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  • (Rick) Snyder hints at White House bid

    03/26/2015 8:08:20 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    Detroit News | 3-26-2015 | David Shepardson Link only due to copyright rules
  • U.S. Rep. Candice Miller will not seek reelection in 2016

    03/05/2015 1:40:47 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 38 replies
    WDIV ^ | 3-5-2015
    U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2016. "I freely pass the baton to whomever my community chooses to serve as their next voice in the US House of Representatives," Miller said in a statement. "I pledge to support their choice to the very best of my ability, as I pledge to finish my term with a commitment to fulfill my duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability, as I swore in my oath of office."
  • Athens County sheriff found guilty of corruption, sent immediately to jail (Democrat)

    02/13/2015 3:17:14 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 11 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 2-13-2015 | Mary Beth Lane
    ATHENS, Ohio — Suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly was led away in handcuffs yesterday after a jury found him guilty of 18 crimes, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove revoked Kelly’s bond. She said he needed to be incarcerated because he posed a flight risk and his conviction on the corrupt-activity charge, a first-degree felony, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Kelly, 64, could face even more prison time if the judge orders the sentences for his convictions to run consecutively. Cosgrove set sentencing for March 20. Kelly’s conviction...
  • Democratic state Rep. Gretchen Driskell announces bid for 7th Congressional seat in 2016 (MI)

    02/09/2015 7:00:13 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 5 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-9-2015 | Will Forgrave
    JACKSON, MI - The first female mayor of Saline hopes to keep her streak going and become the first female representative in Michigan's 7th Congressional District, currently held by Republican incumbent Tim Walberg. Driskell, a Democrat in her second term representing the 52nd District in Michigan's House of Representatives, announced her candidacy Monday morning, Feb. 9. "I believe in helping neighbors in my district," the Saline resident said. "I hope to bring their concerns to Washington and work toward a better Michigan. I don't believe they're getting the representation they deserve."
  • Cursing near play area could be costly

    05/19/2014 2:59:28 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 34 replies
    Livingston Daily ^ | 5-19-2014 | Jim Totten
    Swear in downtown Brighton near the Imagination Station playground, and there’s a good chance you’ll be getting a ticket. Colin Andersen learned this lesson the hard way. Upset that his friend had been ticketed for skateboarding in downtown Brighton and told to leave, Andersen said he was simply venting when he said, “This is f------ bull----.” The 19-year-old Brighton resident was hanging out with his friends on a sunny April day in a parking lot next to the pavilion and Imagination Station; Andersen said he swore under his breath and no children heard him. However, a Brighton Police Department officer...
  • Teens charged in 'knock-out game' assault of teacher at Burton Wal-Mart

    05/03/2014 2:11:19 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 29 replies
    Mlive ^ | 5-2-2014 | David Harris
    BURTON, MI – Two 16-year-old Flint boys are facing assault charges after they allegedly punched a 52-year-old teacher from Otisville in the head while he shopped at Wal-Mart then posted video of the alleged attack online as part of the so-called "knock-out" game. The assault took place around 7 p.m. March 17 at the Wal-Mart on Court Street in Burton. The man was shopping alone when a teen ran up and punched the man while another teen filmed the attack with a cellphone, according to police. They then fled the scene. The victim, a teacher at an area school, suffered...
  • Traverse City man tried to kill girlfriend, who didn't like him going to strip club, prosecutor says

    04/24/2014 4:52:56 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-24-2014 | John Agar
    GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI – A Traverse City man is accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend because she did not like him going to strip clubs, authorities said Thursday, April 24. Sean Jones, 30, has been charged with attempted murder and assault by strangulation, Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said. "The allegation is that he was strangling her in an attempt to kill her,” Cooney told The Grand Rapids Press/ He said that Jones allegedly tried to kill her because of “her not wanting him to go to strip clubs.” Cooney said it was unclear what club Jones...
  • Michigan Political Points: Mark Schauer fires back, invites Republicans to read his plans

    04/19/2014 5:07:30 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-19-2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mark Schauer this week outlined his plan for K-12 schools, knocked Gov. Rick Snyder's education policies and fired back at Republicans who say he doesn't have a plan for… much of anything, really. Welcome back to Michigan Political Points, my weekly roundup of interesting news, views and YouTubes from the state Capitol and beyond. POLITICS AND PLANS: Schauer, asked about the Republican narrative that he has "no plan" for Michigan's future, called his education proposal "a concrete policy plan" and invited Republicans to read it. "They should have read my proposal to raise the...
  • Detroit student joins BAMN to lead protest against U-M admissions office

    04/16/2014 9:48:33 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 8 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 4-16-2014
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) -- Detroit high school student Brooke Kimbrough, along with the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary, staged a protest Tuesday to demand more diversity at the University of Michigan. BAMN is demanding an immediate appeal on behalf of Kimbrough and Birmingham Seaholm student Daisha Martin. Both applied to the university school and were denied admission. Kimbrough, who is black, says she carries a 3.6 GPA, scored a 23 (out of 36) on the ACT test and is a leader of University Prep High School's winning debate team. Martin's is president of Seaholm's Black Student Union,...
  • Northern Michigan dam fails, section of U.S. 127 could flood

    04/15/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 27 replies
    mlive ^ | 4-15-2014 | Andrew Krietz
    ROSCOMMON TOWNSHIP, MI — Flood water reportedly is moving quickly downstream toward Old 27 and U.S. 127 after a dam failed in the area. A flash flood warning is in effect for southwestern Roscommon County until 6 p.m. Tuesday following the breakage of the Wraco Lodge Dam. Shortly after noon, the National Weather Service reported water was just inches below a U.S. 127 bridge. There is the possibility of water overtopping the highway between mile markers 185 and 186. Motorists are advised to not drive over flooded roads. "The water is about a foot and a half from the top...
  • Black Bear Mauls Florida Woman, Drags Her Out of Garage

    04/13/2014 2:43:20 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 108 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-13-2014 | LIZ FIELDS
    The hunt is on today for a black bear who mauled a woman at her home in an upscale central Florida neighborhood, leaving her with injuries to her face, legs and torso and requiring her to get 40 stitches to the head. Terri Frana of Lake Mary, Fla., went to her garage Saturday evening to grab bicycles for her children to ride down to their neighbor's house when the attack happened, according to her husband, Frank Frana. As soon as the children left, Frana, 45, saw two bears in the driveway. She walked to the patio area where there were...
  • Deputies release sketch of man who assaulted woman in gay marriage hate crime

    04/02/2014 4:21:16 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 28 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-2-2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies released a sketch of the man believed to have assaulted a woman who he called a gay slur in Ypsilanti Township. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau is now investigating the assault of a woman who was targeted by her assailants because she is a lesbian. Sheriff’s office spokesman Derrick Jackson said detectives met the 28-year-old woman again Wednesday to further develop a suspect description. Jackson said the sketch will hopefully help identify the suspect. Snipped Sheriff’s office officials have said they have no reason to doubt the woman’s report and her injuries —...
  • Mark Schauer expected to announce Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as running mate in governor's race

    04/02/2014 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-2-2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    <p>DETROIT, MI -- Candidate for governor Mark Schauer plans to announce his running mate in a series of news conferences Thursday.</p> <p>Two Lansing-based news services, Gongwer and MIRS, report that Schauer is expected to name Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his candidate for lieutenant governor.</p>
  • Midland state senator announces run for U.S. Rep Dave Camp's seat

    04/01/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 4 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-1-2014 | Mark Tower
    MIDLAND, MI — Less than 24 hours after U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, announced he will not seek re-election in November, Midland's state senator announced he will run for Camp's seat. State Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, issued a press release Tuesday afternoon, April 1, stating he will seek election to represent Michigan's 4th Congressional District. "I will be a strong conservative voice for the hard working families of mid and northern Michigan," Moolenaar said. "In Michigan I have fought against overreaching government policies that are killing jobs and overburdening individuals." Camp announced late in the day Monday, March 31, that...
  • Bishop in the GOP race to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers

    03/31/2014 9:44:34 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 8 replies
    Oakland Press ^ | 3-31-2014 | Charles Crumm
    Republicans are jumping in quickly to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, who announced Friday he’ll be leaving Congress at the end of the year to be a talk radio host. Mike Bishop, former majority leader in the Michigan Senate, confirmed Monday he’ll be in the running. And Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has set up a page on the social media site Facebook to push his own candidacy. Bishop, an attorney and Rochester Republican, said via the social media platform Twitter that he’ll seek the seat. “Yes sir,” Bishop tweeted in response to a direct message Monday morning....
  • Overturning gay marriage ban would extend 'justice and equality,' says Episcopal bishop in Saginaw

    03/15/2014 12:08:09 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 13 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-14-2014 | Andy Hoag
    SAGINAW, MI — As a federal judge weighs Michigan's gay marriage ban, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan issued a statement supporting the overturn of the ban. Bishop Todd Ousley on Thursday, March 13, stated that ending the ban, which U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman may do after hearing eight days of testimony during a trial for a Hazel Park couple's case against the state, would extend “justice and equality to all of God's children.” “My own experiences with same-sex couples and the experiences in communities and congregations across our diocese have show that there is holy...
  • 'Stand your ground' protest: Michigan activists look to repeal law through possible ballot proposal

    03/11/2014 3:26:58 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 26 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-11-2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- A group of two dozen activists rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday, promising to launch a ballot campaign to repeal Michigan's "stand your ground" law if lawmakers fail to update it. The Rev. Charles Williams II, Detroit head of the National Action Network, said that the group supports 2nd amendment and self-defense rights but believes Michigan's law goes too far and does not encourage residents to "choose peace" when the option is available. "We're going to go to every community across the state of Michigan and we're going to get 'stand your ground' repealed right here...
  • Abortion 'rider' offered by 7 Michigan insurers as controversial law takes effect

    03/10/2014 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 2 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-10-2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- Michigan women will not have the choice to buy an individual abortion "rider" when the state's controversial insurance law takes effect Thursday, but some employers may choose to provide the coverage for less than a dollar a month. The law, initiated by a Right to Life Petition drive and approved by the Republican-led Legislature in early December, will prohibit insurance companies from selling policies that include abortion coverage as a standard feature. Instead, they can offer the coverage through an optional policy add-on, known as a rider. Seven insurers plan to offer riders for small and large-group...
  • Rep. Justin Amash slammed for abortion vote in GOP challenger's first $75K TV ad

    03/10/2014 1:20:05 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 21 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-10-2014 | Andrew Krietz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Businessman Brian Ellis unleashed his first television advertisement against U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, calling a single 2012 abortion vote "very wrong." The 30-second spot attacks Amash, R-Cascade Township, as being the only Michigan Republican voting against the 2012 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which reportedly would have imprisoned doctors for performing abortions based solely on gender. The bill failed in the House with a vote of 246-168 in favor. It needed 276 yeas to pass. "Amash voted to allow gender selection abortions to continue," the ad states. "Right to Life called Amash's vote 'shameful' and 'pro-abortion.' They're right....
  • 'We're not bad people,' say open-carry advocates during march through Grand Rapids

    03/02/2014 4:34:45 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-2-2014 | Garrett Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you were in the vicinity of Michigan Street and Fuller Avenue NE on Sunday around noon, chances are good you saw lots of people walking down the sidewalk carrying pistols strapped to their hips.That was the point, say a vocal group of gun owners who marched with openly visible pistols though Northeast Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 2, a year after a man who is now suing the city was detained by police for doing something similar.“We’re trying to take concealed weapons out of the closet and into the open,” said Ryan Adams, a regional...
  • Saginaw-area Democrats endorse Mark Schauer

    02/26/2014 3:26:16 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 13 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-24-2014 | Mark Tower
    SAGINAW, MI — A group of Saginaw County-area Democrats joined together at Saginaw's Savoy Bar and Grill to endorse Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. Michael Hanley, chairman of the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners, said he met Schauer in 1996 on the former congressman's first campaign for state representative. "I can't tell you what a strong leader Mark has been since the very beginning," said Hanley at the event Monday, Feb. 24. "He certainly has a great wealth of experience. One thing he has carried with him throughout that entire experience is a strong support for working people." Schauer pledged...
  • How they voted: 1 Michigan Republican voted for 'clean' debt ceiling bill (Dave Camp)

    02/12/2014 8:34:11 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 7 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-12-2014 | Fritz Klug
    The Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a bill to extend the nation's debt ceiling without any conditions until March 2015. The bill passed 221 to 201 on Tuesday, with only 28 Republicans voting yes and two Democrats voting no. Of those 28 Republicans, one was from Michigan: U.S. Rep Dave Camp, R-Midland. The vote comes after several years of political debate about raising the debt ceiling. Republicans have wanted to cut spending and not raise the amount of money the nation can borrow while Democrats have said it's important for the country's financial standing to continue to fund previously made obligations....
  • The Stealth War on Abortion

    01/18/2014 4:30:22 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 30 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 1-15-2014 | Janet Reitman
    On the morning of December 11th, Gretchen Whitmer, the charismatic 42-year-old minority leader of the Michigan Senate, stood before her colleagues in the Statehouse in Lansing, and told them something she'd told almost no one before. "Over 20 years ago, I was a victim of rape," she said. "And thank God it didn't result in a pregnancy, because I can't imagine going through what I went through and then having to consider what to do about an unwanted pregnancy from an attacker."No one in the gallery said a word. Instead, with just hours to go before it broke for Christmas...
  • Report from NARAL Pro-Choice America Details State-by-State Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights

    01/18/2014 4:17:06 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 12 replies
    New Report from NARAL Pro-Choice America Details State-by-State Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the U.S., Highlights Winning Agenda for 2014 In 2013, 24 States Passed 53 Anti-Choice Measures, Compared to 10 States that Enacted 16 Pro-Choice Measures WASHINGTON - January 14 - Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation released the 23rd edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States. The report, published each year, provides individual letter grades on the status of women’s reproductive rights for all 50 states and provides a comprehensive view of choice-related legislation and court decisions...
  • Abortion rights advocates will not launch ballot drive to repeal controversial new insurance law

    01/13/2014 2:08:19 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 6 replies
    Mlive ^ | 1-13-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    Reproductive rights groups opposed to Michigan's new abortion insurance law will not seek to overturn it at the ballot box in 2014. The ACLU of Michigan, along with state chapters of Planned Parenthood and the National Organization of Women, had been considering a referendum to repeal the law, which prohibits insurers from covering most abortions unless a woman or her employer has purchased an additional rider in advance. "The timing is just not right for a referendum or initiative at this point," Rana Elmir, deputy director for the ACLU of Michigan, said Tuesday. "Our research indicates that there's a growing...
  • Children of rape offer support for Michigan abortion insurance bill: 'We are not exceptions'

    12/09/2013 7:57:36 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 3 replies
    Mlive ^ | 12-3-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- A group of adults conceived through rape, as well as survivors of sexual assaults, gathered at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday to offer support for a controversial bill that would require women to purchase a separate rider if they want abortion coverage in their health insurance plan. The bill, spearheaded by Right to Life of Michigan and now awaiting action in the state Legislature, does not include any exceptions to cover abortion in the case of rape, incest or general health of the mother. "No child deserves to be punished for the crimes of their father," said...
  • Florida Mother Upset by School's 'Fat Letter': Is BMI Bogus?

    10/07/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 51 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10-7-2013 | Sarah Weir
    A Florida mom received an unpleasant surprise in the mail recently. No, it wasn't an unexpected bill, it was a letter that said her 11-year-old daughter, Lily, was overweight. "Lily is tall, she's athletic, she's solid muscle, Kristen Grasso, told Fox 4 News." By no means is she overweight." The girl, a star on her middle school volleyball team, had her Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated as part of a health screening mandated by Florida law. While parents can opt out, Grasso, a mother of four who says she tries to encourage her children to be active and feeds them...
  • Chicago now murder capital of U.S., FBI says

    09/19/2013 11:39:16 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-19-2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Move over New York, the Second City is now the murder capital of America. According to new crime statistics released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chicago had more homicides in 2012 than any other city in the country. There were 500 murders in Chicago last year, the FBI said, surpassing New York City, which had 419. In 2011, there were 515 homicides in the Big Apple, compared with the 431 in Chicago. But as the Washington Post noted, residents of Chicago and New York were much less likely to be victims of a homicide than some Michigan...
  • Flint Mayor Dayne Walling in Washington, D.C., pushing for gun control

    09/19/2013 4:04:23 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 23 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-19-2013 | Dominic Adams
    Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will join survivors of gun violence, victims’ families, other politicians, law enforcement, gun owners and faith leaders in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 19. Walling will be there as a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns during a news conference at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol. “We’re asking lawmakers to support common sense gun safety – including universal background checks,” Walling told The Flint Journal. The “No More Names” tour has been in 25 states in the last 100 days, urging elected officials to reconsider bipartisan gun background check legislation that enjoys overwhelming public support...
  • Interactive map shows your odds of becoming a violent crime victim by Michigan city

    09/18/2013 11:44:18 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 14 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-18 | Brad Devereux
    In 2012, residents of at least five Michigan cities had 50-to-1 odds or better of citizens becoming victims of violent crime, according to data released this week. The Saginaw News compiled a map of data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations that shows the rate of violent crime in 2012 across reporting police agencies. Flint, Saginaw and Detroit were listed among the highest per capita violent crime rates in the country. Using FBI crime data and population estimates, in 2012, citizens had varying odds of becoming crime victims. Here's a look: Flint: 1 in 37 chance of being a...
  • Michigan backs NRA in Supreme Court challenge to prohibition on handgun sales for those under 21

    09/06/2013 12:46:58 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 16 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-6-2013 | Mlive
    LANSING -- Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined 21 other state attorneys general in signing a "friend of the court" brief filed in support of a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review gun laws which prohibit handgun sales to anyone under the age of 21. The petition was filed by the National Rifle Association in a suit against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which alleges federal gun laws preventing anyone younger than 21 from buying a handgun from a federally licensed dealer violate the Second Amendment. In the brief, filed by Alabama Attorney General...
  • Flint abortion clinic that made national news closes its doors

    09/04/2013 10:18:05 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 3 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-4-2013 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, MI -- A Flint abortion clinic that made national news after a Fenton Township woman claimed that she was held down by a doctor and forced to have an abortion at the facility has closed. The closure of the Feminine Health Care Clinic, 2032 S. Saginaw Road, leaves one free-standing abortion clinic in the Flint area, according to the leader of a Genesee County Right to Life group. A recorded phone message at the clinic says that the facility is closed until further notice. Appliances and furniture can still be seen inside the brick and metal building. A glass...
  • FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

    08/29/2013 9:10:39 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    Whitehouse ^ | 8-29-2013 | Obama Admin
    FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence Today, the Obama administration announced two new common-sense executive actions to keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands and ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities. These executive actions build on the 23 executive actions that the Vice President recommended as part of the comprehensive gun violence reduction plan and the President unveiled on January 16, 2013. Even as Congress fails to act on common-sense proposals, like expanding criminal background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, the President and Vice President remain...
  • New Kettering University student club wants to carry concealed guns on Flint campus

    08/29/2013 9:02:55 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 16 replies
    mlive ^ | 8-29-2013 | Sarah Schuch
    FLINT, MI – Some Kettering University students want to start a conversation about allowing the carrying of concealed firearms on campus. And they've started a club to do it. Kettering Students for Concealed Carry became an official university club Aug. 1, and members are taking the opportunity to get students talking. "We believe that while college campuses are usually safer than other public places, we still think that anything can happen," said Kaity Huff, KSCC vice president. "Calling this a gun-free space won't stop a crazy person." The group of roughly 20 active members out of the almost 900 students...
  • 'Point 'em out, knock 'em out': Brutal game ends when assault victim fires his concealed handgun

    08/26/2013 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 152 replies
    Mlive ^ | 8-26-2013 | John Barnes
    The game was called "point 'em out, knock 'em out," and it was as random as it was brutal.The object: Target an innocent victim for no other reason than they are there, then sucker punch him or her.But on this day in Lansing, there would be no punch. The teen-age attacker had a stun gun. He did not know his would-be victim was carrying a legally concealed pistol. The teen lost the game................The 17-year-old in gym shorts approached his target. The 28-year-old Lansing man was waiting for his daughter at her school-bus stop at REO Road and Ballard Street.....The teen...
  • Tea party leader Wes Nakagiri wants to replace Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in 2014

    08/26/2013 10:28:37 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 6 replies
    Mlive ^ | 8-26-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- Tea party leader Wes Nakagiri, a vocal critic of Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, is looking to replace him. The Hartland resident and founder of RetakeOurGov announced Monday morning that he has filed paperwork to form a candidate committee and will seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2014. "I am running to bring a conservative voice to the current Lansing administration," he said in a release. "Having a grassroots conservative on the 2014 ticket will energize the base of the GOP to come out and work hard on its behalf. This energy and enthusiasm will...
  • Bear Attack in Wexford County (MI)

    08/16/2013 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 44 replies
    9 and 10 news ^ | 8-16-2014
    The 12 year old girl from Haring Township is in stable condition after undergoing surgery after a black bear attack. She suffered deep cuts in her thigh. Just after 9 PM, Abby Wetherell, was heading home from a cabin down a two-track, north of Cadillac, when she saw a black bear. She began to run, hoping to make it to a nearby house. The bear attacked and clawed her. Abby got to her feet and started running when the bear attacked her again. The girl shouted for help. A neighbor heard her and ran to her aid, calling out Abby's...
  • Julia Merfeld, wife in Muskegon's fake hit man case caught on video, being sentenced today

    07/30/2013 9:05:00 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 20 replies
    Mlive ^ | 7-30-2013 | John Hausman
    MUSKEGON, MI – Today is judgment day for 21-year-old Julia Charlene Merfeld, who thought she was hiring a hit man to murder her husband but really was being video-recorded with an undercover police officer. Merfeld’s sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. today, July 30. Chief Muskegon County Circuit Judge William C. Marietti earlier committed to cap her minimum sentence at six years in state prison, but he has the discretion to set her maximum sentence at anything up to life. Merfeld pleaded guilty June 27 to solicitation to murder. MLive and the Muskegon Chronicle will cover the sentencing live online...
  • Mother of children burned in scalding water appeared on Jerry Springer (In court)

    07/29/2013 9:03:55 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 7 replies
    Mlive ^ | 7-29-2013
    JACKSON, MI – While efforts to terminate her parental rights were pending, Bridget Marks, a mother of three, appeared as a stripper on The Jerry Springer Show. “They don’t watch Jerry Springer in my house,” Marks, 23, responded when Assistant Prosecutor Kati Rezmierski asked her if she would want her children to see the show, which aired May 3. There is no nudity in the episode, titled “Strippers Go Round and Round,” and Marks said she was paid for her appearance. Marks, who said she no longer works as a dancer, was testifying Monday, July 29, during a family court...
  • The most dangerous cities in America, 2013 (Flint #1)

    06/20/2013 9:27:55 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    Yahoo/ ^ | 6-18-2013 | Samuel Weigley, Alexander E. M. Hess and Michael B. Sauter
    After falling for five consecutive years, the number of violent crimes across the United States rose by 1.2% in 2012. Based on data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the increase was even greater in some of America’s largest cities. In 2012, for the third year in a row, Flint, Michigan had the highest violent crime rate in the country. According to the FBI, violent crime includes murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In some cases, the cities with the highest violent crime rate, including Flint and Oakland, had high rates in all four categories. However,...
  • Tim Tebow's reported signing with Patriots puts QB in perfect position

    06/11/2013 11:36:45 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 52 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-10-2013 | Dan Wetzel
    The strange part of the circus that surrounds Tim Tebow's every move – including reports Monday that he's going to sign with the New England Patriots – is that he does so little to keep it alive. He doesn't court the media. He doesn't say outlandish things. He doesn't complain about coaching decisions or teammates. He doesn't publicly beg for another chance. Even the quarterback's outward displays of faith (Tebowing, for instance) are nothing that dozens of other NFL players don't do each week after scoring a touchdown. Tebow is a good soldier, a young player who never said he...
  • Michigan Democrat Mark Schauer on running for governor: 'I'm ready to work, and I'm ready to win'

    05/28/2013 6:00:51 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    mlive ^ | 5-28-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- It's official: Former Congressman Mark Schauer is running for Michigan governor. The Battle Creek Democrat announced his candidacy online Tuesday and filed paperwork with the Michigan Secretary of State establishing a candidate committee, Mark Schauer for Governor, which will allow him to begin raising funds as he seeks the party nomination in 2014. He's the first Democrat to declare for the race and is the clear party favorite to challenge first-term Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has not yet confirmed his own re-election plans but is widely expected to run. "We need a governor who will protect...
  • Bill Would Let Michigan Install Red-Light Cameras

    05/24/2013 1:09:38 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 28 replies
    CBS 62 ^ | 5-24-2013
    Michigan’s local governments would have the option to put cameras at intersections to spot drivers running red lights under proposed legislation in the state House. A measure recently introduced by Republican Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City would give local communities the power to put cameras in place. “This legislation will give more local control to our municipalities while offering a safer environment for the people who live in these communities,” he said in a statement. The bill has gained the support of local law enforcement officials, who say the cameras will act as an extra deterrent to prevent drivers...
  • Greens get billionaire ally, money (Tom Steyer)

    04/03/2013 8:18:27 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4-3-2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A California billionaire is pledging to spend as much of his fortune as necessary to make climate change “the defining issue of our generation.” Tom Steyer, who made his riches as a hedge fund manager, told The Hill on Tuesday that he wants to make climate change a campaign issue for years to come and Democratic support for environmental protections as widespread as support for gay marriage and immigration reform. “The goal here is not to win. The goal here is to destroy these people. We want a smashing victory,” Steyer said of candidates he judges to be on the...
  • A look at 10 cities with highest arson rates in the country

    03/25/2013 9:44:25 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 18 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-25 | Gary ridley
    FLINT, MI -- Flint isn't alone when it comes to battling high rates of arson. Although Flint led the nation in per capita arsons for cities with at least 100,000 in 2011, some cities across the nation, and particularly the Midwest, are dealing with elevated arson rates, according to the most-recent data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Like Flint, many of the other cities experiencing high arson rates also have a plethora of vacant homes. Here is a brief statistical look at the cities with the highest arson rates in the country: 1) Flint Population: 102,357 Total arsons:...
  • Flint breaks homicide record in 2012 after shooting victim dies months later

    03/21/2013 6:44:07 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 30 replies
    mlive ^ | 3-20-2013 | Dominic Adams
    FLINT, MI – Matthew Dewayne Williams became Flint's record-setting 67th homicide victim in 2012 when he died five months after he was shot at a Flint gas station. Williams was critically injured when he was shot Nov. 6 at a BP gas station at Clio Road and Myrtle Avenue. Williams, 24, was taken to Hurley Medical Center in a personal vehicle. Flint police released his name to the media the next day. Michigan State Police said Williams died earlier this month – becoming Flint’s record-setting 67th homicide for 2012. “This stat is affirming that the gun violence in Flint is...
  • Mike Rogers Considering Michigan Senate Race

    03/09/2013 5:58:34 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | 3-9-2013 | Alex Brown
    Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is adding his name to the list of possible Republican contenders for the Wolverine State's open-seat Senate race in 2014. "I am giving the Senate race serious consideration," he said in a statement. The House Intelligence Committee Chair is considered a top-tier GOP candidate, but some have doubted his interest in the race due to his high-ranking position in the lower chamber. A number of big names on the Republican side have already taken their names out of the running following Sen. Carl Levin's Thursday announcement that he would not seek re-election. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich.,...
  • Judge to hear arguments on legality of Michigan's ban on gay marriage

    03/06/2013 12:26:53 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies
    Fox2Detroit ^ | 3-6-2013 | Amy Andrews
    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) - A federal judge is expected to make a decision this week that could eventually overturn on Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman of the U.S. District Court is expected to hear arguments on the legality of the ban during a hearing Thursday morning at Wayne St. University. A lesbian couple from Ferndale, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, originally filed suit last year in their fight to jointly adopt their three special needs children. "There's no way for them to both adopt the children together as a couple which leads to endless complications," said...
  • Crime is down in the 'D' and I am the Easter Bunny

    02/17/2013 2:51:16 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 11 replies
    Fox2Detroit ^ | 2-15-2013 | Charlie LeDuff
    DETROIT -- Everybody got their five minutes with Dave. Everybody got to pet the bunny. Everybody but poor ol' me. After his Wednesday State of the City speech, Mayor Dave Bing's men passed him around to the media, each outlet getting a whopping five minutes to feed Hizzoner carrots -- five minutes is an old-school political way of keeping the q & a superficial. That's how you interview Hollywood starlets, not serious public servants. My bosses nominated me for the chore. But Dave was a scared rabbit. Dave said no. Dave's guy told my boss: "This is not the right...
  • Lansing gun buyback brings in more than 100 guns, draws protests

    02/09/2013 8:48:23 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 12 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-9-2013 | Lauren Gibbons
    LANSING, MI — The Lansing Police Department's second gun buyback program earned more than 100 guns Saturday, an achievement officers called "a great success." About 128 guns were purchased from the official sale, Lansing Police Department public information officer Robert Merritt said. He estimated most of the guns collected at Saturday's sale, held at Lansing's Tabernacle of David church, were hand guns. Several long guns and two assault weapons were also collected. The city's first gun buyback returned about 100 firearms and was held in August after Lansing Eastern High School student LaVon Wilson, 16, was killed in a July...