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State House Candidates Decry Campaign Dirty Tricks

News Photo 7/28/14 - Two candidates for state representative say they are the victim of dirty campaigning. State Representative candidate Hank Vaupel says he will ask Livingston County law enforcement officials to investigate inappropriate automated calls made to voters on Sunday morning by a group calling itself “Southeast Michigan First,” which he says were intended to confuse voters about his record. Vaupel, who is running for the GOP nomination to the 47th State House in the August 5th primary, says there is no such organization registered with the Michigan Secretary of State. He called on fellow candidates to denounce the robo calls and to discourage similar activity from happening in the final week of the campaign. “These kinds of dirty tricks lower the level of debate and I sincerely believe the voters deserve better.” Meanwhile, in the race for the 42nd State House race, candidate Rich Perlberg says more than 20 of his large campaign signs in the Brighton and Hamburg areas were stolen recently. He condemned the theft and vowed to have all of them replaced by mid-week. He has also offered $2,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the thefts. “We are not going to let cowardly thugs silence our campaign,” he said. “They can steal my signs but they can’t silence my voice.” Perlberg says the State Police are investigating the theft of the signs, which he valued at about $2,000. (JK)
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Thousands Without Power After Strong Sunday Afternoon Storms

News Photo 7/28/14 - Approximately 5,000 homes and businesses in Livingston County are without power after a strong line of storms moved across the area late Sunday afternoon. They are among the approximatley 165,000 DTE customers still without service across the region. About half of the local outages are in the Hartland Township area, with DTE Energy saying wind damage was the cause. The utility says most of the outages should be resolved by late Tuesday night, although some of the more isolated areas might have to wait until Thursday. The series of severe thunderstorms packed winds of up to 50 miles per hour that knocked down trees and ripped roofs off buildings across the region. The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reported 1.75-inch hail struck Oakland County's White Lake Township and that the high winds damaged 80 percent of the units at a mobile home park in Highland Township. The Village branch of the Hartland Cromaine District Library is closed until 1pm while the Hartland Child Care Center is closed today because of the outage. (JK)
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Sentencing Set Today in Murder of Longtime Brighton Resident

News Photo 7/28/14 - Nearly four years after a former Livingston County man was shot and killed, the three men convicted in the case will learn their fates this afternoon. Three men were charged with the murder of 53-year-old John Mick, who was shot to death at the Flint River Village Apartments in August of 2010. Mick, who lived in Brighton for 14 years, had worked as an engineering technician at the GM Proving Grounds in Milford before retiring to take a security guard job in Flint. Earlier this month, a Genesee County jury returned guilty verdicts on murder charges against two of the three suspects; 22-year-old Floyd Gene Perkins and 21-year-old Kenya Ali Hyatt. However, they could not agree on a verdict in the homicide charge against a third defendant, 33-year-old Aaron Williams, although they did convict him on armed robbery and firearms charges. Perkins and Hyatt were also convicted on those counts. They face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they are sentenced at 2pm by Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Judith Fullerton . Williams will also be sentenced this afternoon, but will face a maximum term of life in prison with a chance of parole on the armed robbery conviction. Court records indicate that prosecutors have reserved the right to retry Williams on the murder count in the future. More than two years passed without a break in the case until Perkins and Hyatt were arrested in connection with another crime in Mt. Morris Township. Flint Police say they were able to obtain information from that case that led to the trio being charged in Mick’s murder. (JK)
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Backpacks for Kids Collection Drive in Full Swing This Summer

News Photo 7/28/14 - Every year thousands of school supplies and hundreds of backpacks are collected to help local families and students in need. It’s part of the Livingston Educational Service Agency’s annual Backpack for Kids campaign, which is well underway and helps provide basic school supplies for Livingston County students whose families may be experiencing financial difficulties. Residents, churches and local businesses contribute through donations, volunteer time, and serving as drop-off sites for supplies and backpacks to help make the event a success according to Great Start Livingston Coordinator Robin Schutz. Last year, approximately $20,000 in monetary and school supply donations helped the Livingston Educational Service Agency distribute over 1,000 backpacks to students in preschool through 12th grade. The goal this year is to distribute 1,500 backpacks. Schutz says to help reach that goal, two collection drives are planned and the hope is that families out shopping for school supplies will pick up an extra set or even a backpack to donate. An LESA bus will be at the Howell Wal-Mart August 8th to be stuffed with supplies while another event at Five Below in the Green Oak Village Place Mall will allow for 10% of dollars spent to be donated to Backpacks for Kids program for school supplies. Backpacks and supplies will be collected up until the distribution event on August 21st. Supplies and backpacks can be dropped off at the Livingston Educational Service Agency on Grand River in Howell Monday through Thursday between 7:30am and 4pm. A supply wish list can be found on the LESA website, along with more information about the upcoming Stuff the Bus event and Five Below fundraiser. A link and press release are available below. (JM)
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Web Link: http://lesa.k12.mi.us/domain/19
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Hartland Township Works To Update Blight And Nuisance Ordinance

Former Deputy Sentenced for St. Pat's Day Bar Fight

Phone Service Restored After AT&T Fiber Cable Cut

Investigation into Freeway Death of Hamburg Twp. Man Complete

Sexual Assault Seminars Offered For College-Bound Students

Volunteers Clear Flood-Causing Debris From Huron River

Father & Son Charged In Road Rage Incident Reject Deal

LETS Director Delivers Annual Report; Demand for Service Up

Local Man Identified As South Lyon & Novi Flasher

Genoa Approves Spending To Begin Grand River Sidewalk Work

Milford Man Threatens Police Officers In Their Own Station

One Of Two Men In St. Pat's Day Brawl Sentenced To Probation

Local Dems Add Voice To Criticism Of GOP Spying Tactics

Two Pinckney Teens Turn In Handgun Tied To Vehicle Break-Ins

Melonteers Needed for Howell Melon Festival in August

Body of Missing Fisherman Found Thursday

Fenton Township Residents Want To Protect Local Mute Swans

Hartland Man Struck by Truck While Riding Bicycle Tuesday

City of Brighton Recognized for Downtown Redevelopment Efforts

Art Going Up Outdoors in City of Wixom for DIA Inside/Out Exhibit

Hearings Adjourned for Suspects in Jewelry Store Smash & Grab

Brighton Police Catch Four Suspects In Novi Retail Fraud

New WSC Residential Services House In Howell Provides Hope

Writer Hopes To Make Book About Local Pet Whitetail Deer

Woodland Inmate To Stand Trial Locally For Assault

Motorcycle Owners Told To Be On Guard Following Thefts

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HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Crews are working to restore power after series of severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula. DTE Energy says about 165,000 of its about 186,000 homes and businesses were without service this morning after the storms yesterday. DTE says most should have power by late Wednesday.

DETROIT (AP) - The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony. Theodore Wafer says he shot Renisha McBride in self-defense. Prosecutors played a recording last week of Wafer's first encounter with police during which he said he didn't know his shotgun was loaded.

DETROIT (AP) - The father and stepmother of a Detroit boy who was found in his basement after an 11-day disappearance are due back in court. The state wants to terminate Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell's rights to two other children and the father's rights to Charlie Bothuell V. The state says the boy was abused and forced to complete intense physical workouts.

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A pastor says lightning amid severe thunderstorms that hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula may have sparked a fire at a suburban Detroit church. The fire at New Life Church of God in Christ happened last night. No injuries were reported. The roof of the 94-year-old church was destroyed and the interior was badly damaged.

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Livingston County Events

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Friday, July 25Fowlerville Farmers' Market

Friday, July 25Fowlerville Family Fair

Friday, July 25Red Cross Blood Drive/BBQ

Friday, July 25Concerts at the Courthouse

Saturday, July 26Hartland Farmers’ Market

Saturday, July 26Elks Free Veteran's Appreciation Lunch

Saturday, July 26Brighton Farmers’ Market

Saturday, July 26Pinckney Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 26Dr. Louis “Pat” May Golf Outing

Saturday, July 26A Dog Day of Summer

Saturday, July 26Hamburg Township Huron River Clean-Up Day

Saturday, July 26The Fiesta Dance - Student Dance with Instruction

Saturday, July 26Veteran Tribute at Fowlerville Fair

Saturday, July 26Huron Valley Farmers' Market

Sunday, July 27Brighton Masonic Lodge Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday, July 27Howell Farmers’ Market

Sunday, July 27Green Oak Farmers' Market

Sunday, July 27Kiwanis Gazebo Concerts

Monday, July 28Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 29Fundraiser for Laurie Aldrich

Thursday, July 31College Safe Seminar

Thursday, July 31Hootin in the Park

Friday, August 1St. Augustine Hoedown

Friday, August 1Events at Hartland Library

Friday, August 1Events at Pinckney Library

Friday, August 1Movies Under the Stars

Friday, August 1Volunteers Needed for Brighton's Art/Acoustic Music Fest

Friday, August 1FPC Hosts Free Concert

Friday, August 1Events at Brighton District Library

Friday, August 1Concerts at the Courthouse

Friday, August 1Events at Howell Library

Friday, August 1Fowlerville Farmers' Market

Saturday, August 2Pinckney Farmers' Market

Saturday, August 2Huron Valley Farmers' Market

Saturday, August 2Hartland High Class of '79 Reunion

Saturday, August 2Brighton Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 2Hartland Farmers’ Market

Sunday, August 3Baby Loss Support Group - LAMB

Sunday, August 336th Annual St. Augustine Chicken BBQ

Sunday, August 3Green Oak Farmers' Market

Sunday, August 3Howell Farmers’ Market

Tuesday, August 5Volunteers Needed 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program

Thursday, August 7Iron Chef Competition 2014

Thursday, August 7Hootin' in the Park

Thursday, August 7Livingston County Christian Musicians

Thursday, August 7Zip Tour at Howell Nature Center

Thursday, August 7Plainfield United Methodist Yard Sale

Friday, August 8Swing "Fore" Kids Golf

Saturday, August 9Walk/Run/Roll for MDA

Saturday, August 9Gleaners Softball Tournament

Sunday, August 10 5th Annual Brighton Dance Festival Kick-off

Thursday, August 14Howell Carnegie Library Book Sale

Thursday, August 14Auditions for Shrek The Musical

Friday, August 15Howell Elks Golf Scramble

Friday, August 15Howell High School 1979 35th Class Reunion

Friday, August 15Howell Area Historical Society Sale

Friday, August 15Howell Melon Festival

Saturday, August 16Doc May Memorial Melon Ride 2014

Saturday, August 16Darwin Games

Saturday, August 16Brighton Dance Festival's Student Showcase

Saturday, August 16Hardy United Methodist Church BBQ

Saturday, August 16Glow on the Park to Benefit CTH

Saturday, August 16Shepherd of the Lakes Church Annual Rummage Sale

Saturday, August 16Pinckney to Host Circus

Saturday, August 16Movies Under The Stars

Sunday, August 17HMS Challenge Day Golf Outing

Tuesday, August 19Kahuna Charity Car Show

Wednesday, August 20Day of Caring

Thursday, August 21Families Against Narcotic (FAN) Meeting

Saturday, August 23Mom to Mom Sale

Saturday, August 23Community Flea Market and Craft Sale

Saturday, August 23Rumble from the Rock

Saturday, August 23Le Concours de Livingston

Sunday, August 243rd Annual Dick Thalacker Golf Memorial

Sunday, August 24Fenton Firefighters Charity Gold Outing

Saturday, September 62nd Annual Run for the Impact

Friday, September 12Fans for a Cure Golf Scramble

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

Saturday, September 13Green Oak Fire Department Open House

Sunday, September 142nd Annual LCUI Charity Golf Outing

Saturday, September 20Singer-Songwriter Q & A

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