Wednesday State News Summary
Wed, 22 Dec 2021 04:55:44 EST


MIDLAND COUNTY SCHOOL THREAT
At approximately 3:20 PM Monday, Midland County 911 received a call reporting
possible threats directed at Coleman Community High school. Troopers immediately
investigated and the suspect was identified as a 17-year-old Bay County resident who
attends Coleman High School in Midland County. Preliminary results indicate the
suspect made a threat to the school over social media. The suspect was apprehended
and is now lodged at the Bay County Juvenile Detention Facility. Parents are urged to
discuss with their children the importance of reporting suspicious activity to a trusted
adult. If they See something, Say something.


SNOWMOBILE SAFETY CLASS
The Cheboygan Sheriff Department will again be holding a free snowmobile safety
class on January 29 from 9am-4pm. Students will need to bring a lunch and must
attend the entire class. Michigan law requires children aged 12-16 who operate a
snowmobile on public land to attend and successfully complete such a class. A written
test will be required and successful attendees will receive a certificate. Parents and
adults are also encouraged to take the class, which will be held at the Cheboygan
County Building.


GAYLORD SCHOOLS MASKS
An Otsego County judge has denied the request for a temporary injunction to halt the
mask mandate ay Gaylord Schools. The also said parents who filed the suit must
identify themselves before the case goes any further. It's part of a lawsuit filed by the
parent's group identified as "Let them breathe." Gaylord Schools have been following
the order from the Health department of Northwest Michigan.


TC MASK RULES
When Traverse City Area Public Schools students return to the classroom after winter
break, they will no longer be required to wear a mask. The school board voted Monday
night to not extend the district's mask mandate, which is set to expire December 31.
When students return after the holidays, masks will be recommended but not required.


KELLOGG RATIFIES CONTRACT
Kellogg's employees who have been on strike since early October have voted to ratify a
tentative labor contract at the company's four U.S. cereal plants. The contract covers
approximately 1,400 workers represented by the union at plants in Michigan, Nebraska,
Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Kellogg said Tuesday that the new contract provides
immediate, across the board wage increases and enhanced benefits for all. It also
provides an accelerated, defined path to top-tier wages, a major sticking point for
workers. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International
Union said the contract is a win for workers.


FATAL BURTON SHOOTING
One person is dead, and two police officers are in critical condition following an officer
involved shooting in Burton. The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon near Saginaw
Street and Bristol Road as a Burton Police officer and Genesee County Sheriff's deputy
were investigating a report of shots fired. The suspect reportedly fired shots at the
officers during a chase. They returned fire, killing the person. Genesee County Sheriff
Chris Swanson says two backup officers likely saved their lives. Both the deputy and
officer were in critical condition when they arrived at the hospital.


HAITI HOSTAGE UPDATE
The father of four Christian missionaries from Michigan who escaped from kidnappers
in Haiti says they're in good shape. The update came in a statement from Ray Noecker
of Hart, whose wife Cheryl and five of their children were kidnapped in October. Two
other family members were also kidnapped but were released a few weeks ago. A total
of seventeen people were abducted in October shortly after visiting an orphanage.
They were in Haiti on behalf of the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.


NO VIOLATIONS
No violations have been found after two campaign finance complaints were made
against Governor Whitmer.
The complaints centered around Whitmers use of campaign committee funds to pay for
a chartered flight out of state and the acceptance of donations in excess of campaign
contribution limits due to recall efforts. The Michigan Bureau of Elections conducted a
thorough analysis and concluded the use of campaign funds to pay for the chartered
flights was allowed because the purpose was to ensure the governors physical safety
in response to credible and ongoing threats against her. Whitmer reimbursed the
campaign committee for the market value of first-class flights for herself and her family,
according to the Department of State.


NHL SAYS NO TO OLYMPICS
NHL players won't be able to take part in the world's most popular competition this
winter. Recent schedule postponements caused by COVID-19 have forced the NHL
and it's players' union to reportedly decide to keep the league's players from
participating in this year's Olympic Games, which will begin in February. Initially, the
league was going to pause the season from February 5th until the 22nd, to allow
players to take part in this year's Games. With 50 games now officially postponed,
league officials made the decision on Tuesday to opt out of participating. Rosters for
the upcoming Olympic hockey tournament will now be filled by college players and with
players that are currently competing in leagues that are located outside of the U.S.


GAYLORD BISHOP
Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop to the Diocese of Gaylord. Reverend Jeffrey
J. Walsh will become the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord. He had served as a
priest of the Diocese of Scranton and currently serves as pastor of two parishes in
Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Walsh will replaces Reverend Steven J. Raica, who served
from August 2014 until June 2020. Bishop Walter A. Hurley served as apostolic
administrator while the Diocese was without a bishop.


MSU COACH CHARGES
A Michigan appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former Michigan State
University gymnastics coach -- who was sentenced to jail for lying to investigators
about Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. The appeals court judges didn't determine that
Kathie Klages had told the truth to investigators, but rather that her interviews were not
"material" to the Michigan Attorney General's investigation into Michigan State
University's handling of Nassar's abuse. Klages has maintained her innocence
throughout. Klages' attorney says they are "thrilled" that she "has finally been
vindicated."


EMBEZZLEMENT SENTENCING
A former state employee who pleaded guilty to multiple felonies for embezzling more
than 855-THOUSAND dollars from the state has been sentenced. Joseph Pettit will
spend one year in jail and will have to pay back the full amount embezzled. The former
Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy employee pleaded guilty to
diverting funds to himself from 1996 to 2020. In a news release, Attorney General Dana
Nessel applauded the state's ability to bring accountability.


MEIJER COUPON
Grand Rapids-based Meijer stores is trying to lure in some last minute Christmas
shoppers this week. The retailer has announced that those who spend $75 on a
shopping trip will receive a $10 coupon to use on their next trip. The retailer is trying to
win shoppers dealing with shipping delays in their online orders.


DIGITAL MARKETING AWARD
Publicom Inc., a full-service marketing communications firm, has earned a gold award
in the national Healthcare Digital Marketing Awards competition. The winning entry is
an eblast that encourages an internal audience to get vaccinated against the
coronavirus. It was judged on creativity, marketing execution, message impact,
technology application and innovative content. Entries were received from nearly 1,000
health care and medical institutions across the country. The eblast was created for
Smile America Partners, Farmington Hills, a national dental service organization. The
Healthcare Digital Marketing Awards is sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report.


BURTON POLICE SHOOTING
One person is dead and two police officers are in critical condition following a shootout
near Flint on Tuesday afternoon. An officer from the Burton Police and a Genesee
County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a call of shots fired near Saginaw Street and
Bristol Road in Burton.
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson says the suspect shot at the officers who
returned fire. The suspect was killed and the officer and deputy were taken to the
hospital in critical condition -- Some good news though, the Burton officer has been
upgraded to fair condition but the deputy remains in critical condition.


NO CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS BY GOVERNOR WHITMER
No violations have been found after two campaign finance complaints were made
against Governor Whitmer.
The complaints centered around Whitmers use of campaign committee funds to pay for
a chartered flight out of state and the acceptance of donations in excess of campaign
contribution limits due to recall efforts. The Michigan Bureau of Elections conducted a
thorough analysis and concluded the use of campaign funds to pay for the chartered
flights was allowed because the purpose was to ensure the governors physical safety
in response to credible and ongoing threats against her. Whitmer reimbursed the
campaign committee for the market value of first-class flights for herself and her family,
according to the Department of State.


DRUNK SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
The Utica Community Schools bus driver accused of drunken driving last week in
Sterling Heights is being held in the Macomb County Jail following arraignment
Tuesday afternoon.
48 year-old Nichole Dillard of Sterling Heights is charged with drunken driving and 16-
counts of drunken driving with an occupant under age 16.
She allegedly crashed a school bus on December 14th into a sign on Hall road near
Schoenherr while transporting 30-TO-40 students from Henry Ford II High School.
Her bond is set at 50-THOUSAND dollars.


TWO TO GO
With holiday parties and celebrations taking place the last week of the year TRIPLE-A
wants party-goers to get home safe.
The auto-club is bringing back TOW-2-GO. Impaired drivers can call 855-2-TOW-2-GO
and a tow truck will transport impaired drivers and their vehicle to a safe place with-in a
10-MILE radius.
TRIPLE-A asks the service be used as a back-up plan, even though it's free.


FORMER TV ANCHOR OUT OF PRISON
Disgraced former TV anchor and Detroit City Council member Charles Pugh will be
released from an Ionia prison today after serving just over FIVE YEARS for the sexual
assault of a 14-year-old boy. Pugh was granted an early release in August. He will
serve two years probation and must wear a tether for the first six months. Pugh will
also have to sign on to the state's Sex Offender registry and cannot have contact with a
minor without permission.
There are reports Pugh plans to start an online network with former Radio Jock Reggie
Reg next February.


CARACAL CATS
Several exotic cats have been removed from a home in Royal Oak, after one of them
escaped.
Police say the African Caracal Cat escaped from a home on East Lasalle Street.
Officers returned it to the owner soon after, and issued her a citation for keeping nondomestic animals. The owner surrendered four of them to animal control this morning.
They were taken to an animal sanctuary out of state. The city says the animals, some
of which had escaped back in October, were initially sent away from the area, but had
recently been brought back.


   

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