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Updated 09/29/20

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 Tue. Local News Audio


A 25-hundred dollar reward is being offered by the family of 87-year-old Karl Marker, who's been missing for nearly two weeks after he left his Saginaw area home to go to a mall to walk. Marker suffers from dementia and did not return home. He was driving a light tan or silver 2011 GMC Savanna van with the license plate AUY-500. (Police Photo: Marker)

A fugitive from Hillman has been caught after being on the run for nearly two months and his mother has been charged with hiding her son from police. 33-year-old Steven Casebier was wanted after an investigation into stolen vehicles and auto parts. He was arrested at his mother's home in Hillman. He's charged with assaulting an officer, larceny, and fleeing and eluding . His 55-year-old mother , Elizabeth Slater, has been charged with harboring a fugitive. (Police Photo: Casebier)

A Gaylord woman has pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter in connection with a drug overdose death in Emmet County earlier this year. Police say 38-year-old Rebecca Ledbetter was staying at the Michigan Inn Hotel in Petoskey and she and Jack Verduce were taking heroin and meth. She admits she helped him inject the drugs before they went to bed. She found him dead the next morning. She'll be sentenced in October.  (Police Photo: Ledbetter)

On Thursday, September 24th at 10:54am, Consumers Energy experienced an issue with a malfunction of fuses at two circuits on the East Tawas electric substation that created a potential safety issue and damage to the equipment. This caused power quality issues for about 3,376 customers in East Tawas and to the north. In order for crews to safely make repairs they had to work with electric transmission provider, ITC, to de-energize the substation and reenergize it after repairs were completed. The issue took longer than anticipated to resolve due to the work and coordination needed. Consumers Energy is reviewing their processes for improvement in the future. They sincerely apologize to customers who were affected and appreciate their patience as they worked to restore service.  

The Oscoda County Council On Aging recently received grant money.  The grant is through the North Central Michigan Community Foundation. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the grant is for $1,220 dollars. Oscoda County Council On Aging Director, Maryanne Tappan said the money will be used to purchase two or three computers. Tappan said two will be for senior use and one is needed in the in-home coordinator's office to better help their clients. The council also received a $303 dollar donation from the Made In Michigan Market event earlier this month.

The Ubly School Board recently made many staff changes.  The staffing changes were approved during the Ubly Schools Board of Education Meeting. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, Jill Ebel was hired as a school nurse and Brandon Deacons was hired as a part-time athletic director. Hirings also included Jeanne Gusa as the new elementary school secretary and Allison Holdwick as a part time agricultural teaching assistant. Also hired was Emily Gosdinski as a paraprofessional and latch key aid and Jessica Gauthier as a paraprofessional. During the meeting the board also accepted numerous resignations and met in closed session for a quarterly review of Superintendent Joe Candela.

Local Sports

The Tawas boy’s varsity soccer team lost to Midland Calvary Baptist 10-2.  Scoring for the Tawas was Jake Look with an assist by Jackson Pestrue and Vinnie Frank with an assist by Jake Look. Gavin Spencer had 6 saves and allowed 10 goals.  

Fairview 8  Whittemore Prescott 0
Ogemaw Heights 8  Cheboygan 0
Gladwin 15  Big Rapids Crossroads Academy 3
Roscommon 4  Clare 0
Unionville Sebewaing 2  Harbor Beach 1
Yale 2  Croswell Lexington 2

Girls Volleyball:
Standish Sterling 3  Tawas 0


 Mon. Local News Audio


The Ogemaw County Road Commission will hold a public hearing this week.  The hearing will be held on Wednesday at 9:30am. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the public hearing will be held during the regular meeting of the Ogemaw County Road Commission. The commission will receive public comment on the proposed 2021 budget as well as review and comments on the 2021 construction schedule. The hearing will be held at the office of the Ogemaw County Road Commission Wednesday at 1250 south M-33 in West Branch. A copy of the proposed schedule can be viewed at the commission office during regular business hours.

Standish officials recently filled vacancies.  The Standish City Council held their first all in-person meeting on September 21st. According to the Arenac County Independent, City Clerk and Treasurer Peggy Burtch turned in her letter of retirement. Two replacements were hired to fill her positions, Champagne Southworth as Treasurer and Kelsey Antcliff as Clerk. Current City Manager Jerry Nelson's final day will be October 4th. The Standish City Council appointed Brad Mason as Nelson's replacement effective October 5th.

Local Sports

High School Football Saturday:
Traverse City West 49 Alpena 0

8 Player Football:
Ashley 46  Akron Fairgrove 6

Boy’s Soccer Saturday:
Oscoda 2  Caro 2
Bad Axe 1  Gaylord 1


 Fri. Local News Audio


District Health Department #2 and the Michigan National Guard will be working together to offer free COVID-19 testing in Tawas City.  The free, drive-thru testing will be available 9:30AM to 1:30PM Thursday, October 1st at Tawas United Methodist Church located at 20 M-55 in Tawas City and is open to all Michigan residents with a valid ID.  No appointment is needed to receive testing.  Residents do not need to show symptoms of the virus nor a doctor's note.  Testing will be conducted by medically trained members of the National Guard.  Your results can be obtained through the online BioReference Patient Portal.

Oscoda Township officials will hold a public hearing on Monday.  Oscoda Township Trustees will hold the meeting dealing with the Iosco Exploration Trail. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the hearing is to discuss the third phase of the project, estimated to cost over $2.5 million dollars. The route has been discussed by officials from Oscoda and AuSable Townships, Iosco County and the Huron Manistee National Forests. Oscoda Township Superintendent Dave Schaeffer said that the public hearing  will give area residents an opportunity to comment on the potential path improvements. The public hearing will take place Monday at 7pm via the Zoom platform.

The Harbor Beach School Board recently discussed the superintendent's contract.  The Harbor Beach Board of Education discussed administrator contracts during their meeting. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, contracts are usually addressed by the board in the spring, but due to the Coronavirus all contracts were pushed back to November. School board members have requested Superintendent Sean Bishop prepare his contract as a starting place for discussions. In addition to Bishop's contract the board will review all administrative contracts in November.

The USDA Forest Service will waive fees at most day-use recreation sites in the Huron-Manistee National Forests on Saturday in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Hikers, paddlers, and other outdoor enthusiasts will have free access to some of the forests’ most popular recreation sites, including: The Reid Lake Foot Travel Area in Alcona County and 4001 Canoe Landing and other access sites on the AuSable River. For more information about fee waivers at specific recreation sites tomorrow, contact the Huron-Manistee National Forest district offices: Huron Shores Ranger Station 739-0728 or Mio Ranger Station 826-3252.

Local Sports 

HS Football Schedule:

Big North Conference
Alpena @ TC West

Greater Thumb Conference
Bad Axe @ Caro
Cass City @ Reese
Elkton Pigeon Bayport Laker @ Vassar
Unionville-Sebewaing @ Brown City

Jackpine Conference
Gladwin @ Sanford Meridian
Clare @ Pinconning
Roscommon @ Manton

Northern Michigan Conference: Legends Division
TC St Francis @ Grayling
Ogemaw Heights @ Kingsley

North Star League
Marlette @ Alcona (On 104.7 WKJC 6pm)
Oscoda @ Rogers City

Tri-Valley Conference
Hemlock @ Standish-Sterling

Tawas Area @ Johannesburg-Lewiston (On HITS FM 6pm)

8 Man Football:

North Cental Thumb Conference
Akron-Fairgrove @ Ashley
Bay City All Saints @ Kinde North Huron
Carsonville-Port Sanilac @ Peck

North Star 8-Man
Hillman @ Hale
Merrill @ Atlanta
Posen @ AuGres-Sims
Mio @ Whittemore-Prescott

St Helen Charelton Heston Academy @ Onaway

Boy’s Soccer:
Essexville Garber 8  Standish Sterling 0
Traverse City Central 6  Alpena 1

Girl’s Volleyball:
Rogers City 3  Fairview 1
Kinde North Huron 3  Caseville 0

Cross Country:
League Meet at Oscoda:
For Alcona: Boys Varsity: Carter Upper 6th; Fallon Hux 14th. Girl’s Varsity: Sara Decker 5th; Karen Sharbonneau 6th; Jane Kierzek 11th. Boy’s Middle School: Cole Upper 1st; Darren Boyat 9th. Girls Middle School: Addison Beatty 2nd. 


 Thu. Local News Audio


Iosco County officials recently approved grant funding.  The grant is from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the Veteran Service Fund grant is for $54,375 dollars. Ronald Whitney, Iosco County Veterans Service Officer said that his agency has been trying to reach out more to the county's veteran population. Whitney said that the Veterans Affairs Office would like to use the funding to purchase a new vehicle for that purpose. Commission Vice Chairman Jay O'Farrell told commissioners that as a part of the county's veterans committee, full support of the grant and vehicle purchase were given. Commissioners then passed the motion unanimously.

The Mio AuSable School District welcomed a new Title One teacher. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Amy Downer is the district's new Title One teacher. Title One is an intervention service for students needing additional instruction in challenging subject areas. Downer said she is currently working with kindergarten, first and second grades currently, but that may change as the school year progresses. Downer, who grew up in Ann Arbor, received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Eastern Michigan University and her Master's degree from Siena Heights University.    

FEMA reminds survivors of the May floods that the deadline to apply for federal assistance is fast approaching.  If you live in Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland or Saginaw counties, it’s important that you register with FEMA before 11:59PM on Wednesday, September 30th, to be eligible for federal help.  Apply online at or call 800-621-3362.  Michigan residents whose homes were damaged and made unlivable due to the May floods have options to relocate to safe, secure temporary housing while repairs are being made to their homes.


FEMA rental assistance is provided to pay for temporary housing if you have been displaced from your pre-disaster primary residence due to the floods. It can be used for renting an apartment or a hotel room when long-term rental accommodations are not available. These options may be especially important as winter approaches, to ensure your temporary living situation has the water, heat and insulation necessary to stay safe.  To determine if you’re eligible for FEMA rental assistance, first register with FEMA before 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 30: Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET seven days a week. You can also register online at or through the FEMA App.   

The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday finalized a fiscal year 2021 budget plan. The plan includes $145,800 dollars in additional funding for the Northern Lower Michigan Deer Private Land Assistance Network Program and $505,000 dollars to replace revenue lost through a discounted antlerless deer license in Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle counties. State Senator Jim Stamas said Bovine tuberculosis is an ongoing problem in northern Michigan, and it’s largely spread by infected deer. In an effort to help reduce the spread of bovine TB by deer in northern Michigan, we’re allowing for the sale of discounted doe permits in the areas most impacted by the disease and supporting partnerships to manage deer habitat on private land to naturally encourage deer away from farm fields and livestock. The budget bill now heads to the governor for consideration.


 Wed. Local News Audio


Governor Gretchen Whitmer is urging the U.S. Air Force to comply with new state standards and clean up P-FAS at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. Whitmer sent a letter to the Air Force saying the state expects that the Air Force will meet Michigan's PFAS clean up standards in the groundwater. PFAS is believed to be a carcinogen. The Air Force has so far not committed to the state standards.

The parent company of Mercy Health and St. Joseph Health Systems in Michigan, Trinity Health, has notified patients and donors about a vendor data breach. M-Live reports the breach happened between mid-April and mid-May and Trinity Health was notified in July. They say names, addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers were among the information that was vulnerable. Officials say information about social security numbers, credit cards, and bank accounts was encrypted and not vulnerable. Trinity Health says a limited number may have had certain financial information exposed. They are offering credit monitoring for those with an increased risk.

Ogemaw County officials will hold a public hearing tomorrow.  The Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners have scheduled the public hearing for Thursday afternoon. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the public hearing is to receive comment on the proposed County General Fund Expenditure, Revenue Budgets and Special Funds. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of the hearing. The public hearing will be held in the Commissioner's Chambers at the Ogemaw County building in West Branch beginning at 5:15pm.

Two Port Hope families recently donated land to a Huron County Park.  The McTaggart and Kriewall families have donated land to Stafford County Park. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the two families donated three and a half acres of unused land located next to the park. The land will allow for camping activities, nature trails and a nature center to be developed. A ceremony do donate the land was recently held and included representatives from the Huron County Road Commission and the two families. New signs will be put up letting visitors know who donated the property to the park.  (Photo: Old Light at Port Hope)


During the virus crises, the Red Cross needs more blood donations than ever.  Please schedule a blood donation appointment.  Give the gift of life.  Due to the health crises, donation restrictions on certain groups of individuals have been eased, please check the Red Cross website for more details.


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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 Genesee County.

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.

A 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.



Students 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.

A 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.

There's 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.

First 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 quarantine.

A 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 not.

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

A 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.



College 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 explosion.

A 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 absentee voters.

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.

The 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 Coronavirus.

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.



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 endangerment.

A 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 scene.

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 charges.

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%.



An 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 saved.

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 limits.



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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

First televised 2020 presidential candidate debate takes place in Ohio, co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, between candidates President Donald Trump and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and moderated by 'Fox News Sunday' anchor Chris Wallace. Debate is split into six 15 minute segments on the topics: the Trump and Biden records; the Supreme Court; coronavirus (COVID-19); the economy; race and violence in U.S. cities; and the integrity of the election.

Court hearing for R. Kelly on racketeering charges

'Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation' by Andrew Weissmann published, an inside account of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, written by one of the top prosecutors under special counsel Robert Mueller himself. The title explores 'the team's history-making search for the truth, their painstaking deliberations and costly mistakes, and President Donald Trump's unprecedented efforts to stifle their report'

U.S. Supreme Court meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote on petitions for review

60th anniversary of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev interrupting the proceedings at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York to show his resentment of U.N. troops being involved in the Congo

30th anniversary of the reunification of Germany becoming legal, nearly a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The German Democratic Republic, aka East Germany (GDR) joined the Federal Republic of Germany, aka West Germany (FRG), while Berlin reunited into a single city 28 years after it was divided. Reunification occurred 18 months after the East German regime first started to falter, when the removal of Hungary's border fence opened a hole in the Iron Curtain.

Goodness gracious! Rock & Roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis turns 85 today

MLB postseason begins with first Wild Card Game

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Funding for parts of the federal government due to expire, unless extended, at the end of the fiscal year. Most recent federal govt shutdown was in December 2018 / January 2019, which followed a dispute over border security.

Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes final GDP data for the second quarter of 2020, after last month's revised data showed that real gross domestic product decreased at an annual rate of 31.7% in Q2 as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the U.S. economy, Q2

60th anniversary of 'The Flintstones' debuting on ABC. The animated Hanna-Barbera sitcom aired six seasons between 1960-1966, and is often voted one of the best cartoons of all time.

U.S. fiscal year ends

Restaurants begin indoor dining in New York

Chances are, you didn't know it was Johnny Mathis' 85th birthday today

CDC No Sail Order for cruise ships expires, suspending passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Today is the start of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

ADHD Awareness Month

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Mayor's Office staff begin a weeklong furlough without pay. All 500 employees are required to take five unpaid days off between today and March to save approximately $1 million for the city

U.S. fiscal year begins

3rd anniversary of mass shooting at Las Vegas country music festival, when 64-year old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas from the window of his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history resulted in the deaths of 58 people, with Paddock's motives unclear to authorities

Scheduled NFL game:
Denver Broncos @ New York Jets

The hills are alive with the sound of Happy Birthday! Dame Julie Andrews is 85 today

U.S. Postal Service 'engages standby resources in all areas of its operations, including transportation, to satisfy any unforeseen demand', ahead of the November 3 general election

The largest pumpkin in LA, Big Jack goes on display for Halloween

Friday, October 2, 2020

World Smile Day

Kids Music Day

House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hybrid hearing with testimony from Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar

September Jobs Report comes out

'Safer at Home' order expires in Alabama, unless extended. Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended order July 15 that included a statewide mask requirement, in a bit to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The order requires individuals aged seven-and-over to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, with some exceptions for practical necessity, exercise, effective communication, and essential job functions

Good Grief!! Today marks the 70th anniversary of 'Peanuts'
Charles Schulz's first 'Peanuts' comic strip appeared in seven U.S. newspapers, introducing the world to the character of Charlie Brown. The first strip was a four-frame cartoon in which Brown walks past two friends, one of whom declares 'Well! Here comes 'ol Charlie Brown! - Good 'ol Charlie Brown...yes, sir! - Good 'ol Charlie Brown... - How I hate him!'. The cartoon was an instant hit, with characters including Snoopy, Franklin, Peppermint Patty and Woodstock later joining Brown as part of American cultural history. In 1984, the strip won a Guinness World Record after becoming syndicated to its 2,000th newspaper. Schulz died of complications from colon cancer February 12, 2000, the day before his final Sunday strip hit the presses

2nd anniversary of journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed in Saudi consulate


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