Burton City Council members do not support motion by outgoing member to cut their paychecks
BURTON (CCN) — City Councilman Steve Hatfield went out with a bang Monday night at the Burton City Council meeting by calling on his fellow council members to cut their own paychecks. His motion got no support from his six colleagues when asking that they eliminate city contributions to their life insurance, health insurance, retirement and pension benefits. "I've never heard of a part-time job paying benefits like that," Hatfield said in calling for a reduction in the compensation package for anyone elected in the future to a city council position. He added that the cost to taxpayers was about $50,000.
Arrest revealed in shooting death of 3-year-old child in North Flint
FLINT (CCN) — Charges were revealed Monday against a 26-year-old accused of shooting to death a 3-year-old child in the parking lot of a Sunoco gas station at the corner of N. Dort Hwy. and Carpenter Road in North Flint. The shooting took place at 9 o'clock Sunday night and police made an arrest of Sunday in what was described as an argument about an incident that happened three years ago with the boyfriend of the dead child's mother. He was in the vehicle with the child's mother and twin sister when the shooting happened. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made for toddler Landon James Spiers.
Genesee County 67th District Court Judge G. David Guinn approved warrants Monday against Veondra Deshon Bartee on charges of first-degree murder, discharging a firearm from a vehicle causing death and three counts of assault with intent to do murder.
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Football coach declares write-in campaign for 9th Ward seat in Flint City Council election
FLINT — The City of Flint's 9th Ward got a new resident on Monday, and Trace Fisher says he moved into the south side to run for a city council seat. Fisher is the defensive coordinator for the new Flint Jaguars varsity football team that combined players from Flint Southwestern Academy High School and Flint Northwestern High School this season.
Fisher went before the Flint City Council two weeks ago to make officials aware of financial problems at Flint Community Schools and a subsequent appearance on The Morning Gazette Radio Show led to a video of shabby conditions inside Northwestern's locker room attracting more than 32,000 views. Fisher is hoping to replace 32-year 9th Ward Councilman Scott Kincaid who won the August primary with 84 percent of the vote, but is now running for mayor.
Kincaid's exit from the city council race left Eva Worthing unopposed in November.
Councilman Kincaid told The Morning Gazette Radio Show he won't be supporting Worthing or Fisher in the upcoming election to replace him as the 9th Ward representative.
Fisher lived in Burton until Monday but changed his address but he's a Flint native who became a football star at Grand Blanc and played at Wayne State.
Flint City Council votes to delay again on signing 30-year deal to extend contract with Detroit's Great Lakes Water Authority
FLINT — The Flint City Council met in an executive session behind closed doors Friday morning in a special meeting, then emerged with news that a decision was made to again delay signing a 30-year contract for the city's drinking water supply.
The State of Michigan filed a lawsuit against the Flint City Council and three representatives spent the previous two days in forced negotiations in a Detroit federal court room. A federal judge kept them talking until 11 pm on the first day — forcing City Councilman Scott Kincaid to miss his own fundraiser event. He's one of 18 candidates for mayor in next month's recall election. Councilwoman Kate Fields and Councilman Herbert Winfrey were the others representing the council in the negotiations with Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver's administration.
The city council has refused to go along with Mayor Weaver's recommendation to sign a proposed 30-year extension for Detroit-based Great Lakes Water Authority to supply Flint's drinking water from Lake Huron. The city switched back to the Detroit system after leaving it in 2014 when opting to participate in the Karegondi Water Authority's project to build a new pipeline from Port Huron.
Morning Gazette Radio Show reveals warrant request by State Police on Burton's mayor over allegations of falsifying contract
BURTON (CCN) — The Morning Gazette Radio Show reported Friday that allegations of falsifying a union contract have been leveled against Burton's mayor. Burton City Councilman Duane Haskins has confirmed that he asked State Police to investigate after discovering what he says was an "intentional forgery and altering of a union contract." Haskins said State Police told him Thursday that a warrant request has been made to the office of Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton after Mayor Zelenko would not talk to State Police about the accusations and referred troopers to her attorney. Mayor Zelenko does not respond to questions by The Morning Gazette Radio Show or TheDailyGazette.net and her Chief of Staff, Ric Hayman, did not respond to a telephone call asking for comment about this matter. Haskins alleged that the union contract was altered to allow the mayor to give Hayman a $30,000 per year raise.
Morning Gazette Radio Show interview with city councilman to reveal very serious allegations
FLUSHING (CCN) — A prominent member of the Flushing community is now under fire by a Flint city councilman he sent to jail in a high profile case. An interview taped Wednesday night with Flint City Councilman Wantwaz Davis will air on The Morning Gazette Radio Show Thursday, but his specific accusations won't be revealed until after Genesee County 67th District Court Judge David Goggins is given an opportunity to respond to the serious allegations leveled by the councilman as soon as Genesee County 67th District Court opens.
Judge Goggins sent Councilman Davis to Genesee County Jail after a drug test revealed he didn't obey orders not to use drugs and alcohol while on probation from an impaired driving charge. An attorney for the councilman, Grand Blanc's Bruce Leach, argued that Michigan law allowed his client to use medical marijuana while on probation. "See if they will let you have your medicine over at the jail," Judge Goggins told Davis prior to locking him up.
Davis, who is up for re-election in November, won a four-year term on the Flint City Council after serving 19 years for murder. He was convicted at age 17 of killing a man who allegedly raped his mother.
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Rookie sensation Aaron Judge makes bid to become Mr. October by powering Yankees past Astros 6-4 to even AL series at 2-2
NEW YORK (CCN) — New York's rookie sensation Aaron Judge started making a bid to become Mr. October by powering the New York Yankees to a series tying 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Down four runs in the 7th inning, Judge blasted a solo home run to start things off. With two more runs already in for the Yankees in the bottom of the 8th inning, Judge just missed another homer when ripping a game-tying RBI double off Houston usually reliable closer Ken Giles. Gary Sanchez then lined a go-ahead two-run double for the Yankees and closer Aroldis Chapman came on for the save in the 9th inning. It was the second victory in a row for the Yankees at home after losing twice to start the series in Houston. Game 5 in the Best-of-7 American League Championship Series will be presented on the FS1 cable TV network at 5:08 pm on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Dodgers win 6-1 to put defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs on ropes
CHICAGO (CCN) — Chris Taylor Taylor hit a mammoth home run and added a RBI triple to power the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 romp at Chicago's Wrigley Field over the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. The victory gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead in their Best-of-7 National League Championship Series after winning the first two games at home on the west coast. Game 4 in the National League Championship Series will be at 9:01 pm Wednesday on the TBS cable TV network
Detroit Pistons open NBA regular season Wednesday night at new Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit against Charlotte Hornets
DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Pistons make their regular season debut with Wednesday's opener at the new Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit. Game time is 7 pm and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit TV. The Pistons host the Charlotte Hornets to begin their era in the new arena they share with the Detroit Red Wings. Coach Stan VanGundy will be trying to steer his club back into the playoffs after failing to qualify a year ago. They were swept 4-0 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA playoffs after a seven-year run without a playoff appearance. They last won the NBA championship in 2005.
Detroit Red Wings go to Toronto at 7:30 pm Wednesday to face old Coach Mike Babcock in key battle
TORONTO (CCN) — If the Detroit Red Wings are going to contend for the NHL's Atlantic Division title, they need to fare well against their old coach and old superstar. Ex Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock and his Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a 5-1 start to trail the Tampa Bay Lightning by a single point going into Wednesday's game against the visiting Red Wings who lost 3-2 Monday night at Little Caesars Arena to Tampa Bay. The Lightning are led by former Red Wings' great Steve Yzerman who serves as General Manager of the Florida-based franchise. Game time Wednesday in Toronto is 7:30 p.m. The contest will be televised on the Fox Sports Detroit Plus regional cable network.
Yankees win Game 3 by 8-1 romp in New York over Houston Astros
NEW YORK (CCN) — The New York Yankees came out slugging in a "must win" Game 3 Monday night in New York. They were 8-1 winners in a romp over the Houston Astros who won the first two games in Houston. The American League Championship Series continues Tuesday night with a 5:08 pm start for Game 4 in New York. Game 3 of the National League Championship Series is Monday at 9:08 pm in Chicago as the defending World Series champion Cubs try to avoid going down 3-to-0 in their matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Titans end 11-game losing streak to Colts in first place showdown on Monday Night Football with 36-22 victory with late TD clinching it
NASHVILLE (CCN) — The Tennessee Titans won a showdown for first place in the NFC's South Division by using a late touchdown to wrap up a 36-22 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts on the NFL's Monday Night Football Game on ESPN. Marcus Mariota drilled a 53-yard TD bomb to Taywan Taylor for what proved to be the game winner as he finished 23-of-32 passing for 306 yards. Derrick Henry clinched it for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left. The Titans now share first place in the NFC South with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. The Colts, who had beaten the Titans 11 straight times, fell one game behind in the race.
Flint Firebirds beaten for first time on home ice; Lose 5-3 to Kitchener
FLINT (CCN) — The home ice magic ended on Sunday at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center as the Flint Firebirds were beaten 5-3 by the Kitchener Rangers. It was Flint's first loss after a 3-0 start on home ice. Maurizio Colella scored twice and both Ryan Moore and Nick Caamano recorded two-point nights as goalie Luke Cavallin was beaten in his his second career OHL start and debut appearance in front of Flint's fans. The Firebirds finish a five-game homestand with games Saturday at 7 pm against the Peterborough Petes and Sunday at 4 pm against the Windsor Spitfires. Click Here to Read More
Furious rally falls short as Detroit LIons lose 52-38 at New Orleans to drop to 3-3 but Packers suffer blow
NEW ORLEANS (CCN) — The Detroit Lions tried to rally from a 45-10 deficit in the second half and got within a touchdown before the New Orleans Saints got an interception in Detroit's end zone to put away a wild NFL contest on Sunday in New Orleans. They won it 52-38 to send the Lions to their third loss in four games. They are 3-3 in the NFC's North Division where the first-place Green Packers were also beaten by the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams now have 4-2 records. Detroit has one remaining game with Minnesota and plays twice against the Packers who suffered a huge blow to their title hopes Sunday against the Vikings when all-Pro quarterback Aaron Rogers were injured. He could miss the rest of the season with a broken collar bone.
Flint Firebirds beat Mississauga to stay perfect on home ice in OHL
FLINT (CCN) — Five different Flint Firebirds scored Saturday night in a 5-3 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads as the local Ontario Hockey League club remained perfect on home ice. Saturday's victory in front of 3,418 fans at the Dort Federal Event Center improved them to 3-0 there while they climbed to 6-2-1 overall for 13 points in the OHL's West Division. The Firebirds try to go to 4-0 on home ice Sunday at 4 pm against the Kitchener Rangers. Click Here to Read More
M, MSU win in Big Ten football barnburners Saturday; UM beats Indiana with goal line stand in OT while MSU hangs on at Minnesota
The Michigan Wolverines rebounded from last week's loss to arch rival Michigan State by winning 27-20 in overtime at Indiana while MSU improved to 5-1 by hanging on to win 30-27 at Minnesota. Both teams are now 5-1 on the season. The Wolverines, who fell from No. 7 in the national rankings to 16th this week in one poll and 17th in the other one, are now 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference's East Division. MSU, Ohio State and Penn State are unbeaten in the East. Both UM and MSU must still play both Ohio State and Penn State.
Henrik Zetterbergs's 4-point game powers Detroit Red Wings to 6-3 victory in Las Vegas for 4-1 start
LAS VEGAS — Captain Henrik Zetterberg may have presented some problems for anybody gambling against the Detroit Red Wings being for real this season. His Friday the 13th effort in Las Vegas helped power the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 victory that gave them a surprising 4-1 record to start the season. Click Here to Read More
Flint Firebirds bomb Guelph Storm 7-1 in return to home ice in start of five-game homestand at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center
FLINT (CCN) — Ethan Keppen and Max Kislinger scored twice each Wednesday night as the Flint Firebirds bombed the Guelph Storm 7-1 in their return to home ice at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center. The romp gave the FIrebirds a 2-0 record on home ice after winning their home opener 10 days ago in dramatic fashion on an overtime goal with two ticks left on the clock. Flint improved its record to 4-2-1 in the Ontario Hockey League where they're three points behind the Sarnia Sting and four points behind the first-place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the West Division race. Click Here to Read More
Washington Nationals stay alive by forcing Game 5 against defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs behind Stratsburg pitching
CHICAGO (CCN) — Stephen Strasburg was thought to be too sick to pitch, but he took the mound and put on a sick performance by striking out 12 batters while twirling seven shutout innings to keep the Washington Nationals alive in the Major League Baseball playoffs Wednesday night in Chicago at Wrigley Field. His pitching gem powered the Nats to a 5-0 victory over the defending World Series champion Cubs in a must-win Game 4 contest in their National League Division Series matchup. The victory forced a deciding Game 5 in their best-of-five series with the winner earning a spot in the NL Division Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 5 is Thursday in Washington on TBS at 8:08 pm.
Cleveland Indians suffer another post-season collapse as New York Yankees win Game 5 to move on in American League baseball playoffs
CLEVELAND (CCN) — The Cleveland Indians lost for the third straight time Wednesday night after taking a 2-0 lead in their American League Division Series with the New York Yankees. Didi Gregorius belted two home runs and CC Sabathia turned in a nine-strikeout pitching gem before New York's bullpen took over in the 5th inning to help the Yankees win the series with a 5-2 victory in Game 5 on the road. They now move on to face the Houston Astros Friday to start the AL Division Championship Series.
Detroit LIons lose best interior run defender to season-injury surgery
DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Lions received some bad news Wednesday when learning that their best interior run defender will be lost for the season. They placed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on injured reserve because of a biceps injury he suffered in the first half of last week's loss to the Carolina Panthers and he will undergo season-ending surgery in California. Ngata had seven tackles, including two sacks, for the Lions who are off to a 3-2 start that includes two heartbreaker losses to NFC South Division co-leaders Carolina and Atlanta.
Comeback falls short as Lions lose 27-24 at home to Carolina Panthers
DETROIT (CCN) — Matthew Stafford threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes but a rally fell short as the Detroit Lions lost 27-24 at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday afternoon. The Lions were down 24-10 going into the fourth quarter where Stafford's magic worked eight times a year ago when rallying the Lions to victory. The eight comebacks was a NFL record. Click Here to Read More
'WIn-and-You're-In" races boost Keeneland's Day 2 wagering to 3rd best in fall history at $1.7 million
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (CCN) — The people kept coming out strong Saturday in thesecond day of historic Keeneland Race Course's "Fall Stars" opening weekend. After attracting the second biggest opening day crowd for fall action on Friday, temperatures above 80 degrees helped lure in 28,763 on Saturday afternoon for the second largest Saturday crowd to watch a fall meet in track history. After two "Win-and-You're-In" Breeders' Cup races on opening day, fans were treated on Saturday to four horses punching their ticket for free entry into next month's action at Del Mar in San Diego. It's the first time ever there for the Breeders' Cup which was staged at Keeneland in 2015. Click Here to Read More
Near record crowd watches horse racing stars weekend opener as horse racing world watches action at Keeneland's 'win-and-you're in'
KEENELAND, KENTUCKY CCN) — The horse racing world focused its attention on historic Keeneland Race Track during the past few weeks with the annual sale of potential Kentucky Derby contenders, and a near record crowd turned out Friday for the opening day of the opening "Fall Stars Weekend" to kick off another fall racing season. Two "Win-and-You're-In" races highlighted Friday's opening day card with the winners punching their ticket to next month's Breeders' Cup championships at Del Mar Race Track in California. Click Here to Read More
Flint Firebirds switch stations, switch locations for 'Firebirds Radio Coach's Show' now at Timothy's Pub starting Tuesday
FLINT (CCN) —The Flint Firebirds have announced a new lineup of shows, a new location and a new radio station host for their "Firebirds Radio Coach's Show." The third season for the program kicks off Tuesday from 6 pm until 7 pm on Banana 101.5 FM WWBN Radio at Timothy's Pub in Flint. Fans can eat and drink during the program at Timothy's which is located at 2890 Robert T. Longway Blvd., just east of Dort Highway.
Firebirds' play-by-play announcer Dominic Hennig will again host the show. He will be joined this season by Maggie Meadows. Hennig revealed via a press release that the show will feature regular live appearances from Head Coach Ryan Oulahen, Associate Coach Paul Flache, Assistant Coach Scott MacDonald and various players throughout the season. Click Here to Read More
Dramatic goal with two ticks left on clock powers Firebirds to 5-4 victory over Ottawa in overtime before 3,845 opening night fans
FLINT (CCN) — The Flint Firebirds won 5-4 in their home opener Saturday night in front of a near capacity crowd when Ty Dellandrea scored with two seconds remaining in overtime. Dellandrea went down to one knee and rifled in a rebound to send Flint's 3,845 fans at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center into a frenzy of celebration with their thrilling victory over the Ottawa 67's. Click Here to Read More
ESPN poll shows 51% somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove of NFL players standing during national anthem before games
BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT (CCN) — Poll results revealed Friday by ESPN show that the National Football League is getting a black eye from the national anthem controversy. More than half of Americans agree with President Donald Trump’s disapproval of players taking a knee at NFL games.
The poll showed 51 percent said they either somewhat disapprove or strongly disapproved of national anthem protests by NFL players and 40% of the respondents said they were less interested in the NFL because of the protests.
The poll was commissioned by ESPN and conducted by Global Strategy Group which reported asking more than 1,000 adults a series of questions about the ongoing controversy.
Fenton Tigers romp 40-6 at Holly to clinch state playoff berth for 10th straight time under Setzke
HOLLY (CCN) — The Fenton-Holly football rivalry has been one where both Metro League high schools can usually toss records out the window. That's why a blowout with state playoff aspirations on the line came as a huge surprise Friday night at Holly when the visiting Tigers rolled to a 40-6 romp. Click Here to Read More
Davison knocked from unbeaten ranks in battle for Saginaw Valley Red Divison lead at Midland
MIDLAND (CCN) — The Davison Cardinals were 9-0 in the regular season a year ago and 5-0 so far this year when invading Midland Stadium Friday night for a big Saginw Valley battle. The Midland High Chemics were 4-1 and aiming for the upset to tie Davison for first place atop the Saginaw Valley Conference's Red Division, and they pulled it off to the delight of a huge homecoming night crowd by winning 39-25 over the state's No. 4 rated team in all of Division I prep football. Click Here to Read More
Flint Firebirds win 4-3 shootout for second straight victory on road to start their third OHL season
OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO (CCN) — The Flint Firebirds won their second straight game on the road Saturday night in Owen Sound to start their third season in the Ontario Hockey League. They scored a 4-3 shootout victory over the Attack and now have a week off to get ready for their home opener on Saturday, Sep. 30 against the Ottawa 67’s at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center. Click Here to Read More
Firebirds win 5-3 in Kitchener over Rangers to delight hometown fans watching on CW Channel 46
KITCHENER, ONTARIO (CCN) — The Flint Firebirds were feeling the love on opening night Friday in the Ontario Hockey League as CW Channel 46 televised the action back home to their fans throughout the Metro Flint regional area. They liked what they saw as the Firebirds scored three times in the final three minutes against the Kitchener Rangers to win 5-3 in exciting come-from-behind fashion in front of more than 6,700 fans at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Click Here to Read More
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Morning Gazette Radio Show devotes first half of Wednesday's show to awareness on trying to prevent drunken driving tragedies
My wife was heartbroken on the other end of the phone line last night. She reported that her close friend had been killed when struck by a drunken driver as she crossed the street while vacationing in Florida with her new husband. Blood alcohol content numbers have not yet been confirmed and talk among Jennifer Garringer's friends about punishing the driver may be premature.
The Florida Highway Patrol told me only that more charges are pending although confirming that a 25-year-old man was arrested when returning to the scene of the crash. He was charged with leaving the scene of the accident. Drunk or not, my wife's tears inspired me to devote the first half of Wednesday's Morning Gazette Radio Show to bringing awareness to our nation's epidemic of drunken driving tragedies. The hope is that the show can help save a life. Click Here to Read More
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Burton's mayor under fire for billing her legal fees to city's taxpayers in dispute with council
BURTON (CCN) — Automotive Components in Flint Township is laying off 100 workers
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Flint recall leader speaks out on Morning Gazette Radio Show about allegations police ran lien check when trying to arrest him
FLINT (CCN) —The leader of a recall against Flint's mayor spoke out Tuesday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show about allegations that surfaced yesterday on an attempt by Flint police to arrest him. The Flint Journal reported that Flint police requested a warrant from the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office to arrest Arthur Woodson which Flint Deputy Chief Devon Bernritter says justified a lien check ran on Woodson. The recall leader sat down with The Morning Gazette Radio Show to talk about the situation. You can listen to the show live at 8 am or on a replay at 9 am, 10 am or 11 am by clicking on the blue button at right on your PC or laptop, or by scrolling down on your smart phone or mobile device.
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Burton's mayor under fire for billing her legal fees to city's taxpayers in dispute with council
BURTON (CCN) — Burton City Councilman Duane Haskins vowed Monday night that taxpayers won't be stuck with the bill after revealing that Mayor Paula Zelenko paid her legal fees with city money in a lawsuit with the Burton City Council. Councilman Haskins and Councilman Vaughn Smith questioned how the mayor could pay her legal bills of $12,311 with city funds without their knowledge. The mayor was not at the city council meeting and her Chief of Staff, Rik Hayman, agreed to find a copy of any contract or letter of engagement that may exist between the mayor and her attorney, Patrick Greenfelder of Chesanging. Greenfelder did not return a telephone call from The Daily Gazette. Haskins cited a similar issue several years ago when former City Councilman Charlie Cross had a lawsuit against the city and was unable to get the city to cover his attorney fees. "It's the same situation," Councilman Haskins said. "It's just wrong."
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Flint Firebirds find selves with too many over-age players; Trade star Kole Sherwood for 4 draft picks
FLINT (CCN) — Fans excited by news that Kole Sherwood was returning to Flint got a jolt Tuesday when the Flint Firebirds traded him to the Kitchener Rangers. Sherwood, one of Flint's most popular players and top performers a year ago, had been in the NHL with the Columbus Bluejackets until last week when they opted to assign him back to Flint. The Firebirds decided to trade him because they found themselves with too many over-age players, according to a statement by General Manager Barclay Branch. Click Here to Read More
Mayoral candidates Don Pfeiffer, Scott Kincaid support Flint FIrebirds on opening night
FLINT — Businessman Don Pfeiffer and City Councilman Scott Kincaid want to be Flint's next mayor, and they took their campaigns to Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center Saturday night. They were the only candidates supporting the Flint Firebirds on opening night among 18 who want to win the mayor's job next month.
Councilman Kincaid greeted fans while standing behind Section 3 with his wife while Pfeiffer enjoyed the game from seats in Section 10 with his wife, son, brother, sister-in-law, nephew and niece.
Kincaid, who has represented the 9th Ward as a councilman for 32 years, left the game with his wife early in the third period. Pfeiffer's family stayed to enjoy the dramatic finish to a 5-4 overtime victory provided by a game-winning goal with only two seconds remaining.
A photo of Councilman Kincaid at the game went viral on social media after he posed with the Firebirds' team mascot — Hot Wing — and two former elected officials. One was his campaign treasurer and friend, Josh Freeman. The more controversial face posing with Councilman Kincaid was former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
Walling critics were quick to question if Councilman Kincaid has welcomed an endorsement from the disgraced former mayor, especially since he was highly critical of Walling during his six years as mayor in the city.
Mayor Walling lost his second re-election bid in 2015 after flipping on the switch to begin pumping Flint River water into the city's faucets as a cost-saving move when leaving Detroit's water system for its drinking water supply. Lead later leeched into water lines to poison the city's drinking water and 15 city and state officials have now been indicted for their part in the tragedy. Walling has not been indicted despite pushing for a new water system while serving as chairman of the Karegondi Water Authority that built a new pipeline to deliver water here from Lake Huron in Port Huron.
Flint jury convicts 41-year-old Clarkson man of assaulting mom on jogging path in Goodrich
GOODRICH (CCN) — The Goodrich community is buzzing after a guilty verdict by a jury in a Flint courtroom Wednesday in the jogging path assaults that shocked the quiet village last summer.
A 41-year-old Clarkston man, Charles Gamble II, was found guilty on felony counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and assault and battery. He was accused of grabbing a woman as she jogged on a Goodrich trail behind the middle school building and elementary school. The woman's son heard her screams and came to her rescue to scare off Gamble, according to testimony in the case.
Gamble is also accused of assaulting a jogger at Davison Regional Park one week after the Goodrich assault, but no trial date has yet been set in that case.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton was pleased with the verdicts in the Goodrich assault, saying, “The jury listened carefully to the evidence and returned the verdicts we requested.”
Gamble will be sentenced on Nov. 13 by Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Archie Hayman.
UAW endorsement for mayor going to Scott Kincaid in Flint
FLINT (CCN) — The Morning Gazette Radio Show reported Thursday that reliable sources have confirmed that the UAW endorsement will be going to Scott Kincaid in the upcoming Flint mayoral race. Kincaid is one of 17 challengers to incumbent Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver who is facing a recall election in November. Kincaid has been the 9th Ward city councilman in Flint for 32 years and he is a long-time employee of the UAW at its Atherton Road office in Flint. Candidates will be notified of the UAW decision by letter in the coming days, according to multiple sources who asked not to be identified.
Flint police union offers first endorsements of political season
FLINT (CCN) — The Morning Gazette Radio Show reported Wednesday that the Flint Police Officers Association has provided the first major endorsement decision of this political season. The union represents everyone at the Flint Police Department except individuals who hold command positions.
Union President Kevin Smith told The Morning Gazette Radio Show that no decision has been reached regarding 18 candidates running for mayor in the City of Flint. All nine wards also have contested races for Flint City Council seats.
Smith said his union board decided to endorse incumbent Councilman Eric Mays in the 1st Ward while endorsing two challengers for council seats. The union endorsed Michael Doan who is challenging incumbent Councilwoman Kate Fields in the 4th Ward and the union offered support in the 9th Ward for Trace FIsher. He's running a write-in campaign against Eva Worthing who was beaten badly in the primary race by 32-year incumbent Scott Kincaid. Worthing became the only name on the ballot when a Genesee County Circuit Court judge ordered that Kincaid couldn't run for mayor and for re-election to city council at the same time. He was forced to choose between the two positions, and opted for mayor.
The decision by Judge Geoffrey Neithercut has been appealed by businessman Don Pfeiffer. His lawyers argue that Judge Neithercut should have removed Councilman Kincaid from both ballots, contending that Flint City Clerk Inez Brown had a duty to remove his name when he failed to pick one position within three days as required by state statute. The Michigan Court of Appeals or State Supreme Court could now reverse any election results in November if Pfeiffer's appeal is successful.
Morning Gazette Radio Show reports felony warrant requested for Flint City Council candidate exposed last week for address
FLINT (CCN) —The Morning Gazette Radio Show reported today that a felony arrest warrant has been requested in a case first exposed on the program last week. The case is being handled by the Michigan State Attorney General's Office, according to Genesee County Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Potbury.
Potbury confirmed that an arrest warrant was requested by the Flint Police Department on allegations that Flint City Council candidate Chia Morgan used an address she didn't live at when filing to run for office.
"Because one of the assistant prosecutors at our office is a potential witness in the case, it was decided by (Prosecutor) David (Leyton) that it would be best to recuse our office," Potbury said.
Tonya Burns appeared on Tuesday's Morning Gazette Radio Show and said she was told by an assistant prosecutor that Morgan never moved into the house she planned to rent from him at 2542 Paducah Street in the 6th Ward. Burns contends in a lawsuit that Morgan should have been removed from the ballot by Flint City Clerk Inez Brown.
Burns said she made Brown aware of the situation and offered evidence to The Morning Gazette Radio Show to refute denials by Brown. She tape recorded a telephone conversation and also obtained a copy of returned mail to the clerk's office with Morgan's voter ID information. "The post office returned the mail as Chia Morgan not living at the Paducah Street address and the water department also shows that she never moved in there," Burns said. "With an assistant prosecutor as the owner of the rental home to testify that she never moved in, I'm pretty sure the judge will rule in my favor to remove her from the ballot."
The civil case began Tuesday in front of Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Archie Hayman. He gave Brown until Oct. 11 to investigate and explain to him why Morgan wasn't removed from the ballot if she doesn't live at the address listed when she filed to run for office.
Burns hired former Flint City Attorney Trachelle Young to represent her in the case.
Court records indicated that Morgan was to be represented by prominent Flint attorney Loyst Fletcher but they didn't appear in court on Tuesday.
Mayor's Ball pulls in donations at Flint Golf Club as Dr. Karen Weaver fights recall election
FLINT — Dr. Karen Weaver may be facing a recall as mayor in the City of Flint, but reports are that she was poplar with supporters on Saturday night. She hosted about 400 people who came out to show support for her with $125 per person contributions to her campaign at what was labeled as the "Mayor's Ball" at Flint Golf Club.
The Daily Gazette was not invited to the event.
Oakland County Sheriff's deputy killed by hit-and-run driver walking across street while vacationing in Orlando, Florida
ORLANDO (CCN) — A popular Oakland County Sheriff's Department deputy was killed by a hit-and-run driver who struck her as she cross a street while vacationing in Orlando with her new husband. Jennifer Garringer, 31, had recently been promoted to a Level II forensics lab specialist.
"Our hearts and prayers are with Jennifer’s family during this difficult time,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Fox 2 TV in Detroit. “Her contributions to our agency in the Forensic Lab have helped to close countless investigations and bring justice to victims," Sheriff Bouchard said. "She will truly be missed and our agency is a little less vibrant without her as part of the team.”
Garringer was a weekly volunteer a non-profit horse rescue in Howell known as Horses Haven. A fundraiser has been set up to donate money there in her honor. You can contribute by visiting the web site at: https://www.gofundme.com/jennifers-horses-haven-fundraiser.
Veteran politician goes to bat to defend local judge's honor after serious accusations by Flint City Councilman Wantwaz Davis
FLUSHING (CCN) —The Flushing community has been buzzing about serious accusations leveled against a well-known local judge, but a popular local politician went to the radio air waves Friday to defend his friend's honor.
John Gleason requested an opportunity to appear on The Morning Gazette Radio Show and refuted various accusations leveled against Flushing Judge David Goggins by Flint City Councilman Wantwaz Davis. The accusations were made by the councilman on Thursday's Morning Gazette Radio Show and on social media via numerous Facebook posts.
"I'd say this is another example where the good councilman's bow tie is fitting a little tight and cutting off circulation and it's a case of (Councilman Davis) simply doing like he's done for the past few years, blaming others for his troubles," said Gleason, who has been a popular politician on the local scene for more than 20 years. The former senator served on the Flushing Board of Trustees and Genesee County Board of Commissioners before ending a 10-year career in the state legislature to run for county office when the commissioners opted to combine the County Clerk and Register of Deeds offices.
Judge Goggins sent Councilman Davis to jail last summer when he violated terms of his probation on an impaired driving conviction. Judge Goggins ordered Davis not to use alcohol or drugs, and sent him to the Genesee County Jail after a drug test revealed that the councilman tested positive for using marijuanan. Click Here to Read More