Munith men arrested in plot to kidnap governor, factory shut down by virus outbreak: Top Jackson makes headlines October 3-8

JACKSON, MI – From the arrest of two Munith men in an organized plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the closure of a Jackson-area plant due to an outbreak COVID-19, a lot has happened in the Jackson area.

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$ 10 million bail for Munith’s men arrested in plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Two Munith men arrested in an alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer and potentially kill other state officials in an attempt to overthrow the government were arraigned in Jackson County on Thursday afternoon.

Pete Musico, 42, and Joseph Morrison, 26, were arraigned on October 8 on multiple counts relating to an alleged conspiracy to kidnap, bring to justice and execute Whitmer who was the subject of a Michigan State Police and FBI investigation.

Coronavirus outbreak temporarily shuts down Jackson-area plant

Brooklyn Products International Inc. has temporarily shut down due to employees testing positive for COVID-19, company officials said.

People who were in the business during the week of September 30 are required to self-monitor for symptoms of the coronavirus. The plant is working with the Jackson County Health Department to find people potentially at risk, according to a press release from the company.

Jackson in critical condition after being shot several times, police say

A Jackson man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon in a southern Jackson neighborhood, police said.

Police were called to the reported shooting at 3:08 p.m. on October 6 in the 500 block of McNeal Street, where they found a bleeding man on the ground.

Albion College cancels social activities due to positive tests for coronavirus

Albion College has canceled all in-person non-academic athletic and extracurricular activities until further notice due to members of its community testing positive for COVID-19

1 union, 2 factories, 54 workers on strike in the Jackson area

Hail, lightning and rain haven’t stopped striking workers at manufacturers in Jackson and Calhoun counties, who are asking for continued pensions and days off for doctor’s visits.

Nineteen Miller Tool & Die employees in Jackson have been on strike since September 17, and 35 Albion Casters employees have been on strike since September 25. The strikers are all part of the International Association of Machinists, Local 435.

Former Jackson Catholic school teacher charged with 6 counts of sexual assault

A former teacher at a Catholic school in Jackson has been arraigned on several charges of sexual assault against minors.

Joseph Comperchio, 67, is charged with six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in two different cases in Jackson County District Court.

Coronavirus outbreak identified at American Legion event in Brooklyn

Health officials have identified several people with COVID-19 resulting from an outbreak at the American Legion post in Brooklyn.

Jackson County Health Department officials announced Sunday, October 4 that “several participants” were diagnosed with COVID-19 after the Queen of Hearts drawing at the American Legion Wilber-Bartlett Post 315 on Sunday September 27.

Horses, chickens die in Jackson County barn fire

Several animals died in a barn fire on Tuesday.

Fire crews responded to a barn fire around 11:30 a.m. on October 6 in the 8000 block of Clough Road, Tompkins Township, northwest Jackson County.

Two horses died in the blaze, along with numerous chickens, said Rives-Tompkins firefighter Mike Hamilton. About 11 horses were in the pasture.

Here’s a look at what Jackson School Board candidates prioritize ahead of the election.

While there are four newcomers vying for two vacant seats on the Jackson school board, each nominee brings experience in community service and education.

Voters will choose between Kesha Hamilton, Shalanda Hunt, Lee Rose and Caitlin Williams for two vacant seats, which were left vacant by incumbents Jamie Grace and Bob Inman, who are not seeking re-election.

A puppy with a cleft lip needed a home. She found one with a toddler Jackson with a cleft lip too.

The bond of love between a boy and his new puppy was instantaneous. But it was a photo from that moment that cemented their friendship for everyone to see.

A family in the Jackson area was surprised to see their pet adoption story go viral in September. Photos of 2-year-old Bentley Boyers holding a 3-month-old puppy with a cleft lip, just like his own, have been circulating on Facebook and on U.S. talk shows and news channels.

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