In brief


Following an article last week regarding more candidates filing for the 7th District Genesee County Circuit Court judge position, retired Judge Archie Hayman’s support of Tabitha Marsh was questioned. We followed up by talking to Hayman who confirms he supports both candidates — Marsh for one position and Judge Celeste Bell for the other. These openings were created by the retirements of judges Geoffrey Neithercut and Judith Fullerston. — G.G.

Social media reports on mall shooting are false

FLINT TWP. — Contrary to social media reports, there was no shooting at Genesee Valley Center mall last weekend, according to Police Lt. James Baldwin in a report to the township board of trustees. False social media reports are wasting a lot of valuable police time, he said. There was an altercation at the mall, Baldwin said. Police arriving on the scene within one minute found that participants in the fight had dispersed but there were not shots fired. A stepladder was thrown and struck a door frame, creating a loud noise. No one was injured. — R.S.

Spring has sprung

FLINT TWP. – With the return of warmer weather comes the return of weekly yard waste pickup. It begins with the regular April 5 pickup and continues every Thursday through November. Also, April 1 marks the official reopening of the township trail. – R.S.

Police church security seminar is tonight

FLINT TWP. — The last scheduled session of “Responses to Violent Intruders in Places of Worship,” a two-hour seminar to train church people how to protect themselves will be held March 22, from 6-8 p.m. in the community room at the police station, 5200 Norko Drive. Interested participants are asked to pre-register by calling 810-600- 3270, bring identification but no weapons and to arrive by 5:45 p.m. Presented by township officers who are certified instructors, the training is designed for clergy and others who are involved in maintaining church or building security. The training is being offered free of charge to places of worship located in Flint Township. Class size is limited to 45 people per session and both sessions are almost full. Police Chief George Sippert said more sessions may be set up in the future if there is sufficient interest. — R.S.

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