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Atlas Valley Country Club owner arrested on felony embezzlement charges over $100,000 related to his investment adviser business
FLINT — The Daily Gazette has learned that the new owner of Atlas Valley Country Club has been arrested and arraigned on embezzlement charges related to his investment adviser business in Grand Blanc Township.
Jason Bescoe, 46, was arrested on a felony charge of embezzlement of more than $100,000 and arraigned on Saturday in Genesee County 67th District Court. Bescoe has been involved as a soccer coach in the Goodrich community where he lives and recently purchased Atlas Valley Country Club in Atlas Township which had been operated perviously for many years by the Hendrickson family.
A raid at Atlas Valley Country Club took place on July 18 after search warrants were obtained by the Genesee County Sheriff's Department. Genesee County Sheriff Robert PIckell told The Morning Gazette Radio Show and other local media after the raid that Bescoe was being investigated for running an alleged ponzi scheme similar to Bernie Madolf, but on a "smaller scale yet very similar in the way he went about finding investors to pay off previous investors to keep the ponzi scheme going."
Sheriff Pickell said the investigation began as a possible elder abuse case after an individual complained that Bescoe had scammed their elderly parents out of a substantial amount of money. Bescoe pleaded not guilty at Saturday's arraignment.
Genesee County 67th District Court records did not yet reflect the arraignment on whether or not Bescoe posted bail to get out of jail. The Daily Gazette confirmed, however, that he was an inmate at the Genesee County Jail at press time.
Flint mayor makes racist tirade during radio show appearance on Detroit's 910 AM SuperStation
FLINT — The embattled mayor in the City of Flint came out swinging with racist remarks during an appearance on a Wednesday morning radio program on a Detroit station. Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver made the comments while appearing with convicted felon Sam Riddle on a morning show hosted by Steve Hood on 910 AM. You can hear some of her comments by clicking on The Morning Gazette Radio Show Replay presented at right on your laptop or PC, or by scrolling down if you are on a smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Morning Gazette Radio Show host Mike Killbreath called on Mayor Weaver to resign after the remark
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Flint's mayoral race shaping up with rumors flying about long list of potential new political faces
FLINT — A report on The Morning Gazette Radio Show revealed Friday that one big name often mentioned as a potential player in Flint's upcoming mayoral election can be scratched off the list. State Representative Sheldon Neeley, a former long-time city councilman, told The Morning Gazette Radio Show he "definitely won't be a candidate."
Neeley scheduled a fundraiser for Tuesday with invitations by text going out a few hours after a report on The Morning Gazette Radio Show that Genesee County Clerk John Gleason had forwarded recall petitions to Flint City Clerk Inez Brown for her final review.
"They have a cushion of about 3,000 signatures (more than what's needed) so there is no legal challenge that can stop the recall of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from being on the ballot in November," Gleason said. "But this is Genesee County, so anything can happen."
Flint boxer Claressa Shields (at right) at the MGM Grand Casino & Hotel Friday for her title fight on national TV with Flint rapper Lyric DaQueen performing as she made her way into the ring.
Flint boxer Claressa Shields wins women's world title on 5th round TKO at MGM Casino in Detroit
DETROIT (CCN) — Flint's Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields won the women's world title Friday night in Detroit with a 5th round TKO over Nikki Adler. It was only the fourth pro fight for the unbeaten Shields who became the first Team USA boxer to win two Gold Medals at the Olympics. Adler was the middleweight champion with a 16-0 record before the German fighter ran into Shields at the MGM Grand Casino & Hotel in Detroit before a rowdy crowd filled with Shields supporters.
Flint mayor faces county clerk, two opponents in courtroom fight; Judge to hear handwriting expert at 10 am on Friday
FLINT — An attorney for Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver squared off in a courtroom on Thursday against an attorney for the Genesee County clerk and attorneys for two of her opponents in a continued fight to stop a scheduled recall election to remove her from office. The man who led the recall against Mayor Weaver was in court, but Arthur Woodson told The Morning Gazette Radio Show last week that he didn't have funding to hire a lawyer.
The two challengers who sent lawyers to court on Thursday were businessman Don Pfeiffer and Flint City Councilman Scott Kincaid. Pfeiffer, Kincaid and recall leader Woodson are among 17 people who filed to be on the ballot against the mayor in a winner-take-all election currently scheduled for November.
Mayor Weaver's attorney, Kendall Williams, argued that a handwriting expert's opinion trumped the findings of Genesee County Clerk John Gleason who didn't agree with assertions that 1,200 signatures were forged. Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Geoffrey Neithercut has now scheduled a hearing for 10 am on Friday to hear from the handwriting expert.
Pfeiffer huddled with his attorney and renowned political strategist David Forsmark immediately after Thursday's court proceedings and didn't talk to the media while Councilman Kincaid held court outside the courtroom with a half dozen media members. Click Here to Read More
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Time for review on how our high schools treat superstars after ex Grand Blanc High star charged in murder police call 'revenge' killing
GRAND BLANC — Nobody in Grand Blanc High School's football family wanted to talk on the record about Monday's news that one of its all-time greats is being held without bail at the Genesee County Jail.
It's a subject that needs to be addressed on the day that high school football practices began across Michigan.
How many schools employ coaches who allow talent to trump instilling life's most important lessons that come from the privilege of participating in competitive sports? Click Here to Read More
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Election day rundown for Metro Flint area voters at ballot box
Voters will go to the polls across the Metro Flint area to vote on everything from city council candidates to ballot proposals. The polls open at 7 am and voters in line by 8 pm will be allowed to vote. Click Here to Read More
Handwriting expert's opinion shot down by county clerk on recall of Flint Mayor Dr. Weaver
FLINT — Genesee County Clerk John Gleason has rejected arguments about allegations that more than 1,200 signatures were forged in a drive by citizen Arthur Woodson to force a recall election against Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver. A letter will be going out to the mayor before 5 pm today to notify her of the decision by Gleason. Click Here to Read More
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Posted July 31, 2017
Genesee County clerk, former Senator blasts Flint police by saying door-to-door investigation stinks of voter intimidation tactics
FLINT (CCN) — A former state senator is taking heat from police officers in the City of Flint after blasting door-to-door investigation tactics involved in a complaint about recall petitions against Flint's mayor.
John Gleason blasted the City of Flint Police Department Monday on local TV stations and with comments published online by MLive.com. (See related story below)
Gleason will be asked to clarify his comments as a guest Tuesday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show. The program will air live at 8 am and replay at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. You can listen by clicking on the blue button at right on your laptop or desktop computer, or by scrolling down on your smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Arthur Woodson, who led the recall effort, will also appear on Tuesday's program.
Gleason previously told The Morning Gazette Radio Show that Woodson's group had a cushion of more than 3,000 signatures over the number necessary to force the recall election on the ballot. "There is no legal challenge that can stop the recall of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from being on the ballot in November but this is Genesee County, so anything can happen," said Gleason who has served as Genesee County's Clerk/Register since 2012 after spending 10 years in the state legislature. He also served prior to that on the Flushing Board of Trustees and on the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.
Gleason's office now has until Friday to review a complaint filed by Mayor Weaver that more than 1,200 signatures were forged, according to a handwriting expert she hired to review them. Flint City Clerk Inez Brown tossed out more than 2,800 for a variety of reasons. The recall would be halted if Gleason's office rules that only 202 are indeed forged from the 1,200 Mayor Weaver says were forged. Woodson's next step would then be to challenge the ruling in Genesee County Circuit Court.
Bruno Mars makes $1 million donation to help Flint families after concern in Auburn Hills
AUBURN HILLS — Singer Bruno Mars made a $1 million donation to the Community Foundation of Flint during his concert Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn HIlls.
Isaiah Oliver, President & CEO of the Community Foundaion of Flint, was at the event and made a post on his Facebook page as follows: "With a grateful heart, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is honored to accept this inspiring donation. We know Bruno Mars' $1 million gift will be transformative to the children and families of Flint. He understands the issues faced by Flint citizens, and we are touched by his concern and generosity." Click Here to Read More
Mayoral candidate Don Pfeiffer wants Supreme Court to weigh in on local judge's decision to let city councilman stay on ballot
FLINT — Businessman Don Pfeiffer wants to be mayor in the City of Flint, and he's opening his wallet to "fight corruption" by spending his own money to mount a strong challenge to replace Dr. Karen Weaver in the November recall election. He's one of 17 candidates on the ballot with Mayor Weaver, and Pfeiffer wants one of his biggest opponents removed from the ballot. Pfeiffer says Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Geoffrey Neithercut made a mistake when allowing long-time City Councilman Scott Kincaid to stay on the ballot.
Genesee County Clerk John Gleason filed a lawsuit after alleging that Kincaid failed to pick between mayor and city council within three days as required by state statute. Pfeiffer filed as intervening third party and didn't like a decision by Judge Neithercut to allow Kincaid to pick one position.
"My campaign has hired the best attorneys in the state to make sure the State Supreme Court does the right thing on this issue," Pfeiffer said. "The statute says you have three days to decide or the city clerk shall remove you from both. I want the law followed."
Pfeiffer refused to give any further details except to confirm that a Tuesday decision on the matter is expected when the State Supreme Court may decide to hear the issue in an emergency situation when judges are drawn for the case before the State Court of Appeals. The issue will be discussed on Thursday's Morning Gazette Radio Show. You can listen live by clicking the blue button that says "LIsten Live to CCN Radio" that can be found at right on your laptop or PC, or by scrolling down on your smart phone or mobile device. The program airs live at 8 am and replays at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am.
Former director of UAW's Flint Region 1C office being probed by FBI as part of corruption scandal
DETROIT — Long-time UAW official Norwood Jewell is facing a national scandal. A Detroit News story says the former executive director of Flint's UAW Region 1-C office is under investigation by the FBI as part of an on-going probe into a multi-million dollar corruption scandal at the union.
Jewell is accused of accepting a $2,180 shotgun as a gift from another union official in 2015 — shortly after becoming Vice President in 2014 of the UAW International office in Detroit. A UAW statement to the Detroit News said, however, that Jewell reimbursed the union immediately after learning that the shotgun had been purchased with funds earmarked for training blue collar workers. The former UAW official who gave him the shotgun was indicted Friday. Click Here to Read More
Mayor Weaver withdraws civil suit to toss recall off ballot; Vote will happen in November 2017
FLINT — The Daily Gazette has learned that voters in the City of Flint will have a recall election in November to possibly remove Dr. Karen Weaver as mayor. An attorney for the mayor withdrew her lawsuit on Thursday instead of filing a closing argument on her case by Tuesday's deadline. Genesee County Clerk John Gleason said he will sign off on it, saying, "Let the campaign begin."
Gleason said he welcomed the news because he wants to get ballots printed in time for absentee voters to pick them up in mid-September. Mayor Weaver filed a lawsuit to challenge a decision by Gleason's office to place the recall on the ballot after Gleason had gone to court to ask a judge to remove City Councilman Scott Kincaid from the ballot after he filed to run for mayor and for re-election to the council. A judge ruled on Tuesday that Kincaid must choose one position by 4 pm on Tuesday, or risk being removed from the ballot. Kincaid is one of 17 who filed to run for mayor with the top vote getter in the field winning the job for the remaining two years on the four-year term.
Kincaid, who has been a city councilman in the 9th Ward for 32 years, told The Morning Gazette Radio Show on Wednesday that he isn't sure which office he will seek, saying, "I'm not surprised by the judge's decision, but I need to give it some serious thought on what I need to do because I owe it to the residents of the 9th Ward." Click Here to Read More
County Commissioner Bryant Nolden tells Morning Gazette Radio Show illegal campaign contribution mistake 'on me'
FLINT — Genesee County Commissioner Bryant Nolden told The Morning Gazette Radio Show Friday that an illegal campaign contribution to Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver was a "mistake that's on me." Commissioner Nolden apologized for using funds from the Friends of Berston non-profit corporation to buy tickets to a campaign fundraiser luncheon hosted by Mayor Weaver. "I was not aware it was a fundraiser when the mayor's people asked me to buy tickets to support her luncheon," Nolden said. "I guess that means they will need to give me that money back." Corporations can't make donations to political campaigns under Michigan law. Click Here to Read More
County Commissioner Bryant Nolden under fire after report on Morning Gazette Radio Show for illegal campaign contribution
FLINT — Genesee County Commissioner Bryant Nolden is under fire after a report on Thursday's Morning Gazette Radio Show that he made an illegal campaign contribution to Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver. Campaign finance reports placed online by the office staff of Genesee County Clerk John Gleason reveal that a non-profit corporation led by Commissioner Nolden made a donation to an event he attended to support Mayor Weaver. Corporations can't make donations to political campaigns under Michigan law. Click Here to Read More
Scratch one more name off list of potential mayoral candidates in the City of Flint; Lawyer Terry Bankert says he's not running
FLINT — Prominent attorney Terry Bankert told The Morning Gazette Radio Show he won't be running for mayor in the City of Flint if a recall election happens. He had told The Morning Gazette Radio Show last week that he was "strongly considering the idea." He is the second prominent name to tell The Morning Gazette Radio Show that running for mayor isn't in his future. State legislator Sheldon Neeley revealed last week that he won't run. Click Here to Read More
Campaign finance violations to be revealed Thursday on Morning Gazette Radio Show to trigger possible Flint criminal charges?
FLINT — Campaign finance violations relating to the political scene in the City of Flint could lead to criminal charges after three blockbuster stories to be revealed Thursday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show.
The program will air live at 8 am and replay at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. You can listen by clicking on the blue button at right on your laptop or desktop computer, or by scrolling down on your smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Arthur Woodson, who led a recall effort against Flint's mayor, will also appear on the program with Flint City Councilman Eric Mays. Each guest will also reveal news you haven't heard anywhere else in the local media or read anywhere else!
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Morning Gazette Radio Show to file more criminal complaints on Flint City Council illegal activities
FLINT — More criminal complaints will be filed by The Morning Gazette Radio Show after it was revealed on Thursday's program that some Flint City Council members broke state law by recently allowing city dollars to be used to promote a campaign. The incident took place at the last Flint City Council meeting on July 24 when City Council President Kerry Nelson allowed a special order by a group promoting a "Yes" vote on next week's ballot proposal to revise the Flint City Charter. The program aired live on CCN Radio at 8 am and will replay at 10 am and 11 am. Click Here to Read More
Flint's recall leader tells Morning Gazette Radio Show he's filing complaint with State Police on alleged illegal donations to mayor
FLINT — The leader of a recall against the mayor in the City of Flint told The Morning Gazette Radio Show Thursday that he plans to file a complaint with the State Police about what he alleges are illegal donations to the political campaign of Dr. Karen Weaver.
Arthur Woodson says he confronted two friends about $60 donations they made to the mayor that were listed on a report filed by Mayor Weaver's campaign treasurer on July 28. The report was posted online by the staff at the Genesee County Clerk's Office.
"They told me it didn't happen," Woodson said. "They said they were given free tickets and didn't write a check to her campaign."
State law requires any donations of more than $20 to be by check or money order.
Flint boxer Claressa Shields going for world title Friday night at MGM Casino in Detroit on Showtime TV
DETROIT (CCN) — Flint's Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields will fight for a world championship on national television Friday night. Her bout with an undefeated German opponent will be the main event on the Showtime cable network. Promoter Demitri Selsta said Shields will likely fight at about 10:30 pm.
Shields is 3-0 in her pro career after becoming the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two Gold Medals. "Her opponent is 16-0 but Claressa isn't worried," said her trainer, Jason Crutchfield. "She's ready and she's confident. She's ready to go take care of business."
The fight is part of a seven-bout card at the MGM Casino & Hotel in Detroit. The doors open at 7 pm and the first fight will be at 8 pm. Tickets remain at the $125 each price range.