91 animals rescued from ‘highly unsanitary conditions’ at Michigan home, 9 already dead
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, MI – A welfare check led to the removal of 91 animals from “highly unsanitary conditions” at a Michigan home this week – nine cats were already dead when rescuers arrived and more died later, officials said. Oakland County animal control officers responded to an animal welfare check request on Tuesday, Aug. 24, according to a news release from Oakland County. The animals were taken to Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center. Of the original 100, 84 are alive and are being evaluated and cared for at the shelter, officials said. When complete, a report will be sent to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Officer for review and consideration of criminal charges.mlive.com
51-year-old man charged in deadly machete attack in Pontiac, deputies say
PONTIAC, Mich. – A 51-year-old Independence Township man accused of killing a man and injuring another with a machete and steak knife has been charged with first-degree murder, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said Todd Szyszkowski is also charged with assault with intent to murder and armed robbery. A 59-year-old Pontiac man, who authorities said was injured in the attack, fled the scene to a nearby gas station to report the incident. Deputies said the 59-year-old man had severe lacerations to his head but is in stable condition. AdOfficials said a machete and broken steak knife were found, believing to be the weapons used in the attack.
2 people injured after vehicle crashes into laundromat in Oakland County
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Two people were injured after a vehicle crashed into a laundromat Tuesday in Independence Township. The 74-year-old woman driving the vehicle was taken to the hospital for treatment. “We just heard a big explosion, and when I walked out, I saw the car inside the laundromat,” said Virginia Dorse. “I ran outside and was checking on the lady in the car and then other people were checking on the other car.”No one inside the laundromat was hurt. View more: Oakland County newsView: More traffic news
6 in Michigan make list of ‘100 safest cities’ in US
Do you live in one of America’s safest cities? SafeWise released their annual list of the 100 safest cities in the U.S. this month, and Michigan accounted for six of the safest communities. New Jersey dominates the list for the second consecutive year with 25% of the safest cities in the country—but only one (Bergenfield) made it into the top five. We also standardized violent and property crime for each state before weighting.”Where Michigan cities ranked on top 100 list:No. 97: Oxford TownshipYou can check out SafeWise’s list of the 20 safest cities in Michigan here.
Police: Man accidentally shoots himself at doctor’s office in Independence Township, gun thrown in lake
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 65-year-old man accidentally shot himself during a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, police say. The Pontiac resident reportedly found a gun outside of his residence and put it in his pocket before his appointment with the McLaren Medical Group in Independence Township. Police say the man reached into his pocket while in the exam room and the gun discharged, grazing his backside and resulting in a minor injury. Police say during an interview the man reported giving the gun to his brother, who said the gun was thrown in a nearby lake. A dive team with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is expected to search the lake for the handgun.
White Mich. couple arrested after gun pulled on Black family
(Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)A white couple was arrested after at least one handgun was pulled on a Black woman and her daughters during a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan, authorities said Thursday. Cellphone video captured the confrontation Wednesday outside a Chipotle in Orion Township, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Takelia Hill, who is Black, told the newspaper that it happened after the white woman bumped into Hill's teenage daughter as they were entering the fast food restaurant. The video footage starts after that, in the parking lot. A woman shouts, She's got a gun on me! and urges someone in the parking lot to call the police.
Man suspected of robbing several convenience stores around Oakland County
BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police have arrested a man suspected of breaking into and robbing several convenience stores around Oakland County. Officials said Nathan James Calhoun, 28, of Brandon Township, is accused of breaking into stores in Orion, Brandon and Independence townships. At 12:49 a.m. Sunday, Calhoun broke into the Indianwood Junction Party Stop at 20 North Baldwin Road in Orion Township, according to authorities. Deputies said they went to the Mobil gas station at 1152 South Ortonville Road in Brandon Township at 1:52 a.m. for a glass breaking alarm. Someone had broken into the gas station, but nobody was there, officials said.
‘I am sorry I have to do this’: Oakland County man with Airsoft pistol robs store, police say
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – An Oakland County man armed with an Airsoft pistol was arrested after he robbed a store, apologized to the clerk and shaved off all his facial hair to try to hide his identity, police said. Matthew Christopher Brusen, 21, of Independence Township, walked into the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 5751 Clarkston Road in Independence Township at 6:27 p.m. Sunday, according to authorities. Brusen took an item to the register and handed the clerk money when she scanned the item, police said. He lifted his coat to reveal a bulge, indicating he was armed, according to police. Brusen was taken to the Oakland County Jail and is facing an armed robbery charge.
13-year-old Orion Township girl killed in Oakland County snowmobile crash identified
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Police said a 13-year-old girl was killed in a snowmobile crash in northern Oakland County. Oakland County deputies and Independence Township firefighters were called to the scene at 4:09 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Whipple Lake and North Eston roads in Independence Township. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said a 55-year-old from Independence Township was on a snowmobile that was struck by another snowmobile. The crash caused the girl to be ejected from the boy’s snowmobile, according to police. The girl died from her injuries, she has been identified as Alexandria Lambert from Orion Township.
OCSO: 13-year-old girl dies in Oakland County after boy crashes into back of dad’s snowmobile
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 13-year-old girl was killed Tuesday in Oakland County when the snowmobile she was riding on crashed into the back of another snowmobile, ejecting her, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Police said the girl, from Orion Township, was a passenger on a snowmobile driven by a 13-year-old Orion Township boy. The boy was following his 55-year-old father, from Independence Township, who was also riding a snowmobile, according to deputies. Oakland County deputies and Independence Township firefighters were called at 4:09 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Whipple Lake and North Eston roads in Independence Township. A map of the location in Independence Township where a 13-year-old girl was killed in a snowmobile accident on Nov. 12, 2019.
13-year-old girl killed in Oakland County snowmobile accident, police say
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 13-year-old girl was killed Tuesday during a snowmobile accident in Oakland County, deputies said. Police said they received a call at 4:09 p.m. Tuesday about an incident on Whipple Lake Road at North Eston Road in Independence Township. The 13-year-old girl was riding as a passenger on a snowmobile at the time of the accident, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Officials are investigating the crash.
Drunk 16-year-old breaks into Oakland County neighbor’s house, thinking it was his own, police say
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A drunk 16-year-old boy broke into his neighbor’s home in Oakland County by throwing a rock through a glass sliding door, police said. He told deputies he lived in the home. Deputies went to the backyard and found a broken glass sliding door that had had a rock thrown through it, according to officials. He appeared to be heavily intoxicated and told deputies that he lived in the home, police said. Deputies said they learned the boy lived a couple houses away.
Watch Local 4 News at 5 -- Sept. 2, 2019
DETROIT - Here's what is coming up on Local 4 News at 5:California boat fireA boat filled with scuba-diving enthusiasts caught fire and sank Monday. Seaplane crashA seaplane crashed into the front yard of an Independence Township home. Labor Day marchThousands of Union workers gathered in Downtown Detroit to celebrate organized labor. Mass shootingPolice said the mass shooter in Texas had multiple encounters with law enforcement in the hours before the shooting. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Watch Local 4 News at 4 -- Sept. 2, 2019
DETROIT - Here's what is coming up on Local 4 News at 4:Seaplane crashA seaplane crashed into the front yard of an Independence Township home. California boat fireA boat filled with scuba-diving enthusiasts caught fire and sank Monday. HurricaneAs Hurricane Dorian inches toward the U.S. a local disaster relief group is making preparations to send supplies. Mass shootingPolice said the mass shooter in Texas had multiple encounters with law enforcement in the hours before the shooting. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Aug. 15, 2019
DETROIT - ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Aug. 15, 2019A funeral service will be held on Thursday afternoon for longtime Oakland County executive L. Brooks Patterson. Patterson died at on Aug. 3 at his Independence Township home surrounded by family and friends after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Pau Gross:Today will feature an isolated shower possible during the morning, although most of us will remain dry. Submit a news tipTell us what's happening in your community -- submit a news tip to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit right here. Tweets by Local4NewsCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Aug. 3, 2019
(WDIV)DETROIT - ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Aug. 3, 2019Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson died Saturday morning of pancreatic cancer at his Independence Township home. More local headlines:For more Local News head to ClickOnDetroit.com/news/local. LOCAL 4 Community calendarAug. 6 -- Primary election day for many communities across Michigan Aug. 8 -- World Cat Day Aug. 8 -- National Book Lovers Day Aug. 9 -- Impractical Jokers bring tour to DTEAug. 17 -- Renaissance Festival begins! Aug. 17 -- Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 29 -- Michigan State Fair begins Aug. 30 -- Arts, Beats and Eats weekend Check the Live Guide calendar for more local events, and post your own. Submit a news tipTell us what's happening in your community -- submit a news tip to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit right here.