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that leads down to the AuSable River at Lumberman’s Monument will be closed
temporarily for reconstruction. The existing wooden steps will be
completely removed and replaced with metal steps. Work is expected to
begin in late July and last approximately six weeks. Visitors will not
be allowed to use the stairs at all during that time. During the
temporary closure, the rest of Lumberman’s Monument will remain open to the
public. All activities will continue as scheduled. For more
information, call the monument at 989-362-8961.
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(Wyoming-Missing Woman Dead-UPDATE)
Police have identified the suspect who allegedly killed a 25-year old West
Michigan man and his pregnant girlfriend then took his own life in the Grand
Rapids suburb of Wyoming.
31-year-old Brady Oestrike of Wyoming shot himself in the head after
crashing his car on a US-131 overpass late Thursday night during a high
speed chase with police.
It was only then that officers found the body of 18-year-old Brooke Slocum
in the car's trunk. Slocum was eight months pregnant.
Police say Oestrike was a suspect in the death of Slocum's boyfriend,
Charles Oppenneer who was found murdered in some woods near Gezon Park in
Wyoming earlier this week.
Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody said today (Friday) that investigators
have “no idea” as to the motive in the deaths, but said they did know that
Oestrike and Slocum had made contact over the internet.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)
A 49-year old man is headed to prison for the shooting death of another man
in northeast lower Michigan in January.
Karl Hatton of Prescott was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison after
pleading no contest to second-degree murder, and several firearm charges,
meaning he accepts the punishment but doesn't admit to the crimes. As a
habitual offender, Hatton faced up to one and a half times the maximum
sentence for the crimes.
He was accused of shooting 33-year-old A.C. Dennis in Ogemaw County's
Churchill Township. Police have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.
(Pontiac-Mummified Body ID)
A mummified body discovered in Pontiac several months ago has been
positively identified, however a cause of death remains unclear.
Pia Farrenkopf's body was discovered in the backseat of an SUV inside the
garage of her home in March, roughly five years after authorities believe
Investigators say no dental records could be found to identify the woman so
the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office had to use DNA. Officials
reportedly told relatives this week that they had positively identified the
The cause and manner of her death have been ruled undetermined, however
officials say they've not ruled out hypothermia or drug or chemical
(24/7 News Source)
The president of Marygrove College in Detroit says he’s prepared to shelter
and educate child immigrants from Central America - but first President
Obama has to stop deportation actions against those seeking help.
Dr. David Fike (Fahyk) says the Catholic school of almost three-thousand
students is converting a former convent on the campus to residence housing
to shelter the refugees. Pope Francis this week insisted that the children
should be "welcomed and protected" upon arrival.
Fike says that denying refugee status to these women and children is
diminishing their humanity. He also calls some of the protests of the
A couple of dozen people this week protested outside a facility in the
community of Vassar in Michigan's Thumb where Wolverine Human Services is
interested in providing a temporary home.
Marygrove College would be the first college in the country to commit
resources to educate the refugees. It would provide scholarships to
college-ready refugees to attend the school.
(Marie Osborne, WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)
Police were dispatched to an apartment complex in Sturgis last night
(Thursday), when callers reported two men were fighting, and one of the men
was being attacked with a hatchet.
Officers located a man who had fled the scene on foot. He suffered a large
laceration to the hand and a gash to his upper back.
The victim said he was attacked by a black male with a small build and short
dreads. The victim only knew the subject as “CJ”.
Police have identified a person of interest as the investigation continues.
(WLKM, Three Rivers)
(Battle Creek-Child Beaten)
Battle Creek Police say that they now believe a 10-week-old child who is
currently hospitalized was intentionally hurt and not injured in an accident
three weeks ago as they originally thought.
The infant was rushed to the hospital in the early morning hours of June
25th with serious head injuries.
The child was supposed to be under the care of a 25-year-old man at a house
in Battle Creek. Now investigators say that they think that the man hurt the
child on purpose.
Calhoun County prosecutors are being asked to charge the man with first
degree child abuse.
The victim is in intensive care at a hospital in Kalamazoo.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)
(St. Clair Co-Double Fatal)
Two people were killed when a semi crashed into a car near Lakeport n St.
Clair County Thursday afternoon.
The Sheriff's Department identified the victims as 15-year old Jarrod Smith
of Wixom, and his mother, 52-year old Karen Smith.
Authorities say Jarrod Smith, driving on a learner's permit, stopped at an
intersection in Burtchville Township, then turned left into the path of the
semi-truck. The two vehicles crossed the centerline and struck a sign and a
A passenger in the car, 21-year old Kaitlyn Smith, was treated for minor
injuries at a local hospital and released. The driver of the semi refused
Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash, which
remains under investigation.
(WPHM, Port Huron)
(MI Poll-Governor's Race)
Another poll shows the gubernatorial race between Republican Governor Rick
Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer is tightening.
The survey by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA shows Snyder at 46-percent and Schauer
at 43-percent, a statistical tie with the poll's error margin of plus or
minus 4-percentage points.
That compares to an EPIC/MRA poll in May that had Snyder with a 9-percentage
point lead over Schauer.
The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted July 12-15 via live telephone
An NBC News/Marist poll released earlier this week, also showed a narrowing
gap between the candidates. It showed 46-percent support for Snyder, while
44-percent backed the former congressman.
The EPIC/MRA poll also covered the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Rep. Gary
Peters and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. The poll shows that
Peters at 45-percent and Land at 36 percent.
Vice President Joe Biden launched into a conversation about the nation's
immigration policies in Detroit yesterday (Thu) after his speech was
interrupted by activists chanting "Stop deporting our families" referring to
undocumented immigrants who have entered the country.
Mlive reports the group of about five activists were wearing t-shirts that
indicated they were members of the Washington-based immigrants' rights
organization United We Dream.
After the demonstrators were removed from the Cobo Center, Biden urged the
crowd to cheer for the group saying (quote) "Because if you were a member of
a family... Can you imagine the pain, the anxiety of coming home and
wondering whether your mother or father will still be there?"
Biden went on to say that Washington needs to pursue "rational policy" on
The vice president's speech began about 45 minutes late as a result of White
House involvement in the investigation of the Malaysian airliner crash in
Seven colleges in the state of Michigan have made the list of the top 300
schools in the world.
The ranking was released by the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Both the U of M, along with MSU, made the list.
So did Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope and Kalamazoo colleges.
It called Alma (quote) "as friendly (a school) as you'll find," adding it's
"the college that put the 'Alma' back in alma mater."
It cited Michigan State's "strong" pre-professional programs like hotel and
restaurant management, pre-vet, business and engineering, saying the campus
is like a town unto itself, noting the shuttle buses which cover the huge
It noted the U of M was about 'football and fraternities,' which also
happens to be a world-class university with top-rated programs, according to
The Detroit News.
And it added that Kalamazoo is a small liberal arts college that "opens up
the world to its students."
(Flint-School District Deficit)
The Interim Superintendent for the Flint School District says the district
wants more time to get out of its $20.4 million deficit.
Under Flint schools deficit elimination plan (DEP), approved by the Michigan
Department of Education (MDE), the district has until June 30, 2018, to
resolve a $10.4 million in debt. But Superintendent Larry Watkins says his
new financial team found an additional $10 million in debt.
Watkins says no decision has been made on seeking an extension. He says
(quote) "All that is up in the air while our CFO completes the deep dive."
Flint schools has until July 31 to file an updated deficit elimination plan.
Watkins says the board of education will most likely call a special meeting
before the July 31 deadline to have its updated DEP sent to the state.
An MDE spokesman says until they see Flint's updated plan, they cannot
comment on whether they would approve additional time.
(Sault Ste. Marie-Curfew Enforced)
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Department is cracking down on the enforcement
of the city's curfew policy following a foot chase that landed two officers
in the hospital on Thursday morning.
According to WPBN-TV, around 3:45 a.m., Soo police officers on patrol were
spotted by two teens who then ran off. The officers chased after the
subjects and during the incident both were seriously injured.
One officer was flown to Marquette General Hospital. The other officer is
reported to be in stable condition after facing serious injuries.
The teens are being questioned relating to the incident.
Police say due to the incident as well as others in the past few months, the
department is now increasing enforcement of its curfew. It states that no
one under the age of 16 can be out between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
(Detroit-Boy In Basement-Update)
A referee has ordered that a jury trial be held to determine whether the
father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy found barricaded in a
basement should lose their parental rights.
No criminal charges have been brought against Charlie Bothuell IV or Monique
Dillard-Bothuell, whose son, Charlie Botthuel V, was missing for 11 days -
with national coverage of his “disappearance” - when he was found hidden the
basement of his father’s condo.
A petition filed in Wayne County’s family court alleges Dillard-Bothuell
ordered Charlie to complete extreme daily workouts and hide in the basement
as a punishment. Another petition alleges Charlie Bothuell IV physically
disciplined his son with a PVC pipe, leaving scars.
Charlie Botthuel V is currently in the care of his biological mother and is
Authorities removed the boy’s two younger siblings - 4-years-old and
10-months-old - from the couple’s custody of Dillard-Bothuell and Charlie
The Bothuell’s next court appearance is set for July 28.
(MI/DC-Animal Park Probe)
The former owner of Deer Forest in Coloma is the target of a complaint filed
against the animal park by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service.
Spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa tells WSJM Radio the complaint was filed within
the past several weeks in the federal court system and is based on several
complaints that were filed by the public over the course of several years.
Espinosa says it's a civil case, not a criminal one, and current park
managers Jon Stolarz and his wife Amy Gadberry are not included. John Modica
of Chicago owns the land and is the former park operator, and could be hit
Another investigation is also underway by the USDA into Deer Forest, and
pressure has been put on Coloma Township officials to make moves to shut it
A group of people is calling on the township to revoke the grandfathered
status for Deer Forest that allows it to be run as an animal park, which
could force its closure.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are continuing an investigation into General
Motor's safety problems and recalls.
In a Senate hearing this morning (Thursday), GM CEO Mary Barra (BEAR-ah)
said the company is committed to fixing the problems and ensuring that such
problems never happen again.
Defective ignition switches have been linked to 13 deaths and millions of
recalls of GM vehicles.
Barra has spent much of her adult life working for GM but only took the helm
of the company a few months ago. She said GM is on-track to provide a new
industry standard for safety.
Opening the hearing, Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill praised GM's workers
but ripped "outrageously incompetent management" at the company.
The faulty ignition switches were manufactured by Delphi. CEO Rodney O'Neal
testified that GM is responsible because GM approved the faulty parts.
(24/7 News Source)
(MI/WS-GOP Official Extortion)
The prosecution has rested in an extortion case in a Wisconsin courtroom
against 52-year-old Doug Sedenquist of Escanaba. His arrest received
statewide attention because of his position on the Michigan Republican State
Sedenquist is charged with extortion against his ex-wife, using a computer
in connection with the extortion charge, stalking and possession of a
controlled substance. The charges carry a 20 year prison term on conviction.
His ex-wife, Carmen Labute, testified Wednesday. She said she received a
call from her attorney during divorce proceedings that Sedenquist demanded
she continue spousal support, have first rights of refusal on their cottage
and keep his retirement benefits or he would tell her employer that she
violated patient confidentiality at her nursing job in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
She also testified to several incidents where she felt harassed including a
suicide threat in Green Bay.
Sedenquist was arrested in March of 2013 after a standoff with Green Bay
police at a mall parking lot when police responded to an alleged suicide
threat by Sedenquist.
He co-hosts a conservative radio talk show in the Upper Peninsula and serves
as vice-chairman of the Delta County Republican Party.
(Kent Co-Former Prosecutor Charges)
Former Kent County assistant prosecutor Mark VanderMolen is facing several
sexual assault charges for an alleged incident at his home last week.
A 41-year-old woman accuses VanderMolen of sexually assaulting her after
they had dinner on Friday.
He was arraigned yesterday, and the prosecution will be handled by Eaton
County, while a judge will be brought in from outside the area for his
preliminary examination on July 31.
VanderMolen retired in 2011 after more than two decades in the prosecutor's
(24/7 News Source)
(Alcona Co-Heroin Trafficking)
32-year old Alpena man has been arrested on 3 felony heroin trafficking
charges following a four month investigation by members of the Huron
Undercover Narcotics Team in Northeast Lower Michigan.
Officials say the Alcona Sheriff Department assisted in a traffic stop early
this (Thursday) morning on a vehicle containing 3 individuals from Alpena
who were headed downstate for a load of heroin.
Authorities seized several thousand dollars believed to be profits from
previous sales in Alpena and was to be used to buy more drugs and resold in
the Alpena area.
The 32-year old suspect was arrested on 2 counts of delivery and 1 count of
conspiracy to deliver heroin. Those charges stem from the investigation that
started last March after being referred to the HUNT group by the Alpena City
He was also charged with 1 count of felony absconding from the Michigan
Department Of Corrections. His name was not released.
The Alpena County Prosecutors office is expected to issue felony charges
against the other 2 suspects that were in the vehicle.
State legislators have moved bills that would allow for the return of
medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan and the use of marijuana-laced
The Senate Government Operations committee on Wednesday approved legislation
that would allow municipalities to permit dispensaries to sell marijuana to
certified patients or caregivers, which is not currently allowed under
Cities and townships would have some authority to restrict where
dispensaries could operate.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville supports the restrictions. He says
his concern has always been playgrounds and neighborhoods, and making sure
there aren't leakages into places where vulnerable children live.
The committee also passed a bill that would add marijuana-laced foods to the
definition of "medical marijuana."
The bills now head to the full Senate. Both bills have already passed the
E-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products would be categorized as
smokeless tobacco and subject to a new tax, under legislation introduced
Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.
The measure would establish a 15 cent per 1.5 milliliters and proportionate
rate on all fractions of 1.5 milliliters tax on vapor products.
Gongwer News Service reports it also would change how loose tobacco, or
"moist snuff," is taxed, moving it out of the 32 percent rate and instead
taxing it at the rate of 53 cents per ounce. Tobacco distributors who
collect the tax would see their cut of those revenues rise from 1 percent to
The legislation comes amid a stalemate between Governor Rick Snyder and the
Legislature on bills that would block there sale of e-cigarettes to minors,
but do not treat them as a tobacco product, which are taxed at 32 percent of
the wholesale price.
A Chicago-based think tank has named Michigan the most Improved State for
2014 in its annual Top 10 Pro-Business States report.
The report comes from the American Economic Development Institute and
Pollina Corporate Real Estate.
Overall, Michigan ranked no. 3 among the nation’s top 10 most populous
states and no. 2 among the eight Great Lakes states.
Snyder administration officials note that the state’s improved rank pushed
it ahead of other top population states, including Georgia (ranked 22), Ohio
(23), Texas (27), New York (30), Pennsylvania (39), Illinois (49) and
California (50). Only N. Carolina and Florida finished ahead of Michigan at
no. 11 and 15, respectively.
Michigan advanced 21 spots in this year’s Pro-Business States report, up to
no. 18 from no. 39 in 2012.
In its announcement, AEDI/Pollina Corporate said (quote), “certainly, two of
the state’s boldest moves were to pass Right to Work legislation and repeal
of the maligned MBT business tax” as key factors in improving the state’s
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is moving legislation to the
full House to reauthorize tourism funding through Brand USA.
Republican Committee chairman Fred Upton of St. Joseph notes the fund is
aimed at increasing the number of international tourists to the United
States and is instrumental in helping promote tourism in West Michigan.
The Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 has also
been praised by Travel Michigan. The agency is part of the Michigan Economic
(24/7 News Source)
(Muskegon Co-Sheriff Investigated)
Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler is under criminal investigation for
alleged misuse of funds.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports Roesler is alleged to have made 13
withdrawals over several years totaling $2,290 from an account set up to
benefit the county's Memorial Charity Golf Outing.
But according to a report from Michigan State Police, who began an
investigation in January, based on a complaint from Roesler’s former
political opponent, John Jurkas, Roesler had transferred a total of $1,850
from his personal account into the golf outing account.
Eaton County Prosecutor Douglas R. Lloyd, who was assigned as the special
prosecutor to the case, is currently reviewing the MSP report.
Lloyd says his office will continue to gather information about the case
before a decision is made on charges.
National Weather Service now confirms that a third tornado touched down in
West Michigan last week.
The twister produced winds near 80 miles per hour and touched down in Lyons
Township, east of Ionia, hitting shortly after midnight on July 7. The
Weather Service says it moved northeast for about a quarter of a mile and
ended south of M-21.
Four buildings were damaged including two farm buildings and two homes that
The other tornadoes previously confirmed were an EF-0 that also touched down
in Ionia County also shortly after midnight on July 7 and and EF-1 tornado
that hit late at night on July 6 in Kentwood and Wyoming in Kent County.
A fourth twister, an EF-0, hit Clinton County in Mid-Michigan just before 1
a.m. on July 7.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)
Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller is sounding off about a decision by
the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago regarding Asian carp.
The Macomb County Republican says the appeals court is wrong to uphold a
lower court ruling dismissing a multi-state lawsuit to require the Army
Corps of Engineers to separate the Mississippi watershed from Lake Michigan
to keep out the carp.
Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin filed the lawsuit.
Miller has introduced legislation to require the Chicago River system to be
cut off from Lake Michigan, but it has not advanced on Capitol Hill. The
Chicago River flows out of Lake Michigan into the Mississippi River basin,
and is the only river taking water away from the lake.
Environmental experts warn if the Asian carp make it to Lake Michigan, the
Great Lakes commercial fishing industry will be destroyed.
(24/7 News Source)
(Grand Rapids-Infant Death)
A 20-year-old Grand Rapids was found competent to stand trial on a charge of
involuntary manslaughter for the death of her five-month-old son nearly a
Diva Robinson allegedly left her son alone for the night on the floor of his
room last August 21, and he suffocated after coming in contact with a
Her trial date has not been set.
(24/7 News Source)
(Benzie Co-Fire Victim ID)
Authorities in Northwest Lower Michigan have identified the woman who was
found in a brush fire over the weekend.
WWTV reports that Benzie County Sheriff's investigators identified 58-year
old Connie Anthony through her fingerprints.
Anthony's body was found under a tree that caught fire close to her home in
a subdivision near Lamb Road and US-31 in Inland Township. Firefighters
found her body while putting out the blaze. An autopsy will be conducted to
determine her cause of death but the Sheriff's office says there were no
obvious signs of foul play.
Investigators have determined the fire was deliberately set, but it's still
not clear if someone else set the fire or if the victim started it.
Anthony's death remains under investigation.
(Saginaw-Carbon Monoxide Deaths)
Carbon monoxide may be the cause of death for a Saginaw man and woman found
in a home on the city's northeast side Monday night.
Police said the home’s electricity appeared to be turned off and a generator
was found in the basement. It was noted that the bodies showed no signs of
Carbon monoxide was cited as a "90 percent certainty" by Saginaw Police
Chief Brian Lipe at a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday.
The names of the victims, as well as a cause of death pending autopsy
results, have not been released by authorities.
(Detroit-Drunk Bus Driver)
Police say a 53-year-old Detroit Department of Transportation bus driver had
a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his
bus with passengers aboard, including a 3-year-old child.
Police say the driver failed to stop after he struck a parked vehicle just
before 11 p.m. Tuesday on the city's east side.
Wayne State Police caught up with the bus and detained the driver who was
relieved of duties by a DDOT supervisor who was on the scene.
Police say the driver submitted to a preliminary breath test resulting in a
reading of over .20 percent. The legal limit in Michigan is .08. The driver,
who was not identified, was arrested for operating while impaired.
A statement from DDOT Director Dan Dirks said the driver was immediately
suspended without pay pending further investigation. He said it’s possible
the driver could lose his job.
Authorities say the child and his father who were on the bus during the
alleged hit and run sought medical attention for minor injuries.
(WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)
News and World Report is out with its 25th annual ranking of America’s best
hospitals. The magazine ranks hospitals overall, by region and by specialty.
Beaumont, Royal Oak ranked number one in Michigan. Beaumont ranked
nationally in 10 specialties, including cardiology, neurology and
In second place, the University of Michigan ranked nationally in eight
specialties, including cancer, cardiology and urology.
Third on the list, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids ranked nationally in five
specialties including gastroenterology, gynecology and pulmonology.
Nationally, the top three hospitals in the country are the Mayo Clinic,
Boston’s Mass General and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
(Sean Lee, WWJ, Detroit)
(Detroit-More Water Options)
The U.S. District Judge handling Detroit's bankruptcy says he wants the
city's Water and Sewerage Department to have more options for residents who
can't pay their water bills.
Water department Deputy Director Darryl Latimer told Judge Steven Rhodes on
Tuesday the average overdue bill is $540, and that customers can be cut off
from water when their debt reaches $150 or becomes 60 days late.
But Rhodes asked that Latimer return to court next week with more options
for people who can't pay.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced in March it would begin
collecting from residents with an outstanding balance.
The DWSD says approximately 76-pecent of those customers who had service
stopped in June paid their bill and had their water back on in two days.
Approximately 80-thousand residential customers have past due bills.
(Detroit-Mob Boss Dies)
Former head of the Detroit Mafia, Jack Tocco, has died.
The 87-year-old died Monday of undisclosed causes, according to a death
notice published on the website of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home in
Tocco is alleged to have headed the Detroit Mafia for 30 years. The FBI says
Tocco was running the Detroit Mafia in July 1975 when Teamsters President
Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the Machus Red Fox restaurant on Telegraph Road
in Bloomfield Township.
Tocco never was charged in connection with Hoffa’s disappearance, but in
1998 was convicted for mob-related crimes and served 11 months in prison.
(Grand Rapids-Spectrum Consolidation)
Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids said it's opening a new integrated
heatlhcare facility to provide medical services to area residents in a
On Monday, Spectrum dedicated a three-story, 120,000 square foot building
that houses several Spectrum services under one roof. Services at the new
campus range from family medicine to radiology.
Seth Wolk, president at Spectrum Health Medical Group said the facility at
the corner of East Beltline and 3 Mile Rd. uses a "team approach" based on a
similar model used at its Holland campus.
The new facility is about a 15-minute drive from Spectrum's Urgent Care
facility at 3350 Broadmoor Ave., which closed temporarily last week.
Spectrum said it was considering the future use of the Kentwood facility.
The new integrated campus opens to the public Friday.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Detroit-Security Guard Killers)
Two men convicted of killing a security guard in Detroit will serve decades
20-year old Jamare Rucker and 24-year old Jeremy Jackson were found guilty
of killing Courtney Meeks, who was working as a security guard at a CVS
store in February.
The 24-year old Meeks went to the aid of woman who came into the store
saying her vehicle was being stolen in the parking lot. One of the men fired
a shot that killed Meeks.
Both Rucker and Jackson were ordered to serve up to 60-years in prison for
second-degree murder and also received time for armed robbery and a firearms
(24/7 News Source)
(Saginaw Co-Clergy-Immigration Compassion)
Religious leaders of other faiths are joining Saginaw Catholic Diocese
Bishop Joseph Cistone calling for compassion as the immigration controversy
comes to the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Bishop Cistone calls the influx of undocumented children from Central
America and Mexico a humanitarian crisis. A joint statement from the group
says they are aware of the frustration which has led to anger and some
threats of violence but expresses concern about the safety of the children.
The religious leaders from Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist,
Presbyterian and other churches urge lawmakers to protect these vulnerable
children from further danger and exploitation. They're calling for all
parties involved to work expeditiously for comprehensive immigration reform.
(Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)
(Mecosta Co-Check Fraud)
Two business owners in Big Rapids have been charged with multiple fraud
counts in two counties.
Mecosta County Sheriff's Department detectives say 29-year old Joseph Kukla
and 28-year old Nancy Kukla of Your Floor Store were arrested after several
complaints were reported that the Morley couple was passing multiple
non-sufficient personal checks and multiple non-sufficient business checks,
totaling thousands of dollars.
The pair faces similar charges in Newaygo County as well.
The couple remains in Mecosta County Jail.
(WBRN, Big Rapids)
22-year-old Grand Haven man caught a record-breaking fish while competing in
the Bowfishing Association of Michigan's tournament in Muskegon.
Joshua Teunis was taking part in the tournament on June 15 when he caught a
black buffalo that weighed 41.25 pounds and measured 38.25 inches.
The catch helped his team to win the tournament title and a $250 prize. The
next day a Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist verified the
The previously state-record for a black buffalo was held by Bryan Degoede of
Kalamazoo, who caught a 37.06-pound, 39.25-inch fish on the Kalamazoo River
on Sept. 5, 2012.
Two public hearings will be held over the next two days by the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality on proposed fracking rule changes.
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a process to use millions
of gallons of water to break up the ground to bring up crude oil.
The first hearing will be tonight (Tuesday) at Treetops Resort in Gaylord
starting at 6:30, followed tomorrow with a hearing at the Lansing Center,
just blocks from the state Capitol at the same time.
The DEQ's hearings are the first opportunity for Michigan citizens to weigh
in on fracking regulations in the state.
(Tuscola Co-Protesters Armed)
Waving "Don't Tread On Me" flags and toting AR rifles and handguns, more
than four dozen people on Monday showed their opposition in Vassar to plans
to bring undocumented Central American immigrant children and teens to
The children have crossed over the border into the United States illegally,
and Wolverine Human Services out of Grosse Pointe Park is working on a
contract to bring some of them to the Thumb area community.
Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement organizer Tamyra Murray
says Vassar's City Council wants to rezone Wolverine Human Service's Pioneer
Work and Learn Center to accommodate the relocation of unaccompanied, 12 to
17 year old boys from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which is still
Over 50 people marched from Vassar City Hall to the Wolverine site where
they prayed for the government to return the youths to their home countries
and sang "God Bless America".
Murray said they have sympathy for quote, "the kids being used and exploited
by the feds," but the group wants the border sealed and everyone who is in
the country illegally deported. She adds they'll fight all the way to the
U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Thousands of minors have come across the border since last October.
(WSGW, Saginaw/24/7 News Source)
(Roscommon Co-Former Teacher Charged)
A former teacher in Northern Michigan is facing assault charges for
allegedly attacking two students.
Kaitlyn Goslin of Houghton Lake quit her job with the Crawford, Oscoda,
Ogema, Roscommon Intermediate School District after Gerrish Township police
started to investigate her this spring.
Investigators accuse the 26-year-old Goslin of assaulting the special
education students in class, though their work has been made difficult by
the mental and physical disabilities of the alleged victims.
According to police, she was placed on administration leave and then
resigned before the school district could conduct an investigation.
Goslin is facing three counts of assault and battery. She is due back in
court for a trial status conference on September 2.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)
(Alger Co-Shootout Suspect Shot)
An Upper Peninsula man was wounded during a shootout with police Monday
Munising Police were looking for a suspect believed involved in a type of
domestic violence incident but when they tracked down the man he fled in his
The chase came to an end on Buckhorn Road, east of Munising. Police say the
suspect crashed their vehicle, came out of the car, and started to shoot at
police. The officers fired back hitting the suspect with at least one shot.
There is no word on the extent of his injury and his condition is unknown.
The suspect's name has not been released.
Michigan State Police will release more information later today (Tuesday).
(Menominee-Fatal Fire Probe)
A fatal fire at a house in Menominee over the weekend continues to be
Police and Fire Departments responded to the call at approximately 3:30 pm
on Saturday. Firefighers found the body of a 70-year old woman. They
performed CPR but were unable to revive her.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was ordered. The name
of the victim has not been released.
The cause of the fire and death remain under investigation.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)
(Detroit-Shots Fired At Reporter)
A local television reporter was just trying to interview an elderly crime
victim who was tied up and robbed inside his Detroit home when the man
allegedly came to the door with a gun and fired a shot at the news crew.
The shooting apparently happened Monday afternoon when WXYZ reporter
Jonathan Carlson went to a home on the city’s east side.
Days earlier, an 88-year-old man was inside that home when a woman knocked
on his door and asked for directions. When the man opened his door, he was
apparently attacked by three people who knocked him down, tied him up and
robbed him at gunpoint.
As Carlson knocked on the victim’s front door Monday, the man reportedly
opened it with a gun in his hand. The crew said they retreated when they saw
the weapon, but the man allegedly came outside and fired a shot at Carlson
from about 10 feet away.
Police responded to the scene and after a brief standoff, the man
surrendered and was taken into custody. Reports say the man was taken to a
crisis center, although it’s not clear if he’ll face charges.
No one was injured in the shooting.
The three robbery suspects are still at large.
Reports say the Michigan Department of Treasury has filed three tax liens
against the Central Intelligence Agency, because it failed to pay more than
20-thousand dollars in withholding tax, representing those people the agency
employs in Michigan.
The Lansing State Journal reports that the liens are due to the failure by
the C-I-A to pay ten assessments in March 2011 and December of 2013.
The CIA on it's website says it employs an undisclosed number of people in
Michigan "to keep Michigan and the US safe from both internal and external
Michigan's attorney general is reminding people who bought DRAM (D-RAM) or
computers or computerized devices that contain D-RAM between 1998 and 2002,
that they may be entitled to a cash payment of at least ten dollars and
possibly as high as 50-dollars or more.
Attorney General Bill Schuette says at issue are devices like laptops,
desktops, servers, graphic cards, video game consoles, DVD players or other
The reason is that twelve manufacturers conspired to raise the prices of
their products. That resulted in a 310-(m) million dollar legal settlement
announced earlier this year.
Buyers of DRAM or DRAM products however, are running out of time to get
their cash payments. The deadline is August 1st, less than three weeks from
Purchasers of large amounts of DRAM or products that contain DRAM, such as
computers or other electronic devices, could recoup thousands of dollars
depending on the amount of product purchased, according to the A-G.
The minimum payment for smaller purchases of DRAM or DRAM-containing
products is expected to be $10. But the actual payment amount depends on
the total number of claims filed and payments could be $25, $50 or more.
The claims process is simple and can be completed online at
www.DRAMclaims.com. (Also by phone: 1-800-589-1425 (toll-free); or email:
The settling defendants that manufactured DRAM are: Elpida, Hitachi, Hynix,
Infineon, Micron, Mitsubishi, Mosel, Nanya, NEC, Samsung, Toshiba, and
(Ypsilanti Twp-Stabbing Suspect Dead)
The man suspected in a stabbing at a business in Ypsilanti Township
yesterday (Mon) is dead after shooting himself along northbound US-23.
Authorities confirmed the man, whose identity is unknown, died from an
apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound just before 5 p.m. yesterday (Mon).
The suspect is alleged to have stabbed an individual just before 3:42 p.m.
at Mike’s Welding and Fabrication. The victim, who was not identified, was
taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in unstable condition.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect fled the area in a
silver Ford Escape and was stopped by Northfield Township police on
northbound U.S. 23 near Eight Mile Road. The man then shot himself in the
head, taking his own life.
Police continue to investigate the stabbing incident.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s
Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK
(MI-Dangerous Swimming Conditions)
A beach hazards statement has been issued for West Michigan.
The National Weather Service says high wave action and strong currents will
make for hazardous conditions until 8 P.M. this evening (Tuesday).
Weather officials say the conditions are caused by a cold air mass moving
across the warmer waters of Lake Michigan.
The advisory covers most of West Michigan from Van Buren County north to
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)
(Shelby Twp-Missing Swimmer)
The body of a swimmer that had gone missing in the Clinton River at River
Bends Park in Shelby Township was found by officials just after 8 p.m. on
Police received a call around 6:15 p.m. reporting a missing female after
friends lost sight of the individual while swimming in the river throughout
Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski says that divers from fire and
police departments searched in the river for the missing woman. He says she
was found further downstream from where she disappeared.
Swinkowski would not comment if alcohol was a factor, saying police will now
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)
(Fremont Twp-Accidental Shooting)
A 51-year-old woman in Fremont Township accidentally shot herself in the
face Monday when using a shotgun while trying to make a point.
The Tuscola County Sheriff's Department reports deputies were called to a
home in Fremont Township Monday for a report of a gunshot victim.
When deputies arrived the victim told them there had been a family dispute
and she had taken the shotgun out to (quote) "make a point." She said she
slammed the butt end of the gun on the floor, it discharged and she was shot
in the face.
Police say the victim was transported to St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw,
and she is expected to recover.
The complaint remains under investigation.
A mistake by attorneys representing the City of Detroit in their bankruptcy
is costing the city ten-thousand dollars.
The Jones Day law firm mistakenly sent information to creditors in May that
included closed-door negotiations. Judge Steven Rhodes ordered the city to
pay Assured Guaranty Municipal Corporation for expenses related to the
Jones Day officials say their staff reviews all documents mailed out
concerning the bankruptcy case.
(24/7 News Source)
An Upper Peninsula man at the center of an investigation by local police,
DEA and ATF is facing a federal gun charge.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Marquette filed a complaint on June 27th
against 31-year-old Jimmy Wayne McField of Sawyer. He’s accused of being a
felon in possession of a firearm.
U.S. District Court staff members say McField does not have any appearance
dates scheduled at the moment.
After his arrest in late June, police carried out a search warrant at a
residence in Sawyer, where they found additional evidence and drugs.
McField is currently in the Marquette County Jail.
(Ortonville-Chocolate Milk Recall)
Cooks Farm Dairy is voluntarily recalling their chocolate milk because it
may contain illness-causing pathogens.
Although no illnesses have been reported, the Ortonville dairy says it's
recalling the product out of an abundance of caution.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development conducted
routine sampling of the chocolate milk, where analysis found the sample with
high levels of phosphatase, which indicates that the chocolate milk was
under-pasteurized. The dairy plant’s owner is cooperating with the state in
working to determine the cause.
The chocolate milk is packaged in plastic pints, plastic half gallons and
plastic gallon containers with a 7/20 code date on the bottle. The product
was distributed to retail stores in southeastern Michigan and at the
“Endless Cup of Chocolate Milk” booth at the Oakland County Fair July 4th
through the 13th.
Consumers who have purchased Cooks Farm Dairy Chocolate Milk with a 7/20
date code are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
No other Cooks Dairy Farm products are involved in this recall.
(Harrison Twp-Piranha-Like Fish)
A Clinton Township woman hooked a piranha-like fish in Lake St. Clair last
52-year-old Holley Luft says she was fishing at Waterfront Park in Harrison
Township with her husband Wednesday when she reeled in the 14-inch fish.
Luft says the specimen had teeth that made it looked like a piranha.
The couple brought the fish to a township worker at the park, who called
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials and sent them photos with
his cell phone.
DNR experts identified the fish as a South American pacu (pa' ku), a cousin
to the fierce piranha. But unlike the piranha, pacu's do not have sharp
teeth, but rather square and straight teeth and tend to eat seeds and nuts
that fall into the rivers.
Mike Thomas, a DNR biologist, says the fish doesn’t pose much of a threat to
other animals in the lake, and usually end up dying when the temperatures
drop in winter.
Thomas suspects the fish was someone's pet that had grown too large for the
aquarium and so was tossed into the lake.
July 19, 2014
Tanner Gun Show, largest gun show in Colorado,
including all types of guns, knives, ammunition, survival gear and food,
and related hunting and fishing accessories including, holsters, western
wear, gun safes, books, war relics, and other collectibles.
July 20, 2014
Deadline for Iran and the P5+1 to reach a permanent
accord on the country's nuclear program, although this can be extended
by six months if necessary. Diplomats say a today's deadline is unlikely
to be met following disagreement over how many enrichment centrifuges
Iran should maintain.
Monty Python's Flying Circus reunion concludes with 'probably' their
last show together.
2nd anniversary of Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings
July 21, 2014
Court status conference for Republican Rep. Michael
Grimm, charged in a 20-count indictment with mail, wire, and tax fraud
after allegedly evading taxes by concealing over $1 million in sales and
wages while running a small Manhattan restaurant - called Healthalicious
- before he entered Congress. Prosecutors have accused Rep. Grimm of
trying to evade payroll, income, and sales taxes by paying his workers -
some in the country illegally - in cash. He has pleaded not guilty to
all charges, and called the case a 'political witch hunt'. Following the
charges, he stepped down from the House Committee on Financial Services,
but has vowed to stay in Congress and run for re-election in the
November midterm elections, although House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
has said Rep. Grimm is 'going to have to make his case to his
constituents and make his case in court
Theodore Wafer on trial in Michigan, charged with the second-degree
murder of Renisha McBride, who was shot in the face while standing,
unarmed, on Wafer's Dearborn Heights, MI, porch on November 2, 2013.
Wafer's lawyers say he fired in self-defense, fearing the 19-year-old
woman was trying to break into his home before dawn, but prosecutors say
he should have called 911 and kept the door shut.
Two men - Kristopher Pratt and Ed Thomas - on trial accused of the
murder of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed, who
was shot dead at his off-campus apartment building in Ypsilanti, MI, in
October 2013. Pratt and Thomas have been charged with open murder,
meaning a jury could convict them of either first-degree or
second-degree murder. They have also been charged with two counts of
armed robbery, while Pratt faces additional weapons counts.
July 22, 2014
England’s Prince George of Cambridge celebrates 1st
Microsoft Q4 earnings
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and alleged spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith
scheduled to be sentenced in New York, following his conviction in March
on charges including conspiracy to kill Americans, after he was detained
by the FBI in Jordan on March 1, 2013.
Apple Q3 earnings
Georgia primary runoff elections, ahead of the November midterm
elections, with voters choosing candidates in several unresolved races
from the 20 May primary.
Afghanistan presidential election winner is expected to be announced. A
runoff between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzi was held on
June 14th after no candidate polled over 50% of the vote in the April
5th election. Inauguration of the new president is scheduled for August
July 23, 2014
President Obama attends Democratic party fundraiser
at the Los Angeles home of 'Scandal' creator Shonda Rhimes, raising
money ahead of the November midterm elections. Kerry Washington, who
stars in the ABC drama, is also on the host committee. Tickets begin at
$1,000 per person.
Comic-Con International Show preview night, launching the biggest
exhibition of its kind for comic book enthusiasts. Opens fully tomorrow.
Facebook Q2 earnings.
Boeing Q2 earnings
Ford Motor Q2 earnings
Teenager Alex Hribal arraigned, accused of stabbing 20 students and a
security guard during an alleged attack at Franklin Regional High School
in Murrysville, PA, on April 9th. Hribal faces 21 counts of attempted
murder, 21 counts of aggravated assault and a weapons charge, stemming
from the incident in which he is accused of using two eight-inch kitchen
knives to slash students at random.
30th anniversary of Vanessa Williams resigning as Miss America after
nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine. Williams was allowed
to keep her tiara and scholarship money and is officially recognized by
the Miss America Organization as 'Miss America 1984'.
July 24, 2014
Comic-Con International Show opens to the public -
biggest exhibition of its kind in the world for comic book enthusiasts,
featuring previews of the latest comic book-inspired movies and TV
shows. Further highlights including the Comic-Con International
Independent Film Festival and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.
General Motors Q2 earnings
July 25, 2014
Comic-Con International Show continues with the
25th annual Eisner Awards for comic books
Court hearing for Dr Farid Fata, a Detroit-area cancer doctor accused of
intentionally misdiagnosing patients and ordering unnecessary
treatments. Fata, a naturalized U.S. citizen whose native country is
Lebanon, faces charges of health care fraud and conspiracy to defraud
the U.S., with authorities saying some patients were repeatedly exposed
to powerful drugs despite having no cancer. He has denied the charges.
July 26, 2014
National Dance Day. National Dance Day was
launched in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe as an annual celebration encouraging
Americans to incorporate dance into their lives as a way to promote
health and self-esteem.
July 27, 2014
101st Tour de France cycling race finishes on the
Champs-Elysees in Paris after the final stage, a 136km route from Evry,
with the winner of the Maillot Jaune (yellow jersey) crowned overall
winner after what has traditionally been a race to the line for the
National Baseball Hall of Fame 75th anniversary Induction Ceremony, with
Class of 2014 Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine and the
Expansion Era Veterans Committee selections Joe Torre, Tony La Russa,
and Bobby Cox.
July 28, 2014
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and former
First Lady Maureen McDonnell on trial on federal corruption charges. The
pair, who left office on January 11, are accused of accepting at least
$165,000 in loans and gifts - including a Rolex watch, designer clothes,
iPhones, and golf clubs - from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, who
allegedly hoped that endorsements from the first couple would help his
health supplement business. They have pleaded not guilty and denied any
wrongdoing, with Bob McDonnell describing the charges as 'federal
Justin Bieber on trial in Miami on charges of DUI, driving with an
expired license, and resisting arrest without violence. The 20-year-old
pop star was arrested in the early hours of January 23, after allegedly
drag racing a yellow Lamborghini on a palm-lined residential street in
Miami Beach. Officers say two vehicles were being used to block off the
street while Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Sharieff, who was also
arrested, raced the Lamborghini and a red Ferrari. Bieber allegedly
swore at the officer at the time of his arrest, saying 'What the f---
did I do, why did you stop me?', though he later reportedly admitted to
police that he had been smoking marijuana, drinking, and taking a
prescription medication. For a first DUI offense, Bieber could face up
to six months in jail and a six-month license suspension.
Muslim festival of Eid
Deadline for defense lawyers in Italy to appeal January's judgment
reinstating the guilty verdict against U.S. national Amanda Knox and her
Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito over the 2007 murder of
British student Meredith Kercher. Knox, who is currently living in the
U.S., was sentenced to 28 years and six months, while Sollecito received
a 25-year term.
The Musical 'The Book of Mormon' opens a production near Mormon church's
headquarters in Utah
Pretrial conference for four Southern California men accused of plotting
to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida
and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Sohiel Omar Kabir, who served in the
U.S. Air Force from 2000-2001 and who was detained in Afghanistan,
allegedly introduced Ralph Deleon and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales
to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, before they later
recruited Arifeen David Gojali. Deleon, Vidriales and Gojali allegedly
made plans to depart the U.S. in mid-November and carry out plots in
Afghanistan and Yemen, with Santana allegedly telling an FBI undercover
agent that he wanted to commit jihad. The complaint also alleges that
the men went to a shooting range several times
July 29, 2014
BP Q2 earnings
100th anniversary of the first test call being made on the newly
completed transcontinental telephone line between New York and San
July 30, 2014
Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest
rates following two-day meeting. The FOMC decided at its last meeting
in June to maintain its main rate at a record low of between 0% and
Michael Vanhise and Robert Asch sentenced, after they were found guilty
in March in a plot to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women and children.
The case against the pair grew out of a cannibalism case that resulted
in a conspiracy conviction of former New York police officer Gilberto
Valle, who prosecutors say plotted to eat women. Defense lawyers said
that Asch and Van Hise were only role-playing and would never have
actually hurt anyone
July 31, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor steps down from
the position, following his June 10 loss in the Virginia Republican
primary to Tea Party-backed Dave Brat.
Temporary asylum in Russia for former CIA contractor Edward Snowden
expires this month a year after Moscow granted protection to the
intelligence analyst who in June 2013 revealed that the U.S. National
Security Agency (NSA) had been secretly mining data from nine of the
world's top internet companies through its top-secret PRISM program.
ExxonMobil Corp Q2 earnings
North American Consumer Protection Investigators and Consumer Federation
of America release annual 'Consumer Complaint Survey Report', based on
responses to 40 state and local consumer protection agencies in 20
states across the nation. Representatives of the organizations release
the top 10 consumer complaints made in 2013, trends that stood out from
the types of complaints reported, the top five fastest-growing and worst
complaints, interesting new types of problems, and new laws the agencies
suggested to better protect consumers.
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Senator Ted Cruz endorses Shannon:
T.W. Shannon is the former Speaker of the House
in the Oklahoma legislature. He was elected by his Republican colleagues
as the youngest and first African American House Speaker. He's also been
called "the most conservative Speaker in State History."
We're very excited to support T.W. Shannon in this important race and hope
you will join us by making a contribution to his campaign.
T.W. Shannon has fought to shrink the size of government and reduce the
state's debt. He has worked to lower state income tax rates and authored
legislation to add work requirements for food stamp recipients.
T.W. Shannon believes that government programs create a cycle of
dependency that robs people of their dignity and traps them in
generational poverty. If he's elected to the Senate, he will be a powerful
voice for freedom.
THE CONSERVATIVE CHOICE
T.W. Shannon supports all of SCF's policy goals. For example, he ...
*Supports a constitutional amendment to force Congress to balance the
federal budget without raising taxes;
*Supports the full repeal of Obamacare and opposes funding for the
*Opposes bailouts that reward failure and punish success;
*Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants;
*Opposes earmarks that are used to pass bloated spending bills;
*Supports term limits for members of Congress;
*Supports our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms;
*Supports the right to life and will oppose taxpayer funding for abortion.
On May 13th, conservative
Ben Sasse (R-NE) won the
Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.
This is a major victory for conservatives and it's a
direct result of your efforts.
won this race because he never stopped fighting for conservative
principles. He won this race because freedom-loving Americans like you
helped him get his message out.
Thank you for believing in him and for being willing to support him
financially. Your efforts made it possible for SCF to invest $1.1 million
in his campaign and push him on to victory.
Sasse said his campaign is about "restoring
the American idea, returning the Constitution to its central place in
American politics, and building a Republican party that crafts
conservative solutions to the problems facing our nation."
Now, we need to help him win the general election so he can
spend the next six years promoting these ideas and forcing Washington to
live up to them.
Senate Conservatives Fund
Incumbent U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's approval rating
has dropped by more that 10 points to 47 percent in the last six months
according to a new poll. The drop in the Louisiana Democrat's image is
largely due to her support for Obamacare.
This is good news for conservative Col. Rob Maness
(R-LA) who is a strong opponent of Obamacare. The Republican establishment
in Washington prefers moderate Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in this
race, but Cassidy has supported policies similar to Obamacare and has
voted to fund the unconstitutional program. Col. Maness offers voters a
compelling alternative to Mary Landrieu and will win if he gets his
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Conservative Matt Bevin (R-KY) won the straw poll at the
Boone County GOP Christmas gala, which was attended by nearly 700
Republicans. Bevin dominated the straw poll, winning over 80% of the vote
against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). This is a clear
sign that the grassroots in Kentucky are ready for a change and that Matt
Bevin's message is beginning to get out.
Also, Breitbart News reported that Mitch McConnell
attacked conservatives on a conference call organized by Karl Rove.
According to the report, McConnell was critical of Senators Ted Cruz
(R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and said that the Senate Conservatives Fund
should be "punched in the nose." It's yet another reason why conservatives
should support Matt Bevin.
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ALEX MOONEY WINS HOUSE RACE
We're also pleased to report that
conservative Alex Mooney
(R-WV) won the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District in
Thanks to your support, SCF was able to invest $95,000 in this race, which
included a district-wide radio ad to promote his campaign.
If Mooney wins in November, he will fight to stop the massive spending and
debt that are bankrupting our country.
MAKE 2014 MATTER
There are several difficult primary elections ahead and
conservatives are being massively outspent by their establishment-backed
Please make a contribution to SCF to help us elect more conservatives.
Time is short so please take action today so we can send more leaders like
Ben Sasse and Alex Mooney to Washington.
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