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  • Judge John McBain explodes at Camia Gamet sentencing: 'I hope you die in prison'

    04/16/2014 4:12:18 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Danielle Salisbury
    JACKSON, MI – As Diana Banks-Joiner stood in a courtroom and spoke of the abuse her nephew Marcel Hill endured at the hands of Camia Gamet, a woman he loved, his killer interrupted. “Is that it?” Gamet said from her seat at the defense table. The statement prompted gasps from the audience and an angry response from Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain, who threatened to duct tape Gamet’s mouth closed.
  • Mackinac Island ferries delayed because of Great Lake's ice cover

    04/14/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 42 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Jonathan Van Zytveld
    STRAITS OF MACKINAC, MI - At least one ferry service is predicting delayed trips to Mackinac Island due to ice that still covers a portion of the Great Lakes. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry has announced it will be starting its 2014 season later than anticipated after temporarily relocating its ferry starts to St. Ignace, rather than Mackinaw City, as a result of the ice blockages which remain in the Straits of Mackinac. "The straits have completely frozen over, except for a shipping channel," said Misty Martinchek, Shepler's group sales manager, who said all local ferries have been affected by the...
  • President Barack Obama takes jab at Terri Lynn Land over equal pay

    04/12/2014 7:56:57 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Fritz Klug
    LANSING, MI – The debate on how to make sure men and women are paid the same was highlighted in Michigan this week when President Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land over equal pay and comments used in a web video. The ad Speaking to Reporters in Houston on Thursday, Obama mentioned Land, not by name but as a Republican running for Senate in Michigan. “Very rarely do you meet people who make the choice to be paid less for doing the same job,” Obama said, according to poll reports. Obama's statements were based on a...
  • Race played role in Detroit mob attack on Steven Utash, prosecutor says

    04/10/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 23 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- For the first time since April 2 when an angry mob beat Steven Utash to the brink of death in Detroit, authorities say race is a factor. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Thursday announced a 16-year-old juvenike suspect is being charged with ethnic intimidation as a minor. He is also charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Three other suspects, Bruce Edward Wimbush Jr., 17; Wonzey Saffold, 30; and James Deontae Davis, 24, all of Detroit, are charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm....
  • Retired nurse saves Steve Utash's life, steps in when driver was getting beat

    04/07/2014 8:05:43 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    WXYZDetroit ^ | Apr 5, 2014 | wxyz.com
    I'm not sure of the copywrite status on this one so its link only. Retired nurse saves Steve Utash's life, steps in when driver was getting beat
  • Woman married during repeal of Michigan's gay marriage ban assaulted and called gay slur

    04/01/2014 6:44:36 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 46 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 01, 2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    Three men in Ypsilanti Township Monday assaulted a woman who was able to marry her partner during the brief repeal of Michigan’s gay marriage ban. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported the 28-year-old woman got off the bus about 6 p.m. Monday in the area of the 3000 block of Roundtree Boulevard in Ypsilanti Township. The woman told investigators she got off the bus in the area and was walking home through an apartment parking lot. Three men approached her, with one of them using a homophobic slur, calling her a derogatory name for a woman and asking her if...
  • Dave Camp to retire after his current term

    03/31/2014 2:45:52 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 31 2014 | Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane
    Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, plans to retire after his current term, he announced Monday. Camp said in a statement that his decision "was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family. Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me. Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration. During the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy...
  • US Rep. Mike Rogers Of Michigan Won’t Seek Re-Election

    03/28/2014 4:23:33 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 81 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | March 28, 2014 | CBSdetroit
    DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has been a prominent voice as President Barack Obama attempts to overhaul U.S. surveillance, said Friday that he won’t seek re-election after his term ends this year.
  • Michigan State should end union organizing seminars, say anti-union lawmakers and builders

    03/27/2014 4:55:33 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jay Scott Smith
    EAST LANSING – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is demanding that Michigan State University cancel its Building Trades Academy program on the grounds that it encourages "organizing in non-union construction companies," while a state legislative committee has struck funds from the university's budget for 2014-2015. "Such activities lack legitimacy when performed by an academic institution," Chris Fisher, president of Michigan chapter of ABC, said in a statement. "Would the university support a similar program geared toward union busting?" But MSU spokesman Kent Cassella said that the program, which began in May 2013, is not paid for by taxpayer...
  • Gay couples wed across Michigan in 24 hours same-sex marriage was legal (Stay issued)

    03/23/2014 12:33:09 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    PONTIAC, MI -- It was fun while it lasted for hundreds of gay Michigan couples who got married Saturday. With a voter-approved ban against same-sex nuptials out of the way for about 24 hours, couples rushed to tie the knot in four Michigan counties where clerks held special weekend hours to issue marriage licenses. But an appeals court put a stop to the immediate wedding planning, issuing a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's Friday ruling that called the Michigan Marriage Act unconstitutional. Friedman issued a decision that rejected all of the state's arguments that voters made a...
  • Loaded gun magazines found outside Ann Arbor elementary school

    03/19/2014 1:14:05 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Amy Biolchini
    Two loaded gun magazines were found Tuesday in the snow next to a dumpster outside Carpenter Elementary School at 4250 Central Boulevard in Pittsfield Township, police said. The two .40 caliber magazines were found by someone who lives near the school, said Pittsfield Township police Deputy Chief Gordy Schick. Pittsfield Township police officers thoroughly canvassed the school property Tuesday afternoon and did not find other magazines or weapons, Schick said. "Due to the condition of the magazines, we know the magazines have been there for some time," Schick said. Schick said the found magazines may be connected to a theft...
  • How cold is this winter? Records over 100 years old broken in the Upper Peninsula

    03/14/2014 1:00:15 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 30 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    You know it has been a cold winter when some Upper Peninsula cities are breaking records that are over 100 years old. We can talk about the average temperature for the winter months of December, January, and February. That is one way to tell how cold the winter has been. For example, Marquette had an average temperature of 7.5 degrees this winter, which is a new record for Marquette. That does indeed sound cold. But a better way to get a feel for the record cold is to count the number of days below zero. We don't really have a...
  • Michigan campaign finance violation draws near-record fine for union's actions in 2012 election

    03/10/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Brian Smith
    LANSING -- The Service Employees International Union will pay almost $200,000 to settle alleged campaign finance violations from a failed 2012 ballot proposal seeking collective bargaining rights for home health workers. The settlement was announced Monday by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, whose office investigated a complaint that the union skirted campaign finance laws. The complaint was filed by political advocacy group Michigan Freedom Fund The complaint accused the principals behind Home Care First and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care of intentionally delaying required filings with Johnson's office to conceal that SEIU had made substantial contributions to support the...
  • Detroit homeowner shoots, kills 1 of two intruders

    03/07/2014 9:44:32 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 37 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Mar 06, 2014 | myFOXDetroit.com Staff
    DETROIT (WJBK) - Thursday afternoon a Detroit homeowner fatally shot an intruder. A second intruder was also at the scene but ran away and is still being sought by police. Police say the homeowner heard glass break around 12:30 p.m., ran to the back of his house and saw a person climbing in the window, so he grabbed his gun and fired. Police say the 17-year-old suspect then collapsed on the driveway, appearing to have died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The other suspect is in his 20s. Police continue to question the homeowner about the incident, and...
  • The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: The death of the UAW

    03/07/2014 5:50:20 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 3 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Mar 06, 2014 | Charlie LeDuff
    As you might of heard, the UAW went down to Chattanooga, Tenn. and took a bullet a few weeks ago when non-unionized workers at the Volkswagen plant told them to pack their carpet bags and head north. Now the question is: Why would a Southern man trust his future to a German company and not an American union? We deserve an explanation, since we not only bailed out the auto companies but also the pension fund of the UAW. In this edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff, the crew takes us on a journey that starts at the UAW...
  • Amazing final days of a Jackson attorney who found peace

    03/05/2014 4:32:10 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 05, 2014 | Brad Flory
    JACKSON, MI – The human race is divided between people who see amazing coincidences, and people who see no coincidences. Both types should hear about the last days of Jackson attorney Bruce Clark. Clark, 79, who lived at Clark Lake, was an Eagle Scout as a boy and a respected member of his profession as an adult. But this is not the story of Clark’s life. It’s the story of what happened before he died two weeks ago. Struck by cancer, pneumonia and a heart attack, Clark said something unusual one day from his bed at Allegiance hospital. “He told...
  • Huron Valley (MI) Ambulance paramedics and EMTs overwhelmingly shoot down attempt to unionize

    02/26/2014 3:02:09 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 4 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    Paramedics and emergency medical technicians made it clear that they do not want to form a union at Huron Valley Ambulance. According to information obtained from the National Labor Relations Board in a Freedom of Information Act request, votes tallied by the NLRB showed that 221 EMS workers voted against forming a union while just 138 voted in favor of the petition to unionize. There were about 430 eligible voters, but only 359 votes counted and 10 others were listed as “changed ballots” and not counted in the total vote. In January, workers from HVA Workers – with the help...
  • Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism

    02/25/2014 3:44:02 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 52 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 25th, 2014 | Daniel Hannan
    On 16 June 1941, as Hitler readied his forces for Operation Barbarossa, Josef Goebbels looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote, for capitalists nor priests nor Tsars. Rather, in the place of debased, Jewish Bolshevism, the Wehrmacht would deliver “der echte Sozialismus”: real socialism. Goebbels never doubted that he was a socialist. He understood Nazism to be a better and more plausible form of socialism than that propagated by Lenin. Instead of spreading itself across different nations, it would operate within the unit of the...
  • Report: U.S. Rep. John Dingell considering retirement

    02/17/2014 3:09:17 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 42 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    John Dingell, the longest-serving member of the United States House of Representatives, is considering not running for re-election, according to a report in the Detroit News. Dingell, who represents the Ann Arbor area along with areas of Wayne County, has run successfully 29 times since 1955. The 87-year-old Dearborn Democrat recently broke the record for the longest-serving congressman in history. According to the report, Dingell is considering retirement. His spokesman, Christopher Schuler, states Dingell is doing the same thing as he has always done before running for re-election, which is determining how to best serve his constituents. The News states...
  • Just how much water is in all of this snow on the ground?

    02/14/2014 5:25:50 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 47 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    There is a lot of snow on the ground in Michigan. When the snow melts, just how much water is in all of the snow on the ground now? The top graphic shows the "snow water equivalent" for the Lower Peninsula. This means the amount of liquid if the snow in a tube was all melted at once. All of the Lower Peninsula has at least one inch of liquid in the snow. Most of the Lower Peninsula has two to six inches of liquid in the form of snow. The heaviest snowfall areas in northwest Lower Michigan have between...
  • 2014 Midwest Ice Fishing Tournament gives out more than $36,000 in awards

    01/26/2014 6:30:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Ricky Olmos
    BROOKLYN, MI – Marc Melson plans to use part of his ice fishing prize money to go on vacation with his wife “somewhere warm” -- far from the ice and snow. Melson and cousin Joe Thornburg won first place in the 2014 Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament, taking home the grand prize of $20,100 for their winning catch of 7.99 pounds. This was the first year the duo competed in the tournament, but they’ve been fishing for as long as they can remember. “We’ve been ice fishing since we were kids,” Thornburg said. “It’s a family tradition.” Fishermen from nine...
  • Big snow, blustery winds, bone-chilling temps nothing new to Jackson (MI)

    01/05/2014 1:31:32 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    Mlive ^ | January 05, 2014 | Leanne Smith
    JACKSON, MI – This new year started with a deluge of snow and bone-chilling temperatures, but that’s nothing new to Jackson. Throughout the ages, hale and hearty souls here have endured winter – and spring – snows that have made getting around challenging, if not nearly impossible. In honor of that – and another pending storm predicted to dump much more of the white stuff here this weekend – is a Peek Through Time extra look back at a couple of notable past Jackson blizzards. Jackson was buried by 23 inches of blowing snow during 'Blizzard of '78'
  • More trouble for Charles Pugh? Racy text messages emerge

    12/16/2013 4:32:24 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 10 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Dec 16, 2013 | Randy Wimbley/Charlie LeDuff
    Charles Pugh has dismissed allegations before that he was having an inappropriate relationship, but the allegations carry more weight than many would care to believe. According to the case report from Madison Heights Police Department Pugh exchanged several sexually-charged text messages with the student he mentored, offering cash and video games in exchange for nude videos. And the student eventually obliged. Often times the payout hinged on how much Pugh liked the videos, and the student claims Pugh paid him 160 dollars for one of them. According to investigators Pugh told the teen to delete the text messages, fearing they...
  • Michigan joins states banning abortion in Obamacare plans

    12/11/2013 4:26:49 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/13 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    Michigan became the 24th state to ban most abortions in its exchange plans when the state legislature passed a bill Wednesday afternoon by sizable margins. The action follows an an unusual citizens’ petition drive that allows state lawmakers to resurrect a bill the governor had vetoed and vote it into law without his signature. The ban goes into effect 90 days from Friday.
  • LeDuff: A Detroit labor war is breaking out over pension funds

    12/06/2013 5:25:10 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Dec 05, 2013 | Charlie LeDuff
    Detroit's workers and retirees are no longer just fighting the emergency manager over their pensions - they're fighting each other. Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff explains the two Detroit pension funds: one for police and fire and the other for other city employees such as secretaries and janitors (known as the General Retirement System). City workers explain why they don't want to be lumped in the same pension category.
  • Meet the Michigan wolf hunter who killed one of just two wolves taken

    11/16/2013 7:07:34 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 30 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | ovember 15, 2013 | John Barnes
    ONTONAGON COUNTY, MI -- Jeff Powell stands over the dead gray wolf, a smile spreading across his face beneath his hunter’s orange cap. Wildlife officials are removing a pre-molar tooth from the canine’s upper right jaw, to test for age. The wolf is perhaps 80 pounds, a male, its jaw a jagged row of ripping power that equals as much as 1,500 pounds of force per square inch – twice a German Shepherd’s. It is one of just two wolves recorded taken on the first day of Michigan’s first managed hunt – a testament to the wariness of the prey....
  • Report: Detroit Tigers set to hire former catcher Brad Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland

    11/03/2013 5:25:32 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 33 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 03, 2013 | Chris Iott
    Brad Ausmus has never managed in the minors or the majors. In his first year on the job, he will manage a team that is among the favorites to win the World Series. The Tigers will hire Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland as manager, according to multiple reports. Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 appears to be the first to report the news. It was later confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com. Text messages sent to Ausmus and the Tigers late Saturday night were not immediately returned. Reports indicate that he will fly to Detroit on Sunday to finalize the deal....
  • Wayne County files lawsuit against jail site contractor

    10/31/2013 5:43:04 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 1 replies
    myFOXDetroit.com ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | Dennis Kraniak
    DETROIT (WJBK) - On the same day Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano pitched the idea of selling the unfinished jail in the city of Detroit, the county announced it's suing the project manager in charge of the unfinished project. On Wednesday, Wayne County and the Wayne County Building Authority electronically filed a lawsuit against AECOM Services of Michigan, blaming the firm for cost overruns and unauthorized changes in the construction of a new county jail. The county seeks $154 million from AECOM. In the suit, Wayne County claims the actions taken by AECOM forced cost increases and eventually lead to...
  • Andrew Heller: It's time for the Tea Party to pay the piper

    10/18/2013 9:10:53 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 62 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | October 18, 2013 | Andrew Heller
    The government shutdown, by one estimate, sucked $24 billion out of the American economy in just two weeks. How about we send the bill to the Tea Party? According to Time magazine, the shutdown cost: • About $3.1 billion in lost government services, according to the research firm HIS. • $152 million per day in lost travel spending, according to the U.S. Travel Association. • $76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down, according to the National Park Service. • $217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area...
  • Michigan is back with affirmative action fight

    10/14/2013 8:17:05 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2013 | Robert Barnes
    One way to think of the affirmative action case at the Supreme Court this week is like this: How can a state constitutional amendment banning the use of race violate the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on racial discrimination? But here’s a second: If the Supreme Court has found that limited racial considerations in university admissions are allowed, can a state’s voters forbid minorities from trying to convince political leaders that it’s a good idea?
  • Bobby Ferguson sentenced to 21 years in prison (Detroit)

    10/11/2013 2:15:35 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    myFOXDetroit.com ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | myFOXDetroit.com Staff
    <p>DETROIT (WJBK) -- A contractor convicted of tag-teaming with a Detroit mayor to commit corruption worth millions was sentenced Friday to 21 years in federal prison.</p> <p>Bobby Ferguson's punishment was more than double what his attorneys had sought. It came a day after former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison, one of the longest penalties in recent cases of public corruption in the U.S.</p>
  • The government shutdown ruined my Upper Peninsula vacation

    10/05/2013 6:54:22 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 86 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | October 05, 2013 | John Russell
    Our vacation was planned for months. The time was planned to coincide with the maximum autumn colors, and the best weather possible. The planning took place, a vehicle was rented, rooms were reserved, and the weather forecasts were all scanned and showed great autumn forecasts. Congress was the unknown factor. For hundreds of vacationers to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the shutdown of government facilities was something that did not fit into the advanced planning. Dotted with state and federal parks and attractions, the Upper Peninsula has peak fall color in early October. It seemed like the perfect time for us to...
  • Three charged with election fraud in Hamtramck; more shenanigans to be revealed

    09/18/2013 4:44:34 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | September 18, 2013 | Gus Burns
    HAMTRAMCK, MI — A complaint by former Hamtramck Councilwoman Cathie Gordon may have helped expose election fraud in Hamtrmack's August primary. Gordon, who placed fourth among four primary candidates running for mayor with 12 percent of the vote, says that might not be the last of it. The findings come weeks after Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Cathy Square the city's new emergency manager tasked with elevating the city of near 22,000 toward fiscal stability. State Attorney General Bill Schuette on Wednesday charged three Hamtramck men with a total of 41 counts among them of improper possession or return of an...
  • Meijer offers free youth hunting license statewide for kids 16 and younger

    09/12/2013 5:05:03 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    FLINT, MI – It’s almost hunting season, and Meijer stores across the state are giving youth hunters the opportunity to get licensed for free on Sept. 13 and 14. For the sixth consecutive year, Meijer has teamed up with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to provide hunters ages 16 and under with free small game, mentored youth and combination licenses for the upcoming hunting seasons. “We hope it’s a nice promotion and it’s a great partnership with Meijer,” said Dennis Fox, the chief of staff for the Department of Natural Resources. “We hope that hunters who may be on...
  • State elections director: Re-tabulation prevented disenfranchisement of over 24,000 Detroit voters

    09/03/2013 6:48:56 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 14 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | September 03, 2013 | Khalil AlHajal
    DETROIT, MI -- The state Board of Canvassers voted Tuesday to certify election results from Detroit's Aug. 6 primary election after staffers reviewed write-in ballots and calculated totals that differed vastly from Wayne County numbers. Michigan Bureau of Elections workers spent days re-tabulating write-in ballots from 385 of Detroit's 614 precincts after Wayne County's Board of Canvassers declined to certify results because of questions surrounding the way mayoral write-in votes were initially counted. In some precincts, poll workers did not use hash marks to count write-in votes, leading the County Clerk's office to seek to disqualify thousands of votes and...
  • LeDuff: The vote is in - incompetence wins by a landslide!

    08/29/2013 4:52:01 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 15 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Aug 29, 2013 | Charlie LeDuff
    DETROIT – When the government cannot guarantee something as elemental as a person's vote, that government becomes illegitimate. That's where we're at in Detroit after the spectacle perpetrated by the office of the City Clerk Janice Winfrey and by extension the Board of Elections. A banana republic. Missing hash marks, tardy absentee ballots, candidates left off the ballots. 108 percent of the adult population registered to vote and the mysterious retirement of the director of the board of elections. The aftermath of the Detroit primary this month devolved into such a sitcom that the write-in ballots had to be sent...
  • Fewer cops, less crime: MLive investigation finds Michigan safer even as police numbers decline

    08/27/2013 4:55:22 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 23 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | August 27, 2013 | John Barnes
    He was police officer of the year just months ago, at one of the state’s largest departments. Decorated. Heralded. One of the best. Then he was laid off. Today, Brian Wilson does odd jobs to make ends meet. He works part-time one day a week at one of the state’s smallest departments. “A lot of my awards … had to do with being proactive,” said the former Saginaw police officer. “My ability to do that was reduced significantly over the past year because I didn’t have as much back-up and I didn’t have anywhere near as much time on the...
  • The key to Mike Duggan's odds-defying primary win in the Detroit mayoral race

    08/08/2013 3:58:26 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | August 08, 2013 | Tim Skubick
    “I’m proud of Detroit.” On the other end of the line was Sen. Tupac Hunter (D-Detroit), who is a member of the Mike Duggan inner circle. He was calling to remind everyone of what the senator said last week in the midst of a media story line that somehow his candidate for Mayor of Detroit could not win an uphill write-in campaign. So much for that story line. “You said you would save that tape,” he chuckled as he basked in a very impressive victory for his guy for mayor. Mr. Duggan defied the experts and finished fir - not...
  • Protestors take to downtown Flint in support of McDonald's workers, marijuana legalization

    07/31/2013 5:22:17 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 15 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | July 31, 2013 | Chris Aldridge
    FLINT, MI -- A group of protestors operating under the banner of Anonymous -- a multi-faceted, underground activist group known for hacking computers of U.S. government offices and those of foreign countries -- took to downtown Flint Wednesday, July 31, to support a range of social and political issues. Led by Flint resident Adam Gerics, founder and co-director of New Market Fire Station Compassion Center of Greater Flint and a candidate for Flint City Council, protestors stood outside U.S. Rep Dan Kildee's Flint District Office, 801 S. Saginaw St. "A major part of this action is that we want to...
  • Bus driver error results in detention of 50 Mexican immigrants at Canadian border

    07/28/2013 3:34:34 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 37 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | July 26, 2013 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT — The bus driver made a mistake; there was no turning back. Fifty Mexican immigrants, none of them documented citizens and only three with Green Cards, were on a bus from the Hispanic Center in Grand Rapids destined for the Mexican Consulate in Detroit Thursday when they found themselves unexpectedly under the scrutiny of Canadian border officials. Ariel Moutsatsos, the minister of press for the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C., says the bus driver "made the wrong decision" and inadvertently took the highway onto the the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. Once on the bridge, vehicles...
  • Pam Byrnes announces she will run against Tim Walberg for Congress (MI 7th)

    07/18/2013 1:28:42 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 13 replies
    Annarbor.com ^ | Jul 18, 2013 | Ryan J. Stanton
    Former state Rep. Pam Byrnes, a Democrat from Washtenaw County's Lyndon Township, announced Thursday she's running for Congress to help fix a "broken system" in Washington. Byrnes is seeking the 7th District seat held by Tim Walberg, a Republican from Tipton who unseated Democrat Mark Schauer in 2010 to regain the seat. Walberg held the seat in 2007 and 2008 before losing to Schauer in November 2008. Byrnes will take her shot at unseating Walberg in 2014. "Washington is broken and Tim Walberg is part of the problem. He puts special interests and corporations ahead of middle-class Michigan families," Byrnes...
  • Increasing popularity of carrying concealed guns prompts county office to bolster staff (MI)

    07/09/2013 8:21:41 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Annarbor.com ^ | Tue, Jul 9, 2013 | Amy Biolchini
    Washtenaw County officials are anticipating a record year for the office that handles gun permits — and are responding in turn by requesting increased hours for staff. Since 2008 an increasing number of people have been filing applications for Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) in Washtenaw County, records show. In the first quarter of this year, there have been nearly double the number of applications during the first quarter of last year. Washtenaw County’s Elections and Administration Division processes the CPL permit applications. Staff is requesting the Board of Commissioners approve turn a part-time administrative coordinator into a full-time position to...
  • Man climbs into pipeline in protest of Enbridge Inc. in Marshall

    06/24/2013 9:06:59 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 35 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 24, 2013 | Ursula Zerilli
    MARSHALL, MI – A man protesting the Enbridge Inc. pipeline, the source of the 2010 oil spill, has lodged himself into the open pipeline and is refusing to come out, according to reports. WWMT is reporting that the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department and rescue crews are on the the scene and are worried about the man’s oxygen intake. Channel 3 is reporting a woman on the scene, who said she is with MI CATS, the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands, identified the man in the pipe as Chris Wahmhoff, an organizer for Occupy Kalamazoo. The group, which demands Enbridge remove...
  • Columbia School District officials shocked, saddened by arrest of PTO president (Sexual misconduct)

    06/21/2013 4:29:14 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 14 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 20, 2013 | Leanne Smith
    BROOKLYN, MI – Columbia School District officials say they are shocked and saddened by the arrest of an active Parent Teacher Organization member. Jill Miller, 37, of Liberty Township was arraigned in Jackson County District Court on Wednesday, June 12, on charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, child abusive commercial activity and internet-communicating with another to commit a crime, according to court records. Police have released few details of the case. Miller has a preliminary examination in Jackson County District Court scheduled July 12. Miller, who has four children in Columbia schools, most recently was president of the Columbia Middle...
  • Shipwreck lost 100 years discovered nearly completely intact in depths of Lake Superior

    06/20/2013 4:19:14 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    nydailynews ^ | June 10, 2013 | AP
    Almost 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down during a November storm in Lake Superior, a group of shipwreck hunters thinks it has found the ship - and much of it is largely intact. The group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Mich., according to the Duluth News Tribune. The group says it hasn't seen the name of the ship on the wreck yet, but all signs indicate it's the Smith, sitting amid a spilled load of iron ore. "It's the most satisfying find of my shipwreck-hunting...
  • LeDuff: Detroit police's simulated purse snatching goes awry

    06/07/2013 9:47:46 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    myfoxdetroit ^ | Jun 06, 2013 | Charlie LeDuff
    DETROIT (WJBK) - An FBI agent almost shot a Detroit cop on Wednesday at a gas station while filling up. It wasn't the agent or the cop's fault. It was the cop's bosses, who came up with the lame brain idea to simulate a purse snatching and then invite a TV crew to film your reaction Detroit. The immediate supervisor of these cops had no idea this was happening until they called him. "The event takes place. The officer takes the purse, runs around the gas station. As he's running, an off-duty FBI agent is pumping gas. He witnesses the...
  • (Twitchy)Michael Moore: My theater makes money because it’s designed not to turn a profit

    06/05/2013 3:24:35 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    twitchy ^ | june 5 2013 | Twitchy
    Michael Moore takes to twitter to brag about the profit his non profit theater makes and hilarity ensues.
  • Jackson County Airport home to replica German Fokker aircraft

    05/06/2013 6:43:28 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 12 replies
    Mlive ^ | May 06, 2013 | Lisa Satayut
    JACKSON, MI – It dangled from a crane a few feet off the ground before slowly being transported across the parking lot of the Jackson County Airport. For added safety, a group of five men held onto it as it made its way from a hangar, through a small gate and across the parking lot before stopping in front of the terminal. The newest addition to the county airport is a scale model replica of a German Fokker fighter plane; the same plane flown in World War I by the Red Baron. The aircraft is now on display in front...
  • Michigan Dad Decides to Open Carry .45-Cal. Handgun at His Daughter’s School

    05/02/2013 7:15:54 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 1, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    Seeking to make a point about firearms, a Michigan man decided to open carry his .45-cal. handgun at his daughter’s school and later uploaded the footage to YouTube. The father says he made sure to first notify the school, the Michigan State Police, the county sheriff and other local law enforcement officials that he would be exercising his right to carry a gun. The man behind the video told TheBlaze on Wednesday that he was not legally required to alert police or school officials that he would be carrying a gun. But rather than risk causing a panic, the man...
  • Ron and Rand Paul pressuring Justin Amash to forego Senate run, report says

    04/24/2013 6:08:46 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive ^ | April 24, 2013 | Zane McMillin
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, is being pressured to stay out of the race for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's seat by libertarian power brokers Ron and Rand Paul. That's according to a National Journal article published Wednesday that examines the potential candidacies of Amash and fellow Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell. According to the article, rumors are flying that Amash — branded in several national media articles as the "next Ron Paul" — is being cautioned against a run by the elder Paul and Rand Paul, a Kentucky senator: But perhaps most illustrative of the tension...