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                                       Candidate's residency is challenged

               Vol. 133, No. 41           The eligibility and legal residence of  as a job requirement. It was only 2 ½ miles,
            Voters   in   Sumpter      current State Rep. Christy Pagan have   but I had to move to satisfy the job require-
          Township will have several   been questioned in a court filing by a  ments,” Herbert said. “If it is a require-
          choices for elected officials  Canton Township resident who claims she  ment that she live in the district, she
          Nov. 6, with candidates'     misrepresented her residency in cam-    should live in the district.”
          names printed on the ballot  paign filing documents.                   Pagan, now in her second term in the
          and others running write-in     Pagan is currently the State         state legislature, was originally a Belleville
          campaigns.                   Representative from the 21st District   resident before the family moved to
                          See page 4.  which includes most of Canton, the City of  Canton where she attended Plymouth-
                                       Belleville and most of Van Buren        Canton schools and graduated from Salem
                                       Township.                               High School before attending Western
                                          Kent Herbert, who has lived in Canton  Michigan University, according to her cam-
                                       for more than 20 years, said that rumors of  paign website.
                                       Pagan's failure to live in the district have  “I did the research,” Herbert said, “and
               Vol. 71, No. 41         been circulating for some time. He said  she owns no property that I could find in
            Evan McKimmy installed     the recent reports of scandals at both the  this community or in the 21st district. She
          15 owl houses in Canton      state and federal levels prompted his   and her husband did come up, however, in
          parks as part of his Eagle   curiosity and that during his subsequent  Ann Arbor where they received a tax
          Scout project.               investigation, he discovered documents  exemption.”
                          See page 3.  revealing that Pagan, 36, and her husband,  Herbert said he was annoyed by the
                                       Karl Lopata, filed for a Homestead Tax  findings, as “this stuff just isn't right” and
                                       Exemption on a home in Ann Arbor, claim-  subsequently contacted Livonia attorney
                                       ing that it is, in fact, their “principal resi-  George Gostias and has filed a complaint
                                       dence” rather than the Canton residency  with Wayne County Circuit Court regard-
                                       she claims.                             ing what he considers a fraudulent cam-
               Vol. 71, No. 41            Herbert said he was sensitive to the  paign and an attempt to deceive voters.
            Halloween     may   be     issue as he was forced to move from his   The complaint names the Wayne                         State Rep. Christy Pagan
          approaching but Inkster      home in Westland when he took a job as  County Election Commission and Wayne    because her primary residence is not in
          Legends Founder and          the human resources director with the   County Clerk Cathy Garrett, and claims  the required area.
          Director Fred Smiley is con-  Ypsilanti Utilities Authority in 1998 as that  that Pagan is not qualified by state law to  “In accordance with Michigan Law,
          centrating his efforts on the  company had a residency requirement.  appear as a candidate for State
          annual Christmas raffle that    “I had to move to Canton from Westland  Representative in the 21st House District            See Challenge, page 3
          helps 100 families.
                                       Officer, EMTs arraigned in prisoner’s death
                          See page 6.

                                          The Westland Police ser-
                                       geant charged with involuntary
                                       manslaughter in the death of a
               Vol. 18, No. 16         prisoner in custody has been
            Plans to demolish Main     fired.
          Street School in downtown       Ronald Buckley, 54, was
          Northville and construct     charged by Wayne County
          four or five luxury homes    Prosecutor Kym Worthy last
          went awry during the regu-   week along with two para-
          lar city council meeting Oct.  medics, Matt Discola, 50, and
          1.                           Leah Maynard, 36, in the death
                          See page 8.  last December of William
                                       Marshall, 35, of Inkster.
                                          The three were arraigned on
                                       the manslaughter charge and a
                                       charge of willful neglect of duty
                                       before Judge Mark Plawecki in               Ronald Buckley                   Matt Discola                Leah Maynard
               Vol. 18, No. 41         the 20th District Court in
                                       Dearborn Heights last week.   police department.            paramedic intervened or took  cell at 8:30 a.m.
            Plymouth Community
          United Way is seeking volun-  The involuntary manslaughter   The three are accused of fail-  Mr. Marshall's vital signs when  When Buckley observed Mr.
          teers to help make a differ-  charge is a felony with a 15-year  ing to provide medical care to  they arrived at 8:01 a.m.  Marshall not moving at 9:27, he
          ence in the community dur-   maximum sentence while the    Mr. Marshall who was arrested  According to the prosecutor, Mr.  and another officer dragged
          ing   annual    Make    a    neglect of duty charge carries a  at 6:28 a.m. Dec. 10, 2017 when  Marshall was dragged from the  him into the hallway and
          Difference Day Saturday,     5-year maximum sentence.      cocaine and marijuana were    cell into a hallway while having  attempted CPR, according to
          Nov. 17.                     Each was given a $50,000 per-  found in his possession during a  convulsions and repeatedly ask-  reports, and used a defibrillator.
                          See page 7.  sonal bond at the arraignment.  traffic stop. According to police  ing for help. He was placed,  At 9:39 a.m. the paramedics
                                          Discola and Maynard are no  reports, Marshall told officers  convulsing, back into the cell at  returned to the jail and trans-
                                       longer employed with the      he had not ingested any drugs at  8:07 and Buckley dismissed the  ported Mr. Marshall to a local
                                       Westland Fire Department and  the time of his arrest.       paramedics at 8:10 a.m., accord-  hospital where he was pro-
                                       Buckley was terminated last     Marshall went into convul-  ing to the charging documents.  nounced dead. Mr. Marshall's
                                       week following the completion  sions in the Westland jail at 7:51  At approximately 8:27, Buckley  cause of death was determined
                                       of an internal departmental   a.m., according to the prosecu-  observed Mr. Marshall still hav-  to be cocaine toxicity, according
               Vol. 133, No. 41
                                       investigation, according to a  tor's report, and the paramedics  ing convulsions but failed to
            More than 250 adults and   prepared statement from the   called to the scene. Neither  seek help for him as he left the      See Charges, page 5
          children joined the Summer
                          See page 4. Canton to receive $750,000 in road funds
          Reading Program at the
          Romulus library this year.

                                          Canton Township will receive  to bring the once-discontinued  federal government for major  done well for the people who put
                                       an additional $361,112 from   program back to Wayne County  county roads, our neighborhood  me in office.”
                                       Wayne County to be used for   last year.  In addition to reinstat-  roads are left in the hands of our  “Making all of our Wayne
                                       repair and maintenance of     ing the program, Barone said he  private homeowners to repair  County communities an attrac-
                                       crumbling neighborhood roads.  was able to nearly double the  through special assessments  tive place to live, work and raise
               Vol. 71, No. 41            The funds, bringing the    allocation for Canton Township  which may be more than they  a family has been a top priority
            Leaders of the Wayne-      Canton Township allocation up  by providing critical impact on a  can afford,” Barone said.  of my administration since the
          Westland     Community       to $750,000, will come from the  fairer formula for distribution in  “The last thing I want is to  day I was elected,” Evans said. “I
          Schools are getting the word  2018-2019 county budget, accord-  the recently approved Wayne  have one of my constituents  am happy to partner with
          out on an upcoming Tuesday,  ing to a statement from Wayne  County budget.               forgo paying for food or medi-  Commissioner Barone to pro-
          Nov. 6, bond proposal vote.  County Commissioner Joe         In the previous budget cycle,  cine because he or she is forced  vide some much needed relief
                          See page 5.  Barone who worked with Wayne  Canton Township received      to pay for a special road assess-  for Canton Township and the
                                       County Executive Warren Evans,  $388,888. This fiscal year, Canton  ment that they never signed up  other heavily-populated town-
                                       to secure the funds for Canton.  will see an increase of more than  for. I am very pleased that we  ships. With the cooperation from
                                          “This represents a fairer dis-  $360,000 for a total allocation of  were able to work with  our federal and state elected
                                       tribution of county road funds  $750,000. Since taking office in  Executive Evans and his staff to  leaders, we will continue to
                                       earmarked for the township,”  2015, Barone has been a strong  bring much needed funding to  strive for realistic and reason-
               Vol. 71, No. 41         Barone said.                  advocate for additional neigh-  our neighborhood roads.     able solutions to fix our
             The liaison officer at John  The Township Road Initiative  borhood road funding to repair  “It will not fix all of Canton's  statewide infrastructure prob-
          Glenn High School will       was implemented in 2014 as a  neighborhood roads in his dis-  subdivision streets, but it sure is  lems.”
          remain at his post for anoth-  one-time program to provide  trict.                       a welcome addition to our fourth  Barone, R-Plymouth Town-
          er year following the        funding for neighborhood roads   “Our local neighborhood    consecutive balanced budget,”  ship, represents District 10,
          approval of Westland City    within the nine townships in  roads are the last in line when it  he added. “Anytime we can bring  which covers Canton Township,
          Council members last week.   Wayne County, Barone said.    comes to road repairs.  With lim-  funding back to our community, I  Plymouth Township and the city
                          See page 5.  Barone was successful in his bid  ited funding from the state and  am happy and feel that I have  of Plymouth.

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