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STATE NEWS for TUE 29SEP20
Drowning in Lake Michigan has reached a ten year high. 434 people
have drowned in the lake since 2010. 53 people have drowned so far in Lake
Michigan this year. The most recent drowning occurred when a 12 year-old
boy was swept off a pier in Frankfort. In all of the Great Lakes, there
have been 931 drowning incidents in the past ten years. One piece of
advice to stay safe, check the flags at the lake. A red flag means
dangerous swimming conditions, yellow means caution, and green means it's
safe to swim.
A shooting on Flint's south side Monday has left a man dead and a
woman critically injured. Police are asking for the public's help to find
a suspect in the case by calling police of Crime Stoppers of Flint and
Fiat Chrysler is set to pay nine-and-a-half million dollars to
settle charges that it misled investors about emissions control problems.
The Securities and Exchange Commission says that the automaker made
incomplete disclosures to investors in 2016 about an internal audit of its
vehicle emissions systems. The case involved approximately 100- thousand
Eco-diesel Ram 15-hundred pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees. The company
did not admit to or deny the agency's findings.
west Michigan church, City Church Rockford, which is north of Grand Rapids
is going virtual for a while since the church has been linked to some
Coronavirus cases. Pastor Doug Bergsma says he's canceling in person
services after some church members have tested positive for COVID-19. He
says he will have the entire building cleaned.
Details are expected to be released today about a settlement
involving a lawsuit over a massive sinkhole in Fraser in Metro Detroit
which opened up on Christmas Eve in 2016. The settlement involves three
contractors involved in projects along 15 Mile Road in Fraser. The Macomb
Interceptor Drain Drainage District board sued the insurance company for
the contractors in April 2019. The collapse and property damage caused
three homes to be condemned. Two were demolished.
Kroger has picked Romulus as the site for a 95-million dollar
customer fulfillment center to support demand for its online grocery
shopping services. The high-tech warehouse will be built on a 22-acre site
... and is expected to be operational 18 months after the groundbreaking.
Kroger says the facility will create 250 new jobs.
South Haven has a new city manager. City council has voted Kate
Hosier to be the new city manager. She has been serving as interim city
manager. Another candidate, Lake Isabella Village Manager Tim Wolff,
reportedly had withdrawn his name from consideration.
There's been a celebrity sighting in the Upper Peninsula. A
Houghton woman was eating lunch with her father last week when she noticed
someone sitting across from them was Chef Gordon Ramsay. The T-V celebrity
was in the area to visit some restaurants, but ended up being recognized
by Manda Paige, who shared a quick picture of him on Facebook when she
noticed him. The post has now over 500 shares. No explanation as to what
Ramsay is actually doing in the U-P.
STATE NEWS for MON 28SEP20
who attend Grand Middle and High School in west Michigan , northeast of
Muskegon, will be learning online for the next couple of weeks after seven
students and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Varsity
sports will practice and compete. Contact tracing have been done and those
who have been in close contact with a positive case have been notified.
Lapeer County High School, Almont High School, in southeast Michigan, is
shutting down for in-person instruction after a student tested positive
for COVID-19 in the building. Schools Superintendent William Kalmar says
they learned of the student's positive test Saturday and are working with
the Lapeer County Health Department. The district will contact some
students and staff members who will be required to quarantine for 14 days
in they are considered close contacts with the student . List Elementary
School in Frankenmuth is closing for three days after multiple staff
members were potentially exposed to COVID 19.
a positive case of COVID-19 for a Traverse City Area Public Schools staff
person. 9 and 10 News reports the staff person works at Courtade
Elementary School and close contacts of the person have been notified to
stay home and quarantine. They says the district will deep clean the
school building and buses.
graders at Lakeview Elementary in Negaunee in the U-P will be taking
classes online for the next two weeks after a teacher tested positive for
the Coronavirus. WLUC reports there's also a probable case at Negaunee
High School and several students who had close contact with them are in
mistake in west Michigan's Newaygo County as six thousand absentee ballots
were mailed out without a judicial candidate's name on them. County Clerk
Jason Vanderstelt posted on Facebook that those ballots do not have the
name of Judge H. Kevin Drake's name on them and won't be counted. 9 and 10
News reports the clerk says he called the programmers and printers
immediately and new ballots should arrive on Wednesday or Thursday. New
ballots will be sent out whether someone already turned their ballot in or
Grand Rapids Police are investigating a shooting on the city's
southwest side that resulted in the death of one man. Police say a call
came in around 9:15 last night, and police found the man inside a vehicle.
Life saving measures were attempted but were not successful.
Six people are hospitalized after shots were fired outside of a
strip club on Detroit's west side overnight. It happened in the parking
lot of the Sting Gentlemen's Club . Two men are in critical condition. The
other victims, one man and two women, are in stable condition at the
hospital. Investigators are trying to figure out what led to the shooting.
Detroit police are investigating a couple of deadly accidents
involving motorcyclists. A 28-year-old man was killed when he crashed his
bike into the back of an SUV in the downtown area. It happened before
midnight. Police say the man was speeding and doing a wheelie when he lost
control of his motorcycle. He was taken to the hospital where he died. A
25-year-old woman was also killed when she slammed into a tree on the west
side. Police say the woman was driving a three-wheeled motorcycle when she
crashed into a tree just before 4 o-clock.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Department is investigating a deadly
shooting that happened overnight outside a haunted house. Police say a
29-year-old Detroit man is dead from the incident. He and his girlfriend
were in line to get into the haunted house, when the suspect started
accusing him of trying to cut in line. The two got into an argument, and
the victim started walking toward the parking lot, followed by the
suspect. Witnesses say they heard gunshots and saw a blue sedan leave the
scene quickly. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers
at 1-800-Speak Up
Presidential candidate is set to visit Michigan later today. Libertarian
Jo Jorgensen will be in Detroit tonight to hold a rally near the
Ambassador Bridge at Riverside Park. Doctor Jorgensen is a professor at
Clemson University. She previously ran to be the vice president of the
Libertarian Party in 1996. She will be up against Democratic candidate Joe
Biden and President Donald Trump on November Third. The rally will start
at 5:45 tonight.
STATE NEWS for FRI 25SEP20
students in Michigan will likely be kept out of the classroom for the rest
of the year. Officials at the University of Michigan, Michigan State
University and Wayne State University say students are expected to
continue attending ONLINE classes until next fall. U-M President Mark
Schlissel says the development of Coronavirus vaccines will be important
in any broad return to in-person instruction.
Michigan would automatically expunge the criminal records of hundreds
of thousands of residents under sweeping "clean slate" bills that received
final legislative approval on Thursday. The process, which would begin in
2023, would be automated, so people convicted of crimes wouldn't have to
apply. They would be eligible seven years after their misdemeanor sentence
and, in the case of a felony, 10 years. Those with certain convictions
wouldn't be eligible. The package also would let people with misdemeanor
pot convictions clear the offenses beginning in January if they wouldn't
have been crimes before voters' legalization of marijuana in 2018.
Four people were reportedly injured last night when a boat exploded at
a marina on Detroit's east side. The group was apparently re-fueling at
the Riverside Marina around 7 o-clock when their boat caught fire and
exploded. Two men and two women were taken to the hospital with burns to
their legs and feet. At this point, it's not clear what caused the
bill is headed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer that would allow early
processing of absentee ballots in the state's most populated areas. The
Michigan House approved the senate bill that would allow clerks in
communities with more than 25-thousand residents to start preparing
absentee ballots for counting a day early if they give the Secretary of
State at least 20 days notice before the election. Right now, clerks can't
remove absentee ballots from their outer envelopes until Election day.
This is happening as election officials expect record breaking numbers of
A west Michigan tobacco store was raided Thursday. WOOD TV reports the
Grand Haven Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police
raided Ajj's Smoke N Stuff after complaints that the store was selling
black market marijuana to adults and minors.
You may not have thought any video stores still existed, but one of the
last video chains, Family Video will close and liquidate about 20 stores
in Michigan. It also sold CBD products. District manager Randy Scott tells
M-Live the closings are primarily due to the change in customer habits as
a result of the COVID shutdown earlier this year.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering Trick or
Treat guidelines for this Halloween during COVID-19. It recommends trick
or treating with people you live with and avoiding congregating in groups
around houses. It says wear a face mask covering both mouth and nose, that
a costume mask is not a substitute. Home owners should consider handing
out candy in an open space where distancing is possible rather than from
the front door. They also say consider a neighborhood costume parade.
A high school football game in western Michigan is hitting the big
screen. Lowell plans to hold a drive-in-style event Friday night to show
its game against Northview and raise money to fight cancer. Admission to
the fairgrounds will be $40 per vehicle, but the charge will be waived if
fans are wearing a special shirt created for the event. Lowell's annual
Pink Arrow game has raised more than $1 million over 12 years, but
attendance at the field is restricted this year because of the
If you've missed going to the movies, the governor appears to be
inching toward a modified re-opening of theaters.? Governor Gretchen
Whitmer has not seen COVID-19 cases since casinos reopened at 15-percent
capacity. She says she hopes to be able to reopen movie theaters in the
coming days or weeks.
This may be a first in Michigan, a U-Pick Hemp Festival in west
Michigan. The owners of Hemp Train LLC will allow the public to go pick
and harvest their own hemp from plants growing in their field in
Greenville, northwest of Ionia. Owner Danny Bailo tells WOOD TV he thinks
it'll be the first U-Pick hemp field in the state. The festival is planned
for the first two weeks of October.
STATE NEWS for THU 24SEP20
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson traveled to
Flint, Michigan to tour the Clark Commons Choice Neighborhood. The
Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private
dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling
neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a
comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. “When you have the
public and private sectors working together towards a common goal, the
opportunities provided are limitless. At HUD, we are committed to
delivering the resources for this country’s most vulnerable population to
receive the stability they need to get on the path to self-sufficiency,”
said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The Clark Commons Choice Neighborhood is
helping transform the neighborhood and the future for its local
residents.” In 2018, Flint received a $30 million Choice Neighborhood
Grant and are currently constructing phase 1 of the project. Clark Commons
is the first of four phases of new rental housing to be constructed over
the next few years which will result in 253 new rental units in the city
of Flint, Michigan. The waitlist for Clark Commons is currently open and
occupancy is scheduled to begin starting at the end of this month and
continuing into early October 2020.
Protests across Michigan over the decision not to charge Kentucky
Police officers for Breonna Taylor's death. Two police officers were
wounded in Louisville BUT protests were peaceful in Michigan. Protests
were held in Detroit, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids, Breonna Taylor's
hometown. Protestors, including some members of Taylor's family, marched
from Rosa Parks Circle to the police department in Grand Rapids and called
for the police chief to come out. Chief Eric Payne did go out and took a
knee and spoke to Taylor's family. One woman collapsed, but it appeared to
be a medical episode. Taylor was shot multiple times when police entered
her apartment during a narcotics investigation. They had a no-knock
warrant even though the state attorney general says the investigation
shows they announced themselves. One officer was charged with wanton
14-year-old girl is missing in west Michigan's Kentwood. Police say Jenaya
Basaldua was last seen yesterday at Kelloggsville High School in Wyoming.
She was supposed to take the bus home but did not show up. Jenaya is 5
foot 4 with shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes and weighs 120
pounds. (Family Photo: Basaldua)
There's been another round of break-ins at cell phone stores in west
Michigan. WOOD TV reports at least four stores in Metro Grand Rapids were
targeted, T-Mobile and Boost Mobile stores. Car dealerships have also been
targets this year.
Two people have been injured in a house explosion in Metro Detroit's
Commerce Township early this morning. There's no word on what caused the
explosion at about 12:30 this morning, but Consumers Energy has
technicians on the scene and an Oakland County fire investigator is on the
A 51-year-old man from Harper Woods remains in police custody for
his role in Monday afternoon's hit-and-run that killed 26-yr-old Zack
Morrisette. (MORE-set) He had been working along the shoulder of the
freeway near Nine-Mile Road. The suspect appeared at the Saint Clair
Shores police station with an attorney yesterday. State Police have
interviewed the unidentified man and will present their findings of the
investigation to the Macomb County Prosecutors office for possible
A Wayne County man pleaded guilty to threatening an African-American
woman on line for going to her church in Taylor. The U-S Attorney for
Detroit says 22-year-old Ronald Wyatt admitted to using Facebook to send a
threatening message to the woman because of her race. He also admitted to
using the message "See you at church Wednesday with my AK to put you and
your family down" to obstruct her free exercise of her religious beliefs.
U.S. Attorney for Eastern Michigan Matthew Schneider called Wyatt's action
"reprehensible." Wyatt faces up to a year in prison.
The wife of Vice president Mike Pence, Karen Pence, will campaign
for President Donald Trump in west Michigan on Friday. Mrs. Pence will
campaign in Holland and Grand Rapids at events aimed at evangelical and
women supporters. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's wife, Jill
Biden campaigned in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek last week.
Michigan lawmakers have passed a $62.7 billion spending plan about a
week before the deadline to enact the next state budget. Bills were made
public Wednesday and quickly won final legislative approval before going
to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The budget process has been delayed due to
uncertainty over tax revenues amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Legislators
skipped the usual process of holding committee hearings and passing
competing House and Senate plans. Thanks to a federal bailout, spending
will generally stay flat in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The K-12
school budget will rise about 1%.
STATE NEWS for WED
Oakland County Juvenile Center is dealing with a Coronavirus outbreak this
morning, with nine cases reported as of last night. The Children's Village
holds criminal offenders and children who are wards of the court. County
officials report that an employee tested positive for covid-19 earlier
this month, infecting four more staff members, and four residents. All of
the people infected are currently in isolation. There are 73 residents at
Children’s Village and 188 fulltime employees.
Michigan State Police are investigating yet another freeway shooting
this morning in Detroit. It happened around 6 O'Clock last night, when
troopers responded to a call on Eastbound I-96 near the exit ramp to
Greenfield in Detroit. They found the car of a 24- year-old man with
bullet holes in it, and shell casing nearby. The Clinton Township resident
ended up going to the hospital, but officers say he is not being
cooperative with the investigation.
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office in west Michigan is getting rid of its
mounted unit and its 60 member reserve unit. WOOD TV reports Sheriff Steve
Kempker says he was following the recommendation of the county's legal
team, saying it was a touch decision , but it fell into the times we are
in. Reserves are trained, and armed, but are not state certified officers.
Kempker says they looked at the risk and the liability that's in place.
There's been another freeway shooting on US-131 in Grand Rapids. WOOD
TV reports it happened yesterday afternoon when police say about eight
shots were fired from a car at another car. Police say a 24-year-old man
showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his thigh and he may
have been shot in that incident since he gave police conflicting
statements. Police have investigated two similar incidents with shots
fired on US-131 in the past two weeks. Anyone with information should call
police or Silent Observer.
An interesting housing development has received initial approval for Ann
Arbor. M-Live reports the mixed income housing development will be
solar-powered next to County Farm Park on the city's east side. Mayor
Christopher Taylor and other council members support the Veridian at
County Farm, which has features to make it environmentally sustainable.
Taylor says he thinks it's going to be a model and he can't wait to see it
come to fruition. The project still needs final rezoning and development
approval by council.
A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash in Martin Township, north of
Kalamazoo. The Allegan County Sheriff's Office says deputies were
investigating another crash on US-131 northbound when traffic backed up
because of the crash. They say the motorcyclist was unable to stop and
avoid a stopped SUV and hit the SUV in the rear. The 26-year-old
motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
Metro-Detroit communities are teaming up to cut their water costs.
Livonia, Westland, Canton and Northville Townships are working on creating
a regional water authority to reduce their water bills. The four
communities combine for a total of 34-million dollars in water purchase
from the Great Lakes Water Authority. The initiative is still in the
works, with a study underway to get an estimate on how much money could be
The Michigan House has voted to lift the state's rarely enforced ban on
ticket scalping, bringing the long-proposed bill closer to the governor's
desk. The legislation would end a prohibition on the resale of tickets for
more than face value. Currently, the law only allows scalping if a venue
permits the excess charge in writing. Violators face a misdemeanor. The
House voted Tuesday. The Senate approved a version of the measure in
January and would need to OK House changes. The bill also would prohibit
the use of "bot" software to interfere with online ticket-purchasing