FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24th
An Oakland County deputy is remembered after he was intentionally struck by a vehicle he had deployed stop sticks for, authorities say. A chase with the subject began in Lapeer County. The incident happened on M-15 at Seymour Lake Road in Brandon Township.
Ford Field set a Thanksgiving attendance record yesterday when the Lions and the Vikings faced off on the gridiron. 66,613 people attended the game. The Vikings won 30 to 23.
Nearly 50 families in Kent and Ottawa counties woke up on Thanksgiving to find that vandals had damaged or destroyed their mailbox. Authorities believe the vandals used a golf club.
Rockford High School’s marching band got some TV time as part Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with their performance of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
The DNR is asking hunters in Michigan to be alert after a deer now considered to be a “suspect animal,” potentially suffering from bovine tuberculosis, was noted in Oakland County. The deer in question has been sent to Lansing for testing.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23rd
A Bay City Realtor pled no contest to embezzlement charges on Wednesday, accepting a plea deal that helped him avoid a 15 year felony charge. Sentencing is set for January 3rd.
A Davison construction worker became trapped in a pit that filled with water when a water main broke. When he was pulled from the pit he had no pulse, but emergency personnel were able to bring a heartbeat back. However, he later perished from his injuries.
Great Lakes water levels continue to rise after bottoming out in 2013. After the spring 2018 thaw, levels are expected to be higher than they were in spring 2017.
The subject of an officer involved incident in Kent County has been indicted on federal firearms charges. Because of the federal charges, the Kent County charges have been dropped.
The annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade steps off at 8:50 this morning. The parade began in Detroit in 1924 and usually attracts around a million people.
Eleven fire departments were called to a home fire in Saginaw County on Wednesday. Despite the large response, the Fremont Township home was completely destroyed. There is no word on what caused the fire.
Larry Nassar has pled guilty, saying “I’m so horribly sorry.” He will be sentenced in January. In proceedings, the Judge called Nassar’s victims “Superheroes.” They will be allowed to speak at sentencing, which could take several days.
Ludington Police Department is warning of a new phone scam that involves a caller claiming to be a representative of a local radio station and telling potential victims that they’ve won a free cruise. The caller provides a web link to submit a credit card number. Police say never give out personal information over the phone.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 22nd
After you finish up your holiday shopping, you can turn your attention to helping others this Giving Tuesday. The global Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea is to encourage people to give to or volunteer at a local organization as the holiday season gets underway.
The United States' trade representative has expressed concerns on a lack of progress in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement at the fifth round of talks in Mexico City. The pact members have scheduled the next round of talks for Jan. 23-28 in Montreal, Canada. Michigan plays a large role with NAFTA due the state's automotive manufacturing base.
Authorities called for evacuations following a massive gas line fire late Monday night. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office says the fire broke out Monday night in Orion Township, near the Great Lake Crossing Mall. Township Fire Chief John Pender says the blaze occurred on vacant land. The fire left a crater about 40 yards wide and about 18 feet deep.
More than 400 students at a Grand Rapids school are now ready for whatever winter throws at them. The kindergarten through 12th-grade students at Hope Academy received new winter coats Monday as the beneficiaries of a program, now in its second year, that is run by Molina Healthcare.
he northbound lanes of I-275 are were closed Tuesday afternoon at Ecorse Rd due to a serious crash involving multiple trucks. Two of the trucks were semi trucks, and one was a car hauler, and one was a box truck. One of the drivers perished and another was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
The Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline from Lake Huron to Genesee County and a new county Water Treatment Plant is complete. The pipeline and water treatment plant, which is located in Lapeer County's Oregon Township, were completed a couple weeks ago. Crews have been testing the new plant and is expected to start suppling water this weekend.
A local pastor is credited with handing out over 300 meal baskets in the Lansing area for Thanksgiving. Victor Treveno at Breadhouse church went on a 50 mile "Gobble Walk" last month to raise support for the meal project.
On Monday, the Cadillac City Council passed a resolution opposing an American Waste request for a permit to build an injection well to dispose of leachate from the landfill. In 2010, the county sold the public Wexford County Landfill to the private company, in part, to pass on the cost of eventually closing the landfill, estimated to be as much as $13 million.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21st
All 911 and non-emergency lines are restored in Oakland County after an explosion and fire late Monday night knocked them out. Firefighters continued to work into the overnight hours to bring the fire in Auburn Hills under control. Authorities say schools and businesses will not be impacted today by last night’s fire.
India’s Mahindra will build off-road Vehicles in Michigan. The Indian auto and tractor maker, plans an all-terrain jeep-like vehicle called the Roxor at a factory in Auburn Hills. The factory could create up to 650 jobs in the great lakes region.
Michigan's third-grade reading law could hold back 70% of English language learners. Starting in 2020, a third-grader who doesn't meet a reading proficiency level will have to repeat that grade. Schools are preparing for a potential surge in English Language Learner students who may be held back because of the law.
The Great Lakes Commission and Lawrence Tech are joining forces to protect the Great Lakes by changing the way cities work with rain water. They want to look at new ways communities can handle storm water, to prevent things like flooding and sewage overflow into the lakes.
Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year. He instead will seek re-election to the House, saying, "We need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever."
A Wayne County judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey, saying there’s “no evidence” her office mishandled absentee ballots or violated state law in last week’s general election.
Two alleged intruders perished and two others attempted to escape after they broke into a Sanilac County house, where they were challenged by the homeowner. The homeowner also received a wound to the leg, but was treated and released for a minor injury at a local hospital. The first 911 call came into Sanilac County Central Dispatch around 5 a.m. at the residence in the 4300 block of Holbrook Road South of Ubly.
Salvation Army served up an early Thanksgiving dinner in Lansing yesterday. Mayor Virg Bernero and volunteers served food to those in need at the Lansing Salvation Army headquarters. The Salvation Army says it's always looking for volunteers. If you're interested, just give them a call.
On Monday afternoon a SUV crashed into Check & Cash store on South Garfield and Baldwin in Traverse City . One woman, who was sitting at her desk inside the business at the time of the crash, was under wreckage. Two teenage boys who witnessed the crash helped pull her out of the debris.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 20th
A Michigan Boy Scout used an Eagle Scout project to help feed 11,000 people. Delmar Carr III of Ypsilanti’s Troop 290 assembled meal packets with Kids Coalition Against Hunger to distribute locally and abroad. Some of the packets will arrive in Puerto Rico before Thanksgiving as part of disaster relief efforts.
MLive says enrollment at ten of 15 public universities in Michigan is down. For some, it’s a continuing trend. Among them, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University and Michigan State University. Enrollment at U of M Ann Arbor reached a record high in fall 2017. Lake Superior State University’s enrollment also climbed this year, the first time since 2011.
A 46 year old resident perished in a Kalamazoo motel fire early Saturday morning. The woman was found in the Comstock Motor Court Motel unit where the fire began. The fire is believed to have been accidental and only that unit was damaged. There were no other injuries.
Several West Michigan charities are serving up Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Among them, Holland Rescue Mission, which plans to serve 1,500 meals on Wednesday. The organization also plans to distribute 500 care boxes. Mel Trotter Ministries will invite guests to its location on Monroe in Grand Rapids on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 10:30am. Find out about more events like this at Smile.FM.
Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree” will be replanted by Detroit’s forestry service on the grounds of Rosa Parks Transit Center on Tuesday. The tree was originally planted in 2000 but after the 2009 opening of the transit terminal, the tree did not thrive. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was part of another local project, in conjunction with the Detroit Institute of Arts, called “Freight Train.”
STAT EMS will be in the VG’s Parking Lot in the Silver Pointe Shopping Center in Fenton from noon to 6 on Sunday for their third annual Stuff The Ambulance campaign. The agency is looking for new clothes, scarves, gloves, toys, books, games and other items. The Old Newsboys of Flint and Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will help out at the event where attendees can also learn hands on CPR.
Tens of thousands of people filled downtown Lansing streets on Friday night for the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. The event featured a parade, the lighting of the state Christmas tree and fireworks at the state Capitol. Smile FM’s Christmas Mix Tape 80s Style Boombox float was among the more than 50 parade entries.
Toys of Tots of Northwest Michigan has begun collecting. The initiative hopes to collect 23,000 toys to help 7,000 kids this year. Donations will be accepted until December 15th. Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan serves the counties of Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, Kalkaska and Benzie.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17th
Flint’s City Council again postponed its vote on a water contract with Great Lakes Water Authority on Thursday. After nine hours of debate, council members decided to reconvene this morning. The contract would be in place for thirty years.
An Ann Arbor schools employee was arrested, accused of selling a controlled substance to students, police say. The woman, who works at Huron High School, hasn’t yet been formally charged. She is on administrative leave.
A 15 year old Lapeer schools student has plead guilty to planning what is described as a Columbine-style attack. The teen appeared before Lapeer County’s Circuit Judge on Tuesday and is charged as an adult.
Three cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Calhoun County, state officials say, marking the outbreak’s arrival in West Michigan.
JP Morgan Chase & Company has announced it will invest $900,000 in Detroit building rehabilitation projects and growing green infrastructure. Additionally, the bank will update many of its branches with new LED lights and building management systems.
A Grand Blanc Township home was set on fire after a man allegedly assaulted a woman at the home. The woman was treated for minor injuries. The home suffered significant damage. The suspect, who police say is known by the victim, fled the scene on foot. Police believe it was a targeted attack and are calling it an isolated incident.
Tonight, downtown Lansing streets will be filled with crowds for the annual Silver Bells in the City parade and celebration, and the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree. In light of recent events, organizers are taking extra security precautions. The parade steps off at 6pm.
Gaylord’s Walmart was evacuated on Thursday due to an electrical fire. There were no injuries and the store has since reopened.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16th
A new poll by Target Insyght gives Attorney General Bill Schuette a big 24-point lead in the race for the Republican nomination for governor of Michigan next year. Schuette has 38-percent support, followed by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley at 14-percent.
A case of potential deer poaching near Coopersville is under investigation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A dead buck and a doe were found by Dave Hastings on his property in Polkton Township, and he says the antlers had been removed from the buck.
Three young children, the subject of a Wednesday Amber Alert, were located safe after being kidnapped by a man accused of assault with intent outside a Muskegon store on Tuesday night. A 19 year old woman remains in critical condition. A 26 year old male is listed in fair condition. The suspect, Jaraun Dequan Render, remains at large.
Michael Quigley, the man accused of assaulting his estranged wife and her friend in Ortonville, was found hiding in a minivan in the area of Rattlesnake Lane south of the village. Authorities found him early Wednesday evening after a neighbor noticed the van’s windows were fogged up and called police. The victims underwent surgery and are reported in stable condition.
Police say there appears to be no immediate danger to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids despite a threat made against the house of worship. Police say that multiple agencies are investigating but at this time the threat does not appear to be valid.
Michigan State University is putting a $1 million gift toward expanding and renovating its music facilities. The East Lansing school announced the money from alumni Byron and Dolores Cook helps launch a project to build a Music Pavilion for the university’s College of Music.
Counties around the Upper Peninsula are taking part in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. For more information including local drop-off points, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15th
Hudsonville Public Schools responded to a complaint by a civil rights group by putting a stop to lunchtime Bible studies at Alward Elementary School. The teacher involved believed having faith-based discussions with students was OK because it was occurring during non-instructional time, school officials said. Up to 45 students had chosen to attend the meetings.
A former Michigan psychiatric facility will be demolished in early 2018. The Northville Psychiatric Hospital, a nine-story structure and numerous other buildings on 350 acres was shut down in 2003.
A Flint school will be closed a second day because of an odor. International Academy of Flint has received several complaints of a mystery odor. Classes were cancelled on Tuesday and are again cancelled on Wednesday. Consumers Energy says no evidence of natural gas has been found, and the odor is described as more of a “paint smell.”
Stepping Stones Montessori School will open a new campus next fall. Parents of former students have donated 100 acres of farm land in Ada Township, giving students the chance to grow and learn outside the city.
Detroit Police are investigating a homicide on the city’s north side. Two men wearing ski masks entered the The Water Station and assaulted a man. The victim, a 26 year old man, did not survive his injuries.
A manhunt is underway for Michael Quigley, considered armed and dangerous, after two people were attacked near downtown Ortonville. Quigley is 35 years old and is from Clarkston. Authorities are unsure if he was on foot or in a vehicle. If anyone has any information, they’re asked to call 911 immediately.
Lansing Community College Police are investigating an assault that occurred on campus on November 2nd. A female student told authorities that she was assaulted in a restroom in the Gannon building but could not describe her attacker. Anyone with information is asked to call LCC Police and Public Safety at 517-483-1800.
The community of Rose City is mourning the loss of Les Wiley, a 60-year-veteran of fighting fires. Wiley’s vehicle was struck on Tuesday morning in front of the Rose City Area Fire Department. Wiley was trapped in his vehicle and did not survive his injuries.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14th
A New “flex route” was unveiled Monday for U.S. 23 between Ann Arbor and Brighton by M-DOT. The flex route isn’t a true third lane because there’s no full shoulder. The median shoulder lanes will be opened and closed during peak periods using electronic message boards.
A 48-year old man is recovering in the hospital after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving when it crashed into a tree over the weekend near Clare. He was not wearing his seatbelt and was flown to Grand Rapids for treatment
Gov. Rick Snyder has created a response team to address the growing problem of toxic fluorocarbon pollution that has contaminated drinking water supplies in communities around the state. Low levels of PFAS chemicals have contaminated municipal drinking water supplies in Plainfield Township, Grayling and Ann Arbor, while extremely high levels have been found in private wells in Belmont and Oscoda Township.
A new law, which requires third graders to achieve at least a second grade reading level before advancing is being put to the test in Grand Rapids. The school wants parents to get involved in the process of their children's reading and is holding a meeting twice this month. Free dinner and childcare is being provided at the meetings scheduled today from 6 to 7 p.m. and on Novermber 16th.
A Detroit program looks to plant 10,000 trees over 3 years. Detroit plans to spend about $3 million annually over the next three years to plant the young trees across the city. Residents can ask to have trees planted in front of their homes or anywhere on their blocks to help beautify neighborhoods.
One person was injured in a crash involving a semi tractor-trailer and Chevy Trailblazer on U.S. 23. It happened near Runyan Lake Road yesterday morning. The male truck driver, suffered critical injuries and was transported to Genesys in Grand Blanc.
Mid-Michigan is seeing more cases of mononucleosis. Symptoms include fatigue, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, fever and a headache. Mono can also be passed through saliva, coughing, sneezing, or sharing utensils. Prevention also includes washing your hands frequently to avoid getting the infection.
There is good news to report on the missing child from Cadillac. Deputies from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, acting on a tip, located 2-year-old at a motel in Grand Rapids. The girl was found unharmed, and turned over to a family member.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 13th
If you thought this weekend felt like winter, just wait until next weekend. Forecasters are reviewing data that suggests much of the state will experience significant snow accumulation, and all the state will see snow.
The Farmington Hills home of two Guiness world-record holding cats was a complete loss to fire on Sunday morning and their owners fear the cats perished in the fire. It is possible they escaped, along with a third feline. If you live in the area of 12 Mile and Farmington Road you’re asked to keep an eye out for the cats. The Red Cross is helping the couple that lost everything.
A domestic incident at Marysville’s Jump N Jam, a business similar to Chuck E Cheese, involved the owner of the business and her new husband. The tragedy occurred during business hours on Saturday night, when the husband entered the facility and attacked the victim. She was transported to the hospital where she passed away. The suspect was later located. He had also passed away.
Active incident training was held at The Crossroads Mall in Portage on Sunday night. The training is an annual exercise in tactical practices. During traning, police explored dealing with an active threat and staging a triage center.
An undercover police operation in Detroit turned into a fiasco and has prompted an internal investigation. It turns out, both parties in the operation were undercover officers from different precincts. All good guys, no bad guys. Witnesses say it was as real as it gets, with one officer ending up in the hospital. Each officer involved is under investigation.
The search continues for a couple missing in Missaukee County. Jeff Hurley and Alexandria Foust disappeared early last week. Hunters found the vehicle they were traveling in stuck in mud. Later, more personal belongings were found by authorities. But the pair haven’t been heard from since Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call Houghton Lake State Police at 989-422-5103.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10th
Retailer Target is looking at a dozen store openings in the coming year and a wave of remodels to update its stores. Under-performing stores in Michigan include: Harper Woods, and Benton Township.
Service Express, plans to create 75 new jobs and invest $3.1 million in its Grand Rapids area offices.. The company announced its expansion plans on Wednesday after a $450,000 grant from Michigan Strategic Fund.
Michigan lawmakers OK ballast water bill opposed by Snyder. The Legislature finished voting Thursday to change a law that keeps oceangoing cargo ships from releasing untreated ballast water in Michigan waters, despite a possible veto from Gov. Rick Snyder. Under the bill, the state would have to use federal aquatic species nuisance standards when issuing a port permit to an oceangoing vessel.
Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra is now the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands and moved to the U.S. when he was three. He now calls the West Michigan community of Holland home.
The CEO of Rizzo Environmental Services, Chuck Rizzo, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud, and now faces ten years in prison in connection with a case that has already seen criminal charges issued against 17 people. The widespread investigation into public corruption also involves Rizzo’s father, Charles Rizzo, who is expected to enter a plea deal later this month.
Michigan state Rep. Tim Kelly confirmed Thursday that the Trump administration has nixed his nomination for a career, technical and adult education post in the U.S. Department of Education. The Saginaw Township Republican made conversional statements in the past which caused the nomination to be withdrawn.
Police are investigating the disappearance of Jerome Ezell. His vehicle was later found at approximately 7:50 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Fairview Avenue with his son inside. Police didn't find any obvious signs of foul play and gave medical treatment to the young child.
Lake effect snow and high winds continue to affect the northwestern parts of the lower peninsula. Several inches of lake-effect snow has fallen with this weather event with blowing and drifting.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9th
Steve Bannon told Macomb County Republicans on Wednesday night that they saved the United States of America. Michigan unexpectedly became a critical swing state, and ultimately a victory for Trump last year, that elevated him into the White House. Bannon, who served under President Trump for a short time as White House Chief Strategist, spoke at yesterday’s Lincoln/Reagan Unity Dinner.
Concealed carry in schools – in Michigan it could become legal. The senate just approved a bill that would allow concealed carrying in traditionally weapon-free zones, provided the individual has additional training and permission to carry.
A 2 year old Genesee County boy that went missing on Wednesday afternoon was found hours later, just a couple hundred yards away from his home. The search along Coldwater Road involved a K-9, a helicopter, park rangers and police officers from numerous departments. The boy’s dog was with him and advanced toward a police K-9, leading officers to discover the boy’s whereabouts. He is expected to be fine.
Police believe a man was driving his daughter and another teenager to class at Muskegon Community College when their SUV collided with a box truck. Two of the passengers of the SUV perished as a result. The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office believes 38-year-old Jeffrey Baxter was driving his 16-year-old daughter, Jayden Baxter, and 16-year-old Hannah Wirt when his Chevrolet Tahoe went the collision occurred on M-120 northeast of Muskegon.
Accumulating lake enhanced snow is expected Today, along with increasingly gusty winds leading to the possibility of blowing and drifting snow into tonight. The greatest accumulation is expected across the typical snow belts of northwest Lower and eastern Upper Michigan.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8th
State Representative Andy Schor will soon be called “Mayor Schor.” Schor swept Lansing’s mayoral race with 72% of the vote on Tuesday. He will transition to his new post, leaving his current role with a year remaining in his term. Governor Snyder could call a special election to fill that vacancy.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will stay in her post until her term is officially finished. Weaver survived the recall attempt and 17 other candidates in Tuesday’s election.
Detroit’s Mayor Mike Duggan will stay Detroit’s mayor. It was a sweeping victory for Duggan, who won his re-election bid against Coleman A. Young II. Young said his campaign was hurt by a lack of finances, and though he lost the race, he said its “passion and values are eternal.”
Recycle Now, a recycling facility in Holland, is a total loss after a fire on Tuesday morning. There were two employees working when the fire began. Both evacuated safely.
A Detroit passenger’s keen eye may have stopped a mid-air disaster. A Southwest Airlines jet carrying 80 passengers was about to depart Detroit Metro for St. Louis on Tuesday when a passenger spotted flames coming from one of the plane’s wings. No one else on the plane saw the flames, which were only visible intermittently. The man alerted a flight attendant, who radioed the cockpit. The plane returned to the gate.
Federal agents arrested 18 people at a Coopersville business on Tuesday. An ICE spokesman said the arrests are part of an investigation by several agencies into individuals that are in U.S. unlawfully.
A former Ferris Township clerk has been charged with embezzling between one and twenty thousand dollars. Tamara Mortensen served on the board until April of this year, when she resigned amidst an investigation. Mortensen is free on bond but faces a felony charge. Her next hearing is set for November 14th.
The Detroit News says an accident involving a bus, a car and the city’s Q Line rail service occurred when the bus hit the vehicle, which may have caused the car to strike the train.
It was a teacher in the Essexville-Hampton Public Schools district that made a concerning statement that prompted district officials to take extra security precautions last week. The district’s Superintendent revealed that a faculty member of Cramer Junior High School made a comment among other staff members at lunchtime on Thursday, prompting an investigation. Police found no credible threat existed but it will be up to the Prosecutor’s office to determine if the faculty member will face any charges.
Mason Police are investigating an intentional crash that led to an assault. The initial accident occurred on Mason’s south side, but the suspect, an older white male, balding with gray hair and wearing a flannel shirt and suspenders, then drove the victim to an unknown rural area. The suspect did not know the victim, who was driving a badly rusted red Dodge pickup truck with an extended cab. Anyone with information is asked to call Mason Police.
Two victims of the Sutherland Springs tragedy are northern Michigan high school sweethearts. Robert and Shani Corrigan, both of Harrison in Clare County were among those worshiping at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday morning.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7th
Michigan's deer harvest has been on a generally downward trend since the 1990s. But the state still had the nation's second-largest deer harvest in 2016-17. Texas ranked first, with hunters taking 722,044 deer, compared to 341,288 deer in Michigan.
Michigan's gas price spike is the largest in the nation. The average daily gas price in metro Detroit spiked 24 cents from last week, AAA Michigan reported on Monday, the largest change in the nation. The current price is also an increase of 65 cents from the same time last year.
A several-day cold snap is coming later in the week. Temperatures at that time will plunge about 25 degrees colder than average and lake effect snow will impact the snow-belt areas.
Grand Rapids' oldest senior facilities will close. For the last 105 of its 125 years, the Fulton Manor senior care facility has been at 1450 Fulton Street. Relocating the nearly 200 residents to new facilities is expected to take about 3 and a half years.
Ford has been fined $31,000 by the Department of Environmental Quality for air quality violations at a Dearborn plant. In DEQ documents it says Ford is being fined for "not properly installing, maintaining and operating the painting control devices in a satisfactory manner."
Flint Promise Zone creates an 'economic bridge' for students to attend college. Students in Flint will now have the opportunity to obtain funding for their college education after Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law creating a promise zone for the city.
Today's election will determine Lansing's first new mayor in several years, and the chance of four new members of City Council. Voter turnout is expected to be light in Lansing based on absentee ballots, however officials in East Lansing are expecting a better turn out.
A deer crashed through a hotel window in Traverse City. It happened around 11 a.m. at the Best Western on Munson Avenue in Traverse City. After the deer jumped through the back window, shattering glass, it ran through the hotel to an exit door. Hotel employee assisted in open a door to the allow the deer to exit.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 6th
A Livingston County man could be in trouble for not taking care of his livestock. A warrant has been issued for 61-year-old Keith Edwin Huck Jr., who could face up to four years in prison for the neglect of 70 cows.
A Lansing area couple will go to trial for allegedly refusing to seek treatment for their baby's jaundice symptoms despite a midwife's warnings. Police said the baby perished after the parents didn't seek medical attention for the baby even after her skin turned yellow and were warned by others to get help.
The United Auto Workers is under investigation from the Federal Justice Department. An investigation into corruption at Fiat Chrysler’s union training center is now broadening to include General Motors and Ford Motor. Now many of its ranking leaders have faced subpoenas seeking records of how the monies are being used.
The search for a missing man near Grand Rapids has ended. Charles Collins, 64, perished near Middleville in Barry County. Police said there are no signs of foul play and his family has been notified.
A $1.5M industrial park is planned for Romulus; and more than 100 jobs are expected to come to the city. Details have been revealed of the first phase of plans to build a multi-tenant industrial park off Ecorse Road in Romulus. Ecorse Commons LLC plans to develop the industrial park adjacent to the GM Romulus Powertrain plant, with a focus on transportation, warehousing and distribution.
The Dow-DuPont merger will mean big changes ahead for both companies. Eventually, Dow-DuPont will split into three companies and most of what had been Dow Corp will become the new Material Science Co. and new spinoffs also will be created for agricultural & specialty products. Material Science Co. will be based in Midland and maintain a large manufacturing presence in the region. The new agricultural and specialty products companies also will have some facilities around Mid-Michigan.
A 65-year-old Lansing man is in critical condition after officers believe the victim had a confrontation with another man. Lansing Police responded about 11:28 p.m. Saturday to a home on the 100 block of Mason Street. The victim is in a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police are looking for the suspect that was a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and sweat pants. If you have a tip contact Lansing Police.
A popular bike race in Kalkaska, had more than 5,000 bikers competing The Iceman Cometh Challenge Iceman brought thousands of Riders and spectators from 38 states and filled the woods of Timber Ridge for the 28th year. Bikers had to challenge as a mixture of snow and sleet and traveling nearly 30 miles to the finish line in Traverse City.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3rd
Grand Blanc-based McLaren Health Care announced Thursday that it's signed a definitive agreement to acquire MDwise, a health maintenance organization in Indiana. MDwise will become part of McLaren Health Care, which owns and operates 12 hospitals and McLaren Health Plan, a Michigan HMO that provides health care benefits to more than 260,000 commercial, Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries in Michigan.
The age-old debate of whether Michigan residents are "Michiganders" or "Michiganians" could be settled once and for all. The legislation, SB 562, is sponsored by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and is part of a bill package making tweaks to the Michigan Historical Marker Program. The bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously and is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.
Your car insurance costs won’t be dropping any time soon. The Republican led house killed legislation aimed at reducing Michigan’s high insurance rates on Thursday. Under the bill, drivers would have been able to opt out of certain coverages, helping to lighten the financial burden of some of the nation’s highest auto insurance premiums. One West Michigan state representative said the bill offered no guarantee of lower rates, and while there is bipartisan support for change, there are other potential options to consider.
37 boxes containing the cremated remains of persons served by an Athens funeral home were found in a storage space after the owner of the funeral home passed away recently. Spencer Funeral Home was purchased by Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation Services. The new owners received the remains that were believed to be unclaimed by family members, but WOODTV reports at least one person served by Spencer Funeral Home thought she had her mother’s ashes, until she was told that her mother’s ashes were among those found. The cremains were turned over to the county medical examiner’s office at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.
A new type of weather warning will be issued for Michigan's most deadly weather situation, the snow squall. The test counties for this new alert are in southeast Michigan and include Midland, Bay, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Saginaw, Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer, among others. Snow squalls, or quick bursts of heavy snow, cause more loss of life in Michigan than any other weather phenomenon, experts say. Road conditions can change very quickly during snow squalls. Many of Michigan’s deadly freeway pile-ups have occurred during this weather phenomenon. The new Snow Squall Warning test period will take effect January 3rd 2018.
School officials aren’t saying why, but Lansing Everett’s athletic director and head football coach has been placed on administrative leave. Chad Foster stepped into both positions just months ago.
Chippewa County International Airport in Kinross will now provides a flight to Minneapolis departing daily at 7:25 a.m. and returning at approximately 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2nd
Michigan Department of Education has named a new head of School Reform Office. Dedrick Martin, superintendent in St. Johns Public Schools, was named to the job on Tuesday. The School Reform Office has 16 partnership districts because they have schools that are among the poorest-performing in the state.
According to popular gas price website, gas prices in Michigan are expected to rise to as much as $2.99 per gallon soon. That means motorists in Michigan will likely see higher gas prices within the next through the week, following hikes last week in neighboring states.
Nineteen of 77 Michigan hospitals got an "A" grade in the fall 2017 according to a national nonprofit watchdog organization. That's down from 25 Michigan hospitals with an "A" grade in the spring. Along with the 19 hospitals in Michigan earning an "A", 26 earned a "B", 28 earned a "C" and four earned a "D."
The Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington Turns 150 Years Old. Between 1845 and 1855 there were more than 12 shipwrecks right off shore and about 48 lives were lost. The lighthouse was built to prevent similar off-shore accidents and been in continuous operation since.
Lawyers for ACLU and the NAACP are asking the Michigan Supreme Court to hear their case against the Wayne County Treasurer’s office over its controversial tax foreclosure auction. The groups argue the auction violates the federal Fair Housing Act by disproportionately foreclosing on black homeowners because of high tax assessments.
A Saginaw County Animal Control Center has closed due to dog flu scare. The Saginaw County Animal Care and Control will be shutting down to guard a potential outbreak of parainfluenza. Shelter will be closing for a week to perform a deep clean and isolation of the animals currently being treated until Monday.
The City of Lansing fears that Lansing Township will try to block the new $2.2 million purchase offer for Waverly Golf Course and an adjacent park, so they have gone to court to get the township to disclose records regarding a zoning moratorium it set in 2015.
Book World has announced they will begin liquidating all 45 of their stores starting today. This includes all U.P. stores in Escanaba, Marquette, Houghton, Sault St. Marie, and St. Ignace.
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Auto insurance costs in Michigan are among the highest in the nation, and there's a move in Lansing to change that. On Thursday the State House is expected to take up a vote on the automotive insurance bill. One of the bill's changes is the unlimited catastrophic injuries, which will be switched on to drivers' health care plans.
Electric-assisted bicycles, more commonly known as e-bikes, are now allowed on certain Michigan nature trails and roadways under new legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday. Governor Snyder said the law will open the world of biking to Michigan residents and tourists who might not otherwise be able to ride.
Northern Lower Pennsula has been seeing some the first snowfalls of the season. Scattered lake effect rain/snow showers affecting parts of northern Michigan will occur again this morning as winds shift southwest. A narrow band of accumulating snow is expected from Emmet to eastern Mackinac/Chippewa counties, in the Mackinaw bridge this morning that could impact travel.
The vacant Northland Refrigerator Co. building in the Greenville industrial park was destroyed by fire early Tuesday. With flames 20, 30 feet in the air it took 5 fire department to subdue the fire.
The Detroit City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to update its rental regulations, including enacting rules that stop landlords from collecting rent if they haven't passed city inspections.
A special Bridge meeting took place in Bay City to consider replacement and maintenance of the Independence and Liberty bridges. Two companies are offering to take over the bridges and charge tolls, and reimburse the city for recent repairs.
Michigan State was ranked the best college in the state, according to a recent national digital publication. The publication noted the world-class med and vet school, a storied journalism program, and unmatched agricultural research facilities.
Huron Central says that they will have to cease rail operations between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, ON if funding isn't secured this week from the government to upgrade and repair the line. The Huron Central Railway rail line is critical for steelmaker Algoma although it also carries products from the paper mill and a saw mill. Without the railway, Algoma and other manufacturing jobs – and the economy of the region – will be in serious jeopardy.
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Along with the tragic loss of life, the property damage claims are mounting in Marquette after 20 foot waves pummeled lake shore over the last few days. One location hit particularly hard was the parking lot at Picnic Rocks. It’s covered in rock and debris from Tuesday’s storm. Large pieces of pavement were torn from the ground.
Meijer is proving how popular grocery delivery is among its customers. Meijer said today it has surpassed 500,000 deliveries and is on track to make more than 1 million by the end of 2017. The retailer’s store-to-door service launched in Detroit last September and has since expanded to more than 200 stores.
Municipalities in Michigan will be prohibited from levying local taxes on food and beverages under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. The Republican governor OK’d the measure Thursday after it recently won overwhelming legislative approval.
Ludington, Mich. has broken a mark set by the Guinness World Records for the most people simultaneously making sand angels at a beach. The Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Foundation organized what’s been dubbed “Be Someone’s Angel.” The event, which had a $20 suggested donation, raised money for the hospital’s cancer service center.
A new Meijer store and apartments are coming to East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. The $60 million, mixed-use project between St. Aubin Street and I-75 will include a 42,000-square-foot grocery store with 213 apartments above it.
A series of break-ins have been taking place in Mundy Township in southern Genesee county in October. One resident even came home to find someone inside his home. The suspect is described as a very thin white man in his 20s with brown hair and an unshaven face about 5-foot-6. He is driving a gray Chevy Silverado crew cab pickup truck with a chrome gas door.
The United States Postal Service has awarded Spartan Motors of Charlotte a $214 million contract. The business will produce more than 2,000 cargo body fleet vehicles over two years. Spartan Motors acquired Utilimaster, an Indiana-based maker of delivery and service vans, in 2009
There was a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the completion of the M-72 solar project in Traverse City. The project is coop between the city, Traverse City Light and Power, and Heritage Sustainable Energy. 3,400 solar panels were installed as part of this project.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26th
The National Park Service proposes more than doubling the entrance fee at 17 popular national parks, to $70. Parks impacted would include Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone. The measure is proposed to help pay for infrastructure improvements.
The Marquette Police Department has released the names of two people who may have been swept off Black Rocks in a Marquette park during a severe storm Tuesday afternoon. It is believed that Robert Anderson, 53, and Sarah Hall, 37, both from Iron River, were the two people swept off the rocks. The incident remains under investigation as the search continues.
Whirlpool plans to invest 25 million dollars in an expansion in the tech center on Upton Drive in St Joe. The City St. Joe commissioners on Monday approved a 12-year tax abatement on the work which could start next month on the 55,000 square foot facility.
The City of Muskegon is asking for community input on Muskegon Lake's future - The plan for shore of what has been called Muskegon County's greatest asset, will take shape after a community input session from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, at the Grand Valley State University in downtown Muskegon.
An Eastpointe man arrested in connection with a pair CVS obberies in St. Clair Shores has also been charged in similar holdups in at least seven other incidents in Macomb and Wayne counties. Mohamed Mohamoud Abdi, 32, was arrested by Grosse Pointe Woods Police.
A new law, which requires schools to teach reading to third graders to at least the second grade level is being put to the test in Bad Axe. Parents of Bad Axe third graders were sent letters Oct. 17 because the school wants parents to get involved in the process for their children's reading.
Eight candidates will be on the ballot this year for 3 seats in the race for the Lansing Board of Education. The election will be Nov. 7.
The Michigan Public Service Commission on Wednesday endorsed Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp.'s plan to build the plants in Negaunee and Baraga Townships at a cost of $277 million. The plants that would produce a combined 183 megawatts are expected to go into service in 2019 and replace a coal-fired Power Plant in Marqeutte, which is scheduled to close in 2020.
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Roads, schools closed as windstorm, 30-foot waves batter Upper Peninsula.Â A buoy in the lake off the coast of Munising Tuesday measured waves at 28.8 feet high as of 9:30 a.mTuesday. A nearby park on the Lake Superior coast was also closed because of dangerous conditions.
A Chicago-based developer has proposed a 10-story, mixed-used building on the eastern edge of downtown East Lansing.Â Core Spaces LLC has pitched a project near East Grand River Avenue and Cedar Street with retail space and 347 apartments.
Hyundai is joining Ford and Toyota as the latest sponsor of The American Center for Mobility, a connected and autonomous vehicle testing facility in Ypsilanti Township.Â ACM's site near the Willow Run Airport is designated as a national proving ground for autonomous vehicles, where work is being done to develop standards and education programs.
Paw Paw officials are considering performing tests to determine if contaminated sediments pulled into Maple Lake after the Briggs pond dam breach pose a threat to human safety.Â Past state and local tests have found that the sediment in Briggs Pond is highly contaminated with arsenic, PCBs and other harmful materials.
Detroit plans to jump-start improvements along commercial corridors by borrowing $124.5 million from JPMorgan Chase & Co. with the city's share of Michigan's new road funding from increases in fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees.Â A stretch of McNichols Road is among the 22 miles of commercial corridors in Detroit scheduled to get a face-lift.
Bay City attorney Kevin J. Rieman saidÂ will spend the next year in jail.Â A Bay County jury found Rieman guilty of embezzlement by an agent or trust more than $20,000.Â He said he brought shame on his profession by embezzling thousands from clients.
The Williamston hardware store is celebrating 100 years at the same location.Â The business first began with Rev. Alfred Allen in the 1800s under the name A. Allen & Company and was the first specialty hardware store in the city of Williamston.
UPPCO customers were without power inÂ portions of Marquette, Alger, Delta, Houghton and Keweenaw counties due to high winds and adverse weather conditions. Over 6,000 customers have been affected.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 24th
More Michigan students enrolled in Career-Tech Ed this fall. Drones, laser cutters and 3-D printer are part of the innovative equipment being introduced to more classrooms this fall.
The weather pattern is going to change dramatically over the next 10 days. Much colder air will move into Michigan, and bring with it varying amounts of snow. Most of Lower Michigan will be warm enough to only see a few flakes of snow. Northwest Lower Michigan will be a little different story, and the Upper Peninsula could get a real taste of winter.
Five teenagers accused of throwing rocks from a Michigan highway overpass were charged with second-degree murder Monday. The rocks thrown last Wednesday struck the van in which Ken White was a passenger as well as several other vehicles on Interstate 75, near Mt. Morris. The teens, ages 15 to 17, are being charged as adults.
A man that told police he helped dispose of Jessica Herringa’s body after her disappearance from a Norton Shores gas station in 2013 will face the charge of accessory to murder, despite defense attorney motions for a lesser charge and lower bail. Kevin Bluhm’s statements to authorities were found to be false, at least in part, but the prosecution argued that police believe Bluhm was involved. Judge William Marietti denied the motions.
Detroit Police are investigating a homicide after a man’s body was found on an embankment off I-94 on Monday. The Detroit News reports an object was found around the man’s neck.
Central Michigan has been getting soaked with rains in the past 24 hours. Oil City had 3.4 inches of rain since 7 am yesterday, and Midland had 3 inches of rain.
Police say two students received minor injured when a Chevy Equinox rear ended a school bus in Genesee Township this morning. It happened at around 7:45 this morning at the intersection of East Mt. Morris and North Genesee Road.
Separate juries in Shiawassee County found two brothers accused of murder guilty on Monday. Otis Smith Jr. and Anthony Holloway face life in prison after a Craigslist transaction in the parking lot of the Owosso Walmart ended in a double homicide. Joe Corson and his neighbor Tony Hammond, both of Flint, were killed. Smith and Holloway, both of Grand Rapids, will be sentenced in December.
Church of the Living God in Traverse City is collecting food, toiletries and other items to send to sailors in the Mediterranean and Black seas. It’s their 12th annual “Adopt a Soldier for Christmas.” Drop-off deadline is November 1st.
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Meijer has recalled more than thirty vegetable products over listeria concerns. The items were sold in Michigan and other Midwest states between September 27th and October 20th. The products were in plastic or foam trays.
Helen DeVos was laid to rest in Ada over the weekend. DeVos, 90, passed away last week of complications from a stroke. Among those in attendance at the private ceremony was Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos.
Actor Mark Wahlburg announced two more Wahlburgers restaurants will open in the Detroit area. He made the announcement during a surprise Saturday visit to the Greektown location of the restaurant chain he co-founded.
Two West Michigan police chiefs are among 10 finalists for a job in Punta Gorda Florida. Grand Rapids Chief Rahinsky and Kalamazoo Chief Hadley will interview for the position next month. Both men have ties to Florida.
Despite more than 2,000 cameras along Detroit area roads, most are not recording at any given moment, and when they are, they are typically not used for law enforcement purposes, the Detroit News reports. Hundreds of cameras are operated by MDOT, and while some counties utilize those cameras, other counties have installed their own cameras, but again, most are not operating at all times.
A three year old is in critical condition after falling from the bleachers at Davison Middle School on Saturday afternoon. The boy was at Collins Field for a football game.
Trick-or-Treat on the Square in downtown Lansing was supposed to happen today, but has been postponed until Thursday, because of the threat of heavy rain and flooding throughout the day today. Forecasters have called for the heaviest rain this afternoon.
The 2nd annual Glen Arbor Pumpkin Festival was held over the weekend. An afternoon of fall family fun was organizers’ goal. Pumpkins carved at the Saturday afternoon event were lit up last night.
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Senator Bernie Sanders will not speak in Detroit at the Women’s Convention next week. Sanders apologized for backing out of the engagement. He’ll be traveling to Puerto Rico to meet with San Juan’s mayor instead.
Governor Snyder announced the Director of Michigan State Police will be suspended for five days after posting a meme on Facebook that referred to NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem as “degenerates.”
Funeral services for Helen DeVos, who passed away on Wednesday at age 90, will be held next week. A public celebration of life will be held at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on Tuesday October 24th.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed its winter outlook this week and it looks extra snowy for Michigan. Above average snowfall is being forecasted if an expected storm track holds up. As for temperatures, the agency says they could be above average. Or they could be below average. Or they could just be average. Michigan falls in the “equal chances” portion of the agency’s map.
Companies that want to bottle groundwater from Michigan will have to pay more to do it, new proposed legislation says. Currently the state only requires a $200 annual permit. At the 5 cents per gallon proposed in the new bill, from a company like Nestle that pumps 1.1 million gallons per day, the state would receive an additional $20 million per year.
“Motor City resides at intersection of muscle & brains,” a tweet to Amazon declares as the City of Detroit officially made its bid for the company’s second headquarters. A video included in the tweet can be viewed at detroitmovestheworld.com.
A 32 year old Mt. Morris man was killed when police say someone threw a large rock off of an overpass onto I-75. The rock was one of several tossed from the Dodge Road overpass. The incident is being investigated as a possible homicide.
Footprints of Michigan, an organization that collects new shoes and socks for veterans and others in need, will benefit from food truck sales at the corner of Cedar and Jolly. Five food trucks will take turns selling food and donating a portion of income to the organization.
A Petoskey woman is accused of stealing $82,000 from a little league. Police arrested Julie Ann Gray, who served as treasurer for the organization from 2011 to 2017.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 19th
BREAKING – Helen DeVos has passed away at age 90, her family announced this morning. West Michigan’s DeVos, a supporter of Christian education and children’s health, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke. Governor Snyder said the state has “lost a great advocate and philanthropist.”
After a massive Equifax credit breach, a new study has found that Michigan is one the top 10 states in the United States that is most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. The state ranks second in most identity theft complaints per capita and fourth for most fraud complaints per capita.
A state lawmaker in Michigan wants to prevent cities and towns from using any government funding to provide Internet service. Michigan Rep. Michele Hoitenga, a Republican from Manton, last week submitted a bill that says cities and towns "shall not use any federal, state, or local funds or loans to pay for the cost of providing qualified Internet service."
Charter and virtual schools would get a cut of regional education millage property tax revenue under a proposal approved Wednesday by Michigan's Republican-led Senate. The legislation, backed by the charter school lobby and choice advocates, was approved in a 23-14 vote after a tense debate between lawmakers
Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, in Ionia is Michigan's largest egg producer, announced a $16.3 million expansion project on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that will add 33 new jobs over the next three years. The family-owned company plans to build three cage-free pullet-rearing houses to raise 2.5 million hens annually.
St. Clair Shores, MI St. Clair Shores Police said a suspect robbed the Harper Avenue pharmacy shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Police said the suspect fled on foot. St. Clair Shores Police think the suspect may be involved in similar robberies at CVS Pharmacies in Wayne County, including Detroit and Lincoln Park,
Dr. Jan Pol, whose TV reality series details goings-on at his central Michigan veterinary practice, is the star of this year's corn maze at in Midland. Dr. Pol was chosen because he represents the hard working, generous and kind natives of Michigan, according to Amanda King of Grandma's Pumpkin Patch. "The Incredible Dr. Pol" is broadcast on Nat Geo Wild.
Area law enforcement agencies are investigating a rash of armed robberies across Mid-Michigan. Monday there was an armed robbery at a local hotel and an attempted robbery at another hotel. East Lansing police say someone held up the Holiday Inn Express on West Road. Fifteen minutes later, Lansing police were responded to robbery attempt at the Red Roof Inn on Dunckel Road. There was also an armed robbery at a Quality Dairy store. on South Pennsylvania. No arrests yet in any of the robberies.
No matter where you live, you may have noticed that fall colors are taking a little longer than normal to peak in the Great Lakes this year. A fall foliage predictor map we posted in late August suggested fall colors would peak a little later this year in the Michigan treescape, perhaps by a week, mainly because of warmer-than-usual temperatures.
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Longtime Tonight Show host Jay Leno was in Michigan this week and made a surprise stop at a Chinese restaurant in Garden City. Leno said the shrimp at New Peking was some of the best he’d ever had. He told the restaurant’s owner, Shen Yu, that he was in town for an “errand.”
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver delivered her State of the City address on Tuesday, touting “significant progress” over the last year. Weaver, in her first term, faces a recall on November 7th as well as 17 challengers. Tuesday’s speech will be her last major speech before the election.
Ann Arbor City Council members defended the decision to give themselves raises on Monday. Not all council members agreed that the automatically scheduled raises should be allowed to go into effect, however. A vote to cancel the raises for the members and the mayor failed.
Registration is open for Grand Rapids Schools 25th Annual Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving morning tradition in West Michigan. The 5K run/walk benefits Grand Rapids Public School student athletes. Last year, more than three thousand runners participated, raising more than $70,000 and keeping students from being required to pay for play.
A new study says refugees contributed as much as $295 million in Metro Detroit over the past decade. The survey was conducted by Global Detroit and U of M’s Ford School of Public Policy.
A “breathtaking” failure of Leadership; that’s how Judge David Lawson describes Flint City Council’s dealings with the state related to the Flint Water Crisis. Lawson says the city has to pick a long term water source by Monday. The state wants Flint to sign a deal with Great Lakes Water Authority. Mayor Karen Weaver agrees with the state and released a statement echoing Lawson’s sentiments, saying “There is no need to wait to make a decision that could have, and should have, been made months ago.” Some council members say they still need more time to explore options.
Several dozen Michigan State students were stranded this past weekend at a Farm tour just south of St. Johns. The Clinton County Sheriff's Department impounded two buses on Saturday for not having insurance or completing an annual inspection, police said.
If Amazon builds its second headquarters in Sault Ste. Marie, ON it will completely change the economic and cultural landscape of the city. Over the summer, the Goliath of online retailing, Amazon, announced it will be building ‘HQ2’, a ‘full equal’ second headquarters to its Seattle location. The second site could mean 50,000 jobs for a city and $5 billion in investment. It’s a long shot, but the Sault is sending in a proposal to be that new city.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 17th
A man wanted by Redford Township Police who challenged officers to get 1,000 shares in exchange for his surrender, has turned himself in. He also brought donuts to the officers as he promised he would.
Preliminary autopsy results show an 84 year man found in the Kalamazoo River drowned. The man has been identified as William Gillham, a professor emeritus of religious studies, having served at Albion College for 40 years, until his retirement in 2001.
Two people were hospitalized after the boat they were on exploded on Lake Michigan on Monday. Passersby rescued the pair who were seen treading water as flames engulfed their boat. Neither had a flotation device.
What was originally called justified use of force by Detroit’s Police Chief, now has an officer on desk duty. The incident at a Detroit area Meijer between an off-duty officer and a Meijer guest was criticized by some as police brutality.
A fatal accident involving a car and an ambulance may have occurred after the ambulance ran a stop sign. It happened in Saginaw County. The ambulance, returning to its Chesaning base, careened off a bridge and into water. The two crew members aboard the ambulance were in stable but serious condition after the accident.
It’s Homecoming Week at MSU. The week is filled with events, including the traditional hayrides around campus where riders learn about MSU history, and the Homecoming Parade, which is set for Friday.
The owners of Selma Township’s Skatetricity that was destroyed by fire last week say they won’t rebuild, and they’re asking for donations to help with clean up costs. It is believed the fire was electrical.
MONDAY OCTOBER 16th
After weekend storms, Western Michigan University officials say between 1 and 1.4 million gallons of water had to be drained from the Broncos football stadium. The team was able to play their Homecoming game on Sunday. Western Michigan lost to Akron 14-13.
Heavy rains fell over the weekend, with the most rain falling in the southwest portion of the state. Lawton saw the most rain; nearly 8 and a half inches in 24 hours. Benton Harbor got nearly 5 inches of rain.
Heavy rain from weekend storms caused a dam in Paw Paw to crumble, sending sediment downstream. The village plans to contact the Department of Environmental Quality over contamination concerns. A 2009 study showed the bodies of water involved had elevated arsenic levels.
A Battle Creek elementary school will be closed Monday after storms damaged the school. LaMora Park Elementary sustained significant structural damage, Battle Creek Public Schools announced on Facebook.
The Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon produced two first-time winners on Sunday. The race was at risk of being cancelled on Saturday night due to weather.
A patient at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw fired a gun inside a room on the hospital’s third floor early on Sunday. No one was hurt in the incident. The patient, an elderly man, was later deemed to no longer be a threat.
Authorities are investigating a Sunday morning crash in Clinton County; a vehicle with four occupants left East Price Road near Shepherdsville Road in Victor Township and struck a tree. Authorities say it appears the vehicle was being driven by a 13 year old. Also in the vehicle was a 17 year old, a 64 year old and a 5 year old. The occupants are from the St. Johns and Laingsburg areas.
Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City celebrated its 150th anniversary over the weekend. The church continues its century and a half long mission of helping the homeless and feeding the poor.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 13th
Cleanup has begun at a former dumpsite used by Wolverine World Wide, a shoemaker, that was recently discovered. Barrels containing tannery waste and animal hides were found on the property now owned by MDOT. The property, near East Rockford Middle School, has forced the school to use bottled water over concerns of toxic contamination. Water tests have been conducted and results are being expedited. The company has said it will take responsibility for the site, and any others that may be found.
Authorities near Three Rivers are on the hunt for stolen guitars – some autographed by Ted Nugent. The guitars, along with some firearms, were taken from a home in Park Township. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Joseph’s Sheriff’s Department.
Flint schools sent a letter to parents warning of stranger danger after a Freeman Elementary student was pursued by an unknown person dressed all in black and having appeared from a black, four-door vehicle. Stranger danger alerts have been distributed by numerous other Genesee County schools recently, including Carmen-Ainsworth, Clio, Fenton, Flushing and Grand Blanc.
Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, has called for an end to driver responsibility fees. What she calls an unfair tax has been on the books since 2003. Johnson spoke to the House and Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Wednesday morning.
GM will reduce production at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant through the end of the year in response to a lower demand for sedans and compact cars produced there.
The home of a 117 year old furniture store that recently closed in Bay City will see new life again. The former Utermalen Furniture Store that closed earlier this year has been sold. The new owner, a Bay City native, plans to clean up the space and then make it available for residential and commercial leases.
“Just do it.” That was the general consensus at the Grand Ledge Planning Commission’s meeting in response to an earlier indication by Grand Ledge’s Zoning Administrator who said it would be illegal for a local couple to stock a little pantry in their front yard with food items that would be free to the community. Kimberlee and Rick Klatt’s Little Pantry is now open.
The Sault Ste. Marie police department is looking for a missing woman and asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact them. Erin Marie Stocker has not been seen since September 28th.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 12th
Conservative author Charles Murray’s presentation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was disrupted by protestors. Excessive noise, visual distractions and antagonistic questions occurred, as did arguments between audience members that wanted to hear Murray speak and those that felt he should leave immediately.
AOL co-founder Steve Case spent time in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, discussing with Governor Snyder ways that Michigan can attract investors. Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was a part of the discussion as well. Case is in the state with his Rise of the Rest bus tour, a contest for startup companies.
The 1.4 million square foot former Summit Place Mall north of Detroit will be demolished, it was decided at a Tuesday Waterford Township Board of Trustees “Dangerous Building” hearing. The building’s owner must submit demo plans and begin the process inside 6 months.
A Hudsonville Day Care was cited by state inspectors for several violations including yelling at children and forcing children into “time out” who were too young for that type of punishment. Creative Kids Daycare owner, Diane Newenhouse, denied the allegations.
Part of 696 will close in 2018 for road work. Commuters that typically travel the westbound lanes between 94 and 75 should begin making alternate plans, as all westbound lanes will close. Dates for the project have not yet been determined.
Baker College of Flint has invested more than one hundred thousand dollars in a new Cyber Lab, to position students for scenarios in which “ethical hacking” skills might be utilized. Baker-Flint held an open house on Wednesday to show off the new facility.
Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, has called for an end to driver responsibility fees. What she calls an unfair tax has been on the books since 2003. Johnson spoke to the House and Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Wednesday morning.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11th
Governor Snyder stands by his previous comments to a congressional committee about the Flint Water Crisis timeline and when he became aware of a Legionnaires outbreak. Snyder says he learned of the outbreak in January of last year, a claim that has been challenged.
Emergency crews were called to the campus of Jackson College after two men fell thirty feet when the bucket lift they were in collapsed. The two men from Heinz Tree Service & Landscaping were conscious and alert after the accident.
PETA wants the USDA to investigate Oswald's Bear Ranch, a popular Upper Peninsula attraction that allows guests to see, feed and have pictures taken with bears. PETA says three bear cubs were showing signs of severe psychological distress.
A father and son were in a Wyoming trench when it collapsed on Monday. 30 year old Christopher Godfrey was buried and succombed. His body was recovered. Russell Godfrey was partially buried but was rescued and transported to a hospital. Officials say it could be a week before they have answers as to what happened.
Google is on the move, coming from Birmingham into downtown Detroit. The company will double the space it currently occupies, planning for future growth.
Mary Crapo, the 88 year old school building in Swartz Creek, may soon be something other than a school. Continued upgrades, including a new sprinkler system, may be too cost prohibitive, Swartz Creek's Superintendent, Ben Mainka, says. Mainka says he'll ask the Board of Education to prepare proposals for the building's future by the end of the year.
The Voice welcomed another mid-Michigan native into the competition as Mason's Rebecca Brunner made it through the blind auditions. Rebecca joins Team Blake. Lansing's Lucas Holliday joined Team Hudson last week.
Mason County's Sheriff says drug use is at an all time high in the county. So far this year,there have been 15 drugged-driving arrests, three more than all of last year. In 2015 there were just two. Sheriff Cole said 85% of inmates at the Mason County jail right now are tied to drug crimes. Cole says the department is trying to change the trend.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 10th
Authorities are calling an arrest at a Detroit Meijer that was violent justified. Some bystanders accused officers at the
Meijer at 8 Mile and Woodward of police brutality.
Two people on a motorcycle crashed and then fled into the Kalamazoo River. The pair was fleeing police after an attempted traffic stop. The passenger, who had an outstanding criminal bench warrant, later surrendered.
Everybody's talking about the stink bug. The brown marmorated stink bug is no stranger to some U.S. states, but only recently arrived in Michigan. And it brings some potential future problems for Michigan's agriculture industry. Officials are tracking the bug's spread across the state, which is said to now be well established in the southernmost portions.
The driver of an ice cream truck pinned beneath a Kalamazoo tree in weekend storms says "Thank God I'm alive." Officers on scene say they can't believe the driver, Max Kebschell, walked away with only a few scrapes.
Detroit City Councilwoman Lopez plans to officially replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. The councilwoman will introduce a resolution today that will also call for the removal of Christopher Columbus' bust downtown.
DTE Energy activated the largest solar array in the state of Michigan on Monday. The 200,000 solar panels in the Lapeer solar park became operational, capable of delivering electricity to 11,000 customers.
Homeless Angels and Greater Lansing Homeless Resolution Network are now in partnership. The partnership is intended to enhance the services Homeless Angels has always provided. Mike Karl, the founder of Homeless Angels, left the nonprofit recently, saying that the organization's direction has changed and is not inline with the vision God gave him so many years ago.
A 15 year old girl was hit by a car at an intersection in Charlevoix that is known for to be dangerous. The victim was taken to an area hospital and later transferred to Grand Rapids. No charges have been filed in the incident, but local business owners are saying they want changes made.
MONDAY OCTOBER 9th
People gathered outside Ford Field on Sunday to counter protest the Detroit Lions in response to team members taking a knee during the national anthem over the past two weeks. All Lions players stood during the national anthem yesterday. The Lions lost to the Carolina Panthers, 27-24.
Following the Michigan State upset at The Big House on Saturday, where the team defeated U of M 14-10, Spartans’ coach Mark Dantonio says there are a few additional plays that should have seen flags, including a couple helmet-to-helmet that he will send to the Big Ten for review.
A man wanted by Redford Township Police told the department in a Facebook message that he would turn himself in if the department could get a Facebook post shared more than 1,000 times. He even promised to bring donuts. The department accepted the challenge and their Friday post has been shared more than 3,500 times. As of Sunday, The Detroit News said the man had not turned himself in.
Protesters gathered in Grand Rapids on Sunday for what they called a “Funeral for Public Education.” The Michigan Student Power Network organized the anti-Betsy Devos event that was held at Rosa Parks Circle.
The world-renowned Kronk Gym in Detroit was destroyed by fire on Saturday night. The boxing gym, founded in 1920, brought Detroit forward as an international boxing hub. The fire is being called suspicious.
A new family biking program welcomes people of all ages. Helmets and bikes are provided – participants just need to show up at Holmes STEM Academy in Flint this Saturday, October 14th, or the following Saturday, October 21st.
He was a friend to many. Samson, a therapy golden retriever that comforted hundreds of people of all ages over the past six years that he visited Sparrow Hospital, passed away unexpectedly last week at 7 years old.
The Crossroads Theater Guild in Reed City hosted musicians, poets and other people with unique talents that also have special needs. The event raised funds for a special education program at Reed City Middle School. Around 100 people attended the event on Saturday called “Celebrate Ability.”
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Federal agents raided the home of Oakley Police Chief, Robert Reznick, on Thursday. Cardboard boxes, firearms and other items were removed from the home which is located in Gaines Township, near Flint. Reznick’s practice of letting people buy their way onto the Oakley police force as reserve officers began a whirlwind of criticism and litigation.
Governor Snyder signed a bill on Thursday that closes a tax loophole that benefited out of state residents with a second home in Michigan. The loophole allowed those homeowners to pay less taxes than in-state resident homeowners.
More than 50 national retailers that have been open to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day in recent years will be closed this year. Among them, Burlington, IKEA, Lowe’s, Marshalls, Pier 1 Imports, Sam’s Club, TJ Maxx and Tractor Supply. The website BestBlackFriday.com suggests that more stores will soon announce Thanksgiving Day closures.
Meijer has laid off or transferred 400 employees in its IT department as it looks to further outsource to maintain a competitive advantage. Meijer CIO Terry Ledbetter told WOOD TV that the changes are being done with the consumer in mind.
Greektown is closer to seeing a new soccer stadium. Wayne County officials announced on Thursday they had reached a tentative deal with the City of Detroit for a land swap that would move both the construction of a new criminal justice complex and Major League Soccer stadium forward. All parties involved must still officially approve of the deal. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he plans to recommend to city council that they sign off.
A 16 year old Saginaw native born on September 11th 2001 is the youngest Route 91 Harvest Music Festival victim. Nick Campbell’s family says he is recovering and could be released from the hospital any day. He was at the concert with his girlfriend and was hit while protecting her.
Costco in East Lansing will open on October 27th! The new store, located on the site of the former Four Winds Golf Course on Park Lake Road, will employ 200 people.
Before the Mackinac Island tourism season officially ends, businesses are trying to encourage a few more late-season visitors. Shop owners say despite a slow start early in the season, early fall’s unseasonably warm temperatures have kept the island extra active over the past several weeks.
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The University of Michigan and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy have settled a lawsuit related to a FOIA request the center made for emails from U of M president Mark Schlissel that referenced Donald Trump. The university had previously said the emails were confidential.
Michigan lawmakers voted on Wednesday to prohibit local municipalities from taxing food, drinks and gum. The measure received widespread bipartisan support.
Planning a trip to Florida? Orlando is the top destination for people flying out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. Mlive says that while other West Michigan airports have struggled to maintain passenger volume, Ford has a third more passengers than it did ten years ago. In addition to Orlando, Ford offers non-stop service to 23 other major market destinations.
Whitney Igwe is an international student at WMU that may be forced to leave the US and her education behind because after both her parents lost their jobs back at home in Nigeria last year, she was unable to pay the college’s tuition. The aviation student with a 3.65 GPA is three semesters away from graduating. A GoFundMe set up by a Job Supervisor at the college has raised more than $20,000 of the $33,000 needed to keep Igwe at WMU. She has until Tuesday to pay.
A Federal Grand Jury has indicted an Inkster tax preparer on fraud charges for allegedly preparing tax returns for clients that included tax credits for non-existent businesses. Gary Hairston faces 3 years in prison for each of 26 counts if convicted.
The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is planned for October 14th beginning at 10am in both Flint and Saginaw. The Flint walk will begin at the DDA parking lot on Saginaw street. The Saginaw walk will begin at Krossroads Park. A walk is planned for Midland on October 21st.
A Grand Ledge grad will help save the life of a fellow Comet and friend when he gives him one of his kidneys on Friday. 24 year old Brandon Mistry, who has dealt with kidney issues his entire life, will receive a new one from 22 year old Nick VanAcker. The pair first met when they were cast in a Grand Ledge High School play, “The Skin of Our Teeth.”
Third graders at Les Cheneaux’s Cedarville Elementary helped organize 75 backpacks donated by AT&T Pioneers. The backpacks will be given to Cedarville students in need. State Representative Lee Chatfield stopped by to help the students move the backpacks to the school library.
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The body of a 22 year old woman was found submerged in a van in Traverse City’s Boardman River. The victim is identified as Morgan Victoria Fawn Elmer of Traverse City, formerly of Bellevue. Authorities call the situation suspicious and are asking anyone with information on Elmer’s recent whereabouts or activities to contact the Traverse City Police Department.
A drop of water that fell into Lake Superior in October 1826 has finally left the lake, entering the St. Mary’s River. How do researchers know this? Well, it’s not an exact science, but the Keewenaw National Historic Park in Calumet says Lake Superior’s retention/replacement rate is 191 years. MLive says the park uses that figure to demonstrate to visitors that while vast, Lake Superior is also fragile, as pollution that dissolves in its waters, stays there for a very, very long time. Comparatively, Lake Michigan keeps its water for about 62 years; Lake Huron, 21 years and Lake Erie, less than
Today is count day at Michigan schools. Districts say it’s extra important to have your child at school for count day as the number of students in attendance on this day each year is the state’s measure for determining how much funding it will provide a district.
West Michigan clinicians are on duty in Las Vegas in the aftermath of Sunday’s tragedy at Route 91. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services sent a crisis team that plans to work 18 hour days serving trauma victims, offering hope and guidance. Another Pine Rest team recently returned from Houston, serving residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Dr. David Johnson, a former Macomb County dentist, has been captured in the Dominican Republic. He has been on the run for months, facing 27 felony charges including Medicaid fraud, health care fraud and racketeering. He is accused of using another dentist’s information to fraudulently bill Medicaid $1.7 million over three years. Johnson is waiting to be extradited from Miami to Michigan, where he will be arraigned in Ingham County’s 54B District Court.
A former Flint radio Program Director shared on social media this week of the intense criticism he received when he added the 1990s gospel hip hop hit song “Stomp” by Kirk Franklin to his mainstream station’s playlist. Scott Seipel, better known back then for his role as half of the Scott & Gin morning show, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, “Sometimes a song like Stomp will move your audience; the reaction to the song creates a relationship with the station.” He went on to say “I thought with everything going on in our world today, it would be a great opportunity to revisit this song.” Seipel, who has been heard more recently on Saginaw airwaves, today calls his full time job, “cancer fighter, in the trusted hands of the Lord.”
The DNR says car-bear crashes are on the rise, and just like car-deer crashes, bears can appear from wooded areas quickly and do significant damage to your vehicle. The reason for more crashes involving bears is an apparent increase in the bear population.
“God was looking over us that day.” That’s what Beth Neurenberg told the Lansing State Journal about the crash she was involved in last week. A school bus ran a red light and barreled into the car she was driving in downtown Lansing. Her 24 year old son was with her. They had just left the hospital after receiving grim news about her father; a brain tumor. Despite that shattering news and the crash that followed, Neurenberg told LSJ “You have to still believe that God is here.” And while she and her son are recovering from minor injuries, from anyone willing, she asks just one thing: prayers for her father. There were no students on the bus.
Nicholas worked at one Art Van location. Trish worked at another. When she needed a product off the floor of his store, they met at a coffee shop. And that’s how their story as the Art Van couple started. On Sunday, the pair wed… at Art Van in Mount Pleasant.
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On Monday, General Motors announced the automaker will go all electric. Over the next six years GM plans to roll out 20 new electric vehicles, though some will use hydrogen gas for power, not a battery.
A man working construction on an Ann Arbor 12-story development fell about 20 feet on Monday. The incident happened shortly after 11am. The man was listed in critical condition by Huron Valley Ambulance at the time of transport. In an unrelated incident, a 56 year old man passed away after he apparently fell from an Ann Arbor parking structure later that same afternoon.
A new study by State Farm Insurance finds that Michigan remains among the top ten states for likelihood of car-deer crashes. In Michigan, the study finds drivers have a 1 in 85 chance of a collision. Meanwhile, the study also says the average cost for deer-vehicle claims increased nationwide to nearly $4,200. The prior average was just under $4,000. A couple tips for drivers: where you see one deer, there are likely more; brake if you’re able but avoid swerving to miss a deer, as it can could result in a more severe crash.
The family of a Grand Rapids teen whose life was cut short by her half-brother is “extremely unhappy” with a plea deal offered to their son. The victim’s mother “strenuously objected to any sort of offer” Prosecutor Chris Becker said. The deal asks for a prison term of 30 to 40 years rather than a life sentence and offers the possibility of parole.
A Detroit police union official could face up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine for reckless driving. Mark Diaz of Holly said he made a “foolish” decision to take his pickup truck off road on Holly Academy’s 34 acre campus to test the truck’s 4-wheel drive system. Diaz avoids a felony malicious destruction of property charge in the case. Diaz is free pending sentencing on November 14th.
The former Buick City is officially a construction zone, as gold-plated shovels turned dirt on Monday, signaling work on the new Lear Corporation’s 156,000 square foot facility. The company anticipates 430 new jobs with production of seats beginning in April of 2018.
An Eaton Rapids man was arrested after he crashed a truck through a wall of a local restaurant and then fled the scene on foot. No one was injured inside Eaton Rapids Craft Co. The truck, a white Ford F-150, did not belong to the man, authorities said. The man was located a short time later and arrested on unrelated charges.
An Indian River woman is lucky to be alive after losing control of her GMC Terrain, sliding down an embankment, landing on a retaining wall, stopping just short of plunging into the Pine River Channel on Monday. The 67 year old driver said her small dog, who was in the vehicle with her, climbed down by her feet causing her to lose control of her car. No one was injured in the crash and there was damage only to a stairway. A crane had to be used to lift the car from where it came to rest.
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What was expected to be an early season for fall foliage was delayed slightly by the recent unseasonably warm temperatures. Forecasters now say the UP will likely see peak fall colors in the next 7 days, while northern Michigan's peak is probably closer to a week to 14 days out. Mid and southern lower Michigan should look for the best fall colors between October 10th and 21st.
Despite being asked by owner Martha Firestone Ford not to kneel during the national anthem, two Detroit Lions took a knee on Sunday. Ford joined the team in their protest last week but challenged players to unite and develop a plan of action for addressing concerns about race relations, which she said she would back financially. Six players that knelt last week, chose instead, to stand this week, arms locked, during the national anthem. Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa continued their protest.
Jackson Michigan's High School football team took a knee in Grand Ledge, near Lansing, prior to the game on Friday. The Vikings stood back up and faced the flag before the National Anthem began. The Grand Ledge Comets defeated the Vikings 35 to 12.
The ArtPrize Nine final 20 were revealed on Sunday afternoon at Rosa Parks Circle. Voting for the contest continues through Thursday night. The ArtPrize Awards will happen at 7:30pm on Friday.
Fire swept through a former high school auditorium on Detroit's west side. Detroit Fire received the call at 1:30 Saturday morning. It took three hours and at
least 75 firefighters, The Detroit News reports, to put out the fire that destroyed the Thomas Cooley High School auditorium.
76 year old Paul Pangborn of Midland perished when his Brantley Hynes 1965 Model B-2 Single Engine helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff. His 16 year old grandson who was also on board survived with minor injuries. The teen told investigators it may have been a change in wind that knocked the helicopter onto its side, broke the rotors and smashed the windows, causing the helicopter to go into a tailspin before it crashed along 11 Mile Road north of M-20 on Sunday.
A mansion built in Mason in 1855 is on the market. The home at 605 S. Jefferson Street drew 200 visitors to a recent open house. Many guests are interested particularly because of the home's rich history. It was at one time a
tea house and later a funeral home. It has also been the residence of several prominent Lansing-area figures, including a former Lansing mayor. The home is listed at $299,000.
A man that drove into the St. Marys River by accident was rescued by duck hunters. Authorities say the man thought he was on M-28 but was actually on 9 Mile Road. The car floated downstream and filled with water to the man's waste before he was rescued.