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Challenger defeats Cooper in Oakland County prosecutor race

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Voters in Michigan's second-largest county have ousted longtime prosecutor and former judge Jessica Cooper.

Karen McDonald crushed Cooper in the Democratic primary election for Oakland County prosecutor, capturing about 66% of the vote Tuesday. She will face Republican nominee Lin Goetz in November.

Cooper was elected prosecutor in 2008. She also was a judge in Southfield, on the county Circuit Court and the Michigan appeals court.

McDonald resigned as a judge to challenge Cooper. Her platform includes "finding smarter alternatives to incarceration" for nonviolent, low-level offenders.

She was endorsed by Attorney General Dana Nessel, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.


Michigan man indicted in cyberstalking of ex-Mississippi governor

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Michigan man accused of making threats against a former Mississippi governor has been indicted by a Mississippi grand jury on a cyberstalking charge.

Harold Joseph Collins, 49, of Detroit, was indicted by the Hinds County grand jury on the single count last month, The Clarion Ledger reported Wednesday.

The indictment alleged that Collins used "electronic communications, threatened, terrified and/or harassed" then-Gov. Phil Bryant in January 2019, the newspaper said.

Bryant, a Republican, was in the final year of his second term as governor at the time.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Detroit Police Department assisted in the investigation, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said in a February 2019 statement following Collins' arrest. He was initially charged with five counts of cyberstalking, authorities said.

"These threats were of a very serious and specific nature and we did not take them lightly," Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Director Lee Morrison said in the statement.

If convicted, Collins faces a maximum of two years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.

Collins was being held Wednesday in the Hinds County Detention Center, The Clarion Ledger said. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.


OMC?offers program on  ‘Generational Diversity Communication’ Aug. 25

The Oakland Mediation Center (OMC) will offer “Mediation Across The Ages—A Generational Diversity Communication” taking place online Tuesday, August 25, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Both new and seasoned mediators will learn how to recognize circumstances where generational differences may cause conflict, understand factors that can lead to generational commonalities, and learn to utilize the strengths of generational diversity to promote conflict resolution.

For more information about these trainings and others, contact Ashley Turner at 248-338-4280, ext. 211 or aturner@mediation-omc.org


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