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Friday, December 31, 2021

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Helton Says No Charges Will Be Filed Against Her

Kasey Helton said her attorney had been informed by the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office that no action would be taken on a criminal referral related to Twitter posts she made about nurses she says were publicly spreading health misinformation. However, Livingston County Prosecutor David Reader says the case remains under investigation.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Tax Season Is Coming

The Michigan Department of Treasury wants residents to make sure their addresses with employers and financial institutions is correct.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

AG Nessel Announces Charges Against Former Undersheriff

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is charging former Livingston County Undersheriff Jeff Warder with one count of operating while intoxicated and one count of alcohol-open container in a vehicle, stemming from an October 26th event.

Public Safety Awards Presented In Hamburg Township

Director of Public Safety Richard Duffany stated that the men and women of the police and fire departments do a professional, outstanding job on a daily basis but there are a few occasions throughout the year when their actions should be recognized publicly.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Monday, December 20, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Friday, December 17, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Attorney Says Cyberstalking Investigation Is Politically Motivated

Attorney Craig Tank represents Kasey Helton, who is facing a felony cyberstalking charge after she posted videos of anti-mask activists speaking at a local school board meeting. Tank says his belief is that the decision to seek charges was made to appease those who oppose mask mandates and other COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Flint Man Sentenced For Howell Armed Robbery

41-year old Rollo Thomas Pickens of Flint was charged with the armed robbery of the Check ‘n Go in Howell in November of 2020, which authorities say was one in a string of similar crimes he committed in Livingston and Genesee counties.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Sheriff Refers Cyberstalking Complaint For Charges

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has filed a criminal complaint against Kasey Helton of Marion Township related to Twitter posts she made about nurses she says were publicly spreading health misinformation.

Deputy Livingston County Clerk Named As ICM Fellow

Chief Deputy Livingston County Clerk Kristi Cox was recently accepted as a Fellow into the Institute for Court Management, a program only 1,200 people worldwide have gone through. Cox says the ICM Fellows are often hired by foreign countries to assess their judicial systems.

Local Volunteer Honored For Community Service

Livingston County Emergency Manager Therese Cremonte on Tuesday presented Bruce Pollock and the Community Emergency Response Team program, or CERT, with the Volunteer of the Year award from the Michigan Emergency Management Association.

Judge Delays Case Against Oxford Shooting Suspect's Parents

James and Jennifer Crumbley are each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, to which they have pleaded not guilty. The couple, who were arrested several days after the shootings hiding in a commercial building in Detroit, appeared in court wearing prison uniforms and in chains.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Threat Forces Cancellation Of Classes In Oxford Schools

Due to what is perceived as a credible threat, there is no school today at Oxford Middle School or in the Oxford Community School District as a whole, and that means no trip to Oxford today by the Brighton Area Schools’ Pack of Dogs and their human handlers.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Wixom Receives $750k For Trail Extension

Officials say the project fills a gap between Wixom Road and Old Plank Road, providing approximately 2.4 miles of shared-use path, protected bike lanes, and safe crossings.

Pinckney Man Enters Plea To Embezzlement, Other Charges

39-year-old Ian Lumley was charged earlier this year with one count of embezzling more than $50,000 but less than $100,000 following an investigation by Pinckney Police of suspected thefts from a business on Hamburg Street in the Village.

Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss Charges Against Lawmaker

Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty ruled that there was reasonable suspicion on the part of Michigan State Police to believe Democratic State Rep. Jewell Jones of Inkster was the driver of an SUV that had gone off the road and was in a ditch along I-96.

Local Woman Wins $1 Million Lottery Scratch Off Game

The 57-year-old county resident was left “shaking” after she realized she was a grand prize winner of the Millionaire Maker II instant game ticket she purchased at the USA 2 Go gas station on North Latson Road at M-59 in Oceola Township.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

Speed Enforcement Campaign Underway

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says there's been an alarming rise in the number of people speeding, which has led to higher crash and fatality rates - despite fewer miles being traveled on Michigan roads in 2020.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Truck Rolls Over, Closes EB I-96

Michigan State Police from the Brighton post were dispatched at about 11am to a single-vehicle traffic crash involving a truck tractor on eastbound I-96 near the rest area in Howell Township.

Experts: School Quarantines/Masks Needed To Contain COVID Spread

None of the school districts in Livingston County have mask policies, while also adopting a policy of not requiring quarantines for exposed students who are asymptomatic. However, health authorities say relying on the presence of symptoms is not an accurate measure of infection.

BAS Pack Of Dogs To Help Comfort Oxford Students

The Brighton Area Schools’ Pack of Dogs has a very special assignment in the near future. The specially trained dogs — all 13 of them — are going to the Village of Oxford in Oakland County to console the students who have been deeply scarred on an emotional level by last week’s tragedy.

LESA Snack Pack Drive Returns

Snack items to supplement meals students would typically be provided at schools are being sought to help them through winter break.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Unvaccinated COVID Patients Fill Local Hospital's ICU

The steady swoosh of air being pushed into a patient's lungs punctuated by a mechanical, rhythmic clicking is the unmistakable sound of a ventilator keeping a critically ill COVID patient alive. When WHMI visited St. Joe Mercy last Thursday, all eight of their ICU pods had COVID patients in them, several on ventilators.

Embezzlement Trial Adjourned For Dozenth Time

Tracey Lynn Sindlinger was charged in August of 2018 with ten counts involving her alleged embezzlement from Stein Electric in Manchester. Numerous adjournments have taken place in the intervening time, with a dozen trial dates having been set, but then adjourned.

Auto Insurance Policy Holders Receiving $400 Refund Per Vehicle

The surplus from the Michigan Catastrophic Care Association fund is being returned to policyholders next year but is the result of reforms that drastically reduced the reimbursement rate for many services needed by those catastrophically injured in car crashes.

Howell American Legion Again Hosting Christmas Dinner

The yearly gathering is hosted at the American Legion Devereaux Post 141 in Howell Township and begins with the delivery of Christmas Dinner for the Senior Nutrition service, Meals on Wheels, and other shut-ins throughout Livingston County.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Slotkin: COVID-Packed Hospital "Like a Combat Zone"

Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who took a tour of the hospital on Monday, said it reminded her of the fatigue she saw while serving with the CIA in Iraq. “Many of our hospitals are hitting a breaking point," said the 8th District Democrat.

Propped Open School Door Prompts Questions About Security

A propped open door at Howell High School's Freshman Campus on Monday caught the attention of one community member who said they walked right into the building and asked "When will people wake up and start to take this stuff seriously?”

Workgroup Encouraging Safe Holiday Celebrations

The Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Prevention Workgroup of the Human Service Collaborative Body is asking residents to be safe this holiday season and to help prevent youth from getting access to marijuana and alcohol.

Monday, December 6, 2021

COVID Surge Pushes St. Joe Livingston To The Edge

As of last Thursday, the hospital was at 100% bed occupancy, with 32 of those beds being used by patients with COVID-19. In addition, all eight of the ICU pods had COVID patients, none of whom were vaccinated.

Facebook Restricts Access To Anti-Vax Group's Page

Jennifer Smith, an administrator for the Moms for Liberty Livingston County Facebook page, recently posted a notice on its page that it had “several posts flagged overnight and several hundred (400+) members removed.” Smith also recently told BAS board members "We're coming for you" after a discussion on quarantine protocols.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Suspect Told Counselors Drawing Was Game Design

Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne said guidance counselors felt 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley was calm and worked on homework while staff tried to reach his parents and they traveled to the school.

Brighton School Board To Consider Mask Resolution

A special meeting of the Brighton Board of Education has been called for next Tuesday, Dec. 7th to discuss, and possibly take action on the contentious issue of whether to require masks in the Brighton Area Schools.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Suspect’s Parents Charged In Oxford School Shooting

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald says Jennifer and James Crumbley committed “egregious” acts, including buying a gun and making it available to 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley and then failing to intervene when they were summoned to the school Tuesday and confronted with a drawing made by their son featuring a gun, a person bleeding and the words “help me”.

Sheriff Says School Threats Not Credible, Urges Caution

Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy said none of the threats making their way through area schools were found to be credible. However, he also said that "there is no guarantee, no preventative measure that can be put in place if somebody is hell-bent on wreaking havoc."

Grand Rapids Man Shot By Trooper Heads To Trial

20-year-old Tristan Stavedahl was shot April 13th by a Detective Trooper who was in the area searching for a car theft suspect. State Police say that Stavedahl was armed when he encountered the trooper, who opened fire.

Charging Decision Expected For Shooter’s Parents

Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for a shooting Tuesday at Oxford High School. The semi-automatic gun was purchased legally by Crumbley’s father last week, according to investigators.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Local COVID-19 Cases, Deaths & Hospitalizations On The Rise

The Livingston County Health Department says the rise in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 is alarming and the county’s hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, has reached 100% capacity - placing further pressure on frontline healthcare staff.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Judge Denies Bond For Accused Oxford School Shooter

Ethan Crumbley will be held without bond on charges of murder, attempted murder, terrorism causing death and gun crimes. He is charged as an adult, but has been held in a juvenile facility since Tuesday’s shooting that killed four students and injured seven other people. Photo courtesy of ClickonDetroit/WDIV

Fourth Student Dies From Oxford Shooting

There are now four fatal victims from Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School after authorities confirmed this afternoon that 17-year-old Justin Shilling passed away from his injuries.

Community Seeks Answers In Wake Of Deadly School Shooting

Investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the shooting Tuesday at Oxford High School, according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, who spoke at a late-night press conference that also featured Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.

Howell Business Steps Up Again For Toys For Tots

Wireless Zone in Howell is once again partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign and will feature collection bins at their location at 1455 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 200, through December 15th.

Oxford Victims Remembered As Community Marks Tragedy

Oxford High School sophomore Allison Hepp, 15, holds a candle as she bows her head in prayer during a vigil after the Oxford High School school shootings, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at LakePoint Community Church in Oxford, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Charges Filed Against Accused Oxford High School Shooter

Charges against Ethan Crumbley were announced Wednesday, a few hours after authorities reported the death of a fourth teen from the school in northern Oakland County. Crumbley is charged as an adult with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts assault with intent to murder.