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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020

Fenton Twp. Man Rejects Plea Offer In Child Sex Assault

55-year-old Michael Sackrider is charged in two separate cases involving minors in Genesee County Circuit Court. On of the alleged victims told investigators Sackrider, who was her mother’s ex-boyfriend, sexually assaulted her several times at his Linden Road home from 2006 through 2015.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Brighton Police: No "Rash" Of Kidnapping Attempts

While Brighton Police continue to investigate an incident Tuesday in the parking lot of the Planet Fitness off of East Grand River, Police Chief Rob Bradford said a characterization on social media that the city has had a “rash” of kidnapping attempts is not true.

Murphy Squelches Rumors Of Congressional Run

Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy today issued a definitive statement refuting rumors that he might be joining the race to become a Republican candidate to face off against 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin in November.

VIP Reality Tour Shows Drug Use In Teens, Offers Hope

The VIP Reality Tour is a prevention-based experience for teens and their parents who have encountered drug and alcohol abuse, while offering information and resources for having the difficult conversations that arise around the topic.

Effort Fails To Oust Northfield Planning Commissioner

Accused of alleged malfeasance by the Northfield Township Supervisor, Planning Commissioner Sam Iaquinto saw support from the remainder of the Board believing there was no conflict of interest in the timing of his disclosure of a purchase agreement with a marijuana establishment.

Vaping On The Rise Among Local High School Students

In 2015-16, 21.6% of Livingston County high school students surveyed said they had used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. That number went up to 28% for the 2017-2018 school year, resulting in an overall increase of 30%.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Fenton Twp. Murder Trial Again Delayed

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 more than half a dozen times, with yet another delay coming last week.

Former Teacher Avoids Jail Time For Drunk Driving Charges

44-year-old Michael Dennis Fletcher was a teacher with Huron Valley Schools when he was taken into custody last September at Lakeland High School after a breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol limit was more than four times the legal limit.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Basketball Courts To Be Installed At Genoa Park

Two basketball courts will be the newest addition at the park on the township hall property off Dorr Road - although one might be converted for a different use at a later date depending on public feedback.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Spirit Of The Community Breakfast Set Next Month

The 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards will be presented to local individuals, business and youth organizations for their outstanding service to the community in leadership, compassion, and volunteerism.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Witnesses Say Steroid Lab Was Dirty & Lacking Proper Controls

Witnesses from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration testified about contaminated steroids traced back to the New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts drug compounding company which was partly owned by Barry Cadden, and where Glenn Chin worked as a pharmacist.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Commissioners Select Griffith As New Board Chair

At its Finance Committee meeting this morning, the board unanimously selected County Commissioner Carol Griffith to lead the board for the remainder of 2020. They also set up a process to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of former Chair Don Parker.

Howell Grad Returns For Free Concert Next Month

The duo Ironwood consists of Anna Dorsey and her husband, Mark Pierce, who perform music inspired by both Celtic and Rock traditions. Dorsey is a Howell High School grad with deep roots in the community.

Bond Denied For Man Charged With Impersonating Cop

42-year-old Michael Joseph Snyder of Northfield Township was charged in December with false impersonation of a police officer or employee of the United States following an October 27th incident on I-96 in Livingston County.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Appeals Court Sends Sahouri Lawsuit To Trial

The Michigan Court of Appeals remanded the lawsuit filed by former Hartland Consolidated Schools principal Tracey Sahouri back to circuit court for trial, but also a determination of sanctions after ruling she improperly withheld knowledge of cell phone recordings.

Sanctuary County Resolution Set For First Vote Tonight

Commissioner Bob Bezotte's resolution will go before the County’s Public Safety and Infrastructure and Development committee and “urges" lawmakers and government officials to, reject, "any provision, law, or regulation that may infringe, have the tendency to infringe, or place any additional burden on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms”

Monday, February 17, 2020

SEMCOG Seeks Public Input On Bike & Pedestrian Plan

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan for Southeast Michigan aims to ensure that the region’s non-motorized system meets the transportation, quality of life, health, and accessibility needs of its residents and visitors.

Walk For Warmth Celebrates 30 Years

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.

Brighton HS Holds Kindness & Respect Weeks

Liam Fay, a 17-year-old senior, the new student representative on the Brighton Board of Education, tells WHMI Kindness Week brings the school together in a spirit of unity, as does “Respect Week", which is organized each year by the school's Project United Team.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Former NECC Employees Testify In Steroid Trial

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

Hearing Continues For Men Charged In Tainted Steroid Outbreak

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.

Murphy Announces Re-Election Bid

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.

Grant To Help Expand Livingston Veterans' Services & Space

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.

Pot Conviction Dismissed Following MSC Ruling

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.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Hartland Schools Placing $45 Million Bond On May 5th Ballot

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.”

Monday, February 10, 2020

Hamburg Woman Rams Police Car Following Chase

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.

Crash Takes LETS Bus Out Of Service

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.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Linden Schools Supports Placing $55M Bond Proposal On Ballot

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.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Rescuer Says Charges Should Be Filed For Horse's Neglect

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.

State Withholds Funding From Webberville

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.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Whitmer's SOTU Response Highlights Democratic Action

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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Pontiac Man Enters Plea To Fenton Armed Robbery

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.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020