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Oakland County Seeks Reimbursement in Race for McCotter's Seat

County wants state reimbursement for special election — and other big news near you.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is asking Governor Snyder to reimburse local communities for the $650,000 cost of holding a special election to fill former U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter's seat, , according toa report by Novi Patch

Municipalities in Michigan's 11th Congressional District must hold a special primary on Sept. 5 to narrow down the field of candidates. Voters will cast their ballot for the final winner on Nov. 6 to serve the remainder McCotter's term, which ends in December. 

Last week, the commissioners voted 22-2 to ask to state to reimburse the costs of holding a special election. They join Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard, Jr., who has also made this request of the state.

For more, read Novi Patch's report.

Ohio Man Faces Charges in 'Road Rage' Assault on Farmington Hills Woman

Farmington Hills Police have identified 52-year-old Steven Schut of Youngstown, OH, as the driver facing aggravated assault and marijuana possession charges, following a road rage incident at a Farmington Hills gas station Saturday, according to Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch.

According to a police report, officers called to the station at 13 Mile and Orchard Lake found a 34-year-old Farmington Hills woman who had been injured. She told police that a driver who cut her off on Orchard Lake followed her into the gas station, and when she asked him not to damage her vehicle, he aggressively bumped her with his chest.

For more, read Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch's report.

Patterson wasn't wearing seatbelt during crash

The seatbelt in the front passenger seat of the car that L. Brooks Patterson was riding in when he was  was buckled, Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch reported.

It just wasn't buckled around Patterson.

According to a detailed report of the Aug. 10 accident provided by the Auburn Hills Police, which responded to the scene, the belt was buckled behind the passenger seat of the Chrysler 300 that Patterson, the Oakland County Executive, was traveling in. He was in the passenger seat when it crashed.

For more, read Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch's report.

Charges increase in embezzlement case

A Westland woman is facing additional charges alleging she embezzled and stole from the gas station where she had worked, according to the Westland Observer.

Bette Wicker, 61, now faces charges of embezzling more than $100,000 from her former employer, as well as being charged with two counts of larceny in a building.

For more, read the Westland Observer's report.

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