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Improperly Set Beam Forces Repair of Latson Road Bridge

News Photo 10/2/14 - Less than a year after officials cut the ribbon on the Latson Road interchange, workers are back on the bridge over I-96 removing whole sections of concrete because of a mistake in the initial construction. Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kari Arend says one of the main beams settled incorrectly when they poured the initial deck. That resulted in a gap which created "ride quality issues." She says they realized that the work needed to be done as soon as possible as snow plows could potentially make the problem worse. Arend says because the interchange’s contract was still officially open, the cost of the repair will be covered by state and federal funds and then added onto the original project cost. She says the repair will keep a lane open in each direction and should be completed by early November. (JK)
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Kroger Sued Over Firing of Howell Twp. Worker

News Photo 10/2/14 - A lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit against the Kroger Company of Michigan stemming from the firing of an employee at the retailer’s Howell Township location. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit on Tuesday after a settlement on the matter could not be reached. It alleges that the Howell Township Kroger originally made reasonable accommodation for Jarydith Mannella, who worked as a stock person until she suffered a back injury in June of 2010. Mannella was moved out of the stock room and became a cashier, scanning items in customers’ carts using a hand-scanner. However, after more than a year in this capacity, she was let go. According to the EEOC, Kroger says it fired Mannella because she could not perform the essential duties of her job, but they believe it was actually done because the retailer learned her disability would be permanent. The suit seeks back pay, compensatory damages for emotional distress, and punitive damages against Kroger. Calls were placed by WHMI with media contacts for the Kroger Company, but no response was received. (JK)
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Work Moving Along on Two Bridge Projects w/ Lengthy Detours

News Photo 10/2/14 - There appears to be some relief in sight for motorists dealing with bridge work and detours. There’s been a six mile detour as a result of work on the Grand River bridge between Webberville and Fowlerville. Managing Director of the Livingston County Road Commission Mike Craine says they have a fantastic contractor building it and should be able to wrap that up well ahead of schedule at the end of October. The deck of the bridge has already been poured and had curing time. The work that will be done today, which is weather dependent, will involve pouring the concrete bridge railings. Craine says the other good news involves the Jewel Road bridge project. Craine says that same contractor with the good track record of getting projects done on time or early is handling the replacement of the bridge. It's been closed since February and affecting travel for those in the Marion Township area but should be done by mid-December. The Jewell Road bridge spans the Cedar River and is between Cedar Lake Road and Sexton Road. The load-carrying beams in the 80-year-old bridge were damaged over time by heavy vehicle traffic, which led to serious deterioration. Inspections ultimately led the road commission to conclude that it was in the public’s best interest to shut it down. Since then, motorists have been taking a 4.8-mile detour along Cedar Lake Road, Norton Road, and County Farm Road to get around the closure. (JM)
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Attack Victim's Co-Workers Testimony Tossed From Dog Hearing

News Photo 10/2/14 - The fate of two dogs that severely injured a Whitmore Lake woman and killed her dog was again addressed during a court hearing Wednesday, where two of her co-workers failed to show up after changing their stories. 26-year-old Adam Bater and his father, 54-year-old Douglas Bater, recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of having unlicensed dogs and allowing dogs to stray. They were ordered to pay $900 in fines for their responsibility in the July attack on 44-year-old Ellen Mohan in the Northfield Estates mobile home park. Mohan suffered severe injuries to her hands requiring five days of hospitalization, while her dog Zoey was killed. The two dogs in question, a pit bull and a Rhodesian ridgeback-boxer mix, were subsequently ordered to be euthanized by a judge. But then the attorney representing the Baters filed a motion to save the dogs after being contacted by two of Mohan’s co-workers at a digital marketing agency in Ann Arbor who claimed she lied during the initial hearing in which the dogs were ordered to be put down. But at a hearing yesterday in Washtenaw County Trial Court, the two women failed to show up despite being subpoenaed. They have also since retracted their statements that Mohan told them her dog had initiated the attack and that majority of the wounds to her hands were caused by her own dog as she rushed her to the veterinarian. The judge ruled their statements as inadmissible as hearsay because they were not present during the attack. However, the Bater’s attorney is still appealing the original decision to put down the dogs, which remain under the care of the Huron Valley Humane Society. Mohan has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Baters, Adam’s girlfriend and Northfield Estates, alleging the park was negligent and failed to enforce its own rules regarding dangerous pets. A separate half-million dollar lawsuit was also filed against the Baters by another neighbor who claims the dogs bit his young daughter and permanently scarred her. (JM)
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Local Wildlife Chapter Receives State Grant

News Photo 10/2/14 - The Livingston County chapter of a national wildlife organization is among groups splitting nearly $1.1 million in grants to improve habitats for game animals. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the grants Wednesday for about 20 conservation and nonprofit organizations as well as local governments and landowners. Among the awardees was the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Howell-based chapter known as the Longbeards. They will receive $20,800. The organization, which is made up primarily of hunters, helps restore wild turkey populations throughout North America with an emphasis on habitat restoration, education, sportsmanship, and outreach programs. The grants are funded with revenue from state hunting and fishing license sales. DNR Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason says the program helps manage Michigan's woods and waterways and ensures there are "quality hunting opportunities" throughout the state. He says hunting generates more than $2.3 billion for the state's economy. Projects receiving grants include expanding wetlands to improve waterfowl habitat and increasing food and shelter for white-tailed deer. (JK)
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Livingston County IT Employee Terminated; Three Others Resign

News Photo 10/1/14 - Livingston County officials say there was no threat to security or the integrity of the network following an investigation into the actions of four former employees within the Information Technology department. An internal investigation was performed regarding potential misconduct and misuse of county property/resources and officials say information and situations were uncovered that simply could not be ignored but appropriate actions were taken. After the investigation was launched, three employees resigned prior to any decision while one employee was terminated. Another two employees were found to have not directly engaged in any sharing of copyrighted materials. It began after allegations surfaced of a few IT employees storing copyrighted materials on the county network and possibly sharing them with others in the department. Officials say this file was only accessible by certain IT employees and there was no selling of software. The files were stored behind firewalls and security that were only accessible by persons with knowledge of the shared address and protected password. Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Steve Williams says they have been increasing the use of e-commerce to give people 24-7 access to county services and none of that is at risk. Williams tells WHMI they recognize that this is a very sensitive matter and recent events with Target and Home Depot have people on edge. However he assures the public, all county employees and municipal partnerships that the network is secure and has not been breached. He says no data, records or communications have been compromised and no persons without authorization are accessing information on the server. Williams says the investigation has been proper and professional and they are involving any outside entities as appropriate to assist and make sure they are thorough and fair. A copy of the letter that was issued by the county is attached below. (JM)
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Rogers Defends GOP Education Spending Record

Lingenfelter Collection Fall Open House to Benefit The Pink Fund

State Police Secretary Spearheads Dog's Return Home

Alleged Heroin Dealers Head to Trial

Traintrack Detour Derails Truck Trying To Avoid Festival Traffic

Judicial Race One Of Three Contests Highlighted At Forum

Voyager Elementary Named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

Man Enters Plea in Grisly Green Oak Township Murder

Dog Owners Enter Plea In Attack on Whitmore Lake Woman

Tyrone Township Officials Explore Getting Unique Zip Code

Hartland Firm Sues Former Client For Defamation

Felony Charges Being Sought In Local Kitten Stomping Deaths

Handy Begins Process Of Creating Industrial Developmen District

Howell Police Department To Get Drug Drop-Off Barrel

Preview Of Bullying Film Packs A Punch

Suspects Charged in Armed Home Invasion to Appear in Court

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Game Night Schedule 10-3-2014

Join us Friday Night for fast paced action of all your favorite high school football teams from around the Livingston County area. Live reports and scores at 15 and 45 past the hour on WHMI, Livingston County's own 93-5

High School Football

Hartland @ Brighton, Byron @ Genesee, Dexter @ Tecumseh, Fenton @ Clio, Ionia @ Fowlerville, Pinckney @ Grand Blanc, Flushing @ Holly, Linden @ Ortonville-Brandon, Howell @ Milford, Salem @ South Lyon East, South Lyon @ Novi, Stockbridge @ Olivet, Battle Creek St. Philip @ Webberville, White Lake Lakeland @ Waterford Kettering, Whitmore Lake @ Ottawa Lake WhitefordPortland @ Williamston.

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Student Athlete of the Week 9-28-2014

Sports Photo It's time once again to recognize another outstanding performance from the Livingston County area as our Student Athlete of the Week, brought to you by Bob Maxey Ford of Howell. This week we'd like to recognize Fenton runningback Dominic Weiss as our Student Athlete of the Week. He was not to be denied in a performance that helped his tigers stay undefeated at 5-0. Weiss ran for 210 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground for Fenton. With Dominic doing things like that out of the backfield, Fenton will be dangerous. Once again we'd like to recognize Fenton runningback Dominic Weiss as our Student Athlete of the Week. Congratulations on an outstanding performance from Bob Maxey Ford of Howell and WHMI, Livingston County's own 93-5.
 
Michigan Headlines

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - Mitt Romney is joining top Michigan Republican candidates at a political rally in suburban Detroit. Romney will hold a "ComMITT to the Comeback" rally this morning at Laurel Manor in Livonia. Democrats plan to protest outside the Romney rally by noting his opposition to the auto industry bailout.

BLISS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The state says it has found the source of a dam failure in a rural area of Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula and plans to repair the structure. O'Neal Lake Dam is located along Sucker Creek and creates a body of water known as O'Neal Lake. The dam is made up of about 140 feet of earthen berm and a spillway.

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) - Officials are trying to figure out who built an unauthorized plastic-lined water slide into a hillside at a Michigan park. A channel was dug to create the slide that goes into a lake at the park in Clinton County. Officials say the slide was built last weekend.

DETROIT (AP) - A makeshift system of plastic pipe, garden hoses, duct tape and towels is providing water service to a downtown Detroit coffeehouse and an adjoining jewelry store. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department hooked up the system to a fire hydrant several months ago following a water main leak under an alley. The temporary water hookup is another example of creative fixes to daily problems in bankrupt Detroit.

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Livingston County Events

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Friday, October 3Oktoberfest at Howell Opera House

Friday, October 3Fowlerville Farmers' Market

Friday, October 3An Evening for Our Stars

Saturday, October 4Pinckney Farmers' Market

Saturday, October 4Livingston County TV & Computer Collection Event

Saturday, October 4We Believe in Pink-Lingenfelter Car Collection

Saturday, October 4Cohoctah Large Item Trash Day

Saturday, October 4Brighton Farmers’ Market

Saturday, October 4Hartland Farmers’ Market

Sunday, October 5St. Mary's Breakfast

Sunday, October 5Howell Farmers’ Market

Sunday, October 5Green Oak Farmers' Market

Monday, October 6Habitat For Humanity Celebrates World Habitat Day

Monday, October 6Who'll Let the Dogs Out?

Monday, October 6Auditions for It's a Wonderful Life

Tuesday, October 7Focus on Life Dinner

Friday, October 10Events at Pinckney Library

Friday, October 10Events at Hartland Library

Friday, October 10History Alive; Mark Twain

Friday, October 10Events at Brighton District Library

Friday, October 10Events at Howell Library

Saturday, October 11Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 11Fundraiser for Deputy Adam Hart

Saturday, October 11Hamburg Fine Art & Craft Fair

Saturday, October 11St. Paul's Church Rummage Sale

Saturday, October 11Hooked on Scouting

Saturday, October 11Comedy Show

Saturday, October 11A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Saturday, October 117th Annual Great Pumpkin Car Show

Saturday, October 11Mom to Mom/Home Business Expo

Sunday, October 12Breakfast at Howell Eagles

Sunday, October 12Fireworks Committee Hosts Daytrip to Casino

Sunday, October 12Tour de Livingston

Sunday, October 12Stiggy's Dogs Pack Palooza

Monday, October 13NAMI Livingston Family-to-Family Class

Tuesday, October 14South Lyon Taste & Business Expo

Wednesday, October 15Annual Harvest Dinner

Friday, October 17History Alive; Mary Todd Lincoln

Friday, October 17Sparty Gala

Friday, October 17BHS Marching Band Alumni Show

Saturday, October 18Haunted Gym

Saturday, October 18The Marshall Tucker Band at BCPA

Saturday, October 18Holidays in Haslett

Saturday, October 18Indoor Garage Sale

Saturday, October 18Polish Oktoberfest Dinner Dance

Saturday, October 18MOPS Mom to Mom Sale

Sunday, October 19Fall Concert

Sunday, October 19Zombie Fun Run and Monster Mile

Wednesday, October 22BREW HA HA Fundraiser

Thursday, October 23The VINA Dental Tailgate

Saturday, October 25Party at the Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 25Hartland Farmers' Market

Saturday, October 25Croppin' for a Cure

Saturday, October 25JumpStart Jump Rope Workshop

Saturday, October 25Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Veterans

Saturday, October 25Headless Horseman 5K/10K and Monster Mile

Saturday, October 25Hope for Heroes Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25Legend of Sleepy Howell

Saturday, October 25Dance Project/Masquerade Dance

Sunday, October 26Special Bingo to Aid Cancer Research

Friday, October 31Halloween Party

Friday, October 31Trick or Treat on Barnard Street

Saturday, November 1Craft Show

Wednesday, November 5UMC Harvest Supper

Friday, November 7Treasures & Treats Bazaar

Saturday, November 8Holiday Bazaar

Monday, November 10"Noises OFF!" Auditions

Thursday, November 13Muir Middle School Ladies' Night Out

Saturday, November 15Buck Pole

Saturday, November 15Southern Fried Chicks at BCPA

Saturday, November 22Autumn Harvest Craft Fair

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