Family of fatal Jackson County crash victim files wrongful death lawsuit
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A lawsuit alleging wrongful death in a crash that killed a Horton man and his dog has been filed in Jackson County court. RELATED: Man, dog killed by car while out on a walk near JacksonThe lawsuit names Zachary Grennell, 35, as the at-fault driver who caused Wittman’s death. The lawsuit was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, said attorney Bruce Inosencio Jr., who is representing Wittman’s family, in a news release. Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain has been assigned to preside over the case. The case was forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office last week, said Blackman-Leoni director Mike Jester.mlive.com
Investigation concludes in case of man killed by Jackson County officer
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- An investigation into a shooting that left one man dead and a Columbia Township police officer on leave has concluded, and a review is underway. Nielsen, 36, was shot and killed by a Columbia Township police officer on the morning of March 31, police said. Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka said he has begun personally reviewing the MSP investigation report. The shooting took place at about 2:09 a.m. March 31, in the 100 block of Hawthorne Drive near Lake Columbia in Columbia Township, southeast of Jackson. The Columbia Township Police Department officer who shot Nielsen has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.mlive.com
Group of teenagers wanted in Jackson County assault
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- At least seven teenagers are wanted for assaulting a 16-year-old boy last Sunday, police said. At about 3:50 p.m. May 15, deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Pleasant Lake County Park for a reported assault. Witnesses told police that a group of at least seven people assaulted a 16-year-old boy before fleeing the area. Deputies believe the group consisted of at least six boys and one girl, all teenagers, said Lt. Jeremy Barnett. The 16-year-old victim suffered minor injuries that did not require medical treatment, Barnett said.mlive.com
Jackson YMCA finalizes $25M campaign, releases updated design of new facility
JACKSON, MI – The Jackson YMCA has reached its $25 million campaign goal and has released an updated design. Related: Rising construction costs prompt change in plans for new $25M Jackson YMCAHowever, after years of campaigning, the Y has achieved its goal for the upgraded the Jackson YMCA, CEO Shawna Tello said. Three million dollars in federal funding helped tip the campaign to its end, YMCA officials said. Funding for the Jackson YMCA and other Ys across the country was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, officials said. The current YMCA is 65,000 square feet – with about 55,000 square feet of usable space, officials said.mlive.com
School dog oh so fluffy; fatal arson suspect appears in court: Jackson headlines May 14-19
JACKSON, MI – Miggz, the 14-week-old golden doodle puppy, is the newest member of the Northwest Early Elementary School and by far its fluffiest. Catalytic converter thefts on the rise in Jackson County, police sayTownships near Jackson have been experiencing an uptick in the theft of vehicle parts in recent months, police said. Police identify motorcyclist killed in fatal Jackson County crashPolice have identified the Jackson County man killed in a car-motorcycle crash last week as 55-year-old Wilbur Bruce Fuller. See unique aircraft and learn what it takes to be a pilot during Aviation DayYou can learn about aircraft and the aviation world during a Jackson County Airport event. The event provides guests a chance to see unique aircraft and learn about their local airport, Airport Manager Juan Zapata said.mlive.com
These Memorial Day events are coming up in Jackson County
JACKSON, MI – Ceremonies to celebrate Memorial Day and remember military service members who have died are coming up in Jackson County. BrooklynThe Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade will head through downtown on Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30. Grass LakeGrass Lake will celebrate Memorial day with events hosted by the American Legion. NapoleonNapoleon’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Napoleon Township Park and heads to Oak Grove Cemetery. Spring ArborSpring Arbor’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. Monday, May 30, along Ogle Avenue.mlive.com
Sephora ready to open in Jackson’s Kohl’s store
JACKSON, MI – Jackson residents will soon have more access to prestige beauty items,Sephora at Kohl’s is opening Friday, May 27, inside Kohl’s at Jackson Crossing, 1222 Jackson Crossing. This grand opening is one of 400 Kohl’s stores that are adding Sephora this year. “We’re thrilled to be bringing Sephora at Kohl’s closer to millions more of our customers nationwide through this 400 store expansion,” Doug Howe, Kohl’s chief merchandising officer, said in a statement. “The quick and vast rollout of Sephora at Kohl’s is a testament to how much we believe in this partnership and making prestige beauty more accessible to people everywhere. We’re excited to grow and bring this elevated beauty experience to more of Kohl’s existing and new customers this year.”Sephora at Kohl’s will feature a 2,500-square-foot, fully immersive beauty experience that mimics the look and feel of a freestanding Sephora, officials said.mlive.com
COVID relief funds will help with renovations to Jackson County Animal Shelter
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Renovations at the Jackson County Animal Shelter are getting some help from COVID-19 relief funds. In a Tuesday, May 17 meeting, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved allocating an additional $200,000 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements to the animal shelter. The board has already unanimously approved allocating $1.55 million of its ARPA funds toward shelter renovations and additions. While it had to be approved separately, it will still be a part of the $3-million animal shelter project, Director Lydia Sattler said. The current HVAC system does not meet the standards of air flow for state inspections for animal shelters, County Administrator/Controller Mike Overton previously said.mlive.com
Catalytic converter thefts on the rise in Jackson County, police say
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Townships near Jackson have been experiencing an uptick in the theft of vehicle parts in recent months, police said. The Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety handles about five or six reports of catalytic converter thefts per week, Director Mike Jester said. Jester said the thefts have continued even after suspects of these thefts have been arrested. To combat the thefts, police advise residents to take time to make sure vehicles are in a garage or another secure location before they are left unattended. Anyone with information about the thefts occurring in Blackman or Leoni townships is asked to contact Det.mlive.com
Police identify motorcyclist killed in fatal Jackson County crash
JACKSON, MI -- Police have identified the Jackson County man killed in a car-motorcycle crash last week as 55-year-old Wilbur Bruce Fuller. At about 10:47 p.m. May 11, officers from the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety responded to a crash between a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle on Fox Road near E. Michigan Avenue in Leoni Township, east of Jackson. As he attempted to drive around the tree, Fuller was hit by a southbound 2018 Ford Focus, driven by a 26-year-old Williamston man, police said. Fuller suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Director Mike Jester. The crash is currently being investigated by the Blackman-Leoni Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team, Jester said.mlive.com
Motorcyclist injured in crash with SUV in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A Jackson man out on a motorcycle ride Sunday morning was injured when he collided with an SUV that pulled out in front of him, police said. Rescue crews were called at 8:51 a.m. May 15, to the area of Ann Arbor and Munith roads in Leoni Township, in eastern Jackson County, for a report of a crash involving a car and a motorcycle, according to the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety. A 2007 Jeep Liberty, driven by a 69-year-old Jackson woman, pulled out from Munith Road in front of a 2003 Harley Davidson, driven by a 51-year-old Jackson man, causing the motorcycle to crash into the SUV, police said. The motorcyclist suffered several broken bones and was taken to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital with what appeared to be injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. The driver of the Jeep, who was determined to be at fault, was not injured and was cited for failure to yield, police said.mlive.com
See unique aircraft and learn what it takes to be a pilot during Aviation Day
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – You can learn about aircraft and the aviation world during a Jackson County Airport event. The event provides guests a chance to see unique aircraft and learn about their local airport, Airport Manager Juan Zapata said. Guests also can pay for a ride in three different aircraft, including a Cessna 172, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain and another helicopter. The airport is excited to host the event and spread more awareness about aviation, Zapata said. Event updates and more information can be found on The Jackson County Airport’s Aviation Day’s website.mlive.com
New video equipment could improve security at Jackson courthouse, officials say
JACKSON, MI -- A new proposal aims to bring the video systems at Jackson’s courthouse up to more contemporary standards. A motion to approve the installation of virtual court proceeding equipment in four district courtrooms and one magistrate hearing room at the Jackson County Courthouse will go before the Jackson County Board of Commissioners at its next meeting on May 17. The proposed upgrade, which will install a Poly X70 video system in each room, will cost about $61,174 in total -- about $12,234.79 per room, officials said. The courthouse’s current Polycom audio and video system was installed in 2014, officials said. The equipment would be paid for using funds Jackson County received through the American Rescue Plan, officials said.mlive.com
Michigan’s Best Local Eats: The food at Jackson’s Craveable is healthy, but it looks decadent
JACKSON, MI – It may not look like it, but all of the food at Craveable is vegan and good for you. Craveable has been open since April and is run by Karen Slaughter, her husband Tom Slaughter, daughter Jordon Denslow and her fiancé Taylor Dancy. “We just wanted to show people that vegan food can taste good too,” Karen said. While the food truck has not been running for long, business has been great, Jordon said. The food truck prides itself on having in-house, plant-based food that everyone can enjoy, Jordon said.mlive.com
A family tradition: Son of Jackson County superintendent joins education ranks
John Denney is the Hanover-Horton School District superintendent. Evan Denney, John and Stephanie’s son, graduates May 15 with a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Evan started school in the Columbia School District and graduated from Hanover-Horton High School in his dad’s district. “You’re not going to get a great learning environment when you’re in a lecture hall with 200 or 300 kids trying to learn how to be a good teacher,” he said. “He’s gonna make a hell of a teacher,” John said.mlive.com
Jackson County apartment evacuated after crash damages building
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A parking job gone wrong led to an entire apartment building being deemed uninhabitable police said. At about 9:18 p.m. May 11, deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Sandstone Township, west of Jackson, for a report of a single-vehicle crash causing property damage. The crash caused significant damages not only to the vehicle, but the structure of the building itself, said Jackson County Undersheriff Chris Simpson. Sandstone Township Supervisor L. Keith Acker was called to the scene, and the whole building was temporarily condemned, police said. Acker said that due to the crash, a support structure on one of the building’s walls became misaligned from its frame.mlive.com
Gov. Whitmer on hand for reopening of busy Jackson bridge
JACKSON, MI – Michigan officials helped celebrate the reopening of a heavily-used bridge in Jackson. Gretchen Whitmer visited Jackson on Friday, May 13 to attend the reopening of the E. Washington Avenue bridge after it has been closed for construction. The bridge in Jackson was one of 19 bridges across Michigan that will see repairs as a part of a $24.3 million “bridge bundling project,” according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. Officials did not have a specific cost for the Jackson bridge alone. Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Jackson Friday, May 13, to attend the reopening of the E. Washington Avenue bridge after it has been closed for construction.mlive.com
Semi crash causes pileup, injuries on Jackson County highway
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A semi tractor-trailer crashed into stalled traffic Thursday, leading to a multi-vehicle highway pileup, police said. At about 11:25 a.m. May 12, troopers from the Michigan State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash on westbound I-94 near Parma Road. Several other damaged vehicles were found near the crash site. The collision of the trucks caused a chain reaction crash involving four vehicles in total, police said. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Parma-Sandstone Fire Department, Sheridan Fire Department and Jackson County Animal Control.mlive.com
Missing woman assumed murdered; department changes ‘Nazi’ name: Jackson headlines May 7-13
Staff being called Nazis prompts a Jackson department to change its nameA city of Jackson department has been renamed to move away from an offensive abbreviated connotation, while making it easier for community members to access. Jackson County Poor Farm being recognized with historical markerIt was once home to the indigent and less fortunate for decades, but the Jackson County Poor Farm is all but forgotten to people today. That will change soon, though, as the poor farm location is receiving a Jackson County historical marker. The effort is part of a project from the Jackson County Historical Society to place historical markers at more buildings and sites throughout the county, hoping to educate the public on significant Jackson County history, Society President Maurice Imhoff said. He is set to appear before Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson for sentencing on June 16, according to court records.mlive.com
Longtime Jackson manufacturing leader departs, but a familiar face will take his place
JACKSON, MI -- The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association’s president has stepped down to take on a new role, but a familiar face is stepping in to lead the organization. Bill Rayl has left his presidency at JAMA to join the Michigan Manufacturers Association as its executive director of workforce solutions. In his nearly 19 years at JAMA, Rayl developed numerous programs and partnerships to help Jackson manufacturers attract, retain and develop a world-class workforce. The organization focuses on helping improve the manufacturing climate of south-central Michigan as a leading provider of technology information, training, workforce and economic development support services. JAMA will keep a strong focus on training in the transition of its leadership, Steele said.mlive.com
‘Deplorable’ conditions spark push for new Jackson County Jail
JACKSON, MI -- The 70-year-old county jail in downtown Jackson might be one of the worst of its kind in the state, .Jackson County Sheriff Gary Schuette said. Conditions are “deplorable” for both inmates and corrections staff at the jail at 212 W. Wesley St., Schuette said during a presentation to the Jackson City Council on Tuesday, May 10. As a solution, he’s pushing for a new jail to be built on the site of the current building. One method of raising those funds is a county millage tax increase that would include the operational costs for the county’s Chanter Road Jail and funds for a new Wesley Street facility. Once he has the report, Schuette said he plans to put a proposal together for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners to consider at its June meeting.mlive.com
Semi crash brings down power lines on Jackson County roadway
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- An unknown driver left the scene after knocking down live wires onto a Jackson County roadway Tuesday, police said. At about 2:11 p.m. May 10, officers from the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the 3900 block of Ann Arbor Road in Leoni Township, east of Jackson, for a report of power lines in the roadway. On scene, officers discovered the wires had been knocked down by a semitruck that did not stop after the crash, according to witnesses at the scene. Consumer’s Energy representatives also responded to the scene, and assisted police in the situation, Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Director Mike Jester said. Several vehicles ran over the wires while they were on the ground, but no injuries or major damage to vehicles resulted from the incident, Jester said.mlive.com
Fallen police officers honored in downtown Jackson ceremony
JACKSON, MI -- Law enforcement officers from across Jackson County gathered Wednesday for the first time in three years to honor those killed in the line of duty. The Jackson Law Enforcement Memorial took place May 11 in downtown Jackson, with officers from the Jackson Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police Jackson Post and Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety being represented at the event. In his opening remarks, Jackson County Sheriff Gary Schuette honored local law enforcement officers for their bravery, and called on Jackson County citizens to take an active roll in the safety and security of their community. “We should strive to help our fellow citizens in times of need, and do everything within our powers to help law enforcement in service of our community,” Schuette said. Wednesday’s ceremony was organized in conjunction with the nationally recognized U.S. Peace Officers Memorial Day, which takes place on May 15, and National Police Week, which is observed in the week that follows.mlive.com
New streetlights will help Jackson neighborhood be safer, city officials hope
JACKSON, MI – Some new streetlights are coming to more Jackson neighborhoods this summer. At its Tuesday, May 10 meeting, the Jackson City Council unanimously approved installing 10 new streetlights on Park Road, Sulgrave Avenue and First, Fourth, Heyser and Colfax streets.. This action is part of a larger project, approved in January, that will install 25 new streetlights in Jackson neighborhoods. New streetlights are needed, city officials said, as they’ve heard from Jackson residents that the lights will help their neighborhoods be safer. Streetlights are installed and operated by Consumers Energy at the direction of and expense to the city.mlive.com
Expect delays as another Jackson County road is closing for construction
JACKSON MI – A Jackson County road is closing for culvert construction. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is closing Seymour Road beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, May 13. Eastbound Seymour Road traffic is being detoured north along Elm Road and east along O’leary Road. Westbound Seymour Road traffic will follow O’leary Road to Elm Road and south to Seymour Road. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic.mlive.com
Jackson man found guilty of sexual assaults dating back to 2014
JACKSON, MI -- An initiative aiming to solve older sexual assault cases has led to the conviction of a Jackson man. Tyrone Demarcus Parker, 26, was found guilty Friday, May 6, of four charges relating to assault and sexual assault. He is set to appear before Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson for sentencing on June 16, according to court records. Parker’s arrest in Jackson County resulted from an investigation beginning in Kalamazoo County in which that county’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative uncovered information about potential sexual assaults and other crimes in Jackson County, officials said. SAKI was assisted in this investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department and Napoleon Police Department.mlive.com
Lumen Christi fires staff member charged with sex crimes
JACKSON, MI - Lumen Christi has fired a staff member who was arrested and charged with multiple counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree is a felony punishable by up to life in prison. Kloack, who was the facilities director at Lumen Christi, was fired by the school on May 6 after officials received notification about his May 5 arrest. The allegations against Kloack involved “absolutely no student” of either Lumen Christi High School or any Jackson Catholic school, said Timothy DeWitt, Lumen Christi Catholic School president and Jackson Catholic Schools executive director. The school also contacted the Lansing Diocese to update human resources and legal counsel on Kloack’s status, he said.mlive.com
‘They’ll take you out in a black bag,’ judge tells convicted murderer at sentencing
JACKSON, MI -- Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain didn’t hold back as he sentenced Zacahrie Borton earlier this week. Borton, 44, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday, May 4 by McBain. Borton was found guilty April 4 of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of Delmar Eugene Fraley and second-degree murder in the death of Michael Pauli.mlive.com
Jackson man charged in fatal high-speed crash headed to competency exam
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A man charged with reckless driving leading to a fatal high-speed vehicle crash will undergo a competency exam before his next court date. Ashton Sauber, 22, has been charged with reckless driving causing death in relation to the March 4 crash that killed Jessica Kriebel, court records show. Jackson County District Judge Daniel Goostrey ordered on April 1 that Sauber undergo a competency evaluation, said prosecuting attorney Jerry Jarzynka. The fatal crash took place at about 1 p.m. March 4, as deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a high-speed vehicle crash on Moscow Road north of Folks Road in Hanover Township in southern Jackson County. Kriebel, a passenger of the northbound vehicle, later died at the hospital due to her injuries, police said.mlive.com
Water study points to culvert blockage as possible source of home flooding near Cascades
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A year-long study of the waterflow around Cascades Falls Park has ended, though the next steps to prevent flooding in the area are not so clear. During a meeting Thursday, May 5, the Jackson County Department of Transportation presented findings of the study to local residents. The study was initiated after residents living near the park at 1401 S. Brown St. reported basement flooding dating back to 2003. The results of the study have been sent to Jackson county and city officials, and will be addressed at the next meeting of the Jackson County Parks board on June 1. Residents affected by flooding near Cascades concerned with early study resultsMore action needed to address flooding near Cascades lagoons, residents sayCascades lagoons water levels being lowered to prevent nearby basement floodingmlive.com
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.
Bridge replacement will close Jackson street for 5 months
JACKSON, MI -- The replacement of a deteriorating bridge over the Grand River will shut down a busy Jackson street for five months. E. High Street between Executive Drive and South Street is closing to traffic starting Monday, May 9, as the Michigan Department of Transportation begins replacement of the E. High Street crossing over the river. The $2-million project will replace the bridge beams, repave and widen the concrete driving surface and upgrade railings on each side. A detour will take drivers to Losey Avenue and South Street. Related: Jackson bridges known for ‘eating trucks’ being replaced soonThe E. Washington project is expected to wrap up later this month, with the railroad bridges working toward a Nov. 2022 completion.mlive.com
Lane closure on U.S. 127 will affect drivers in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – One lane of U.S. 127 is being closed for a day in Jackson County. The lane closure on southbound U.S. 127 from Springport Road to the ramp leading to westbound I-94, is in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 6, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The closure is necessary for culvert installation, officials said. More from the Jackson Citizen Patriot:School bonds pass, man sentenced to life in prison: Jackson headlines April 30 - May 54 pounds of meth seized in drug bust at Jackson-area motelFire caused by motorcycle crash damages Ella Sharp Park rotundaThese are the 2022 top teachers being honored by Jackson MagazineVoters say yes to $9.5M bond for new STEM facility in Concord schoolsmlive.com
4 pounds of meth seized in drug bust at Jackson-area motel
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A narcotics investigation targeting several rooms in a Leoni Township motel netted the seizure of more than four pounds of illegal drugs, guns and cash, with one suspected dealer arrested. A suspected dealer was arrested in the raid and was taken to the Jackson County Jail to await possession and distribution charges, police said. JNET’s mission is to investigate mid to upper-level narcotics traffickers that are operating within Jackson County, police said. Anyone with information regarding narcotics activity in the Jackson area is asked to contact the JNET Office at 517-784-2990. The Jackson County Violent Crimes Unit, Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team, Region of the Irish Hills Narcotics Office, Tri-County Metro Narcotics Team and troopers from the MSP Jackson Post assisted in executing the warrants.mlive.com
Jackson woman hospitalized after car-pedestrian crash
JACKSON, MI -- A Jackson woman has been hospitalized after being hit by a car Wednesday morning, police said. At about 5:22 a.m. May 4, Jackson Police Department officers were dispatched to the intersection of Cooper Street and East Michigan Avenue for a traffic crash. A vehicle driving south on Cooper Street hit a pedestrian crossing the roadway, police said. The driver of the vehicle and a witness both told officers the traffic light was green for Cooper Street traffic, said Jackson Police and Fire Services Director Elmer Hitt. The pedestrian, a 55-year-old woman, was taken to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital, were she was in stable condition, Hitt said.mlive.com
Bring your pup and sample beer at upcoming Jackson County Animal Shelter event
JACKSON, MI – Enjoy the day with beer and puppies, all while supporting the Jackson County Animal ShelterThe shelter is hosting its inaugural Bark & Brew event from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds/Keeley Park, 200 W. Ganson St. The event will raise funds for the operations of the shelter and to hopefully buy some equipment for emergency services, Director Lydia Sattler said. We could do so much more if we had some equipment.”Attendees at the event can sample local beer, enjoy live music and participate in a silent auction. Residents are also strongly encouraged to bring their dogs to the event, Sattler said. The animal shelter originally planned to host this event in 2020 but couldn’t due to COVID-19.mlive.com
Live results: Jackson County voters decide bond proposals, millage
JACKSON, MI – Voters in some Jackson County communities are casting their ballots in the Tuesday, May 3 election. Residents in the Western School District, Hillsdale County Intermediate School District and Concord Community Schools are voting on millage and bond proposals, while those in Grass Lake Charter Township decide the fate of a proposal for police services. Related: This is what’s on the May 3 election ballot in Jackson CountyThe polls opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May. 3, and will close at 8 p.m.Live results will be posted and updated here as the numbers come in after the polls close. Spring wants to greet youJackson roundup: Michigan Center baseball beats Napoleon in extrasCheck out the latest girls track leaderboard in the Jackson areaFormer Jackson LGBTQ activist pleads no contest to arson chargemlive.com
Adaptability, creativity helped this Jackson salon owner open during COVID
JACKSON, MI – It was a life-long dream of Haley Applegate’s to open own her own salon, and the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t stopping those dreams. Applegate, a Jackson County-native, stumbled across an empty storefront in the Kibby Cobb Plaza, 2614 Kibby Road, in spring 2020. This included putting together the salon stations and installing dividers between the stations, Applegate said. With the pandemic, Applegate was anxious about when the inspection on the business could be done. Spring wants to greet youJackson roundup: Michigan Center baseball beats Napoleon in extrasCheck out the latest girls track leaderboard in the Jackson areaFormer Jackson LGBTQ activist pleads no contest to arson chargemlive.com
Event honoring fallen law enforcement officers back in person in Jackson
JACKSON, MI -- Law enforcement agencies from across Jackson County will once again gather in downtown Jackson to honor those killed in the line of duty. The Jackson Law Enforcement Memorial is happening at noon Wednesday, May 11, in the TRUE Community City Square. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police Jackson Post and the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety are also participating. Law enforcement leaders from Jackson County will give remarks, with Undersheriff Chris Simpson delivering the keynote address. The names of Jackson County officers killed on the job will be read during the “Roll Call of Heroes,” followed by a gun salute and taps.mlive.com
This is what’s on the May 3 election ballot in Jackson County
JACKSON, MI -- Voters in some Jackson County communities will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of millage and bond proposals for schools and police services. If approved, the school district would borrow $46 million toward building a new 140,000-square-foot Western Elementary School. Read more: New Western elementary school among bond items on Jackson County ballot in MayVoters in the 2nd Ward cast ballots at the Boos Recreation Center in Jackson on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. J. Scott Park | MLive.comHillsdale County Intermediate School District special education millageVoters in the Hillsdale County Intermediate School District will decide whether to increase the mills limitation collected on annual property taxes toward the education of special needs students. Read more: Millage request on May ballot could fund new vehicles for Grass Lake Fire DepartmentMore from the Jackson Citizen Patriot:Fire destroys five barns in northern Jackson County, no injuries reportedVote for the Jackson-area Athlete of the Week for April 25-30Fairy Festival returns for 15th year with a new downtown Jackson locationBig Brothers/Big Sisters of Jackson County honor mentors with appreciation dinnerBrooklyn’s dam is being demolished with help from state and federal fundsmlive.com
Fire destroys five barns in northern Jackson County, no injuries reported
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Fire destroyed five barns in northern Jackson County on Saturday, April 30, but there were no injuries. The fire was reported about 10:30 a.m. at an address in the 6000 block of Rives-Eaton Road, south of Baseline Road and near Rives Junction. He said fire officials ended up calling for aid from 10 other fire departments, including the City of Jackson. Trapp said the destroyed barns generally were wood-frame structures with metal siding. Firefighters worked several hours to bring the fire under control and left the scene about 5 p.m. Saturday.mlive.com
Drunk driver rescued after crashing into Grand River
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Rescue crews pulled a Jackson man from a submerged vehicle after a crash Thursday night, police said. At about 8:28 p.m., April 28, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Stonewall Road near Badgley Road in Summit Township, south of Jackson, for a reported vehicle crash. The vehicle was found rolled onto its side and partially submerged in the Grand River, police said, adding that Summit Township Fire crews arrived on scene and got the driver out of the vehicle. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, and a charge of operating while intoxicated is being sought through the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, police said. The crash caused a small amount of oil to leak into the Grand River, police said, adding that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has been notified.mlive.com
Firefighters burned, Brooklyn dam being demolished: Jackson headlines April 23-28
2 firefighters burned battling Jackson house fireTwo firefighters were injured Monday morning when they suffered burns while battling a house fire in Jackson. Abigail Terwilliger, 32, was sentenced to one year in prison and 60 months probation by Jackson County Circuit Judge Susan Jordan Wednesday. Newcomers are running for open seats in newly drawn Jackson County district seats, along with some incumbents. Jackson County high school targeted by string of fake bomb threats, one teen chargedInvestigations into a string of fake threats targeting a Jackson County high school in the last month have so far resulted in one suspect being charged, police said. S. Wisner Street, between Oakdale Avenue and W. High Street, and W. High Street, between S. Wisner and S. Bowen streets, is closing to traffic from Monday, April 25, to Wednesday, April 27, for this repair.mlive.com
Jackson County high school targeted by string of fake bomb threats, one teen charged
BROOKLYN, MI -- Investigations into a string of fake threats targeting a Jackson County high school in the last month have so far resulted in one suspect being charged, police said. A 17-year-old juvenile has been charged with making a bomb threat to Columbia Central Jr./Sr. High School at about 8:49 a.m. March 21, said Columbia Township Police Chief Jay Niles. The previous threats were reported by school officials through the school liaison officer for the Columbia Township Police Department, Niles said. High School auditorium.mlive.com
Gun, jewelry, cash stolen in Jackson County burglary
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Several valuable belongings were stolen from a Jackson County home in a suspected burglary Tuesday, police said. At about 3:37 p.m. April 26, a deputy from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking-and-entering report in the area of 17th Street in Summit Township, just west of Jackson. The homeowner told police they had returned to their residence to find several things missing, including a handgun, five separate pieces of jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. An investigation into the burglary is underway, Jackson County Undersheriff Chris Simpson said. No signs of forced entry were found at the residence, Simpson said.mlive.com
Your spring cleaning could help pets looking for forever homes in Jackson
JACKSON, MI – Spring cleaning can do more than just rid your house of clutter. Getting rid of those items you no longer need, want or have outgrown can benefit Jackson County pets looking for their forever homes, too. Donations are being accepted now for Cascades Humane Society’s third-annual community yard sale, which is coming up in mid-May. Proceeds from the yard sale go directly to the care of the animals at CHS. For more information, call 517-787-7387 or visit the Cascades Humane Society webpage.mlive.com
Woman embezzled so much money a Jackson company had to lay off its workers
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- Emotions ran high in a Jackson courtroom Wednesday when a judge sentenced a woman accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from her employer. Abigail Terwilliger, 32, was sentenced to one year in prison and 60 months probation by Jackson County Circuit Judge Susan Jordan Wednesday. Terwilliger will also be required to pay $627,740 of restitution, split between Peak Manufacturing and its insurance company. After an investigation, it was determined an employee in charge of accounts payable was creating duplicate invoices and manipulating the payments to their personal accounts, Jackson County Sheriff Gary Schuette said at the time. Detectives completed multiple search warrants to obtain all the banking records of both the company and Terwilliger’s banking institutions, police said.mlive.com
Officer who fatally shot man in Jackson County remains on leave amid investigation
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- An investigation into a shooting that left one man dead and a Columbia Township police officer on leave is expected to last at least two more weeks, officials said. Nielsen, 36, was shot and killed by a Columbia Township police officer on the morning of March 31, police said. The investigation is expected to last about two or three more weeks before the results are sent to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review, Oleksyk said. The Columbia Township Police Department officer who shot Nielsen has been placed on administrative leave per department policy. Columbia Township Police Chief Jay Niles said the officer involved in the shooting is still on leave, and will remain on leave until the matter is resolved.mlive.com
Jackson College to host in-person outdoor graduation ceremonies
JACKSON, MI - About 250 Jackson College students will cross the stage to receive their diplomas on Saturday. Simpson, who also recently was appointed as a Jackson College Board of Trustees member, previously served as a Jackson police officer for 26 years. Related: Jackson College board selects undersheriff to fill vacated seatThe college’s 2022 Distinguished Service Award also will be given to Jackson Junior College alumnus Leland Bassett. He co-founded Detroit-based Bassett & Bassett, Inc., a commercial communication arts and sciences-based professional services firm, with his spouse, Tina, in 1986. More information on the commencement ceremony may be found on the Jackson College website.mlive.com
2022 primary election ballot for Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County voters
The election slate is set for Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County this fall. The newly-drawn 6th Congressional District includes all of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County and points east. Read more: See who’s running for new Ann Arbor-area seat in CongressAnn Arbor City CouncilThere are 11 candidates competing for Ann Arbor mayor and City Council seats. The new 14th District loops in the northern half of Ann Arbor, northern and western Washtenaw County and the majority of Jackson County. The district covers much of downtown Ann Arbor, including the University of Michigan’s Central Campus, before stretching east into Ann Arbor and Superior townships.mlive.com
See who’s running for Jackson County government offices
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Several candidates are competing for county commissioner and township seats in this year’s election. The filing deadline to run in the Aug. 2 primary election was Tuesday, April 19. Newcomers are running for open seats in newly drawn Jackson County district seats, along with some incumbents. Related: Jackson County government district boundaries redrawn, but not everyone is happyMLive/Jackson Citizen Patriot will provide more in-depth candidate coverage leading up to the August election. For more Jackson County election news, click here.mlive.com
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)
2 charged in Michigan terrorist plots served in US Marines
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. (Jackson County Sheriffs Office via AP)DETROIT – The U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Saturday that two men charged in plots against Michigan’s government spent time in the military. Harris is one of six men charged federally with conspiring to kidnap Democratic Gov. Morrison was a lance corporal and served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2015 until Thursday, the day he was arraigned on state charges. The Marine Corps said his departure from the reserves is “unrelated to (his) current situation.”Morrison’s last assignment was with the 4th Marine Logistics Group in Battle Creek, Michigan.
A closer look at alleged ‘training ground’ in Jackson County in Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot
MUNITH, Mich. – FBI agents raided a home in Jackson County early Thursday in connection with the kidnapping plot against Gov. Neighbor Pam Karschnock and many others had been fed up with all the shooting at the home in recent months. But Karschnock and others came to learn Thursday that there was more than guys just firing automatic weapons. Karschnock lives next door to the home on Dunn Road in Munith that was raided. In addition to the shooting, neighbors said they had seen several men in militia fatigues at the home on Dunn Road, as well as hearing more than gunshots.
Jackson County home was alleged ‘training ground’ in plot to kidnap Whitmer
MUNITH, Mich. – Federal and state officials have charged 13 people after uncovering a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the Michigan government, FBI agents said. Through confidential informants and undercover agents, the FBI gained access to audio recordings, ground messages and secret meetings as the group plotted for months, according to court records. In addition to a Wednesday night raid in Hartland, FBI agents also raided the home of two of the suspects in Jackson County. Authorities said the Munith home served as a training facility for members of the group now facing terrorism charges.
Oakland County leads Michigan for car crashes involving deer in 2019
BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. – According to data from the Michigan Office Of Highway Safety Planning, Oakland County leads the state for the number of vehicle crashes involving deer in 2019. There were 1,928 vehicle-deer crashes reported in Oakland County last year. The total is a 10 percent increase in crashes in 2019 compared to 2018, making it a 10-year high statewide. READ: Reminder to Michigan drivers: Don’t veer for deerOakland’s 2019 vehicle-deer crash numbers were followed by Kent County, which had 1,689. Information on vehicle-deer crashes in Southeast Michigan can be found here.
Aerial treatment to help prevent spread of EEE completed in Michigan
Aerial treatment to prevent the spread of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been completed with approximately 462,000 acres treated, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday. The treatment, which started on Sept. 16, was completed Wednesday, according to MDHHS. “Aerial treatment was important to protect the health and safety of Michiganders,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. A Montcalm County resident is suspected of having EEE following preliminary testing. Individuals younger than 15 and over 50 are at a high risk on contracting the virus, MDHHS said in a press release.
First 2020 human EEE case confirmed in Michigan, aerial treatments to resume Monday
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the second night of aerial treatment to combat the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has resulted in more than 226,000 total acres being completed across the state. MDHHS confirmed Friday that one human case has been confirmed in Barry County. “Treatment is being conducted to protect the health and safety of Michiganders in the affected areas,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. Additionally, a deer in Allegan County has been diagnosed with EEE. Impacted counties are now Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oakland.
6 additional EEE cases reported in horses in Michigan, expanding to Livingston County
With the second day of aerial treatment conducted for counties at risk of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday that six more cases were confirmed in horses, expanding Livingston County to the list. MDHHS said the new cases brings the total to 28 cases and 11 counties. The new EEE cases means expanding treatment in Jackson, Kent, Livingston and Montcalm counties, according to a press release from MDHHS. “These additional cases of EEE in horses underscores the importance of providing aerial treatment in the affected counties,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Horse owners are not required to vaccinate their animals for EEE,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland, DVM in the press release.
First night of aerial treatment underway for Michigan counties at high risk of EEE
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Wednesday the first night of aerial treatment is underway to combat the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus in Montcalm and Clare counties. Other counties -- including Kent, Newaygo, Oceana, Muskegon, Mecosta and Ionia counties -- may receive treatment Wednesday depending on the weather. While EEE has been confirmed in horses, a West Michigan resident is also suspected of having the mosquito-borne illness -- the first human known to contract EEE this year in Michigan. Michiganders are strongly urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites following the suspected EEE case along with nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. The outbreak at that time extended to 10 human cases and 46 animal cases.
Health experts concerned about EEE, West Nile Virus in Michigan
Officials are set to conduct aerial mosquito treatment Wednesday night in 10 Michigan counties that are considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). State officials said they’re concerned about increasing cases of EEE in horses and the first suspected human case in a man from Barry County. Late summer and early autumn is the time of year when cases of West Nile Virus and EEE rise. In addition to concerns about EEE, there have also been nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus -- including cases in Wayne and Oakland counties and Detroit. RELATED: Michigan confirms first 2020 human case of West Nile virus in Wayne County residentIn addition to wearing mosquito repellent, experts recommend getting rid of standing water around your property to remove potential breeding grounds and repairing any holes in window screens.
Charges filed against 2 Michigan police officers after state reviews
LANSING, Mich. – Two Michigan police officers were charged with misconduct in separate incidents involving allegations of excessive force and an illegal search, authorities said Tuesday. Former Saginaw Officer Adam Collier was charged with misconduct in office, a felony. He's accused of striking a handcuffed woman with his fist while she was under arrest for an alleged assault in July. In Jackson County, Blackman-Leoni Township Officer David Lubahn was charged with perjury and misconduct in office. “Law enforcement officers take an oath of office and we fully expect them to uphold that promise,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
Aerial mosquito treatment planned for 10 Michigan counties considered high risk for EEE
Officials are set to conduct aerial mosquito treatment in 10 Michigan counties that are considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 22 cases of EEE in horses across Michigan. READ: Oakland County residents urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid confirmed EEE casesHealth officials have determined a targeted aerial treatment plan is necessary. This means mosquito control treatment will be required for those areas that are identified by the aerial treatment plan, with exception of federal properties and tribal lands. Aerial treatment is conducted by specialized aircraft, beginning in the early evening and continuing up until the following dawn.
Invasive aquatic plant found in 4 Michigan inland lakes
LANSING, Mich. An invasive aquatic plant first detected in southeastern Michigan in 1996 has been found in four inland lakes in Washtenaw and Jackson counties. The presence of European frogbit has been confirmed within the Waterloo Recreation Area, according to Michigans Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. European frogbit resembles a miniature water lily with leaves about the size of a quarter. Since its initial detection in southeastern Michigan, the plant has spread along the coastal areas of lakes Erie and Huron up to the eastern Upper Peninsula. It also has been found in two lakes near Grand Rapids, several small bodies of water in Oakland County and in the Lower Grand River in Ottawa County and Pentwater Lake in Oceana County.
Puppy with cleft lip at Jackson animal shelter finds companion in boy with cleft lip
JACKSON, Mich. A Michigan boy with a birth defect found his perfect match. It was pure happiness at the Jackson County Animal Shelter when 2-year-old Bentley Boyers got to take his new puppy home Friday. WILX reports Bentleys dad, Brandon Boyers came to the shelter to look at chickens he was thinking about adopting when a 2-month-old puppy with a cleft lip caught his eye. They family knew they had to bring her home to show Bentley he isnt alone. To see him have something in common with a puppy means a lot because he can grow up and understand that he and his puppy both have something that they can share in common, said Bentleys mother, Ashley Boyers.
Invasive European frog-bit plant found in 4 Michigan lakes
Michigan environmental officials announced they have recently confirmed the presence of an invasive aquatic plant in at least four lakes. European frog-bit was first detected in southeast Michigan in 1996 and has since spread along the coastal areas of lakes Erie and Huron up to the eastern Upper Peninsula. Aquatic invasive species have the potential to harm Michigans environment, economy and human health. While waterfowl, currents and stream flow can spread the plant and its seeds, European frog-bit, like most invasive species, travels farther and faster by human movement. Reports also can be made to EGLEs Aquatic Invasive Species Program by email to EGLE-WRD-ANC@michigan.gov or by calling 517-284-5593.
Michigan women, man face possibility of life in prison on sex charges, police say
SUMMIT TOWNSHIP, Mich. Two women and a man are facing the possibility of life in prison after being arrested during a Michigan child sex predator investigation, state police said. Officials said Rosemary Carroll, 18, Stephanie Holliday, 20, and Jeremie Hankerd, 20, were arrested July 31 at their apartment in Summit Township. Michigan State Police officials were investigating suspicious online activity over social media, authorities said. The investigation led to the Summit Township apartment, where police found multiple devices and and evidence for the case, officials said. Rosemary Carroll (Michigan State Police)Stephanie Holliday (Michigan State Police)
2 arrested in Somerset Mall carjacking
TROY, Mich. – Two people are in police custody after allegedly hijacking a vehicle outside of Somerset Mall on Thursday morning. Police say at about 7:30 a.m. two males were approached by four people in a silver Nissan when exiting the mall. Two suspects took the victims’ 2016 black Dodge Charger and fled the scene while the other two suspects fled the scene in the Nissan. A black 2016 Dodge Charger was hijacked from two people at Somerset Mall on the morning of July 23, 2020. The two suspects from Tennessee are being housed at the Jackson County Jail and are expected to be arraigned soon.
Michigan Congressman announces nearly $2 million in funding for local health centers amid coronavirus pandemic
JACKSON, Mich. – Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg announced nearly $2 million in federal grants for two health centers in Michigan’s 7th district on Wednesday. To aid their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Center for Family Health in Jackson County will receive $1,039,385 and the Family Medical Center of Michigan in Lenawee and Monroe Counties will receive $839,300 among them, officials said. Related: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand today“The Coronavirus has placed an enormous strain on every facet of our health care system,” said Walberg. “Community health centers are on the front lines of providing patient-centered care, especially during a public health emergency. This additional funding comes at a critical time, and I will continue my efforts to ensure Michigan’s health care workers and providers have the necessary resources to combat the Coronavirus.”The federal grants were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, officials said.