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A motorcyclist and a passenger killed in a crash with a van in Handy Township have been identified.
The Livingston County Sheriffâs Office reports that a 2005 Ford cargo van driven by 19-year-old Shane Rusinek of Canton was traveling north on Owosso Road at about 2:25pm on Sunday, July 29th when it was struck by a motorcycle as the van turned west onto W. Allen Road. The motorcycle, traveling southbound at the time, was being operated by 28-year-old Joshua Miller of Fowlerville, with 31-year-old passenger Christina Durfee, also from Fowlerville. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. Miller was not wearing a helmet but Durfee was. The driver of the van suffered minor injuries, while the 17-year-old passenger was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. The intersection of Owosso Road and W. Allen Road was closed for approximately four-and-a-half hours during the investigation.
The Sheriffâs Office says alcohol and speed may have been a factor in the crash. (JM)
Sampling of public water supplies is underway across Livingston County, as state health officials look for any sites potentially contaminated by PFAS.
At the countyâs Board of Commissionersâ meeting Monday, Matt Bolang, Director of Environmental Health, reported a statewide sampling effort of public water supply sites is being conducted by MPART, which is the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team. Perfluoroalkyls, more commonly known as PFAS, are manmade chemicals that are resistant to heat, water and oil. Bolang says the PFAS contamination is an emerging and evolving issue as the chemicals do not readily breakdown once introduced to the environment and over 11,300 sites statewide could be contaminated by PFAS.
The state has identified 83 sites in Livingston County that must be sampled, about 50% of which has been completed. Bolang says currently MPART is only testing public water supplies, which includes sites that service schools, municipalities, manufacturing housing communities, and areas on city water systems. Bolang says it's too early to sample private wells until results from the public water supply samples are returned.
Bolang expects results from the sampling to become available within the next month, though the county has no control over that because the sampling is state-led at this point. Bolang did not recommend the Board of Commissioners take any action until they receive the results, at which point he says they will work with the state collaboratively on steps forward, whether that be additional sampling, investigation or targeted action.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Saturday issued an emergency âdo not eatâ advisory regarding all fish from the Huron River from Milford in Oakland County to Base Line and Portage Lakes at the Livingston and Washtenaw county border. The advisory came after fish from Kent Lake were discovered to have high levels of PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfonate, which is a chemical included in the PFAS family. (DK)
A retired judge has been turned down in his request that a grand jury to investigate the alleged misdeeds of Judge Theresa Brennan be decided in Livingston County.
Former 44th Circuit Court Judge Daniel Burress had requested a grand jury look into issues surrounding Brennanâs admitted relationship with former State Police Detective Sean Furlong, who served as the chief prosecution witness in a 2013 double-murder trial that she presided over and resulted in the conviction and life sentence of Jerome Kowalski. Those actions are currently the subject of a Michigan State Police criminal investigation and a complaint by the Judicial Tenure Commission, which charged Brennan with âa pattern of improper conduct.â
In June, Livingston County Chief Judge Miriam Cavanaugh asked the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) to assign a judge from another county to hear the grand jury request, saying rulings from fellow Circuit Court Judge David Reader were improper once he recused himself from hearing the case. It has since been assigned to Eaton County Circuit Judge John Maurer. On Saturday, Burress sent a letter to State Court Administrator Milton Mack requesting that he reconsider that decision, saying it was improper for a number of reasons, chief among them that it deprived the remaining Livingston County judges an opportunity to hear the case. Mack responded later that same day, declining his request, and saying that âcircumstances strongly suggested Judge Reader knew he should have recused himself prior to granting the petition.â Mack added that, âJudge Cavanaugh demonstrated courage and integrity in vacating all orders that had been entered in the caseâ and that, âa case of this nature must be heard by an impartial judge not subject to pressure.â Buress fired back on Monday, characterizing the entire process as âjudge shopping at the highest level of our judicial systemâ and saying he was âmore convinced than ever that your (SCAO) offices fingerprint was all overâ Judge Cavanaughâs order. Buress contends that the SCAOâs actions have been âcontrary to the facts and not supported by any law or court rule.â Burress also questions Judge Cavanaughâs impartiality, saying that she was a, âsupporter of and supported by Judge Brennan in judicial races, and is photographed at Judge Brennanâs home in 2014â at an event which was also attended by Detective Furlong.
The chief reason cited by Judge Cavanaugh in her decision to send the case out of the county was Judge Readerâs appointment of Howell Attorney Tom Kizer as Special Prosecutor for the grand jury, noting that Kizer had served as the attorney for Brennanâs ex-husband in their 2017 divorce. Kizer has also been a long-time critic of Judge Brennan. He was also highly critical of the SCAO response to Judge Burress, saying, âThere is no way to justify your unfair criticism of Judge Reader and plaudits for Judge Cavanaugh except to show the âcircle the wagonsâ mentality to protect all judges who walk in lock-step with SCAO. Too bad for Judge Reader that he tried allow the courts to serve the pub-lic and not the judiciary. I would say he is the one who should have been praised.â
As to the accusations made by Burress and others, Judge Cavanaugh has consistently declined to comment. Judge Brennanâs caseload has since been reassigned, leaving her off the bench while still being paid pending the outcome of the Judicial Tenure Commission complaint, which potentially could remove her from the bench.
But Burress contends the investigations have taken far too long and that the lack of resolution is threatening to invalidate certain charges because of the statute of limitations. He also believes that a citizen grand jury is âexactly the remedy needed to solve inaction by elected and appointed officials who fail to do their jobs they were put in office and paid to perform.â
The original letter from Burress to Mack, Mack's response and then the follow-up letter from Burress are posted below. (JK)
The City of Fenton is looking to insert a charter amendment and a road millage proposal onto the November ballot.
A discussion was held Monday night among Fenton City Council regarding the current procedure for approving certain millages. The current city charter has a three-year limitation for the approval of special millages. City Council is looking to put on the ballot a proposal to change that three year limitation to ten years. In addition to modifying the city charter, a proposal for a road millage was also discussed. City Council discussed the possibility of a ten year road millage for the November elections.
If the charter does allow for a ten year limitation for a road millage, that could lead to the city getting 5 mills for 10 years which would come to slightly over $1.5 million. The road millage would go towards projects to repair the city streets.
City Council approved the ballot proposal for the charter amendment and road millage. By next week the ballot language will be submitted for Novemberâs ballot. (DF)
A collection drive will return to Brighton this week to help ensure local students have a successful start to the school year.
The Michigan State Police Brighton Post has partnered with the Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) and Target to gather back to school supplies for families in Livingston County. The MSP Brighton Post located at 4337 Buno Road in Brighton Township is again serving as a drop off location for back to school supplies until Monday, August 13th. State Police will host a final âStuff the Blue Gooseâ event at the Brighton Target store on Challis Road Thursday, August 9th from 2 to 6pm. MSP partners with various agencies throughout the year collecting items needed for families in our communities. During the Stuff the Blue Goose events, backpacks and back to school supplies will be collected for LESA. All donated items will be distributed to families in Livingston County during LESAâs annual Backpacks for Kids/Connect for Kids event which will be held later this month.
âBlue Gooseâ refers to the name of MSP patrol vehicles. During the collection events at Target, a Trooper will be on site with patrol vehicles available to be âstuffedâ or filled with all of the provided donations. (JM)
Polls are open today for area voters to cast ballots on a variety of issues as well as decide primary races for seats ranging from Congress to local township boards.
Several Livingston County communities have road issues on the ballot today, chief among them the City of Brighton which is seeking a Headlee Override to levy an additional 4.34 mills for 10 years. The approximately $1.85 million that would be generated annually would be used exclusively for road reconstruction and maintenance. Howell Township is seeking a 0.93 mill renewal for road improvement and maintenance for four years, while Cohoctah Township has a 1.5 mill, 4-year renewal for dust control, maintenance and road improvement. Handy Township has a 1 mill renewal for four years for improvement, maintenance and dust control on public roads.
Hamburg Township voters are being asked to approve a police millage that would levy 2.5 mills annually for 10 years. If passed, it would generate an estimated $2.58 million in the first year and replace a 1.5 mill tax levy, set to expire at the end of the year. Hamburg officials say the millage would completely fund police operations and free up dollars in the general fund for other uses, potentially for road maintenance.
Other proposals on the ballot today are an18-mill non-homestead operating millage renewal for Fowlerville Community Schools and 0.65 mill mosquito control renewal in the Village of Fowlerville.
As for primary races, the biggest county-wide race is for the 44th Circuit Court judgeship that will be created on January 1st. Four candidates are vying to go head-to-head in November; Dennis Brewer, Monica Copeland, Suzanne Geddis and Tara Pearson.
On the partisan section of the ballot, voters will also decide between two Democrats vying for the 8th District nomination to run for Congress; Elissa Slotkin or Chris Smith. On the Republican side, incumbent Congressman Mike Bishop is being challenged by Lokesh Kumar. There is a primary fight for the GOP nomination in the 22nd State Senate race between Lana Theis and Joseph Marinaro, as well as for several seats on the Livingston County Board of Commissioners. Among the most contentious of those is in District 6, where incumbent Republican Bob Bezotte is being challenged by former Commissioner Steve Williams. GOP primary fights are also taking place in the 2nd District between Incumbent William Green and challenger James Bruney, in the 3rd District between Matt Germane and Wes Nakagiri and in the 4th District between Incumbent Doug Helzerman and challenger Christopher Maloney.
Polls will remain open until 8pm. Youâll find a link below to the county clerkâs website for a full list of issues and candidates. Officials remind voters that they cannot split their ticket in a primary, and can only vote in the Republican, Democratic or Libertarian sections of the partisan portion of the ballot, otherwise they will invalidate their votes on that section. (JK)
A wrong-way driver is facing charges following a crash involving alcohol on US-23 that killed two people.
75-year-old Edwin Brown of Chelsea is charged with two counts of second degree murder and two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. The crash occurred on southbound US-23 near Six Mile Road in Northfield Township the afternoon of April 8th. In total, four cars were involved in the crash and four people were hospitalized. 51-year-old Debbie Pinson of Broadview Heights, Ohio and 56-year-old Cathy Kretzschmer of Olmsted Township, Ohio were both killed. The charges follow an investigation by troopers at the Michigan State Police Brighton Post.
Brown was arraigned in 14-A3 District Court today, with bond set at $250,000. He was lodged in the Washtenaw County Jail pending his next court appearance, a preliminary exam scheduled for September 13th. Photo: Click On Detroit. (JM)
A photo of a rattlesnake on a local trail is circulating on social media.
A Dexter resident noticed the rattlesnake on Sunday, which was just hanging out on the edge of the Border to Border trail, about a mile and a half from Hudson Mills Metropark off North Territorial Road. Itâs suspected to be an Eastern Massasauga, which has been listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and is Michigan's only venomous snake. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says âalthough many people have an innate fear of massasaugas, it is actually a secretive, docile snake that strikes humans only when it feels threatened and cornered.â
The rattlesnakes have been spotted around the Hudson Mills area. The photo was said to be posted on Facebook to serve as a friendly reminder to pay attention to your surroundings. Facebook photo. (JM)
A valued member of the community and advocate for victims of domestic violence has passed away.
Lucille Diebolt, age 70, one of the original members of LACASA, died last Saturday at her home. Known to friends as Lucy, Diebolt was called "a hero without a cape" by LACASA Board of Directors Chair David Morse. A victim of domestic abuse herself, she was one of the first to volunteer with non-profit organization when they began operations 38 years ago. LACASA President and CEO Bobette Schrandt spoke of the impact she made, saying that she âtruly helped guide and shape services at the Center. She became choked up at Dieboltâs memory, saying she will be greatly missed, and that there is a big hole in her heart for Lucy.
Schrandt said that Diebolt was very public with her story and a hero for leaving her situation during the most lethal and dangerous time in the relationship. Lucy helped on the phones, was a public speaker and presenter, a volunteer coordinator, and an active member of the Board of Directors. Diebolt took women and children into her home to shelter and protect then, as well. Most recently she played a critical role in the startup and daily operations of the LACASA Collection resale boutique in Howell.
She is survived by 3 children, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
Visitation will take place this Friday afternoon from 2 to 4pm, and from 6 to 8pm, at MacDonaldâs Funeral Home in Howell. Funeral Services will be Saturday morning at 11am. Memorial contributions can be sent to LACASA at P.O. Box 72, Howell, MI 48844. (MK)
Former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer has won the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor and will lead the state's first all-female statewide ticket into her fall showdown against Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who was endorsed by President Trump.
Schuette and Whitmer - both veteran officeholders - easily bested their opponents in Tuesday's primary to set up their head-to-head race to succeed term-limited Republican Rick Snyder. Another Trump favorite, Iraq War veteran and business executive John James, advanced to face third-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Though Whitmer may still choose a male running mate, the Democrats are fielding women for state attorney general and secretary of state in what they hope will be a "pink wave" in November. (AP)
A large event this weekend for veterans, military members and their families will offer a day of fun but also connect them with needed resources.
Vet Fest 2018 is being put on in partnership by the Region 9 Veterans Community Action Team (R9VCAT) and Mt. Brighton this Saturday, August 11th. The event that will feature three live bands, special appearances by the Detroit Lions, BBQ food and refreshments, various activities for kids and giveaways. Members of the Detroit Lions will be giving out backpacks filled with school supplies to school age children of military members or veterans.
Joshua Parish is the Regional Coordinator for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. He says there is a large influx of younger veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and blending back into society - many looking to start a family, buy a home or go back to school. He says many younger veterans are not visiting typical service organizations but are attracted to events and organizations that can include their family and some type of outdoor opportunity to potentially help them give back to their local community.
Parish says one of the underlying goals of Vet Fest and other events is to educate veterans about benefits theyâre entitled to and what resources each agency can provide for each veteran and their family. In turn, he says theyâve been able to attract large numbers of veterans, which hasnât happened in the past. He says bounce houses, vehicle displays, rock climbing wall, face painting, food, bands and raffles attract people to the event but another underlying goal is camaraderie. Parish, a veteran himself, tells WHMI sometimes the transition from military life to civilian life is really hard and this event provides an opportunity for veterans to interact with each other.
Those who pre-register through Eventbrite will be entered into a drawing to win kayaks, golf clubs or a jersey signed by the Detroit Lions. Pre-registration is also encouraged so organizers can plan food appropriately. The link is provided. (JM)
Guilty pleas have been entered by one of two suspects charged with a break-in at a Hartland Township storage unit.
19-year-old Kenneth Helbig of River Rouge pleaded guilty Tuesday to 21 felony counts including breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property and obstructing and resisting a police officer. He was charged along with his cousin, 22-year-old Nicholas Cashero of Livonia for the June 17th incident which began when Livingston County Sheriffâs deputies responded to an alarm at Livingston Concrete on Old US-23, south of Bergin Road. While checking the alarm, deputies heard loud noises coming from Best Self Storage, which is located directly to the north. They observed two males breaking into storage units and stealing property from inside. Deputies requested additional units, which responded and converged on the suspects. Cashero was taken into custody after a minor physical altercation, which led to a count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. Helbig fled on foot, but was apprehended during a traffic stop as he attempted to flee the area.
Judge Miriam Cavanaugh reduced Helbigâs bond from $400,000 to $10,000 cash. Heâs due back in court September 6th for sentencing, when he faces up to 10 years in prison. Cashero, meanwhile, has an August 17th pre-trial hearing. (JK)
Sentence has been handed down to a Detroit man charged with attempting to carjack two vehicles in Milford.
21-year old Kamil Gillette of Detroit had been charged with two counts of carjacking and one count of receiving and concealing stolen goods for the March 14th incident in the parking lot of the Prospect Hill shopping plaza. In exchange for his plea, one of the carjacking charges was dropped. At his sentencing Tuesday, Gillette was ordered to serve 3 to 25 years in prison.
Police say Gillette stole a vehicle from the Royal Oak area, eventually making his way to Milford where the car became disabled. Attempting to carjack a new vehicle, Gillette approached a car with an elderly female, which bystanders saw and called 9-1-1. As he made an attempt at a second car, officers pulled onto the scene and say Gillette began walking towards the Kroger store in the plaza. Officers drew their guns after noticing he had an unknown object in his hand and asked him to show his hands. Police say Gillette repeatedly told the officers to shoot him and that he didnât want to live. Once officers saw the object in his hand was a pair of scissors, they used a Taser to get him into custody. (JK)
Two candidates will go head-to-head in November for the 44th Circuit Court judgeship that will be created on January 1st.
The judgeship was the largest contested county-wide race, with sitting Judge L. Suzanne Geddis and candidate Dennis Brewer coming out ahead in Tuesdayâs primary election for the seat that carries an 8-year term. Geddis, who out-polled Brewer 11,177 to 10,100, has said itâs her experience that the others donât have behind the bench that makes her a worthy choice. Brewer was in attendance at a local election party and spoke with WHMI. Brewer said he was humbled and ready to move forward, saying they worked very hard during the primary campaign and will be victorious come November.
There was no surprise Tuesday night when State Representative Lana Theis of Brighton won the Republican nomination for 22nd District State Senate over challenger Joseph Marinaro. Theis carried 69% of the vote in Livingston County and won the district by nearly 50 points.
She thanked her supporters for their work, which she admitted, is still not done. Theis said she is âextremely excited and humbledâ at the opportunity given to her. She said she loves serving the state and looks forward to doing it as Senator. âWeâre not done yet,â Theis stated. âWe still have another race in November, but Iâm so grateful to everybody who helped get us here and I look forward to doing the work of the people.â Theis will take on Democrat Adam Dreher in the general election.
In the 8th District Congressional race, Democrat Elissa Slotkin won the nomination over challenger Chris Smith, picking up nearly 62% of the vote in Livingston County. Sheâll now go up against Republican incumbent Mike Bishop and Libertarian Brian Ellison for the seat in the U.S. House.
Several Republican nominations for County Commission were decided, as well. Republican incumbent William Green prevailed in District 2 over James Bruney and will now face Democrat Jennifer Garcia. In District 3, Wes Nakagiri won the nomination with nearly 55% of the vote and will go up against Democrat Steven J. Savela. Nakagiri said this is the first time heâs run for this type of office and that the level of support heâs had from volunteers has been âvery humbling.â He said he honored to be the Republican nominee and pledged to work hard through the general election.
Over in District 4, incumbent Republican Doug Helzerman will run against Democrat Maureen Martin. Finally, incumbent Bob Bezotte beat fellow Republican Steve Williams 57-35%, and will now face Democrat Kasey Helton for the District 6 County Commission seat.
In Howell Township for a partial trustee term, Republicans Jeffrey Smith and Evan Rudnicki were the top vote getters and beat incumbent Dar Howard. They will face Democrats Judith Minton and Incumbent Sally Newstead, along with Libertarians Christine Martello-Schell and Jim Schell.
For a partial trustee term on the Putnam Township board, Bob Press beat former supervisor Ron Rau by three votes for the Republican nomination. Press will face Democrat James G. Robert in November.
A police millage proposal has passed in Hamburg Township, the purpose of which is to provide funds for the operation of the townshipâs police services. The proposal sought to levy an amount not to exceed 2.5 mills for a period of ten years, 2018 to 2027 inclusive. Because the millage passed, the existing police millage will be retired. The millage is expected to bring in over $2.5 million ($2,586,284.75) in the first calendar year. Township Supervisor Pat Hohl says, âWe appreciate the trust and confidence that the residents have placed in the township board and the Hamburg Township Police Department. As we go forward, we will do our very best to ensure that we continue to maintain the outstanding level of police protection and public safety that the residents have come accustomed to.â
As for other local proposals road millage renewals passed in Howell, Handy and Cohoctah Townships. In the City of Brighton, a Headlee Override millage for streets and related infrastructure improvements failed by 128 votes. An operating millage renewal passed for Fowlerville Community Schools and a millage proposal for mosquito control passed in the Village of Fowlerville.
Complete election results can be accessed on the Livingston County Clerkâs website. The link is posted. Pictured: top Dennis Brewer, middle Lana Theis and bottom Wes Nakagiri. (JM/DK/MK)
Local elections official say turnout for Tuesdayâs primary in Livingston County was well above average and they are expecting a similar trend in November.
Of the countyâs 146,507 registered voters, 49,756 cast ballots on Tuesday, equating to a 33.96% turnout. Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley says typically it would be 20%. But based on the high turnout Tuesday, they could see up to 80% or higher in November. She says the typical turnout for a mid-term November election with an open governorâs race at the top of the ballot is about 70%.
Hundley tells WHMI even with some ballots having to be recast because voters crossed party lines, which you canât do in a primary, there were no issues like those seen in some Oakland County precincts which ran out of ballots. Hundley acknowledges that had they seen turnout like 80% or higher as those precincts did, there may have been a need for printing additional ballots. But she says that is not something that is a big problem as long as there is good communication between local clerks and her office through the day.
Hundley adds that while sheâs thrilled the turnout was higher than normal on Tuesday, the goal is always for every registered voter to take the time and cast their ballot. (JK)
Visitors of Howell Melonfest will once again have the opportunity stroll through the finished results of assembly lines from the past.
The Melonfest Car Show is coming back on Saturday, August 18th, from 10 am until 2pm. Weekend visitors to the event will find Grand River packed with vintage wheels and hoods popped as several classic eras of cars will be on display. The event is being put on by the Howell Area Historical Society and is one of their primary fundraisers for the year. Vehicles dating back nearly 100 years will be on display, including a 1929 Oldsmobile REO Speedwagon truck.
The drivers will have goodie bags to distribute made up of items and offers from local businesses. Attendees can vote for their favorites with the top 3 vote-getters getting a Peopleâs Choice Award. The Historical Societyâs Train Depot museum will be open during the event, including 12-25 steam engine and the 1888 caboose. The show is free to attend, and costs $10 in advance to register a vehicle for show, or $15 day-of. (Photo- howellareahistoricalsociety.org) (MK)
Golf carts have been reported stolen from two courses in the last month and tips are being sought from the public.
Deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff's Office responded to the Faulkwood Shores Golf Club in Genoa Township on August 6th for a reported larceny of golf carts. The investigation revealed that several golf carts had been stolen after business hours on two separate dates. The Sheriffâs Office says the incident was consistent with other reports of stolen golf carts that have occurred within approximately the last 30 days. The first reported incident is believed to have occurred around the 4th of July at the Ironwood Golf Club located at 6902 E Highland Road in Oceola Township. Six golf carts have been reported stolen between the two golf courses.
The incidents remain under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau. If anybody has information pertaining to the thefts, theyâre asked to please contact Detective Marc King at (517) 540-7953 or CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Photo: Facebook. (JM)
An equipment malfunction caused a small fire at a Milford coffee shop.
The fire broke out at Proving Grounds Coffee and Ice Cream on Monday. The Milford and Lyon Township Fire Departments responded on scene. The owner of the shop said the fire was caused by an equipment malfunction but thankfully, no customers or employees were hurt. Owners say a special thanks is owed to the Milford Fire Department and other first responders for a speedy response and thorough work to keep the fire contained. They also thanked the community for the outpourings of well wishes and support.
Work continues to assess damage and clean-up, but owners say updates will be posted on their social media pages with information on re-opening. The goal is to hopefully re-open before the Milford Memories Festival, which gets underway Friday. Photos: Lyon Township Fire Department Facebook. (JM)
A trial date has been set for a Fenton Township teen charged with fatally shooting his best friend.
17-year old Abdurrahman Ahmed Akl is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Brady Morris. He is also charged with one count of felony firearm. Court records show a November 27th trial date has been set in Genesee County Circuit Court. Police arrested Akl on March 4th, 2017 after responding to a 9-1-1 report of a male with a gunshot to the head. Authorities say evidence indicates that Akl and Morris, who were friends, were alone on the first floor of the residence when the shooting occurred.
According to an autopsy report, Morris was shot from behind at point blank range on the top left side of his head. During a 911 call of the incident, Akl can be heard screaming, telling the dispatcher he pointed a gun at his friend and killed him. Previous testimony included two Fenton police officers who arrived first on scene, although the case was later turned over to the Genesee County Sheriffâs Office. Patrol car video of Akl after he was placed into custody showed him screaming, âWhy did I do this?â He remains jailed without bond. (JK)
The latest update on the new Lyon Township water treatment plant projects filtered water being delivered to residents by the end of the year.South Lyon-native and owner of the Ohio-based Artesian of Pioneer, Inc. Ed Kidston was before the Lyon Township Board of Trustees, Wednesday night. Kidston updated the board on AoPâs progress in constructing the new system that will be unique within the state. His system, after filtering the iron, manganese, and other heavy metals out, will be able to recycle and reuse the âbackwashedâ water it came from, and save the township money on discarding the water. Kidston said the new water tower they began constructing around Memorial Day is nearing the final phases to completion. He estimated it being two-thirds done and should be rising above the trees and having its cap put on in a few weeksâ time.
Work on the Woodwind Treatment Plant is progressing as well, with footers and the building portion to be started this week. The Department of Environmental Quality also approved the second well field, at South Hill. Kidston said after 7 months of delays, a personal trip down to Lansing this week helped with that matter. With that approval he was able to submit plan for the 2nd treatment plant at the South Hill site. Lyon Township Supervisor John Dolan said heâs been hearing a lot of interest from residents on this new system, and asked if there was a timeline he could share with them. Kidston said theyâre in good shape and moving forward quickly now. He expects the water to be done before Thanksgiving, with the first treatment plant being operational before the New Year. (MK)