Saturday, March 23, 2013
This year's County Health Rankings show Livingston County ranked fourth.
Livingston County is the fourth healthiest county in Michigan, according to the 2013 County Health Rankings released Wednesday. The County Health Rankings are published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute The County Health Rankings shows that how long and how well people live depends on multiple factors beyond just their access to medical care. It examines 25 factors that influence health, including rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical inactivity, and percentages of children living in single …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
There are more than 90,000 federal employees in Michigan. Click on Livingston County in the interactive chart below to find out how many there are here and hover over the bars to see which departments they work for.
Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect nearly 44 federal employees working in Livingston County. Barring any kind of deal, the Obama administration will have to impose $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs on Friday, according to The New York Times. Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. The numbers in the graph above show the number of federal employees in Michigan by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Livingston County had one drunk driving arrest during a three-day enforcement blitz.
Livingston County law enforcement joined 20 other Michigan counties in a drunk driving crackdown during Super Bowl weekend earlier this month. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning reported that the three-day enforcement blitz netted 45 drunk drivers, including 11 who were arrested for a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17 or higher under Michigan's High BAC Law. Livingston County had one operating while intoxicated (OWI) arrest and three High BAC arrests. Wayne County had the most drunk driving arrests than any other county with 10 OWI arrests and 3 High BAC arrests in Detroit, Grosse Ile, Taylor, Wyandotte, Garden City and Northville Township. The Michigan State Police made 10 OWI arrests and 3 High-BAC arrests. The counties the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Livingston County Fire Academy includes cadets from Brighton, Wixom, Walled Lake, South Lyon and Putnam Township.
The Brighton Area Fire Authority (BAFA) is getting an influx of new blood with its recent hire of 22 new paid-on call firefighters since September. Of those new firefighters, 16 began the Fire Academy this week. BAFA currently has 91 paid on-call firefighters, but is basically always hiring, according to Brighton Area Fire Chief Mike O'Brian. The department lost 27 firefighters in 2011 due to various factors like job relocation, time commitments and more, then another 11 in 2012. O'Brian said the department will probably be in a state where they need to hire 20 to 25 new firefighters every year. Each firefighter is required to complete the State of Michigan Fire Fighter I and II training as well as complete Medical First Responder (MFR) …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The Brighton High School DECA Club and School Store collected toys and money to give to local needy families this holiday season.
Wednesday, January 2
Brighton High School DECA Club members and the Peddler's Paw school store collected Toys for Tots monetary donations as well as new, unopened toys under the supervision of Marketing Teacher Pete O'Neill. Through fundraising efforts, they collected more than $700 and more than 400 toys for Livingston County kids this holiday season. The high school has been doing this for more than 20 years. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges across the globe. The Buckley Jolley Real Estate Team loaned their community truck to transport the gifts. Brighton Kiwanis member J. Michael Lenninger transported the many boxes of toys to the Toys for Tots warehouse. This …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
If you insist on driving after a few drinks, here's what you should know about how alcohol affects your system and your criminal record.
Do you know how many drinks you can have before you're in danger of getting a drunken driving violation? When police pull drivers over for suspected drunken driving, officers ask them to perform field sobriety tests and to take a breath test to measure Blood Alcohol Content. A BAC test measures the percentage of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. In Michigan .08 is the legal limit. And in Livingston County, chances are if you choose to drive, you'll be caught with local law enforcement agencies supplying extra road patrols to specifically watch for drunk drivers during the holidays. "If people choose to drink and drive, and get behind the wheel, then we're going to address those issues," Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte told …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The City ordered two houses owned by Leon and Marilyn Bonner to be demolished, according to its ordinance which states the city can do so if a building is unsafe and if the costs of repair exceed 100 percent of the value of the home.
Friday, November 9, 2012
John Conely plead guilty to a traffic offense of drag racing and paid a $200 fine in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the felony counts against him.
- POLICE & FIRE
- On WHMI
Friday, November 9, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Wixom resident Raulie Wayne Casteel was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges relating to one of 24 shootings that took place last month along the interstate corridor; more charges are expected.
Raulie Wayne Casteel, 43, of Wixom was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in 53rd District Court in Howell on charges related to one of the three I-96 corridor shootings that happened in Livingston County. Casteel was charged with six counts in connection with the shooting that happened at 2:43 p.m. Oct. 18 on westbound I-96, near mile marker 135 in Howell, The Detroit News reported. A total of 24 shootings took place between Oct. 16 and Oct. 27 in four counties: Livingston, Oakland, Ingham and Shiawassee. [Take a look at our interactive map to see where all of the shootings occurred.] Casteel was charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony; carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, a five-year felony; …
The 43-year-old Wixom man will be arraigned in the 53rd District Court in Howell.
The 43-year-old Wixom man arrested in relation to the I-96 Corridor Shootings is set to be arraigned in the 53rd District Court in Howell on charges stemming from crimes committed in Livingston County, according to a press release. Three of the 24 shootings happened in Livingston County. Take a look at our interactive map to see where all of the shootings occurred. The exact time of the arraignment has not been determined, according to police. Other Prosecuting Attorneys are reviewing the individual cases in their jurisdictions and more charges are expected later this week.