Week in Review: Rep. McCotter, Open Carry Rally, and More
Here's a recap of the biggest stories in West Bloomfield during the week of July 1-7.
A lot happened this past week, and we want to make sure you didn't miss a thing. Here are some of the biggest stories on Patch:
Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, representing Michigan's 11th District, resigned his office on Friday, citing a "nightmarish month and a half" that included a failure to qualify for the GOP primary ballot in August.
In a statement Friday, McCotter said, "After nearly 26 years in elected office, this past nightmarish month and a half have, for the first time, severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family. As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave."
According to the alert, a man described as being in his early 30s, medium build, dressed in all black clothing and a black knit cap, cut a window screen to get into the apartment through an open window. The man ran off after confronting the apartment resident.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Farmington Hills Police Command Desk, 248-871-2610.
A small group of open carry advocates gathered Friday evening at Birmingham's Shain Park to support Sean Combs, the 18-year-old Troy resident who was arrested in April after he was found carrying a loaded rifle through downtown Birmingham.
Combs is charged with brandishing a firearm, disturbing the peace and obstructing an officer after an April 13 incident at the corner of Merrill and South Old Woodward. Combs was arrested around 10 p.m. after refusing to show police officers identification after they asked about the M1 Garande rifle strapped to his back, police reports state.
Combs, who is heading to trial Monday followingan evidentiary hearing on June 20 at the 48th District Court, was present at Friday's gathering along with his mother, brothers and several other open carry advocates.
"I really appreciate it," Combs said. "It shows people support me."
Patch senior regional editor Don Wyatt and local editors Joni Hubred-Golden and Jen Anesi contributed to this report.