Official: Oil smeared to cleanse negativity amid infighting

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) (8/16/2019) - An official says a suburban Detroit government staffer who was apparently distressed by political infighting poured a substance described as olive oil on furniture and doorways at county officials' meeting spaces in an attempt to push out bad energy.

Oakland County sheriff's office deputies responded Wednesday after it was discovered that the employee put oil on audience and board member seats in the county commissioners' auditorium in Pontiac, as well as on door handles and seats in a committee room.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe says the ritual apparently was meant to cleanse negativity. The employee's name wasn't immediately released. McCabe says there doesn't appear to be criminal intent.

Political infighting follows this month's death of longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and comes amid wrangling about who'll succeed him.

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