Americans convicted in Japan on Ghosn's escape return home
A lawyer for an American father and son convicted in Japan on charges of helping Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, escape to Lebanon says they have been returned to the U.S. Michael Taylor was sentenced last year to two years in prison, while his son Peter Taylor was sentenced to 20 months.
Americans convicted in Japan on Ghosn's escape return home
An American father and son convicted in Japan on charges of helping Nissan former Chairman Carlos Ghosn escape to Lebanon, hiding in a box, have been returned to the U.S., their lawyer said Tuesday. Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret, was sentenced in July last year in Tokyo District Court to two years in prison, while his son Peter Taylor was sentenced to one year and eight months. The Taylors were arrested in Massachusetts in May 2020, and extradited to Japan in March 2021, though they fought against deportation to Japan.news.yahoo.com
Permitless carry laws raise new dilemmas for police officers
Police saw Carmon Tussey walking briskly toward a crowded Louisville bar carrying an assault weapon. Tussey was later charged with terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment and disorderly conduct, prosecutors said, and could face up to 20 years in prison.news.yahoo.com
Genesee County emergency responders honored for lifesaving acts
FLINT, MI -- Five Genesee County emergency responders were honored Tuesday for lifesaving acts performed while on duty. The Hundred Club of Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer counties held a “Heroes Night” event at the Flint Golf Club on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of safety grant awards for lifesaving responses conducted by officers with the City of Grand Blanc Police Department, Flint Township Police Department and Montrose Township Fire Department. A statement read aloud from Flint Township Police Chief Kevin Salter said Sherwood “demonstrated tremendous courage and selfless conduct” during his response to the fire. Taylor and Letts were also honored with the Genesee County Association of Fire Chiefs 2020 Firefighter of the Year award.mlive.com
Carlos Ghosn’s Downfall at Nissan and the Aftermath
Carlos Ghosn was a jet-setting captain of industry, the C-suite superhero who helped save struggling automakers in France and Japan. That’s why his arrest in Tokyo on allegations of financial misconduct on Nov. 19, 2018, while he was chief executive officer of Renault SA and chairman of Nissan Motor Co., came as such a shock. Ghosn served two lengthy stints in jail before being released on bail, all the while professing his innocence and saying the deck had been stacked against him. Then, in latwashingtonpost.com
American father, son sent to Japan prison in Ghosn escape
A Tokyo court handed down prison terms for the American father and son accused of helping Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, escape to Lebanon while awaiting trial in Japan. Michael Taylor was sentenced Monday to two years in prison, while his son Peter was sentenced to one year and eight months. Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan.news.yahoo.com
Prosecutors seek prison for Americans in Ghosn escape trial
The trial in Tokyo of two Americans charged with helping Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, flee Japan wrapped up Friday with prosecutors seeking prison terms of more than two years for each of them. The Americans, former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor, were arrested in Massachusetts last year and extradited in March. Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 and fled in December 2019 to Lebanon while out on bail awaiting trial.news.yahoo.com
American father and son plead guilty to helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn flee Japan
Americans Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor pleaded guilty in a Tokyo court Monday to helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn escape Japan in a box aboard a plane in 2019, per the Wall Street Journal.The big picture: Ghosn was awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges following his 2018 arrest when he fled to Lebanon. He denies any wrongdoing.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Michael Taylor, a 60-year-old private security specialist and formenews.yahoo.com
Carlos Ghosn’s Downfall at Nissan and the Aftermath
Carlos Ghosn was a jet-setting captain of industry, the C-suite superhero who helped save struggling automakers in France and Japan. That’s why his arrest in Tokyo on allegations of financial misconduct on Nov. 19, 2018, while he was chief executive officer of Renault SA and chairman of Nissan Motor Co., came as such a shock. Ghosn served two lengthy stints in jail before being released on bail, all the while professing his innocence and saying the deck had been stacked against him. Then, at thewashingtonpost.com
Americans stand trial in Japan, accused in Ghosn's escape
Two Americans who are charged with helping former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while facing accusations of financial misconduct agreed Monday they took part in a scheme in which Ghosn hid in luggage and was flown out of the country. The statements by Michael Taylor and his son, Peter, on the opening day of their trial suggested the pair don’t plan to fight charges of assisting a criminal. Prosecutors read out a statement that accused Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret, and Peter Taylor of a scheme that involved hiding Ghosn in box for musical equipment.news.yahoo.com
Michigan’s top health official visits new Sterling Heights vaccination site as COVID cases surge
DETROIT – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Elizabeth Hertel visited a new drive-thru COVID vaccination site Wednesday in Sterling Heights. She was joined by Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor and members of the City Council. The new vaccination site is located in the former Sears automotive center at Lakeside Mall. READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesAs Michigan endures another alarming rise in COVID-19 cases, Gov. AdLooking for COVID-19 vaccines in Metro Detroit: Track openings, clinics, appointments
American father and son charged in Japan with helping ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape to Lebanon
Tokyo — Japanese prosecutors have charged two Americans, Michael Taylor and his son Peter, in connection with the escape of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn to Lebanon. Prosecutors said the Taylors were formally charged Monday with helping a criminal escape. Japan has put Ghosn on Interpol's wanted list, but Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan. Peter Taylor, 28, is accused of meeting with Ghosn and helping his father carry out the escape. The speaker box Michael and Peter Taylor allegedly used to help former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan in 2019.cbsnews.com
Sterling Heights aims to have drive-thru COVID vaccine clinic set up by next month
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – There is going to be a new COVID vaccination clinic in Sterling Heights. This site will be unique because it will be a drive-thru vaccination site. Taylor believes Sterling Heights is the first in the state. AdOn top of $5,500 a month in rent, Sterling Heights is investing $80,000 into the building. It’s preparing to hold a drive-thru vaccination clinic.
Americans who masterminded Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn's brazen escape from Japan extradited to face justice
Tokyo — The men who masterminded former auto executive Carlos Ghosn dramatic, cinema-worthy escape from Japanese justice were themselves brought back to Japan on Tuesday to face justice for helping him jump bail and avoid trial. A plane's touch-down at Tokyo's Narita Airport signaled the end of a nine-month legal battle for former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GettyJapanese prosecutors say Michael Taylor, 60, and his son Peter, 28, planned and executed the "brazen escape act," smuggling ex-Nissan chairman Ghosn out of Japan in a speaker case in December 2019. Japanese media have reported that the Taylors will be held in the same Tokyo detention center where Ghosn was taken after his arrest in 2018. If found guilty — and Japan has a 99% conviction rate — the Taylors face up to three years in prison.cbsnews.com
EXPLAINER: Japan to try US men accused of helping Ghosn flee
Two Americans suspected of helping Ghosn skip bail and escape to Lebanon in December 2019 have been extradited to Japan. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)TOKYO – Two Americans suspected of helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn skip bail and escape to Lebanon in December 2019 have been extradited to Japan. The box passed through airport security in Osaka, central Japan, and was loaded onto a private jet that flew Ghosn to Turkey. Peter Taylor is accused of meeting with Ghosn and helping his father carry out the escape. Japan has put Ghosn on Interpol's wanted list, but Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan.
Father and son who allegedly helped smuggle mogul out of Japan in speaker box fighting extradition from U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an emergency petition to halt Michael and Peter Taylor's extradition to give them time to challenge a lower court ruling. The U.S. government has said it could surrender the men to Japan as early as Friday, according to the Taylors' lawyers. In an interview with CBS Boston this week, he claimed Japan is "clearly going to torture us." The speaker box Michael and Peter Taylor allegedly used to help former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan in 2019. The judge rejected the petition last week, clearing the way for the extradition, before the lawyers appealed to the 1st Circuit.cbsnews.com
Sterling Heights Small Business Relief Grant open for applications
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Small businesses in Sterling Heights that have been impacted by COVID-19 can apply for assistance. The program provides CARES Act CDBG-CV grants (not loans) to small businesses with 500 employees or less. The funds can be used to purchase materials or equipment needed to adapt business space to comply with CDC guidelines, purchase safety supplies for employees, and general financial assistance due to COVID-19 shortfalls. AdThis program will provide much needed help to many of our City’s small businesses as they deal with the additional, unexpected obligations they are facing due to the coronavirus. Sterling Heights Mayor Michael TaylorClick here to learn more information.
Judge OKs extradition of 2 wanted in ex-Nissan boss' escape
U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani rejected a request to block the U.S. from handing Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, over to Japan. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani rejected a request to block the U.S. from handing Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, over to Japan. AdGhosn is now in Lebanon, where he has citizenship but which has no extradition treaty with Japan. Meanwhile, Ghosn headed to the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo and met up with Peter Taylor, who was already in Japan. Peter Taylor hopped on a flight to China, authorities say.
New US Space Command headquarters not coming to Michigan
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Michigan was not selected as a finalist for the new U.S. Space Command headquarters, according to Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool. “On behalf of General Rogers, County Executive Mark Hackel, Mayor Michael Taylor, City Council and myself, we thank you for your support,” Vanderpool said in a statement. “There is no question Michigan is a major player in aerospace with impressive talent and assets statewide. Sterling Heights’ U.S. Space Command nomination was chosen for further evaluation. The nomination request was signed by Hackel and Michigan Gov.
Republican mayor from Michigan: ‘President Trump is deliberately lying to Americans’
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI -- The Republican mayor of Michigan’s 4th largest city is speaking out against President Donald Trump and attempts by fellow Republicans to undermine the legitimacy of the election results. In a Facebook message posted Wednesday, Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said the president knows he has lost the election and that his “temper tantrums” should be condemned by all “patriotic Americans.”“President Trump is deliberately lying to Americans and the world about the Michigan election results in order to create uncertainty, fear and distrust in our democracy. However, after a severe backlash from people across the state, the board met again and the election results were certified. President Trump praised Palmer and Hartmann for their actions prior to them reversing course and certifying the results. A lifelong Republican, Taylor became mayor in 2014 and has been reelected three times since then, including in 2019 for another two-year-term.mlive.com
Michigan Republican mayor: ‘Trump deliberately lying to Americans about election’
The Republican mayor of Sterling Heights, Michael Taylor, took to Facebook on Wednesday to criticize President Trump’s baseless election claims. “President Trump is deliberately lying to Americans and the world about the Michigan election results in order to create uncertainty, fear and distrust in our democracy. President Trump, for weeks, has falsely claimed that he won Michigan in the 2020 presidential election, and has continuously alleged voter fraud, specifically in Detroit, without any evidence of wrongdoing. Two Republican members of the board voted not to certify and Democratic members voted to certify. All Michigan counties have certified election results and no voter fraud has been found.
City of Sterling Heights announces changes in response to new COVID-19 restrictions
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – The city of Sterling Heights will be making building, amenity, service and programming closures starting on Wednesday and lasting at least through Jan. 3, 2021. Sterling Heights has a website (click here) where residents can pay bills and more. ‘3-week pause’: Michigan announces stricter COVID rules: What to knowFirst responders will still be available to respond to all emergencies. Residents experiencing a non-emergency can call the Sterling Heights Police Department non-emergency line at 586-446-2800. Right now, the safety of our residents and employees must be our top concern,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor.
Michigan's Macomb County is a crucial blue-collar battleground for Trump and Biden
Taylor is one of the more than 687,000 registered voters in Macomb County, who represent a critical bloc that could help decide this year's election. "In 2016, Donald Trump stood in Macomb County and promised Michiganders, 'if I'm elected, you won't lose one plant.'" With President Trump in the Oval, Michiganders can rest assured that they've got a fighter working for them." Macomb County voters contributed to a victory for Democratic Gov. "While Biden left Scranton a long time ago, Macomb County is a lot like Scranton," said Sander Levin, a former congressman who represented part of Macomb County as a Democrat from 1983 until 2019.cnbc.com
Judge OKs extradition for men accused of aiding Ghosn escape
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell issued a ruling approving the extradition of Michael Taylor, a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran, and his son Peter Taylor, but the final decision rests with the State Department. The flight went first to Turkey, then to Lebanon, where Ghosn has citizenship but which has no extradition treaty with Japan. Bank records show Ghosn wired more than $860,000 to a company linked to Peter Taylor in October 2019, prosecutors said in court documents. Ghosns son also made cryptocurrency payments totaling about $500,000 to Peter Taylor in the first five months of this year, prosecutors say. The government seized $5 million from the bank account of Taylors company.
Amazon plans new station in Sterling Heights to speed up deliveries
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. Amazon is planning to open a new delivery center in Sterling Heights to help speed up deliveries in the area. Obviously Sterling Heights represents a significant customer base for Amazon, which certainly influenced their decision to select our city as the site for this delivery station, said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor. Our skilled labor in Southeast Michigan, particularly in Sterling Heights, is second to none. We are delighted Amazon has chosen Sterling Heights as home to one of the first delivery stations in the county.Delivery stations enable Amazon Logistics to supplement capacity and flexibility to Amazons delivery capabilities. Amazon says the delivery center will create hundreds of part-time and full-time jobs.
No bail for 2 accused of helping ex-Nissan boss escape Japan
BOSTON A Massachusetts father and son who prosecutors say helped smuggle Nissans former chairman out of Japan last year were denied bail by a federal judge in Boston on Friday. The Taylors' lawyers had argued the pair were unlawfully arrested and cant be extradited because bail jumping is not a crime in Japan and, therefore, helping someone evade their bail conditions isnt a crime, either. The Taylors are wanted in Japan on allegations that they helped Ghosn flee the country in December while he was out on bail and awaiting trial on financial misconduct allegations. Authorities say the Taylors helped sneak Ghosn out of a hotel in a large box and then out of Japan on a private jet. The flight took Ghosn to Lebanon, where Ghosn has citizenship but which has no extradition treaty with Japan.
Chicago-based Portillos opening first Michigan restaurant in Sterling Heights
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. Sterling Heights will be the home of Michigans first Portillos, a Chicago-style fast casual restaurant. The site for the upcoming Portillos restaurant is located on Hall Road, a busy restaurant corridor in Macomb County. We have had Portillos fans asking us to come to Michigan for years, said Michael Osanloo, CEO of Portillos. Once complete, the restaurant will be the first Portillos location to feature a garage-like environment. I used to have family in the Chicagoland area, and Portillos was always one of my favorite spots to visit, said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor.
Japan seeks extradition of Americans accused in Ghosn escape
TOKYO Tokyo prosecutors said Friday that a request for extradition of two Americans arrested in the U.S. for allegedly helping Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan, flee Japan while he was out on bail has been filed. The completion of the extradition request does not immediately mean Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old former Green Beret and private security specialist, and his son Peter Taylor, 27, will be handed over. Arrested in May in Massachusetts, they are accused of helping Ghosn flee to Lebanon in December while he was awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges. Japanese prosecutors have also been trying to bring Ghosn back to Japan, but Lebanon, unlike the U.S., does not have an extradition treaty with Japan. Authorities say the Taylors helped sneak Ghosn out of Japan on a private jet with the former Nissan boss tucked away in a large box.
Selfridge vying to be the future home of the U.S. Space Command
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – It may sound preposterous, but when you consider the federal government is looking for a U.S. Space Command headquarters, city officials with Sterling Heights said the area is looking to innovate Michigan’s defense corridor. READ: Sterling Heights wants to be considered for headquarters of United States Space CommandWe depend on satellites for a lot these days -- almost everyone uses the GPS on their cellphone. The new Space Force does the training and the Space Command does the deploying when it gets more fully developed. That’s why Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor raised his hand and filed his paperwork Tuesday. “Aside from the 1,400-1,500 jobs that I’ve heard it would employ at the headquarters, it would be huge accomplishment for the city of Sterling Heights,” Taylor said.
Sterling Heights wants to be considered for headquarters of United States Space Command
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Sterling Heights has requested to be considered for the future headquarters for the United States Space Command. The nomination request was signed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. “When the City’s nomination is scored, we are confident that Sterling Heights will be a prime location for the headquarters for the United States Space Command,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor. “There is a rich heritage in this region for defense assets and this is a strong foundation for this new undertaking.”United States Space Command is a unified combatant command of the United States Department of Defense. “As our state explores the feasibility of landing the United States Space Command in our community, we stand ready to illustrate our competitive advantage and showcase the inspiring capabilities we have right here in Macomb.”READ: Trump touts logo for new Space Force, with nod to Star Trek“As part of this nomination process, we have done an extensive review of the United States Space Command competition criteria,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Japan wants US to extradite Americans who helped Ghosn flee
TOKYO A Japanese prosecutor on Thursday urged the U.S. to extradite two Americans accused of helping Nissans former chairman, Carlos Ghosn flee the country while he was out on bail. Deputy Chief Prosecutor Takahiro Saito said Japan has issued arrest warrants for Michael and Peter Taylor for allegedly helping a criminal escape. They are wanted in Japan for allegedly helping Ghosn flee to Lebanon in December, jumping bail while he was awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges. Prosecutors say Ghosn broke the law by violating bail conditions that required him to stay in Japan, mostly at his Tokyo home. Authorities say the Taylors helped sneak Ghosn out of the Japan on a private jet with the former Nissan boss tucked away in a large box.
2 accused of smuggling ex-Nissan boss out of Japan in a box
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hassink said Japan plans as quickly as possible to submit a formal request to extradite the Taylors. At their arrival, Taylor and Zayek, his Lebanese-born colleague, told airport employees they were musicians carrying audio equipment. The elder Taylor and Zayek joined after a brief stop to rent a separate room near the airport. Authorities say Ghosn was inside one of the big black boxes, lugged by the two men to Japans Kansai International Airport, authorities said. The flight went first to Turkey, then to Lebanon, where Ghosn has citizenship but which has no extradition treaty with Japan.
COVID-19 antibody testing in Sterling Heights
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – With testing for active coronavirus becoming more readily available, there’s a new push for antibody testing as well. Cities, organizations and employers can request the team to visit; Wednesday they were in Sterling Heights testing essential workers. “What this testing will do is give us a better sense of how many people have been infected by the virus,” said Sterling Heights mayor Michael Taylor. “Maybe there’s an ability to donate blood and plasma to help other people if we were exposed to it,” he said. Again, this testing is being done and paid for by the Wayne State Physicians Group, ACCESS and Ford.
Synthetic ice skating rink, food trucks, more planned at Lakeside Mall
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – A synthetic ice skating rink, art installations, food trucks and a pop-up shop market are anticipated to come to Lakeside Mall. “We are thrilled to be bringing an ice-skating rink to Lakeside,” said Jerry Weller, Mall Manager, in a statement. In late spring, Lakeside’s first food truck and pop-up shop market will be installed. A variety of Sterling Heights’ and Detroit’s top food vendors will be available alongside merchandise by local artists. Out of the Box, a real estate firm based in Miami, purchased Lakeside mall December 2019.
Japan wants 3 Americans arrested over ex-Nissan CEO's brazen escape
Tokyo Japanese authorities have issued an arrest warrants for fugitive businessman and former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, as well as three Americans who allegedly planned and executed his dramatic getaway from Japan in December. Hironaka has claimed he was completely oblivious to the escape plot and has expressed disappointment about his client's decision to flee. Japanese authorities haven't said whether they've asked the U.S. with which Japan does have an extradition treaty for assistance in tracking down the three suspects. Now in Beirut, Ghosn has bashed Japan for what he calls its "hostage justice" system. Facing charges in Japan of misusing corporate funds and underreporting his income, he appears for now to be beyond the reach of Japanese authorities as there is no Japan-Lebanon extradition agreement.cbsnews.com
New Lakeside Mall owner plans mixed-use development
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Lakeside Mall is one of the largest malls in the state and Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said it could be getting better. “It’s just really a concrete step in the right direction. Recently, Miami-based developer Out of the Box Ventures bought the property and is now the new owner of the mall. “It’s been in limbo for quite a while, so this is a great step in the right direction,” Taylor said. But with the new sale complete, Lakeside Mall’s new owners say it’s not over just yet.
US airlines push service to Europe and Asia, but foreign carriers top favorites list
Among the big three U.S. airlines, Delta is rated the highest for flights to both Europe and to Asia. It's a primary reason Turkish Airlines was ranked number one between North America and Europe. Can the Delta, United and American eventually catch their foreign competitors in terms of passenger satisfaction to Europe and Asia? Top-rated airlines from North America to EuropeTurkish Airlines Virgin Atlantic British Airways and Delta (tie) Air France American Airlines United Airlines Lufthansa KLM Air Canada NorwegianSource: J.D. PowerTop-rated airlines from North America to AsiaJapan Airlines Delta Korean Air ANA Cathay Pacific Air China EVA Air American Airlines Air Canada China Eastern Airlines United AirlinesSource: J.D.cnbc.com
Hong Kong is 'the only option' for China to connect with overseas markets for now, says expert
Ten global partners of Alibaba beat the gong during the company's listing on the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market on November 26, 2019. Hong Kong has been engulfed in anti-government protests for months, but the city's capital markets have remained an important gateway between China and the world, according to an industry association. That's despite China ramping up efforts to open up its financial sector to foreign investors, said Mark Austen, chief executive at Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, or Asifma. China has recently announced its plans to scrap limits on foreign stakes and quotas for foreign securities investment. "But we still see Hong Kong as being that conduit to enter and exit China in the medium term because it's really the only option that exists for China to connect to the outside world," he added.cnbc.com
Travelers rank Detroit Metropolitan as the best mega airport in America
Detroit Metro Airport ranked among best airports in North America for customer serviceDETROIT Airline passengers ranked Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport as the best mega airport in North America, according to a new study from J.D. The 2019 North America Airport Satisfaction Study surveyed how satisfied 32,276 U.S. and Canadian travelers were with mega, large and medium airports in North America, and considered six metrics from airport accessibility to baggage claim. Portland International Airport clinched the top spot in the large airport category, and Indianapolis International Airport took No. An American airport success storyThe rise of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) to the top isnt much of a surprise, Michael Taylor, the travel intelligence lead at J.D. Today theyre at the top of the mega category.Other mega airports havent had the same good fortune.arabamericannews.com