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Lengthy Prison Sentence Handed Down in Unadilla Murder

News Photo 8/21/14 - The man convicted in the Livingston County murder last year of his brother-in-law will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. 50-year-old Mark David Jackson of Vestaburg was sentenced Wednesday to serve a 40-100 year prison sentence following his guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Jonathan Risinger. Jackson, who was sentenced as a 4th-time habitual offender, claimed Risinger attacked him first after the two got into an argument last October 4th. He said he had gone to Risinger’s Unadilla Township residence to talk about marital problems involving his sister, who was married to the victim. A medical examiner ruled Risinger died of injuries consistent with blunt-force trauma which may even have involved strangulation. There were also several severe burns on the body. Prosecutors said Jackson’s self-defense claim was countered by his actions after the death, including the fact that left his brother-in-law for two without checking to see if he was alive or dead, only returning on October 6th to make the scene appear as if the death had occurred during a robbery. At the time of the murder, Jackson was on parole for a 1996 conviction in Livingston County on six counts of 2nd degree home invasion, for which he served 14 years in prison. (JK)
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Groundbreaking of Jail Expansion Follows Final Approval

News Photo 8/21/14 - Officials gathered this morning to break ground on an expansion to the Livingston County Jail, just hours after final site plan approval was granted for the project. The expansion is a two-phase, $17 million undertaking that will increase the footprint of the jail and renovating the interior of the existing building. The new portion of the facility will be a 2-story expansion on the northeast corner, near Grand River. County officials were on that site this morning for a ceremonial groundbreaking, including County Administrator Belinda Peters, who said the county’s plan to finance the project through the sale of bonds was a fiscally smart way to make an important project come to fruition. Commissioner Donald Parker, who chairs the Jail Improvement Committee, said the project will leapfrog the county over its current overcrowding problems and get ahead of the curve. The expansion will create new cells that can be completely separated from one another and include their own showers. This will allow the jail to isolate and accommodate different populations of inmates, including female offenders, those with behavioral issues, or those with mental or physical ailments. This new expansion will allow the existing portions of the jail, including its pharmacy and medical areas, to undergo major improvements. The net result of the improvements will be an increase in beds from about 257 to about 370. Jail Administrator Tom Cremonte says this upgrade is long overdue, and will not only be a good investment for taxpayers, but improve services, programs, recreation, and sanitation for inmates as well. (TD/JK)
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Hartland Fire Authority Calls Out Departments In ALS Challenge


8/21/14 - The ice bucket challenge is heating up across Livingston County with local firefighters helping save lives in a different way. Members of the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority and their families completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week. There were a total of 46 participants and each donated $5 while the Hartland Deerfield Firefighters Association matched donations for a grand total of $460, including $50 in additional donations. The Ice Bucket Challenge, in which people record themselves pouring ice cold water on their heads, is a fundraising opportunity for the ALS Association. It has since went viral – raising millions of dollars along with unprecedented awareness for the cause. The Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority has since called out the Brighton Area Fire Authority as well as the Green Oak and Hamburg Township Fire Departments to support the ALS cause, who must then nominate three other departments and or agencies to the challenge. (JM)
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Hartland Township Seeking Residents to Serve in Various Capacities

News Photo 8/21/14 - Hartland Township is seeking residents to serve on different boards and commissions to help make decisions and carry out the vision for the community. Township Manager James Wickman tells WHMI they have seats to evaluate every year on various boards and commissions and are looking to hear from residents interested in serving in those capacities. He says the bodies don’t meet too often and they’re not daunting assignments but they recognize the voluntary nature of the different roles and are always glad when residents are willing to give up an evening here and there to help out their community. The most immediate need is the Parks Task Force, which will convene in September and is responsible for recommending capital improvement priorities that will be reflected in the Parks Master Plan. Applications from interested residents for the Parks Task force are due by Monday, September 8th. Wickman says there is a standard application for all of the boards and commissions, which is available on the Hartland Township website, but residents can feel free to attach a letter or resume. The applications are then reviewed and submitted to the Board of Trustees for consideration. (JM)
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Local Pastor To Burn Rubber For Humanitarian Trip To Liberia

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Fenton Township Man's Body Located By Divers

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Red Wings Grind Line Unites for Charity Softball Game Saturday

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Long Time Local Advocate Named 2014 "Champion for Children"

Hamburg Makes Possessing Drug Paraphernalia A Civil Infraction

Storm Sewer Catch Basin Repairs Scheduled Saturday in Brighton

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DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues. The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan authorities say the state's unemployment rate rose 0.7 percentage points in the latest month, calling it a reflection of normal seasonal changes in the job market. The state Department of Technology, Management and Budget says today that the state's seasonally unadjusted joblessness rate reached 8.6 percent in July, up from 7.9 percent in June. It was 9.9 percent in July 2013.

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) - The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a central Ohio crash that killed two people and injured three has pleaded not guilty to charges including vehicular homicide. Authorities say 58-year-old Randall Lee of Christiana, Tennessee, was driving a tractor-trailer Wednesday morning on U.S. Route 23 in Delaware County when he rear-ended an SUV, triggering a four-vehicle crash. WCMH-TV reports the crash killed Curtis and Patricia Dixon of Howell, Michigan. Two other drivers suffered less serious injuries, and one passenger was flown to a hospital.

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying a woman's testimony wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place. The 28-year-old Reed appeared in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to his current assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

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Livingston County Events

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Thursday, August 21Blood Drive

Thursday, August 21Building Your Business on eBay

Friday, August 22Concerts at the Courthouse

Friday, August 223 Day Back to School Bash

Friday, August 22Fowlerville Farmers' Market

Saturday, August 23Chicken BBQ at the Oak Grove UMC

Saturday, August 23Pinckney Farmers' Market

Saturday, August 23Pig and Corn Roast

Saturday, August 23Hartland Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 23American Legion Family Fun Day

Saturday, August 23Rumble from the Rock

Saturday, August 23Mom to Mom Sale

Saturday, August 23Brighton Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 23PHS Pom Team Scrap Metal Drive

Saturday, August 23Community Flea Market and Craft Sale

Saturday, August 23Le Concours de Livingston

Saturday, August 23POW/MIA Flag Raising Ceremony

Sunday, August 24Stand Up Paddle Boarding Outing

Sunday, August 24Fenton Firefighters Charity Gold Outing

Sunday, August 24Howell Farmers’ Market

Sunday, August 24Showdown at The Majestic

Sunday, August 243rd Annual Dick Thalacker Golf Memorial

Monday, August 25Blood Drive

Tuesday, August 26Leadership Livingston Youth

Tuesday, August 26Fundraiser Last Chance Pet Rescue

Thursday, August 28Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

Thursday, August 28Hootin' in the Park

Thursday, August 28ET Rover Pipeline Citizen Informational Meeting

Friday, August 29Fowlerville Farmers' Market

Friday, August 29Concerts at the Courthouse

Saturday, August 30Hartland Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 30Brighton Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 30Pinckney Farmers' Market

Sunday, August 31Events at Howell Library

Sunday, August 31Events at Hartland Library

Sunday, August 31Events at Pinckney Library

Sunday, August 31Events at Brighton District Library

Sunday, August 31Howell Farmers’ Market

Tuesday, September 2Pasty Sale

Wednesday, September 3Identity Theft & You-Don't Be a Victim

Wednesday, September 3MSU Vs. U of M Blood Drive

Friday, September 5Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival

Saturday, September 6Livingston Players Open Mic NIght

Saturday, September 6Fowlerville HS Class of '84 30th Class Reunion

Saturday, September 69/11 Memorial 5K Run-Walk

Saturday, September 6Blood Drive

Saturday, September 62nd Annual Run for the Impact

Sunday, September 7St. Mary's Breakfast

Sunday, September 7Benefit for Terry Franks

Sunday, September 7BHS Girls Basketball Golf Outing

Sunday, September 7Fish and Loaves Community Dinner

Sunday, September 7Fowlerville Football 5K

Monday, September 8LSO Open Rehearsals

Thursday, September 11HACC Golf Outing

Friday, September 12Fans for a Cure Golf Scramble

Friday, September 12Blood Drive

Saturday, September 13Brighton Township/Large Item Drop-Off Day

Saturday, September 132004 Howell Warrior Hockey Golf Outing

Saturday, September 13Ride Through Hell and Back

Saturday, September 13Run for Their Lives 5C

Saturday, September 13Denim & Diamonds

Saturday, September 13Green Oak Fire Department Open House

Sunday, September 142nd Annual LCUI Charity Golf Outing

Thursday, September 18Families Against Narcotic (FAN) Meeting

Friday, September 19Colors of Life Juried Art Show

Friday, September 19Grace Lutheran Church Rummage Sale

Friday, September 19Second Chances Golf Outing

Saturday, September 20Fall Festival

Saturday, September 20Free Dental Day

Saturday, September 20Swap Meet/Antique Flea Market

Saturday, September 20LAPOM Mom to Mom Sale

Saturday, September 20Singer-Songwriter Q & A

Saturday, September 20Mystery Dinner Theater

Monday, September 22Munchkin Auditions for HHS Production Wizard of Oz

Tuesday, September 23Foster Parent Orientation

Saturday, September 27Park It, On Lakelands Trail

Friday, October 10History Alive; Mark Twain

Saturday, October 11Comedy Show

Saturday, October 117th Annual Great Pumpkin Car Show

Sunday, October 12Tour de Livingston

Tuesday, October 14South Lyon Taste & Business Expo

Friday, October 17History Alive; Mary Todd Lincoln

Friday, October 17Sparty Gala

Sunday, October 19Zombie Fun Run and Monster Mile

Saturday, October 25Croppin' for a Cure

Saturday, October 25Hartland Farmers' Market

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