Kent County clerk holding ballot audit to reassure voters after alleged election worker misconduct
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Kent County Clerk’s Office on Tuesday will conduct a post-election audit of August primary results from a precinct where an election worker allegedly tampered with a poll book computer. The audit of Gaines Township, Precinct 8, is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday and will last until completed. Related: Grand Rapids area election worker charged with 2 felonies for misconduct at August primaryThe felony charges are election law--falsifying returns/records and using a computer to commit a crime. The poll book contains voter registration data, including confidential, personal identifying information about precinct voters. However, it is not connected to any tabulation equipment or the internet, and Lyons said it had no impact on the election results.mlive.com
Mt. Morris area boil water advisory lifted
MORRIS, MI -- Genesee County has lifted a boil water advisory for the city of Mt. The county Drain Commissioner’s Office said the precautionary order was lifted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, after two rounds of water testing showed results within normal parameters for safe drinking water. The advisory was issued on Wednesday, Aug. 31, following multiple water main breaks near Mt. “The patience and understanding exhibited by the residents of these communities throughout the past two days has been greatly appreciated,” the Drain Commissioner’s Office said in a news release on Friday. Morris Township street named for Margaret A. Perry, ‘champion for the community’High-friction treatment to close section of Montrose area road for 5 weeksmlive.com
10 things Kalamazoo County is funding with federal stimulus money
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The first round of Kalamazoo County stimulus funding allocations, totaling over $25 million, will be distributed to 54 organizations that applied to receive funding in the initial categories, according to the county administration. Funds will enable youth programming for low income families in Kalamazoo County to use and benefit from the Woollam Preserve. • The Kalamazoo County Parks & Expo Center received $620,500 toward Expo Center Boilers, HVAC, and chiller replacement project and accommodation tax loss replacement. The county board received funding requests beyond the amount the county has available, Chair Mike Quinn said. In May 2021, Kalamazoo County was granted $51,485,963 in stimulus funding to use through 2026.mlive.com
Atlanta area DA says Sen. Graham’s testimony is crucial in election probe
The Atlanta-area district attorney conducting a criminal investigation of Republican efforts to reverse the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia argued in a court filing Friday that Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) should appear before a special grand jury next week despite his appeal to postpone offering testimony.washingtonpost.com
7 murder convictions overturned in a single day after prosecutors stop backing group of cases tied to alleged misconduct by disgraced former Chicago police detective
In an unprecedented move, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced at a news conference Tuesday morning that prosecutors “can no longer stand by these convictions.”chicagotribune.com
These are the candidates running for school board in Jackson County
JACKSON, MI - Following the filing deadline for candidates interested in running for school board in Jackson County to declare their intentions, a couple of districts are short of the number of members required to fill all its open seats. Concord Community Schools and East Jackson Community Schools currently don’t have enough candidates to fill out its entire board, with each district receiving two candidates filing for election for a total of three open seats. The deadline for candidates to file for school boards in Michigan was 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. The Jackson County Clerk’s Office, which provided the list of candidates to the Jackson Citizen Patriot/MLive, said it is a full unofficial list of candidates running for school boar that will be appearing on the ballot. Sheets (incumbent)Taryn WattersonREAD MORE:9 members of Washtenaw County school boards not seeking re-electionWork continues on I-94 in Jackson County with several closuresYour guide to what’s on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot in Jackson Countymlive.com
Cook County assessor’s employee charged with taking sports tickets, home improvements in exchange for assessment reductions
An employee of the Cook County Assessor’s Office was charged in federal court Wednesday with conspiring to accept gifts in exchange for reductions in assessments for commercial properties.chicagotribune.com
Genesee County Clerk’s Office is behind on ballot approval process for Aug. 2 primaries
FLINT, MI -- The Genesee County Clerk’s Office is behind on getting ballot approvals from candidates and local clerks around the county. The Genesee County Election Commission met this afternoon with hopes to approve the Aug. 2 primary ballot, but it was unable to do so due to multiple circumstances. Barkey told the commission that she spoke with a State of Michigan representative who offered to help the Genesee County Clerk’s Office in approving ballots, as the office deals with multiple controversies. Raleigh told the Genesee County Board of Commissioners that her office will get through the approval process, despite a lack of staff. The deputy clerk could receive a 15 percent temporary pay raise as she is now responsible for much more in the clerk’s office outside of her original duties.mlive.com
North Carolina man gets death sentence in daughter's killing
A North Carolina man has been sentenced to death for the 2019 murder of his teenage daughter, according to the local prosecutor's office. The Union County District Attorney's Office said in a news release Friday that a jury handed the sentence down after about three hours of deliberations following the three-week trial of 35-year-old Joshua Lee Burgess. Burgess killed his 15-year-old daughter, Zaria, after “psychologically and sexually torturing her for 22 hours," the news release said.news.yahoo.com
A man "was leaking" information to the Russians about the positions of the Armed Forces and the National Guard in Bahmut
ROMAN PETRENKO - MONDAY, 23 MAY 2022, 11:44 The Prosecutor General's Office announced that a resident of Bahmut, Donetsk region, had been exposed for treason. The man had been marking the positions of Ukrainian defenders.news.yahoo.com
Office of the President: Ukraine itself will unblock the Black Sea if it receives MLRS systems
ROMAN PETRENKO - SUNDAY, 22 MAY, 2022, 11:55 AM PHOTO FROM THE MILITARNYI WEBSITE The President's Office notes that Ukraine needs the American MLRS multiple launch rocket system, including for unblocking the Black Sea.news.yahoo.com
Remains of Colorado mom found more than four years after she went missing
The remains of a Colorado mother have been recovered more than four years after she went missing, authorities announced Thursday. Rita Gutierrez-Garcia was 34 years old when she was last seen on March 18, 2018, at a bar celebrating Saint Patrick's Day. CBS Denver reports.news.yahoo.com
Police board finds officers mishandled woman’s arrest, but city manager disagrees
KALAMAZOO, MI – A citizen police board and the city manager are at odds over a complaint alleging inaction by Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers during a sweep of a homeless encampment. The Kalamazoo City Manager’s Office, which has the final decision in the matter, ruled last week that the woman was offered reasonable medical treatment by police on Oct. 8. MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette obtained a copy of the city manager’s decision.mlive.com
Genesee County renews plea for election help from state
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- The county will renew its request for election assistance to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office now that two top officials in the county Clerk’s Office are facing criminal charges. The county Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday, April 20, to ask for help after the state said earlier this month that it would work closely with the county on the May 3 election but would not take on on-site oversight. Commissioners initially made the request after county Elections Supervisor Kathy Funk was charged with felony ballot tampering charges and placed on administrative leave. Gleason, who remains county Clerk-Register, stood mute on the charges against him earlier this month in Genesee District Court. The charges stem from a secret wedding performed by Gleason without proper paperwork in Shiawassee County in December 2019.mlive.com
Former University of Michigan music professor sentenced 5 years for sex crimes
DETROIT - A former University of Michigan music teacher was sentenced on April 14 to serve five years in federal prison on a felony charge of sex with a minor, according to a Thursday United State Attorney’s Office release. Read more: UM violin professor accused of sexual misconductThursday’s sentencing will hopefully bring closure to Shipps’ victims, said James Harris, the Homeland Security Investigations agent who looked into the case. Read more: Sexual misconduct reports up at University of Michigan. The new policies change how UM officials are to address banned conduct, report instances of misconduct and align the university with current Title IX policies. Required oversight of University of Michigan sexual misconduct policies lynchpin of court settlementUpdates to sexual misconduct policy align University of Michigan with new Title IX guidanceUniversity of Michigan to overhaul how it handles sexual misconduct casesRetaliation against individuals reporting misconduct banned at University of Michiganmlive.com
April 19 filing deadline looms for Flint mayoral candidates
FLINT, MI -- Candidates for mayor have less than two weeks to secure a spot on the August primary ballot. The Flint Clerk’s Office said in a news release Thursday, April 7, that the deadline for filing nominating petitions is 4 p.m. April 19. Nominating petitions for this year’s mayoral election became available in January and can be picked up from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information about nominating petitions is available from the City Clerk’s Office at 810-766-7413. Read more on MLive:Neeley says he’s running for re-election as Flint mayorWeaver to run for Flint mayor, setting up potential rematch with NeeleyMom tells federal jury that Flint water changed her daughtermlive.com
Michigan governor’s workgroup lays groundwork for return-to-office plan
On Tuesday, a group of business and health leaders laid the groundwork to answer that very question. Right now the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration order keeping offices largely closed expires in the middle of April. Many Michigan business groups, including chambers of commerce, want employees back in the office. Whether an employee is required to do so to create that policy by making a determination if an employee’s work can feasibly be completed remotely. AdVIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 vaccine doses 💉VIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schools
Ann Arbor asks owners of tall buildings to turn off lights to help migrating birds
ANN ARBOR – During the spring and fall migrations, more than 250 birds migrate at night over Michigan. Brightly-lit tall buildings disorient the birds and some will circle these buildings until their either die from colliding with the structure or from exhaustion. According to scientists, hundreds of millions of birds die annually as a result of these encounters with tall buildings. AdProperty owners of tall buildings as well as residents or office workers are encouraged to turn off their lights or close their shades after 11 p.m. during Safe Passages Great Lakes Days. Those who work in tall buildings at night are also encouraged to use desk lamps or other dim lights to minimize perimeter lighting at night.
Impeachment? Vindication? What comes next in Cuomo probe
(Office of the NY Governor via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. – New York’s attorney general has promised a thorough investigation of allegations that Gov. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Wednesday that if the investigation shows something inappropriate did happen, Cuomo should resign. If Cuomo refused to go, one option could be impeachment. No lawmakers have expressed public support for censuring Cuomo amid the investigation, and there’s no indication it’s being floated as an option down the road. It's also possible that a prosecutor could bring criminal penalties based on the attorney general's report, according to Rifkin.
Michigan SOS: More than 250 audits confirm accuracy, integrity of state’s 2020 election
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson addresses the state in Lansing, Mich., accompanied by Gov. Further, auditors found that 83 percent of the counting boards were balanced or explained, up from 27 percent at the close of the county canvass. In Sterling Heights, 71 percent were balanced or explained, compared to 58 percent at the end of the canvass. Further, the Sterling Heights audit was the first absentee ballot counting board ever audited in the state. Such errors are often corrected or explained in the county canvass, but time constraints make that more difficult, especially in high-population jurisdictions.
Cuomo sorry for remarks aide 'misinterpreted' as harassment
By day's end, Cuomo acquiesced to demands that Attorney General Letitia James control the inquiry. Calls for an investigation mounted after a second former employee of Cuomo's administration went public Saturday with harassment claims. AdHer accusation came days after another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, a former economic development adviser, elaborated on harassment allegations she first made in December. New York’s two U.S. senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both said an independent investigation was essential. AdJames fueled some of that criticism by issuing a report saying the Cuomo administration had undercounted deaths.
The count goes on — with Biden on the cusp of presidency
WASHINGTON – Democrat Joe Biden stood on the cusp of winning the presidency Friday night, three days after Election Day, as the long, exacting work of counting votes widened his lead over President Donald Trump in critical battleground states. There was intense focus on Pennsylvania, where Biden led Trump by more than 27,000 votes, and Nevada, where the Democrat led by about 22,000. In Pennsylvania, officials were not allowed to begin processing mail-in ballots until Election Day under state law. In Nevada, there were a number of provisional ballots cast by voters who registered on Election Day, and officials had to verify their eligibility. The AP has declared Biden the winner in Arizona and said Thursday that it was monitoring the vote count as it proceeded.
EXPLAINER: A closer look at Arizona
Election officials arrive for work at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Phoenix. The Associated Press has called the race in Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden. “The Associated Press continues to watch and analyze vote count results from Arizona as they come in,” said Sally Buzbee, AP’s executive editor. Many of the gains have been driven by the shifting politics of Maricopa County, which is home to Phoenix and its suburbs. Maricopa County accounts for 60% of the state’s vote.
Representative from West Bloomfield Clerk’s Office will not go to your home and ask for your absentee ballot
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – Officials are reminding residents that a representative from the West Bloomfield Clerk’s Office would never go to someone’s home and offer to deliver their ballot for them. READ: Voting by mail in Michigan for 2020 General Election: What to knowThe West Bloomfield Clerk’s Office posted on Facebook reporting that someone had posted to the social media platform Nextdoor and said that a representative from the clerk’s office would be going to people’s doors offering to return their ballot. The information posted to Nextdoor is false. Nobody from the clerk’s office will go to your door and offer to return your ballot to the office for you. The ballot envelope states who may be in possession of an absentee ballot.
Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Office extends hours in October
ANN ARBOR – With the general election just 26 days away, the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s office announced it will be open extended hours every Wednesday through the end of the month. Wednesday hours at Larcom City Hall are now 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Starting tonight, Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Office at Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St., is open extended hours every Wednesday in October - 8 a.m.-7 p.m.! https://t.co/uwXQqekwRQ #A2Votes — City of Ann Arbor (@A2GOV) October 7, 2020The clerk’s office will also be open on the last two Saturdays of the month (Oct. 24 and 31) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.Larcom City Hall is at 301 E. Huron St.Also new this year, the city clerk’s office has set up a satellite office at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. All residents are welcome to visit the office located inside the first floor Stenn Gallery at 525 S. State St.For more information about voting in Ann Arbor, visit the city’s election website.
Investigation opened into match-fixing at French Open match
PARIS – The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a police investigation into suspicions of match-fixing at the French Open. The Paris prosecutor’s office said the investigation is centered on suspicions concerning one match at Roland Garros and also casting a broader look for any other evidence. German newspaper Die Welt and French sports daily L’Equipe said there were suspicious betting patterns in the first round of a women’s doubles match on Sept. 30. The prosecutor’s office said probe was opened on Oct. 1, the day after. The French tennis federation, which runs the French Open, referred all questions to the Tennis Integrity Unit, which oversees corruption investigations in the sport.
How do ventilation systems help or hurt us when it comes to COVID-19?
DETROIT – As children return to indoor classrooms and colder weather increases indoor activities for everyone, research into the way ventilation systems can help or hurt us when it comes to coronavirus (COVID-19) is important. They concluded that many modern office buildings may increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Many indoor heating and cooling systems have been designed to maximize energy efficiency, leading to a decreased exchange with fresh outdoor air. The very design of many ventilation systems can also contribute to contaminated aerosols staying in a room. If you’re in an office and have access to a window, open it, or at least crack it to allow fresh air in.
Inside Ann Arbor’s satellite voting office; council approves $100M riverfront site; psychedelic mushrooms now legal
(A4)🏙 Ann Arbor City Council approved this week plans to redevelop the old DTE Energy site on Broadway. (MLive)🍄 City council also voted this week to make psychedelic mushrooms legal in Ann Arbor. (A4)🔥 The city of Ann Arbor will kick off its fall controlled burn season next month with a virtual Q&A meeting. (A4)🎻 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has partnered with the Kerrytown Concert House to launch its 2020 fall season. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Los Angeles jury recommends death penalty for the 'Hollywood Ripper'
CNN VideoLOS ANGELES (CNN) - A jury has recommended the death penalty for Michael Gargiulo, known as the "Hollywood Ripper," the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Friday. The jury, made up of six men and six women, deliberated for "several hours" before reaching the death sentence recommendation, the office said in a release. A second murder victim, Mario Bruno, a neighbor of Gargiulo's, was killed and mutilated in December 2005. Gargiulo's sentencing is scheduled for February 28, the DA's office said. He has also been charged in a 1993 slaying in the Chicago area, the DA's office said.
NASCAR gives tickets to Earnhardt Jr. crash first responders
NTSB has arrived at the scene where Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s plane crashed on Thursday in Elizabethton, Tennessee. (CNN) - NASCAR paid back the first responders of the plane crash that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family survived with a night at the races. The Carter County Tennessee Sheriff's Office said it got free tickets to the Bristol Motor Speedway night race along with others who responded to the crash. "We had a great time with our first responder family at the BMS night race! A big thank you to NASCAR for giving us and all the agencies that responded to Dale Jr.'s plane crash free tickets!," it said on Facebook.