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Woman Found Guilty In Death Of Linden Mother & Co-Worker

A woman charged with fatally shooting a pregnant Linden woman and her co-worker has been found guilty but mentally ill.

A judge convicted 57-year-old Jacquelyn Tyson of first- and second-degree murder in Genesee County Circuit Court. She faces sentencing on Aug. 6. Originally, Tyson was set to undergo a jury trial, but instead elected for a non-jury trial in front of Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah. The charges were filed after the shooting deaths of 20-year-old Lyric Work of Linden and 45-year-old Tamara Johnson of Mt. Morris at the leasing office of the Grand Oaks Apartments in Grand Blanc on July 26th, 2016.

Johnson was pronounced dead at a hospital while Work, who was pregnant, was put on life support so the baby could be delivered. Work then passed away three days later. Her child survived. The shootings are believed to have precipitated from a dispute over Tyson’s apartment. (JK)

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Outgoing Putnam Fire Chief Amburgey To Be Celebrated Friday

The public is invited out to a retirement party and celebration for Putnam Township’s long-time fire chief.

Greg Amburgey is a lifelong Putnam Township-resident, Pinckney High School graduate. Following in his father’s footsteps, Amburgey joined the Puntam Township Fire Department over 40 years ago, spending the last 21 as chief. This Friday is his last day with the department and a retirement party is being thrown in his honor.

Chief Amburgey proved instrumental in his years in charge of the department, and credited with having a big hand in getting a new fire station built, and keeping top of the line equipment and fire trucks available for the Putnam Township firefighters serving the community. In addition to leading the fire department, Chief Amburgey served with the Michigan Fire Chief’s Association, the Livingston County Fire Chief’s Association, and the Livingston County Red Cross.

Filling his shoes is Chief Curt Ruf, who comes from the Brighton Area Fire Authority and was sworn in by the Putnam Township Board of Trustees in May. Ruf says that the transition has been smooth and that he has Chief Amburgey to thank for that. Chief Ruf said that Chief Amburgey left a “very good department” and that he intends to continue moving it forward.

Residents from all over area, particularly in the Putnam Township and Village of Pinckney, are invited out to celebrate Chief Amburgey’s career and accomplishments this Friday. The retirement party will take place at the Putnam Township Fire Station, located at 3250, West M-36, from 3 to 5pm. (MK)

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War Memorials To Be Escorted Into County Today

An escorted convoy will make its way through Livingston County today as four war memorials are trucked in for display through the weekend.

The Connect Five Veterans Foundation, with the support of the Disabled American Veteran Chapter 125 and Auxiliary Unit 125, are presenting the display, which include a 50% replica of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., the Korean War Memorial with 23 full size statues, the Michigan Vietnam Traveling Wall, and the Eyes of Freedom Traveling Memorial from the Iraq War. DAV Commander and Connect Five Foundation Director Mark Kovach tells WHMI that they are hoping for residents to come out today and pay tribute when the memorials make their way through the county.

The convoy is expected to pass through Brighton at about 2:30, Howell at 2:45 and then arrive at the Livingston County airport by 3pm. That’s where viewings will begin on Thursday and run through Sunday the 14th.

Pictured is the convoy that escorted the Wall That Heals in 2018. (JK)

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Vapejoose In Brighton Robbed

Police are investigating a robbery at a vape store in Brighton.

Owner Stephen Knight issued a Facebook post following the incident, saying two individuals broke into the Vapejoose Brighton store located at 6163 Grand River around 1:22am this morning. He says police investigated but did not find any disturbance and left the scene, not realizing they were actually robbed. Knight says the suspects broke in again at 3:04am and stole more merchandise. It’s estimated around $1,300 worth of vape devices were stolen. He says both times they were in and out quickly and there was no sign of forced entry. Videos have been posted on the Vapejoose Brighton Facebook page. That link is provided. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office confirmed for WHMI that they are investigating the incident. Knight says they are willing to offer a $500 reward if anyone can help identify the suspects or offer any tips that can lead to the prosecution of either or both of the individuals.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective King with the Sheriff’s Office at 517-540-7953. (JM)

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Vehicle Crashes Into Green Oak Township Home

A home in Green Oak Township sustained significant damage after a vehicle crashed into it Monday morning.

Green Oak Township say the driver of the vehicle was a 34-year-old female from Howell who was returning from work in Ann Arbor at approximately 9:30am, traveling westbound on Lee Road from US-23. Chief Jason Pless tells WHMI after falling asleep; the women’s 2014 Honda CRV left the roadway and struck an un-occupied home in the 9000 block of Lee Road. The home is located on the north side of the street in the Saxony subdivision.

Pless says no injuries were reported and the driver was wearing her seatbelt. There was extensive damage to both the home and the vehicle. (JM)

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Howell’s Regal Recycling Under New Ownership

A longtime Livingston County scrapyard is under new ownership.

Regal Recycling in Howell was purchased last week by Holland-based PADNOS, which operates 19 locations in Michigan and Indiana. The acquisition, which was announced July 1st, also includes Regal’s Whitmore Lake location which will be operated by GLR Advanced Recycling, a partner of PADNOS. Company President Jonathan Padnos said the move, “furthers regional consolidation and allows us to better serve our customers throughout Michigan. PADNOS views Howell as a vibrant and growing community and we want to be part of that growth.”

The deal does not include Regal Auto Parts, which continues to operate independently in the recycling and selling of autos and auto parts. (JK)

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Howell City Council Approves Water, Sewer Rate Increases

After a two-year break, water and sewer rates are going up in the City of Howell.

City Council met Monday night and approved rate increases of 6.5% for water and 6.9% for sewer, which officials say are needed to maintain a viable and sustainable system. The resolution to increase rates was first introduced at the June 24th Council meeting. The water increase for the majority of customers ranges from $4.65 per bi-monthly bill for 10,000 gallons to $12.25 for 50,000 gallons. For wastewater, the cost for the majority of customers ranges from $4.75 per bi-monthly bill for 10,000 gallons to $12.75 for 50,000 gallons.

The adjustments were based on recommendations from the City’s rate advisors, Utility Financial Solutions and are said to address three targets; a debt coverage ratio to meet bond obligations, minimum cash reserve levels and operating income targets. Council has held off on raising utility rates since July of 2017 despite previous recommendations to do otherwise, until a more comprehensive review could be done. As with any long range planning, officials say the rate determination attempts to address the unpredictability of the future. A memo notes that the water and sewer system will be able to generate sufficient revenues to fund current operations and have reserves to replace deprecation, as well as recover the interest cost of debt.

Interim City Manager Erv Suida tells WHMI they have a lot of capital improvements and expenses coming up both on the water and wastewater side – which were taken into account and incorporated into the new rates so those will be included. Suida says the City essentially tries to keep rate increases on a fiscal year basis and implements them in July. However, with recent transitions and the search for a new city manager underway, they will be just few weeks later with implementation than usual and new rates will be in effect for the upcoming billing period. (JM)

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Soldier Fundraises In Milford While Seeking World Record

A weekend fundraising challenge in Milford over the weekend has an Army Soldier from Michigan hoping he’ll be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Bryan Abell and his supporters say he broke the world record for most chest-to-ground burpees in 12 hours as he raised money and awareness for active and retired soldiers and their families. A burpee is an exercise that requires a person to start from a standing position, go to a squat, kick your legs out, take your chest to the ground, push up and then return to a standing position. The 23-year-old Abell completed 4,689 burpees while making the attempt on Sunday at Carl’s Family YMCA in Milford. In doing so, he raised $1,300 for the Stronger Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit he founded with his sister Katelyn that says its mission is to, “Keep active, retired, and the families of United States service members strong financially, mentally, and physically.”

The Guinness website has yet to officially recognized the feat, but during the live stream on Abell’s Facebook page of the attempt, it appeared that the results were being certified. (JK)

Picture courtesy of Facebook

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LETS Looks To Lease Vehicle Parking Space At Brighton Bus Garage

A resolution authorizing the parking space lease agreement between Livingston County and Brighton Area Schools (BAS) came before a county subcommittee Monday for consideration.

In a memo to committee members, Transportation Director Greg Kellogg stated that the entire vehicle fleet for the Livingston Essential Transportation Service, or LETS, is housed at the Livingston County Transportation Complex, located west of Howell near the airport, but notes the lack of vehicle storage in the eastern portion of the county. Kellogg told county leaders that creates operating inefficiencies when LETS vehicles travel empty between the Transportation Complex and morning pickup locations in and around Brighton.

Kellogg feels it is “prudent” for LETS to enter into a short-term arrangement before pursuing an investment like purchasing a facility for additional vehicle storage or a long-term lease. An arrangement proposed to BAS seeks to lease parking space, specifically with the Brighton Bus Garage as LETS officials feel it is secure and a prime location due to its proximity to Grand River and Old US-23. The district has agreed to lease parking space at a cost of $50 per space per month for an initial lease of two spaces for one year.

The resolution regarding the agreement received unanimous support from committee members. It must receive final approval from the Board of Commissioners. (DK)

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Forum Held in Pinckney on PFAS Problem

A forum was held Monday evening on a problem that has just recently gained national attention – chemical compounds that have entered many rivers, lakes and groundwater– and from there into wastewater treatment plants and well systems.

Those attending the forum on PFAS – the acronym for a chemical compound that likely has a long-term, adverse effect on humans – were told that work is being done to develop a set of standards for regulating the problem in lakes, rivers and streams. PFAS is a group of chemicals that been used for decades in industrial applications, as well as consumer products such as carpeting, waterproof clothing, upholstery, food paper wrappings, fire-fighting foams, and metal plating.

The forum which took place at the Jane Tasch Performing Arts Center outside Pinckney, was arranged by 8th District Rep. Elissa Slotkin. The congresswoman, who is on a Task Force which has produced legislation on the PFAS problem, says steps need to be taken to address the issue. The near-capacity group in attendance appeared largely satisfied with the responses given to them by the experts. Present were representatives from the DEQ, now called The Michigan Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), plus from the Livingston County Health Dept. and the Huron River Watershed Council.

The audience was told that the state, which wants to be the national leader in responding to the PFAS issue, will continue to work on setting safe drinking water standards for PFAS which are expected to be ready for implementation this fall. (TT)

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