Former Flint Journal star columnist bound over to circuit court after well known long-time radio celebrity testifies she's sexual assault victim
Add Blondie to the list of victims in the bizarre case against a former Flint Journal columnist who will now be on trial for his life in a Flint court room sometime next year. Make no mistake about how much credibility she will strike with potential jurors after spending more than two decades as the sidekick to Johnny Burke on 96.1 FM's long-time No. 1 early morning radio show on the local air waves.
Genesee County 67th District Court Judge Nathaniel Perry took little time deciding to order John Topolinski to be bound over for trial in Genesee County Circuit Court after hearing Bonnie Holzhei testify that she, too, was a victim of sexual assault after going to Topolinski's Grand Blanc hypnotherapy office. She is one of four victims with similar stories about Topolinski using hynotherapy to put them under, then sexually assaulting them.
Holzhei, who used the nickname of Blondie as an alias on the radio show with Burke, shared her story with ABC TV 12 on Tuesday night after testifying against Topolinski earlier in the day. Blondie says she came forward in hopes of "stopping a monster." Click Here to Read More
BY MIKE KILLBREATH
Posted on February 14, 2018
Michigan Wolverines romp over Iowa behind 3-point bombs of red-hot Duncan Robinson as 'must win' hoops week kicks off
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines kicked off a week of "must win" games by blowing out the Iowa Hawkeyes 74-59 Wednesday night at the Crysler Center in Ann Arbor. Duncan Robinson torched the Hawkeyes for 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range in an 18-point night that was one better than his previous season high in Big Ten Conference play that came in Sunday's victory at Wisconsin.
The Wolverines can solidify a spot in the NCAA March Madness tournament field by winning at home again on Sunday when Big Ten Conference leader Ohio State comes to town. Tip-off is 1 pm and the game will be in front of a sellout crowd and a national TV audience on CBS.
Beating Iowa improved Michigan's record to 21-7 overall and avoided what the NCAA selection folks refer to as a bad loss to a "Quadrant 4" level club. Iowa is next-to-last in the Big Ten with a 3-12 record and the Hawkeyes are 12-16 overall.
The Wolverines don't have any low quadrant clubs remaining on their schedule with Ohio State, Penn State and Maryland to close out Big Ten regular season action before the Big Ten tournament. They could have a chance for such a major blow to their NCAA hopes, however, if losing their tournament opener against a so-called "Quadrant 4" opponent.
It wouldn't matter, however, if beating a so-called top quadrant opponent on Sunday against the Buckeyes who are 22-5 overall and 13-1 atop the Big Ten standings. Doing that would all but wrap up a spot in the NCAA tournament field for the Wolverines who are No. 22 in the latest AP poll voted on by national media members and No. 21 in the USA Today poll by coaches. Ohio State is No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the coaches voting.
They're 15-1 on their home floor, and the only loss was a disputed one when a late call helped Purdue escape with a 70-69 victory. They also had a close one at Purdue which was ranked No. 3 in both polls only two weeks ago. The Boilermakers are now No. 6 in the AP poll and 7th in the coaches poll. Michigan also beat arch rival Michigan State in their only match-up and the Spartans reached No. 1 in both polls earlier in the season and are currently No. 1 in the USA Today coaches poll and No. 2 in the AP poll. The Wolverines also own non-conference victories over Texas and UCLA — two teams that have spent time ranked among the nation's Top 25 this season.
UM Coach John Beilein addressed the situation in his post-game press conference with the media after Wednesday's victory, saying, "(We're) just continuing to try to build a resume. We have another great opportunity Sunday. "We've got to continue to do what we've been doing. It's all about today right now. It's good to have 10 (Big Ten) wins, 21 wins (overall). The games we have remaining right now, they're critical and they're huge. Against great teams."
After Sunday's showdown with Ohio State, Michigan is at Penn State on Wednesday and at Maryland next Saturday. Penn State is the only team to beat Ohio State in Big Ten action and Maryland is 17-11 overall and isn't currently in the top 25 but has been there more weeks than Michigan.
"We'll have (to play on) senior day at Maryland, Penn State's playing really well and we'll have Sunday against Ohio State," Coach Beilein told the media after Wednesday's victory. "(There will be) big, energized crowds (for every game). It's going to be a lot of fun."
Senior Robinson provided lots of fun against Iowa by coming off the bench to fire in six bombs from 3-point land. He finished with 18 points which was three away from a season high of 21 against North Florida before losing his starting job. The last two ballgames has been a nice time for Robinson to heat up as the Wolverines near tournament time. It was Robinson who drilled in 3's in the final minute of both Michigan victories in the 2016 Big Ten tourney and he was a big part of the 2017 tournament championship club.
Robinson, regarded by many as one of the best 3-point threats in all of college basketball, is no stranger to winning. He led William Ephs to the 2014 NCAA Division III national title game before transferring to UM and he led his high school team to the 2013 state championship in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council when winning MVP honors. He was also selected as an All-American in his single season f Division III play.
Coach Beilein told media members afterward that a big night out of Robinson helped UM capitalize on the "huge zone" thrown at his club by Iowa. Beilein said his staff expected it, but beamed about how Robinson and fellow senior Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman picked it apart. "We were ready but I think (Iowa's zone defense) it took us by shock initially, but Duncan Robinson's shooting and Muhammad Ali's 7 assists with no turnovers — they saved the day."
The UM coach also praised everyone in his lineup, saying, "I think we had a great team effort. It was a really, really good win."
Abdur-Rahkman matched Robinson's 18-point contribution to go with passing out 7 assists. Floor general Zavier Simpson passed out 4 assists, Mo Wagner scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high xx rebounds, Charles Matthews added 10 points and John Teske speared 8 rebounds while chipping in 4 points off the bench. Another bright spot off the bench was graduate senior transfer Jaaron Simmons who came to UM this year after a three-year career in the Mid-American Conference with Ohio University where he earned first team all-MAC honors a year ago. Simmons got 12 minutes of action Wednesday night and scored 5 points while dishing out 4 assists.
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Morning Gazette Radio Show reports that Don Wright changes mind on run for 49th House seat
FLINT (CCN) — Wednesday's Morning Gazette Radio Show will report that Don Wright has changed his mind about a run for the 49th State House seat. The Flint Township Democrat, who ruled out a run for the seat last month, told the radio program that he has "changed his mind" because he doesn't want former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling elected to office again. You can listen to the program on CCN Radio live at 8 am by clicking on the blue button below or you can listen to the replay at 10 am.
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FLINT (CCN) — Wednesday's Morning Gazette Radio Show presented audio highlights from Round 2 of a Flint City Council war of words between its two longest-serving members — Councilman Eric Mays and Councilwoman Monica Galloway. You can listen to a replay of the program on CCN Radio at 10 am by clicking on the blue button below.
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Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton (at right) attended a 2012 World Series game in Detroit with Nick Singelis who posted this photo on his Facebook page during the game. Prosecutor Leyton has now written a check to the Shriners organization to reimburse the charge made on a credit card abused by Singelis as their former chief of staff. Singelis is now serving a two-year sentence for bank fraud in federal prison.
Morning Gazette Radio Show story leads to Prosecutor Leyton writing checks to Shriners for campaign contribution, gift of World Series tickets by Singelis
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Posted at 2 pm on February 9, 2018
FLINT (CCN) — The Morning Gazette Radio Show and The Daily Gazette have learned that Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has written a pair of checks to the local Shriners organization to reimburse them for a small portion of money stolen by their former chief of staff — Nick Singelis. The Shriners operate hospitals across North America for sick and handicapped children.
The Morning Gazette Radio Show reported on Feb. 2 that Singelis used funds stolen from the non-profit organization to make a donation to Prosecutor Leyton's political campaign and to buy tickets for Leyton and his wife to attend a World Series game with Singelis in 2012 at Comerica Park in Detroit.
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Detroit Pistons limp into All-Star break with 28-29 record after nearly blowing 30-point lead against lowly Atlanta Hawks
DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Pistons led by 30 points in the third quarter but nearly blew their big lead Wednesday night against the visiting Atlanta Hawks. Coach Stan VanGundy was angry about his bench letting him down, saying, "They were terrible. Our bench didn't play any defense."
The Pistons hung on to win 104-98 over the lowly Hawks who have the worst record in the NBA as teams reach the All-Star Game break. Detroit gets an eight-day vacation except for Andre Drummond who will play in the All-Star Game. The Pistons ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Hawks to limp into the break with a 28-29 record.
They're two games back in the loss column in the race for the 8th and final playoff spot in the NBA's Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Pistons at 30-28 and the Philadelphia 76ers are 3 games ahead of them at 30-25.
Ish Smith scored 22 points and passed out 9 assists to lead Detroit Wednesday night when Blake Griffin was a single assist away from a triple-double. He scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished off 9 assists. It would have been the first triple-double for Griffin as a Piston. The team went 5-0 after the block buster trade to get the five-time All-Star from the Los Angeles Clippers (4-0 with Grififn in the lineup) but lost three straight before beating the Hawks in front of a sparse crowd at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit.
Michigan State Spartans blow out host Minnesota 87-57 to keep Big Ten men's hoops titles alive
MINNEAPOLIS (CCN) — The No. 1 ranked team in the latest ranking by college basketball coaches lived up to its lofty place atop the Division 1 men's hoops world by destroying the host Minnesota Golden Golphers Tuesday night. The Michigan State Spartans, who are No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll of media members, rolled to an easy 87-57 romp over Richard Pitino's upset-minded club.
It was MSU's ninth victory in a row since losing at home to the Michigan Wolverines. Winning Tuesday at Minneapolis also set a school record for the best men's basketball start in program history with 25 victories in the first 28 games. The previous best of 24 came during the 2000-01 season when MSU reached the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis.
The lopsided loss officially ended any outside hopes Minnesota fans have of seeing their Golden Golphers in the 2018 NCAA tournament field without an upset run to the Big Ten Conference tournament title. They will need to do it from a lousy seeding position that requires two extra victories to win it. Minnesota could have climbed to 15-13 overall by beating MSU Tuesday night despite its lowly 3-11 record in Big Ten action.
Cassius Winston started the ballgame with three straight 3-point bombs to quickly extinguish any fire in the bellies of any Golden Golphers thinking about an upset bid. Winston finished with 12 points, freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. pumped in a career high 27 points and Nick Ward added 13 points as MSU won big despite a sub-par outing by super sophomore star Miles Bridges of Flint. Bridges was just 1-of-7 from the field and scored only 5 points but passed out 4 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds.
MSU hit its shots from the field at an amazing 53 percent clip as a team. The Spartans also held a commanding 49-23 edge on the boards where Ward led the way with 9 rebounds.
Coach Tom Izzo's Spartans kept on the heels of Big Ten leader Ohio State. Purdue is 12-2, MSU 13-2 and Ohio State 13-1. The Buckeyes go to Penn State on Thursday to play a team that is hoping for a spot in the NCAA field with an 18-9 record overall despite an 8-6 record so far against Big Ten competition.
MSU, which has a 25-3 overall record, plays next on Saturday at Northwestern before closing its Big Ten schedule with a home date against Illinois on Tuesday and a trip to Madison five days later to face the Wisconsin Badgers. All three remaining opponents check in with sub .500 records in Big Ten play. Illinois (12-14 overall) is 2-11, Northwestern (15-12 overall) has a 6-8 record against conference competition and Wisconsin (11-16 overall) is 4-10 in Big Ten games.
Detroit Red Wings win 2-1 over Anaheim Ducks to make case to management not to trade away assets as trading deadline nears
DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Red Wings made a case to management Tuesday night to avoid selling off assets before the upcoming trade deadline by winning 2-1 over the Anaheim Ducks. They beat them behind a solid all-around performance at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit that was highlighted by goalie Jimmy Howard's 32-save gem between the pipes.
Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen delivered the goals for Detroit's second victory in a row. They won a 5-4 overtime thriller on the road Sunday in Washington over the Capitals who lead the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division. They have another huge game on Thursday in Tampa Bay against the Eastern Conference's top team in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning, led by General Manager Steve Yzerman who is a former Red Wings' star player, are 38-16-3 and one point ahead of the Boston Bruins in the division title chase.
Detroit has climbed into fourth place with a 23-23-9 record in the Atlantic Division. They're a whopping 24 points behind Yzerman's Lightning club, 23 behind Boston and 18 behind the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs. With former Coach Mike Babcock's Leafs out of reach, Detroit's hopes for a playoff spot rest with nailing down a Wild Card berth. They're currently 8 points away with three teams to leapfrog to pull it off with 29 games remaining on their schedule.
“As long as we keep working hard, doing things the right way, and getting results, maybe we can force management's hands," goaltender Howaard told the media after the game when addressing the seven-game stretch before the NHL trading deadline.
"Our job as players and coaches is to win as much as you can," Howard added.
Coach Jeff Blashill said during his post-game press conference, "Sometimes if you’re not getting results it’s easy to not believe, but I think both our coaching staff and our players can see that we’ve played good hockey, and let’s just stay with it. Let’s keep playing the type of hockey that we have to play to be successful because honestly we really do have a great group of guys in here and we all really enjoy going out and competing for ourselves, so we kind of want to flip the switch here. We want to win games in here. That’s what we’re focused on — winning games and getting points and giving ourselves a chance down the stretch to get in."
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Community activist Arthur Woodson is urging residents to attend Wednesday's Flint Board of Education meeting at 6:30 pm to demand a firing or resignation for Superintendent Bilal Tawwab. The meeting is scheduled to be held at Flint Southwestern Academy.
Morning Gazette Radio Show to report Wednesday that well-known Flint community activist to demand ouster of superintendent
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Posted at 6:30 am on February 21, 2018
FLINT (CCN) — A well-known community activist in Flint is turning his attention from Flint City Hall politics to demand an ouster of the superintendent at the Flint school district. Arthur Woodson, who led a successful drive to get a recall of Flint's mayor on the ballot last year, confirmed his plans for a Morning Gazette Radio Show report that will air Wednesday on CCN Radio
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Superintendent Bilal Tawwab came under fire last month when a football coach revealed at a press conference how he says district leaders "do not care about helping kids in Flint's school district." Trace Fisher left Flint Powers Catholic's coaching staff last fall to join new coach Chris Wilson when he moved from Washington D.C. to take Flint's football job. Fisher's press conference statements on the sidewalk in front of historic Atwood Stadium were aired in reports by all four mid-Michigan TV stations and he made appearance on The Morning Gazette Radio Show on CCN Radio, Tom Sumner Program on WFOV Radio and Dan Land on WFNT Radio. The Flint Journal and The Daily Gazette also published stories about Fisher revealing that he and Wilson had chosen not to return next season unless Flint administrators are fired.
Wilson spent five seasons in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins and was featured in the New York TImes for all his good works with young people in his hometown community where he starred for the old Flint Northern Vikings. Wilson's return also attracted a film crew that followed his work this past season to make a difference in the lives of Flint's young people. The Morning Gazette Radio Show will also report Wednesday that the film featuring Wilson's good works in Flint has attracted interest from major networks. Click Here to Read More
February 21, 2018
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Morning Gazette Radio Show report about 7 police officers at Flint church confirmed but Flint police won't say exactly why
FLINT (CCN) — A Flint Police Department official has confirmed a Morning Gazette Radio Show report on Monday about seven uniformed officers being at Foss Avenue Baptist Church at Sunday morning's service. Rumors had been flying on social media about why police officers were posted at the church, and confusion remains about exactly why they were there although police confirmed it was related to a criminal investigation. City of Flint Deputy Police Chief Devon Bernritter said, ""We can confirm that we had a temporary presence during the morning of February 10 related to a criminal investigation. As this investigation is open and on going, we cannot comment further." Click Here to Read More