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Judge issues temporary restraining order
reinstates District Superintendent Dr. Holt
By Carolyn Marnon - Wayne Westland Community School District Superintendent Dr. Shelley Holt, who was put on paid administrative leave on June 20 pending an investigation into allegations made against her, filed a $2 million lawsuit against Wayne Westland Community Schools, Board of Trustees of Wayne Westland Community Schools, David Cox, Mark Neal, Carol Middel, Melandie Hines, Shawna Walker, Frederick Weaver and Tom Buckalew on July 15. According to a press release from Mario Morrow and Associates, “The foundation of her complaint stems from the School District retaliating against her for reporting violations of federal and state laws governing the operation of the district.”
The Honorable Craig S. Strong, Third Judicial Circuit Judge of Michigan, issued a Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause on July 16. The court determined Dr. Holt has a likelihood of success on the merits of her claims, she will suffer irreparable harm and loss if the Defendants’ violation of the Open Meetings Act continues unabated, she has no adequate remedy at law, her due process has been violated by the Defendants conduct because of the secret nature of proceedings conducted against her, and she will suffer greater injury from the denial of preliminary injunctive relief than Defendents will suffer from granting such relief.
A restraining order was issued to block further action on the part of the Board of Trustees pending a hearing in accordance with the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.
The Defendents are prohibited from continuing administrative leave and disclosing confidential information about Dr. Holt to third parties until the hearing for preliminary injunction or further order of the court.
Dr. Holt is granted leave to commence discovery immediately, including the deposition of Defendents and persons who have filed complaints against her.
The Defendents must turn over all documents provided by third parties complaining about her conduct. They must also copy all computerized files taken from Dr. Holt or others and return the copies to her. They must preserve and not delete and not use any computerized information taken from her until further order of the court.
This order remains in force until the court orders otherwise.
The matter will be heard in Judge Strong's courtroom on July 30th. ...
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2 weeks ago
Nessel Charges Sixth Priest with Criminal Sexual Conduct
LANSING – A sixth priest was charged with criminal sexual conduct by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today as part of her department's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse within the Catholic Church. Father Joseph (Jack) Baker was arrested this morning in Wayne County by special agents from the Attorney General's office. He will be arraigned in the 29th District Court in Wayne, Michigan.
Baker was charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree – sexual penetration with a person under 13. Baker has been a pastor at St. Perpetua Parish in Waterford, MI since 2008. Prior to that Baker was a pastor at St. Mary Parish in Wayne, associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Dearborn, and associate pastor at St. Hugo of the Hills Parish in Bloomfield Hills.
The charge is the result of a tip from the Archdiocese of Detroit, which received the original report and immediately reported it to the lead prosecutor on the Attorney General's clergy abuse team.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg," said Nessel. "Our clergy abuse investigative team is working day and night to review the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and files seized from all seven of Michigan's dioceses last fall. At the same time, we continue to receive calls daily from victims who know we will listen to them, believe in them, and investigate their allegations. They deserve nothing less than our very best."
The Archdiocese of Detroit announced it had restricted Baker from all public ministry pending the outcome of the canonical process. According to a news release issued by the Diocese June 20th, Baker is prohibited from representing himself as a priest, wearing clerical attire or exercising any form of Church ministry.
Baker's arrest follows Nessel's May 24th announcement that five former priests had been charged with 21 counts of criminal sexual conduct. The men, who were all priests when the reported crimes were committed, are:
• Timothy Michael Crowley, charged in Washtenaw County with four felony counts of CSC 1 and four felony counts of CSC 2. Crowley was arraigned June 29 in Washtenaw County; a probable cause conference is scheduled for July 30.
• Neil Kalina, charged in Macomb County with four felony counts of CSC 2. Kalina was arraigned June 20 in Macomb County; a probable cause conference is scheduled for July 9.
• Vincent DeLorenzo, charged in Genesee County with three felony counts of CSC 1 and three felony counts of CSC 2. DeLorenzo was arraigned in Genesee County on June 18; his probable cause conference is scheduled for August 1. DeLorenzo is out on bond.
• Patrick Casey, charged in Wayne County with one felony county of CSC 3. Casey waived his preliminary exam and is scheduled for arraignment July 18 in Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court. Casey is also out on bond.
• Jacob Vellian, charged with two counts of Rape. The AG's office is pursuing extradition of Vellian, who lives in India.
Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This is the Press Release that was sent out by the Attorney General's office. ...
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Stay safe.A heat advisory is in effect in Wayne County from 10:00am-10:00pm. Temperatures are expected to peak during the afternoon between 95-100 degrees. The combination of the high temperatures and the humidity could lead to potentially hazardous conditions. We encourage residents to take extra precautions to stay cool during this time.
In an effort to assist those seeking shelter from the conditions, the Wayne Police Department lobby and Hype will be open as cooling centers. Hype will be open until 11:00pm. ...
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