Oakland County man kills wife, shoots daughter, dies in shootout with cops -- everything we know
An Oakland County man who killed his wife and dog, shot his 25-year-old daughter, and then died in a shootout with police had been radicalized by an online conspiracy that claims the COVID pandemic was planned and the 2020 election was stolen, according to his youngest daughter.
Daughter blames QAnon, conspiracies for dad’s downfall prior to fatal shootings
Lanis’ other daughter, Rebecca Lanis, is speaking out about her father’s mental state in recent years, particularly after the 2020 presidential election. In an interview with The Detroit News, Rebecca Lanis said her father believed in QAnon conspiracy theories involving former President Donald Trump and vaccines. “Nobody could talk him out of them,” Rebecca Lanis told The Detroit News. In a Reddit post made by Rebecca Lanis, she says that her parents “were extremely loving and happy people. I mean, he’d already killed his own wife, shot his own daughter and we don’t know what was next on the agenda.”READ MORE:Missing U.P.mlive.com
Walled Lake man fatally shot by police after killing wife, shooting daughter
WALLED LAKE, MI – A man was shot and killed by police early Sunday in Walled Lake after authorities say he killed his wife and dog and shot his daughter. Bouchard did not release the identity of the woman killed but said she was the man’s wife and 56 years old. The daughter wasn’t able to provide a specific address, but dispatch was able to triangulate the call to the area of Glenwood Drive in Walled Lake. The officers then encountered the daughter, who was shot in the back and legs and attempting to crawl out of the home. Bouchard said it’s believed the man shot the dog twice with a shotgun, and his wife multiple times in the back with a handgun.mlive.com
Brothers, mom arrested nearly 4 years after bloody murder scene led police to body in Pontiac lake
A Pontiac man, his brother and his mother have been taken into custody nearly four years after fishermen came across a bloody murder scene that helped police discover the body of a 20-year-old man in a lake.
Commerce Township liquor store raising money for Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan with bourbon sales
The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan (BCFM) has partnered with Benstein Liquor in Walled Lake to select a single barrel of Woodford Reserve Bourbon with a portion of each sale benefiting the foundation.
Trees come down, causing damage in Walled Lake and Wolverine Lake after storms
It sounded like any other thunderstorm until the winds picked up. The next thing people in the area of Maple and Commerce roads in Walled Lake heard was trees being uprooted. Poles were sheared off and there was the crackle sound of power lines snapping.
Accused home invaders bring 3 dogs, knife, club, threaten to kill family
WALLED LAKE, MI – Three people who allegedly broke into a home early Monday brought three dogs, a knife and a club, and threatened to kill the residents, WDIV Detroit reports. A mother and her two children, 9 and 13 years old, were home when three people allegedly beat down the front door of their Walled Lake home around 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 26, the TV station reports. The accused home invaders allegedly threatened to kill the family. They were armed with three dogs, a knife and a club. All three of the accused assailants, two men and a woman, were arrested, the report said.mlive.com
This fish fry run by a Dad’s Club is named Michigan’s Best in Metro Detroit
Tom Convery, Dad’s Club member, and fish fry coordinator, shared the story of this fish fry with us. They were named the top fish fry in the metro Detroit area by MLive readers.Courtesy Photo, used with permission. More Michigan’s Best:Fish Fry Friday: 11 of Michigan’s Best to try todayThe classic hotel, bar takes back-to-back titles for Michigan’s Best Fish FryHeck’s Bar is Saginaw’s Best Fish Fry, even the owner can’t believe itTake a trip to Greece at this poll winner for Michigan’s Best Fish FryFriday is ‘all-you-can-eat’ at this Kalamazoo Best Fish Fry poll winnerThe Deck Down Under is home to Jackson’s Best Fish FryDon’t overlook this tiny contender for Michigan’s Best Fish FryWhere you can get ‘Man Eating Catfish’ in MichiganGet a ‘fieldhouse’ of fish at this Michigan’s Best contenderIs Michigan’s Best Fish Fry so remote it’s in the Central Time Zone? Is Michigan’s Best Fish Fry at this tucked away bar that serves steamed mussels? A look at our poll leaders for Michigan’s Best Fish FrySee over 275 nominations for Michigan’s Best Fish FryIt’s a “Drive By Fish Fry” this year at St. Mary’s PinckneyTell us where to find Michigan’s Best Fish FryA 2021 guide to Jackson-area Friday Lenten fish friesGrand Rapids area 2021 fish fry guide for LentMichigan’s Best Fish Fry poll winners (2019)mlive.com
Teacher’s bathroom break accidentally included in online class, police investigate video sharing
WALLED LAKE, MI – Police are investigating after a teacher at a Michigan high school may have accidently webcast herself during a bathroom break at the end of a classroom Zoom call. “The district does not tolerate students’ inappropriate use of technology, and any violations of either the Code of Conduct or our technology Acceptable Use Policy,” the letter reads. “We know these are very different times in the midst of a global pandemic; however, District expectations must always include respect for all students and staff. " The student and staff member are not in school or on Zoom while the incident is being investigated, Froning said in the letter to parents. “To respect the privacy of all involved, we are not able to discuss further the incident and/or any potential discipline of those involved,” the statement concludes.mlive.com
How the COVID pandemic has impacted Metro Detroit businesses
DETROIT – In addition to the nearly 16,000 COVID-related deaths in Michigan over the last year, we know the pandemic has been devastating to businesses. AdThere have been a few bright spots with some businesses seeing an uptick in businesses due to the pandemic. Dimitri Polychronou owns Earl’s Dry Cleaning. People have been great to work with during this pandemic,” Millen said. AdThe majority of locally-owned businesses have really struggled, but there is hope of things improving as vaccine distribution expands.
Nightside Report March 5, 2021: Parents say Girl Scouts were barred from selling cookies near dispensary, MSP Trooper charged with assault, the Great Michigan Pizza Funeral
Parents say Girl Scouts were barred from selling cookies near Walled Lake marijuana shop, officials say otherwiseDETROIT – Girl Scout troops in Metro Detroit were reportedly prohibited from selling cookies outside of a marijuana dispensary in Walled Lake, but local organization leaders say that the troops were given false information. Click here to read more. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Sunny Friday ends with colder temps, clear skiesFriday evening will be mostly clear and chilly. After plenty of sunshine and highs near or just above 40 degrees, temperatures fall to the 30s at dinnertime. AdWhile some restaurants and bars welcome the news, some say it isn’t worth it.
Parents say Girl Scouts were barred from selling cookies near Walled Lake marijuana shop, officials say otherwise
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – Girl Scout troops in Metro Detroit were reportedly prohibited from selling cookies outside of a marijuana dispensary in Walled Lake, but local organization leaders say that the troops were given false information. Last weekend, Oakland County Girl Scouts were welcomed outside of the Greenhouse of Walled Lake cannabis store by owner Jerry Millen, who authorized the girls to sell cookies outside of his dispensary. Following their successful sales, several more Girl Scout troops asked Millen if they could also sell cookies outside of Greenhouse, which Millen approved. Ad“Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) does not have a policy prohibiting troops from selling cookies at or near any legally operating business. The national Girl Scouts organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, does discourage troops from selling at locations where the girls cannot legally enter, however, there is no policy prohibiting selling at such businesses,” the statement reads.
‘Why Is My Skin Brown’: 11-year-old Walled Lake girl writes book to support, uplift biracial children
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – A father-daughter duo from Walled Lake wrote a book together about feeling beautiful with the skin you are in. The book centers around a biracial child who has questions of why her skin is different than her parents. “She was kind of struggling identifying herself and her mom,” Nevaeh Tucker’s father Antonio Tucker said. AdNevaeh Tucker’s father is Black and her mother is White. Nevaeh and her father hope that children and adults of all races will take the time to read and share the book.
Work underway to restore Underground Railroad safe house in Walled Lake
DETROIT – Community members are coming to together in Walled Lake to help restore this historic house. Watch this inspiring story above. If you’d like to help, contact Greenhouse of Walled Lake: email@example.com. More: Black History Month section
New Oakland County prosecutor shares concerns on rate of murders, unreported child abuse
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – About 20 to 25 murder cases are reported a year in Oakland County, said Karen McDonald, the new county prosecutor. But there have been seven murders reported since December. “If this trend continues, we are looking at a large amount of homicides,” McDonald said. Ad“I absolutely think it is COVID related,” McDonald said. Ad“We are trying not to incarcerate individuals that are not a public safety threat for a variety of reasons,” she said.
Get your COVID vaccine? This Michigan shop will give you free pot
WALLED LAKE, MI - A Michigan cannabis shop is giving away free pot to people who get a COVID-19 vaccination. Billed as “Pot For Shots,” customers will receive one free pre-rolled joint at Greenhouse of Walled Lake if they show written proof they received the COVID-19 vaccine. “ ‘Pot For Shots’ is our way of showing our commitment in assisting helping the community get back to normalcy. It’s located at 103 East Walled Lake Drive and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can check the state’s COVID-19 page for vaccine eligibility and to see if you can make an appointment.mlive.com
Greenhouse of Walled Lake will give you a free pre-rolled joint if you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine
The Greenhouse of Walled Lake is teaming up with UBaked Cannabis Company to offer free pre-rolled joints to people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine and can prove it. WALLED LAKE, Mich. – The Greenhouse of Walled Lake is teaming up with UBaked Cannabis Company to offer free pre-rolled joints to people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine and can prove it. The “pot for shots” COVID-19 vaccination promotion runs from Jan. 22 through Feb. 28. You need to bring in written proof that you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine and you’ll be given a free pre-rolled joint with no purchase necessary. Jerry Millen, Founder and owner of GreenhouseThe Greenhouse of Walled Lake is located at 103 East Walled Lake Drive in Walled Lake, Michigan.
Metro Detroit businessman sentenced to 2 years in prison for tax crimes
DETROIT – A Walled Lake business owner was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced. As the owner of Bayside, Semma was responsible for collecting and paying to the IRS Bayside’s employment taxes. He also did not pay approximately $1.3 million in employment taxes that were due. In 2012, Semma sold The Coliseum for approximately $5.9 million, but did not file an individual income tax return or pay taxes for that year. Semma previously pleaded guilty on Aug. 28, 2019, to one count of employment tax fraud and one count of failure to file his individual income tax return.
Michigan Restaurant and Strip Club Owner Sentenced to Two Years n Prison for Tax Crimes
A Walled Lake, Michigan, business owner was sentenced today to two years in prison, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to court statements and filings, Johni Semma owned Bayside Sports Bar & Grill (Bayside) and The Coliseum, an adult entertainment business. As the owner of Bayside, Semma was responsible for collecting and paying to the IRS Bayside’s employment taxes. He also did not pay approximately $1.3 million in employment taxes that were due. Semma previously pleaded guilty on Aug. 28, 2019, to one count of employment tax fraud and one count of failure to file his individual income tax return.justice.gov
Michigan General Election Results for Walled Lake on Nov. 3, 2020
The 2020 General Election will be held on November 3. You can find results for Walled Lake here. Live results: Michigan General Election Results for Nov. 3, 2020 Find Race ResultsFind more election results and news on the Decision 2020 page. 🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience. Learn more about WDIV Insider - and sign up here!
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools delays return to in-person learning following security breach
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – Walled Lake Consolidated Schools has delayed its return to in-person learning following a security breach. According to a letter sent to parents, the district’s grading and scheduling systems, bus route creation software and other key systems were impacted. Here’s the entire letter sent to parents:Dear Parents/Guardians:With the recent hack of Walled Lake Schools' network on Oct. 10, 2020, our ability to sufficiently prepare for the Nov. 4 scheduled return to in-person learning has been compromised. · The following table illustrates the new transition timeline: Revised Timeline 20-21We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued patience. This targeted computer hack of Walled Lake Schools was impossible to anticipate and the timing could not have been worse.
Walled Lake teacher receives Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education award
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – A Walled Lake Consolidated School District teacher received the Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education award. Michelle Fiebke-Lang, retired Mary Helen Guest principal, said, “Sarah has served on numerous WLCSD District and school committees. As a parent in the District, Sarah continues to serve as the Guest PTA secretary." Dodds has been an educator for 16 years, all with Walled Lake Consolidated School District. We feel blessed to have her as a Gator," said Glengary principal RosaLeigh Johnson.
Police investigating after Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District says it was hacked
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – In an email sent to parents late Sunday, the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District said a system outage has been linked to a cyberattack. The hack will not impact virtual learning, the district said. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said virtual learning will proceed as normal when classes resume Monday morning. Walled Lake school officials said there is a possibility credentials and other information was taken. As communicated earlier today, Our Path and My Path virtual learning will continue, uninterrupted, for all students in WLCSD tomorrow.
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District says it’s been hacked
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – In an email sent to parents late Sunday the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District said a system outage has been linked to a cyberattack. The hack will not impact virtual learning, the district said. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said virtual learning will proceed as normal when classes resume Monday morning. The District has a cyber security insurance policy which provides us access to these and other experts in the field. As communicated earlier today, Our Path and My Path virtual learning will continue, uninterrupted, for all students in WLCSD tomorrow.
Four teens break into Walled Lake Central High School through unsecured roof hatch, police say
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. Four teenagers broke into Walled Lake Central High School through a roof hatch early Wednesday morning, according to authorities. The teens -- from Commerce Township, Clarkston, Livonia and Grosse Pointe Farms -- had allegedly entered the school through a roof hatch that had not been completely secured. Officials say the group was in possession of a fire extinguisher that they removed from the school. One of the teens reportedly injured his leg after jumping off of the roof of the school. Officials say the boy was taken to a hospital for treatment and his vehicle was impounded.
Multiple fires caused by lightning across Oakland County
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. Several Oakland County residents were left without a home due to fires started by lightning strikes Saturday night and Sunday morning. Firefighters in Commerce Township and Walled Lake battled a two-alarm fire at condominiums on Addington Drive near Pontiac Trail, around 9 p.m. The American Red Cross helped several tenants of a Rochester Hills apartment on Galloway Court, near Butler Road Sunday. Fire crews reported they were called at about 5:30 a.m. No injuries were reported. Just hours later, firefighters battled a heavy fire at a home in Bloomfield Township, near Wing Lake Road.