Despite declining to file charges against the Reverend Shaun Lowery of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton, a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office told WHMI, “Let’s be clear: no criminal charges is not equivalent to exoneration.”
Rebecca Bond of Howell says a planned 45% cut to fees for medical providers could mean her son Dillon's in-home care will no longer be available. Dillon suffered a serious brain injury when he was hit by a car in 2013.
Missouri-based Catholic Healthcare International had been seeking to construct a 6,000-square-foot chapel with other accessory uses in honor of St. Padre Pio on 40 acres located on the west side of Chilson Road, south of Crooked Lake Road.
Republican State Representative Bob Bezotte says for anyone working a traditional nine to five job, the elimination of in-person appointments makes it nearly impossible to do something as simple as renewing a license.
The exterior of the sprawling school campus is currently replete with about 500 signs which sport the name of each graduating senior along with the student’s photo. This is the second year that the PTO and BHS administration placed lawn signs in front of the school complex for the senior class.
Former County Commissioner Steve Williams says that the campaign resulting in a 5-3 vote against his reappointment to a regional parks board relied upon incorrect information and "ludicrous" assumptions.
A bill sponsored by State Senator Lana Theis of Brighton Township would have required voters to attach a copy of their photo ID when mailing an absentee ballot application. It was revised to allow voters now to include their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number instead.
29-year-old Michael Foy remains jailed without bond for his role in the January 6th attack. Prosecutors say Foy, a former Marine, was one of the most violent protesters that day. His defense lawyer argued for his pre-trial release, noting that he had no criminal history and was an honorably discharged veteran.
Chief Operating Officer Kate Litwin said as a Master Level Main Street Community, their organization is at the heart of a movement to develop downtown Howell as an entrepreneurial, innovative, and environmentally sustainable community that exists for everyone.
27-year-old Kurtis Statler was charged in June of 2019 after the arrest of 22 people in an operation run by the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team, or GHOST. Authorities said Statler and the other suspects targeted children for sexual purposes in Genesee County.
41-year-old Shaun Matthew Voight was charged earlier this month with 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to testimony from a Michigan State Police Detective, Voight assaulted a child under the age of 16 on multiple occasions between 2010 and 2020.
City Council gave further direction to staff in preparation for a potential resolution that would establish a social district and common areas for adults to purchase an alcoholic beverage and enjoy it outside.
Chip sealing projects are scheduled for today only on three different roadways; Whitewood Road from McGregor to Shehan Road, Shehan Road from Whitewood Road to M-36, and Swarthout Road from the township line to Pettysville Road.
The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team is holding an online meeting for residents interested in the PFAS investigation and residential well sampling being conducted around the old Brighton Township Dump site.
The Saturday morning crash was one of two investigated by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office over the weekend. The first, on Friday night, sent a Jackosn man to the hospital. The second, early Saturday morning, left a 28-year-old Wayne resident dead after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.
State Sen. Lana Theis on Thursday introduced legislation that would ban from Michigan K-12 curricula the use of so-called “critical race theory”. It would also prohibit teaching of the 1619 Project, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times project that examines the ongoing consequences of slavery through the lens of American history.
The temporary parking was said to have been an aid to restaurants during the pandemic, but City Council and staff believe conditions are improving to where they can revert 50-75% of the spots back to normal parking.
Michigan will fully lift outdoor capacity limits on June 1 and, starting July 1, end indoor gathering caps that were put in place to curb COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this morning in a major loosening of economic restrictions.
At the Wednesday meeting of the Livingston County Board of Commissioner's Personnel Committee, Board Chair Wes Nakagiri continued his assault on the concept of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in opposing the reappointment of former Commissioner Steve Williams to serve a new term on the Huron Clinton Metroparks Authority board.
The STEAM Center is a major part of the $59.3 million bond issue passed by voters in November of 2019. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is geared to provide the framework to teach students how to think critically, problem-solve and use their own creativity.
EMS Recognition Week runs through Saturday and, in a press release, Livingston County EMS Director David Feldpausch said he was “extremely proud” of the “amazing” staff of professionals, who he said quickly adapted to everything that has been asked of them over the last year.”
The Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy in Brighton says it saw a 53% gain in Federal Student Aid application completions since last year, compared to a national 13% decrease in freshman college enrollment.
Although there has never been a state mandate or order requiring minors to get vaccinated, Republican State Senator Lana Theis of Brighton Township introduced a bill prohibiting state and local health officials from requiring minors to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
The latest annual report from the Michigan Opioids Task Force and MDHHS shows Livingston County was ninth in Michigan for age-adjusted deaths per 100,000 resident in 2019, the latest year with complete results.
State Senator Lana Theis urged Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to reopen branch office locations to walk-in customers, calling wait times “excruciating." A spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State said Theis’ comments were a “petty, partisan” attack.
The Livingston County Prosecutor's Office and Family Services Division is seeking to make a needed but vacant aide position in the FSD more attractive to qualified candidates by taking it from part time to full time.
This is Senior Survivor Week at Brighton High School, and, as such, a number of events and competitions are taking place all week. Last year, Senior Survivor Week was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic
29-year-old Michael Foy remains jailed without bond in Washington, D.C. after his arrest in the weeks following the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Prosecutors have described Foy, a former Marine, as was one of the most violent protesters that day, striking police at least 10 times. Foy is charged with eight crimes, including assault, civil disorder and obstructing Congress.
Joseph Charles Cherup of Fenton was 92 when he died April 24th. The lifetime member of Fenton’s VFW Post 3243 served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. According to a tribute made by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, he played a pivotal role in a famous incident during his service in Korea.
The Brighton Area Schools recently sold $8,325,000 worth of new bonds related to the Nov. 2019 bond issue, garnering what Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Engelter says are excellent interest rates ranging from 0.25% to 1.55%.
Residents for Community Preservation, which originally formed to fight a since-withdrawn asphalt plant proposal, now hopes to raise funds to move and restore the old Tyrone Township hall, originally known as the Town House.
Cristal Briskey been teaching in Hartland for 16 years, but also grew up in the community and is a district graduate. On Monday, she was unanimously approved to take over as Assistant Principal at Farms Intermediate School, where she is currently a Special Education teacher.
Republican State Representative Bob Bezotte of Marion Township, the former Livingston County sheriff, took part in a news conference with legislators and police officers Thursday to announce a “Stronger Support for Safer Communities” plan.
The Michigan Senate Oversight Committee is subpoenaing the state health department for information used by the Whitmer administration to determine the handling of nursing homes and long term care facilities during the pandemic.
State Rep. Matt Maddock this week introduced the “Fact Checker Registration Act,” which would force journalists and others who perform fact checks to register with the state and insure themselves with a $1 million fidelity bond. Critics argue it would clearly violate First Amendment protections for the press and free speech.
At a special meeting Monday, the Ionia Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 to accept Wilson’s “retirement and release.” Wilson was fired in 2014 by the Howell Public Schools Board of Education over travel reimbursements they determined he knew he was not entitled to and then lied about afterward.
A notice on the Facebook page for Unmask Livingston and Surrounding Areas states that it was temporarily disabled by the social media platform for “violating our Community Standards for violence and incitement.” The closed group page had attracted more than 1,500 members, at least some of whom were not sympathetic to their cause, regularly sending out screenshots of various posts about the group’s activities.
Normally held indoors and in February, this year’s Walk For Warmth is scheduled Saturday to be outdoors at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, better known as the old Hartland High School.
During his regular report to the board Monday, Superintendent Chuck Hughes wanted to address a rumor that was spreading in the community that the district planned to be teaching CRT, or critical race theory, as a result of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.
A resolution passed Monday calls upon state leaders to provide full payment to counties that were shortchanged by a revenue-sharing fund following the recession, including Livingston County, which they say is owed roughly $2.3-million.
The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding taxpayers that state individual income tax returns must be submitted electronically or sent through the U.S. Postal Service before midnight on Monday, May 17th.
The charging stations were approved as part of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s ‘Charge Up’ grants, which totaled nearly $1.9 million. The fast-charging stations will be for private and commercial electric vehicles and were added along key travel routes throughout the state.
33-year-old Kenneth Michael Hill was charged last month with three counts of uttering and publishing, two counts of larceny from a building, forgery, attempted larceny of $20,000 or more, and fraudulent use of a financial transaction device.
The pandemic has taken a toll on the non-profit, formerly the local Big Brothers, Big Sisters chapter, which had provided children throughout Livingston County with volunteer mentors who serve as friends and role models.
63-year-old Daniel Thompson, formerly of Gregory but now living in Harrison, pleaded guilty to making a threatening call to Rep. Elissa Slotkin in April of 2020, and leaving a threatening message for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Jan. 5, 2021.
Genoa Township Clerk Polly Skolarus entered a not guilty plea in front of Magistrate Jerry Sherwood this morning to a single, misdemeanor charge of Election Law - Failure to Perform Duty for using unapproved storage bags for absentee ballots.
Phil Johnson, director of the Brighton High School Choirs, and Brendan Closz, the choir director and vocal music teacher at Howell High School, are members of the group TBD a Cappella, which won the Best Semi-Professional/Post-Collegiate Album at the 2021 CARA Awards.
Superintendent Wayne Roedel said the district’s plan in the fall is to have face-to-face instruction five days a week. He said there will be an online option but it will not be set up with classroom teachers also maintaining a Google classroom.
Elizabeth Hauptman of Brighton is a coordinator for the Michigan chapter of Moms Clean Air Force and noted that methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to the climate crisis and pollutes the air.
In a resolution authored by Board Chairman Wes Nakagiri, county commissioners will send Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking "those records establishing what the governor considers to be “the best available scientific evidence and public health guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health authorities.”
Republican State Representative Ann Bollin of Brighton Township says the measure would ensure state health department rules don’t prevent Michigan school districts from hosting commencement ceremonies. A similar bill passed today in the State Senate.
Spring is a great time for cleaning up and starting the season fresh and Livingston County residents and others across Michigan are being reminded to not throw out unwanted items or trash on state-managed land.
The Genoa Township Board of Trustees voted to deny site plan, special land use, and an environmental impact study to Missouri-based Catholic Healthcare International, which was looking to build a pilgrimage site dedicated to St. Padre Pio.
Attorneys for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin filed motions in January to reverse earlier rulings against their clients that they should stand trial on 11 counts of second-degree murder. Cadden was a part-owner and Chin was a supervising pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center linked to the 2012 outbreak which killed more than 100 people nationwide.
Voters in the Fowlerville Community Schools district will be casting ballots today on a $37.8 million bond proposal that school officials say would fund a new building and improvements district-wide, while not increasing property taxes.
A new water treatment plant, fire authority headquarters, and multi-use trail were among the local projects that 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin is recommending to the House Appropriations Committee.
Following a presentation on the economic benefits of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Livingston County Board of Commissioners Chair Wes Nakagiri expressed concern at the money being spent on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming.
The grievance was filed by the Brighton Education Association, which represents the district’s approximately 325 teachers. BEA President Barry Goode maintains that the “Return to School” plan, as it was called, is unsafe because proper social distancing cannot be maintained due to the physical dimensions of classrooms, school hallways, and school buses.
In 53rd District Court last week, a nurse in the exam for 31-year-old Joseph Henry Santana testified to injuries on the victim’s body and residue from duct tape. She also said the woman told her she repeatedly pleaded with Santana to stop.
Rosie Ellis of Columbus, Ohio took to social media to tell her story, saying a threat by the manager at the Courtyard by Marriott in Brighton to call the police was motivated by the fact that she’s African American.