Local Government

"Albion City Councilman Maurice Barnes has been accused of criminal sexual conduct. Barnes, 60, was arraigned in Calhoun County District Court on Tuesday before Magistrate Earl Brutsche. He is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct, meaning he allegedly touched a child younger than 13." (Battle Creek Enquirer)


There will be at least one new member of the Battle Creek City Commission after the November election. One incumbent has decided not to run for re-election. 

"Battle Creek Assistant City Manager for Operations Susan Bedsole has taken a job in Columbus, Ohio. The city announced Wednesday that Bedsole accepted a position as deputy director of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Her last day at City Hall is Oct. 30." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"A large portion of a lawsuit by the former deputy police chief and inspector against the City of Battle Creek has been dismissed. James Saylor and Maria Alonso will still argue in court their firings on April 29, 2014, were not legal." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Flags at Kalamazoo City Hall will fly at half-staff Friday to honor former City Commissioner Edgar Gordon.