PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the "Queen of Soul," including one that was discovered...
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Police have arrested the girlfriend of an Oakland County man who was fatally shot in the chest and stashed for months under brush in a vacant field.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A group of people making a movie discovered the body of a Pontiac man under tree branches, five months after he was reported missing.
Former House candidate gets probation for embezzlement
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A former Democratic candidate for the Michigan House has been sentenced to probation and community service for embezzling about $150,000 when she served as treasurer of...
Man convicted of murder at 13 pleads to exposure charge
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man convicted of murder at age 13 has pleaded guilty to an indecent exposure charge.
Thirty-three-year-old Nathaniel Abraham was sentenced last week to...
Man gets life in prison for Michigan workplace shooting
DETROIT (AP) — A man convicted of murder for killing a man at a trucking business before allegedly fatally shooting another man in a different suburban Detroit community has been sentenced to life...
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of killing three people when he was a teenager says he was "rotten from the beginning" and is skipping a chance to possibly get a new sentence from a judge in...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials say three auto supply companies have received financial support from the Michigan Strategic Fund to expand their operations.
Former candidate awaits sentencing in embezzlement case
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A former Democratic candidate for the Michigan House who authorities say embezzled about $150,000 when she served as treasurer of another campaign has pleaded no contest in...
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man who was convicted of murder at age 13 has been charged with selling heroin and methamphetamine.
Nathaniel Abraham now is 33 years old. Bond was set...
Michigan Republicans elect former lawmaker Cox state chair
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former state Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia will lead the Michigan Republican Party while it seeks to re-elect President Donald Trump in 2020.
New law expands protections for pets of abuse survivors
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A new bipartisan legislation signed into law last month is expanding existing federal protections for the pets of domestic violence survivors.
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Utility investigating after house explodes in Pontiac
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy says a customer's house in Oakland County has been destroyed by an explosion.
An injured man was taken to a hospital Saturday night.
The explosion occurred at a house in Pontiac. Consumers Energy says a natural gas leak in the area was found and repaired, but the cause of the leak remains under investigation. The utility says the area is safe for residents and businesses.
Michigan man charged with killing girlfriend’s unborn baby
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 22-year-old Detroit area man has been accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend's unborn child by pulling the woman off a bed and stomping on her stomach.
Kahlil Ellison of Pontiac is being held on a $1 million dollar bond after being arraigned Sunday in the Oakland County Jail on a charge of assaulting a pregnant woman intentionally causing a miscarriage.
Ellison does not have an attorney listed in his court record. His next hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday.
Man gets prison in hit-and-run death of teen riding bicycle
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A young man who authorities say was living illegally in the U.S. has been sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison for the hit-and-run death of a 14-year-old bicyclist in suburban Detroit.
73-year-old dies after leaving suburban Detroit group home
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 73-year-old man who was diagnosed with dementia has died after apparently wandering away from a group home in suburban Detroit.
The Oakland County sheriff's office says an autopsy on the body of the man conducted this week determined that his death was of natural causes, but it's still under investigation.
Disease attacking boxwood shrubs confirmed in Detroit area
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a fungal disease that attacks boxwood shrubs has been confirmed in suburban Detroit.
Michigan man who shot at black teen gets 4 years in prison
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A white retired firefighter who burst out of his suburban Detroit house and shot at a black teenager who was asking for help to find his way to school was sentenced Tuesday to at least four years in prison.
Jeffrey Zeigler said he has "full remorse and regret" over the incident last spring in Rochester Hills. The mother of 14-year-old Brennan Walker said race was the key factor. Her son wasn't physically injured.
Michigan man’s bone mistakenly buried with teen’s remains
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A bone from the remains of a man found dead in 2016 was mistakenly buried with the remains of a teenage girl found dead in 1975, according to Michigan officials.
A bone from Donald Smith's remains was mistakenly released last year with Darlene McKenzie's remains, which were then buried in Pontiac in February 2017, the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office said. The office discovered the error this week while reviewing McKenzie's case.
Democrats will control Oakland County Board of Commissioners
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — For the first time in decades, Democrats are in the majority on the Board of Commissioners in Michigan's second-largest county.
Voters in Oakland County chose four Democrats in districts that usually go Republican. Democrats now will have a one-seat majority.
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, a Republican, says he wasn't surprised by the election results Tuesday. He says he's always "reached across the aisle ... to pass a bipartisan, balanced" budget.
Officials urge precautions after 2 Michigan measles cases
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions after two measles cases were confirmed in suburban Detroit.
The Oakland County Health Division says the state recently determined that two people with the disease arrived on a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus the evening of Oct. 23.
Chief Pontiac statue gets ‘cosmetic surgery’ before move
We all could use such a makeover.
Chief Pontiac, the iconic fiberglass statue that presided over Patton Avenue from a car dealership for a half century, has undergone a major restoration.
"We say he had really, really good cosmetic surgery," said Pat Grimes, co-owner of the Harry's on the Hill car dealership, the former home to the chief until his removal in July. "They did a wonderful job."
Oakland County reporting uptick in Legionnaires’ cases
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Health officials in a suburban Detroit county are reporting an increase in confirmed Legionnaires' disease cases.
The Oakland County Health Division says Monday that there were 52 cases through Oct. 8 and 63 confirmed cases of the disease through Oct. 17. There were 47 in 2017.
Michigan haunted attraction to add new features next year
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Changes are on the horizon for Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac as the complex prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in business next year.
In August, Erebus announced a three-year plan to revamp the 113,000-square-foot haunt, run by brothers and co-owners Edward and James Terebus. More than 200 scare-actors were trained for this season at the hands of long-time industry professionals in hopes of bringing the show to the next level.
3 killed in Dawson County highway collision
OVERTON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a two-vehicle crash has killed three people in central Nebraska's Dawson County.
The Nebraska State Patrol says the crash happened just before 2 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 30 between Overton and Elm Creek. The patrol says a southbound car failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with an eastbound sport utility vehicle.
Man sentenced in accidental shooting of 14-year-old cousin
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man charged in the death of his 14-year-old cousin who was fatally shot in the chest by a handgun the accused had stashed under a mattress has been sentenced to six to 15 years in prison.
$3.2M in grants to help people in Michigan find, keep homes
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $3.2 million in grants to help people in Michigan find housing, make better informed choices about housing and keep their homes.
Oakland County man dies from West Nile virus complications
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — An 80-year-old southeastern Michigan man has died from complications due to the West Nile virus.
Oakland County health officials say it's the state's second reported death this year related to the virus and the first in Oakland County since 2015.
West Nile virus primarily is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are infected with the virus by biting infected birds.
Jury awards family $130 million in medical malpractice case
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A jury has awarded the family of a boy who suffered brain damage after being treated at a suburban Detroit hospital more than $130 million in a medical malpractice case.
The McKeen & Associates law firm announced the verdict Tuesday following a trial in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.
Couple treated to wrestling show after wedding day robbery
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple's plan to spend their wedding night at a professional wrestling event was spoiled after discovering their tickets and $1,600 in cash had been stolen. But their bad luck recently turned around.
Abraham challenges judge during hearing on resisting cops
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man known for being convicted of murder at age 13 jousted with a judge while appearing in court on charges related to a confrontation with police.
A judge explained to Nathaniel Abraham that he was charged with three counts of resisting police officers who were trying to arrest him Wednesday on an indecent exposure charge. Abraham protested, saying "that's double jeopardy."
Detroit-area leader apologizes for ‘join the Klan’ remark
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A prominent suburban Detroit leader has apologized for saying he'd rather join the Ku Klux Klan than a group of CEOs who are striving to improve Detroit.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a statement he chooses "sharp words" and purposely engages in hyperbole to get his points across. He noted that the words he chose "offended a lot of people."
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Police say they used a Taser to arrest a Detroit-area man who has new legal problems nearly 20 years after becoming the youngest person in U.S. history to be convicted of murder.
The Oakland County sheriff's office says Nathaniel Abraham fled on foot and subsequently resisted officers who were trying to arrest him Wednesday on an indecent exposure charge.
PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — Officials of an Illinois retirement home that received a surprise $2.4 million donation said the funds will be used enhance the home's facilities, programs and services.
The faith-based, nonprofit Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac received the donation from the estate of E. Ruth Harris, who died last year at the age of 103. The gift was presented to the Evenglow's board of trustees in June.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina car dealership has taken down a 23-foot fiberglass statue of a Native American that has drawn complaints over its 50-year history.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old suburban Detroit man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after authorities say his 14-year-old cousin was shot in the chest by a handgun that the suspect had stashed under a mattress.
The Oakland County sheriff's office says Damari E. Mahone of Pontiac was arraigned Thursday. Bond was denied. He also faces drug and weapons charges.
Mahone's lawyer Richard T. Taylor said in an email that he's "devastated" and will "allow the justice system to work."
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old boy has died after being shot in the chest by a handgun that was reportedly being kept under a mattress in suburban Detroit.
The Oakland County sheriff's office says deputies responded about 2:40 a.m. Monday in Pontiac following a report of a shooting and found that the boy had been taken to a hospital by a 20-year-old man who was responsible for the gun. The boy was pronounced dead.
PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — Illinois authorities are still unsure what happened to a city councilman who disappeared from an airplane 50 years ago.
Jerrold Potter co-owned a Pontiac insurance business with his brother and was a member of the Pontiac City Council, The Pantagraph reported .
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man is suing two sheriff's deputies after suffering injuries from being immobilized with a stun gun when authorities mistook him for a parole absconder.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge has declined to appoint a guardian for frozen embryos while she determines whether she can intervene in a dispute over their control.
Gloria Karungi wants custody over as many as 10 frozen embryos. She believes a baby born from one of them could potentially help a daughter with sickle cell disease. But her former partner no longer wants to participate. Ronaldlee Ejalu says his consent to implant an embryo is necessary, under a contract with a clinic.
TAWAS CITY, Mich. (AP) — A young man has been sentenced to 41 to 60 years in prison for his role in the slaying of a 72-year-old northern Michigan man whose body was found in a shallow grave in August.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 20-year-old man whose body was found in a suburban Detroit lake and shot multiple times has been identified.
Authorities say the body found Thursday in Pontiac's Osmun Lake was that of Emilio Valdez. The Oakland County sheriff's office said Friday the death is being investigated as a homicide.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 20-year-old man whose body was found in a suburban Detroit lake was shot multiple times.
The Oakland County sheriff's office says Friday that the death is being investigated as a homicide.
Deputies responded Thursday to Osmun Lake in Pontiac after bloody clothing with a possible bullet hole was found at Stanley Park. They also saw tire tracks and crash damage as well as drag marks and a trail of blood.