Drug summit draws large crowd for opioid discussion in Jackson
JACKSON, MI -- A discussion on the harm opioid abuse poses to Jackson County drew a crowd in Jackson earlier this month. More than 350 people to the seventh-annual Jackson County Drug Summit March 8, at the American 1 Credit Union Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds/Keeley Park, officials said.mlive.com
Country concert in Jackson will help raise funds for a local animal shelter
JACKSON, MI – Two additional artists have been announced for a Country Boots & Bands concert that will help raise money for a local animal shelter. Country Boots & Bands is bringing country artists Tyler Rich and Halle Kearns to a previously announced concert featuring Drake White. The concert will be in partnership with the Jackson County Animal Shelter and will donate a portion of the proceeds of each ticket to the shelter, officials said. Rich is from northern California and found his love of music while singing holiday tunes with his family around Christmas. She has been making waves since her country music debut in 2020, bring in over 11 million TikTok views and 17 million global streams, officials said.mlive.com
Man accused of threatening to murder witnesses in school threat case
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A man already charged with making a threat of terrorism at his school now faces a charge of solicitation of murder, officials said. Nathaneal Mann -- 20, of Napoleon -- was charged with solicitation of murder on Feb. 10, according to court records. Prosecutors allege that while Mann was lodged in jail awaiting trial proceedings, he attempted to solicit the murders of multiple witnesses involved with the case, Jarzynka said. Court hearings in both cases are scheduled for April 14 before Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain, records show. More from The Jackson Citizen Patriot:Woman found dead in Ypsilanti Township apartment identified as Jackson High teacher50 years ago today, Jackson was socked by a St. Patrick’s Day blizzardJackson man charged with unlawful imprisonment in knifepoint kidnapping2 Michigan Center board members resign, high school principal reassignedmlive.com
Remembering “The Great St. Patrick’s Day Storm,” what to do this year: Jackson headlines March 11-16
JACKSON, MI – St. Patrick’s Day in 1973 was not a fun day for anyone in Jackson who doesn’t like a whole lot of snow to go along with their green beer. “The Great St. Patrick’s Day Storm” hit Michigan on Saturday, March 17, 1973, burying the Jackson area in 19 inches of snow. Green beer, live music, Irish food: Here’s where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Jackson CountyGreen beer, Irish fare and plenty of festivities are taking place throughout Jackson County in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17 this year. Prosecutor’s Office proposes hiring new attorney to bring Jackson County staff up to 12The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office could soon be hiring another attorney to aid in prosecuting criminal cases.mlive.com
Jackson man charged with unlawful imprisonment in knifepoint kidnapping
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A 54-year-old man faces several criminal charges related to an alleged kidnapping attempt, police said. Aldalberto Alvarez, of Jackson, was arraigned Monday on felony charges of unlawful imprisonment and larceny from a motor vehicle. Alvarez is accused of forcing a woman into his vehicle while wielding a knife on the morning of March 10, police said. Related: Knife-wielding man arrested, accused of attempted kidnapping near JacksonJackson County District Court Judge Michael Klaeren set bond for Alvarez in the amount of $25,000, according to court records. Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect vehicle in Leoni Township a short time later, police said, leading to Alvarez’ arrest.mlive.com
50 years ago today, Jackson was socked by a St. Patrick’s Day blizzard
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Those who were around in 1973 surely will remember when Jackson streets were covered in white snow instead of people dressed in green on March 17. “The Great St. Patrick’s Day Storm” hit Michigan on Saturday, March 17, 1973, burying the Jackson area in 19 inches of snow. Related: Peek Through Time: St. Patrick’s Day blizzard buried Jackson in 1973The storm closed I-94 for almost two days and stranded more than 1,200 people in American Red Cross relief centers throughout Jackson County. Related: Peek Through Time: Who remembers when St. Patrick’s Day in Jackson was white, not green? In all, it was estimated the storm stranded 6,200 people in Jackson, Calhoun and Washtenaw counties.mlive.com
Parts of I-94 in Jackson to be reduced to single lanes for guardrail repair
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Friday’s commute on I-94 through Jackson may be a bit slower as both east and westbound I-94 will be down a travel lane for much of the day. From 7 a.m. to noon Friday, March 17, westbound I-94 from the U.S. 127/M-50 exit to Airport Road will be reduced to a single lane so work crews can safely repair damaged guardrails, according to an alert from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Likewise, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, eastbound I-94 from Elm Road to U.S 127/M-50 will also be reduced to a single lane for repairs. Motorists are advised to plan their commutes as the lane closures will cause slower traffic. More from The Jackson Citizen Patriot:Schedule set for I-94 shut down for repairs to Ann Arbor bridge hit by truckCommonwealth switches gears, moves to a different downtown Jackson location2 Michigan universities have the best bang for your buck, says Princeton Reviewmlive.com
After 2 years of waiting, Jackson’s social district is launching on St. Patrick’s Day
JACKSON, MI – After almost two years of bumps in the road, Jackson’s social district is ready to launch. The downtown social district of bars and restaurants will begin on St. Patrick’s Day - Friday, March 17, according to the city’s Downtown Development Authority. The formation of Jackson’s social district was originally approved in April 2021, but a lack of bar and restaurant interest prevented it from launching then. After Friday, the social district will operate from noon to midnight Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday. Timing of state approvals and the fact St. Patrick’s Day is on a Friday in 2023 made it the ideal time to launch the social district, Mays said.mlive.com
Prosecutor’s Office proposes hiring new attorney to bring Jackson County staff up to 12
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office could soon be hiring another attorney to aid in prosecuting criminal cases. The Jackson County Board of Commissioner’s Public Safety and Transportation Committee approved a motion during its meeting Monday, March 13, granting Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka funds to hire an additional assistant prosecuting attorney. “Ideally it would be nice to have more, but I think having an additional (assistant prosecuting attorney) would definitely help,” Jarzynka said. The cost of hiring another assistant prosecuting attorney is budgeted for $98,606.19 annually for wages. More from The Jackson Citizen Patriot:Jackson County man charged with drunken driving, causing serious injury in crashSpring clean-up of Jackson parks begins with this kickoff eventScam callers posing as police ask for Bitcoin, cash in Jackson Countymlive.com
Jackson County man charged with drunken driving, causing serious injury in crash
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Several months after a head-on collision with a tree left two people with severe injuries, the man behind the wheel has been charged with drunken driving. Operating while intoxicated causing serious injury is a felony punishable with up to five years in prison. Bartel suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries from the crash and was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital for treatment, police said. A passenger of the truck -- a 51-year-old Brooklyn woman -- also suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries from the crash. The investigation into the crash was closed Feb. 13, and charges were filed against Bartel on March 6.mlive.com
Scam callers posing as police ask for Bitcoin, cash in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- At least two separate phone scam operations have been targeting Jackson County residents in the past few weeks, police said. Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office have received several reports recently of a scam caller posing as a sergeant from their department asking for payments in cash, gift cards or cryptocurrency, police said. A slightly different scam was brought to police attention on Monday, March 13. An unknown person has been calling Jackson County residents and claiming they had missed jury duty and if they don’t send money immediately they will be arrested by a deputy, police said. The sheriff’s office reminds residents that it will never contact citizens telling them they have warrants, or ask for payment over the phone.mlive.com
Meet Wyatt, the dog with personality that’s helping show off Jackson’s fun spots
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Wyatt may be a dog, but he’s become a Jackson ambassador, showing off notable and fun spots in the city and county and stealing hearts while he’s doing it. Wyatt, a “Corgen” or golden retriever/corgi, is the star of Jackson resident Monika Hartman’s social media blog called “Adventures with Wyatt,” which shows off places in Jackson, Jackson County and even the state. He’s such a happy dog.”“Adventures with Wyatt” caught the attention of Experience Jackson, which recently granted Wyatt a “Certification of Ambassadorship” for Jackson County, which recognizes Wyatt’s positive impact on the Jackson community. Wyatt and Hartman plan to continue their adventures, including more places in Jackson County, and even the Upper Peninsula. You can find the “Adventures with Wyatt” blog on Facebook and Instagram.mlive.com
Knife-wielding man arrested, accused of attempted kidnapping near Jackson
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A woman escaped an alleged kidnapping attempt with minor injuries Friday morning, leading to the arrest of a Jackson man, police said. The victim suffered minor injuries during a physical struggle with the suspect, police said, adding she declined medical treatment. A notice of the incident was sent out to other Jackson County police agencies to look out for a silver Nissan SUV. Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect vehicle in Leoni Township a short time later, police said. The suspect -- a 54-year Jackson man -- was arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail pending a criminal charge review by prosecutor’s office, police said.mlive.com
Jackson woman charged with murder in fatal party store shooting
JACKSON, MI -- A 32-year-old woman faces a homicide charge relating to a 2022 fatal shooting she is accused of aiding. Jennifer Denise Martin was arraigned Thursday on charges of open murder and accessory after the fact to a felony, court officials said. LeAndrew Martin, 44, was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi on Sept. 2, 2022 -- less than a week after the fatal shooting near the Greenwood Food & Beverage Party Store. Though they share a last name, court officials could not confirm Thursday if the two defendants are related. LeAndrew Martin -- charged with open murder and felony firearm -- is scheduled to appear before Jackson County Circuit Judge Susan Jordan March 21 for a pretrial hearing.mlive.com
Say hello to Jackson’s fluffiest ambassador, Brown Street will be more pedestrian friendly: Jackson headlines March 4-9
JACKSON, MI – Wyatt is a good boy and he is ready to show the world what Jackson has to offer. Jackson OKs $1M construction project to make Brown Street more pedestrian friendlyBrown Street could soon be more pedestrian friendly after the city approved a million-dollar construction project. At about 1:17 a.m. March 9, deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on Spring Arbor Road near Robinson Road, east of Jackson. Jackson County looking to upgrade aging court video systemJackson County’s Circuit and Family Courts are looking to replace their aging video communication equipment to bring them to par with the times. Overnight fire destroys Jackson County homeA vacant Summit Township home was destroyed in an overnight fire on Monday.mlive.com
Garage heavily damaged in Jackson County fire
JACKSON COUNTY, MI-- A Jackson County garage was heavily damaged in a fire on Wednesday morning. “They immediately laid lines and were able to keep the fire damage to the garage, " Fire Chief Tim McEldowney said. The fire caused heavy damage to the garage and heavy smoke damage to the home, McEldowney said. The Spring Arbor Township Fire Department was aided by fire crews from Summit Township, Concord Township, Parma-Sandstone Township, Hanover Township and Liberty Township. Read more from MLive:More I-94 lane shutdowns beginning in Jackson CountyJackson roundup: Leslie wins in triple-OT to set up rematch with StockbridgeThat $2 bill you have could be worth $4,500mlive.com
More I-94 lane shutdowns beginning in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Motorists taking eastbound I-94 Thursday morning will likely face a slower-than-usual commute until the end of the week. Related: I-94 reconstruction project in Jackson resumes after winter stoppageThe eastbound lane closure will last until about 3 p.m. Friday, March 10, MDOT officials said. It is also anticipated westbound I-94 traffic will be shifted onto the eastbound I-94 roadway in mid-March, which will cause the closure of the westbound I-94 exit ramp to Elm Road. Contractors will then begin rebuilding the westbound I-94 roadway between the east junction of I-94/U.S. After its completion, westbound I-94 traffic will be shifted back to the new westbound I-94 roadway and crews will begin working on the median lanes and barrier wall.mlive.com
Enjoy the best soups in Jackson County and help provide meals to senior citizens
JACKSON, MI – An annual event that fills you up with soup and dessert and also supports Jackson County’s Meals on Wheels program is coming up soon. “Soup’s On For Seniors” is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the American 1 Credit Union Event Center at Keeley Park/Jackson County Fairgrounds, 200 W. Ganson St. The event is hosted by Friends of Jackson County Seniors and the Jackson County Department on Aging. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, which serves meals to more than 1,000 senior citizens in Jackson County each year. More from The Jackson Citizen Patriot:Pets of the week: Choppa is smart and active.mlive.com
Try some Italian food from Booher’s Fresh Market & Diner during Taste of the Irish Hills
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – There are many ways to taste what several restaurants in the Irish Hills area have to offer during Taste of the Irish Hills. But if it’s Italian food you’re looking for, then give Booher’s Fresh Market & Diner, 3405 Brooklyn Road in Napoleon Township, a try during the event. Hours vary at each location during Taste of the Irish Hills, but Booher’s Fresh Market & Diner is serving from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Participants take a self-guided food tour of Irish Hills restaurants and sample some of their best food and drinks during the event. More information about Taste of the Irish Hills can be found here.mlive.com
City looking for public input in next steps to address homelessness in Jackson
JACKSON, MI – Jackson officials are looking to address homelessness in the city and want to hear residents’ thoughts and ideas on the topic. The Jackson City Council is conducting a public hearing during its Tuesday, March 7 meeting to hear comments on the city’s draft allocation plan set to be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on how it will tackle homelessness. Additionally at its Tuesday meeting, City Council will hear public comment regarding moving city elections from odd years to even years to align with state and federal office elections. That move would save the city election costs and possibly increase voter participation in city elections, officials said. Related: Changes to city elections debated, voted on by Jackson City CouncilThe city council meets at 6:30 p.m., March 7, in second-floor council chambers at Jackson City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave.More from The Jackson Citizen Patriot:$500K in state marijuana tax money coming to Jackson County townshipMuseum members can now buy tickets for Jackson’s 2023 Art, Beer & Wine Festival‘Everything is gone.’ Fundraiser helping Jackson County family of 6 displaced in firemlive.com
$500K in state marijuana tax money coming to Jackson County township
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Leoni Township is getting a sizable influx of revenue soon after the state distributes its annual haul of tax money collected from marijuana sales for 2022. The Michigan Treasury will dole out $59.5 million to 160 local municipalities and 64 counties that allowed retail marijuana sales during fiscal year 2022. With Leoni Township having the most authorized dispensaries, 10 in total, it will receive the bulk of the marijuana tax revenue, $518,412.10. The only other dispensaries in Jackson County exist in the city of Jackson, Parma Township and Pulaski Township with each permitting only one location in their jurisdictions. Leoni Township does not currently have a specific plan for how it intends to use the marijuana tax dollars, Leoni Township Manager Mike Jester said.mlive.com
‘Everything is gone.’ Fundraiser helping Jackson County family of 6 displaced in fire
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Not much is left of the Wiley home in Blackman Township after an electrical fire set the home ablaze a week ago. Related: ‘It’s crippled everything.’ Jackson residents recover from destructive ice stormThe family is currently being assisted by the American Red Cross, though its resources are limited and the family did not have insurance. A GoFundMe has been created by Corry to help the family. “(Teresa and Byron) are always supporting their community and giving back in any way they can help, Corry wrote on the fundraising page. More from The Jackson Citizen Patriot:What’s that in Jackson?mlive.com
Indian Trails cancels bus services in Jackson due to weather Friday, March 3
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Indian Trails has canceled several bus services Friday, March 3, due to an anticipated winter storm in the area. Snow is expected to hit southern Michigan Friday afternoon and will affect buses that are scheduled to make stops in Jackson County, officials said. Related: Winter Storm Warning now: ‘Intense snowfall rates’ location, timelineAll tickets will be moved to the next day for travel. If customers would like a refund, they can call Indian Trail’s corporate office at 1-800-292-3831. More information can be found on Indian Trails website.mlive.com
6 displaced in house fire, man sent to prison for murder: Jackson headlines Feb. 25 - March 2
These school proposals are on the May 2023 election ballot in Jackson CountyThe Jackson County Intermediate School District is asking voters in May to renew its millage for special education services. Beer, food & fun: The Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival is on tapThe Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival is back in Jackson for 2023 with drink samples, live music and food. I-94 reconstruction project in Jackson resumes after winter stoppageWork on I-94 in Jackson County has resumed after a two-month winter break. Jackson schools eye expansion of virtual program into former Sears store at Jackson CrossingThe continued enrollment growth at the South Central Michigan Virtual school has Jackson Public Schools eyeing significant expansion inside Jackson Crossing. A Jimmy Buffet tribute band is coming to Jackson CountyA Jimmy Buffett tribute band is coming to celebrate Christmas in July in Jackson County.mlive.com
Fentanyl, heroin use to be discussed at annual Jackson drug summit
JACKSON, MI -- Jackson-area residents can once again speak out and learn about the issue of opioid abuse during an annual drug summit that this year will focus on the deadly threat posed by fentanyl. The seventh annual Jackson County Drug Summit is scheduled for 8:20 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the American 1 Credit Union Event Center, 128 W. Ganson St., in the Jackson County Fairgrounds/Kelley Park. The annual summit aims to bring attention to the problem of heroin and prescription opioid abuse in the Jackson County area, Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka said, adding this year’s summit will specifically focus on the emergence of fentanyl and its connection with drug overdose deaths at the local, state and country levels. Michigan State Police Lt. Ben Garrison will also speak about emerging drug trends and the impact of fentanyl, especially in Jackson County. The summit also features several panel discussions involving those in recovery, including one panel from Andy’s Place in Jackson.mlive.com
Jackson County schools dismiss early ahead of snow storm Friday, March 3
JACKSON, MI - Some Jackson County schools have opted to schedule a half day Friday, March 3, in anticipation of a winter storm moving into the area in the afternoon. These schools have announced they are dismissing early Friday. This list will be updated as more information becomes available. Columbia School District -- (Junior/Senior High 11 a.m. elementary 11:20 a.m.)Grass Lake Community Schools -- (Middle School 11:10 a.m., High School 11:15 a.m., elementary 12:15 p.m.)Hanover-Horton Schools -- (Middle School/High School 11:05 a.m., elementary 12:15 p.m.Jackson County Intermediate School District -- all special education programsMichigan Center Schools -- (Junior/Senior High 12:28 p.m., Arnold Elementary 1:13 p.m., Keicher Elementary 1:23 p.m.Vandercook Lake Public Schools -- (Middle/High School 11 a.m., Townsend Elementary 11:55 a.m.)mlive.com
These school proposals are on the May 2023 election ballot in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI - The Jackson County Intermediate School District is asking voters in May to renew its millage for special education services. These are the proposals on the May ballot in Jackson County. Jackson County Intermediate School District special education millage renewalThe JCISD is seeking the renewal of a 1.5408-mill tax for special education programs. Western School DistrictWestern School District residents will vote on a renewal of the district’s non-homestead operating millage for 10 years, from 2024 to 2033. Also on the ballot: Marshall Public Schools, which has some properties in Jackson County but is primarily located in Calhoun County, has a sinking fund millage proposal on the May ballot.mlive.com
2 seriously injured in alcohol-related crash on I-94
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Three people were hospitalized after a crash on westbound I-94 on Wednesday evening, with two suffering serious injuries. In doing so, his car struck a vehicle occupied by a 58-year-old and 39-year-old, both from Jackson. The Osseo man was released from the hospital and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on drunken driving-related charges. Both the 58-year-old and 39-year-old remain hospitalized and are being treated for serious injuries. Michigan State Police were assisted by Grass Lake Fire Department and Jackson Community Ambulance.mlive.com
Beer, food & fun: The Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival is on tap
JACKSON, MI – The Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival is back in Jackson for 2023 with drink samples, live music and food. “The world is the oyster here in regard to more than enough beer tastings,” Jackson County Fair Director Denise Owens said. The premiums are the monetary compensation given to 4H, FFA and open class exhibitors at the Jackson County Fair, she said. Just like previous years, more than 40 vendors will be lined up inside the American 1 Credit Union Event Center. More information and updates can be found on Jackson County Fair’s Facebook page.mlive.com
House fire displaces 6 in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Six people were displaced Monday due to a fire that wrecked the interior of their home, officials said. The interior of the house suffered significant fire, smoke and water damage, Grajewski said. Blackman-Leoni was assisted at the scene by of the Summit Township and Jackson City fire departments, along with Jackson Community Ambulance. More from the Jackson Citizen Patriot:Here is how Jackson-area girls basketball teams fared Monday in district playA week of events will help celebrate women in Jackson CountyPets of the week: Pepper has lots of energy. Bubby needs some time to warm upKeniKakes & More is moving in to new brick-and-mortar shopAttic fire causes smoke, water damage to Jackson homemlive.com
11K still battling outages in Jackson, Hillsdale counties days after winter storm
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Power was been restored to tens of thousands of Jackson County residents in the days following a powerful ice storm, though there are many still affected by scattered outages. Consumers Energy is reporting 5,684 people and businesses -- about 7.3 percent of its customers in Jackson County -- are still experiencing outages as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, according to the Consumers Energy outage map. The storm caused havoc across several counties in the area Feb. 22, leaving many to spend their weekend clearing tree debris from their property. Neighboring Hillsdale County is facing even more severe outages, with 5,486 Consumer’s Energy customers -- 28.3 percent of customers in the county -- still without power as of Tuesday. Related: Continued power outage causing a Jackson County school to cancel classes Tuesday, Feb. 28Washtenaw County residents are also still experiencing outages, with about 11,000 residents in the area remaining without power as of Tuesday morning.mlive.com
I-94 reconstruction project in Jackson resumes after winter stoppage
JACKSON, MI – Work on I-94 in Jackson County has resumed after a two-month winter break. The bulk of the remaining work to finish includes reconstruction of the westbound lanes of I-94 between the I-94/US-127 interchange and Elm Road in Jackson. Here’s what’s been accomplishedInitial work as the project resumes will focus on preparing to shift westbound I-94 traffic onto the eastbound I-94 roadway between US-127/West Avenue and the easterly junction of I-94 and US-127. It is anticipated westbound I-94 traffic will be shifted onto the eastbound I-94 roadway in mid-March which will cause the closure of the westbound I-94 exit ramp to Elm Road. After its completion, westbound I-94 traffic will be shifted back to the new westbound I-94 roadway and crews will begin working on the median lanes and barrier wall.mlive.com
A week of events will help celebrate women in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Residents can celebrate the contributions women have made to the Jackson County Community during Women’s WeekThe Jackson County Chamber of Commerce event is Monday, March 6, through Friday, March 10. Registration is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Women’s Week Panel DiscussionThis in-person event is 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 10, at Cascades Manor House, 1970 Kibby Road. Recognitions will be posted during Women’s Week at jacksonchamber.org/womensweek. Bubby needs some time to warm upKeniKakes & More is moving in to new brick-and-mortar shop12K in Jackson County still without power after ice stormAttic fire causes smoke, water damage to Jackson homemlive.com
12K in Jackson County still without power after ice storm
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – More than 12,000 Jackson County homes and businesses are still without power Monday, days after an ice storm knocked out electricity to hundreds of thousands of residents across southern Michigan. Consumers Energy is reporting 12,784 customers, or 16.4 percent of its customers in Jackson County are still without power on Feb. 27, due to numerous downed lines across the county. Related: 60 percent of Jackson County without power after ice stormMany of these customers have not had power since Wednesday night, Feb. 22, or Thursday, Feb. 23, when the ice storm knocked out power to 47,621 customers, or 60.9 percent of the county. Restoration times have varied throughout Jackson County as crews worked throughout the weekend to restore service. Another ice storm is predicted for Monday, though this storm is not expected to be as severe as the previous storm.mlive.com
A Jimmy Buffet tribute band is coming to Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A Jimmy Buffett tribute band is coming to celebrate Christmas in July in Jackson County. At 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, Country Boots & Bands is bringing The Boat Drunks to Aggies Sports Bar, 108 Brooklyn Road in Napoleon, located southeast of Jackson. The Boat Drunks are from Champaign, Illinois and are now entering their 21st year as a group. The Boat Drunks have performed with nearly every member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and have opened shows for Jimmy Buffett, officials said. They can be purchased on Country Boots & Bands website.mlive.com
New equipment will allow Jackson County police to 3D model crime scenes
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A new purchase by a Jackson County police agency will give officers a whole new way to review and investigate crime scenes. The purchase of a BLK360 Laser Scanner system was authorized by the Blackman Charter Township Board of Trustees during a Feb. 21 meeting. The new equipment will be used by the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety to create 3D models of crime and accident scenes, said Director Scott Grajewski. The purchase includes the scanner, a tripod, an iPad Pro control system and the required license from NOAR Technologies -- the equipment’s producer. Read more:55 percent of Jackson County still without power after ice stormIce storm slams Jackson, longtime public servant dies: Jackson headlines Feb. 18-23‘It’s crippled everything.’ Jackson residents recover from destructive ice stormHow to report a downed tree in Jackson after major ice storm60K still out of power in Ann Arbor area as ice storm recovery enters third daymlive.com
‘An incredible opportunity.’ Blackman-Leoni welcomes new public safety director
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- After more than 27 years with the department, the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety director hopes to continue to grow the organization and serve the community. Scott Grajewski, 52, became the department’s new director on Tuesday, following a vote at the Blackman Township Board of Trustees’ meeting. “It’s an incredible opportunity to get the director position,” Grajewski said. Board members also chose Blackman-Leoni officer Darin McIntosh to be the new deputy director of operations -- Grajewski’s previous role. Christopher Boulter, who served as temporary department leader after Jester’s departure, will once again serve as the department’s deputy director of support services.mlive.com
‘A street fit for a king’: Jackson seeking $6M grant to rebuild MLK Jr. Drive
JACKSON, MI – Jackson’s Martin Luther King Jr. Drive may be considerably better in the near future if the city can successful secure a federal grant. Jackson City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, Feb. 21, to apply for a $6-million federal grant to rebuild and improve Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between South Street and Morrell Street and make it “fit for a king.”“This is more than just about a street name,” Jackson Mayor Daniel Mahoney said. Related: Francis Street officially becoming Martin Luther King Drive in Jackson“For 49 years Jackson’s south side and most of the Black citizens in the city fought for a street to be renamed in the city of Jackson to be Martin Luther King,” Mahoney said. “All I can really say about this is it’s time,” said Jackson City Council Member Arlene Robinson, Ward 1, the ward where the street is located. More from The Jackson Citizen Patriot:55 percent of Jackson County still without power after ice stormIce storm slams Jackson, longtime public servant dies: Jackson headlines Feb. 18-23‘It’s crippled everything.’ Jackson residents recover from destructive ice stormmlive.com
55 percent of Jackson County still without power after ice storm
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – More than half of Jackson County still faces widespread power outages in the aftermath of an ice storm the rolled into the area Wednesday. As of Friday, 16,901 Consumer’s Energy customers -- 87 percent of customers in Hillsdale County -- are still without power. More than 30 school districts in Jackson County are closed Friday due to weather conditions and continued power outages. Related: Jackson-area school closings for Friday, Feb. 24Warming centers for those without power have opened across the Jackson and Hillsdale County area. Read more:Ice storm slams Jackson, longtime public servant dies: Jackson headlines Feb. 18-23‘It’s crippled everything.’ Jackson residents recover from destructive ice stormHow to report a downed tree in Jackson after major ice storm60K still out of power in Ann Arbor area as ice storm recovery enters third daymlive.com
Ice storm slams Jackson, longtime public servant dies: Jackson headlines Feb. 18-23
Since the storm hit Jackson County, emergency crews have responded to about 880 storm-related incidents across Jackson County, according to Jackson County Central Dispatch call records. Here’s where to find the Lenten treat in Jackson County in 2023Lent is here, and with it comes the traditional Friday fish fries. Changes to city elections debated, voted on by Jackson City CouncilCity elections were the topic of several motions made by the Jackson City Council on Tuesday. Greyhound ends busing contract in Jackson, new provider will continue routesIndian Trails is taking over busing services previously done by Greyhound in Jackson County. Michigan Center superintendent reinstated after board finds he did not violate policyMichigan Center Schools Superintendent Brady Cook has been reinstated by the district’s school board, after an investigation found he did not violate any school board policies.mlive.com
‘It’s crippled everything.’ Jackson residents recover from destructive ice storm
Like several roadways in and around the city of Jackson, Hollywood Street fell victim Wednesday night to a statewide ice storm that swept through Jackson County, bringing down hundreds of trees and power lines. Fagan’s experience is not unique -- thousands of people across Jackson County will spend the next few days recovering from the storm. The largest of the branches fell at about 8 p.m. the night of the storm, said Caleb Cross, 15. As of Thursday, more than half of Jackson County residents and businesses were still without power due to the storm. Consumers Energy is reporting 43,960 customers, or 56.2 percent of its customers in Jackson County are without power due to numerous downed lines across the county.mlive.com
Winter storm brings down trees, power lines across Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Trees and power lines brought down by an ice storm that rolled across Michigan Wednesday have caused hundreds of traffic hazards and power outages across Jackson County, officials said. Since the storm hit Jackson County, emergency crews have responded to about 880 storm-related incidents across Jackson County, according to Jackson County Central Dispatch call records. These incidents included about 280 reports of trees down, 240 downed power lines, and about 250 calls related to transformers and trees on fire, officials said. Consumers Energy is reporting 43,960 customers, or 56.2 percent of its customers in Jackson County are without power due to numerous downed lines across the county. Here’s where to find the Lenten treat in Jackson County in 2023$5M grant will help Jackson share its water with nearby townshipmlive.com
How to report a downed tree in Jackson after major ice storm
JACKSON, MI – Jackson is still working to clear numerous downed trees and power lines fallen during Wednesday’s ice storm. Jackson City Hall is open, but all recreation centers are closed and recreation programs canceled for Thursday, Feb. 23. Crews have a lot of work to clear downed trees and branches from these facilities and are not currently safe for visitors, Dimick said. Related: 60 percent of Jackson County without power after ice stormConsumers Energy is reporting 47,621 customers, or 60.9 percent of its customers in Jackson County are without power Thursday, Feb. 23, due to numerous downed lines across the county. Here’s where to find the Lenten treat in Jackson County in 2023$5M grant will help Jackson share its water with nearby townshipmlive.com
Jackson-area office closings, event cancellations for Thursday, Feb. 23
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Several organizations in Jackson County have closed their doors Thursday, Feb. 23 after an ice storm knocked out power to thousands. Related: Over 650K without power in Michigan after ice takes down power lines, tree limbsJackson-area schools have also canceled classes on Feb. 23. Center For Family HealthDue to loss of power, Center For Family Health’s Northeast Health Center, 1024 Fleming Ave., will be closed. Hillsdale Senior CenterThe senior center will be closed today for normal activity, officials said. Jackson County Friend of the CourtThe Jackson County Friend of the Court office is without power and will be closed today, according to a Facebook post.mlive.com
It’s fish fry time! Here’s where to find the Lenten treat in Jackson County in 2023
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Lent is here, and with it comes the traditional Friday fish fries. Here are some fish fry options in the Jackson County area. Cost: All-you-can-eat fried walleye with a choice of sides for $20.99. White’s Restaurant & CateringAddress: 845 N. West Ave.Time: Every Friday through LentCost: Two fried pieces of cod with two sides for $10.50. Cost: One-and-a-half fried pieces of catfish with a side of fries for $10.59.mlive.com
60 percent of Jackson County without power after ice storm
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – More than half of Jackson County residents and businesses are without power Thursday morning after an ice storm rolled into the area, knocking out power to thousands. Consumers Energy is reporting 47,621 customers, or 60.9 percent of its customers in Jackson County are without power Thursday, Feb. 23, due to numerous downed lines across the county. This number is among the nearly 650,000 across Michigan who lost power during the storm. The city of Jackson declared a weather emergency Wednesday night as the icy storm took down numerous trees and made road conditions extremely hazardous, Jackson Spokesman Aaron Dimick said. More from The Jackson Citizen Patriot:$5M grant will help Jackson share its water with nearby townshipJackson-area school closings for Thursday, Feb. 23See photos as winter storm brings snow, sleet and layer of ice across lower Michiganmlive.com
$5M grant will help Jackson share its water with nearby township
JACKSON, MI – Residents of Jackson and Napoleon Township are preparing to share the same drinking water. The city of Jackson has been awarded a $5-million federal grant to construct a water main connecting the township of more than 6,800 residents southeast of Jackson to the city’s water system. The township started conversations with city officials about the feasibility of tapping into Jackson’s water system due to environmental concerns and limitations of its own water system, Jackson Spokesman Aaron Dimick said. Napoleon Township has said it is preparing funding sources to cover the cost of using Jackson water. The water is then pumped to the water treatment plant on E. Mansion Street, where it is cleaned and tested.mlive.com
Man, woman hit by car while crossing street in Jackson
JACKSON, MI -- Two Jackson residents received minor injuries after being hit by a car Tuesday evening, police said. At about 7:32 p.m. Feb. 21, officers from the Jackson Police Department responded to a traffic crash in the 1700 block of Deyo Street in Jackson. Two people -- a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman -- were hit while crossing the street by a car travelling westbound on Deyo, police said. Both pedestrians were knocked to the ground and suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, said Jackson Police and Fire Services Director Elmer Hitt. One subject was taken to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital by ambulance and the other was driven there by a family member, Hitt said.mlive.com
Man arrested with meth, loaded handgun in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A Hudson man was arrested with meth and a loaded handgun after a traffic stop Saturday, police said. Officers spoke with the two occupants of the vehicle after a traffic stop. The passenger -- a 34-year-old Hudson man -- was found to have several arrest warrants in his name from various agencies, police said. The vehicle was searched, at which time officers found a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun and methamphetamine. Possession of meth is a felony punishable up to 10 years in prison.mlive.com
Grand Rapids judge denied motion for new trial for 2 members involved in Whitmer kidnapping plot
Found guilty in August of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and trying to obtain a weapon of mass destruction, a federal judge in Grand Rapids has denied the motion for a new trial for Barry Croft and Adam Fox.
Guns, cash, meth, heroin found when Michigan officials raid 3 hotel rooms, storage facility
Michigan officials found guns, cash, methamphetamine and heroin when they executed four connected search warrants this week -- three at hotel rooms and one at a nearby storage facility, according to authorities.
Informant in plot against Whitmer indicted on weapons charges
A lot of the evidence in the trial was provided by key FBI informants. READ: How a post office worker became FBI’s inside man into terrorism plot against Gov. WhitmerAdThe FBI has named one of their key informants as Steven Robeson from Wisconsin. Attorneys for the men will argue the men were just talking about the plot and the FBI’s own informants helped train the men, allegedly pushing the plot forward. AdREAD: 19 details inside Whitmer kidnapping defendant’s guilty plea
What is the more contagious South African variant of COVID-19? Is it more dangerous?
DETROIT – Michigan health officials are tracking a confirmed case of the more contagious South African variant of COVID-19. READ: Everything we know about virus variants in Michigan, USWhat is the South African variant? The B117 variant of the coronavirus appears to be at least 50 percent more transmissible. One particular mutation in the B117 variant, known as the N501Y, has already been found in other variants across the world. READ: Michigan confirms first case of South African COVID variant in Jackson CountyRead more:
Morning Briefing March 9, 2021: Michigan confirms first case of South African COVID variant, school funding fuels hybrid learning debate, more
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.351 has been identified in a child in Jackson County. The health department did not say how the boy was infected but a case investigation is underway to determine close contacts and if there are additional cases associated. This new variant was originally detected in South Africa in October 2020 and shares some mutations with the B117 variant. From reporter Jason Colthorp:Two pieces of legislation passed last week offering additional funding for Michigan schools that provide at least 20 hours of in-person learning. Michigan has reported more than 2.6 million doses of the COVID-19 administered, as of Monday, with 20.9% total coverage in Michigan.
Michigan confirms first case of South African COVID variant in Jackson County
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.351 has been identified in a child in Jackson County. This new variant was originally detected in South Africa in October 2020 and shares some mutations with the B117 variant. The first case of the B117 variant -- originally detected in the United Kingdom -- was identified in Washtenaw County. This case in Michigan is the only one identified at this time. It was first reported in the U.S. on Jan. 28 when it was identified in two people in South Carolina.
Defense for Wolverine Watchmen argue violent rhetoric against Gov. Whitmer was satirical
JACKSON, Mich. – Defense attorneys for Pete Musico, his son-in-law Joseph Morrison and Paul Bellar -- who are accused of being involved in a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap or kill Gov. READ: Who are the Wolverine Watchmen? Thursday was day two of the hearing for the three members of the Wolverine Watchmen. AdThe defense attorneys used a series of different arguments Thursday. READ: Defense attorneys rebut FBI claims in alleged plot against Gov.
Defense attorneys rebut FBI claims in alleged plot against Gov. Whitmer
JACKSON, Mich. – Defense attorneys for Pete Musico, his son-in-law Joseph Morrison and Paul Bellar -- who are accused of being involved in a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap or kill Gov. READ: Who are the Wolverine Watchmen? Thursday was day two of the hearing for the three members of the Wolverine Watchmen. The defense also portrayed the violent rhetoric about Whitmer as satirical and that their activities only escalated after an FBI informant got involved. It’s a similar defense to what was used by attorneys representing members of the Hutaree group in 2012.
How a post office worker became FBI’s inside man into terrorism plot against Gov. Whitmer
JACKSON, Mich. – New evidence in the domestic terrorism plot to kidnap or kill Gov. READ: 3 men charged in domestic terrorism plot against Gov. READ: Who are the Wolverine Watchmen? RELATED: A look at group texts between suspects in terrorist plot against Michigan Gov. The man wanted out, but the FBI asked him to stay with the Wolverine Watchmen, wear a wire, record everything and risk his life.
3 men charged in domestic terrorism plot against Gov. Whitmer appear in court
JACKSON, Mich. – Attorneys for Pete Musico, his son-in-law Joseph Morrison and Paul Bellar -- who are accused of being involved in a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap or kill Gov. The attorneys are questioning the description of the Wolverine Watchmen as a terrorist organization. READ: Who are the Wolverine Watchmen? The FBI said they never heard of the Wolverine Watchmen until one of them created a Facebook Group. RELATED: A look at group texts between suspects in terrorist plot against Michigan Gov.
Militias in Michigan: A troubling presence dating back decades
The Michigan Militia was first brought to the spotlight after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. AdTimothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the men who carried out the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, were said to have attended Michigan Militia meetings. Dr. JoEllen Vinyard, a retired EMU history professor, studied the Michigan Militia in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s. “That was one of their major worries across all the different groups.”The early meetings of the Michigan Militia were attended by McVeigh and Nichols. April 9, 2013: Hutaree members sue FBI, Michigan State PoliceAdArena said militia groups have always been a concern for the FBI.
Michigan husband, wife die from COVID on the same day, 1 minute apart
JACKSON, Mich. – Just days before Thanksgiving, a Michigan family lost both of their parents to coronavirus. Nov. 28, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 350,021; Death toll now at 9,036Leslie and Patricia McWalters spent nearly 50 years together before dying on the same day, one minute apart. “One wouldn’t have wanted to be without the other.”The couple was married for more than 47 years. “They picked their battles.”But coronavirus was a battle the Jackson couple couldn’t beat. “Our entire family is completely devastated.”Anyone who believes they might have coronavirus should follow the CDC guidelines.
Prosecution against 8 men in Michigan domestic terror plot continues
JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s prosecution against the eight men facing domestic terrorism charges for an alleged plot to storm the Capitol building and kidnap elected officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, continued Friday with a bond hearing for two of the defendants in Jackson County 12th District Court. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail. Brian Higgins, 52, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is being extradited to Michigan from Columbia County, Wisconsin. Future court dates for Antrim County defendants can be tracked online at the court’s website, while those for Jackson County defendants can also be tracked online.
Bond reduced to 1% for man charged in terrorism plot against Gov. Whitmer
LANSING, Mich. – Pete Musico -- one of the men charged in the domestic terrorism plot against Gov. Prosecutors claim Musico and Joseph Morrison are founding members of Wolverine Watchmen and allowed other suspects to train on their property in Jackson County. RELATED: View: Mugshots for all 14 people charged after FBI uncovered plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. “It is not lawful to plot to kidnap the governor of the state of Michigan," said state attorney Greg Townsend. If he makes bond, Musico will be set free and monitored by a tether.
Judge lowers bond for alleged leader of group in terrorist plot against Whitmer
LANSING, Mich. – The bond hearing for two men charged in connection with the domestic terrorist plot against Gov. WhitmerMusico, reported to be the head of the Wolverine Watchmen, had his bond hearing first. He also said that Musico was kicked out of the Wolverine Watchmen for being too soft. The office wanted a $10 million bond, but the judge sided with Musico and reduced the bond to $100,000. If he makes bond, Musico will be set free and monitored by a tether.
Local 4 News at Noon -- Oct. 23, 2020
DETROIT – Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at Noon. Judge lowers bond for alleged leader of group in terrorist plot against WhitmerHis lawyer said Musico can’t be charged with terrorism for planning and training for a terrorist attack against the governor if they didn’t act on the plans.
2 men charged in terrorist plot against Whitmer served in US Military
LANSING, Mich. – Local 4 has learned two of the men arrested in the domestic terrorist plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer spent time in the military. READ: 2 charged in Michigan terrorist plots served in US MarinesThe U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Daniel Harris of Lake Orion and Joseph Morrison of Munith served for years. The Marines said Harris trained with rifles and Morrison served in the Marine Corps Reserve until Thursday, the day he was arraigned. Parker Douglas, the attorney for Daniel Harris -- one of the 13 men accused of being apart of a terrorist plot to kidnap Whitmer who was charged with Domestic Terrorism, Conspiracy and Weapon Charges -- is addressing the claims on his client’s behalf. The U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Daniel Harris from Lake Orion and Joseph Morrison of Munith, were Marines for years.
2 men charged in terrorist plot against Whitmer served in US Military
2 men charged in terrorist plot against Whitmer served in US MilitaryPublished: October 10, 2020, 11:13 pmThe U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Daniel Harris of Lake Orion and Joseph Morrison of Munith served for years. The Marines said Harris trained with rifles and Morrison served in the Marine Corps Reserve until Thursday, the day he was arraigned.
2 charged in Michigan plots served in US Marines
This photo provided by the Jackson County Sheriffs Office shows Joseph Morrison. Agents foiled a stunning plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch her from her vacation home. According to an FBI affidavit, Morrison is one of the founding members of the Wolverine Watchmen, which authorities described as an anti-government, anti-law enforcement militia group. (Jackson County Sheriffs Office via AP)