Sheriff’s office investigating body found in Grand Traverse County
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI – Police are investigating after a man’s body was found in Grand Traverse County. UpNorthLive.com reports that foul play is not suspected, but the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office is having an autopsy completed in Kalamazoo. RELATED: Homeless man found dead near UAW building in MichiganThe man was found in the Hoosier Valley area and the Department of Natural Resources said the person may be the same man a DNR officer encountered when his truck became stuck on state forest land on Sunday. According to the DNR, one of its officers encountered a man and a woman who had gotten their car stuck in a water hole, the TV station reported. The man has not been publicly identified.mlive.com
New photos from court go inside the historic Manhattan townhouse and nude-art-filled Palm Beach mansion where Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein allegedly sexually abused girls
Maxwell is standing trial on child-sex-trafficking charges in New York. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.news.yahoo.com
Newly revealed photos of Ghislaine Maxwell giving Jeffrey Epstein a foot rub and cozying up to him around the globe showcase their close relationship
Prosecutors have sought to paint Maxwell as the head of a "pyramid scheme of abuse," recruiting young girls to be sexually abused by Epstein.news.yahoo.com
Genesee Valley Center could have water supply turned off after line break
FLINT TWP., MI -- The water supply to the Genesee Valley shopping center is about to be shut off unless owners make repairs to a broken private line by 7 p.m. tonight. “(Genesee County) has no jurisdiction relating to this private line, and is unable to intervene to service the line ourselves.”Namdar Realty Group, which owns the shopping center, referred questions about the water line break to Gary Thomas, general manager of the mall, who declined comment to MLive-The Flint Journal. Namdar, which is based in New York, purchased Genesee Valley two years ago. The shopping center opened in 1970. Read more:Genesee Valley Center sold to New York-based realty groupGenesee Valley Center turns 40; Genesee County’s largest mall continues to evolve, add nontraditional tenantsI-69 traffic shift, ramp closures coming Thursday as MDOT wraps up 2021 workmlive.com
NYPD ramping up security ahead of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be in full swing after it was scaled back last year due to the pandemic. The NYPD is ramping up security to protect the millions of people expected to line the parade route and participate in the event. Elise Preston reports from along the parade route on the security measures.news.yahoo.com
Charges being dropped against ex-officer at victim's request
Assault charges will be dropped against a former suburban St. Louis police officer who shot a shoplifting suspect, a decision reached after the victim and the ex-officer participated in a mediation aimed at resolving conflict. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said Monday that Ashley Fountain Hall asked for dismissal of charges against Julia Crews, 39. The process known as restorative justice mediation took place Nov. 5.news.yahoo.com
Teen who hit 6 bicyclists with his truck while harassing them faces felony charges, authorities say
The Waller County District Attorney’s Office said a 16-year-old Texas driver who hit six bicyclists with his pickup truck in September faces six counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.washingtonpost.com
Dearborn clerk office open for extended Election Day hours
The Property Maintenance and Development Services (PMADS) counter inside the DAC will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to accommodate Election Day activities. Individuals who have not yet registered to vote can register on Election Day and cast their vote at the same time at the Clerk’s Office. To register to vote in person, residents must bring valid photo ID and proof of residency to the Clerk’s Office. Monday, Nov. 1 was the last day for registered voters to request an absentee voter ballot. Arabic language resourcesSample ballots are available at the City Clerk’s office, as well as on the City Clerk’s Voter Information Center online.arabamericannews.com
Kalamazoo man convicted of 2009 sexual assault
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI – A man was convicted Friday for a 2009 sexual assault. A jury convicted Jamaal Joshua Vincent, 37, of Kalamazoo, of first-degree criminal sexual conduct Oct. 8, for a sexual assault in October 2009, a news release from the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office said.mlive.com
Worthing alone on ballot in re-election bid for 9th Ward Flint City Council seat
I now have four years of experience on the Flint City Council. WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AND WHAT STEPS WOULD YOU TAKE TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF THE CITY COUNCIL? The current city council as a whole is dysfunctional. Read more:Mays alone on Nov. 2 ballot in 1st Ward, says he could become next Flint City Council presidentTwo vie to become Flint’s new 2nd Ward councilwomanTwo longtime activists face off for right to represent Ward 3 on Flint City CouncilIn 4th Ward election, challenger seeks to remove ‘one of the main combatants’ in Flint council bickeringFlint 5th Ward incumbent gets first challenge for seat in Nov. 2 electionFlint’s 6th Ward is getting a new councilwoman. Voters will decide who on Nov. 2One of Flint City Council’s longest-serving members faces challenge in 7th Ward electionChallenger aims to repeat performance as top vote-getter in Flint City Council 8th Ward racemlive.com
Child, 6, dies in 'campfire' started in a play fort
Authorities say a 6-year-old boy died after he and two siblings, ages 9 and 4, were playing with fire in a “fort” made from a concrete stairway on a flatbed trailer. The children used a lighter Sunday afternoon to set fire to “a small pile of combustible objects as though it was a campfire,” the State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release Monday. “While the other two children were able to escape unharmed, the 6-year-old was trapped and died,” the statement said.news.yahoo.com
Mays alone on Nov. 2 ballot in 1st Ward, says he could become next Flint City Council president
“I believe that if I win re-election ... and that (if) those I pray for to win (also win), then they ‘might’ elect Councilman Mays president of the Flint City Council ...,” Mays said in response to an MLive-The Flint Journal questionnaire. NAME: Eric MaysAGE: 63WHAT OFFICE ARE YOU SEEKING: Flint City Council 1st WardFAMILY: Son of the late Rev. IF SO, PLEASE LIST THE OFFICE AND THE YEARS HELD: 1st Ward Flint city councilman since November 2013. WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AND WHAT STEPS WOULD YOU TAKE TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF THE CITY COUNCIL? My assessment of the current City Council is that Mrs. or Ms. (Priestley) needs to win the 4th Ward council seat, Mr. (Pfeiffer) needs to win the 8th Ward council seat, Ms. Audrey Young needs to win the 2nd Ward council seat, Jeri Winfrey-Carter needs to “retain” her 5th Ward council seat, Monica Galloway needs to “retain” her 7th Ward council seat.mlive.com
Three valet workers killed by driver fleeing officer who caught him doing doughnuts
“We’re talking about three individuals who were just out here working," said Sean Teare, chief of vehicular crimes with the Harris County district attorney’s office. "They were out here doing their job.”washingtonpost.com
Illinois family outraged at no murder charge in teen’s death due to ‘mutual combat’
An Illinois family mourning the death of their 18-year-old son is outraged that no murder charges will be filed in […] The post Illinois family outraged at no murder charge in teen’s death due to ‘mutual combat’ appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Police identify inmate found dead at Kent County Correctional Facility
KENT COUNTY, MI — Authorities have identified an inmate found dead at the Kent County Correctional Facility. The inmate has been identified as Scott Gildner, 40, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday, Sept. 17. He was pronounced dead at 4:17 a.m.An autopsy was completed Sept. 15 by the Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office, which confirmed that there were no physical signs of injury. Gildner had been incarcerated at the Kent County Correctional Facility since June 17, 2021. Read more:Inmate’s death at Kent County Correctional Facility under investigationProposed congressional districts call for big changes in mid-Michigan, Metro Detroit25-year-old woman found stabbed to death, with two injured children, in home near Rockfordmlive.com
Officials: 4 found fatally shot in SUV in Wisconsin field
Four people found slain in an abandoned SUV in a western Wisconsin cornfield had been shot and were all from Minnesota, authorities said Tuesday. Preliminary results of autopsies performed Monday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office showed the two men and two women all died of gunshot wounds, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office said. The victims were identified as Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, Loyace Foremann III, 35, and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, all from St. Paul; as well as Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater.news.yahoo.com
Michigan man who told Gov. Whitmer he is watching her ‘every step’ arrested for alleged threats
A Metro Detroit man has been arrested and released on bond after investigators say he sent threatening messages to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on multiple occasions, state Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Office says. Kevin Dawe, 31, of Clarkston, is accused of sending the threats in January and March using the state’s “Contact the governor” webpage. In the messages, he warned Whitmer to “take shelter,” and said, “we have been watching and know your every step,” according to Nessel’s office. He is accused of making calls threatening to kill a state representative and issuing a bomb threat at the Michigan Capitol.mlive.com
California city councilman among six charged with election fraud in contest decided by one vote
A city councilman in suburban Los Angeles and five other people were charged for securing fraudulent votes in a runoff election that was ultimately decided by a single vote, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.news.yahoo.com
California voters to be able to download ballots at home for recall election, sparking security concerns
The California Secretary of State’s Office has made downloading mail ballots from home possible for the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state legislature also passed a measure to send out mail ballots to every registered voter regardless if they asked for one or not.news.yahoo.com
Sheriff says former Cuomo staffer filed criminal complaint against governor, according to report
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a daily briefing at North Shore University Hospital, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhasset, New York, May 6, 2020. A former staffer for embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has filed a criminal complaint against the Democrat, an upstate sheriff said, according to a new report Friday. The Albany County District Attorney's Office, which already was investigating Cuomo, since has been notified of the woman's complaint, according to The New York Post. The newspaper reported that the woman who made that complaint was identified earlier this week in a damning official report on Cuomo as "Executive Assistant #1."cnbc.com
Flint Clerk’s Office open Saturday to allow absentee voting for Aug. 3 primary election
FLINT, MI -- The city Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday, July 31, to allow registered voters to cast absentee ballots over the counter for the Aug. 3 City Council primary election. The primary election for City Council next week involves Wards 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8. There is no primary election in Wards 1, 5, and 9 because no more than two candidates qualified for a spot on the ballot. On Aug. 3, voting precincts will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., according to the city. Read more:Meet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 2 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 3 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 4 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 6 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 7 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 8 primary electionmlive.com
France investigates alleged spyware use against dissidents
The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating the suspected widespread use of spyware made by Israel-based NSO Group to target journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement Tuesday that it opened an investigation into a raft of potential charges, including violation of privacy, illegal use of data and illegally selling spyware. As is common under French law, the investigation doesn’t name a suspected perpetrator but is aimed at determining who might eventually be sent to trial.news.yahoo.com
Covid-19 global updates Canada may open its borders to vaccinated travelers by early September, Trudeau says
Canada closed its land border with the United States in March 2020 as the pandemic first accelerated. But now, as vaccination rates climb, those controls could be lifted in the coming weeks. swashingtonpost.com
Man dies after holiday weekend motorcycle crash in Northern Michigan
GREEN LAKE TOWNSHIP, MI – A Northern Michigan man died in over the Fourth of July holiday weekend after a single-motorcycle crash on Friday, July 2, police said. The 56-year-old from Grawn was riding a motorcycle on Duck Lake Road near Mason Road in Green Lake Township when he crashed, resulting in fatal injuries, the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office told MLive. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident at 8:20 p.m. Traffic was detoured during the on-scene investigation and clean up. The crash remains under investigation, police said. Police have not released the victim’s identity.mlive.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.
Deputies escort son of fallen colleague to first day of school
Sheriff's deputies escort 9-year-old Caden Dixon -- here with mom Stephanie -- to his first day of class. GAINESVILLE, Ga. - The members of the Hall County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office knew that the first day of school would be difficult for Caden Dixon; it marked one month since his dad died in the line of duty. Because Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon of Gainesville, Georgia, couldn't be there for his 9-year-old son's first day of class, the other deputies stepped in. "He was having a rough morning because he didn't want to go to school without his dad being there," Sgt. "Since the tragedy last month, members of the watch and other deputies, particularly Sgt.
Meek Mill to get new trial and judge
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(CNN) - A Pennsylvania appeals court overturned Meek Mill's 2008 conviction on gun and drug charges Wednesday, ordering a new trial and judge in the case. The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that a trial judge erred in not granting the Philadelphia rapper a new trial "based on after-discovered evidence," in accordance with the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act, it said in its ruling. "I'd like to thank the Pennsylvania Superior Court for overturning my conviction and granting me a new trial. Roc Nation is an entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, with whom Meek has collaborated on numerous ventures of late, both commercial and philanthropic. The two also announced Wednesday that Meek's Dream Chasers Records label will fall under the Roc Nation umbrella.
Florida man admits to lighting firecrackers under a child's bed
CRESTVIEW, Fla. - A Florida man told Sheriff's deputies that he threw firecrackers under the bed of a sleeping 9-year-old girl in a "prank gone wrong," according to a post on the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Matthew Morrison, 44, of Crestview, Florida, was arrested Saturday after deputies responded to a home after the explosion woke the little girl. The owner of the house where this happened told the Sheriff's office that Morrison lives in a tent outside the house and came inside without permission, according to the Sheriff's Office Facebook post. Responding officers spoke with the little girl who said the explosion scared her, making her cry and shake, according to the Facebook post. The Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.