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February 17th 2019 Update

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04. Staying Warm In O Town

Josh Strickland talks with Steven Cohen of O Town Cafe about their decision to stay open 24/7 to provide a warm place to the homeless of Shiawassee County during a spell of life-threatening winter weather.



03. Corunna Robotics

Josh Strickland talks with Corunna's "Team FridgeBot" Lead Mentor Scott Stap about Shiawassee County's growing place in competitive robotics.



02. A Hazzard County Christmas

Josh Strickland talks with Pastor Steve Rau from Shiawassee Harvest Church about the church's holiday concert event featuring the stars of the hit TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, and how it came together.




01. Sheriff BeGole's Farm

Josh Strickland talks with Sheriff BeGole about his barn project along with a variety of items of "Sheriff business."






Beaumont Health officials announced new retailers who will be occupying spaces at Woodward Corners. Meijer will be operating the grocery store going in one of the 40-thousand-square-foot space.

A cat shot with an arrow is recovering at the Humane Society of Mid-Michigan. The organization is offering a 500-dollar-reward to anybody who provides information leading to an arrest.   

Michigan Representative Fred Upton says former colleague John Dingell wrote the book on promoting bipartisanship. Speaking at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC, Upton says Dingell always focused on weeding out fraud and abuse in our government.  

The Grand Rapids Police Department is keeping its job ad up indefinitely. Officials are anticipating more than a dozen officers to retire over the next five years and are not receiving many new recruitments.   

The City of Detroit has announced the sale of a historic 17-story building on the city's west side. The Lee Plaza on West Grand Boulevard has been sold to a developer who plans to renovate the building beginning in 2021.   

The City of Flint Police Department has announced a task force centered around enforcement of crimes against children and young people. Three City of Flint Officers have been assigned to the task force. 

The newest employee of the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office was sworn in Wednesday. Kory is a Golden Retriever that is fully trained to provide emotional support to crime victims while they're in the courtroom. 

Several animals were killed in a barn fire in Benzie County. A passerby first noticed the flames. The barn was a total loss, the Sheriff says one horse, several chickens, and goats were killed. 

Michigan's new Move Over Law went into effect. The expanded law will make it mandatory for drivers to move over a lane and slow down if emergency vehicles or flashing lights on the side of the road.   

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a hands-free driving law. Whitmer is urging legislators to get Michigan on the same page as 16 other states that ban drivers from using hand-held devices. 

Nearly one-point-five million vehicles are being recalled by Ford Motor Company for various issues. The majority of vehicles are 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 pickups equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

A fire at a two-story apartment house is under investigation. Firefighters put out flames on both floors but the house suffered major damage. Everybody who lived there was able to make it out safely.

Multiple school districts in the Metro Detroit area are running out of snow days. Each district is allotted six days per year. Detroit Public Schools has reached eight.

Flint is getting an aerial platform fire truck for the first time since a former state-appointed emergency manager sold one for scrap. City Council agreed to spend nearly $1 million for a new fire vehicle that can stretch more than 100 feet high.

Governor Whitmer has declared a State of Emergency for Ionia County, which includes Portland. Officials in Portland are inspecting homes and businesses. They're checking for damage, caused by an ice jam in the Grand River.

Emmet County Sheriff Peter Wallin is back from his visit to the White House and a meeting with President Donald Trump. Wallin was one of 17 sheriffs across the country selected by the National Sheriff's Association. 

The University of Michigan is ranked the top university for Fulbright Scholars. The university had 26 students receive Fulbrights for the 2018-2019 academic school year. 

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer touched on several items in her first State of the State Speech. Whitmer laid out her plans to "fix the roads" which was a theme of her campaign.

GPS tracking is being considered in Grand Rapids to help track snow plows. City staff would be able to evaluate real-time data, including location, which streets they've plowed, and how much work is left.  

The Detroit Zoological Society is helping rescue more than 18-hundred abandoned flamingo chicks in South Africa. Little rain and high temperatures, caused the dam where flamingos breed and lay eggs to dry up rapidly.

A section of I-69 was closed due to a jackknifed semi-truck. The Michigan Department of Transportation reported the crash on eastbound I-69 at Exit 135 in Genesee County around 10:42 a.m. The scene cleared shortly before noon.

The Mackinac Bridge reopened after being closed most of the afternoon on a recent day because of the weather. The bridge closed just after 1 p.m., because of a crash, according to Mackinac County 911. 

Three people are accused of trying to distract AT&T employees and steal an iPhone from the display counter at a Bloomfield Township store. The phone is valued at 600-dollars.  

A woman suspected in a deadly fire in Kalamazoo last week has been located by police. Melissa Morgan was arrested for her alleged involvement in a fire that left Zachariah Hayes of Iron Mountain dead in a home.  

A Grand Rapids nursing school is receiving a hefty check for scholarships. The Grand Valley State University's nursing program, Kirkhof College, received a 600-thousand-dollar grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust.  

Oakland County Parks and Recreation is currently hiring for several seasonal positions. They're looking to fill multiple positions such as lifeguards, concessions staff, camp counselors and park leaders.  

Flint Township Police say that a 36-year-old man is dead following a multiple vehicle crash involving a semi. The crash happened on westbound I-69 near Miller Road. 

Circle Saturday, April 13 on your calendar. That is the date the first-ever Izzo Legacy Run/Walk takes place at Michigan State University. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a "3 Point 5K" and a "Slam Dunk 1 Mile Walk".  

The Charlevoix Planning Commission has plans for an expansion project along the water. The plan is to build a new marina on Ferry Street. The marina will house the Charlevoix yacht club, marina offices, and new bathhouse with parking. 

The life of Army Corporal Cole Wixom of Bloomingdale is being honored by the Michigan Senate. They held a moment of silence for the 24-year-old at the request of Senator Aric Nesbitt of Lawton, who represents Van Buren County.

Highland Park is near the top of 24-7 Wall Street's list of worst cities to live. Six Michigan cities were included in the 50-city list, but Highland Park ranked highest at number five.

Bentley Community Schools announced they will extend their school calendar after the recent snow days. School will be in session April 22 and will extend to June 14. BCS missed 11 school days.  

The man accused of killing a Holt homeowner, Jacob Joseph Ficher, a 27-year-old Lansing man, was arraigned on one count of open murder for the death of Ammar Alyasari.

In Grand Traverse County, crews are cleaning up after a cottage fire. It happened on north South Long Lake Road, in Long Lake Township. Crews on scene believe a heating source may have sparked the flames.