Years of cavalier spending of her husband’s political contributions culminated in a guilty plea Thursday for Margaret Hunter, the wife of Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter who was co-indicted last year in a sweeping campaign-finance investigation.During a change-of-plea hearing in the federal courthouse in San Diego, Margaret Hunter formally admitted that she illegally used thousands of dollars in campaign donations for her personal expenses.“Yes, sir,” Margaret Hunter responded when asked if she understood and agreed with the plea.Specifically, Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy. She faces up to five years in federal custody and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced Sept. 1. Both Hunters were named in a 60-count federal indictment in August alleging that together and separately they both relied on more than $250,000 donated to the congressman’s re-election fund for personal expenses.Among other things, the campaign funds paid for … [Read more...] about Margaret Hunter admits guilt in campaign-finance scandal
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Aleanna Siacon Detroit Free Press Published 8:04 AM EST Feb 8, 2019 Thousands in the state are without power, while the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect for Southeast Michigan until 10 a.m. Friday with gusts of wind moving 35 to 45 mph expected. "Southwest to westerly winds will remain gusty though the mid morning hours," the message said. "Wind gusts will gradually decrease during the midday period... Downed tree limbs and power lines are possible and may lead to isolated power outages." The message also warned of hazardous driving for high profile vehicles and unsecured light outdoor objects that may be blown around. Sara Pampreen, a NWS meteorologist at the White Lake Office, added that there is a potential for some snow flurries Friday — but just a trace of precipitation. The expected high for Friday is around 21 degrees with a low around 10 degrees, she said, but the wind chill during the day is … [Read more...] about SE Michigan under wind advisory, thousands without power
Christine Ferretti The Detroit News Published 10:00 PM EST Feb 4, 2019 Detroit — Creators of an interest-free home repair loan program are declaring it a success for Detroit even though fewer than a third of all applicants have been approved. Since it launched three years ago, the Detroit 0% Interest Home Repair Loan Program has fielded nearly 2,500 applications for the loans ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Of the 863 approved loans, 446 projects worth $8.5 million are complete. An additional 280 borrowers chose to withdraw for various reasons, including disagreements with contractors over pricing or opting against taking on new debt. But the outcome, officials say, is better than originally projected for an offering in the city that's historically been hard to come by. “It exceeded our expectations," said Arthur Jemison, the city's services and infrastructure chief, noting a 36 percent loan approval rate that's more than tripled initial estimations. … [Read more...] about Detroit home repair loan program tops expectations
Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Published 2:45 am PST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Photo: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Photo: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Image 1 of 19 Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office Photo: Spokane County Sheriff's Office A former cop is now suspected in the 1967 deaths of three women. He died just before he could be arrested. 1 / 19 Back to Gallery In the days before Dorothy Fielding disappeared in the summer of 1967, a secret admirer kept leaving bouquets of handpicked flowers inside her car: … [Read more...] about A former cop is now suspected in the 1967 deaths of three women. He died just before he could be arrested.
Robert Allen Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 7, 2019 Halfway between the trendy downtowns of Ferndale and Royal Oak, a long-dormant, 13-acre factory site alongside railroad tracks is anticipated to become a hip spot for food, a brewery and more. Iron Ridge Marketplace promises to transform a Rust Belt cluster of aging buildings, including a five-story office tower, into an entertainment and retail destination on the site of what long ago was a wire factory. The $35-million brownfield redevelopment project — tucked between I-696 and train tracks at the Ferndale-Pleasant Ridge border — already houses about eight businesses, some of them recruited through Craigslist, with more to come. On a recent tour of Iron Ridge Marketplace, developer Dennis Griffin stopped and looked around the inside of Pulse Fitness — which opened last June in a long building directly … [Read more...] about Ferndale’s next hot spot could be a gutted factory