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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Handy Twp. Woman Says Deal Brings "No Justice" In Daughter's Death

Belinda Pierce says the deal that 47-year-old Dowan Knighten entered into is a "joke". Knighten had been charged with mutilation of a dead body, concealing the death of an individual, and tampering with evidence after the body of 29-year-old Kayla Pierce was discovered behind his Detroit house in February.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Signature Check Requirement Decried By Elections Officials

Republican State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township chairs the House Elections Committee, which last week amended two Senate-approved bills to include a new signature policy which would require all voters, regardless of whether they have a valid photo ID or not, to also undergo a signature verification check at the polls.

BAS Unlikely To Implement Mask Mandate

Brighton Board of Education President Roger Myers says the district doesn’t plan to initiate a masking requirement for students when school resumes on Sept. 7th.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Skepticism Greets $10M to Stem Brain Injury Care Rate Cuts

A proposed financial patch to help plug the expected rate cut for rehabilitation facilities and in-home care providers is being eyed warily by many of those whose loved ones depend on that care, including Rebecca Bond of Howell, whose son Dillon suffered a severe brain injury after being hit by a car in 2013.

Motion Denied To Dismiss Housing Discrimination Suit

U.S District Court Judge George Caram Steeh denied the motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against real estate agents Rick Beaudin of KW Realty Livingston and Mary Kay Ikens of RE/MAX Platinum, stating that the defendants “must accept the well-pleaded allegations in the complaint as true, which they have largely failed to do.”

4th Of July Festivities In Whitmore Lake

A patriotic fireworks display sets off at dusk Friday from the center of Whitmore Lake. Saturday will mark the 62nd annual parade at 10am with the theme “Celebrating Hope and Freedom”.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Friday, June 25, 2021

State Health Officials Recommend Continued Mask Wearing In Schools

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) says that as schools prepare for the return of in-person instruction this fall, the guidance to essentially maintain current recommendations is designed to protect students, teachers and staff, and maintain in-person learning.

Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Violating Bond In Drunken Driving Case

Democratic State Representative Jewell Jones of Inkster pleaded guilty Thursday in 53rd District Court to violating his bond by skipping out on military training, which he had stated to officials would have prevented him from undergoing court-ordered drug and alcohol testing.

Former Pom Coach Declines Plea Deal In Embezzlement Case

Alisha Beaton of Fowlerville is charged with embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000 by an agent or trustee. In court Friday, her attorney stated that despite an offer to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor charge, his client remained adamant she did not commit the crime.

Michigan House OKs Big K-12 Budget

The Michigan House overwhelmingly approved a $65 billion state spending plan and the release of billions in federal COVID-19 relief aid for K-12 schools, seeking to pressure the Senate to get on board so it could be signed into law soon.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Alcohol Suspected In Truck Rollover That Blocked Highland Road

A 2011 Freightliner filled with Coca-Cola products was stopped eastbound on the shoulder of Highland Road near Hughes Road in Oceola Township Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say that as the vehicle started up traveling eastbound it began to sink on the soft shoulder before rolling onto its side.

Successor Appointed To Replace Kate Lawrence On County Board

After two deadlock rounds of voting, the board voted 6-2 to appoint Marty Smith to the vacancy. Smith is the Senior Lender at First National Bank in Howell and will serve the remainder of former Commissioner Kate Lawrence's term following her resignation earlier this month.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Canton Police Officer Identified As Brighton Shooting Victim

Charges are expected to be filed today against the 18-year-old Brighton resident that police say shot and killed his father. 48-year-old Edward Jagst, a member of the Canton Township Police Department, was identified Tuesday as the person shot and killed on Monday morning inside his home on Woodlake Drive.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Brighton Shooting Victim Had Been A Police Officer

Brighton Police Chief Rob Bradford tells WHMI that officers were dispatched at about 10:30 Monday morning to a home on Woodlake Drive on the report of a shooting. The victim, whose name has not been released by authorities, was formerly a school resource officer in the Plymouth-Canton Community School District.

Trial Pushed To August In Putnam Twp. Baseball Bat Attack

41-year-old Wayne Seely argued with his attorney in court last week over delaying his trial on charges including Assault with Intent to Murder. The charges stem from an incident in August of 2020 in Putnam Township in which he’s accused of attacking two acquaintances with a baseball bat.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Homicide Suspect Apprehended By Brighton Police

An 18-year-old suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of his father was arrested along Murphy Drive between Challis and Nemco Way at about 11am. The fatality is said to have taken place earlier at a home on Woodlake Drive.

Hundreds Attend Howell Pride Rally & March

The first-ever Pride Rally and March on Sunday was organized by the Pride Alliance of Livingston, which is part of the Livingston Diversity Council. People of all ages, from babies in strollers to senior citizens, gathered to display their support and allyship for the LGBTQ+ community.

Marion Twp. Man Heads To Trial For Child Sex Assault

42-year-old Robert Keith Sohn was charged with 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct last year for an incident alleged to have occurred at a neighbor’s house. In court earlier this month, 53rd District Court Judge Shauna Murphy found there was enough evidence to send the case to circuit court for trial.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Friday, June 18, 2021

Charges Filed In Hartland High School Racial Harassment Incident

The Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges on May 24th against three 17-year-old defendants and a 16-year-old juvenile stemming from the investigation of a complaint filed by a Hartland High School student that she was being harassed by fellow classmates.

Highland Man Heads To Trial On Theft & Forgery Charges

33-year-old Kenneth Michael Hill was charged in April 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.

City Of Howell Receives State Assessing Award

The City received a Certificate of Achievement for receiving a perfect score on the 2020 Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements or AMAR review - which was said to be a testament to outgoing Assessor Ashley Winstead's good work.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ceremony Honors Beloved Brighton Firefighter's Legacy

The traditional sounding of the bells, called the Striking of the Four Fives, was made for former Deputy Chief Charles L. Bidwell of the Brighton Area Fire Department, who died June 9th at age 89. A noontime service took place at the fire authority’s Main Station, officially named in Bidwell’s honor.

Howell Auto Parts-Maker Presses For Post-Pandemic Success

Thai Summit's Human Resources Manager James Hogan says the impact of the global computer chip shortage produced an interesting challenge in that while some automakers have had to cut back on their orders while they wait for the chips; it was matched by a lean labor market. He called it a “one-two punch” scenario that essentially offset itself.

State Senate Passes Theis Bill To Add Voter ID Requirements

The legislation, sponsored by Republican State Senator Lana Theis of Brighton Township, would require applicants to include a copy of their photo ID, their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number. Those who do not would get a provisional ballot.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

BAS Board Awards Bid For New Practice Facility

Construction is expected to begin in the near future on an indoor practice facility for the Brighton Area Schools that encompasses a substantial chunk of the $59.4 million bond issue passed by voters in 2019.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

County Board Continues Work On Appointment Policy

The Board of Commissioners is working to develop a uniform policy for making appointments to county boards and committees. The new policy was drafted in the aftermath of Board Chair Wes Nakagiri's expressed displeasure with the voting record of former Commissioner Steve Williams, who serves as the county's representative on the Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority Board.

BHS To Begin Orchestra Program

Brighton High School, starting in the fall, will sport a freshman orchestra program. The music teacher will be Steven Fernandez, who teaches orchestra to students in the program at Maltby Intermediate School.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Local Murder Cases Stayed While MSC Appeal Underway

Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty last week agreed to stay proceedings against Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin until September while their attorneys pursue an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court.

Woman Drowns While Paddleboarding On Silver Lake

The initial disappearance of the 23-year-old, a foreign national who had recently graduated from the University of Michigan, prompted officials to shut down the Silver Lake beach while they conducted a search on Saturday.

Exodus Of Election Officials Raises Concerns Of Partisanship

After facing waves of threats and intimidation during the 2020 election and its aftermath, county officials who run elections are quitting or retiring early as the once quiet job has become a minefield because of the baseless claims of fraud pushed by former President Donald Trump and much of the Republican Party.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

LETS Seeking Grant For Brighton-Area Base

Director Greg Kellogg is seeking a RAISE Grant that will allow for the construction of a new operations center and transit hub for better serving the eastern half of the county.

Lake Urban Housing Development Delayed Again

The applicant of a proposed residential development on the Tyrone Township lake has been asked to provide more details as he attempts to gain approval for the 93-home planned unit development.

Longtime Brighton Deputy Chief Passes Away

Former Deputy Chief Charles L. Bidwell of the Brighton Area Fire Department passed away Wednesday. He was 89. Bidwell was honored when he retired in 2000 for 50 years of fire service to the City of Brighton.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

LACASA Achieves National Accreditation

The National Children’s Alliance announced today that LACASA Center has earned national accreditation as a Children’s Advocacy Center. The NCA is the accrediting body for more than 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the nation.

Bollin Says SOS Proposals Fall Short To Address Backlog

More appointments are being offered at Michigan Secretary of State branch offices in hopes of alleviating a pandemic-related backlog, although Republican State Representative Ann Bollin of Brighton Township said the changes are not enough to provide Michigan residents with the level of services they deserve.

Western Michigan Gets $550M Gift From Anonymous Alumni

President Edward Montgomery said during Tuesday’s announcement that the gift will allow Western Michigan to “deepen our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice across our campuses and to provide opportunities for students who might not otherwise have access to the social mobility of a college degree or the opportunity to become a doctor.”

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Metroparks Candidate Among GOP Officials Pushing For Election Audit

Tami Carlone, who is being put forward by the Chair of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners as a politically reliable ally on a regional parks board, is also among state Republican Party officials who, without evidence, continue to allege mass election fraud in Michigan.

Concrete Repairs Begin Monday At Key Novi Intersection

The Road Commission for Oakland County expects to begin concrete repairs at the Grand River Avenue/Novi Road intersection on Monday, June 14. The project is expected to last through most of the summer and be completed by early September on the intersection, which carries nearly 50,000 vehicles each day.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Former Commissioner Alleges County Board Violating Laws

Steve Williams alleges the Livingston County Board of Commissioners, led by Chair Wes Nakagiri, has committed at least three violations of Michigan and federal law against him during the ongoing Huron Clinton Metroparks Commissioner appointment process.

Event Provides Awareness & Acceptance For LGBTQ+ Community

Organized by the Pride Alliance of Livingston and the Livingston Diversity Council, the Rainbow Reception featured an afternoon of music, fellowship, and awareness of organizations working for greater understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in Livingston County.

Man Sentenced For Fowlerville Gun Store Robbery

20-year-old Daniel Rae pleaded guilty in January to breaking into Titus Kustoms LLC on Grand Avenue in Fowlerville in the early morning hours of December 11th, 2019, and stealing more than a dozen firearms.

$1 Million Scratch-Off Ticket Sold At Fenton Gas Station

A Genesee County man was so excited to learn that he had won a million dollars with a Michigan Lottery scratch-off ticket, he drove away from the Fenton gas station where he’d purchased the ticket while the hose was still attached to his car.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Mitchell's Hope Holds Anti-Drug Rally

Several community anti-drug groups joined Mitchell's Hope on the lawn of the Historic Howell Courthouse to raise awareness and end the stigma of drug addiction.

Friday, June 4, 2021

W. Bloomfield Man Enters Plea In Outlet Center Robbery

22-year-old Adrian Harrell was charged with armed robbery and 3rd degree fleeing and eluding a police officer for the July 2019 incident at the Tanger Outlet Center. In court Friday, he entered a plea deal with prosecutors in which the armed robbery count was dropped and replaced with a count of unarmed robbery.

Michigan Redistricting Commission Makes Hearings More Accessible

Michigan's 211 statewide helpline has partnered with the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to help residents register via telephone to give their input. The next commission hearing will be Tuesday, June 8th at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hearing On Monday For Plan To Replace Vacant School w/ Townhomes

The City of Brighton Planning Commission was originally scheduled to consider a site plan approval in April for the West Village of Brighton project. However, the meeting was postponed to allow the developer time to receive the results of a traffic study of the area from an independent engineering firm.

Day Of Caring Registrations Now Open

Volunteer and work site registrations are now open for the Livingston County United Way's Day of Caring, which is the largest single-day community service event in the county.

Bill To Prohibit Vaccine Passports Clears State House

A bill co-sponsored by Republican State Representative Ann Bollin would prohibit government entities in Michigan from issuing, producing or requiring a vaccine passport, despite the fact that no such effort is underway.

Murder Case Moves Ahead For Genoa Teen

17-year-old Max Bastien is charged with second-degree murder, felony firearm and carrying a concealed weapon for the October 9th incident in which police say he shot 18-year-old Christopher Grant Alexander in the head with a semi-automatic handgun in a dispute over a marijuana transaction in Pontiac.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Blackface Photos Draw Angry Response From BAS Parents

A series of pictures making the rounds on social media purportedly of a Brighton High School student have generated anger and concern among some district parents, along with a call for the district to take concrete steps at addressing what they perceive as an unchecked racist atmosphere.

As Promised, Catholic Group Files Suit Against Genoa Twp.

WHMI first reported last week that Missouri-based Catholic Healthcare International planned to file suit following the rejection of a plan to construct a 6,000-square-foot chapel. Court records show that the suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit against both the Township and its Ordinance Officer Sharon Stone.

PAC Focused On Campaign Finance Reform Endorses Slotkin

8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin was endorsed for re-election today by the political advocacy nonprofit End Citizens United and Let America Vote (ECU / LAV) which has been calling for an overhaul of the nation’s campaign finance system.

South Lyon Adding Mil For Roads; May Ask For More

The one mill added into the next budget cycle will be designated for roads, but with that still not being enough to cover what the city needs, City Council is considering asking taxpayers to pass a road millage.

Bollin Named To NCSL Committee

State Representative Ann Bollin has been appointed to a committee within the National Conference of State Legislatures, which works to assist legislatures in support of state sovereignty and protection from unfunded federal mandates.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Heartbeat Of Howell's History Passes Away

Joyce Fisher died Sunday at her home, after a battle with lung cancer. She was 70. The longtime volunteer coordinator of the Howell Archives was known for her fierce devotion to veterans and veteran-related causes.

Pinckney Man Enters Plea In Police Chase

23-year-old Jon Patrick Dethloff was charged in March with fleeing and eluding as well as carrying a concealed weapon. In court Friday, he pleaded guilty to those charges in exchange for an agreement that would remove the charges from his record if he successfully completes probation.