Shelby Officials Trade Barbs Over Towing Lawsuit (VIDEO)

Against the advice of Shelby Township attorney Rob Huth, Treasurer Michael Flynn and Trustee Nick Nightingale spoke publicly about the lawsuit pending between the township and Nightingale Services, Inc.

Emotions ran high at Tuesday's Shelby Township board of trustees meeting as Treasurer Michael Flynn spoke at length about the "ethical questions" raised by Trustee Nick Nightingale's presence on the board given his family's active lawsuit against the township.

"While I can understand how Mr. Nightingale feels he has been wronged, I cannot understand how anyone can ethically serve and sue simultaneously," Flynn said.

Nightingale Services Inc., Shelby Township’s former towing contractor, filed a federal lawsuit against the township and five board members in June 2012, claiming their contract was cancelled as punishment for the business owners spearheading recall efforts against several township officials.

Shelby Township attorney Rob Huth interrupted Flynn about one minute into his statements to object to discussion of what remains pending litigation.

"You're going to finish, you're going to do what you want, and I'm going to say for the record that I don't think you should be talking about the lawsuit," advised Huth.

Nightingale defended his position on the board with the reminder that the lawsuit was filed prior to his campaign and election to the office of township trustee.

"I was very transparent with the residents," Nightingale said. "I did not mislead anyone. I was not unethical."

Shelbynurse February 27, 2013 at 04:04 AM
I saw this on Facebook and had to comment. The lawsuit is a separate issue and should NOT have been brought up at a township meeting. This shows Mr. Flynn's lack of experience in business AND law. The majority of people voted for Mr. Nightingale. I think Mr. Flynn should be careful because he is about to potentially add slander to that lawsuit. Being involved in HIPPA myself, we know better to EVER bring anything like that up, especially in a public forum. Are you kidding me Mr. Flynn? Hmm
judy Martin February 27, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Hi Todd B, NoI dont live in a trailer park,I didnt think I was real stupid,But some body started this crap and somebody will pay the lawsuit.He has every right to bring it on.I pay for everything else,why not this,.I pay extra for Detroit,the Zoo,Smart Bus.Art institute. None of this I like,but I have no choice,since all the do gooders dont mind paying for it,they ,will just add it to your taxes every year.
Dana Horton February 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Has Mr Flynn come up with a resignation date yet? He will still be part of the lawsuit no matter what. The punitive damages should be even better. Mr Flynn needs to run back home to mommy and daddy where he is coddled and understood. He wants to be a big boy buts it’s a big mean world out there for the little fella.
Matt Guarnieri February 28, 2013 at 01:15 AM
See, now I think of Nightingale as the coddled, spoiled brat who throws a fit and sues when things didn't go his way. How else do you explain his behavior?
Shelbynurse February 28, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Matt, if the lawsuit were bogus or did not have any merit, it would be thrown out of court. We do have a pretty elaborate legal system and rightfully so. Do people take advantage of it? Umm yes, watch the afternoon commercials. However, some people have legit claims and have the right to sue. Do I think they handled it well while there were deciding on a towing company? Not so much. Personally, I would have quietly obtained an attorney and not make a fuss. Mr Flynn did EXACTLY what he is complaining the Nightingales did by acting like a "not so informed" public servant. Just my two cents
Macomb Rocker February 28, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Matt, Face it. Nightengales have merit and a right to sue. The public elected Nightengale. I'm suprised the IT contractor that was terminated for standing up against Flynns lie that he was hacked isn't sueing. They were handled much like the Nightengales. Flynn acts like a little prissy girl had an outburst and should pay for it. He was advised by a attorney for a reason, to shut his girly pie hole. And you the self proclaimed "hero of Shelby Twp" bow down to this egotistic part of Kwame Stathekis band of lackeys? This is nothing but a vendatta against people who stand up to the King and his Court. And by the majority who have blogged on this subject, you and Sarah are the minority.
todd b February 28, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Au contraire. matt, satori and sarah are the only ones that have made any intelligent comments on this thread. and your comment above is just downright mean, very immature and slanderous. as for everyone else here i bet they are related one way or another to the trustee suing the Township. i would be shocked if more than 3 out of 100 tax-paying Shelby residents support this lawsuit. conversely i would also bet that 97% of the same tax-paying residents will support a countersuit when the township wins to collect the $100-$200K+ needed to defend it. that is the justice i want to see.
Macomb Rocker February 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Todd, are you Mr. Flynn writing as Todd. Lawsuit is not bogus. There is a right to sue. I'm not any meaner than what Matt stated in his blog about Mr. Nightengale a couple of blogs before mine right Mr. Blog Moniter?
Macomb Rocker February 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Todd, Au Contraire? Really?! Sounds like you come from gay Paris.
Dana Horton February 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM
The Nightingales are anything but coddled. They all work very hard at their family business. Mr Flynn on the other hand is a momma’s boy. This treasurer position is probably the first real paycheck he’s actually received in his forty some years. It’s a good thing that daddy had a good position with ITC to help subsidize his little nipper.
Matt Guarnieri February 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Wait, I don't see Flynn's Father coming to his rescue at board meetings, I see Nick's dad and family, since he can't fight his own battles ... and why hasn't nick bothered to reimburse all those citizens his company over billed, Flynn's not accused of over billing anyone. Nick is a crooked business man and probably a crooked politician. Honest people don't need their daddy's to defend them. Wait, Nick never worked a hard day in his life, he works for his daddy in his grand daddy's business, Nick never did an original thing in his life, His mama and his aunt defend him on here, he is coddled, severely coddled.
Matt Guarnieri February 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Nice personal attack from a little boy hiding behind an alias.... just like Nick hiding behind his daddy and mommy at the board meetings..... if you want to see mean, google Nick Nightingale on Youtube... makes me laugh every time.
Matt Guarnieri February 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM
The lawsuit hasn't got to the point of being dismissed yet but when it does, I will let you know. Leman was settled by the insurance company, Nick's won't be, he is a crooked business man and probably a dishonest politician. Why isn't he defending himself on here.... oh yeah, he's a coward too. Maybe his mommy will defend him, she;s a hoot,
Matt Guarnieri February 28, 2013 at 11:52 PM
I'm thinking Nightigale see Flynn as a real threat and this is why his family is on here defending him, no one who actually followed local politics and knows the truth would defend the weasels who over billed hundreds of citizens out of thousands of dollars. Me, I FOIA-ed the towing bills and saw for myself the over billing, so I speak from the side of truth.
Bingo March 01, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Matt-- Nightingale does not defend himself publicly because only a moron (see Flynn) would discuss an ongoing case in public.
Bingo March 01, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Todd B-- you do sound an awful lot like Sarah and Matt in that you just do not get it. You don't understand how the system works. This is not communist China. This is America. People can sue. The Township can countersue Nick if it wants to. I support Nick. I think he was dicked over. And yet, I don't care if the Township sues Nick. Whatever. That's how the system works. It seems to me Sarah/Matt are trying to make a gigantic deal over something that is relatively small. Shelby's Insurance will cover the settlement. the bigger issue is how corrupt the Cherry Creek deal appears to be.
Bingo March 01, 2013 at 01:28 PM
If anyone reading Patch wants to see mean, look up Matt Guarnieri AKA Shelby Citizen. Matt's mean streak is so obese it has diabetes. Matt put up a website attacking a Police Officer (rumor has it was retribution for something to do with child molestation--not on the officers part;). Matt put up a negative website attacking an elected official (Manzella) and he advertized it by intentionally causing a major scene at a board meeting, which coincidentally his friend and former Patch editor was able to videotape (sounds like it was planned to me). Matt even uses Nazi images to promote his hate. While you're on youtube make sure you watch Shelby Citizen's videos. The video's of "citizen" Stathakis campaigning before Maccarone years ago are classic.
Bingo March 01, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Matt--didn't you just recently move out of your mom's basement? And you want to talk about coddled? The last time I checked, Nick worked for his dad. Matt-- If you ran a half-way house for recovering pedophiles would you want one of your employees publicly defending your company, or would you as the owner of the company do the public defending?
Bingo March 01, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Matt-- are you too busy running your million dollar freight company to organize a class action lawsuit against Nightingale Towing?
Shelbynurse March 01, 2013 at 07:04 PM
I personally am not related to anyone on the board. I live in the 24 and Shelby area and I saw this video clip on Facebook from a friend that also lives in Shelby. I am very close to my neighbors who ALL think the towing bid was mishandled. They told ME that the Nightingales have been a part of this community for many many years and they all love them. I do not have an opinion one way or another as I leave my elected officials to do the best job they can in making decisions on how to spend our money. I commented on Mr. Flynn's behavior as I have a right to (being a tax payer) and how inappropriate it was. I really would have loved to get involved with Shelby community but after what I have witnessed in the last 4 years of being a citizen, no way. I am saddened by the amount of immature, outspoken, romper room type of antics I see on the Shelby TV. My husband (who has been a resident for over 20 years) and I used to watch it for entertainment and would comment and say "oooh there he is..." and laugh. Now it's no longer funny, but sad. Amazing how one or two individuals can make such a joke out of a municipality. I hope the Supervisor puts an end to the 2 (that I know of) citizens that make this place so hostile.
Sarah Franklin March 02, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Anyone having any intelligent thought about why it is unethical to sue and serve the same people simultaneously have been slammed with insults both here and in other Patch blogs. Other comments supporting this lawsuit are just crude, in poor taste or total truth distortions: - "You are a fascist" .................................RodneyG - "Suggest you relocate to North Korea".. RodneyG - "Sound like you are gay from paris" .......Macomb Rocker - "Shut his girly piehole"............................Macomb Rocker - "Kwame Stathakis & band of lackeys" ...Macomb Rocker - "Hope with all my heart he wins suit"......Judy Martin - "You can't change stupid" .................... Judy Martin - "You use nazi images to promote hate". Bingo - "He got dicked over" ............................. Bingo - "Halfway house for recovering pedophiles" ..Bingo - "Former male model has no ethics" ....... W.F.729 - "I hope he sues pants off Township" .... Dana Horton - 'Neighbors all love the nightingales'.. Shelbynurse <OMG-You get paid for that?> I suspect these comments are coming from only a couple of people using different names trying to influence Community opinion on this pending case. There simply aren't that many folks in this country who would anxiously support and promote paying for someone else's lawsuit against themself ...with the plaintiff also in a position to influence the vote (which is case here if you are a Shelby taxpayer and support this lawsuit).
Shelbynurse March 02, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Sarah, you are obviously one in the same of the persons posting here. Your vernacular is consistent throughout all the posts. This is exactly why I will not have anything to do with the community nor this thread any longer. I speak the truth. I am also far too educated and caring of people to partake in any further of these antics. It’s always one that spoils it for everyone else. Good luck with endeavors Sarah/Matt/Mike. I TRULY wish you well and hope you get the answers/satisfaction in whatever you are looking for to accomplish. Sarah it's quite obvious you have never worked in corporate america or know of any Attorneys if you really believe in the things you say.
Shelbynurse March 02, 2013 at 07:19 PM
P.S. Sarah, I'd be MORE than happy to meet you in person and discuss this so you can see I am for real and not of which you are accusing me of. Please private message I and I'll meet up with you anytime. I will NOT give my full name on this forum because of the questionable metal stability some have displayed here. Please do take me up on this offer and you will see I am very real, I am speaking the truth and I have no problem letting you know it. :) Maybe you can enlighten ME on some things I am not privy to.
Shelbynurse March 02, 2013 at 07:51 PM
"I suspect these comments are coming from only a couple of people using different names" Right there you gave yourself away Sarah Franklin.
Sarah Franklin March 02, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Shelbynurse.... Thanks for civil response contrary to others. Your heart is in right spot but your facts are sketchy beginning with first 'fact' last Tuesday. You indicated discussing lawsuit was no different than violating HIPPA in a medical setting.. That is incorrect; HIPPA governs disclosure of patient medical records preventing those in the medical/insurance field from discussing any information about a patient without 'specific and written authorization' by the patient or advocate defining what can be said and to who. The law that drives HIPPA has NO RELEVANCE to openly discussing lawsuits that are of public record in a public forum. Flynn, you or I can talk about this subject until our eyes fall out without repercussion, providing such discussion does not blatantly misrepresent facts or include slanderous commentary that causes 'specific and measurable harm' to any parties. In other words, commenting on the facts as they exist without malice is fully within our constitutional rights. And in my 'opinion', that is exactly what Flynn did in his rant last week. The 'cut to the chase' on this whole blog is that good ethics don't necessarily equate to what one can get away with legally. Nightingale can 'legally' sue and serve the same folks and he is doing it. Ethically, I believe 9+ out of 10 people would argue this is not the right thing to do. This is the message. :-) Strip the veil of liking the guy or not from the message and he did not compromise Shelby interests.
Thomas Delise March 03, 2013 at 04:15 PM
In order to have a lawsuit,one would have to be created,Matt do you have al ist of those people that created this lawsuit as I recall those people were reelected to to board.Plain and simple!
Macomb Rocker March 04, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Yep Fat Matt, I'm no little boy. I can take care of myself got it? Hey you're the one that was getting your azz beat by the old farts. I figured out why you study so hard on Shelby politics. You have no job except to troll on the computer in your parents basement. Right? Bingo's blog has some righteous commenrs about you. Amen Bingo.The dude lives next to the elementary school too. I notice the fence that bordered the school that Matt hung his derogatory signs up on is gone. The school must have gotten tired of the kids witnessing the low class signs.
Matt Guarnieri March 04, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Why would, where a person lives, or what he does for money, matter on comments. I comment on people afraid to use their real names..... think about it, you may not like me but I am honest enough to put my name out there...... those that use alias's, lie and personally attack others as chickens. I believe in something and I publicized it and removed a corrupt public trustee from office. I will do the same to Nightingale, The towing report showed his company over billed customers, employed dangerous pedophiles to contact women and children, never locked in their prices (just pulled numbers out of thin air) and refused to improve the appearance of their business as promised. This is still the situation with Nick Nightingales business, nothing has changed and if this is how he runs his business this is how he would run the township.
Dana Horton March 05, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Pedophile? Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?
jim heard March 05, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Hey Matt i think Macomb Rocker doesn't use his real name because Jeffy Berz got banned from the site for posting derogatory pics of STPD.


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