shiawassee county

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

An angry crowd told the Shiawassee County Commission tonight not to lay off more than a dozen sheriff’s deputies.  

But the commission did any way.

Faced with the need to close a $1 million hole in the county budget before the end of the year, Shiawassee County commissioners dropped the ax on the sheriff’s road patrol. The move effectively slices the county sheriff’s staff in half. 

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Shiawassee County Commissioners could authorize laying off half the sheriff’s department this week.

Last week, voters rejected a millage hike that would have paid to keep the department funded. The millage was voted down 59% to 41%.

Now 14 to 16 deputies will likely get pink slips by the end of the year.     

Sheriff George Braidwood says if the cuts go through he will have no deputies to respond to traffic accidents or other emergencies.

“I’m scared.  I really am,” says Braidwood. “I think this is going to be devastating.”

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The reward for information in the I-96 shooting spree is now over $100 thousand.

Local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating 25 shooting incidents along the I-96 corridor from Shiawassee County to Oakland County.  There’s only been one minor injury.

Gene Wriggelsworth is Ingham County’s sheriff.   He says More than 600 tips have come into the task force leading the investigation.   There is evidence linking some of the crime scenes, but Wriggelsworth is not ruling out a possible copycat shooter as well.