Nearly a decade after voters approved a statewide ballot proposal making marijuana legal for medical purposes, state officials are finally rolling out license regulations for new medical marijuana facilities intended to support some 240,000 patients in Michigan. Approved in 2008 by 63 percent of the state's voters and enacted in 2009, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act has been rife with shortcomings, resulting in repeated requests from the Michigan Supreme Court and local go
Rose Hill Center 25th Anniversary “I’m blown away by Rose Hill...I’ve never seen any other place that puts it all together like Rose Hill does,” opined Mariel Hemingway. The granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway was speaking at the dinner celebrating the comprehensive mental illness treatment center in Holly. It was the vision of Dan and Rosemary Kelly, whose son John was ill. Since no facility to treat him existed 25 years ago in the midwest, the couple determined to make one a
A $2.3 million brownfield redevelopment plan to address soil and groundwater contamination near the Paint Creek to allow for the construction of a 40,800-square foot office building and parking lot in the 400 block of Water Street as unanimously approved by the Rochester City Council on Monday, November 13. The approval served as the final legal step in authorizing the brownfield project, which allows for the cleanup of environmental contamination through tax increment finan
A moratorium on retail sales and land uses involving onsite use of vaping products in multiple tenant commercial buildings in the city of Rochester was extended on Monday, November 13, by city council for another 90 days. Rochester City Council in September initially approved a 90-day moratorium on the issue to allow the city's planning commission time to update the city's ordinance regarding vaping uses in multi-unit commercial buildings. However, Rochester City Attorney Jef
City council members in Rochester and Rochester Hills on Monday, November 13, unanimously approved changes to their local ordinances that will reduce penalties to first time offenses for minors in possession of alcohol. The changes, which will take effect on January 1, 2018, reduce first time offenses for minors in possession of alcohol from a misdemeanor offense to a civil infraction. The changes were made to comply with updates to Michigan's law regarding underage alcohol c
City council members in Rochester and Rochester Hills on Monday, November 13, approved their respective Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) plans for the 2018 program year. The federal CDBG program provides funds to local municipalities to assist low- and moderate-income residents with affordable housing, home repairs and other needs through individual grants and other anti-poverty programs. The objective is to prevent or eliminate slums and blight, and to meet an urgent
A man who had tried to steal two iPads from Target in August was finally arrested on Wednesday, November 15. On August 18, a suspect who was later identified as Terrell Hardy, 22, of Pontiac, attempted to steal two iPads from the Target at 2400 Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township, but as he ran toward the exit to leave with them, he briefly struggled with loss prevention personnel and left without the iPads, which were valued at approximately $860. At that time, Target offi
A utility crew working in Bloomfield Township on Thursday, November 9, had their generator and charger stolen. Between 1 and 3 p.m that afternoon, a utility crew working in the area of 6001 Adams Road suddenly had their equipment go dead. They subsequently discovered that someone had stolen their Predator generator and a Digitrak charger, valued at about $1,500. Bloomfield Township police are investigating.
Three women took off after eating at The Bird and The Bread restaurant in Birmingham without paying for their bill on Friday, November 10. Employees at the restaurant, located at 210 S. Old Woodward, reported to Birmingham police that three women, described as Asian and African American females with tattoos, between 25 and 35 years of age, left without paying their bill. Officers are investigating.
In two separate situations on Tuesday, November 7, Birmingham residents discovered that someone had smashed their car’s front windshields. A woman living in the 400 block of W. Frank Street reported to Birmingham police that sometime between 8:30 in the morning and 5:30 that evening, someone had smashed the front windshield of the vehicle she had parked in front of the residence. Also on that same day, a woman who parked in front of a residence in the 1300 block of Shipman re