Saturday, April 27th from 10am to 5pm.
Brighton City Police are out enforcing laws against drivers being distracted while using cell phones and other devices this month - Distracted Driving month.
State agencies are urging parents and caregivers to avoid tragedy and not leave children unattended in their vehicle.
As part of the May 25th ACT Practice Test offered at Brighton High School, a Career Exploration Scholarship, with a value up to $250, will be available to area students in grades 6-8 that early register.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
It’s open to future women of Livingston County, teenage girls age 14-18, who are invited to learn about what it takes to be a firefighter in the hands-on, three day camp.
The plan is to create a township park with the 57-acre property, which has more than 500 feet of lake frontage on Brendel Lake.
The international event was created in 1999 after an Italian court overturned a rape conviction, stating that because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped her assailant remove them, implying she consented.
The time limit was changed from two to four hours in what’s known as parking lot #4 at the southeast corner of Walnut and West Clinton Streets.
The Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority is again partnering with the city to operate the Thompson Lake beach and boat launch this summer.
Register of Deeds Brandon Denby attended a Genesis House Clubhouse Executive Board meeting with a $100 donation, courtesy of his office staff.
Friday, April 19, 2019
The state’s highest court announced today it will hear oral arguments on a petition by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission June 19th at 9:30am.
Chris Pagett of Oceola Township is one of the creators of the SafeSub app where parents within a neighborhood can set up a notification group that they can use to keep track both of where their kids are and which kids come over to their house.
The Brighton City Council is a step closer to enacting an ordinance drafted by the city police chief that would ban vaping and vaping products by minors.
Toni Spears, CRAMBA and Beyond the Seed Greenhouse & Gardens received awards for their committed service to the Metroparks.
Construction on North Second Street in the City of Brighton is expected to pick back up on Monday.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office held its yearly awards ceremony to recognize those who go the extra mile.
The change was made to offset increased event expenses.
54-year-old Michael Sackrider is charged in two separate cases involving minors in Genesee County Circuit Court.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
House Bill 4156 would allow certain retired mental health professionals to come back to work with the Department of Health and Human Services without forfeiting their pension benefits.
Elissa Slotkin of Holly defeated two-term Republican Mike Bishop in November, becoming the first Democrat to represent the 8th Congressional District since Debbie Stabenow in 2000.
The Committee is considering purchasing the vehicle outright and saving on their own for a future purchase, as opposed to making monthly payments to the county on top of the original purchase.
A Walk in the Woods, the 1998 humorous travelogue written by Bill Bryson, was chosen as this year’s Livingston Reads community read. It was later adapted into a 2015 movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.
Curt Ruf, who is currently a captain with the Brighton Area Fire Authority and has worked for them for 19 years, will succeed Chief Greg Amburgey, who is resigning.
Renovation and expansion work is continuing at the Salem-South Lyon District Library.
Melissa Miller makes her third appearance on the Discover Channel's show, this Sunday.
Brighton's Sue Johnston is co-chair of Michigan's first Walk of Hope to raise awareness about the issue that affects 1-in-8 families.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Motorists should be prepared for some road closures in Genoa, Howell and Hamburg Townships this week and early next.
66-year-old Graham Astley was seriously injured riding his bicycle along Hyne Road in June of 2017 when a pick-up truck ran him off the road. He has completed four marathons since then.
The Democratic freshman lawmaker raised $539,000 in her bid to retain the 8th Congressional District she took from the GOP in 2018.
Supervisor Pat Hohl will immediately be reaching out to the leaders in subdivisions with the worst roads in an effort to learn their interest in establishing SADs.
Like many districts across the state, students in Fenton Area Public Schools will be forced to make up some snow days.
Katie Prout, HHS Class of '05, is helping to lead two destination summer camps in Iowa City for students interested in exploring an intercultural exchange, conflict resolution, and community building through creative writing.
While there were no community members in attendance at an informational meeting about the district's $39 million bond proposal, Superintendent Erin MacGregor thinks that could be a good thing.
Tracey Lynn Sindlinger is charged with ten counts involving her alleged embezzlement from Stein Electric in Manchester.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The lynx was trapped last month by a Sanilac County farmer and was then taken to the Howell Nature Center's Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic to evaluate its health.
There have been longstanding problems with a section of pavement at the intersection of Dillon and State Street off Main Street in Genoa Township.
Giffels Webster garnered national recognition for developing a downtown plan for the City of Brighton to identify strengths and opportunities, action items, and best practices.
Library Director Cindy Mack said they “want to provide the kind of environment that encourages interactive and imaginative play for children of all ages.”
Community members attended a Board of Education meeting in support of Brian Morrison; a teacher and coach that has been put on paid leave following an incident involving a student.
The Planned Unit Development (PUD) site plan has been approved by the Brighton City Planning Commission for a proposed, 85-townhouse development on Flint Road.
The Huron River Watershed Council is seeking volunteers to help collect samples of bugs and other creatures that live in area streams.
“From Paris to Pittsburgh” is a new National Geographic film highlighting how state and local entities are taking action against climate change.
Monday, April 15, 2019
The complaint alleged Fenton Township Firefighter Kristy Polidan had been subjected to sexual harassment, including by Chief Ryan Volz, since she was hired in January 2015.
Fire often marks the start of spring at local Metroparks.
Dinesh D’Souza was called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily and is the author of several #1 New York Times bestselling books.
29 counts, including 14 felonies and 15 misdemeanors, will be dismissed against Lawrence Sefa in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of conducting criminal enterprises.
The Brighton Area Fire Authority is asking voters to approve an additional millage on May 7th to cover capital purchases and upgrade buildings.
Team 4362, the GEMS of the Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy in Brighton, led the winning alliance to victory Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University.
If approved, the Howell Public Schools bond proposal will provide the district with $39 million dollars to fund improvements to each of its 11 buildings.
A jury found Randy Thorne guilty on all charges, while a request from the prosecution to dismiss a count of operating while intoxicated was granted.
While many people have come to rely on tax refunds to pay for things like vacations or big box purchases, Michael Foguth of Foguth Financial Group in Brighton, says the reality is that those large refunds represent money you’ve loaned the federal government at zero percent interest.
The district is inviting the community to discuss the November bond and site sinking fund election. The first session will be held Tuesday.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
On the Brighton City Planning Commission agenda for Monday is a proposal to build 85 townhouse units on Flint Road.
The upcoming festival is geared toward local families and animal lovers at Kensington Metropark Farm Center.
Whatever It Takes Sanctuary (W.I.T.S.), in partnership with the Brighton Area Chamber Environmental Council, will be hosting the inaugural Earth Day Challenge 1 mile and 5K run/walk event at Mt. Brighton on Saturday, April 20th.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Witnesses say Robert Markus entered the TCF Bank on East Grand River Avenue on January 19th wearing a ski mask and announced to tellers it was a robbery.
41-year-old Stephanie Suzanne Blackburn was charged last month in 67th District Court in Fenton with a single count of embezzlement between one and twenty thousand dollars.
The Howell City Council recently granted some procedural approvals related to the State Street reconstruction project after one bid came back higher than anticipated.
The Cohoctah Road bridge located just west of Wiggins Road will be closed to vehicular traffic until further notice.
A resolution was approved changing a part time 20-hour deputy clerk position to a full time deputy courtroom clerk.
Friday, April 12, 2019
The event, hosted by the League of Women Voters Brighton/Howell Unit, also offered information about the county's judicial system and the new business specialty court.
The Reality Tour, which combines the elements of prevention and intervention, is a national Drug Prevention Program project created to combat the opiate crisis.
The crash occurred Thursday around 12:30pm when a driver accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, crossing S. Main Street and then hitting the east side of Linden City Hall.
State Rep. Hank Vaupel testified this week in support of his plan to help with health care access for children in Michigan.
A Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge saw no need to appoint a special prosecutor and denied all requests for taxpayer funding to support 72-year-old Jerome Kowalski as his 2013 double murder case heads to a re-trial.
The branch had to be evacuated Thursday morning after a live electrical wire fell on the building.
Alexandra Paige of South Lyon was arrested just after midnight on February 23rd when she was pulled over near Martindale Road and Ten Mile Road for speeding.
A report by the Livingston Leadership Council on Aging has Livingston County trailing Monroe County in nearly every category of senior support services.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
In an opinion released today, the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission said that based on the “preponderance of the evidence” it is recommending that the Michigan Supreme Court remove Judge Theresa Brennan from the, “office of judge of the 53rd District Court on the basis of her judicial misconduct.”
21-year-old Zachary William Brown is charged with first degree home invasion and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.
Howell's FIRST S.C.O.T.S. Bots team was recognized as being a model team, while team member Morgan Carstensen was named a candidate for the Dean's List Award.
Officials have nearly wrapped up the process of amending the township's signage regulations in an effort that has taken them approximately three years.
Jerry Copeland says he is eternally grateful to the first responders that coached his wife through CPR and helped save his life; ultimately defying a 3% chance of survival.
The Livingston County Prosecutor's Office held their annual Above and Beyond Ceremony in celebration of Nation Crime Victims' Rights Week.
Former 53rd District Court Administrator Francine Zysk had filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Detroit last year against 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan.
Democrat Elissa Slotkin will be holding a public Coffee Hour at Uptown Coffeehouse in Downtown Howell from 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Rottentail, by Howell's David Hayes, will be released nationwide this Friday in about 20 cities including at the Historic Howell Theater.
Scott and Kayla Purdy of Northville filed a formal discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Those looking for employment or perhaps a new career can browse the local job landscape during the 15th annual Livingston Regional Job Fair.
The Howell City Council met Monday night and discussed enforcement related to sidewalk cafes and outdoor patios.
The fire at the single-story home in the 11000 block of McGregor Road was called in shortly after 5:30pm Tuesday.
The state’s highest court said they were, “not persuaded" that the questions presented by former Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Burress and Howell attorney Tom Kizer, "should be reviewed by this Court.”
The three man committee will assess the value of broadcasting Board of Commissioners meetings, which was given an extended trial run in 2018.
Security problems over a breast pump left a local mom not too happy with her concert experience at Little Caesars Arena last Friday.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The Humane Society of Livingston County and the Michigan Humane Society have "entered into an agreement in principle to merge the two organizations into one under the Michigan Humane Society name later this year."
A preliminary investigation has revealed a Harley Davidson was southbound on Old US-23 when it rear ended a Chevrolet Express Van turning left into a private driveway.
Businesses and individuals have stepped up and pledged donations that will fully cover the city-related costs of the Memorial Day parade, which is organized by the American Legion Post 141.
Approvals have been granted for the new water filtration business in Lyon Township.
The most visible changes involve eliminating most sidewalk snow removal and holiday decorations along Grand River. A currently vacant position in the police department will also be eliminated.
The site in question is 5.12-acres bounded by Grand River, Lawson Drive and Whitehorse Drive and currently contains the Sunoco gas station and two non-residential buildings.
Among the projects is crack seal work on Brighton Lake Road, Flint Road, Grand River, Brighton Interior Drive and the new section of Black Walnut.
The combined Brighton High School Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony was honored as the top band - and the only one to earn a "Superior" rating - at Festival Disney, held over the weekend at Disney World.
Monday, April 8, 2019
The Bridge alternative high school in Brighton has once again been selected as the top alternative high school in Michigan.
A 42-year-old woman refused to answer requests from police on Sunday to exit the Island Lake Drive home and after a brief period of time police heard a sound similar to a gunshot from inside the home.
The plan offers a guideline for improving recreation and enhancing open space conservation in the county, while providing detailed information about the county’s two parks: Fillmore County Park and Lutz County Park.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome at the 3rd annual event, which will be held this Saturday, April 13th, beginning at 9am.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and AAA Michigan is working to help motorists “curb the urge” to engage in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel.
The work will add a dedicated left turn lane, and lanes for right turns and through-traffic. It’s being done in anticipation of plans later this year by the Michigan Department of Transportation to add a full-use signal to the intersection.
The 15th annual event will be held Saturday, April 13th, with volunteers meeting at the Michigan Seamless Tube Company's truck lot on McMunn Street at 9am.
Patrick Wittbrodt entered a guilty plea to a single count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud last month and will be sentenced July 11th.
A Community Development Block Grant for over $91,000 has been awarded to support installation of new parking, lighting, floors, and a hand sink.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
The application deadline is nearing for the 2nd Annual Brighton Police Dept. Youth Leadership Academy this summer.
The Brighton City Council is looking to fine-tune the proposed city budget for the coming fiscal year at three budget workshops this week.
Matthea Mae Spicer of Fenton was sentenced to six months of probation under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which means her record will be expunged if she successfully completes probation.
The reception is hosted by the Southern Shores Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America, which serves more than 10,000 youth and more than 4,000 adult volunteers throughout communities including Livingston County.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
A project to upgrade and renovate the City of Howell’s wastewater treatment plant is moving forward.
The three 30-second spots will highlight prevention efforts in the county as well as the Big Red Barrel, and will air over the next four weeks on a variety of Comcast channels.
In addition to supporting the organization's mission, Rescuing One to Rescue Another (RORA), the event will recognize individuals or organizations that help veterans with invisible wounds and shelter dogs.
Four ensembles will play a variety of selections, including pieces from West Side Story, over the two-day event, April 26-27.
Livingston County EMS will be providing ambulance transportation for Marquette General Hospital as part of a pre-planned move from the old hospital to the newly constructed one.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Police say 20-year-old Eric Andrews recorded coworkers in the employee bathroom at the Tim Horton's on Silver Lake Road in Fenton over a two year period.
Hartland High School junior Rachel Rotay and her father Robert created “Glockcoma”, which begins a 9-day-run this weekend at the Historic Howell Theater.
Allen Road will see new gravel laid down, while the Board of Trustees seeks more information on whether gravel or limestone would be better for Kellogg Road and Gully Road.
Work has begun on the first phase of the trail connector at Island lake Recreation Area, thanks in part to a generous donation.
The Brighton City Council will soon consider enacting an ordinance that would make vaping by minors illegal and prohibit the sale of such products to minors.
Daniel Sinko reportedly fled from Livingston County Sheriff's deputies, rammed a patrol car and took off on foot before breaking into an occupied apartment in the City of Howell on New Year's Day.
The owner of a gravel pit in Brighton Township is seeking to rezone a portion of his property and a public hearing is scheduled on the request.
Organizers of A Taste of Brighton (July 12-13) had asked if the city would expand the area on Main Street that is sealed off from traffic.
The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce's Lunch & Learn series will connect residents and law enforcement leaders one Wednesday afternoon each month through June.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
The Sheriff's Office says the homeowner has made multiple reports of destruction of his property and theft in the past few months.
Called the Preventing Adversaries Internationally from Disbursing Advertising Dollars Act, or the PAID AD Act, Slotkin said “Stopping foreign entities from influencing U.S. elections is not a partisan issue."
Angela and Russell Cockerham were charged after the Oakland County Narcotic Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at the Carter Country Homes in Holly, following an investigation into drug dealing taking place on the premises.
The Economic Development Council of Livingston County contracts with Ann Arbor SPARK to provide services they say attracts and retains business to positively affect the area’s economic climate.
It happened around 2pm Wednesday on northbound US-23 in the area of Silver Lake Road when a pick-up truck hauling a trailer full of hay bales caught on fire.
Another City Council work session is scheduled April 15th at 6pm to review the proposed 2019-2020 annual budget.
Consumers Energy is reminding people to be safe and call MISS DIG at least 3 working days before starting any outdoor project.
Two Brighton High School musical groups will be in Florida from today until Monday, competing with other high school bands from around the country at Festival Disney.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
The well-traveled bridge in Green Oak Township will be closed until further notice.
Blue pinwheel gardens have begun springing up around Livingston County as a symbol that all children deserve to have a happy, safe, secure, innocent childhood.
South Lyon Police had a wild night in February trying to calm and process Alexandra Paige, who was brought in after failing a field sobriety test.
Michigan is home to almost 12,000 foster children, and researchers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found the percentage being placed with families increased from 80% in 2007 to 89% in 2017.
Superintendent Erin MacGregor said the $39 million bond will still allow Howell, which has the lowest current debt millage rate in Livingston County, to pay it off before any of the other 4 districts. A homeowner whose house has a taxable value of $100,000, should see a $10 decrease in taxes each year.
The Michigan Townships Association says over the years township officials have suggested that elective Michigan township offices should be nonpartisan, but Tyrone Township officials disagree.
71-year-old Richard Laurence Hartwick has been charged with embezzling from the non-profit Blue Water Center for Independent Living, where he was employed as an accountant.
The annual Fantasy of Lights parade is “springing” into action this weekend at the Livingston County Home Show, by unveiling a new theme.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
A request was made to change a position from a part-time 20 hour deputy circuit court clerk to full time.
The Secretary of State Mobile Office will pay a visit to the Brighton District Library on Monday, April 15th and Tuesday, April 16th.
The court would be constructed on the lower lot of Genoa Township park, with officials hoping to have the project completed this construction season.
Police have confirmed that human skeletal remains discovered in the City of Howell are that of 52-year-old Robert Claude Herrick, who was reported missing and possibly suicidal in 2014.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has turned down Shiawassee County's request for a state declaration of emergency and disaster relief for tornado-related costs.
The number of the reported measles cases in the United States is the second highest since 2000, when it was actually considered eradicated.
In a national AARP poll, 80 percent of voters ages 50 and older said they take at least one prescription medication. And in cases where those polled chose to not fill a needed prescription, cost was the most common reason.
The organization says their mission will stay the same; to honor combat Veterans and their families by pairing rehabilitated shelter dogs and providing service dogs training to increase independence and quality of life.
Monday, April 1, 2019
There is now discussion of extending the flex route system an additional seven miles, from the 9 Mile/M-36 interchange all the way to I-96.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the Walled Lake school district $2,100 and ordered it to address the chemical storage issues at its Central High School.
Texting while driving can bring a $100 fine for a first offense, $200 for a second, or more if set by local ordinance.
The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation is accepting nominations for scholarships that aim to help dedicated, working students.
Dedicated room for left turn lanes and other improvements in anticipation for a new traffic signal later this year are on the way.
LACASA's Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council has several awareness activities planned throughout April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
An annual spring tree planting event is again being held in the Village of Milford and volunteers are being sought.
The 15th annual Livingston Regional Job Fair will be held Thursday, April 11th, from 3 to 7pm at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Genoa Township.