- Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Ruling could stall Meijer investigation
If the U.S. Supreme Court court strikes down a Michigan ban on corporate funding of elections, it would eliminate a local prosecutor's pursuit of felony charges against Meijer officials for allegedly authorizing corporate expenditures in a 2007 recall election.Continued ...
- Tuesday, January 5, 2010
11:45 am: Meijer appeal stalls criminal probe
A local prosecutor won't be able to proceed with a criminal probe of state campaign violations committed by Meijer Inc. in Acme Township until the Michigan Supreme Court weighs in on Meijer's appeal of a lower court ruling.Continued ...
Meijer appeals ruling allowing prosecution
Meijer Inc. will ask the Michigan Supreme Court to halt a criminal investigation into its admitted campaign finance violations in Acme Township.Continued ...
- Sunday, November 22, 2009
Appeals court: Meijer can be prosecuted
Alan Schneider won this round, but Grand Traverse County's prosecutor must wait to restart a criminal investigation of campaign finance violations committed by Meijer, Inc.Continued ...
- Event timeline in the Meijer, Acme saga
- Saturday, November 21, 2009
5pm: Prosecutor may pursue Meijer crimes
A state appeals court ruled Grand Traverse County's prosecutor may proceed with a probe of Meijer, Inc. for possible criminal violations of Michigan's campaign finance law stemming from a 2007 Acme Township recall election.Continued ...
- Sunday, October 18, 2009
Prosecutor waits for ruling in Meijer case
The wait continues for an appellate court decision that could potentially reveal who orchestrated election tampering in Acme Township.Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Boltres settles lawsuit with the Village
A secret deal closed the book on a series of lawsuits that for years enmeshed Acme Township public officials and development partners Meijer Inc. and the Village at Grand Traverse LLC. Former Acme Township Treasurer Bill Boltres reached confidential settlements with the Village and Meijer during a closed hearing.Continued ...
- Friday, October 2, 2009
New process for Acme in Meijer store review
New players and a new process will usher in a new-look site plan review for Meijer Inc.'s long-delayed store in Acme Township.Continued ...
- Wednesday, September 30, 2009
No settlement in Boltres-Village lawsuit
The rancorous lawsuit between former Acme Treasurer Bill Boltres and developers the Village at Grand Traverse LLC will continue after the sides failed to reach a settlement.Continued ...
- Thursday, September 3, 2009
Meijer applies to develop Acme store
Meijer Inc. is taking another stab at building in Acme Township, five years after the Grand Rapids retailer and a development partner waged a zoning battle with local officials.Continued ...
- Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Deposition may violate Meijer agreement
A judge's warning may put an end to former Acme Township Treasurer Bill Boltres' quest to get to the bottom of election manipulations in Acme Township.Continued ...
- Saturday, August 22, 2009
State Court of Appeals to hear arguments
Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Alan Schneider will try to convince three state judges he should be able to enforce state campaign finance law, rules that nine federal judges ultimately may gut.Continued ...
- Friday, August 7, 2009
Lawsuit alleges Village committed crime
Former Acme Township Treasurer Bill Boltres wants "the whole ball of wax" -- details of how he believes developers manipulated elections and drove him from office over a zoning dispute, his attorney said. Boltres' attorney Grant Parsons filed a motion in 13th Circuit Court this week that alleged criminal misconduct by The Village at Grand Traverse LLC developers in two Acme Township elections.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 28, 2009
Editorial: Acme details still emerging
The issue: More recall campaign finance controversy in Acme Township; Our view: The Village's role emerges, and what little faith Michigan citizens have in the state's campaign finance laws unravels.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 16, 2009
Village at GT didn't report campaign expense
The Village at Grand Traverse LLC paid lawyers thousands of dollars to work on a 2005 Acme Township election campaign, but did not report the expense to state officials.Continued ...
Village had large role in Acme saga
Meijer Inc.'s travails in Acme Township dominated headlines and court activity over the past year-plus, but lawsuit testimony shows the retailer's partner, the Village at Grand Traverse LLC, and its investors had more to lose and played a major role in the long Acme development saga.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 30, 2009
Meijer and Village to pay $1.5M
For years they fought, bitterly so. With lawsuits and countersuits and sometimes illegally waged election campaigns. At stake: control over development in Grand Traverse Countys Acme Township.Continued ...
No ‘goodwill gesture’ yet for Acme residents
TRAVERSE CITY — Acme residents won’t be on the receiving end of any immediate goodwill gesture in the wake of a lawsuit settlement between township officials and a development group led by Meijer, Inc.Continued ...
Events in the Meijer, Acme Township saga
Timeline: Events in the Meijer, Acme Twp. sagaContinued ...
- Wednesday, April 29, 2009
3:28 pm: Meijer, The Village to pay $1.5M
TRAVERSE CITY — A bitter lawsuit that had its roots in a 2004 zoning dispute ended today in 13th Circuit Court, when Meijer and The Village of Grand Traverse agreed to pay five Acme Township officials a combined $1.5 million.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 19, 2009
Details of Meijer settlement to go public
Details of a lawsuit settlement between five Acme Township officials and Meijer Inc. will be made public and might include a fence-mending offer from Meijer to the community.Continued ...
Acme Meijer store still a possibility
Grand Rapids-based Meijer isn't discussing its plans in Acme Township. But Acme Supervisor Wayne Kladder expects talks with Meijer President Mark Murray and Village at Grand Traverse LLC managing partner Steven Smith will resume.Continued ...
- Monday, March 16, 2009
Meijer, officials settle lawsuit
Acme Township officials who sued the Grand Rapids-based retail chain, developer the Village at Grand Traverse LLC and their former attorneys, Dickinson Wright PLLC and Timothy Stoepker, agreed to a tentative settlement that's sealed in the court file of the protracted legal dispute.Continued ...
- Monday, March 2, 2009
Motions to dismiss denied in Boltres suit
A Traverse City judge had harsh words for downstate developers who tried to manipulate a bankruptcy proceeding to avoid being sued by former Acme Township Treasurer Bill Boltres. Grand Traverse County Circuit Court Judge Philip E. Rodgers denied two separate motions by the Village at Grand Traverse LLC to dismiss Boltres' lawsuit.Continued ...