35-year old Bradley James Crainer was arrested last September after police say he placed a potentially poisonous substance in a family member’s food. He then allegedly took steps to burn down his residence. The Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office has now added one count of attempted murder and three counts of child abuse against Crainer.
47-year-old Dowan Knighten was arrested February 11th at a Detroit home with the body of 29-year-old Kayla Pierce. The Handy Township resident was reported missing by her mother on November 24th. However, her family claims that Detroit Police had located Kayla’s car at Knighten’s residence on December 3rd, but did not conduct a search of his home.
As COVID case counts and infection rates are surging in Livingston County, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously against declaring a state of emergency after unveiling a plan to allow virtual participation at county meetings going forward.
31-year-old Joseph Henry Santana was arraigned February 28th on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a female victim alleged she was restrained by Santana after repeatedly telling him she did not want to have sex with him.
Howell officials say that in the absence of the State extending the Open Meetings Act and the County uncertain of their direction, their declaration will allow City Boards and Commissions to continue to meet electronically through May 31st.
The Livingston County Health Department’s latest COVID-19 report indicated that the surge in cases is accompanied by a test positivity rate that has almost doubled over the past month along with related hospitalizations.
Retired Unadilla Township Fire Chief Mark Schroeder was laid to rest at the Plainfield Cemetery where a graveside service was performed with an Honor Guard featuring Howell and Brighton firefighters, along with the Ringing of the Bell, and Taps.
Livingston County Prosecutor David Reader and his office were disqualified from a case involving a man facing 20 sexual assault charges because he was on the bench for older cases involving the suspect.
Despite having no evidence that Michigan has been hiding data, the GOP-controlled Michigan Senate approved a bill to make $250,000 available to county prosecutors to investigate the state’s policy regarding COVID-19 patients and nursing homes.
41-year-old Wayne Seely is charged with two counts each of Assault with Intent to Murder for the August 2020 attack in Putnam Township. On Friday, his attorney said efforts at reaching a plea deal had failed.
Though passed by a 5-4 vote last Monday, the resolution was never signed and there is speculation that a County Commissioner is changing their vote to reverse the decision at a special meeting to be held this coming Monday.
29-year-old Bryan James Busher was charged following the Christmas Eve 2019 incident at the Genoa Township Walmart. Authorities say Busher and another man had pushed out a shopping cart full of items without paying, and when confronted by an employee, Busher implied he had a gun.
The main financial goal for the dinners was to generate $15,000 for the scholarship program at St. Mary Catholic School in Pinckney. That "daunting" goal is expected to be achieved after their last dinner tonight.
23-year old Dustin Sweet pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts stemming from an incident that took place on May 5th 2020. Sweet had been chased by authorities from Lansing after being spotted by a Michigan State Trooper who recognized him as a suspect who fled from a previous traffic stop.
Volunteers are being sought to assist with coordinating the flow of vehicles at “Community Connect on the Go - 2021” set for Saturday, April 17th from 1 pm – 4 pm at the 2|42 Community Church in Genoa Township.
Farmington Hills Police say the South Lyon couple was driving with their dog in a pickup truck when it lost control and rolled over several times before coming to a rest in a ravine on the north side of I-696.
The search Wednesday for an armed subject in the Northfield Township area prompted a temporary lockdown of Whitmore Lake Elementary and Whitmore Lake Middle School. Police did not name the man but described him as suicidal.
Two of the bills in the 39-bill package were sponsored by State Sen. Lana Theis of Brighton Township. One of them, Senate Bill 285, would require voters to present their state-issued photo identification when applying for an absentee ballot. Democrats said the measure would suppress voting.
A memorial service for retired Unadilla Township Fire Chief Mark Schroeder will be held on Sunday. Chief Schroeder, who passed away March 15th, spent 37 years in the fire service, all of it in Unadilla Township.
While there was much debate about declaring a State of Emergency at the county board level to allow virtual meetings to continue, various other local municipalities quickly and efficiently passed resolutions to do so.
8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin will chair her first meeting today of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, focused on how to deal with a growing threat of domestic terrorism.
Commissioners were split on a motion that would allow local units of government to continue meeting online through May, but after hours of debate, they ultimately voted 5-4 in favor of declaring a local state of emergency to allow it.
A tentative agreement has been reached between the City of Howell and the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority to run Scofield Park, the beach and the Thompson Lake boat launch for the upcoming season.
Preliminary figures provided by the federal government indicate that the recently passed American Recovery Plan (ARP) will net Livingston County approximately $37.2 million, while the various local municipalities will be splitting up an additional $18.9 million.
Meghan Reckling, Chair of the Livingston County Republican, called on Genoa Township Clerk Polly Skolarus to resign as Livingston County residents “should have complete faith and confidence in how their elections are run.” Skolarus was charged March 9th with a misdemeanor election violation pertaining to ballot containers.
While residents age 50 and older will be eligible for vaccines starting today, the state’s COVID-19 cases have been increasing. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, said the state’s case rate spiked 77% over the past four weeks to 172.9 cases per million people.
A prescribed burn is the carefully considered use of fire to improve wildlife habitat, get rid of invasive plant species that can crowd out native plants or help reduce debris on the ground that could fuel large wildfires.
In an email to parishioners Friday, it was announced that Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing had placed the Reverend Shaun Lowery, Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Church in Brighton Township, on ministerial leave. The Diocese of Lansing says they are fully cooperating with the Attorney General’s investigation.
Beginning March 25th, people can register for a Zoom presentation with Kim Michele Richardson on April 8th from 7-8pm where she’ll discuss her novel, her writing process, and answer attendee questions.
City Council has directed their labor attorney to investigate a February meeting between the City Attorney and City manager that led to the resignation of Attorney Paul Burns after 40 years of service.
Amid a climbing coronavirus case rate that ranks fourth nationally over the past week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, for now, she does not plan to tighten COVID-19 restrictions — noting ongoing vaccinations while also citing concerns about virus variants that more easily spread.
Starting today, contactless saliva testing will be offered every Friday and Monday from 8am to 6pm in the parking lot at the back of the 2/42 Community Center, located off of Grand River Avenue, west of S. Hacker Road, in Genoa Township.
State Police say the trooper from the Brighton Post was conducting a traffic stop on eastbound M-14 near Barton Drive in Ann Arbor at about 9:45 Wednesday night when his SUV was hit, tearing off the front wheel. The trooper had just exited the vehicle moments before.
Livingston County Elections Coordinator Joe Bridgman says that the specific statute in this instance is MCL 168.24j, which does deal with the use of ballot containers, but not those specific to Absentee Ballots. It was enacted in 2000 and remains in effect.
29-year-old Michael Foy asked a federal judge to release him on bond. Following a hearing Monday in which Foy pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan denied the request. He remains in custody in Washington, D.C.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified Wednesday before the House Homeland Security Committee, of which 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin is a member. Slotkin told Mayorkas she is concerned legislation as presently written won’t achieve true reform.
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks, The Library Network and Suburban Library Cooperative are working together to provide 100 new hotspots to underserved communities - including the Fowlerville District Library.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that the state previously approved the additional food assistance beginning in March 2020, which is now being extended for March 2021 following federal approval.
A Bite of History: Pack Horse Librarian Recipes will feature
Librarian and food aficionado Neal Parr. He'll demonstrate and dive into authentic Appalachian recipes gathered from scrapbooks that the Pack Horse Librarians provided to the people of the Appalachian Mountains.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) says legislation that State Senator Lana Theis contends will protect female athletes, is not only unnecessary but could prove to be an impediment to girls in sports.
Genoa Twp. Polly Skolarus will be arraigned on May 7th on a single charge of Election Law - Failure to Perform Duty. The charge was authorized by the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office following an investigation by Michigan State Police.
39-year-old Sean Purcell was charged with one count of failure to stop after a collision and one count of operating while intoxicated after the February 19th incident involving a Livingston Educational Service Agency school bus.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to a letter from eight Republican state senators, including Lana Theis of Brighton Township, regarding the governor’s COVID-19 processes and policies for nursing homes.
A rising case count of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 is forcing one local school to return to all-remote learning this week, while superintendents are reminding their communities that mitigation strategies like mask-wearing and social distancing are still important if they want to keep schools fully open, including athletics.
The projects in phase II of the bond issue pertain to the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) building to be constructed as an addition to the high school, mechanical and technology improvements.
Held online this year due to pandemic restrictions, the event was hosted by outgoing Board President Brian Jonckheere, while Livingston County United Way Director Anne Rennie presented the 2020 Volunteer of the year awards.
Livingston County Judge Michael Hatty ordered a new trial for 22-year-old Zachary Lally of Green Oak Township, who was charged with a 2018 rape. Hatty ruled that an assistant prosecutor had not only made false statements during closing arguments but also “improperly influenced” a detective’s testimony.
Brighton City Police Chief Rob Bradford cautions residents that scammers posing as Medicare employees are telling residents they are eligible for free equipment and testing in an attempt to get their Medicare number.
Allegations by a student of color that she was racially harassed on an ongoing basis and that staff members "did nothing” prompted today's visit by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Community Engagement Team.
The bill by Republican State Senator Lana Theis would require Michigan schools to only permit students of the same assigned biological sex to compete against one another in school-sanctioned gender-specific athletics. Opponents maintain it is unconstitutional and discriminates against transgender high school athletes.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer hosted a press conference to commemorate the anniversary, saying they’ll continue following science and data as they make decisions on further engagements. However, that approach has led to an impasse with the GOP-led Legislature.
The Brighton High School Choir received the prestigious invitation, but BHS Choir Director Phil Johnson said a decision has not been made to accept the invitation since the COVID-19 pandemic is still afflicting thousands of families in places like New York.
18-year-old Shaun Happy, a senior at Chelsea High School, was killed Saturday night on westbound I-94 near Sargent Road in Leoni Township. His mother Shannon posted online that her son suffered from “anxiety and depression for the past year and a half."
Republican State Representative Ann Bollin of Brighton Township, who chairs the House Elections and Ethics Committee, says the bills are aimed at cleaning up the state's voting rolls, while Democrats argue it addresses "a problem that does not exist" and will limit voter access.
The county is receiving a base allocation of 1,400 doses per shipment, but Livingston County Board Chair Wes Nakagiri alleges data suggests Livingston County is still being shorted vaccines within the Social Vulnerability Index.
62-year-old Daniel Thompson was charged last month with making phone threats against 8th District Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. On Friday he was arraigned on a charge of brandishing a weapon and ordered to turn over his weapons as a condition of bond.
HCS Superintendent Chuck Hughes addressed the Tatayana Vanderlaan incident, saying that some students involved will be put on an educational plan because of behaviors they’ve displayed, with some going into the disciplinary process. He also said they need to realize "that something went wrong and how can we make sure that we address that as a community, as a school district."
Community Connect on the Go - 2021 will held on Saturday, April 17th from 1pm – 4 pm at the 2|42 Community Church located in Genoa Township. The event, which organizers say will be held rain or shine, is focused on providing Livingston County residents with basic needs.
32-year-old Robert McTavish Jr. of Northville was charged last year with one count of fraudulent use of a building contract fund. In court on Friday, he entered a conditional no contest plea to the charge. He will be sentenced on April 1st, and could face up to three years in prison.
The Livingston County Health Department reports that it has identified the first case of the COVID-19 variant B117. While public exposures are not normally a concern, they have issued an alert in this instance because the B117 variant is more easily transmitted and could lead to more cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Representatives from the Livingston County Diversity Council and Livingston County school districts took the first step Friday towards responding to alleged racial threats revealed last week at Hartland High School and viewed as part of a larger pattern.
While the Livingston County United Way “Spirit of the Community” Breakfast will be online this year, Livingston County Drain Commissioner Brian Jonckheere, who is also the United Way Board President, will return as host.
Even though the state health department is expanding vaccine eligibility twice this month, the Livingston County Health Department is still prioritizing the 13,000 to 15,000 seniors 65+ that haven't yet received theirs.
For the first semester of the 2021-22 term, Brighton will offer unlimited Schools of Choice in pre-kindergarten through 1st grade, and 5th through 11th grades. However, the district will offer limited Schools of Choice programs in 2nd through 4th grades and the 12th grade, as space permits.
James E. White, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, issued a statement today in response to reports of racially motivated harassment and bias targeting Hartland Consolidated Schools student Tatayana Vanderlaan.
The project involves general improvements to the infrastructure and facilities at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, construction of a new solids dewatering building and enhanced secondary treatment among various other items.
The Road Commission for Oakland County says weather over the past few weeks, ranging from snow, rain, frigid temperatures and the current warmer conditions, is causing some very rough conditions on gravel roads.
House Resolution 1, which was co-sponsored by 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin, touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process. It was approved Wednesday night on a near party-line 220-210 vote.
The Livingston Early Literacy Collaborative's “Family Fun Day: Celebrate Early Childhood” is designed to show families how fun and easy it is to teach simple early literacy skills that can be done at home or on-the-go.
In conjunction with Women’s History Month during March, the Brighton Area Women’s History Roll of Honor Advisory Council announced their 2021 Honorees: Kathleen M. Barden; Therese K. Cremonte, P.E.M; Ellen Lafferty; Colleen Tokai Monroe; and Rhonda R. Trask.
The Center will feature an indoor walking track, fitness rooms with treadmills and exercise equipment, locker rooms with showers, and three full sized courts that can be used for basketball, volleyball or pickleball. It will also serve as the new home of the Howell Senior Center.
Teachers who worked in Great Start Readiness Program, Head Start, adult education, and young adult special education programs in 2019-2020 could be eligible for a $500 MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grant.
A 28-year-old Fowlerville man was taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot following the chase. A 30-year-old female passenger from Fowlerville was interviewed at the scene and transported home.
State Senator Lana Theis posted the comment on social media Monday night following the revelation that Robert Gordon, the former director of the Michigan Department of Public Health and Human Services, will receive more than $155,000 as part of a separation agreement. Deputy Director Sarah Esty also reached a similar deal, sparking further criticism.
Two anonymous donors will provide a five-year maintenance agreement for Alexandria's NatureScape and Treehouse complex, while also repairing and renovating the waterfall feature, described as a “summer favorite” for kids.