Former Detroit Lion Accused of Kidnapping Son and More News Near You
There was plenty of news around the Greater West Bloomfield area this week.
1. Hartland Patch reported Friday that Mark Grabowski, the Hartland dad and former Detroit Lions defensive lineman suspected of kidnapping his 11-year-old son, has been taken into custody in South Dakota.
A YouTube video with Connor Grabowski-Cracchiolo, 11, telling viewers that he had not been kidnapped by his father, but went on his own free will was recently released. Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte said the Connor appeared to be coached in the video and may have been a "little brainwashed." Bezotte said that Grabowski should have taken legal recourse rather than take his son away.
2. Alan Canning, an actor working in Bloomfield Hills, stars in an Official Selection of the Blue Water Film Festival, wrote Bloomfield Patch. "Being Custer" is a tale of redemption for George Custer — a 27-minute film released to YouTube this past summer. The film will be shown between 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the McMorran Theatre in downtown Port Huron.
3. Brian Henson, executive chef for the Big Rock Chop House of Birmingham, was recently named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation's Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association (MCCA), wrote Birmingham Patch.
Henson won the title after creating the award-winning entree at the MCCA Chef of the Year cooking competition, on July 2. Henson took home the grand prize with his arctic char with smoked char pierogi, served with golden beet sour cream, chanterelles, fennel and toasted hazelnut vinaigrette.
4. A Rose Township man suffered multiple life-threatening injuries and is "lucky to be alive" after a scary motorcycle crash on Grange Hall in Holly Township Friday night, wrote Fenton Patch.
Michael Johnson, 22, was struck by a GMC SUV at high speeds from behind around 5:45 p.m. Friday. The motorcycle then became wedged under the front end of the SUV, with Johnson still on it, and was pushed more than 200 feet, the family said.
Michigan State Police said the crash remains under investigation and police are waiting on toxicology reports to determine if the driver of the vehicle had alcohol or anything else in his system.
5. Farmington Patch reported that teal ribbons have been tied to lamp posts throughout downtown Farmington, to draw attention to a disease called the "silent killer" of women.
"Turn the Towns Teal" is a national effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer in cities across the country. Volunteers are tying ribbons and handing out cards that list the symptoms of the disease during the month of September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.