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Goyette reacts to Flint actions with political statement aimed at Mayor Weaver in restoration conflict

FLINT (CCN) — The Project Manager at Flint's Goyette Mechanical has issued a statement about a protest filed against the City of Flint in a conflict over restoration work to repair thousands of lawns across the city after pipe replacement work. Joey Parks appeared last week on The Morning Gazette Radio Show and answered, "yes" when asked if he felt an attempt to re-bid the contract was bid rigging by Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver's administration. He said, "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck."  READ MORE


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​​​​​​​​​​​State Administrative Board gives ok to $150,000 for Plante Moran to help 'under staffed' Finance Department in Flint

LANSING (CCN) — The Daily Gazette has learned that "significant turnover in personnel" was cited as the reason for $150,000 in state funding for Flint City Hall which was approved last week for consideration by a committee of the State Administrative Board.

The $150,000 is to be added to a contract already in place with Plante Moran to help with the city's Finance Department. The State Administrative Board will now consider increasing a contract signed with Plante Moran in November of last year to bring the new limit to $500,000. The proposal will be voted on at the board's July 23 meeting.  READ MORE



Flint All-Stars beaten 6-3 by Saginaw Means to bow out of Connie Mack national qualifier tourney in Flint

FLINT (CCN) — The Flint All-Stars were beaten 6-3 by Saginaw Means Friday to bow out of the AABC Connie Mack World Series baseball qualifier in Flint. They suffered from a single bad inning when surrendering five runs in the bottom of the first when Saginaw erased a 1-0 deficit despite getting only one hit when using four walks and a hit batter to jump in front.   READ MORE


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Flushing pastor arrested by Sheriff Pickell's Elder Abuse Task Force for allegedly embezzling money from elderly church couple with dementia

FLUSHING (CCN) — A local pastor has been arrested on accusations of stealing money from an elderly couple at a Flushing Township church. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said his Elder Abuse Task Force arrested Pastor Raymond Vliet after an investigation sparked by a tip from an employee at Elga Credit Union. 


"He basically took power of attorney for two church members at  Old Beth-El General Baptist Church who were in their 90's with dementia, then drained their bank account," said Sheriff Pickell.  "The credit union employee is a hero for tipping us off about it which started our investigation."


Court records indicate that Pastor Vliet was arraigned by Genesee County 67th District Court Mark McCabe on felony charges that could keep him behind bars for up to 10 years, if convicted. Judge McCabe ordered the Flushing man held on a $55,000 bond. A preliminary exam was scheduled for Wednesday at 9 am in front of Judge McCabe.


Sheriff Pickell said Pastor Vliet was released from the Genesee County Jail Thursday after posting the bond. 


Court records show Pastor Vliet is being represented by Flint attorney Fred Meiers who didn't want to comment on the case when reached Friday by The Daily Gazette. Meiers said it was unclear from the police report what church his client is affiliated with after being told a Linked In page by Pastor Vliet says he currently serves as pastor at  Time of Grace Community Fellowship on Davison Road in Flint. A web site for the Flint church does not list Pastor Vliet as being affiliated  with their church in any way and a message at the church has not yet been returned. A Facebook Page for  Old Beth-El General Baptist Church in Flushing Township also not list Pastor Vliet and has only three "likes" registered on it.


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