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WFBA seeking input for Downtown Development plan

FLINT TWP. — The West Flint Business Association, with Flint Township, is hosting a Public Engagement Event to allow businesses to suggest projects for a proposed Downtown Development Authority and commercial Improvement plans for Bristol and Beecher roads. The meeting will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m., Jan. 18, during the regular monthly WFBA meeting. It is free and open to the public and will be held at Paavola School of Dance, 5251 Commerce Drive. Lunch will be provided by the Michigan Vascular Center. — R.S.

Police teaching churches self-protection against violence

FLINT TWP. – Registrations still are being taken for “Responses to Violent Intruders in Places of Worship”, a two-hour seminar from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 25, at the township police department, 5200 Norko Drive. 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 pre-registration is required by calling 810-600-3270. — R.S.

Police arrest suspicious man

FLINT TWP. — On Jan. 8, Flint Township police officers arrested a man who had been actively approaching homes in township neighborhoods for several weeks, said Chief George Sippert in a report to the township board. As of Nov. 21, police had received several complaints from residents about a man coming to their homes asking for money. He said his wife had been involved in an accident and he needed money for a tow truck. The suspect visited subdivisions mainly in the western part of the township in the areas of Linden Road and Lennon Road, Linden Road and Calkins Road and Court Street between Dye Road and Elms Road. Some residents gave him money and some called police, Chief Sippert said.

The suspect has been identified as a parole absconder. Based on a description and leads, police located him Monday in Mt. Morris Township. The 54-year-old Flint man will be identified after arraignment, Chief Sippert said. He is charged with larceny by false pretenses and for violation of parole. – R.S.

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