Former Michigan Senate member sentenced to probation for 2015 incident
DETROIT – Former Michigan State Sen. Virgil Smith plead guilty to malicious destruction of property and reckless discharge of a firearm on Wednesday. Smith was charged in 2015 in connection to a shooting incident that involved his ex-wife. READ: Former Michigan Senate member pleads guilty to felony, misdemeanor chargesSmith has been back and forth in court over the last few years, even serving jail time. “The incident happened that evening following a text message from Ms. Thomas. Ms. Thomas was the one who initiated.
New bill might mean Michigan bars could serve delicious, pain-numbing alcohol until 4 a.m. because we deserve it
State law currently prohibits the sale of alcohol for both on-premises and off-premises between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.House Bill 4213, passed by the Michigan House of Representatives, would require bars to pay an annual late-night permit fee of $250. This isn't the first time the state Senate made a push to keep bars open late. In 2014, Sen. Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) sponsored a similar measure , but that bill would have only allowed bars and establishments located in central business districts to apply for the late-night license for an annual $10,000 fee. The bill has to be adopted by the state Senate and then signed by Gov. One of the bills gave the green light to restaurants and bars to sell cocktails-to-go in sealed containers to be consumed at home or in designated outdoor areas.metrotimes.com
Former Michigan Senate member pleads guilty to felony, misdemeanor charges
DETROIT – The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday former Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith Jr. pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor charge. According to authorities, Smith pleaded guilty to the felony charge of malicious destruction of property over $20,000 or more, and the misdemeanor charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. Smith accused Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy of vindictive prosecution in 2019 after an earlier guilty plea was changed. RELATED: Former Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith speaks about moment his political career fell apartIn 2016, Thomas testified that she went to Smith’s home on Wexford Street and she found another woman naked in the bed. The other charges Smith was arraigned on -- felonious assault, domestic violence assault and battery and felony firearm -- were dismissed as a part of the plea.