Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...more»
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Drunken stranger arrested for burglary


02/17/2017 - A 24-year-old Grand Blanc man suspected of crashing his car into a wooded area in the 6300 block of Orion Road and stumbling into a stranger's home and passing out on their couch was arrested on Sunday, February 12, in connection with breaking and entering, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies responding about 12:24 a.m. to the report of a break-in in progress at a home in the area arrived to speak with the homeowner who said he heard a person in the home and noticed muddy footprints on the floor. Deputies discovered a pair of muddy boots in a hallway and a man sleeping on the couch in the living room of the house.

The homeowner said neither he nor his wife knew who the man was, nor were they immediately aware that he was there. Deputies advised the couple to go to a secure part of the home while they handcuffed the stranger and woke him up from his sleep.

Deputies said the man smelled like he had been drinking alcohol and appeared to be disoriented when he was awaken. When asked if he knew where he was, the man claimed he was at his sister's home. The man, who deputies said wasn't in possession of a driver's license or identification card, confirmed that a Pontiac G6 found in a wooded area near the house belonged to him.

Investigators through speaking with the man and by following tire tracks at the scene said the man drove across the front lawn of the house and down a hill before crashing into the wooded area and getting stuck. The man then exited the vehicle and entered the house through an unlocked door, where he then took off his boots and went to sleep on the couch.

Deputies said the man, who had a blood alcohol content of .15 percent, told them he believed he was in the city of Grand Blanc or at the "Facebook apartments." Deputies said the man refused to comment further because he claimed he didn't do anything wrong and was just sleeping at his sister's home.

The man was arrested and booked into the Oakland County Jail in connection with breaking and entering.

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