​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Flint City Councilwoman Eric Mays (at right) points to a problem area he questions about allowing swimmers in deep water areas of the Flint River restoration project proposed by Genesee County Parks & Rec Director Barry June (in center).

Old Chevy in the Hole property sold by city to county for $6.2 million as part of Parks & Rec's Flint River restoration project by

   FLINT (CCN) — Genesee County Parks & Recreation Department Director Barry June waited six hours at a second meeting in front of the Flint City Council Monday night before finally walking away with a $6.2 million purchase deal on Flint's old "Chevy in the Hole" property near Kettering University.  June's plan is to make the property part of the county's massive Flint River restoration project. READ MORE

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Flint City Council members voted 8-0 to remove 1st Ward Councilman Eric Mays from Monday's meeting for disorderly conduct. 

Flint City Council members vote 8-0 Monday night to throw 1st Ward Councilman Mays out of meeting — After he stormed out!

   FLINT (CCN) — An 8-0 vote to throw 1st Ward City Councilman Eric Mays out of a Flint City Council meeting Monday night for disorderly conduct has sparked a pledge to "see an attorney" about a potential lawsuit for discrimination.

   Councilman Mays expressed shock at hearing about the vote to throw him out of the meeting for disorderly conduct, asking, "They took an 8-0 vote to throw me out of the meeting after I had already left the meeting? They can't do that. You don't need to be (City Attorney) Angela Wheeler to know that's wrong." Mays then pledged to meet with an attorney to explore his options about possibly filing another lawsuit.

   Councilman Mays already has one lawsuit against six of his eight colleagues pending in Genesee County Circuit Court. He said depositions begin next week.  READ MORE

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Swartz Creek High School Principal Jim Kitchen (at left) and Superintendent Ben Mainka posted a video on YouTube with a song to welcome their students back to school on Tuesday.

Swartz Creek administrators welcome students back by taking to YouTube again!

   SWARTZ CREEK (CCN) — Swartz Creek's singing administrators are at it again! They originally said it was a "one time thing" and announced their retirement from singing after a winter song about school closings earned some national attention on TV shows and attracted more than 1.3 million views on YouTube. Superintendent Ben Mainka and Swartz Creek High School Principal Jim Kitchen released their latest YouTube production on Sunday to welcome students back for the new school year. Swartz Creek students head back to class on Tuesday and the singing duo celebrated the occasion by adding staff members and students to their latest video, which is a parady of Old Time Road by Billy Ray Cyrus. READ MORE

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    "Regret is not rape," Frank Manley told jurors during Thursday's opening statement in the unjust rape and kidnapping charge against Mateen Cleaves.

   The above "unjust" description is putting it mildly about the case against the former all-state basketball star from the old Flint Northern High School who went on to become an All-American at Michigan State before playing on four NBA teams and then playing professionally overseas. Cleaves, who led MSU to its last national championship in 2000, was a national TV analyst for NCAA basketball at the time of his arrest as March Madness began in 2015. He was arrested for an incident that took place in September of 2015.

   "She wanted a celebrity hook-up," Manley insisted about a beautiful woman in her mid-20's who got drunk at a Grand Blanc Township bar after a charity golf outing and got into a vehicle four years ago with Cleaves, now 41. The ride ended at a motel in Mundy Township. Video evidence will show this so-called victim fixing her hair in the mirror on the passenger side visor as Cleaves went inside to pay for a room. He left the car engine running, which kinda makes kidnapping go out the window in my book.READ MORE
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Flint City Councilwoman Kate Fields won't be facing a recall election in November after nearly 500 of 825 signatures were ruled invalid.

Signatures not sufficient to put recall question on ballot for Flint City Councilwoman Kate Fields

   FLINT (CCN) — The recall effort against a Flint City Council member won't make it on the November 2019 ballot. A letter from Genesee County Clerk John Gleason informed recall leader Michael Doan Monday that his petitions contained only 332 valid signatures of registered voters within the 4th Ward who signed to remove Kate Fields from office. Doan needed to get 555 valid signatures. He turned in 825. READ MORE

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Community activist Arthur Woodson revealed in a Facebook post on Tuesday that he's considering a run for the State House of Representatives or the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.

Posted on August 28, 2019

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

Community activist reveals on Facebook post he's considering run for political office as state rep or county commissioner

   FLINT (CCN) — Flint community activist Arthur Woodson was in the news for a second straight day when taking to Facebook Tuesday to reveal to his supporters that he is considering a run for political office. Woodson announced during the public comment period of Monday night's Flint City Council meeting that he intends to recall 2nd Ward City Councilman Maurice Davis.

   Woodson stopped short of saying he would run for the 2nd Ward seat when asked about it Monday. He directed The Daily Gazette to his Facebook post during a follow-up call about his political plans on Tuesday morning. Woodson, who has 1,866 followers on his Facebook k page, asked his Facebook friends if they would support his political run and donate money if he ran for office.

   "Taking Councilman Davis out of office is my first priority right now," Woodson said. "I wouldn't do it just to run for his seat, so it would be up to the people on how they feel about it. I just know we need Maurice Davis off our city council. He blindly supports the mayor no matter what she wants. That's wrong."

   Councilman Davis blasted Woodson in a fiery tirade Monday night after the community activist announced his plan to do a recall against the first-term Ward 2 representative.

   Woodson lives in the city's 2nd Ward. He's in the state legislature seat held by Sheldon Neeley and he lives in the county district represented by long-time 1st District County Commissioner Brenda Clack.

   Neeley and Clack have not yet responded to a request for a comment about Woodson's Facebook post. Both are up for re-election in 2020 although Neeley's seat could become vacant in November if he defeats incumbent Dr. Karen Weaver in Flint's mayoral race.

 

Violent weekend in City of Flint; Man found shot Friday at Boys & Girls Club parking lot, another shooting death near Lippincott

   ​FLINT (CCN) — Two murders were reported over the weekend in the City of Flint. A man was found dead Friday morning in the parking lot of the Boys & Girls Club on Averill Street and a late-night shooting in the early hours of Saturday resulted in the death of a man in his 20's at a residence located on Blades Avenue near Lippincott Blvd., according to multiple media reports. 


Woman fires gunshots at would be burglar; He's arrested nearby after crashing his vehicle

   FLINT (CCN) — Breaking into a Kellar Avenue home in Flint turned out to be a bad idea for a would be burglar in the City of Flint. He's now in critical condition at Hurley Regional Medical Center in Flint after a woman homeowner shot him.

   The woman told City of Flint police she fired at him with her gun because he was trying to break into her house, according to multiple police officers. No press release has yet been released by Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson.

   The incident happened at about 4 am on Sunday and after a report of gun shots being fired, police responded to the scene and found a suspect who had crashed his vehicle near Dayton Street and Brownell Street. Police have not yet released any details about the condition of the man who was shot in the burglary gone bad and there's no word yet if the homeowner will face any charges although early reports from officers suggest it was a justified shooting.  Typically, state law is Michigan can allow for the use of deadly physical force and it's legally presumed to be justified if an intruder is in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering a dwelling or residence. 

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City of Flint's letter reveals warning on two million gallons of sewage dumped into Flint River

   FLINT (CCN) — A notice to residents warned not to touch any water out of the Flint River.  A letter to state officials said two million gallons of sewage had spilled into the Flint River at the city's Water Pollution Control Facilities on Beecher Road and blamed a "flash flood event" for the incident.

   The sewage dump follows a recent $1 million improvement plan to design upgrades for treatment infrastructure by the Flint City Council after getting warnings from staff that the system was "at risk of catastrophic failure."

   The city is trying to obtain a $34 million loan from the state under a revolving loan program to fund various improvement projects on a so-called "wish list" prepared by Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver's city adminis

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton (at left) and Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell (at right) made a plea Wednesday to avoid cuts to their staffs from the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.

Posted on August 28, 2019

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

County board under fire by trio of depa

   FLINT (CCN) — Flint community activist Arthur Woodson was in the news for a second straight day when taking to Facebook Tuesday to reveal to his supporters that he is considering a run for political office. Woodson announced during the public comment period of Monday night's Flint City Council meeting that he intends to recall 2nd Ward City Councilman Maurice Davis.

   Woodson stopped short of saying he would run for the 2nd Ward seat when asked about it Monday. He directed The Daily Gazette to his Facebook post during a follow-up call about his political plans on Tuesday morning. Woodson, who has 1,866 followers on his Facebook k page, asked his Facebook friends if they would support his political run and donate money if he ran for office.

   "Taking Councilman Davis out of office is my first priority right now," Woodson said. "I wouldn't do it just to run for his seat, so it would be up to the people on how they feel about it. I just know we need Maurice Davis off our city council. He blindly supports the mayor no matter what she wants. That's wrong."

   Councilman Davis blasted Woodson in a fiery tirade Monday night after the community activist announced his plan to do a recall against the first-term Ward 2 representative.

   Woodson lives in the city's 2nd Ward. He's in the state legislature seat held by Sheldon Neeley and he lives in the county district represented by long-time 1st District County Commissioner Brenda Clack.

   Neeley and Clack have not yet responded to a request for a comment about Woodson's Facebook post. Both are up for re-election in 2020 although Neeley's seat could become vacant in November if he defeats incumbent Dr. Karen Weaver in Flint's mayoral race.

 


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Mott Community College President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea was appointed Wednesday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to represent the City of Flint on the Great Lakes Water Authority's Board of Directors.

Flint finally gets representation on GLWA's Board of Directors with governor's appointment of Mott Community College leader

   FLINT (CCN) — Michigan's governor has appointed the president of Flint's Mott Community College to serve on the Great Lakes Water Authority Board of Directors. The City of Flint was given a seat on the GLWA board when signing a 30-year contract with the GLWA in late 2017. The city had originally left the Detroit system in 2014 when joining the Karegnondi Water Authority's new water pipeline to Lake Huron in Port Huron, and initially planned to use the Flint River as a temporary source until the KWA was completed. The GLWA also gets water from Lake Huron.

   Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver revealed on her WFLT 1420 AM radio show last week that she had proposed MCC President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea as her city's representative on the GLWA board.

   Governor Gretchen Whitmer made it official on Wednesday that Dr. Walker-Griffea has now been appointed and Mayor Weaver praised the decision, saying, "I would like to thank Governor Whitmer for appointing Dr. Walker-Griffea to the Great Lakes Water Authority Board of Directors. Her decision today has helped us fulfill the promise we made to have representation at the GLWA table. Dr. Walker-Griffea is an excellent choice, she has served the Flint community tirelessly since becoming the President of Mott Community College. I have confidence that the residents will be well represented and that our voices will be heard.”


Corunna Road Wal-Mart in Flint Twp. closed for 90 minutes after undisclosed threat investigated by multiple police agencies

   FLINT TWP. (CCN) — An undisclosed threat led to police closing the Wal-Mart store on Corunna Road in Flint Township for 90 minutes Tuesday. Officers from the Flint Township Police Department and the nearby State Police post investigated after evacuating the store. No reason for the evacuation was given.

   A message on the store's Facebook page at 8:15 pm announced that the store was re-opening. The post said: "“Thank you for your patience while we were temporarily closed. We are now back in business and operating normally. We appreciate your understanding while we ensured that we were keeping your local Flint WalMart safe for customers and associates.”e being Tuesday evening led to the temporary closure of the Flint Township Walmart store."


Davison man arrested nearly 5 years after allegedly killing wife with what prosecutor calls 'fatal dose' of heroin in her cereal

   DAVISON (CCN) — A 44-year-old Davison man was arraigned on first degree murder charges in the death of his wife nearly five years ago. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton held a press conference Tuesday to reveal the charges against Jason Harris after he was arraigned by Genesee County 67th District Court Judge Nathaniel Perry.

   Harris faces up to life in prison, if convicted on the first degree murder charge filed by Prosecutor Leyton. He was also charged with  solicitation of murder and delivery of a controlled substance causing death. Prosecutor Leyton said Christina Harris was found by a neighbor inside her Bay Street Home in September of 2014 and the death was originally ruled as an accidental overdose by the Genesee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

   Prosecutor Leyton said an investigation began after her parents and friends insisted there was no way she had ever used heroin because she wasn't a drug user. He said testing the victim's breast milk led to changing the cause of death to homicide, saying, “We believe Jason Harris murdered his wife. We believe he put heroin into her cereal and milk the night that she died after getting it from someone, thinking it would be tasteless and odorless much like he had asked his coworkers multiple times."

   Prosecutor Leyton said one witness told State Police that Jason Harris offered him $5,000 to kill his wife by using exactly that same method of putting heroin in her cereal.

   Victim Christina Harris had just given birth to the couple's second child and been a given a promotion to manager at the Subway restaurant inside what is now Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc Township. Prosecutor Leyton said she was described by family and friends as “a mentor to her coworkers” as well as being “an incredibly loving mother.”