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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Longtime Community Volunteer Passes Away

Katrina Maxwell of Howell passed away at the age of 62 this past Friday. She was very active in the community and employed with L.E.T.S. Transportation for nearly thirty years.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Bezotte Opposes Proposed Safer Michigan Act

Under the Safer Michigan Act, certain incarcerated individuals could earn productivity credits and be eligible for an earlier release and parole date. State Rep. Bob Bezotte called the plan a “flawed proposal that would burden victims and families”.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Friday, November 26, 2021

United Way Sets Money Matching Fundraiser

The Livingston County United Way’s Matching Money Monday is set for Monday, December 6th to assist the organization that helps strengthen the community. While it has become the single largest one-day fundraiser in Livingston County, officials say this year the need is even greater.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Clio Man Sentenced On Child Pornography Charges

28-year-old Austin Lash pleaded guilty to a single count of transportation of child pornography after authorities say he created and distributed illicit material from a Livingston County residence.

Nutcracker Returns to Brighton For 35th Year

The Brighton School of Ballet production, complete with dazzling scenery and costumes, features more than 110 local dancers, supporting cast members, gymnasts, and professional guest artists from Puerto Rico.

COVID Vaccine Clinics Continue In Highland Township

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles located at 4450 Duck Lake Road in Highland Township has arranged for regular clinics with the Moderna vaccine to be held, with the next set for Wednesday, December 1st from 3 to 6pm.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

MI Civil Rights Commission Says Bills Promote "Censorship"

At their meeting on Monday, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission passed a resolution opposing two bills; one sponsored by Republican State Senator Lana Theis of Brighton Township and the other co-sponsored by Republican State Rep. Ann Bollin, also of Brighton Township.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Brighton Teen Competent To Stand Trial In Father's Murder

18-year-old Hayden Jagst is charged with open murder, two counts of felony firearm, carrying with unlawful intent, and carrying a concealed weapon for the June 21st murder of his father, 48-year-old Edward Jagst a Canton Township Police officer.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Oceola Township Couple Found Slain Inside Their Home

Michigan State Police say 75-year-old Dale Dormanen, and his wife, 79-year-old Joan Dormanen were found deceased inside their home Friday morning. A 22-year-old suspect, who has been identified by neighbors as the couple’s grandson, was taken into custody.

Michigan's ProtectMiChild Registry Expands

The free and secure program is offered by the Secretary of State that families and schools can use to block ads for products like alcohol, tobacco, pornography and online gambling from reaching children’s email inboxes, tablets, cell phones or instant messenger IDs.

Harvest For Heroes Event Sunday

VETLIFE is again hosting its Harvest for Heroes event this Sunday and will be giving away 120 Thanksgiving baskets to veteran families from 9am to noon. Registration is required

Friday, November 19, 2021

Bollin Says Audit Reveals "Incompetence" At UIA

Republican State Rep. Ann Bollin on Thursday says a recent audit of the Unemployment Insurance Agency shows the Whitmer administration made “key errors that prolonged confusion and anxiety” for Michigan residents seeking assistance during the pandemic.

MSP Say Oceola Township Couple Found Slain Inside Their Home

Michigan State Police say 75-year-old Dale Dormanen, and his wife, 79-year-old Joan Dormanen were found deceased inside their home this morning. A 22-year-old suspect, who has been identified by neighbors as the couple’s grandson, was taken into custody.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Clarkston Man Bound Over On Charges Of Impersonating a Cop

63-year-old George Michael Galbraith was charged in September with false representation as a peace officer after a fake badge, two handguns and a shotgun were found in a vehicle that was off the road with a flat tire in Northfield Township.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Pinckney Driver Killed In Head-On Crash

Authorities say a 2013 Mazda 3 was being driven southbound by a 50-year-old Pinckney resident when the driver crossed the centerline of Pinckney Road, sideswiped a northbound 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, and then struck a 2015 Ford Focus head-on.

Dearborn Man Enter Plea In Teen Sexual Assault Case

22-year-old Quentin Bogya was charged with five counts of sexual assault stemming from a 2020 incident involving two teens. In court last week, he entered a guilty plea to a single count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Trump Endorses Detmer In Run Against Lana Theis

Donald Trump's endorsement, Monday, calls Mike Detmer "an America First Fighter who will do great things for Michigan," while accusing current Senator Lana Theis of refusing to admit there was voter fraud in the 2020 election, which numerous audits and investigations have failed to substantiate.

The Bridge Recognized For Advancing College-Going Culture

The Bridge in Brighton has won the Michigan College Access Network’s Marina Award, which recognizes a school that has achieved basic change by engaging everyone involved in the process of creating a desire upon the students to pursue a post-high school education.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Barrett Announces Congressional Run

Republican State Senator Tom Barrett of Charlotte posted a video to Facebook Monday morning announcing a run for the U.S. House in 2022, likely pitting him against 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin.

Howell Rotarian Lauded For 66 Years Of Service

When 91-year-old Harry Griffith became a Howell Rotary Member in 1955, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the United States. 66 years later he was honored at the group’s meeting on Monday.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

12 Days of Gleaners Underway

Friday kicked off the 12 Days of Gleaners, an annual partnership between WHMI and the Gleaners Community Food Bank to help make sure local families in need get a full-course holiday meal.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Howell Firefighters Discover Body After Extinguishing Car Fire

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says it was dispatched to Fairlawn Estates in Howell Township to assist the Howell Area Fire Authority with an occupied vehicle fire. After Howell Fire units extinguished the fire, they located the body of a 21-year-old male inside of the vehicle.

Bond Reinstated For Jailed Lawmaker

44th Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty reinstated bond for Democratic State Rep. Jewell Jones of Inkster, who was jailed September 14th after he violated his bond for the third time.

Districts See Mixed Results For Fall Enrollment Figures

Last fall, the full impact of the COVID pandemic on the 2020-21 school year was just being realized and many parents enrolled their children in online programs or home-schooled them to avoid being exposed to the crippling illness. In the enrollment figures for this fall, Howell and Brighton are showing increases while Hartland, Pinckney and Fowlerville are experiencing declines.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Solemn Ceremony In Howell Marks Veterans Day

A 21-gun salute by the David Murnighan Detachment 161 Livingston County Marine Corp League Honor Guard and the traditional playing of taps kicked off the annual Veterans Day observance on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse.

Livingston County's Epidemiologist Quits

Posting on Facebook Wednesday, Elizabeth Levin-Sparenberg said the staff and volunteers who run the county's COVID vaccination clinics are “just as frustrated as you are, but they keep showing up because they know what they do is important even if county leadership doesn’t seem to think so…)”

Gregory Man's Bid For New Trial Rejected

22-year-old Bradley Nowak of Gregory was sentenced in 2019 to 30 months to 15 years in prison after his conviction for a 2018 incident in which authorities say he assaulted a 16-year-old female while they were both visiting the residence of a mutual friend.

GM Proving Grounds Contamination Lawsuit Dismissed

The lawsuit, which represented several members of the Oaks subdivision in Brighton Township, was filed in 2017 and alleged contamination of the plaintiffs’ groundwater and that GM committed fraud by concealing its knowledge of the contamination.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Date Set For Kowalski Retrial In Double Homicide

The retrial of 75-year-old Jerome Kowalski is set to begin in January, following a lengthy legal battle over whether and how the defense could present an expert witness on the issue of false confessions.

Hornung Elementary Goes All Online For Next Two Weeks

As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases among students at Hornung Elementary School over the past 10 days, all Hornung classes will shift to virtual learning for the next 14 days beginning on Wednesday, November 10th.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Elderly Woman Found Deceased In Oceola Township

According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, 87-year-old Althea Greene was found deceased at around 11:20 this morning by a civilian who was assisting in the search. Greene, who suffered from dementia, was last spotted at about 2:30 Monday afternoon in the 5000 block of Green Road.

Baseball Bat Attack Case Goes To Jury

Following a four-day trial, concluding arguments were made Monday in the case against 42-year-old Wayne Seely, charged with two counts each of Assault with Intent to Murder for the attack in Putnam Township in August of 2020.

Monday, November 8, 2021

GoFundMe For Gregory Mom Tops $250k

A GoFundMe account to assist Mikala Vish of Gregory recently went over the $250,000 mark, prompting organizers to increase the goal to $275,000. Vish was seriously burned last month when she rushed into a fire to save her kids.

Bezotte Plan To Fight "Misguided" Vaccine Mandate

State Representative Bob Bezotte of Marion Township on Friday said he believes the mandate “negatively impacts Michigan workers, local job providers and the intrinsic personal freedoms we all hold so dear.”

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Short Web Series To Be Filmed At Howell's Scofield Park

Film student Camden Crowe was before City Council requesting permission to film his senior thesis in Scofield Park on Thompson Lake - saying he’s spent the past year writing and developing the sketch comedy web series called “Park Guard”.

Friday, November 5, 2021

"Home Is Essential" Campaign Runs Through November

The Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care is running a month-long social media campaign, "Home is Essential," and having a special awareness event at the Historic Howell Courthouse on November 17 at 12pm.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Motion Seeks To Dismiss Charges Against Jailed Lawmaker

The attorney for Democratic State Rep. Jewell Jones of Inkster says MSP troopers lacked reasonable suspicion to question and search him on April 6th after police say he crashed his vehicle into a ditch along I-96 and then resisted responding officers.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Bollin Backs GOP Bill To Ban Implicit Bias Lessons In Schools

Republican State Representative Ann Bollin of Brighton Township said House Bill 5097 would "not erase history or force educators to pretend that injustices never existed." Critics say it would censor teachers and is an attempt to “whitewash” American history.

MDOT Preparing For Winter, Recruiting Plow Truck Drivers

This week’s Talking Michigan Transportation podcast featured conversations about preparing for winter and the efforts of MDOT and other road agencies to recruit and train snowplow operators during a pandemic-related workforce shortage.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Superintendent Plan Would Scale Back Quarantine Protocols

A plan proposed by Livingston County School Superintendents would no longer require students in grades 7 through 12 identified as close contacts of a confirmed case from having to “be excluded from school” as long as they are asymptomatic.

New Wednesday Evening Hours At Secretary Of State Offices

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said they continue to offer numerous convenient options for Michiganders to conduct their business including expanded online transactions, self-service stations at grocery stores and now evening office hours.

Monday, November 1, 2021

GoFundMe For Gregory Mom Nears $250k

Mikala Vish of Gregory suffered severe burns over 60% of her body last week when she rushed into a burning home to save her four young children. A GoFundMe account to assist Vish is now closing in a $250,000 goal.

Outbreak Reported At Creekside Elementary; Mask Mandate In Place

According to a letter sent out Friday by Creekside Elementary School Principal Stephanie Moore-Way, the Livingston County Health Department has identified “multiple related positive COVID-19 cases at Creekside…and thus considered to be the site of an outbreak.”

Lyon Twp. Man Charged w/ Impersonating Cop Back In Custody

A bench warrant had been issued October 4th for 53-year-old Leonard Charles Harris after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing in Oakland County Circuit Court. But court records show he is now back in custody under a $2 million bond and facing a new charge of 3rd-degree child abuse.