Back to jail: Burglar a convicted murderer

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A DNA trail and a criminal history including murder led to the arrest of a man wanted for two July burglaries in Brandon Township. Oakland County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Fugitive Apprehension Team located Randall Lee Holcomb, 43, on Nov. 21 at a residence in Taylor and took him […]

Hometown Heroes

Army Specialist 4 Richard Kepsel and Army Private First Class Ashtin Kepsel are a married couple serving together at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Richard is a 2009 Goodrich High School graduate. His wife Ashtin is an Austin, Texas native. They have been married a year and they have both served in the Army for the past […]

No grow

Council extinguishes medical marijuana facilities

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville– On Tuesday morning, Village Manager David Trent fielded a phone call from an individual who wanted to meet and discuss establishment of a medical marijuana facility in the village. The meeting won’t be happening, however, and the conversation was ended rather quickly when Trent told the caller the village […]

Big buck boast bags big fines

By David Fleet Editor A Groveland Township deer hunter will maybe think twice before showing off his big buck on social media again. Conservation Officer Justin Muehlhauser of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported that at 5 p.m., Nov. 2 a deer hunter posted a picture of an eight-point buck on Facebook that he […]

Gun safety lesson fails with accidental shot

Brandon Twp.- A township man’s lesson in gun safety was a failure after he discharged the weapon, damaging his own home as well as a neighbor’s, leading to a police response and discovery of his marijuana stash. According to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Office report, Brandon deputies responded at about 3 p.m., Nov. 29, to […]

Final phase of township gas line set for 2017

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp .- A completion phase to bring natural gas to the township will begin early next year. John Foley, Consumers Energy project manager, said about 90 percent of township residents have natural gas available. Consumers Energy started the gas pipeline project in two phases in 2013. Phase one of the […]

Too close: Hunter’s errant bullet narrowly misses township official

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-At approximately 5 p.m., Nov. 16, Township Supervisor Tere Onica reported a bullet striking a tree branch about three feet over her head as she exited the township hall, 7386 S. Gale Road. Onica said she heard two shots before one of the errant bullets, traveling west to east, severed […]

Space heater sparks house fire, cat saved

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-At 11:57 a.m., Nov. 21, the Brandon Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call to the 1800 block of Manorhaven Street for a structure fire. When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming from the front bedroom and the attached garage area. Brandon Fire Chief David Kwapis said the homeowners were in […]

A time to give: Community Christmas Toy Store

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. – The changing of holiday seasons, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, means Melissa Cardenas will go from sorting food to sorting toys. Both are large operations, but the latter is more than child’s play for volunteers like Cardenas who will organize a Community Christmas Toy Store for parents to […]

Time to talk about sex (ed)

Brandon educators review health curriculum

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. – It’s time to have the talk. The school board gave their blessing to Superintendent Matt Outlaw and Athletic Director Chris Deines to “dig in” to sex education in the district, investigating what is currently taught in health classes and what changes need to be made. Deines, who […]