Pontiac, MI

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Mother of 9 accused of multiple stabbings gets next court date

A Pontiac woman accused of stabbing four people at a house party — including a teenager — is scheduled to return to 50th District Court on Sept. 16 for a preliminary exam. At the exam, Judge Cynthia Walker will hear evidence and decide if probable cause exists to advance the case against Candis Wright-McDonald, 39, to Oakland County Circuit Court.
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Michigan State Fair celebrates 10th anniversary in Novi with expansion

It’s been 10 years since the Michigan State Fair was relocated to the ’burbs, following its 160-year-run in Detroit. (Former Governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed legislation to provide funding to the festival in 2009, citing other priorities, and the fair was reborn in Novi a few years later.) Apparently, things are going good with the festival’s new incarnation; last year, organizers say the fair drew a record 280,000 attendees, a 62% increase since 2019, the last time the fair was held before it was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Pontiac mural honors city’s first Black property owner

PONTIAC, Mich. – The city of Pontiac is honoring a woman who started life enslaved in Macomb County and then did something no Black person had ever done before, purchase her own property. She escaped to Canada and returned as a free woman. In 1825, several years before Michigan...
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Man sentenced in machete murder case

An Independence Township man has been sentenced for a machete attack that left one person dead and another injured. On Thursday morning, Oakland County Circuit Judge Martha Anderson sentenced 52-year-old Todd Alan Szyszkowski to 30-75 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Dustin Little, 27, assaullt of Alfredo Reyes and armed robbery that happened in February of 2021 at a house on Oliver Street in Pontiac.
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Trial underway for murder of Detroit firefighter following reported road rage in Troy

Kiara Fuller denies “road raging” minutes before her then-fiance,Terell Josey, fatally shot a veteran Detroit firefighter in Troy last summer. Rather, she claims, she and Josey were victimized by the other driver, Frank Dombrowski, 55, who ended up dead after subsequently confronting Josey in a gas station parking lot on Rochester Road — while she and Josey’s toddler stayed in her vehicle.

Trailers, heavy vehicles face traffic restrictions amid 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise

Certain vehicles will be restricted from traveling on Woodward Avenue during the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 20. The cruise is set to take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Due to security concerns, there will be a temporary traffic control order to restrict commercial vehicles heavier than 10,000 pounds and all vehicles with trailers on Woodward Avenue from 8 Mile Road to the Loop in Pontiac.
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Car show, parade among Dream Cruise weekend offerings at M1 Concourse

The Woodward Dream Show — designed to give Dream Cruise attendees an extended view of only the best hot rods, muscle cars, race cars and cruisers — left the starting line last year for its inaugural trip around the track. The new “hot rod” of an event, created and organized by M1 Concourse in Pontiac, crossed the finish line a winner but also with some tinkering to do in order to better bring the experience up to speed for guests and participants.
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Dream Cruisin’ for tourism dollars

This story has been corrected to reflect the accurate time for Imperial Car Wash’s grand opening on Friday. The annual Woodward Dream Cruise holds the promise of fun for more than a million car lovers. Some will be behind the wheel, chasing nostalgia. Others line Woodward Avenue, phones and...

Michigan woman accused of impersonating therapist, treating children with autism

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – A Michigan woman is accused of posing as a certified therapist and treating children diagnosed with autism at a recovery center in Brighton. Kimberly Casey Coden-Diskin, 34, of Oakland County, has been arraigned in the 53rd District Court in Livingston County on charges of 16 counts of unauthorized practice of a health profession, punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine; and two counts of identity theft, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine, the Michigan Department of Attorney General announced.

Invasive Insect Found in Michigan Concerns Local Vineyards

A relatively new invasive insect has made its way to Michigan, causing concern for local vineyards. The Spotted Lanternfly was first spotted in the U.S. in Pennsylvania back in 2014. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says data shows its had a big impact on crops, especially vineyards.