FLINT (CCN) — The current vice president of Flint's local branch of the NAACP faces a possible protest when he takes to the air waves for his local weekly radio show on Saturday. A.C. Dumas came under fire after another local radio show twice revealed controversial anti-gay comments the organization's former president posted on Facebook this week. Flint Beat, MLive, The Flint Journal, NBC TV 25, WEYI TV 66 and various national wire services have now aired stories about the backlash Dumas has faced after callers to The Morning Gazette Radio Show exposed his Facebook comments. READ MORE
WEST BLOOMFIELD (CCN) — A woman accused of embezzling $150,000 from Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner's campaign was arraigned Friday on felony charges that carry a potential 20-year prison sentence. Despite the charges, Jennifer Suidan is staying on the ticket as the Democratic candidate for a seat in the State House of Representatives for a western Oakland County district. Suidan was accused by Meisner of stealing money after he trusted her to serve as treasurer for his campaign. Suidan, 34, faces a preliminary exam scheduled for Oct. 22 before Oakland County 46th District Court Judge Debra Nance after being released on a $25,000 personal bond. Suidan is employed by an Oakland County law firm.
DETROIT (CCN) — A guilty plea was entered Thursday in Detroit's U.S. District Court by a former mixed martial arts fighter as part of what the government has contended was a $112 million health care fraud case. Josh Burns, 40, is the Dexter man who admitted paying bribes and funneling kickbacks to Dr. Fancisco Patino of Woodhaven. Dr. Patino was indicted in June with Detroit businessman Mashiyat Rashid who is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Monday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Dr. Patino is being held without bond in a Milan prison while awaiting trial in March.
DETROIT (CCN) — The Comerica Park concession stand employee who went viral spitting on pizza has entered a guilty plea. The 20-year-old man (Jaylon Kelly) was arrested after being charged by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office with a 90-day misdemeanor and a four-year felony related to food law violations. Social media posts of a video captured by Kelly's former co-worker was viewed thousands of times on the internet. The individual who posted the video said he was fired for "taking too many bathroom breaks" during his shift and he wanted to expose Kelly. Kelly could face up to four years in prison after the plea deal. READ MORE
DETROIT (CCN) — Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced at a Monday press conference that he has fired an officer who posted what he described as a "racially charged" message on Snapchat Sunday. The post by rookie officer Sean Bostwick, 27, went viral after he posted a photo of himself with a caption that read: " "Another night to Rangel (sic) up these zoo animals." Bostwick worked in the department's 12th Precinct.
, posted a photo of himself in his uniform with the captionanimals." He posted the photo directly before starting his shift on Sunday. Police chief James Craig said in a press conference on Monday that Bostwick admitted to posting the photo. Chief Craig said the young officer "expressed remorse" but added that his explanation "didn't pass muster."
DETROIT (CCN) — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell announced Tuesday via Twitter that her husband has been released from Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital. She confirmed that he had suffered a mild heart attack. John Dingell, a Democrat, was the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress when he retired in 2015 after a 60-year career. He is 92. Debbie Dingell replaced her husband after he retired from his Washington D.C. seat.
LANSING (CCN) — Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Eden Wells announced Tuesday that a Wayne County resident and an 80-year-old Oakland County resident have died of complications from West Nile virus. She said it was the eighth human case so far this year. “It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness, so take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours, which are dusk and dawn for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus,” Dr. Wells said in warning Michigan residents about the problem. She added that 66 birds have tested positive for West Nile from 21 of Michigan’s 83 counties in 2018 along with 74 West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools that have been discovered.
LANSING (CCN) — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder met with media members Tuesday in Lansing to suggest he is considering using the National Guard's engineering units to fix important road sections before winter. Snyder met with both sides in a union dispute that has led to work stoppages on road repair projects across the state. Threats were also made Monday about possibly calling on non-union construction workers if a deal can't be reached soon. “Our public is not going to be happy about this,” Snyder said at Tuesday's press conference. “I’m not happy about this," he added. "This is not a good situation.” The governor said his staff is checking to see if federal law prohibits the state from intervening to settle the dispute.
LANSING (CCN) — State health officials are urging people to be tested for several sexually transmitted diseases. The warning from Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Eden Wells came with an announcement about an uptick in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases. “Many infected people are unaware of their status which allows them to unknowingly pass on the disease,” Dr. Wells said. “To slow the transmission of STDs, regular screening is encouraged for all sexually active individuals. Talk with your healthcare provider about testing or seek services at a local health department clinic.”
WEST BLOOMFIELD (CCN) — It just became more difficult for Democrats to win the State House of Representatives after the party chairman called on one of their own Tuesday to get out of the race. Brandon Dillon said Jennifer Suidan needs to step down from the 39th District House race after a campaign theft accusation, saying, "There's no excuse for these actions, whether committed during a campaign or as a private citizen." Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner accused Suidan of stealing more than $100,000 from his campaign while working at a Southfield law firm running his campaign. Meisner issued a statement to the media, saying, "She has betrayed my trust and the trust of all who expected her to perform her duties honestly and in compliance with the law. I publicly withdraw my endorsement of Ms. Suidan as the Democratic nominee in the 39th State House District."
SANDUSKY (CCN) — The Port Huron Times Herald reported that a Sandusky woman has pleaded guilty to stealing Michigan Lottery tickets from a gas station where she was formerly employed as the manager. Elizabeth Ann Maxfield, 53, entered a guilty plea on Monday to one count of embezzlement of more than $1,000 but less than $20,000. She faces five years of probation if she pays back $11,500 in restitution.
PORT HURON TWP. (CCN) — A 31-year-old Manistee man faces drunken driving charges after Port Huron Township police say his vehicle became stuck on a set of railroad tracks and was hit by an Amtrak train at about 11:30 pm on Monday. MLive reported that St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputies said witnesses saw the man get out of his vehicle before the train struck it on the tracks. The suspect was arrested a short time later at a gas station for both OUI and leaving the scene of an accident.