Mike Martindale The Detroit News Published 5:43 PM EDT Apr 11, 2019 Pontiac — The legal battle over who's responsible for a sewer collapse that caused a giant sinkhole in Fraser is heating up, with three contractors and an inter-county drainage district pointing the finger at Macomb County officials. In separate lawsuits filed this week in Oakland County Circuit Court, METCO Services, Jay Dee Contractors, Inland Water Pollution Controls and the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District allege Macomb County officials knew for years about serious underground problems that resulted in the mass cave-in on Christmas Eve 2016. The drainage district complaint names the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District, the Macomb County Wastewater Disposal District and Macomb County as defendants. “I hated to do something like this (lawsuit),” said Jim Nash, the Oakland County water resources commissioner who is on the board of the OMIDDD. … [Read more...] about Suit: Macomb officials ignored signs of sewer collapse
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Associated Press Published 2:07 PM EDT Apr 9, 2019 Fraser – A lawsuit has been filed against three companies in connection with a sewer line collapse north of Detroit that cost $75 million to repair. Officials say the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District filed the lawsuit Tuesday and seeks to recoup losses from the Christmas Eve 2016 collapse in Fraser. The broken line along 15 Mile Road caused a football field-sized sinkhole. Three houses had to be condemned and the major road closed. Macomb Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said earlier this year that an assessment determined a quick release of waste and water into a sewer line fractured the pipe which drew in sand and created a void in the surrounding soil. The Associated Press left messages seeking comment from the companies named in the lawsuit: Jay Dee Contractors, Inland Waters Pollution Control and Metco Services. … [Read more...] about Lawsuit filed against firms in Macomb County sewer line collapse
Christina Hall Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 12, 2019 They’ve been friends and political allies for years. So it was surprising to many observers when things got ugly a couple of weeks ago between two of Macomb County's most well-known politicians, as they threw accusations against each other during dueling news conferences held only 30 minutes apart. “I’ve got no animosities. It’s not personal,” County Executive Mark Hackel told the Free Press, after he announced that he was going to ask the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate county Prosecutor Eric Smith. “I’ll continue to have a relationship as long as he’s willing.” Smith, a decades-long friend of Hackel's, is facing scrutiny over how he spent some of the $1.8 million in four forfeiture funds that have been under his office’s control for many years. Smith, for his part, said he wants the county … [Read more...] about Can two of Macomb County’s top politicians be friends again?
Christina Hall Detroit Free Press Published 6:40 PM EST Feb 20, 2019 More than $80,000 in 2017 for office security upgrades. About $10,000 for food and catering. A $5,000 check to a nonprofit. A $1,000 check to a country club for a retirement party. These are among the nearly $1.8 million in expenses in the last six years that Macomb County officials say Prosecutor Eric Smith has made with forfeiture funds generated from assets seized from drug dealers and repeat drunken drivers. Now, county commissioners are planning to spend up to $100,000 for a forensic audit to find out whether these expenditures were legitimate. The money, under state law, is to be used for law enforcement purposes. The board's finance/audit/budget committee Wednesday voted 13-0 to pay for the audit for the years 2012 through 2018, funds that collectively have just over $200,000 annually in them. Final approval of the audit is expected at Thursday's full board meeting. Board Chairman Bob … [Read more...] about Audit OK’d for Macomb County prosecutor’s forfeiture funds
Dejanay Booth Detroit Free Press Published 2:20 PM EST Feb 20, 2019 A United States Postal Service worker is charged with mail theft in Macomb County after nearly 15,000 pieces of mail was discovered in her Clinton Township home last month. Tiara Vann, 30, admitted to withholding the mail since September 2018, according to federal court documents filed with U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Vann, a city carrier assistant for the Warren post office, has resigned, said Elizabeth Najduch, USPS spokeswoman for metro Detroit. According to court documents, investigators were tipped off after an exterminator was called to Vann's home and saw a large pile of mail. Further investigation by special agents from USPS Office of Inspector General revealed that one piece of first class mail belonged to a resident in the 1300 block of Hendricks Avenue. That location was part of a route assigned to Vann on Dec. 7, 2018. More: United States Postal Service extends … [Read more...] about Postal worker accused of stealing 15,000 pieces of Macomb County mail