3 Howell students charged as adults for pretending to befriend new student, beating him up at skatepark
Three students from Howell Public Schools are being charged as adults after they pretended to befriend a new student so they could lure him to a skatepark and beat him up while recording it for social media, according to officials.
Meet the animals who have found a home at Foxes Journey Sanctuary
Axel has inspired her to start a sanctuary where homeless domesticated foxes can live their lives in safety. AdMore than twenty foxes live at Foxes Journey Sanctuary, a 501c3 nonprofit started by Patton at her childhood home in Howell. Foxes Journey Sanctuary allows small groups of visitors to come learn about the foxes and volunteers can help care for them. She had a genetic issue common with fur farm foxes due to bad breeding. AdThe good news it that Foxes Journey Sanctuary is expanding.
Livingston County reports first known case of COVID variant
HOWELL, Mich. – A case of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus has been identified in Michigan’s Livingston County for the first time, officials report Saturday. The Livingston County Health Department on Saturday announced that a resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 variant known as B117, which experts say is 50 percent more transmissible than the dominant virus strain in the U.S. The health department identified two potential COVID exposure sites related to the variant case. “The possibility of additional spread of the variant is a concern,” said Juan Marquez, Medical Director at the Livingston County Health Department. More: ‘Undetected spread in community’: COVID variant cases in Michigan rise by more than 100
Cleary University in Howell recruiting for esports team, scholarship money available
HOWELL, Mich. – Cleary University in Howell is recruiting for its esports team. The business school is preparing to break ground on an esports arena in March. Its esports coach, Jarod Ericksen, is recruiting for the first time ever. You have to be a full-time student and have some ability at your esport of choice. There is scholarship money available if you’re good enough.
‘We are talking life and death’ -- Livingston County residents speak out on vaccine shortage
HOWELL, Mich. – Of the nearly 2.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in Michigan, less than 13,000 have made it to Livingston County. Ad“The research is clear,” said Livingston County commissioner Mitchell Zajak. As of Feb. 19, 2021, Livingston County has 9,130 confirmed coronavirus cases and 122 COVID-related deaths, while Oakland County has 63,631 confirmed cases and 1,855 COVID-related deaths. “We are talking life and death.”The Livingston County commission will vote on a resolution Monday calling for the state to scrap the SVI and put senior citizens first. AdREAD: How Livingston County residents can schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointment
Morning Briefing Feb. 19, 2021: How Michigan gets its power, electricity
It is part of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) grid, but wait -- it gets more complicated. AdPresident Joe Biden is now scheduled to visit Michigan on Friday after his Thursday trip was postponed due to weather. It will be the president’s first visit to the state of Michigan since he was elected. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 578,091 as of Thursday, including 15,273 deaths, state officials report. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 43,900 on Wednesday -- near the lowest it’s been since October.
Livingston County officials demand answers over COVID-19 vaccine distribution
HOWELL, Mich. – Leaders in Livingston County want answers from state officials. They want to know why the state has only sent them 13,000 shots while Oakland County has received 238,000 doses. Livingston County commissioner Mitchell Zajac said the state needs to scrap the way it distributes vaccines because it’s failing Michigan’s seniors. Close to 18% of the 190,000 people in Livingston County are over the age of 65. READ: How Livingston County residents can schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointmentLivingston County has the highest median income in the state, but the majority of people dying from the virus are seniors.
Tracking Metro Detroit snow totals on Feb. 16, 2021
Here we are tracking just how much snow is on the ground in Metro Detroit on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. A bit further north -- in St. Clair County -- we’re seeing reports of more than 13 inches of snow -- 13.1 inches in Columbus, 11.5 inches in Lakeport, 5. 8 inches in Yale, 15.5 inches in Marysville and 12 inches in Peck (Sanilac County). In Genesee County, 9.5 inches in Flint and 8.2 inches in Grand Blanc. Forecast: Several inches of snow on the ground, more on the wayAdWeather resources:
Michigan’s groundhog ‘Woody the Woodchuck’ goes back in house, indicating long winter
HOWELL, Mich. – Michigan’s version of Punxsutawney Phil, Woody the Woodchuck, has made her prediction. Woody emerged from her house about 8 a.m. Tuesday. She did not stay out for 30 seconds, indicating she is forecasting six more weeks of winter. Howell Nature Center is trying to raise $10,000 to help support the habitat’s renovation. Watch the event here:
Howell man charged in connection with Pittsfield Township murder, shooting in Ypsilanti
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Roger Lee Pierce Jr., a 50-year-old man from Howell, was arraigned Saturday in connection with a Pittsfield Township homicide and a shooting in Ypsilanti. Police said they found the body of Marcus McMullan, a 39-year-old man from Ypsilanti, with a gunshot wound to the head. Police, joined by officers with the Detroit DEA office and Michigan State Police, took Pierce into custody on an arrest warrant for felonious assault. Police said during the interview with Pierce, additional search warrants led to charges being authorized for open murder and six other firearm related counts. Pierce was arraigned Saturday and is being held without bond.
Metro Detroit weather: Less wind, but tracking some snowflakes
Also remember that wind is usually stronger over the water due to lack of friction from terrain, buildings and trees. Highs in the mid 40s (7 to 8 degrees Celsius), which will feel colder of course due to the wind. Partly cloudy Wednesday night, with lows in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius). Partly cloudy Thursday night, with lows in the mid 40s (7 to 8 degrees Celsius). Highs could top 60 degrees (15 to 16 degrees Celsius) if we keep the sun long enough into the day!
Michigan General Election Results for Howell on Nov. 3, 2020
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17-year-old arrested in Livingston County on suspicion of drug-related fatal shooting
PONTIAC, Mich. – Officials with the Livingston County and Oakland County Sheriff officers attested a 17-year-old boy Saturday at his home in Genoa Township, between Brighton and Howell, in connection with an 18-year-old man shot to death in Pontiac. The man’s body was found on a sidewalk in the 100 block of Thorpe Street just before 8:30 p.m. Friday. According to authorities, the 17-year-old was a passenger in the car who fired one shot from a handgun, striking the victim in the head. The 19-year-old driver and a 17-year-old girl, residents of Brighton, were taken to the Pontiac Substation for questioning and were released pending further investigation. Charges and arraignment are not expected until late Monday or early Tuesday after a review by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.
Unified sports gains Howell High School national recognition for inclusion
HOWELL, Mich. – Inclusion is a word that’s being used more often and it’s a concept that’s being put into action, especially in schools. One school is embracing inclusion to strongly that its getting national recognition for it. In Howell the Highlanders have a lot of school spirit and take a lot of pride in including everyone. Just this week, Howell was one of 36 high schools in the country -- and the only one from Michigan -- to be named to the 2020 ESPN Honor Roll. To be eligible the school has to demonstrate commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards.
From classroom to cage: Livingston County educator aims for MMA title
She not only dedicated her career to working with children with special needs, but when when she walks through the elementary school doors, she really mixes it up. Zappitella is small in stature at 4 feet, 11 inches -- not much taller than the elementary school students she worked with. “I knew I wanted to be a fighter.”As a professional MMA fighter, Zappitella is 7-2 -- a bulldog in the game. “If you were making assumptions about her stature, you would be wrong.”Like the assumption that a 4′11″ educator couldn’t also be an MMA World Champion. "I don’t like fighting, but when I get in that cage, I’m a warrior”Zappitella is the main event.
Dump truck driver killed by wooden mat struck by excavator at Highland Township construction site
HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. A dump truck driver was killed at a Highland Township construction site when an excavator struck a pile of wooden road mats, causing one to fall on top of him, officials said. The incident happened at 2:33 p.m. Thursday in the area of Woodruff Lake and Center roads, Highland Township firefighters said. A 49-year-old Howell man was standing outside the truck between a large pile of wooden construction road mats and the front drivers side of his truck at a pipeline construction site, according to authorities. When an excavator at the site spun to load the truck, it struck a pile of the wooden mats, causing one to fall on the man and pin him between the mat and the dump truck, officials said. Construction workers removed the man and officials took him to Huron Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to officials.
Howell family keeps back-to-school traditions alive during COVID-19 pandemic
HOWELL, Mich. For many families back to school time marks a milestone, and that means you may celebrate with special traditions, but in the middle of a pandemic, those traditions may look different this year. The first day of school this year looked very different for the Weber family. I just think traditions strengthen family bonds with siblings that brings the siblings closer together, Weber said. It kind of fires us up for the fall season and ends up being a lot of fun for the kids too, Weber said. Whatever you can do thats going to satisfy your heart and your childrens heart is the best possible scenario.MORE: Return to School
Man charged in assault of 2 men with baseball bat in Putnam Township
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. A 41-year-old man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly assaulting two people with a baseball bat in Putnam Township last week. The two victims, who are acquaintances from Putnam Township, were taken to the hospital and treated for serious injuries, police said. The Livingston County Sheriffs Office says Seely initially fled the scene of the incident, but was later arrested at his residence in Stockbridge. Officials say the Livingston County Regional SWAT Team was deployed to Seelys residence in the 3900 block of Dexter Trail. The man is being held at the Livingston County Jail on a $1,000,00 cash bond.
Howell Public Schools to reopen with in-person learning
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. In many districts, the decision whether to send children back to school for in-person instruction is very difficult. In Livingston County, the Howell School District said it has 7,000 students and 85 percent of parents want their children back in the classroom. View list: Michigan school district return plans for 2020-21Mother Heather Arwood said shes looking for a normal routine. He told parents that since their region ins in Phase 4 of the Mi Safe Start Plan, allowing for in-person instruction. As a county, the school districts decided to move forward with in-person instruction in the fall.
Teenager critically injured in hit-and-run Livingston County crash
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. Police are asking for help with finding out who left a teen critically injured after hitting him in the streets. However, life is going to slow down for Lewis Higgins, the victim of a hit-and-run. Witnesses say it was a newer model white Ford F-150 that hit Lewis and crashed. From a University of Michigan hospital room, Lewis parents spoke about how hard it has been to get through the whole thing. Those with any information on the car suspected of hitting the teen are being asked to contact the Livingston County Sheriffs Department.
This Howell coffee shop is the best around
Howell You voted for the best and we are revealing the winners. Today we have a best thats perfect for a morning pick me up: The Best Coffee Shop winner, Black Iron Coffee Roasters in Howell. Kevin Ridge, the owner of Black Iron Coffee Roasters, joined host Jason Carr over to talk about his recent win. Favorites at the coffee shop include their specialty lattes and lemonade with boba, which are tapioca balls found in bubble tea. If you would like to try out Black Iron Coffee Roasters, they are located in downtown Howell at 119 W Grand River Avenue.