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Brighton Charter School Critic Arrested At Curriculum Meeting

News Photo 3/2/15 - A vocal critic of a proposed charter school in Brighton was arrested for trespassing on Saturday after attending an open house forum hosted by the school’s organizers. Glenn Ikens says he attended the gathering at the former Lindbom Elementary School so he could learn more about the proposed curriculum planned for the school that will be in his neighborhood. He says upon arrival he was immediately told that he was not welcome based on his previous criticism of the school’s founder and landlord, Pat Battaglia, and then denied an opportunity to sign in. Despite that, Ikens says he proceeded to sit down and await the presentation. That’s when Battaglia approached him and asked him to leave. When Ikens refused, Battaglia, who now owns the building after buying it from the Brighton district earlier this year, called Brighton Police. An officer arrived and when Ikens again refused to leave, handcuffed him and took him to the Livingston County Jail, where he was booked on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. After posting a $500 bond, Ikens was released later that afternoon. Jay McNally, a spokesman for the proposed Livingston Classical Academy, said the simple fact of Ikens past criticism of Battaglia and the school was enough to warrant his removal. "Mr. Ikens has repeatedly given inaccurate information about LCA and we believe is is not a mistake that he repeatedly misrepresents simple facts about us and our effort." Ikens tells WHMI that he had every intention of being respectful and simply seek details on the proposed curriculum and that the mere fact he was removed for wanting to ask questions says a lot about the school’s organizers and their efforts to hide their true agenda, which he has asserted is to cloak a fundamentally religious-based education in the veneer of public education. "I made the mistake of entering that place thinking I would have access to information that would be as available to me as when I went to my local school board meeting. What I found out was they're not inclined to share information if they don't care for your political views or if their founder, landlord, has a personal problem with you." Ikens believes the entire incident is further proof that Mr. Battaglia is more than just the school’s landlord and that attempts by school organizers to distance themselves from Battaglia’s past social media statements that many consider racist in nature, don’t hold true. Ikens wife, Sue Ellen, went to the meeting about an hour and a half later and questioned why her husband had been arrested. She was then asked to leave by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. She claims he failed to properly identify himself and after being escorted out of the school, went to the Brighton Police to file a complaint. An officer followed her back to the school and determined that the person in question was indeed a deputy. McNally says that in the spirit of forgiveness, Mr. Battaglia has no intention to press charges. He added that the decision to be arrested was entirely Mr. Ikens's choice and that he could have simply walked out of the building peacefully when asked. Ikens says that Battaglia and the LCA propose to be a charter school and obtain public tax dollars to fund their school, and that their behavior in trying to silence an opposition voice is inconsistent with being a public institution. (JK)
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Tree-Clearing Starts For US-23 / I-96 Interchange Project

News Photo 3/2/15 - Residents should begin seeing work this week on the Michigan Department of Transportation’s project at US-23 and I-96. Depending on how well the weather cooperates, MDOT plans to begin clearing the site for the project beginning today and lasting through March 23rd. That work will involve clearing 24 acres of trees between the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-96 near the interchange with US-23. As a result, there will be intermittent single-lane closures during the daytime for westbound I-96 near Spencer Road and on southbound US-23. Shoulder closures will also take place so crews can move material and equipment to and from the site. Overall, the project will replace the bridges over US-23 and Old US-23 as well as install new lanes on I-96 that will improve the flow of traffic between the two highways. (TD)
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Medical Marijuana Moratorium Could Be Extended Again in Howell

News Photo 3/2/15 - Despite an ordinance being drafted, it appears a medical marijuana moratorium could remain in effect in the City of Howell. There have been basically no regulatory changes in the six years since voters approved medical marijuana and legislation that would have died in the 2014 Lame Duck session. The planning commission earlier created a draft ordinance that classified medical marijuana provisioning centers as special land uses in portions of the general business district, as well as the light and general industrial districts. The ordinance would have also added home occupation provisions, a component some want strongly addressed. However, the planning commission met in mid-February to revisit the medical marijuana discussion and has since formulated a new recommendation that will be passed on to council. City Manager Shea Charles tells WHMI the commission is recommending that council extend the moratorium for up to one year to see if the legislature will actually address the issue. The topic has been discussed at length by the Howell City Council, with a fair amount of supporters and opponents regularly in attendance at meetings. The City originally enacted it’s moratorium in March of 2014, which has since been extended three times after the Michigan Legislature failed to take any action regarding regulation of dispensaries during the lame duck session. The latest recommendation from the planning commission will likely be before council for consideration and action at the March 9th meeting. (JM)
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Woman Pleads Guilty to Delivering Heroin in Fowlerville

News Photo 3/2/15 - A woman arrested with a heroin dealer after a traffic stop in Fowlerville has entered a plea in the case. 24-year-old Paige Lorraine Akers of Sault St. Marie pleaded guilty to a charge of delivering/manufacturing less than 50 grams of narcotics in exchange for a separate possession of marijuana charge being dismissed. She’ll be sentenced March 26th in Livingston County Circuit Court. Akers and her co-defendant, 22-year-old Matthew Place, were arrested September 9th after a traffic stop in the Fowlerville area in which police recovered 58 bundles of heroin and marijuana. Place, who was driving the vehicle, reportedly tried to pass the drugs to Akers, who unsuccessfully attempted to conceal them. Place has already been sentenced in the case. He was ordered to serve between 17 months and 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple counts of delivering/manufacturing less than 50 grams of narcotics and possession of marijuana. (JM)
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Local Firefighters Climb For A Cause

Thousands Attend Weekend Robotics Tournament In Howell

Fowlerville Man Enters Plea To September Robbery Spree

Brighton Library To Again Host Parenting Resource Fair

Prescription Abuse Prevention Project To Hold Workshop

Livingston County To Host Town Hall Meeting On Road Funding

United Way To Honor Volunteers At Annual Meeting

Vaupel Sponsors Bill To Increase School Snow Days

Road Commission Sued Over Accident Caused By Pothole

Brighton School District Taxpayers Save From Bond Refinancing

Brighton Works To Prevent Frozen Pipes In Homes & Businesses

Residents Asked For Input On Proposed Community Center

Brighton Man Admits to Stomping Kittens to Death

Livingston County Boosts Public Vaccine Supply

Meetings Set On Proposed Downtown Brighton Parking Strategy

Intoxicating Tale Featured in 2015 Livingston Reads Program

Past Incidents Of Both Suspect & Victim Will Be Heard At Trial

Meeting Highlights MDOT Traffic Management Plan For US-23

Grand Rapids Man Gets 15 Years For Oceola Home Invasion

Former Congressman Files For Bankruptcy

Brighton Super Says Available Snow Days Dwindling For Districts

Lawmaker Sponsors Bill For Spouses of KIA Military Personnel

Brighton Library To Host DNA Geneology Seminar

Local Angler Takes Top Prize In Lake Fenton Fishing Tournament

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Bar Benefits To Illegals

Experts to Assist w/ Sewer Problems in Gregory & Putnam Township

Former Burger Shop Employees Claim They're Owed Wages

Federal Lawsuit Over 2011 Howell Traffic Stop Dismissed

Purchase Of WALLY Rail Cars Was Recommended Against

M-DOT Hosting Public Hearing Thursday on US-23 Proposal

Presentation Teaches Substance Abuse Awareness

Fowlerville's "Walking Man" Passes Away At 95

Woman Sentenced For Assaulting 5 Year Old Child

Norovirus Outbreak Monitored At Retirement Village In Hartland

Arts Group Seeks Funding For Hell Of A Purchase

DEQ to Review Plans Addressing Violations at Waldenwoods Resort

Political Power Lunch Brings Attention To Local & National Issues

Livingston County 911 To Receive Needed Upgrades

Former Fire Official Gets Delayed Sentence In Assault Case

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Student Athlete of the Week 3-2-15

Sports Photo This week WHMI would like 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 Brighton Sophomore Wrestler Lee Grabowski as our Student Athlete of the Week.
Lee had no intention of being the one to bring the title home for the bulldogs, having lost twice previously against his opponent in the state finals. Third time was certainly the charm for him though as he defeated Hartland's Garnet Potter to win Brighton's first state wrestling title in school history. Once again we'd like to recognize Brighton Sophomore Wrestler Lee Grabowski 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

DETROIT (AP) - "He carried a pistol. She carried a flask." So reads an ad for the Detroit Institute of Arts' exhibition on the year artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo spent in Detroit in the 1930s. "Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit" opens March 15 and runs through July 12. The couple spent time in Detroit while Rivera created murals for the museum as a tribute to Detroit's manufacturing industry. The murals depict workers, bosses, equipment and the effects of industrialization.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has decided to neither support nor oppose a May ballot proposal that would increase the state sales tax as part of a road funding plan. Chamber President and CEO Rich Studley says there isn't a consensus among the organization's membership on Proposal 1. Gov. Rick Snyder backs the proposal.

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has ordered a 35-year-old man to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting of an off-duty police officer and Iraq war veteran working as a security guard outside a Detroit bar. Walter T. Jennings faces first-degree murder carries an automatic penalty of life in prison without parole. Authorities say that Jennings shot Roderick Jones Feb. 7. The 33-year-old was a reserve officer with Highland Park police and was working as a security guard at the Opyum Lounge.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint has criticized the Republican House leader's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress but says he'll attend Tuesday's speech anyway. Kildee says he strongly disagrees with House Speaker John Boehner's decision to invite Netanyahu without consulting President Barack Obama. Netanyahu fiercely opposes an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran. He's also in the middle of a re-election campaign.

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Livingston County Events

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Tuesday, March 3Audition for Hamburg Fun Fest Star Search

Wednesday, March 4Lenten Soup Suppers

Thursday, March 5Events at Pinckney Library

Thursday, March 5Events at Hartland Library

Thursday, March 5Events at Brighton District Library

Thursday, March 5Events at Howell Library

Friday, March 6Lenten Fish Dinner

Friday, March 6Lenten Fish Dinner

Friday, March 6Lenten Fish Dinner

Friday, March 6Lenten Fish Dinner

Saturday, March 7Livingston Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert

Saturday, March 7Fenton Community Expo

Saturday, March 7Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Show

Saturday, March 7Chicken Dinner

Saturday, March 7Brighton Antique Show

Saturday, March 7St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Saturday, March 7Acoustic Cafe

Saturday, March 7Fur Ball

Saturday, March 7Hockey Night in Brighton 6

Sunday, March 8Prelude to Spring Concert

Tuesday, March 10Dine to Donate

Tuesday, March 10Little Critters Preschool Program

Thursday, March 12LACASA Volunteer Training

Friday, March 13Blood Drive

Friday, March 13Livingston County Pheasants Forever Banquet

Friday, March 13Celebration Michigan

Friday, March 13Wizard of Oz

Friday, March 13Donations Needed for SafeCenter in Owosso

Saturday, March 14Brighton Roller Dollz

Saturday, March 14St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pinckney

Saturday, March 14Chicken and Biscuit Supper

Saturday, March 14Fowlerville Fireworks 11th Annual Chili Cook-off

Saturday, March 14Run for the Gold 5K & Kids Fun Run

Saturday, March 14Mom to Mom Sale

Saturday, March 14St Pie-tricks Day

Saturday, March 14Livingston County Coin Club

Saturday, March 14St. Patrick's Day Casino Night Celebration

Sunday, March 15Ides of March Tea

Sunday, March 15St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Sunday, March 15Winter Marketplace

Tuesday, March 17St. Patricks Day Dinner

Thursday, March 19Footloose The Musical

Friday, March 20BHS Performs Nice Work if You Can Get It

Saturday, March 21Mom to Mom Sale

Saturday, March 21Salute to the Stars & Celebrity Dance Competition

Saturday, March 21Scrapbook Event at Arise Church

Saturday, March 21No Frills All Thrills Trail Run

Saturday, March 214th Annual Maison Z. Wilkinson Fundraiser

Saturday, March 21Hartland All Night Senior Party Fundraiser

Sunday, March 22Euchre Party

Tuesday, March 24Grief Support Work Shop

Tuesday, March 24Firekeepers Bus Trip

Saturday, March 28Huron Valley Ducks Unlimited Banquet

Sunday, March 29Conservation Club Band Jam

Saturday, April 4Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Friday, April 10Liv Co Home and Garden Show/Taste of Livingston

Saturday, April 11Lily Tomlin at BCPA

Saturday, April 11Mom to Mom Sale

Tuesday, April 14Little Critters Preschool Program

Thursday, April 16Pregnancy Helpline Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 18Shredding Day at Recycle Livingston

Friday, April 24Elevate Concert Series

Saturday, April 25Scrap Metal Fundraiser

Saturday, April 25Mops Mom to Mom Sale

Saturday, April 25Baseball Enthusiast Speaks in Hamburg

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