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Maybury Music provides free summer concerts at state park in Northville

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:28pm

Free music is provided Monday nights during the summer at Maybury State Park.

Read more: Embrace nature at Maybury State Park in Northville

Music at Maybury provides family-friendly entertainment at the park, which is located at the corner of 8 Mile and Beck roads.

Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring lawn chairs. A recreation passport is required to enter the park.

Read more: Benefits of purchasing a Michigan Recreation Passport

Music at Maybury will be at the Trailhead building from 7-8:30 p.m. Enter at the 8 Mile Road entrance.

The full schedule is below:

July 24 - Busted by Nine (Classic Rock) July 31 - Frankie G and Dawn Marie (Classic 70's and beyond) Aug. 7 - Northville Strings Students (Strings/Symphonic) Aug. 14 - TBD Aug. 21 - Undecideds (Acoustic)

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Spanking leads to mental health problems, study shows

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:58pm
Data gathered over a 50-year period shows the more children are spanked, the more likely they are to develop mental health problems.

According to a study conducted at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan, even though most Americans don't recognize spanking as abusive behavior, it has been linked to aggression, anti-social behavior and cognitive difficulties.

Researchers at UT said the study, which involved more than 160,000 children, is the most complete analysis to date of the outcomes associated with spanking.

"We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents' intended outcomes when they discipline their children," Elizabeth Gershoff, an associate professor of human development and family sciences said.

The study showed adults who were spanked as children exhibited anti-social behavior, mental health problems and were more likely to support physical punishment for their own children, which highlighted the attitude that physical punishment is passed from generation to generation.

A 2014 UNICEF report showed that as many as 80 percent of parents around the world spank their children. Gershoff said that's in spite of the fact that there is no clear evidence of positive effects from spanking, and ample evidence that it poses a risk of harm to children's behavior and development.

"We as a society think of spanking and physical abuse as distinct behaviors," she says. "Yet our research shows that spanking is linked with the same negative child outcomes as abuse, just to a slightly lesser degree."

The study outcome was consistent with a report recently released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that called for "public engagement and education campaigns and legislative approaches to reduce corporal punishment," including spanking, as a means of reducing physical child abuse. "We hope that our study can help educate parents about the potential harms of spanking and prompt them to try positive and non-punitive forms of discipline."

Click here to read more about the study.

Do your plans Aug. 21 involve heading out for the eclipse? We want to hear!

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:55pm

On Aug. 21, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.

It's already being called the Great American Eclipse, and for the first time in 38 years, the shadow of a total solar eclipse will cross the United States' lower 48.

Photos cannot do it justice, the experts say.

To experience totality -- when the disk of the moon completely covers the disk of the sun, blocking all sunlight -- you need to travel to a location that is within the moon's shadow as it crosses the Earth.


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Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger accused of perjury over 'uninhabitable' home in Warren

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:22pm

A new allegation has been made against embattled Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger, who has been at odds with county officials since she was elected.

This time, Spranger is accused of perjury. If it is proven, Spranger could be removed from office and face a year in jail for lying on a notarized affidavit.

Spranger's home is at the center of the controversy. The complaint said the home in Warren is not Spranger's primary residence. She told Local 4's Jason Colthorp on two occasions that it is.

But a notice on the door from the city of Warren labels it as a vacant home and uninhabitable.

Local 4 went to the home in question on April 24, when neighbors said the house was overrun with raccoons.

"I was in the backyard and noticed raccoons coming out of the house, and I called the city," neighbor Dayton Hood said.

READ: Spranger caught hiding moving boxes to block move to new building

The complaint filed a week ago with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office alleges Spranger lied about the home on Hudson Avenue being her primary residence on a document she filed to run for the clerk position.

Two appeals courts already came to that conclusion in 2012 and 2015, when Spranger applied for special tax exemptions. That was based on the very small water usage at the home, which neighbors said hasn't been lived in for more than a year.

Spranger didn't want to go on camera, but she said she does live at the home. She said she's not always there because she's always on the go.

The notices, dated two days ago, state not only is the home vacant, but nobody is allowed to live in it until it's inspected by the city of Warren.

"I do believe it's gibberish," said Bob Smith, the chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

Smith thinks Spranger's lawsuit against the county is nonsense, and the board is appointing outside counsel at the expense of taxpayers. He's also not a fan of her apparent reluctance to use technology.

"She is basically systematically taking away any advancements that the clerk and the staff have made over the last 10 years," Smith said. "She's slowly reverting us back to the 19th century, it feels like."

Employees said Spranger recently took iPads away from vital records workers, a move that is requiring more paperwork and slowing down the transactions.

Once the Sheriff's Office is done looking into the complaint, if it has merit, it will be sent up the chain to the state level.

Some employees and union leaders told commissioners that the office is getting backlogged, and employees are on the verge of breakdowns or of being fired. They said they even brought in therapists to help.

Wayne firefighters deliver baby girl

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:10pm

Wayne firefighters delivered a baby Thursday morning after a call was received about a woman in labor.

Firefighters went to a home in the 3400 block of Gloria Street, where they delivered the baby girl.

The baby, Joey, was born at 8:36 a.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

According to firefighters, both the mother and baby are doing well.

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WATCH LIVE: Corpse flower expected to bloom tonight in Des Moines

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:39pm

A corpse flower is expected to bloom at any moment at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

The flower was expected to bloom Wednesday night and could pop open at any time.

Horticulturists at the garden say the flower has begun "peeling" which is a good sign. The corpse flower gets its name from the odor it emits when it first blooms.

The flower only blooms once every three to five years.

Michigan corrections department to aid transgender inmates

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:17pm

A new policy at the Michigan Department of Corrections is opening the door for more transgender inmates to receive transition-related treatments.

The revised policy was put into place June 26. Prior to the change, inmates were only allowed to receive treatment if such care was already scheduled before the person was incarcerated. Now, inmates can receive hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery while still in prison.

If an inmate believes they are gender dysphoric, the corrections department's new Gender Dysphoria Collaborative Review Committee will look at the inmate's medical history and give a medical and psychological evaluation to potentially approve treatment.

Gender dysphoria is defined as a conflict between a person's assigned gender and the gender they identify with.

MDOC says there are currently 50 transgender inmates across 30 Michigan facilities.

Firefighters injured after falling through hole in floor on Detroit's west side

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:29pm

A firefighter was injured Thursday morning at a house fire on Detroit's west.

The fire happened in the 16800 Rosemont Avenue, near Southfield and McNichols roads.

According to authorities, a firefighter fell through a hole in the floor. He was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital and his injuries to not appear to be serious.

The house was empty at the time of the fire.

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Michigan man wins $4.4 million jackpot by matching Lotto 47 numbers

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:27am

A Fenton man is looking forward to a financial cushion after winning a $4.4 million jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn May 17: 09-13-17-24-30-33.

He bought his winning ticket at Smitty's Exit 80, located at 2461 North Road in Fenton.

"I've been playing Lotto 47 for years and I've won a few smaller prizes," said the 54-year-old man. "My wife and I sat down to check our numbers and we were so excited to see we had won the jackpot."

He visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the jackpot. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.8 million rather than an annuity.

With his winnings, he plans to set up college funds for his children and then invest the remainder in his retirement.

"It feels great to have a cushion and know I'll be able to retire on my terms," he said.

Farmington Road to undergo $1.2M construction project between 7 Mile, 8 Mile roads in Livonia

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:23am

Motorists in Livonia should expect to see orange barrels as soon as Thursday along Farmington Road between 7 Mile and 8 Mile roads as construction crews prepare to get to work.

Wayne County's Department of Public Services will begin a capital improvement project Monday on this stretch of Farmington Road. County spokeswoman Kaye Byrd said the construction project is estimated to cost $1.2 million.

The project includes:

Road resurfacing Concrete pavement repairs Bridge epoxy overlay Sidewalk ramps Guardrails Pavement markings New signage Farmington Road construction schedule

Construction will begin on Monday July 24, 2017 and the road work is estimated to be completed in October, barring any unforeseen delays or inclement weather. Restoration of grass will be completed as weather allows.

BEGINS: Monday, July 24, 2017 ENDS: October, 2017

The county said construction will be completed in stages and one lane of traffic in either direction will be maintained at all times. Two-way access to all side streets and driveways off of Farmington Road will be maintained at all times. Traffic will be flagged as needed during milling and paving operations.

Have a sprinkler system?

If you have a sprinkler system on your property and are along the project corridor, you are asked to identify and clearly stake the locations of the system -- heads, valves, and underground lines -- or any other underground utilities that are not part of the MISS DIG program.

You can contact Wayne County's Department of Public Services Field Engineering Division at 734-595-6504 ext. 2065.

VIEW: Wayne County Road Construction Headlines

VIEW: Wayne County road construction projects planned for 2017 season

Danielle Stislicki missing case: What we learned from Wednesday's search

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:05am

Wednesday was an important day in the case of Danielle Stislicki's disappearance, as more than 150 police officers and FBI agents searched Hines Park in Livonia for a sign of the missing 28-year-old woman.

The search marked the biggest break in the case since Floyd Galloway was named a person of interest in her disappearance after being arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a jogger.

Here's everything we learned during Wednesday's search.

Stislicki not expected to be found alive

As police and FBI agents searched Hines Park for any sign of Stislicki, Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said they do not believe she will be found alive.

Stislicki has been missing since Dec. 2, 2016. She left work in Southfield that day and was supposed to meet a friend. She never showed up to dinner and has not been seen or heard from since.

Her Jeep Renegade was found the next day parked outside her apartment on Halsted Road near Grand River Avenue in Farmington Hills. Police said her purse was still in the Jeep, but it's unclear if Stislicki or someone else parked it outside the apartment complex.

"Law enforcement authorities have expressed since day one that Danielle Stislicki was a victim of a crime," said Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus. "The facts of the case lead us to believe she is not alive. Several air, land, and water searches have been conducted at various places throughout the investigation. Hines Park is being searched as the result of a recent Livonia and Farmington Hills joint investigation. This investigation has led to criminal charges in Livonia against Floyd Galloway, a 30-year-old resident of Berkley. Because the Livonia incident occurred in Hines Park, it is a location that requires searching. There is no specific information or evidence that leads us to believe Danielle's remains are in the park."

Why search Hines Park?

Why do experts believe Hines Park in Livonia needed to be searched in connection with Stislicki's disappearance?

The massive search area was east of Newburgh Road, where investigators said Galloway is accused of attacking a jogger last fall. Galloway was arrested June 27 and accused of wrapping his arms around her neck and struck her on the side of her face. She struggled as he attempted to drag her toward the Rouge River.

Police said Galloway attempted to remove her clothing and told her that he wanted to have sex with her.

FBI profilers said predators often return to the same area of a prior crime, which prompted officials to search Hines Park in the area where the jogger was attacked.

Search ends without a discovery

Police and FBI agents ended Wednesday's search around 3 p.m. without making any discoveries in the case.

Officials said 155 law enforcement officials used 14 K-9 units, cadaver dogs and metal detectors to look for evidence connected to Stislicki's disappearance.

They said nothing was found, and no further search is planned at Hines Park.

Police weren't just looking for human remains. They were searching for a key new piece of evidence: a tan- and brown-striped comforter. Investigators believe Stislicki's body may have been wrapped in that comforter.

"We can't tell you why or how that fits with the case, but yes, that is something new we added to the case today -- this tan, striped comforter," Nebus said.

Investigators also are searching for a blue Eddie Bauer 3-in-1 jacket, jeans, burgundy boots and a black zip-up shirt.

Stislicki's parents respond to developments

After the intensive search and Nebus' declaration that Stislicki is not expected to be found alive, her parents released a statement.

"We would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies and volunteers that participated in today's search," Rich Stislicki, Danielle Stislicki's father, said in a statement. "We know their efforts one day will bring justice to our family and Danielle."

Local 4 Defender Karen Drew spoke with the Stislickis Wednesday as the latest developments in the case unfolded.

With the information so fresh, Stislicki's parents couldn't do a full interview, but they said they will keep fighting as more searches for their daughter continue.

The Stislickis have been active in the community since their daughter's disappearance, helping families of other people who have gone missing.

Man in custody after standoff with police at home on Lantz Street in Detroit

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:38am

A 35-year-old man is in custody after barricading himself inside a home Thursday morning in the 8100 block of Lantz Street in Detroit.

Detroit police officers surrounded the home for hours Thursday morning before the man, who was armed with a gun, was taken into custody. No injuries were reported. Police had a portion of Lantz Street blocked off for hours.

What happened

The man went to the house on Lantz Street in a drunken rage because a woman who lives there, who works for the Department of Corrections, has a current court case out against him for assault and battery. The case was set to move forward in court on Friday. The man showed up at the house Thursday morning to try to get the woman not to show up for court. The woman has a PPO against this man.

Shots fired inside home

When he arrived at the home he began threatening her. She fled from the house. She's safe now but she left her service firearm in the home. Because of their previous relationship, the man knew where the gun was kept. He fired two shots into the air inside of the home where he was barricading himself out of rage -- he didn't shoot himself or anyone else. At one point the man asked officers for a cigarette, which they gave him.

Gun pointed at officers

The man did point the gun at officers when they made contact with him, but he didn't shoot. He was treated on the scene for minor cuts he suffered from punching glass windows.

Police don't know the victim's role with the Department of Corrections at this time, but she did have a service firearm that's now in police possession.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for more information as it becomes available.

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Tony Hawk, Bedrock bringing temporary skatepark to Downtown Detroit

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:19am

Tony Hawk and Bedrock are bringing a temporary skate park to Downtown Detroit.

Hawk, with artist Ryan McGinness, have partnered with Bedrock to bring an art installation and skate park to the city, located in the area of Randolph Street, Bates Street, Cadillac Square and Monroe Avenue.

The 4,600 sq. ft. temporary public skate park is partly designed by Tony Hawk. The project is produced by Library Street Collective with assistance from Cranbrook Art Museum.

"It's exciting to see the skate scene continue to thrive in Detroit, and it is an honor to help with this project," said Tony Hawk. "I think we made good use of the space thanks to Ryan, Bedrock and Quicken Loans, and planted the seeds for bigger, more permanent parks around Detroit in the near future."

Wayfinding, the name of the project, will open to the public on Wednesday, August 16. The park is scheduled to remain open until Monroe Blocks construction begins, currently slated to break ground in January 2018.

"It's a long time coming for Detroit to have a state-of-the-art skateboard park, and we are proud to partner with Tony Hawk and others to make it happen," said Helen Johnson, Quicken Loans Vice President of Strategic Investment.

Complementary to the downtown Detroit project, Ryan McGinness will launch an ambitious exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum with support from Library Street Collective in November 2017. The exhibition, Ryan McGinness: Studio Views, will consist of a large-scale installation based on his studio practice and a presentation of drawings and iconography created from artworks in the Museum's collection.

Top Stories Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:11am

Here are the top stories:

4 TO KNOW: Parents of Danielle Stislicki respond after officials say she won't be found alive LIVE UPDATES: O.J. Simpson parole hearing Beacon Park: What to know about Detroit's newest entertainment hub What's taking the Lions so long to extend Matthew Stafford? LOCAL: LIVE: Man to be sentenced for fatal 2015 hit-and-run in Sterling Heights Police surround home on Lantz Street on Detroit's east side Parents of Danielle Stislicki respond after officials say she won't be found alive Missing soldier David Folsom, of Waterford Township, found dead Woman's car torched by fire at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights Detroit man describes being shot by neighbor in dispute over fence Police search for missing 24-year-old Michigan woman Police end Wednesday's search at Hines Park for Danielle Stislicki Body found at vacant Detroit home identified as missing Marine 'Chef Doug' Detroit's Belle Isle gets $750,000 to build a 6-mile loop trail WEATHER: Slight risk for severe weather Thursday afternoon in SE Michigan Oak Park woman loses $20,000 in complex 'pigeon drop' scam Beer truck smashes into car in Mt. Clemens Why experts say Hines Park needed to be searched for Danielle Stislicki Contractor killed while working for DTE in Romulus SUBMIT A NEWS TIP (click here)

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Social Security Administration warns about fraudulent callers US general warns of out-of-control killer robots VIDEO: Los Angeles chase ends in crash; suspect attempts to flee on foot VIDEO: New York man brings a machete into a street fight Bodycam allegedly shows Baltimore cop planting drugs Family of woman killed by police wants her body home Pennsylvania parents get jail time in 'gifted' girls case Elon Musk explains what's wrong with math class POLITICS: Diagnosed with cancer, McCain faces his greatest battle The Russians at the Trump Tower meeting US conglomerates lobby against Russia sanctions 6 months in, a look at Trump White House briefings Hill investigators, Trump staff look to Facebook for critical answers in Russia probe Poll: Abandon repeal and replace; seek bipartisan answer ENTERTAINMENT: Madonna stops auction of Tupac letter HBO draws ire after 'Confederate' announcement There's now a dystopian comic called 'Calexit' Ron Howard teases 'Han Solo' film on Twitter, Instagram SPORTS: What's taking the Lions so long to extend Matthew Stafford? J.D. Martinez leaves first game with Diamondbacks after being hit by pitch on hand Soccer fans flood Comerica Park for big-time match Detroit Lions remove playoff banner from Ford Field ALL 4 PETS: 10 things veterinary professionals want you to know about pet care The wackiest cat and dog names of 2017 Why dogs dig and tips to prevent your dog from digging What to do if you lose your dog or find a missing dog Bring your dog to a Detroit Tigers game in September

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OJ Simpson parole hearing Thursday: Watch it live here

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:08am

Former football star and convicted felon O.J. Simpson will command the world's attention once again Thursday when he pleads for his freedom on live TV. You can watch it live here.

The hearing is set to begin at around 1:00 p.m. from Lovelock Correction Center in Nevada. You can watch it live on ClickOnDetroit.com

Simpson was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. The 70-year-old will ask four parole board members to release him in October after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.

O.J. Simpson: A timeline of events

An aging Simpson will appear as inmate No. 1027820, dressed in blue jeans and a blue button-down shirt, in a stark hearing room in a remote Nevada prison.

Lovelock Correctional Center Warden Renee Baker said Wednesday she couldn't say how Simpson's parole hearing might turn out.

"We'll see tomorrow," she said.

Simpson was convicted of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.

"My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property," Simpson told the parole officials in 2013 before apologizing.

"Make no mistake, I would give it all back," he said, "to get these last five years back."

The robbery was a new low for Simpson, whose celebrity spanned sports, movies, television and advertising before his fall from grace during his highly-publicized murder trial in 1995.

Simpson was found not guilty in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. In 1997, he was found liable in civil court for the deaths and ordered to pay $33.5 million to survivors including his children and the Goldman family.

The Goldmans believe Simpson got away with murder in Los Angeles, and many people felt the stiff sentence handed down in Las Vegas wasn't just about the robbery.

A Goldman family spokesman said Ron Goldman's father and sister, Fred and Kim, won't be part of Simpson's parole hearing but feel apprehensive about "how this will change their lives again should Simpson be released."

The retired district attorney who prosecuted Simpson for the heist denied Simpson's sentence was "payback" for his acquittal in the Los Angeles slayings.

David Roger said Simpson took a gamble when he rejected an offer to avoid trial by pleading guilty to a felony that could have gotten him 2 1/2 years in prison.

"He thought he was invincible, and he rolled the dice," Roger said.

However, Roger acknowledges that Simpson has a good chance to go free.

By most accounts, Simpson has a clean prison record and a good chance for release.

Simpson is expected to reiterate that he has kept a promise to stay out of trouble, coaches in the prison gym where he works and counsels other inmates.

"I guess, my age, guys come to me," Simpson told parole officials four years ago.

The same commissioners granted him parole during his last public appearance in 2013 on some of his 12 charges, leaving him with four years to serve before reaching his minimum term.

At Simpson's side in his bid for freedom will be lawyer Malcolm LaVergne, close friend Tom Scotto, sister Shirley Baker and daughter Arnelle Simpson.

O.J. Simpson is expected to tell the board what he would do and where he would live if he is granted parole.

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LIVE STREAM: OJ Simpson faces parole hearing Thursday

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:58am

Former football star and convicted felon O.J. Simpson will command the world's attention once again Thursday when he pleads for his freedom on live TV. You can watch it live here.

The hearing is set to begin at around 1:00 p.m. from Lovelock Correction Center in Nevada. You can watch it live on ClickOnDetroit.com

Simpson was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. The 70-year-old will ask four parole board members to release him in October after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.

O.J. Simpson: A timeline of events

An aging Simpson will appear as inmate No. 1027820, dressed in blue jeans and a blue button-down shirt, in a stark hearing room in a remote Nevada prison.

Lovelock Correctional Center Warden Renee Baker said Wednesday she couldn't say how Simpson's parole hearing might turn out.

"We'll see tomorrow," she said.

Simpson was convicted of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.

"My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property," Simpson told the parole officials in 2013 before apologizing.

"Make no mistake, I would give it all back," he said, "to get these last five years back."

The robbery was a new low for Simpson, whose celebrity spanned sports, movies, television and advertising before his fall from grace during his highly-publicized murder trial in 1995.

Simpson was found not guilty in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. In 1997, he was found liable in civil court for the deaths and ordered to pay $33.5 million to survivors including his children and the Goldman family.

The Goldmans believe Simpson got away with murder in Los Angeles, and many people felt the stiff sentence handed down in Las Vegas wasn't just about the robbery.

A Goldman family spokesman said Ron Goldman's father and sister, Fred and Kim, won't be part of Simpson's parole hearing but feel apprehensive about "how this will change their lives again should Simpson be released."

The retired district attorney who prosecuted Simpson for the heist denied Simpson's sentence was "payback" for his acquittal in the Los Angeles slayings.

David Roger said Simpson took a gamble when he rejected an offer to avoid trial by pleading guilty to a felony that could have gotten him 2 1/2 years in prison.

"He thought he was invincible, and he rolled the dice," Roger said.

However, Roger acknowledges that Simpson has a good chance to go free.

By most accounts, Simpson has a clean prison record and a good chance for release.

Simpson is expected to reiterate that he has kept a promise to stay out of trouble, coaches in the prison gym where he works and counsels other inmates.

"I guess, my age, guys come to me," Simpson told parole officials four years ago.

The same commissioners granted him parole during his last public appearance in 2013 on some of his 12 charges, leaving him with four years to serve before reaching his minimum term.

At Simpson's side in his bid for freedom will be lawyer Malcolm LaVergne, close friend Tom Scotto, sister Shirley Baker and daughter Arnelle Simpson.

O.J. Simpson is expected to tell the board what he would do and where he would live if he is granted parole.

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LIVE STREAM: O.J. Simpson parole hearing Thursday

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:45am

Former football star and convicted felon O.J. Simpson will command the world's attention once again Thursday when he pleads for his freedom on live TV. You can watch it live here.

The hearing is set to begin at around 1:00 p.m. from Lovelock Correction Center in Nevada. You can watch it live on ClickOnDetroit.com

Simpson was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. The 70-year-old will ask four parole board members to release him in October after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.

O.J. Simpson: A timeline of events

An aging Simpson will appear as inmate No. 1027820, dressed in blue jeans and a blue button-down shirt, in a stark hearing room in a remote Nevada prison.

Lovelock Correctional Center Warden Renee Baker said Wednesday she couldn't say how Simpson's parole hearing might turn out.

"We'll see tomorrow," she said.

Simpson was convicted of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.

"My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property," Simpson told the parole officials in 2013 before apologizing.

"Make no mistake, I would give it all back," he said, "to get these last five years back."

The robbery was a new low for Simpson, whose celebrity spanned sports, movies, television and advertising before his fall from grace during his highly-publicized murder trial in 1995.

Simpson was found not guilty in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. In 1997, he was found liable in civil court for the deaths and ordered to pay $33.5 million to survivors including his children and the Goldman family.

The Goldmans believe Simpson got away with murder in Los Angeles, and many people felt the stiff sentence handed down in Las Vegas wasn't just about the robbery.

A Goldman family spokesman said Ron Goldman's father and sister, Fred and Kim, won't be part of Simpson's parole hearing but feel apprehensive about "how this will change their lives again should Simpson be released."

The retired district attorney who prosecuted Simpson for the heist denied Simpson's sentence was "payback" for his acquittal in the Los Angeles slayings.

David Roger said Simpson took a gamble when he rejected an offer to avoid trial by pleading guilty to a felony that could have gotten him 2 1/2 years in prison.

"He thought he was invincible, and he rolled the dice," Roger said.

However, Roger acknowledges that Simpson has a good chance to go free.

By most accounts, Simpson has a clean prison record and a good chance for release.

Simpson is expected to reiterate that he has kept a promise to stay out of trouble, coaches in the prison gym where he works and counsels other inmates.

"I guess, my age, guys come to me," Simpson told parole officials four years ago.

The same commissioners granted him parole during his last public appearance in 2013 on some of his 12 charges, leaving him with four years to serve before reaching his minimum term.

At Simpson's side in his bid for freedom will be lawyer Malcolm LaVergne, close friend Tom Scotto, sister Shirley Baker and daughter Arnelle Simpson.

O.J. Simpson is expected to tell the board what he would do and where he would live if he is granted parole.

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LIVE VIDEO: O.J. Simpson's parole hearing Thursday

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:44am

O.J. Simpson may be one step closer to becoming a free man. You can watch his parole hearing live here.

The hearing is set to begin at around 1:00 p.m. from Lovelock Correction Center in Nevada. You can watch it live on ClickOnDetroit.com

Simpson will have a July 20 hearing before the Nevada Board of Parole to decide whether he will be released from prison, according to parole board spokesman David Smith. If paroled, he could be released as early as October, Smith said.

The former football star has served nine years in prison at Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in the Nevada desert.

O.J. Simpson: A timeline of events

Perhaps the nation's most famous inmate, Simpson is serving a nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in a 2007 incident in a Las Vegas hotel room. He and an associate were convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon after prosecutors argued they tried to steal pieces of Simpson sports memorabilia at gunpoint.

At his 2008 sentencing, Simpson said he was trying to reclaim family heirlooms and other personal items that had been taken from him. He claims he didn't know his associates were armed.

Simpson's legal team has argued that his sentence for the 2007 Las Vegas incident does not match the crime. They said it was a dose of payback for his 1995 acquittal.

Simpson, 69, has already had parole hearings in 2013 and 2014. At the 2013 hearing he was granted parole on some of his offenses.

The parole board will weigh several factors in deciding whether to release Simpson. According to Nevada defense attorney Dan Hill, Simpson fits the profile of an inmate who would receive parole at the first opportunity.

"Simpson's age, the fact that he was given parole on the first sentencing batch, weigh in his favor," Hill said. "So does the fact that he was by all accounts a model prisoner, as does any acceptance of responsibility for his actions."

A video of the 2013 hearing shows Simpson pleading with parole commissioners.

"My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property that was stolen from me," he said. "I wish I had never gone to that room. I wish I had just said keep it and not worry about it."

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O.J. Simpson: A timeline of events

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:44am

O.J. Simpson faces a parole hearing Thursday that could allow him to walk free this fall.

You can watch the parole hearing live on ClickOnDetroit.com at 1 p.m. - watch it here.

O.J. Simpson's story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture.

A beloved football hero in the 1960s and `70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed.

He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend. A jury acquitted him, but many still believe he carried out the grisly slayings.

Here's a timeline of major events in the life of Simpson, now 70, who has been imprisoned in Nevada for armed robbery and faces a parole hearing Thursday:

-- 1967: Simpson leads all college running backs in rushing in his first season at the University of Southern California.

-- 1968: Simpson wins the Heisman Trophy, college football's top honor.

-- 1969: The first pick in the pro draft, Simpson goes to the Buffalo Bills and spends the next nine seasons with the team.

-- 1973: He becomes the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 or more yards (2,003) in a season.

-- 1979: Simpson retires, having rushed for 11,236 yards, second most in NFL history at the time.

-- 1985: Simpson is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

-- 1988: Simpson, who had been appearing in TV shows and commercials since the late 1960s, co-stars in the first of the "Naked Gun" crime comedies, perhaps his most popular role.

-- February 1992: Nicole Brown Simpson files for divorce after seven years of marriage. It becomes final Oct. 15.

-- June 12, 1994: Nicole Simpson and a friend, Ronald Goldman, are stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.

-- June 17, 1994: Ordered by prosecutors to surrender, Simpson instead flees with a friend in a white Ford Bronco. It's a nationally televised slow-speed chase across California freeways until police persuade him to surrender.

-- June 1995: During Simpson's trial, a prosecutor asks him to put on a pair of gloves believed worn by the killer. The gloves appear too small, leading defense attorney Johnnie Cochran to famously state in his closing argument: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

-- Oct. 3, 1995: Simpson is acquitted of murder.

-- February 1997: After a trial in a civil suit filed by the victims' families, a jury finds Simpson liable for the deaths and orders he pay survivors $33.5 million.

-- July 2007: A federal bankruptcy judge awards the rights to a book by Simpson, in which he discusses how he could have committed the killings, to Goldman's family as partial payment of the judgment. The family renames the book "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer."

-- September 2007: Simpson, accompanied by five men, confronts two sports-memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, angrily telling them that most of the memorabilia they are planning to sell is rightfully his.

-- Oct. 3, 2008: A jury finds Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy charges. The other accomplices had taken plea deals and received probation.

-- December 2008: Simpson is sentenced to nine to 33 years and sent to Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

-- October 2010: The Nevada Supreme Court denies Simpson's appeal but grants Stewart a new trial. Stewart takes a plea deal and is released.

-- July 25, 2013: Simpson asks the Nevada Parole Board for leniency, saying he has tried to be a model prisoner. He wins parole on some convictions but is left with at least four more years to serve.

-- June 2017: The parole board sets a July 20 hearing date.

WATCH LIVE: O.J. Simpson faces parole hearing Thursday

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:37am

O.J. Simpson may be one step closer to becoming a free man. You can watch his parole hearing live here.

The hearing is set to begin at around 1:00 p.m. from Lovelock Correction Center in Nevada. You can watch it live on ClickOnDetroit.com

Television networks will interrupt this presidency on Thursday to revisit an old obsession.

ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HLN and ESPN will show O.J. Simpson's parole hearing at a Nevada prison, as he seeks freedom after spending more than eight years locked up for armed robbery and assault. CBS said it will livestream the hearing on its CBSN digital news affiliate.

Simpson's trial in California for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, was a television obsession more than two decades ago. The former football star was acquitted, but has been imprisoned for trying to steal sports collectibles.

Interest in Simpson was revived last year with ESPN's documentary "O.J.: Made in America," and the FX miniseries, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

Former Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman, who testified in Simpson's original trial, will provide analysis for Fox News Channel.

O.J. Simpson's story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture.

A beloved football hero in the 1960s and `70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed.

He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend. A jury acquitted him, but many still believe he carried out the grisly slayings.

Here's a timeline of major events in the life of Simpson, now 70, who has been imprisoned in Nevada for armed robbery and faces a parole hearing Thursday:
-- 1967: Simpson leads all college running backs in rushing in his first season at the University of Southern California.
-- 1968: Simpson wins the Heisman Trophy, college football's top honor.
-- 1969: The first pick in the pro draft, Simpson goes to the Buffalo Bills and spends the next nine seasons with the team.
-- 1973: He becomes the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 or more yards (2,003) in a season.
-- 1979: Simpson retires, having rushed for 11,236 yards, second most in NFL history at the time.
-- 1985: Simpson is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
-- 1988: Simpson, who had been appearing in TV shows and commercials since the late 1960s, co-stars in the first of the "Naked Gun" crime comedies, perhaps his most popular role.
-- February 1992: Nicole Brown Simpson files for divorce after seven years of marriage. It becomes final Oct. 15.
-- June 12, 1994: Nicole Simpson and a friend, Ronald Goldman, are stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.
-- June 17, 1994: Ordered by prosecutors to surrender, Simpson instead flees with a friend in a white Ford Bronco. It's a nationally televised slow-speed chase across California freeways until police persuade him to surrender.
-- June 1995: During Simpson's trial, a prosecutor asks him to put on a pair of gloves believed worn by the killer. The gloves appear too small, leading defense attorney Johnnie Cochran to famously state in his closing argument: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."
-- Oct. 3, 1995: Simpson is acquitted of murder.
-- February 1997: After a trial in a civil suit filed by the victims' families, a jury finds Simpson liable for the deaths and orders he pay survivors $33.5 million.
-- July 2007: A federal bankruptcy judge awards the rights to a book by Simpson, in which he discusses how he could have committed the killings, to Goldman's family as partial payment of the judgment. The family renames the book "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer."
-- September 2007: Simpson, accompanied by five men, confronts two sports-memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, angrily telling them that most of the memorabilia they are planning to sell is rightfully his.
-- Oct. 3, 2008: A jury finds Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy charges. The other accomplices had taken plea deals and received probation.
-- December 2008: Simpson is sentenced to nine to 33 years and sent to Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
-- October 2010: The Nevada Supreme Court denies Simpson's appeal but grants Stewart a new trial. Stewart takes a plea deal and is released.
-- July 25, 2013: Simpson asks the Nevada Parole Board for leniency, saying he has tried to be a model prisoner. He wins parole on some convictions but is left with at least four more years to serve.
-- June 2017: The parole board sets a July 20 hearing date.

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