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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Man charged with eight felonies in robbery
By Steven Hepker
shepker@citpat.com — 768-4923
Skimping on henchmen could exact a high cost from a trio of alleged armed robbers.
Derek Pussehl, a key witness in the Sept. 26 robbery of B & S Corner Convenience Store, testified today that he and another lookout received a combined $60 in the $7,000 heist.
His testimony — and that of store owner Inderjit Singh — led District Judge James Justin to bind over Brant Scott, 21, on eight felony counts. Charges include armed robbery, conspiracy and felony firearms.

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Leslie sergeant to lead police force
By Dawn Parker
For the Citizen Patriot
Leslie Police Sgt. Bob Delamarter has been named to the department’s top job, following the retirement of former Chief Duane LeRoy.
Delamarter, who joined the department in March 2004 as a part-time officer, will take over as chief Thursday. Before coming to Leslie, the Lansing native spent 28 years with the Lansing Police Department.
“I'm happy that it worked out this way,” said Delamarter, whom LeRoy had endorsed as his successor before stepping down.

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Complaint: Schauer broke law with $200K check
By Chad Livengood
clivengood@citpat.com — 768-4918
State Sen. Mark Schauer is at the center of campaign finance violation allegations by Republicans after his campaign wrote his Democratic caucus a $200,000 check.
Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema complained today to the Secretary of State that Schauer and 11 other Democratic Senate candidates made contributions from their campaign committees above the $20,000 limit.
Schauer, D-Battle Creek, made the largest contribution at ten times the legal level, said Ari Adler, spokesman for Sikkema.
“In our mind, it is a very clear violation,” Adler said.
Schauer is chairing the Senate Democratic Fund committee with hopes of becoming majority leader next year. Republicans hold an six-seat majority in the Senate.

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Bank's trash bin stolen
By Keith Roberts
kroberts@citpat.com — 768-4922
A trash bin was stolen at Comerica Bank’s downtown branch, and customers are being alerted as a precautionary measure.
Comerica spokeswoman Sara Snyder today said the theft at the branch, 245 W. Michigan Ave., was reported Oct. 6 and the bank has no reason to suspect account information has been put to criminal use.
“It was suspected the Dumpster was stolen for scrap metal value,” Snyder said.
But the bank is calling about 300 people who used the branch from Sept. 13 to 20 and asking them to check their bank statements to make sure there are no irregularities and offering to establish new accounts for them.
“We’re taking a very conservative approach to this,” Snyder said. “We’re asking them to be vigilant.”

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Couple's probate hearing posponed
A hearing for a Jackson couple who allegedly failed to seek medical care for their dying son was postponed Monday.
A social worker in the case against Lee and Melinda Hampton was vacationing.
The Hampton’s 4-month-old son, Lee II, died Aug. 27, 2005. The autopsy concluded he died of cirrhosis of the liver, with complications.
A month earlier, a caller reported to child-welfare officials the baby appeared green and dying. A report filed a year later in Probate Court claims the couple did not seek medical attention as the boy’s condition worsened.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Lumen Christi loses in first round
Perennial state power Lumen Christi was shocked tonight, losing in the first round of the Michigan high school football postseason. Onsted was a stunning winner in a 20-0 game at Withington Community Stadium.
Lumen Christi finished the year ranked first in the final Associated Press Division 5 state poll. Onsted was ninth. The last time the two faced off in the playoffs, Lumen Christi won 35-0 in 2000.
Jackson also went home from the playoffs, losing 7-6 to Ann Arbor Pioneer.

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Granholm to visit Jackson on Monday
By Keith Roberts
kroberts@citpat.com — 768-4922
Coffee, baked goods and Gov. Jennifer Granholm are on the Jackson Coffee Co.’s menu Monday.
Proprietor Brian Surgener and local Democrats say they have been told to expect her at 2:30 p.m. Granholm’s campaign won’t confirm the appearance at the downtown coffee shop.
Brenda Abbey, first vice chair of the Jackson County Democratic Party, said Granholm’s appearance should boost the morale of local candidates.
“She is very charming and a dynamic speaker,” Abbey said.

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Spending in judge races nears $300K
By Steven Hepker
shepker@citpat.com — 768-4923
Spending in the two Jackson County judge races likely will exceed $300,000 based on campaign finance records due today.
The two biggest spenders are James Fleming and Thomas Wilson, who are vying for the family court bench in Circuit Court.
Fleming reported raising $94,042 and spending $92,831, most of it his own money. Wilson, too, shelled out the bulk of the $116,500 he reported raising.

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Airport to sell 68 acres

Plans to sell 68 acres of Jackson County Airport property left the holding pattern today after officials approved the language and process for seeking bids.
Advertisements should hit newspapers and business journals by mid-November and purchase proposals are expected back by Jan. 3.
That means the full Board of Commissioners could sign off a winning bid by February. The sale could generate millions of dollars, which would be earmarked for airport improvements.
-For the complete story, see mlive.com Saturday or pick up Saturday's Citizen Patriot.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Items from space on display at college
By Tarryl Jackson
tjackson@citpat.com —768-4941
Seven-year-old Mason Griffith was excited about being a scientist today.
Mason examined the same Hawaiian soil that NASA uses to test its instruments for journeys to Mars.
“I didn’t know that sand could stick to magnets,” Mason said after he used his magnifying glasses and magnet to make his discovery.
Griffith was one of 30 second-graders from Harrington Elementary School in Albion who got to observe a Mars meteorite and moon rocks at Albion College today.
The meteorite and moon rocks will be on public display 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the opening of the college’s new science complex.

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Downtown club up for sale
By Keith Roberts
kroberts@citpat.com — 768-4922
The owners of the downtown nightclub the Rocket are hoping to get close to $1 million from its sale.
Owners Todd Sanford and Patrick Colligan said they have had fun running the downtown Jackson nightclub the last two years, but they’ve always considered it an investment they wanted to turn around in three or four years.
“You buy low and you sell high,” Sanford said. “From a market standpoint, it’s never going to be better than it is now.”
The Rocket, 216 Francis St., is listed with Good Earth Real Estate but will remain open.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Walberg campaign aide resigns
By Susan J. Demas
sdemas@citpat.com - 768-4927
A campaign staffer for U.S. House candidate Tim Walberg stepped down Wednesday in the wake of a report that the aide had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor crime.
Daniel A. Coons, of Eaton Rapids, resigned as volunteer coordinator, Walberg said.
The Citizen Patriot reported Wednesday that Coons, 30, pleaded guilty
Sept. 18 to domestic violence. According to a police report, Coons told police he struck his 9-year-old foster child. He awaits sentencing Nov. 13.
"Dan believed that it was wrong to turn his family issues into political
issues," Walberg campaign manager Joe Wicks said in a written
statement. "In addition, the attention he was receiving was hurting his chances of reuniting his family."
Walberg, R-Tipton, is facing Sharon Renier, D-Munith, in the 7th District
race. Walberg said Wednesday he stood by his statement that Coons' two foster children should be returned to him.
"This is not a political issue," Walberg said before participating in a forum sponsored by the Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce forum. "This is a matter for the courts."
For the complete story, pick up a copy of Thursday's Jackson Citizen Patriot or come back to MLive.com.

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House Speaker warns of Prop 5 bloodletting
By Chad Livengood
clivengood@citpat.com — 768-4918
Michigan lawmakers will have to make “cuts before Christmas” if voters approve a ballot proposal to give schools and universities an annual boost in funding, House Speaker Craig DeRoche said today.
General fund agencies would suffer 10 percent across-the-board cuts to make up the minimum $565 million initial price tag, DeRoche said during an event at the Blackman Township hall.
“All Michigan residents have a stake in seeing Proposal 5 defeated,” said DeRoche, R-Novi.
DeRoche was joined by Rep. Scott Hummel, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who laid out a list of potential cuts.

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Explosion destroys house
By Scott Hagen
shagen@citpat.com — 768-4929
A woman crawled through rubble to save her own life after her house exploded Wednesday afternoon in Sandstone Township.
Neighbors told police the roof of the house in the 8700 block of County Farm Road blew into the air about 1 p.m. Firefighters and rescue crews arrived to find a house in ruins.
“There’s nothing left,” said Parma-Sandstone Police Chief Jon Sutliff. “She’s lucky to be alive.”
Firefighters suspect a propane leak caused the explosion.
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Parts supplier laying off workers
By Chris Gautz
cgautz@citpat.com — 768-4926
Slow sales and a seasonal slowdown have caused one Jackson-area manufacturer to go through a “modest layoff.”
“We are optimistic about our future,” said Brian Schultz, vice president of Great Lakes Industry.
The Blackman Township company, located at 1927 Wildwood Ave., produces power transmission components for the agricultural and construction industry nationwide. John Deere is one of its largest customers.
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

State officials to offer incentives to Eaton
By Chris Gautz
cgautz@citpat.com — 768-4926
State and local officials are preparing a wide range of incentives, tax breaks and maybe even legislation to entice Eaton Corp. to keep 518 jobs in Jackson.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. and politicians, township, city and county officials likely will offer what they say could be millions of dollars to the company.
“As soon as we can get a meeting with the company, the package will be presented,” said state Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek.
State Rep. Rick Baxter, R-Concord, said Eaton is asking for about $1 million, but the company isn’t explaining what tax breaks and incentives it wants.

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Airport board open to fire station move
By Paul Overeiner
povereiner@citpat.com — 768-4917
The door is not officially open, but Jackson County Airport officials today rolled out the welcome mat for Blackman Township’s plan to relocate a fire station on airport property.
The Airport Board voted unanimously to officially open talks with the township and prepare a “letter of understanding.”
The idea was broached this month after the township decided to sell its Wildwood Avenue station to Orange County Choppers, a high-end motorcycle dealership.

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Newspaper delivery to be delayed
By Chad Livengood
clivengood@citpat.com — 768-4918
The Jackson Citizen Patriot experienced production problems today, which will delay delivery of the newspaper to most subscribers in the Jackson area.
The press was repaired by mid-afternoon, but most subscribers will receive their newspaper about three hours later than usual.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience,” said Amanda Emmet-Vincich, promotions director for the Citizen Patriot.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

$29M price tag for Cascades
By Paul Overeiner
povereiner@citpat.com — 768-4917
All that’s need to turn “a gem into a better gem” is money — more than $29 million, to be more specific.
Nonetheless, boosters of massive renovation of the Cascades falls and the surrounding Sparks Foundation County Park say they are undeterred.
Today the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to accept a consultant’s master plan for the county’s largest park, a blueprint that details improvements that can be made over the next 20 years or more.
Boosters say they are confident private donors and government grants will carry the project forward.

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Ex-Piston Mahorn talks in Jackson
By Josh Jarman
jjarman@citpat.com — 768-4945
Former Detroit Piston and “Bad Boy” Rick Mahorn told a group of donors at a United Way fundraiser today that young people looking to get into professional sports should concentrate as much on their education as athletics.
“If you spend two hours practicing, spend two or three on math and science,” Mahorn said. “I tell my own kids if you spend an hour on the computer playing games, you can spend an hour reading books that will get you some knowledge.”
The event held at Bella Notte restaurant was a kickoff to the “Jackson Basketball Jam for Kids.” The program sponsors children to spend an afternoon at a basketball camp at the Palace of Auburn Hills and watch a Pistons game afterward.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Olympic gold medalist to speak at JCC
By Chad Livengood
clivengood@citpat.com — 768-4918
Dominique Dawes will try to inspire the Olympian within others during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day banquet at Jackson Community College.
The gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast will speak Jan. 20 to up to 1,000 dinner guests in the college’s fieldhouse.
Dawes, 29, is the only female American gymnast to compete in three Olympics. She took home a gold medal from the 1996 summer games in Atlanta.

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Ex-BK worker guilty in theft
By Steven Hepker
shepker@citpat.com — 768-4923
City police said Steven L. Little knew a Burger King manager would carry a bag of cash out of the restaurant at about 3:30 a.m. June 16.
The former employee last week admitted grabbing the bag of money with accomplice Charles Dudley.
Like Dudley, he pleaded to a reduced charge of larceny from a person in the Burger King heist. Prosecutors will drop armed robbery charges against each in exchange for the pleas.
Circuit Judge Edward Grant will sentence Dudley on Nov. 16, and Little on Nov. 30.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Jackson's first NFL player dies
By Mike Pryson
mpryson@citpat.com — 768-4963
Ray Uribe of Jackson remembers a Saturday in October, 1947, when the University of Kentucky football team staged a protest on the sidelines at Michigan State.
That protest was over the fact that Michigan State had an African-American player. Halfback Horace Smith of Jackson was that player.
“I was at Michigan State, and when we played Kentucky, they wouldn’t come on the field because we had a black player,” Uribe said. “It took quite a while before they agreed to play the game.”
Smith died at his home in Flint on Saturday. He was 83.
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NW to announce layoffs, cuts
By Tarryl Jackson
tjackson@citpat.com —768-4941
The Northwest School Board Wednesday will decide on layoffs and other cuts needed to cover a $1.8 million shortfall.
Interim Superintendent Emily Kresscq will present a revised budget reduction proposal to the board at 7 p.m. at Kidder Middle School.
Kress originally proposed laying off seven teachers, five in the elementary grades, two in the middle school; four secretaries; four central-office positions, two directors and two secretaries; and four support staff members.
The shortfall is due to the district losing 162 students over the past two years and other unexpected costs, including new hires, book purchases and an increase in retirement costs.
“Reductions in staff are inevitable,” Kress said. “It may not be immediate, but it’s inevitable.”
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Cascades plan to be unveiled Wednesday
A plan for $7 million to $10 million in renovations at Sparks Foundation County Park goes to the first step of county approval Wednesday.
Lagoon dredging and elimination of the wall surrounding the Cascades are highlights of the plan. Cost projections also include creation of an endowment fund.
“It’s a big number, but please keep in mind this is a five- or 10-year plan,” said County Commissioner Greg Wilson, a member of a specially appointed Cascades Park Renovation Committee.
“We are going to do this in bites.”
No county tax dollars are expected to fund renovations. The work will depend on federal and state grants and contributions from foundations and individuals.
The plan, which cost $48,000 and was drawn up by an Ann Arbor consulting firm, will go to the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Commission 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cascades Manor House, 1970 Kibby Road.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Jackson Citizen Patriot or come back to MLive.com

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

City shooting injures two
By Josh Jarman
jjarman@citpat.com — 768-4945
Jackson police have arrested a suspect in a morning shooting that sent two people to the hospital.
Police Lt. Aaron Kantor said it appears the shooting was in retaliation for a fight earlier in the evening. The shooting took place about 4:20 a.m. in the 100 block of S. Forbes Street.
However, the victims might not have been the intended targets.
“At this point it looks as if those injured may not have been part of the earlier altercation,” Kantor said.

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Mahorn to appear in Jackson
Former Detroit Pistons basketball player Rick Mahorn will be in Jackson from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bella Notte Ristorante, 137 W. Michigan Ave., for a luncheon and autograph session.
The event is a kick-off to the “Jackson Basketball Jam for Kids,” a fundraiser and community service event sponsored by the United Way of Jackson County and the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 24.
The “Jam” includes an hour-and-a-half hoops clinic for Jackson kids with the Pistons’ coaching staff on the court at The Palace of Auburn Hills, followed by the Pistons-Charlotte Bobcats game.
Tickets will be provided at no cost to underprivileged children.
The cost for the Mahorn luncheon and autograph session is $15.
For more information, call the United Way of Jackson County at 784-0511.

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IRL sets date at MIS
The 2007 Indy Racing League event at Michigan International Speedway will be Sunday, Aug. 5, the speedway announced today.
The IRL asked MIS to move the event from its traditional July date to accommodate new venues for the open-wheel racing series in 2007. The August race date at MIS is expected to be for one year only, according to speedway officials.
The date is two weeks before the Aug. 19 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at MIS
"While we had originally planned to hold the (IRL) race during what has been a traditional July date for us, we want to do our part to help the Indy Racing League grow its product and hope the race fans will, too,” MIS President Roger Curtis said in a press release.

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Police identify suspect in 11-year-old rape
By Scott Hagen
shagen@citpat.com — 768-4929
A boyfriend walked into his girlfriend’s apartment on the city’s west side in the summer of 1995 to find her slashed with a knife and near dead.
Police found out the 20-year-old woman had been choked and beaten until she lost consciousness. Her attacker raped her, stabbed her and fled.
It took more than 11 years and advances in DNA profiling, but police and prosecutors today said they have the man suspected of committing the violent assault.
Anthony Clay will be arraigned next week in Circuit Court on one charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
“It’s important for the victim and the community that this brutal rape was solved,” said Assistant Prosecutor Allison Bates. “It was a very brutal assault committed in the sanctity of her home. We have the proper person identified, and it’s the perpetrator.”

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New armory open for business
By Paul Overeiner
povereiner@citpat.com — 768-4917
Jackson’s contingent of the Michigan National Guard traded the oldest armory in the country for the newest today.
The 45,480-square-foot facility at 4850 Cooper Road will be home to the Guard’s 272nd Regimental Support Group, the 107th Quartermaster Battalion and the 1461st Combat Heavy Equipment Transportation Co.
The building was completed in 12 months.
“This project has gone extremely well,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Cutler, Michigan’s adjutant general of the Air National Guard. “This is another great investment in readiness for the Michigan National Guard.”

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I-94 bridge work to run into December
By Brad Flory
bflory@citpat.com — 768-4925
Bridge repair work on I-94 over West Avenue will be extended into December to finish the job this year instead of next.
The second phase of work will begin today and cause additional traffic disruption Sunday.
Michigan’s Department of Transportation, which originally planned to stop work now and finish in the spring, announced the change of plans today.
“Hopefully this will be good news for motorists,” said Kari Arend, spokeswoman for MDOT’s regional office.
“It was a much-needed project. So it is good to see it done in one construction season.”

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Rates for bus service climbing
By Paul Overeiner
povereiner@citpat.com — 768-4917
The Jackson Transportation Authority is enacting across-the-board fare increases.
Fixed route riders will see an increase of 25 to 50 cents come Nov. 1.
Patrons who make use of the JTA Reserve-A-Ride service can expect to pay from $1 to $2 more, depending on where they travel, their age and other factors.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Eaton, government officials meet about plants
By Chris Gautz
cgautz@citpat.com — 768-4926
Local officials already optimistic about Eaton Corp.’s future in Jackson found no reason to change their outlook after a closed-door meeting with company officials today.
“I think it went very well,” Blackman Township Supervisor Raymond Snell said. “We’re all very confident we have nothing to worry about.”
Eaton announced last week it will study the competitiveness of two of its Jackson-area plants for the next 30 days. The end result could mean closure.

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County officials reassess incinerator's value
By Paul Overeiner
povereiner@citpat.com — 768-4917
Jackson County officials could be facing a writeoff of $800,000 or more of the value of their trash-to-energy Resource Recovery Facility.
An ad hoc committee assigned to study the issue met today and heard the bookkeeping move isn’t expected to have any practical impact on facility operations. But it will give officials a clear view of the value and life remaining in the sold waste incineration plant.
In fact, after operational problems in past years, the facility is running much more efficiently, said Deputy County Administrator Randy Treacher.

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Pow wow canceled
The annual Land of Falling Waters Pow Wow has been canceled this year.
Linda Cypret-Kilbourne, chair of the Native American Student Community Organization Movement, blamed the cancellation on “circumstances beyond our control.” She did not elaborate.
“We were very disappointed,” she said. “But we’ve been doing it for about 13 years and decided it was a good year to take a break.
The pow wow has taken place each October since 1994, originally at Jackson Community College, then at the Middle School at Parkside. It celebrated Native American culture with dancing, crafts, music, storytelling and food.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

United Way drive nears halfway mark
By Susan J. Demas
sdemas@citpat.com — 768-4927
CMS Energy employees are the driving force behind the $1.2 million pooled so far for the United Way’s 2006 capital campaign.
Five weeks in, the Jackson County charity is almost halfway to its about $2.5 million goal to help provide 30 health and human service programs.
CMS Energy inched the United Way’s trademark thermometer up by $900,000 — a whopping 77 percent of donations.
United Way’s campaign wraps up at Thanksgiving.
The nonprofit raised about $2.5 million from donors last year.

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Poll: Walberg leads Renier in Congress race
By Susan J. Demas
sdemas@citpat.com — 768-4927
Tim Walberg holds an eight-point lead over Sharon Renier in the Jackson area’s race for Congress, but 22 percent of voters remain undecided .
Walberg, R-Tipton, is leading Renier, D-Munith, 43 percent to 35 percent in the first poll released since the August primary.
Renier beats Walberg among independent voters, 36 percent to 33 percent.
“This was long perceived to be a safe Republican seat,” said Richard Czuba, president of the Chicago-based Glengariff Group that conducted the poll. “Clearly, independent voters are shifting to the Democratic side.”
The poll of 600 people took place Friday to Sunday, with a margin of error of 4 percent.
Glengariff is a Republican polling firm used by Walberg’s GOP primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz. His campaign did not commission the independent survey released today.
Walberg beat Schwarz 53 percent to 47 percent on Aug. 8.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Leslie superintendent resigns mid-year
By Dawn Parker
For the Citizen Patriot
Leslie schools Superintendent Robert Howe Jr. has resigned.
Howe steps down as of Dec. 2 to become the executive director of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association in Mason.
“I can say without hesitation that it has been an honor and privilege to work in a variety of leadership roles in this school district,” Howe said in a statement.
“I have worked with dedicated board of education members, a professional staff and a concerned citizenry. Together we have accomplished much, and there is much left to do.”

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Money sought for New Year's rides
By Brad Flory
bflory@citpat.com — 768-4925
A new sponsor is needed to continue previous service levels for free bus rides home from Jackson taverns on New Year’s Eve.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot, which got the program off the ground in 1985, has discontinued a $1,000 sponsorship that defrays costs to the Jackson Transportation Association.
David Vassal, marketing director for Jackson Transportation Association, said Anderson Distributing Co. also provides a $1,000 sponsorship. JTA must cut back unless a new sponsor is found to replace the second $1,000 from the Citizen Patriot, he said.
“I don’t think we’d call it off, but we’d have to scale it back,” said Vassal. “We’ve always thought this is something the public wants, to get drunk drivers off the street.”

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Person killed in train accident
By Chad Livengood
clivengood@citpat.com — 768-4918
An eastbound Amtrak train struck and killed an unidentified person this afternoon at the Wildwood Avenue crossing.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Blackman Township Department of Public Safety were investigating the accident.
No information about the victim was available yet, police said.
Train No. 128 was still stopped about 7:15 p.m. behind Airport Lanes as railroad and police officials investigated the accident.
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Friday, October 06, 2006

Police seeking two in Sept. 26 robbery
By Scott Hagen
shagen@citpat.com — 768-4929
Police are searching for two men who they say robbed a city convenience store at gunpoint last month.
Three of the five men suspected of robbing the B & S Corner Convenience store, 1000 E. Ganson St., on Sept. 26 have been detained. Illinois authorities are searching for the remaining two, believed to be in the Chicago area.
Police suspect the five men burst into the store that night and waved pistols. The store’s owner was working the register and gave up more than $6,000 in cash while other robbers threatened his wife in the back room, police and prosecutors say.

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JCC faculty endorse Crist, DeVaney
By Chad Livengood
clivengood@citpat.com — 768-4918
The Jackson Community College Faculty Association has endorsed Pam DeVaney and John Crist for the JCC board of trustees.
The Michigan Education Association will promote the faculty union’s endorsement by recommending its 4,000 members in Jackson County vote for Crist and DeVaney in the Nov. 7 election.
Crist, president of CP Federal Credit Union, and DeVaney, a DaimlerChrysler engineer and small business owner, are among five candidates vying for two six-year terms on the board.
The other candidates are the Rev. Ira Combs Jr., former JCC trustee Rod Riggs and incumbent trustee Christina Medlar.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Man accused of selling drugs in school zone
By Steven Hepker
shepker@citpat.com — 768-4923
A Jackson man with 14 pending misdemeanor charges entered felony territory by allegedly selling drugs less than 1,000 feet from Wilson Elementary School.
“We raised the bar,” Jackson County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Blumer said of a heightened drug charge against Aaron Wright.
Wright was arraigned today on a charge of delivering cocaine in a school zone. Magistrate Frederick Bishop set a $100,000 cash surety bond and an Oct. 31 preliminary hearing.
State law sets the potential sentence at two to 60 years in prison, Blumer said.

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Cheney stumps for Walberg in Lansing area
By Susan J. Demas
sdemas@citpat.com — 768-4927
Vice President Dick Cheney came out swinging today in Bath against the specter of a Democratic victory Nov. 7, and for Tim Walberg.
Cheney spoke at a luncheon fundraiser for Walberg, R-Tipton, who is squaring off against Sharon Renier, D-Munith, in the U.S. House 7th District. About 200 people packed the event at a Lansing-area golf club.
“Tim Walberg has run a principled and energetic campaign,’’ Cheney said. “And the president and I are proud to support him.”
In the August primary, President Bush and Cheney both endorsed Walberg’s opponent, Rep. Joe Schwarz, R-Battle Creek.
Cheney lauded Walberg’s support of making the Bush tax cuts permanent, and his stance on improving border security.
The vice president emphasized the need to stay the course in Iraq and the war on terror.
Those in attendance paid $250 a plate. A private reception and photo opportunity beforehand cost $1,000. The event was co-sponsored by Walberg’s campaign and the Michigan Republican Party.
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Woman gets life for killing great-grandmother
By Steven Hepker
shepker@citpat.com — 768-4923
A mother of five was sentenced to life in prison today for beating her 95-year-old great-grandmother to death.
“We don’t even see this brutality between strangers,” Jackson County Circuit Judge Edward Grant concluded before sentencing LaTonya Fowler.
A jury on Aug. 31 convicted Fowler of second-degree murder.
Evidence indicated Fowler struck Izona Smith on the head with a glass mug at least seven times and slashed her throat in her Blackman Township apartment Nov. 8.
Investigators and family members alleged Smith was beaten after she confronted Fowler about stealing money from her.
Evelyn Bradshaw, Smith’s daughter, said the elderly woman had been worried about Fowler because she and her five children stopped attending church last year.
“You had allowed Satan to take over your life,” Bradshaw said in a statement read in court. “You hurt and shocked the family.”

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Leoni adding second full-time cop
By Pat Rombyer
prombyer@citpat.com — 768-4924
Leoni Township will add a second full-time officer to its police department.
The department has operated for the past year with one full-time officer, Chief Tom Bertram, and a staff of part-time officers.
Bertram requested two full-time officers, but the board in September turned down his request. Board members said there was no money in the budget.
Since then the clerk, treasurer and accountant studied the request and found money for the additional full-time officer, David Lubahn.

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Three JPS principals to retire
By Chad Livengood
clivengood@citpat.com — 768-4918
Three Jackson Public Schools principals have agreed to retire but remain in their positions for up to two years as contracted administrators.
The veteran employees who will continue working for the district under contract with Thumb Educational Services are David Kiesel, principal of the Middle School at Parkside; Lynn Hollosy, principal of Tomlinson School; and Robert Smoots, principal of Amy Firth Middle School.
Privatizing the principal positions will save the district $100,000 in fringe benefits.
Kiesel became Parkside’s principal in 2002 and began his career with the district in 1996. Before becoming an administrator, Smoots was a teacher from 1974 to 1997.
Hollosy became principal of the district’s alternative high school in 1999, after 27 years of service with Adrian Public Schools.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Grass Lake schools canceled Friday
By Chad Livengood
clivengood@citpat.com — 768-4918
The Grass Lake school district is canceling all classes Friday so students and teachers can attend a memorial service for a teacher who died late Monday.
A memorial service for Jamie Maxson will begin at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium of Grass Lake High School.
“She’s one of our family,” Superintendent Brad Hamilton said today. “You can’t just pick and chose who can go to the funeral and who can’t go to the funeral.”

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Autopsy: Man in police custody died of heart attack
By Scott Hagen
shagen@citpat.com — 768-4929
A man who died in police custody in August suffered a heart attack and not injury from three city police officers, autopsy results show.
Lavern McCann, 41, ran from police on Aug. 15 when officers responded to his ex-girlfriend’s house. He stopped a short time later and told police he was “too old for this,” police said.
As an officer was preparing to put him in the back of a patrol car McCann sat down on the pavement. His handcuffs were removed. He lost consciousness seconds later. Police officers started CPR until fire and paramedic crews arrived.
McCann was pronounced dead at Foote Hospital.
“The officers did nothing wrong,” said Jackson police Chief Ervin Portis. “They did exactly as they were trained.”

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Parnall Elementary makes AYP, after all
Northwest Community Schools received notice this week from the Michigan Department of Education that Parnall Elementary School has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), according to a press release from the district.
The school inititially received a Did Not Meet AYP status because of a clerical error. It immediately began the official appeal process, the release stated.
Parnall, whose AYP status is determined by how well third- and fourth-grade students performed on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test in Fall 2005.

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Eaton Corp. looking at Jackson plants' future
By Keith Roberts
kroberts@citpat.com — 768-4922
Eaton Corp. officials said today they’re studying the competitiveness of two Jackson plants that employ more than 500, and will decide the plants’ future within 30 days.
“We need to take a look at these two facilities, what they’re making and how they’re doing and make sure it’s part of our global manufacturing footprint,” said Kelly Jasko, manager of external communications for Cleveland-based Eaton Corp.
Employees were told of the study at meetings Tuesday.
Jasko said the study is “normal business process” in the aerospace industry and said speculating on its outcome would be unfair and premature.
The plant at 2500 W. Argyle St. has about 170 employees and makes a wide range of quick disconnect couplings, hydraulic swivels and custom fuel ducting products for commercial and military aerospace customers.
The plant at 300 S. East Ave. has about 350 employees and makes fluid distribution hose assemblies, rigid tube assemblies and a special fitting product line for commercial and military aerospace customers.
The hydraulic plant at 2425 W. Michigan Ave. is not part of the study.
Eaton is Jackson County’s ninth-largest employer and its second-largest manufacturer, according to the Enterprise Group.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Gas falls below $2 a gallon
By Keith Roberts
kroberts@citpat.com — 768-4922
What do local motorists call gas for less than $2 per gallon?
A good start.
The price of gas has been falling for weeks, and today a gallon of self-serve unleaded sold for $1.99 at the Admiral Petroleum station on W. Prospect Street and Sam’s Club. It sold for $2 at the Admiral station on N. West Avenue.
“I’m grateful the price is going down,” said Sandra Hopson of Jackson. “I think it should go down more.”

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Police find $7K in stolen tools
Napoleon police today said they recovered some $7,000 in stolen construction tools swiped last week from a site in Grass Lake Township.
The tools were found at a home on Oak Point Road, police said in a statement. They went to the residence after receiving a tip and interviewed someone they say is a suspect.
The case is being investigated by the Jackson County sheriff’s office, police said.

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Northwest may lay off teachers
By Tarryl Jackson
tjackson@citpat.com —768-4941
The Northwest School District may have to lay off teachers due to declining enrollment, Interim Superintendent Emily Kress said today.
Kress said the district has lost 162 students over the past two years, and the district will have to make major changes in its budget. She will make a proposal to the school board Wednesday night.
“We’re not happy about it,” Kress said. “This is just reflective of the state of economy in Michigan.”

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Alro Steel buys Ann Arbor business
Alro Steel Corp. is still on a buying binge.
In April it bought the assets of a Wisconsin company. Now it has purchased the assets of ASAP Source, a small, family-owned and operated business in Ann Arbor.
“Unfortunately, in this country if you don’t get bigger you’re in big trouble,” said Al Glick, chairman of Alro Steel. “We’re just constantly looking for things that will fit in our product range and the geography we serve.”
ASAP Source, established in 1996cq, is a retail/wholesale distributor of raw materials. ASAP stands for aluminum, steel and plastics.cq
ASAP Source’s store at 2282 S. Industrial Highway, near Michigan Stadium, was about 4,000 square feet and had four or five employees. “It’s very small, probably the smallest location we have, but we wanted a position in Ann Arbor,” Glick said.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Charges coming against U-M vandals
By Steven Hepker
shepker@citpat.com — 768-4923
Six of seven teenagers who allegedly turned a Wolverine fan’s yard Michigan State green will be charged with misdemeanors.
“That’s all they are going to get?” a steamed Ronald Jenkins said today. “I think I’ll get an attorney.”
Because four of the teens are children of local attorneys or police officers, the state Attorney General’s office sent the case to Ingham County prosecutors to avoid a conflict of interest in Jackson.
Today the special prosecutor authorized charges of malicious destruction of property, $200 to $1,000, for four juveniles and two adults. Charges could be filed Tuesday in Jackson County District Court, officials said.

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