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Monday, January 31, 2022

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Friday, January 28, 2022

Howell Woman Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

45-year-old Alicia Holbrook-Bloink of Howell was ordered to serve three years of probation, with the first year in the Livingston County Jail. The first four months are to be served immediately.

Woody The Groundhog To Make Annual Prediction

Wednesday is Groundhog Day and the Howell Conference & Nature Center will hold its 23rd annual free event that culminates with Woody’s prediction at 8:30am. A fundraiser is also underway for a new exhibit and habitat for Woody and her friends.

Ballot Petition Seeks To Add Abortion Rights To MI Constitution

A coalition of advocates for reproductive freedom has filed a ballot proposal to affirm that every Michigan resident will have reproductive rights, free from government interference. That includes the right to an abortion, birth control, prenatal care. and care when giving birth.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Pizzeria Owner Making A Go Of It In Fowlerville

When Daniel Graves purchased The Pizza Box last July, many friends and family members of the 30-year-old Detroit resident questioned that decision, but he says he was determined to take a shot at being his own boss.

BAS Orchestra Program Surviving Pandemic

Brighton Area Schools’ orchestra program has managed to survive despite the COVID pandemic - and all the related disruptions caused by converting to virtual learning and back.

Local Medical Director Talks COVID Treatments

Livingston County Medical Director Dr. Juan Marquez discussed the availability of COVID-19 treatments such as monoclonal antibody therapy or oral therapeutics during a recent virtual event.

Masks Required In All City Of Fenton Buildings

Anyone entering any city-owned building such as City Hall or the Police or Fire Departments will now be required to wear a mask. That includes board and commission members and the general public.

South Lyon Man Enters Plea To Armed Robbery Charge

21-year-old Carson Zeug was charged with armed robbery after the incident in which a Northville man reported that he had been robbed while in the Kroger parking lot at Eight Mile and Pontiac Trail in Lyon Township on the evening of September 15th.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Family Honors Son's Memory With $10,000 Donation

The parents of Brendan Santo, whose body was found in the Red Cedar River in East Lansing, are donating $10,000 to the GoFundMe drive to purchase five therapy dogs for the Oxford Community School District.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Restroom Message Forces Lockdown At South Lyon East HS

An email from South Lyon East Principal Karen Fisher that was sent to school families stated that the lockdown began after administrators were notified of the discovery of a message in a girls' bathroom referencing a shooting.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Howell School Community Grieves After Fatal Crash

A message from Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock identified the two students killed in the weekend crash as junior Josh Pennala and sophomore Len Eskola. Counselors will be on hand today at the school for students and staff who need support.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Former Church Pastor Charged With Embezzlement

The Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a charge of embezzlement of $50,000 or more against Mark Milatz, the former senior pastor at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton.

Nominations Sought For Brighton Area Women’s Roll of Honor

The group looks to recognize the achievements and contributions of women in the greater Brighton area, and applications are being accepted through January 31st. The 2022 class of honorees will be announced in March, which is Women’s History Month.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Green Oak Township Names New Police Chief

Deputy Chief Steven Kramer will be taking over as chief, following the retirement of longtime Chief Jason Pless - who is moving into a new role as the Livingston County Undersheriff.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks Hiring

There’s said to be a diverse array of job opportunities across 13 park properties in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Plea Discussions Delay Murder Trial For Genoa Teen

19-year-old Max Bastien, who is charged with second-degree murder, had been set to stand trial later this month But court records show that it has been adjourned “to allow the parties to continue in plea discussions.”

Economist Will Kickoff Chamber Speaker Series

Elliot Eisenberg, President and Chief Economist of GraphsandLaughs, LLC, will be the keynote speaker for the first of a 5-part series sponsored by The Greater Livingston County Chamber Alliance.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

State Reports 10 COVID Outbreaks In Howell Schools

According to the state’s weekly coronavirus report issued on Tuesday, ten of the 11 outbreaks were in either Southwest Elementary School or Highlander Way Middle School in the Howell Public Schools District, with a total of 166 students and staff members identified as having confirmed cases.

Former Insurance Agent Enters Embezzlement Plea

45-year-old Alicia Holbrook-Bloink of Howell recently pleaded no contest to conducting a criminal enterprise, embezzling more than $100,000 and failure to file a tax return. It was part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that dropped various other charges including four counts of identity theft.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

COVID-Related Staff Shortage Again Forces Elementary Closure

According to a message sent out Tuesday afternoon, Southwest Elementary School in Howell will be closed again on Wednesday due to what was described as “staffing constraints.” The school was closed on Tuesday for the same reason and follows the identification of COVID clusters last week.

Speed Enforcement Campaign Continues

More than 100 law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols through the end of February following what officials say has been an alarming rise in the number of speeding and fatal crashes over the last year.

Online Forum Will Examine Howell's Black History

Local historian and Howell native Lindsay Root will present an online event on Tuesday, February 15th that will take participants on what is described as “an exciting historical journey” to learn “the untold stories of Black citizens' contributions to the Howell community.”

Monday, January 17, 2022

St. Patrick School In Brighton Going Online

In an email to parents sent on Saturday night, St. Patrick Catholic School in Brighton announced that students will be learning from home next week due to the continued increase in cases.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Friday, January 14, 2022

Pinckney Man Sentenced In Scrap Metal Embezzlement

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

Online Event Will Honor Legacy Of Civil Rights Pioneer

The Howell Carnegie District Library, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Livingston County and the Livingston Diversity Council, will host a virtual presentation about Sarah E. Ray on Monday, January 17th from 6:30pm - 8pm.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Scranton Middle School Going Virtual

With COVID rates continuing to rise, Brighton Area Schools Supt. Matthew Outlaw announced Thursday afternoon that Scranton Middle School will be going virtual starting Friday.

COVID Cluster Identified At Two Schools In Howell

According to a letter sent Wednesday to the administration team at Highlander Way Middle School in Howell, Livingston County Medical Director Dr. Juan Marquez said that the health department had identified multiple COVID-19 cases at the school, which “likely represent multiple clusters.”

Procession Honors UPS Driver From Howell

The trucks, escorted by deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, were driven from the UPS sorting facility behind Lowe’s Home Improvement in Genoa Township to the Rose Lane home of 54-year-old Kevin Harrington in Howell. Harrington passed away last Friday after a nearly five year battle with bladder cancer.

Annual MLK March On Main Set This Sunday

The main event of Milford’s 17th annual MLK Day Celebration is its March on Main Street this Sunday. Community members will march together to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Marchers will lineup starting around 12:30 at Prospect Hill in the Kroger parking lot with the march starting off at about 1pm.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Hartland Board Of Education VP Resigning

As Cyndi Kenrick has announced her resignation effective February 13th, the Board of Education is accepting letters of interest for the open seat until 3pm on January 21.

Black History 101 Mobile Museum Coming To Howell

Cleary University and the Livingston Diversity Council have teamed up to sponsor the museum. Founder and curator, Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, says the traveling exhibit includes artifacts over 7,000 artifacts dating from the transatlantic slave trade to the modern-day.

January National Radon Action Month

The local Health Department says it's an opportune time for Livingston County residents to test for radon in their homes - a health risk facing millions of Americans.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Trial Date Set For South Lyon Double Homicide

21-year-old Fadi Jesus Zeineh of Ann Arbor was charged with homicide after police say he entered a home on December 30th of 2020 and shot 17-year-old Dylan Stamper, killing him. He also shot Stamper’s 43-year-old father, Kevin, who later died at the hospital.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Local Men Injured In Two-Vehicle Crash On Mackinac Bridge

The Mackinaw City Police Department said the crash occurred when Scott Bartholomew of Fenton was driving a vehicle northbound, lost control, crossed the center line and crashed into a southbound vehicle driven by Jeffrey McCague of Brighton.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Pfizer Vaccine Recommendations Updated

Following approval from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging all eligible Michiganders ages 12 and up to get the Pfizer booster vaccine if they've received their primary series.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Judge Declines Nurse's PPO Request In Twitter Dispute

Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty declined to issue a Personal Protection Order for a Livingston County nurse who said she felt threatened after comments she made at a school board meeting regarding mask usage were posted to social media.

Prison Sentence Handed Down To Pinckney Man For Child Sex Assault

43-year-old Paul Aaron Kenczyk of Pinckney was sentenced Thursday by Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty to serve a prison term of between 3 years, two months and 15 years for his guilty plea to a variety of charges including 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Two Officers Added To South Lyon Schools

Two additional police officers have been added to buildings in South Lyon Community Schools following the shooting spree at Oxford High School on November 30th when a student used a handgun to kill four classmates and wound seven other people.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

SEMCOG Developing 2050 Regional Forecast

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments has begun development of the 2050 Regional Forecast. It provides a long-term analysis of change in population, households, jobs, and land use for each community in the region.

Registration Open For LACASA Parenting Classes

LACASA Center’s Nurturing Parenting Program is designed specifically for parents of young children, from newborn to 11 years of age. It focuses on overcoming parenting challenges and practicing positive discipline.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Village Of Pinckney To Regulate Collection Bins

The Planning Commission met Monday night and there was discussion about how to best address the issue. It was stated the bins do serve a purpose and are used but they can also quickly morph into a blight situation.

Science Teacher Blasts Local Health Department

As area students returned to the classroom Monday amid a surge in COVID cases statewide, an area science teacher has accused local health officials of “bald faced lying” when it comes to the spread of the virus in schools.

Local Nonprofit Looks Back On Successful 2021

2021 was a very successful year for the Darian Locklear Project, which was established in 2019 to honor the memory of a former Brighton High School student who, along with a fellow student from Howell, was tragically killed in a car crash.

Monday, January 3, 2022

BAS Pack Of Dogs Back In Oxford This Week

In the aftermath of the November 30th shooting, the Brighton Pack of Dogs visited Oxford Middle School twice last month to comfort students and staff. With school reopening after the holiday break their handlers returned today, bringing five of the “social-emotional learning” dogs.

Judge Dismisses Reverse Discrimination Lawsuits Against MSP

One of the lawsuits was brought by former MSP Lt. Michael McCormick of Howell, who claims he was passed up in 2019 for the position of Post Commander because of racial discrimination and in retaliation for complaints he made in 2018 for being passed up for another position.

Holly Man Enters Plea To Reckless Driving Charge

52-year-old Richard Eric Kalinowski of Holly had been charged with a count of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder and a count of Reckless Driving Causing Serious Impairment of Body Function for the April 25th incident.

Saturday, January 1, 2022