Magley selected for Orlando tennis center in Packing District

Magley Design, of Orlando, will plan and design a new Orlando Tennis Center for the proposed Packing District planned for Princeton Street and John Young Parkway on land donated to Orlando by Dr. Phillips Charities.The existing 85-year-old center, on the edge of Parramore at 649 Livingston Street, will close in the next few years to make way for the Creative Village development. In past years, the courts drew professionals including Bobby Riggs, Pancho Gonzales and Rod Laver.City officials say they will get input from the downtown tennis community and hope to keep the existing center open until the new one is completed, likely in 2020.Chase’s saleOne of New Smyrna Beach’s longest-standing venues, Chase’s on the Beach, sold to Orlando-based Cohen Real Estate Capital and partners for $3.75 million. Real estate investors Todd and Stacey Cohen, who co-own Orlando businesses including Burton’s Bar and several Wahlburgers, are keeping Chase’s open during renovations. The sale included an acre of beachfront property with about 5,000 square feet of restaurant space and related buildings.Four Seasons goes modernThe Four Seasons Private Residences at Disney’s Golden Oak community takes a turn for the modern with the addition of architect Phil Kean to its roster. Kean is at work there on a house to be completed next summer and called Nyumbani, which translates to home in Swahili. Developers also added longtime custom builder Rial Jones, who has built a modern-style house there.Estes group moveCivil-litigation group Estes, Ingram, Foels, Gibbs relocated from downtown Orlando, where it had been for 20 years, into offices with 10,932 square feet at 2600 Lake Lucien Drive in Maitland. Newmark Knight Frank’s Orlando Executive Managing Director Dan Caligiuri represented the law firm in its lease.Kitson group relocatesElder-law center of Kirson & Fuller will relocate to 1407 E. Robinson Street, Orlando, following JHNZ Inc.’s Continue Reading

Recovery home founder sentenced to 30 years in drug case

Updated 2:11 pm, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 PAOLI, Ind. (AP) — A woman who started a drug recovery home for women in southern Indiana has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on a drug-dealing charge that had languished in court since her 2013 arrest. Livingston was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to charges that include drug-dealing, possession and having the ingredients to make drugs, the News and Tribune reported. She was arrested in Paoli for possession of cocaine and over 5 grams of methamphetamine. Livingston was also found with the ingredients to cook methamphetamine. More than 50 of Livingston's supporters attended her hearing at Orange County Circuit Court. They had left disappointed that the judge didn't give more consideration to Livingston's work founding the BreakAway program in New Albany. Janis Barnett, the BreakAway's program director, said that the judge's ruling shows the judicial system doesn't understand addiction. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Western Europe was shaken in October 2017 by the brutal "Mafia-style" murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia . She was looking into numerous cases of corruption on the Mediterranean island when a powerful bomb blew her car up near her home. The trial into Caruana Galizia's death continues with at least three men accused of her murder. Early reports suggest that Ján Kuciak could also have been killed due to the content of his work. Like Caruana, the young Slovakian died at home where he was shot along with his partner. Slovakia, unaccustomed to this type of violence, has been left reeling. Here are the six journalists who died while working or carrying out investigations in the last year. Ján Kuciak Ján Kuciak was 27 years old and reported on corruption and tax evasion. He and his girlfriend were shot dead at his home in Velka Maca, near Bratislava, on February 25, 2018. Daphne Caruana Galizia Daphne Caruana Galizia was 53 years Continue Reading

James Byrd Jr. killer in court today to argue for new trial

By Liz Teitz Updated 5:10 pm, Thursday, January 4, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Teenage victims: 45 days in Brighton rape case a betrayal; where is justice?

One by one, he charmed them.Three middle school girls, two of them only 12 years old, totally smitten with the high school lacrosse player who was paying attention to them and wanted to be their friend.During his freshman and sophomore years, the Brighton High School student Snapchatted the girls, used terms like "baby girl" and "princess," listened to their problems and played the trusting, big brother. As one of the girls’ parents noted, “He seemed like a polite young man.”He manipulated them all.In Livingston County Juvenile Court last spring, the bushy-haired, 6-foot-tall athlete was charged with 20 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct on charges of raping the three girls on multiple occasions when he was 14 and 15 years old. Prosecutors said he used his size to overcome them and manipulated events and the girls to get what he wanted.A 12-year-old girl was raped in a ditch behind a Brighton movie theater, they said. Another 12-year-old ran barefoot in the snow to a neighbor's house to escape him when he tried to rape her a third time.And he used the same scheme with each girl: He sexually assaulted them, returned to their houses days later to apologize, then raped them again, prosecutors said.  One victim said he threatened to kill himself if she told anyone what happened. Another said he threatened suicide if she refused to see him.Rumors quickly spread at school. The girls were called sluts and liars. One attempted suicide. Another dropped out of school for a while.But after months of enduring name-calling and judgmental stares — including taunting by the boy's mother — the young victims are speaking up, especially given the latest turn of events in the criminal case. Last month, the now-16-year-old boy was sentenced by a juvenile court referee to 45 days in a youth facility after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree Continue Reading

Michigan man who shot at dozens of cars on busy highway gets up to 40 years in prison

HOWELL, Mich. — A man who kept a swath of southeastern Michigan on edge for weeks by shooting at two-dozen vehicles along a busy highway corridor was sentenced Monday to 18 to 40 years in prison on a combination of terrorism and weapons convictions. Raulie Casteel learned his fate in Livingston County Circuit Court, where a jury in January found him guilty of terrorism, rejecting his claim that the shootings were the impulsive result of uncontrolled delusions and paranoia. Casteel, 44, already is serving a six-plus-year sentence that stemmed from a related case in neighboring Oakland County. The judge sentenced him to a minimum of 16 years on the terrorism charge and two additional years on felony firearms charges. The sentence is concurrent with the Oakland County case, and he must serve at least 18 years. Defense lawyer Doug Mullkoff sought a lighter sentence, saying his client was “certainly a troubled individual” but not a terrorist. “Is Raulie Casteel actually a terrorist — is this really what the Legislature had in mind when it passed the Michigan anti-terrorism act in wake of attacks in 2001?” asked Mullkoff before the sentencing. “I think they were thinking of Osama bin Laden, Timothy McVeigh. Did Raulie Casteel fit into that category? I don’t think so. The post-9/11 law passed by Legislature did not contemplate someone who is mentally ill like Mr. Casteel.” Before handing down his sentence, Judge David Reader said he had a mentally ill mother who he cared for up until her death and is “very empathetic and sympathetic” to the condition. Still, he added, terrorism isn’t necessarily contingent upon the mental state of the perpetrator. “The daily routines and lives of tens of thousands were affected before any motivation was revealed,” he said, adding “that’s indeed terror in the opinion of this court.” During the Livingston County trial, Continue Reading

‘Thank goodness you were a lousy shot’: Judge sentences Michigan highway shooter to more than six years in prison

PONTIAC, Mich. - A man who opened fire on other motorists in a series of October 2012 attacks that terrified southeastern Michigan was sentenced Tuesday to more than six years in prison in the first of two related cases. Judge Denise Langford Morris sentenced Raulie Casteel to serve from six years and eight months to 10 years in prison on multiple assault charges, as well as two years for weapons charges. The sentences will run concurrently. Casteel, a 44-year-old geologist from Wixom, faced up to 12 years in prison after pleading no contest but mentally ill last year to those charges. He faces up to life in prison in a related Livingston County case in which he was convicted last week of terrorism. That sentencing hearing is scheduled for next month. Langford Morris, who is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge, admonished Casteel during the hearing in Pontiac, telling him, "Thank goodness you were a lousy shot." "The kinds of actions you engaged in ... these are the kinds of actions that absolutely terrorized a community," Langford Morris said. Casteel declined to speak on his own behalf. A few relatives, including his wife and sister, also declined to comment after the hearing. Casteel's attorney, Doug Mullkoff, did say before Langford Morris announced her judgment that Casteel was "very troubled" at the time of the shootings and didn't wish his actions "upon himself or the victims." "Raulie Casteel did not choose mental illness. It chose him," Mullkoff said. "He had no history of mental illness before this period in his life. He never was diagnosed until after his arrest." During the Livingston County trial, Casteel testified that he shot at the other motorists near the busy Interstate 96 corridor between Lansing and Detroit over a three-day period in October 2012. He said he did so impulsively and because of wild, uncontrolled delusions and paranoia, believing the other drivers were part of a government conspiracy Continue Reading

Appeals court says jail must deliver ACLU mail to inmates

The Livingston County Jail must continue to allow inmates to get mail from the American Civil Liberties Union, according to a court ruling.On Tuesday, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s preliminary injunction against the Livingston County Jail, noting that the “sweeping scope” of the jail’s “arbitrary polices bears little connection to any legitimate interests and improperly impinges legal communication that deserves ‘heightened’ protection under the First Amendment.” The court also found the jail violated its own rules for communications with inmates.The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit against the county jail alleging violations of inmates’ First and 14th amendment rights after receiving no response from 25 letters marked “legal mail” sent to inmates.At the time, jail administrators did not deliver the ACLU’s letters nor did the jail tell the ACLU or the inmates that the mail was not delivered. As a result, the ACLU moved for a preliminary injunction, which the court granted.The county appealed, arguing the injunction was improper because “legal mail” does not include mail from an attorney if the mail “neither contains privileged content nor implicates an attorney-client relationship.”The appeals court disagreed, noting the ACLU letters were “precisely the type of communication that an attorney and an inmate would want kept confidential,” noting that they were addressed to a specific inmate, clearly marked “legal mail,” and included the name and bar number of a licensed Michigan attorney.Separately, Livingston County also was sued over its refusal to distribute a journal titled Prison Legal News.Prison Legal News sued the Sheriff’s Department in 2011, saying the postcard-only policy banned the delivery of its journal and was unconstitutional.The ACLU’s letters were the Continue Reading

County clerk resigns; successor found

The Livingston County clerk is resigning at the end of the month for personal reasons and the Circuit Court judges selected her successor today.“It is with deep regret and sadness that I submit my resignation as Livingston County Clerk effective December 31, 2015,” Clerk Margaret Dunleavy wrote in her letter of resignation to the Livingston County Board of Commissioners and Chief Judge David Reader.“I feel that changes in my personal circumstances will prevent me from fulfilling my responsibilities for the remainder of my term. I will make myself, as much as possible, available to assure a smooth transition,” she wrote.“I am grateful for the experienced and dedicated staff that has always performed admirably and I’m sure will continue to represent the Clerk’s office with professionalism and integrity,” Dunleavy wrote.Her successor will be Betsy Hundley, who will take over as clerk at the beginning of the year.Pursuant to state statute, Reader and Circuit Judge Michael P. Hatty interviewed Hundley, who accepted the appointment today.Hundley is an attorney mostly focused on corporate law and an office administrator for Advance Metal Alloys, her family’s scrap metal recycling company in Genoa Township.“I worked some with Margaret when I was circuit court administrator, back in 2009, for a few months. I have a lot of respect for her. She is a great clerk,” Hundley said.Hundley said she wants to hold onto the county clerk position after her term expires next year.“It is my intent to seek election when this position is up for election. I plan on running for the position,” Hundley said.Beyond being an attorney, business administrator and Cleary University-trained accountant, Hundley has held other positions that prepared her for the job.“I have some exposure to campaign finance. I have been treasurer for various candidates and I’m aware of campaign finance laws and that Continue Reading

Veterans court celebrates one year

The Livingston County Veterans’ Treatment Court marked its one-year anniversary with a breakfast Wednesday to honor those who make the court a success.The program began with four participants who met once a month. Today, it has expanded to two monthly meetings with 17 participants.“I expect it to double” next year, Livingston County District Judge Carol Sue Reader, who presides over the court, said at the celebration held at the Livingston County Judicial Center in Howell.The program has helped the county’s veterans reconnect with their families, and they have been able to gain and keep employment as well as improve their overall quality of life, organizers said.The county has an estimated 12,500 veterans, and about 150 have been through the jail, according to county statistics.The four-phase program takes 18 months to complete. There are requirements at each phase of the program, including reporting to probation officers and mentors, preliminary breath tests, and community service or counseling.Reader said connecting the veterans with a mentor who can empathize with their situation and connecting them to available programs and services are keys to their success.The veterans’ court team is comprised of the judge, prosecutor, and District and Circuit courts probation/parole officer as well as an outreach coordinator from the Veterans Administration, public defender and liaison for veteran benefits.County court employee Dawn Learst is the veterans’ court coordinator.Among those being recognized was Men's Warehouse, which donated 700 pounds of men's clothing, including shoes, ties and suspenders so the veterans who need it will have a nice suit for any future employment interviews or other needs.Currently, the program is funded through grants. Donations also are made to the Veterans Treatment Court Foundation, which was created by Brighton attorney Neal Nielsen to assist the Livingston County Veterans' Treatment Court. Continue Reading

Judge runs early in bid to stay late

Most politicians dread running for re-election.Then there's Carol Sue Reader — an incumbent so eager to secure another six years on the Livingston County District Court that she couldn't wait for her current term to end.Reader, 69, was unopposed when she last ran for re-election in 2012. Her current six-year term doesn't end until December 2018, more than two years from now.But Reader will be 71 by then -— too old to seek a third term under a provision of the state constitution that precludes candidates from running for judicial office after age 70.And that, she says, is totally unfair."Reagan became president days before he turned 70, Hillary is 68 and Donald just turned 70.  Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa at 74," Reader notes on her campaign website. "Surely if they can run countries, I can serve another term on the bench."► Endorsements:Free Press picks for Michigan Supreme CourtKristi Tanner:What you need to know to understand election pollsEditorial:The case against term limits in the Michigan LegislatureReader isn't the first incumbent judge to chafe at Michigan's judicial age limit. Several of her predecessors have challenged the age limit's constitutionality under federal law, but none has succeeded. Legislative initiatives to abolish the 70-and-out requirement via voter referendum also have foundered, although the latest is pending before state lawmakers.But Reader believes she's found a way around the constitutional rule that threatens to put her out to pasture two years from now: Last May, she announced that she would seek re-election to a third six-year-term in next month's general election, more than two years before her second term ends.If she's successful, she'll be able to serve another six years, relinquishing her seat in December 2022, just before her 76th birthday; if Continue Reading