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Deerfield manslaughter defendant faces preliminary exam

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Deerfield manslaughter defendant faces preliminary exam

By Melissa Burnor

Very little new information was revealed March 9 at Jacky Bell’s preliminary examination. The 44-year old Clayton man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Nathan Vance on  Sept. 22, 2015.
Vance died as a result of an alleged fist fight outside of the Deer Run Apartments on East River Street in the village of Deerfield.
“There will be another time to argue the facts of this case,” public defender Rodney Leon said.
The defense does not deny that Bell took part in a fight between the defendant and Vance. They claim that Bell acted in self-defense in an altercation where Vance was the instigator.
Bell’s attorney also asked for  a bond of $5,000 or lower or even a personal recognizance bond.
His original bond of $50,000 had been reduced to $30,000 at his arraignment by Judge Jonathan Poer.
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Testicle Festival returns to Deerfield for 15th year on March 19

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Testicle Festival returns to Deerfield for 15th year on March 19

DEERFIELD – The Deerfield American Legion Testicle Festival will serve up the cuisine that some folks love and makes others cringe this Saturday, March 19, at the legion hall at 10 W. River St. in Deerfield.
Commander Al Rau said this year will be the 15th annual event that draws people from Michigan, Ohio and sometimes Canada for the day-long event.
The bar opens at 10 a.m. and the legion starts serving dinners at noon until they run out of food.  The menu features Rocky Mountain oysters, chicken gizzards, baked beans, slaw and rolls.
Commemorative shirts will also be on sale.


Blissfield Rotary auction Saturday night

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield Rotary auction Saturday night

By Melissa Burnor

The Blissfield Rotary Club has a treasure trove of items up for bid a the 28th annual charity auction this Saturday, March 19. Once again hosted by Toledo 11 news personality Jerry Anderson, the event has a large variety of items in live and silent auctions as well as a Blitz Raffle.
This year’s blitz raffle beneficiaries are the Blissfield Senior Center and I92 Ministries, a Lenawee County-based organization working to feed the hungry here and in Haiti.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. giving folks time to register and put initial bids on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets.  The Blitz Raffle drawing, dinner and game table drawings take place from 6:30-8 p.m. At 8 p.m. is when the main event takes place with the live auction with Anderson acting as auctioneer. Another Blitz Raffle and the silent auctions … Read More »


Palmyra farmer arrested

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Palmyra farmer arrested

PALMYRA – An investigation into a series of thefts throughout Lenawee County led sheriff’s detectives to arrest a Palmyra Township farmer on charges of receiving stolen property,firearms charges and conspiracy to carry on a criminal enterprise.
Police executed a search warrant last September at the residence of Edward Judson, 65,  in Palmyra Township. Several items including chain saws, tools, lawn and garden accessories, clothing and firearms were seized during the execution of the warrant.
An arrest warrant was issued for Judson, Thursday and was charged with criminal enterprises-conducting, weapons-firearms- receiving and concealing , dangerous weapons, stolen property-receiving and concealing $1,000 up to $20,000 and felony firearms.  He will face a preliminary examination on March 14 in front of Judge Jon Poer. He was released Thursday from the Lenawee County Jail after booking with a $125,000 personal recognizance bond.
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Local 911 board to explain May 3 ballot proposal

Posted on March 2nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Local 911 board to explain May 3 ballot proposal

Representatives from the Lenawee County 911 board will attend local meetings to give a presentation on a May 3 ballot proposal. The county is asking voters to approve a measure that would raise the surcharge on each cell phone and land line from $1.18 to $3 per phone. Dispatcher Brett Holubik will give a presentation at the 7 p.m. March 7 Deerfield Village meeting. Dispatcher Miranda Benner along with Emergency Manager Curtis Parson will present the information at the 7 p.m. March 8 Blissfield Township meeting.  Holubik and Madison Police Chief will give the presentation at the March 9 7 p.m. Madison Township meeting. Holubik will also give the same presentation at  7 p.m. March 14 to the Deerfield Township board where  he also serves as fire chief.


Kerbawy Volunteer of the Year Award nominees sought

Posted on March 1st, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Kerbawy Volunteer of the Year Award nominees sought

The Blissfield Athletic Department and Athletic Director Steve Babbitt is accepting applications for the 2016 Phil Kerbawy Volunteer of the Year Award until April 15.
According to the athletic department, the award is given annual to a school employee or volunteer who has consistently served the Blissfield High School athletic community in an extraordinary fashion over many years, or whose efforts during the past athletic year were exceptional.
The award will be presented during during the fall sports Meet the Team Night.
The winning nominee’s athletic program of choice will receive a $250 award and the winning nominee will receive the award presented directly to them by the original winner of the award himself, Phil Kerbawy.
For a nomination form, criteria and more information, Babbitt can be reached at sbabbitt@blissfieldschools.us.

For the complete story, please see the March 2, 2016, edition of The Advance. To … Read More »


Deerfield Twp. gets tax boost from new substation

Posted on March 1st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Deerfield Twp. gets tax boost from new substation

By Melissa Burnor

   Deerfield Township will get a boost to its tax rolls in December. The completion of the ITC Transmission’s Morocco substation last December with a stated cash value of $25 million resulted in a large increase in the personal property value for the township.
The substation’s taxable value in December will be about $11.5 million, township assessor Chris Renius said. That translates into approximately $11,500 per mill. This is above the taxes assessed on the land where the substation now stands.
The substation is also subject to the 18-mill non-homestead tax. This will bring in about  $200,000 for the schools. Although it does not mean additional monies, it does mean that Britton Deerfield Schools will get the money directly before the state aid formula payment.

For the complete story, please see the March 2, 2016, on newsstands now. Copyright River Raisin … Read More »


Funds being raised to provide Blissfield diabetic toddler with alert dog

Posted on February 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Funds being raised to provide Blissfield diabetic toddler with alert dog

By Brad Heineman

At the tender age of two, Blissfield toddler Brooks Seeburger, the son of 2002 and 2001 Blissfield High School graduates, Aaron and Ashley Seeburger, can be found running around his rural Blissfield home like any other tot. And like any normal two-year-old child, Brooks also plays with his two older sisters, five-year-old Laila and three-year-old Scarlett.
However, at just 10-months-old, when he was sick and taken to the hospital in March 2015, it was discovered that Brooks had Type 1 Diabetes, or also called juvenile diabetes.
For diabetics like Brooks, who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, their bodies cannot produce insulin because the beta cells in the pancreas are damaged or destroyed. In order to receive that insulin, it must be administered via a pump or injection so to avoid conditions and complications of hypoglycemia, or high blood … Read More »


Zika virus case confirmed in Michigan’s Ingham County

Posted on February 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Zika virus case confirmed in Michigan’s Ingham County

By the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan health officials have identified the first confirmed case of Zika virus in a Michigan resident.  The patient, a female resident of Ingham County, contracted the virus when traveling in a country where Zika virus is being transmitted.  The patient, who was not pregnant, experienced symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease shortly after her return to Michigan.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.  These mosquitoes are not found in Michigan, but are widespread in tropical and subtropical areas.  The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes.  Symptoms are typically mild and last several days to a week.  Many people who are infected will not experience any symptoms.  There have been rare reported cases of Guillain-Barre … Read More »


Manslaughter charge authorized in Deerfield death

Posted on February 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Manslaughter charge authorized in Deerfield death

An individual has turned himself in to authorities after a felony charge of manslaughter was authorized by the Lenawee County Prosecutor Friday in the death of Nathan Vance, 33, in Deerfield last September.

According to Michigan State Police F/Lt. Tony Cuevas, Jacky Bell, 44, Clayton, turned himself in Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, and was lodged at the Lenawee County Jail. He was then arraigned via video technology from the jail on Wednesday.

Police and medical crews responded to the Deer Run Apartments  on East River Street on Sept. 22 to an assault. Vance later died after being flown to ProMedica Toledo Hospital from injuries sustained in a fight  where he allegedly received several punches to his head and body, according to police.

At the time of the incident police said the pair had been fighting over a woman who lived in Deerfield … Read More »



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