The Newaygo Public School districted voted to keep a religious Christmas display featuring Three Wise Men, despite the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists filing a complaint about the display.
The association says the display promoted one religion over others.
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It’s a story you’ll only find on Action News. Michigan’s zero tolerance policy for any marijuana in your system while driving continues to remain in effect despite the recent passage of recreational marijuana. But now, Oakland County has ruled in defense of a man arrested for that reason.
Exclusive dash camera footage obtained by Action News shows former Uber driver Arthur Rimbold at the intersection of 14 Mile and Rochester Road in May 2017. At 2 a.m., his last-minute decision to turn left caught the attention of a nearby officer.
“I had no idea what I was doing would fall outside of the norm,” says Arthur Rimbold.
Rimbold happens to be a card-carrying medical marijuana user and says he hadn’t smoked pot for 14 hours. Yet, the officer insisted he could smell it.
Due to a leg injury, you could see him struggle with a field sobriety test. Still, appearing sober in other exercises, Rimbold was confident enough to agree to a blood test. However, an officer could be heard on a microphone prior saying, “He was just chilling with a (expletive) bong between his legs and a box of weed his foot was on. I’m like, what do you got there? He’s like, 'more weed.'”
Rimbold says “from that point forward I was your standard marijuana user and abuser.”
Rimbold's attorney, John Dakmak, says the officer was wrong in telling his client he had to transport pot in the trunk. In a one week trial, an Oakland County jury found the level of THC in Rimbold’s system did not impair his driving and found him not guilty.
“Our legislature needs to step up and provide us with some guidance so we’re all on the same page,” Dakmak said. Rimbold has not ruled out filing a lawsuit since he wasn’t allowed to smoke medical marijuana until his case ended. Meanwhile, tonight police have no comment.
Governor Rick Snyder was deliberately vague when discussing a flurry of legislation being passed by the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature. The governor is also a Republican. A Democratic governor takes office Jan. 1. Some are calling the lame-duck session a power grab because some bills limit the power of the new Democrats coming into office.
The Governor lists among his accomplishments the Detroit Bankruptcy because he says it improved city services and he did what others were not willing to do. The Governor says he went through some really tough times and so did the people of Flint, referring to the water crisis under his administration. The Governor said, “you wish you could have done things better or different.”
The Governor says he will mentor and teach after leaving office but will be working through the next 20 days and the lame duck legislation.
"She was loved," said Jessica Williams-Stough about her 36-year-old daughter, Kelly Stough, who was murdered Friday morning near East McNichols and Brush in Detroit. "She had a lot of people who loved her. She just wasn't nobody."
Albert Weathers, a local pastor, has been charged with open murder and felony firearm (use of a firearm in commission of a felony).
Weathers appeared in court Monday for arraignment where his bond was set at $1 million.
Kelly Stough was a 36-year-old transgender woman who was beloved in the LGBTQ community and aspired to be a designer and buyer in the world of fashion.
Investigators won't reveal a motive or other details surrounding the murder, but a source told 7 Action News that after the shooting, Weathers fled the scene, clocked in at work at the Great Lakes Water Authority, and then called police an hour after the shooting to say that someone tried to rob him and that he shot someone.
Weathers lives in Sterling Heights and a woman who answered the door at his home declined to comment.
Someone who knows Weathers, but wished to remain anonymous, told 7 Action News that he's married with children and that he rents space in a local church for his small congregation.
The case has been assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP).
The FMJP is a collaboration between the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and Fair Michigan Foundation that focuses on serious crimes against those in the LGBTQ community.
Fair Michigan President Dana Nessel said, “This case reflects the excessive brutality that members of Detroit’s transgender community constantly face. We thank the Detroit Police Department for their efforts to investigate the facts of this tragic crime.”
A spokesperson for the Great Lakes Water Authority told 7 Action News on Tuesday that "Albert Weathers is no longer employed at GLWA. Mr. Weathers was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident, and his conduct was unrelated to his employment with GLWA."
That spokesperson would not say what position Weathers held with the water authority or when he was terminated.
Visitation and public viewing for Kelly Stough have been set for Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at James H. Cole Home for Funerals which is located on Schaefer near Puritan in Detroit.
Stough's funeral is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the same location.
Albert Weathers is due back in court next week for a Probable Cause Conference, and his preliminary examination is set for Thursday, December 27 at 1:30 in front of Judge Michael Wagner.