Jackson Gets $16.5M Boost, Teen Fatally Shot at Party: Jackson Makes Headlines Oct. 29-Nov. 3


JACKSON, MI — Jackson will receive $16.5 million from the state of Michigan to help improve infrastructure.

Here’s that headline and some more you may have missed this week.

$16.5 million in state funding will advance improvements to Jackson’s water infrastructure

The City of Jackson will receive $16.5 million from the state of Michigan to support lead water supply line replacement and other infrastructure improvements.

The money comes from a mix of COVID-19 relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and a loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

17-year-old fatally shot at Jackson party

A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head just before midnight on Saturday October 29, police said.

Jackson Police Department officers came to a report of a shooting in the 1800 block of Pringle Avenue at 11:49 p.m. on Oct. 29, according to the Jackson Police Department, adding that officers had a large party at the residence and a 17 -year-old found -old on the sidewalk with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Police arrest the suspect in Jackson who took the man to the hospital with a knife

A 34-year-old man was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of stabbing another man in southwest Jackson, police said.

Officers were responding to reports of a stabbing around 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 2 in the area of ​​Third and West Morrell Streets, said Elmer Hitt, director of Jackson Police and Fire Services.

Jackson teen suspected of attempted murder by arson undergoes mental competency test

Court officials will review the trial capacity of a Jackson teenager after he was charged with the attempted murder of two of his relatives, court documents show.

Trenton Ganton, 18, was charged Oct. 17 with two counts of counts of intent murder and a single count of second-degree arson, Jackson District Court records show.

A new way to enjoy a night out comes to downtown Jackson with the Monster Box Theater

A new form of entertainment and late night fun is coming to downtown Jackson.

Founder and Artistic Director Paul Stark and his partner Tahra Gribbin are bringing the Monster Box Theater to Jackson in the former Book Exchange building at the corner of Washington Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

He lost the friend bet, so the western superintendent wore Viking clothes and bought lunch

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal has reaped the rewards of his winning bet with Western School District Superintendent Mike Smajda.

True to his word, Smajda was spotted wearing Viking clothing and Beal buying a cheeseburger and fries at RJ’s Metropolitan Ice Cream Co. in downtown Jackson on Wednesday, November 2.

Man in stable condition after being shot multiple times by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend

A Jackson man is in stable condition after being shot multiple times by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend Tuesday night, police said.

Officers were called to the 1400 block of Pringle Avenue in Jackson at 9:24 p.m. on Nov. 1 for a report of multiple shots fired in the area, according to the Jackson Police Department.

Officers heading into the area were told that a blue SUV was seen fleeing the scene and headed to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital, police said.

Man dies after being hit by 2 cars outside of Jackson

A Jackson man was killed Wednesday morning when he was struck by a car and then hit by another in the lane.

Emergency responders were called at 7:13 am Nov. 2 to a reported accident involving a pedestrian in the area of ​​Ann Arbor and Munith streets in Leoni Township, according to the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety.

Police arrived and found the 35-year-old Jackson man had been hit by two vehicles and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Jackson Fire Department conducts monthly car seat inspections

Parents can now have their children’s car seats checked through a program starting this month at the Jackson Fire Department.

The Fire Department is hosting free monthly car seat safety inspections beginning with an event from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 at the Central Fire Station, 518 N. Jackson St. A December event will be held on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. instead of December 12, at the same location.

A suspected drunk driver collides with a Jackson Police Department cruiser

A suspected drunk driver was arrested Saturday night after literally colliding with police.

A Jackson police officer was patrolling a marked police vehicle traveling down E. Washington Avenue on Oct. 29 when another vehicle pulled out in front of him on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according to the Jackson Police Department.

The officer swerved and tried to avoid the collision, but was hit on the passenger side by the other vehicle, police said.

21 electric buses come to Jackson Public Schools with $8.3 million in federal funding

Jackson Public Schools will continue to phase out the diesel-powered buses in its fleet after receiving nearly $8.3 million in federal funding to purchase 21 electric school buses.

JPS is among 25 Michigan school districts awarded more than $50 million by the US Environmental Protection Agency to purchase 138 new electric buses. The federal program is designed to accelerate decarbonization of the transportation sector and improve air quality for schoolchildren and neighborhoods nationwide by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA.

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