In brief



Township police planning church security training

FLINT TWP. — Overwhelming public response to church security seminars offered by the Michigan State Police Training Academy have filled up two sessions, leaving no more room for many people interested in attending, said Police Chief George Sippert, who announced the training last month. To accommodate those left out, the township police are planning to hold a free evening workshop for churches in Flint Township, Chief Sippert said. The date and time have not been confirmed but the session will be conducted by Sgt. Michael Nemecheck. and held in the community room at the police station on Norko Drive. More details should be available by the Dec. 18 township board meeting, he said, adding that many churches are hiring consultants to speak to their members in the wake of the tragic church shooting in Texas last month. For more information contact Chief Sippert at 810-600-3250 The MSP seminars being held this month cover topics such as identifying and handling suspicious or dangerous people, the importance of a safety and security team and conducting criminal history background checks. — R.S.

Police Chief issues winter roads warning

FLINT TWP. — With the first spate of wintry weather expected this weekend, Police Chief George Sippert offered a reminder that speed and stopping distance make a big difference in preventing accidents. Usually the first snowfall brings lots of accidents, Chief Sippert said. Temperatures below freezing does not mean roads will be slippery, he cautioned. The worst road conditions come when the thermometer is right around freezing which can create deadly black ice conditions. He advised drivers to slow down and leave more than a car length of stopping room behind the car in front of you. He also cautioned against putting too much confidence in having antilock brakes which help but can’t stop an accident when a vehicle is traveling too closely behind another. There is no substitute for extra distance and keeping speed down, Chief Sippert said. — R.S.

Do you remember?

With the ribbon-cutting for the newly restored Capitol Theatre in downtown Flint scheduled for today, View Newspapers would like to hear your memories of the historic theater. If you’d like to share, please email your comments with your name and where you live to and we’ll publish them in the Dec. 14 edition.

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