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Michigan State News              Updated 10/29/14


(MI-Kmart Closings)
Sears Holdings has announced that it is closing three more K-Mart stores in Michigan, as well as one Sears store.
The K-Mart closings are in Ann Arbor, Iron Mountain and Warren. The Sears closing is in Bay City. The stores have a total of 265 employees. The shutdowns bring the total number of Sears and K-Mart closures in Michigan to 12 in the last six months.
Liquidation sales at each of those stores have either already started or will start on Saturday.
The stores will close by late January but a company spokesperson says online sales will still be available.
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(MI-Ebola Monitoring)
The Michigan Department of Community Health is monitoring the health of eight people around the state for the Ebola virus.
Officials say none of them has shown any signs of the virus, and the state will not identify which counties they are in. They declined to give any details about who the people are or how they may have been exposed.
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say anyone who has any risk of exposure to Ebola should be actively monitored for 21 days, even without showing symptoms.
(24/7 News Source)

(Benton Harbor-Snyder-Roads)
Fixing Michigan's roads is one of the most talked about issues on the campaign trail this year in the state.
Governor Snyder addressed the issue during a speech to the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan in Benton Harbor on Tuesday, saying lawmakers from both parties were afraid to pass legislation this spring to fund the repairs because of the upcoming election.
The governor says he's fearful that lawmakers will forget about the harsh winter and brutal pothole season that followed earlier this year.
Snyder says it's up to Michigan residents to continue to hammer their lawmakers about the need to come up with one-point-two (b) billion dollars a year for road fixes.
In a 45-minute speech laying out where things stand in Michigan, Snyder never once asked anyone to vote for him as the Economic Club had requested he not deliver a campaign message.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(MI/TX-Howe Suffers Stroke)
Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe is resting at the home of his daughter in Texas after suffering a serious stroke on Sunday.
Family members are rushing to be by the side of the 86-year-old "Mr. Hockey", as his son Dr. Murray Howe tells the "Detroit Free Press" it appears Howe is "taking his final lap around the rink."
Gordie Howe played professionally in six decades, spending 25 seasons with the Red Wings from 1946 to 1971 and playing his final game in 1997 for the Detroit Vipers in the International Hockey League.
Howe won four Stanley Cups over his 25-year career with the Red Wings. "Mr. Hockey" claimed six Hart Trophies as league MVP and six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
Howe cannot stand without help and is having trouble talking following the stroke. He has suffered a number of health set backs in recent years.
Howe's wife, Colleen, died in 2009.
(WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(Auburn Hills-Chrysler Recalls)
Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 560-thousand SUVs and trucks because of two issues.
The recall of nearly 382-thousand Ram 2500 and 3500 Pickups, along with Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs from the model years 2010 through 2014, is prompted by fuel heaters that can malfunction and cause fires.
A software glitch that can disable the electronic stability control has prompted the recall of 184-thousand Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from 2014.
Fiat Chrysler says it knows of no crashes or injuries caused by the problems.
Technicians will upgrade software to fix the SUVs, and dealers will install upgraded terminals in the trucks and fuel heater housings could be replaced.
Customers will be notified in December.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Huron Co-Man Locked In Cage-UPDATE)
A couple in Michigan's Thumb accused of keeping a 19-year-old autistic man on a bed inside a chained cage have been arraigned on multiple charges.
Sixty-five-year-old Karen Tolin and 66-year-old Timothy Tolin were arraigned Tuesday in Huron County District Court on charges of unlawful imprisonment and vulnerable adult abuse.
Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a deputy answering a civil dispute call October 20 found the man in a bedroom at a home in Paris Township.
Hanson says authorities removed three adults and two children from the home. The Michigan Department of Human Services says the home is not a licensed care facility.
The Tolins are free on $5,000 bonds.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI-Ferrari Fiat Split)
Fiat Chrysler will spin off high-end sports carmaker Ferrari into its own company.
The company's board of directors authorized the split to raise capital to support the future growth of the newly merged Fiat and Chrysler.
Officials say Ferrari will be a separate, publicly traded company in 2015.
Around ten percent of Ferrari's shares will go up for sale when its publicly listed. The remaining 90 percent will be distributed to current Fiat shareholders.
(24/7 News Source)

(Calhoun Co-Girl Stabbed)
Police are investigating after a Battle Creek area girl was found stabbed this morning (Wednesday).
Emmett Township Police responded to the Triangle Trailer Park at around 5:40 where they found a 9-year-old girl with multiple stab wounds to the face, neck and chest. The child was taken to a hospital in Kalamazoo where doctors say she is expected to survive.
Police believe the attacker was the girl’s 12-year-old sister. The older girl was taken to the Juvenile Facility in Marshall while the investigation continues.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Detroit-Obama Visit)
President Barrack Obama is scheduled to rally Michigan Democrats this Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit.
The president will make an appearance at a rally for gubernatorial hopeful Mark Schauer and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters.
The event will be held at WSU's Matthaei Center, where the doors are expected to open at 4 p.m. The Michigan Democratic Party plans to offer free tickets to the event at its Metro Detroit offices. The tickets will be given out on a first-serve basis beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The president’s visit is the latest in a series of high-profile appearances during recent campaigns in Michigan.
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton was in Oakland County earlier this month campaigning for Peters and Schauer. First Lady Michelle Obama was also in the state this month campaigning for the Democrats.

Many who have used Amtrak service from Michigan to Chicago often are dismayed by the delays caused by congestion in and around the Chicago area.
So Amtrak has created a special panel of rail and transportation leaders to try and ease the congestion and speed up service.
Amtrak says there has been an "unprecedented level of rail congestion" causing major delays for Amtrak passengers and freight shipments which are damaging to the U.S. economy.
The goal of the panel is to find ways to improve "on-time performance and improve freight rail service."
A final report on recommendations is expected by the end of May 2015.

(Detroit-Barra-GM Tough)
After a year of playing defense with record recalls and four appearances before congress, General Motors CEO Mary Barra wants her company to start taking the offensive.
Barra, in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club Tuesday, said the day of GM being a polite competitor is over. She says (quote) “We will be ethical and demonstrate integrity in everything we do. But, we will be tough, unrelenting competitors.”
This is the latest step in Barra’s efforts to shake up a General Motors culture that has been accused of being afraid of taking risks, and more interested in passing the blame than taking responsibility. That culture was roundly criticized in an internal report published early this year into the company’s ignition switch recall.
There have been times in the past, Barra says, when GM hasn’t taken the offensive, because it wasn’t in the company’s culture to do so.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(Walker-Flashlight Recall)
Meijer is recalling 8,600 children's Halloween flashlights that could overheat and melt the plastic handle, posing a burn risk to the user.
The $3 toy flashlight, called Signature Designs Halloween image projector, has a cap that holds special lenses to project messages and images onto a wall or other surfaces. It was sold at the Midwest retailer's stores during October and September.
MLive reports Meijer has received one report of a flashlight overheating and the plastic handle melting, but there have been no injuries reported, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission which issued the voluntary recall.
The retailer is asking consumers to immediately stop using the flashlight and return it for a full refund. Those with questions are asked to contact Meijer at 800-927-8699.

(Ranking: MI Best Global Schools)
Two Michigan schools are in the top 100 universities globally, according to a new list from U-S News and World Report.
The University of Michigan ranked 14th overall, and Michigan State University was 75th.
Institutions from the U-S and nearly 50 other countries were ranked based on 10 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations.
Harvard University was ranked number one. The top five schools were all in the United States.
The University of Oxford in England was the top ranked school among those outside of the U-S, at number six (6).

(Detroit-New Chevy Volt)
General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the next generation Chevrolet Volt electric car will have more power and a longer range.
The second generation Volt will be introduced at January’s North American International Auto Show. It will be built at GM’s Detroit Hamtramck plant, with production of the electric motor moved from Mexico to GM’s Warren Transmission Plant, just outside Detroit.
Lower gasoline prices have slowed sales of hybrids and electrified vehicles this year. But, Barra feels there will be interest in an all new Volt, especially among younger buyers.
Barra did not give specific details of a new $300 million investment in Michigan facilities between now and the end of the year.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(Lansing-Ballpark Renovations)
A project to renovate Lansing’s minor league ballpark will cost up to $3 million more than originally planned.
The renovations for the Cooley Law School Stadium, home to the Lansing Lugnuts, were supposed to cost $10.5 million but rising constructions costs now have city officials looking for more private funding and more money borrowed in bonds.
The project including new locker rooms, scoreboards, concessions areas and other upgrades at the city-owned stadium will be done in conjunction with a private development that eventually will include a four- or five-story building with as many as 100 apartments in the stadium’s outfield.
Most of the ballpark renovations will be finished in 2015 with the apartments to follow a year later.

(Newaygo Co-Skinned Animals)
The Department of Natural Resources has solved the mystery surrounding what seemed to be the skinned out bodies of dogs found in West Michigan.
The carcasses were actually coyotes. They'd been tossed into some woods alongside a Newaygo County road.
It is coyote hunting season in Michigan, and outside of disposing the bodies illegally, the department doesn't believe any crimes were committed.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)



(MI-Mega Millions Jackpot)
Michigan Lottery officials say tonight’s (Tuesday) $252 million Mega Millions jackpot is the game’s second highest jackpot of 2014.
In March, two players from Florida and Maryland split a $414 million jackpot.
The cash option for tonight’s jackpot is about $153 million.
Lottery officials say if someone from Michigan wins tonight’s jackpot, it would be the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won in the state. On April 22, 2005, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, of Port Huron, won $208 million.
Mega Millions tickets for tonight’s drawing may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45PM.

(Detroit-Bankruptcy Trial Ends)
The bankruptcy trial of the city of Detroit is now over.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will issue his ruling on whether or not the city's plan going forward is feasible on November 7th. Detroit reached deals with all major creditors to accept much smaller debt payments of the money owed as part of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
Rhodes says his ruling will be released at 2 p.m. next Friday.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-UP Utility Cost Redo)
State lawmakers in the Upper Peninsula are banding together to fight a proposal that would put local utility customers on the hook for almost all of an estimated $100 million additional annual cost to keep the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette operating.
The legislators have formally demanded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reconsider its acceptance of the Midcontinent Independent System Operators proposed system support resource cost allocation tariff because it puts an unfair and excessive burden solely on the ratepayers in the U.P., moving from a 6 percent share to 99.5 percent.
MISO is forcing Wisconsin Electric to keep Presque Isle open because they fear that without it, the U.P. could go dark.
Republican State Representative Ed McBroom of Vulcan says previously the expenses were spread equitably, so all customers paid their fair share for a regional grid of reliable electric service but this plan would have U.P. residents foot almost the entire amount when their utility bills go through the ceiling.
Resolutions have been introduced in the Michigan House and Senate.
Once approved, copies will be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman, the governors of Michigan and Wisconsin, and members of the Michigan and Wisconsin Congressional delegations.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain/WCCY/WOLV, Houghton/Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News)

(MI-Ebola Quarantine Unlikely)
State health officials don't think Michigan will follow the likes of Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York in putting mandatory Ebola quarantines in place.
Department of Community Health chief medical executive Dr. Matthew Davis doesn't favor that approach, saying its more important to focus on attacking the virus in West Africa instead. He says it would only opt for isolation if someone coming into the state had actually be exposed to the body fluids of an Ebola victim.
There are no cases of Ebola in Michigan, but there is one person in Kent County who is being monitored by the Kent County Health Department after arriving in West Michigan from one of the three African nations affected.
Spokesman Adam London says they are in contact with the person twice a day to have that person checked for fever and to hear what the daily travel plans are.
The health department notes the person has not shown any signs of the illness and has a very low risk for Ebola infection by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards.
(24/7 News Source/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Huron Co-Man Locked In Cage-UPDATE)
A couple in Michigan's Thumb faces several charges after Huron County Sheriff's deputies found their 19-year-old, autistic adopted son, on a bed inside a chained cage.
The 65-year-old woman and her 66-year-old husband, were arrested Monday night at their home in Paris Township and charged with unlawful imprisonment and third degree vulnerable adult abuse. The imprisonment charge is a 15-year felony and the abuse charge is a high court, two year misdemeanor.
Deputies went to the home October 20 on a civil dispute complaint and found the man in one of the home's bedrooms.
Three other adults, reportedly also adopted children of the couple, were also removed from the home after Michigan Department of Human Services case workers inspected the house.
The couple remains in the Huron County jail under $7,500 bonds. Their names are being withheld pending arraignment in Huron County District Court.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(Wayne Co-Beating Death)
A Detroit woman has been charged in the fatal beating of a 66 year-old woman.
50-year old Tewana Sullivan is alleged to have been visiting a relative in an apartment building in Livonia, last Wednesday night when she severely beat the older woman.
The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was rushed to a local hospital where she died three days later from the injuries.
Sullivan was arrested on the scene by Livonia police, initially charged with assault with intent to murder. When the victim died, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy amended the charge to first degree murder.
Sullivan is currently being held in the Wayne County jail and will be arraigned in 16th District Court on the new charges on November 6.
Authorities aren’t yet sharing details about what may have led to the assault.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI/WS-Fugitive Arrested)
A Wisconsin man wanted on a felony marijuana warrant was arrested in the western Upper Peninsula…but he didn't go quietly.
Police say 20-year-old Dylan Gmeiner of Niagara was spotted in an Iron Mountain apartment however when officers contacted him, Gmeiner allegedly jumped out of a second story window in an effort to get away.
Unfortunately for Gmeiner, there was pavement below the window and he was hurt when he landed. He was taken to the Dickinson County Hospital for treatment and has since been sent back to Wisconsin.
Gmeiner also faces similar marijuana charges in Michigan. He will be extradited back to the U.P. once charges filed in Wisconsin are completed.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique/Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)

(Sterling Heights-Mayor Dies)
The Mayor of Sterling Heights has died after battling cancer.
Richard Notte (NOT-ee) was serving his 11th term in office. He had also been a member of the Sterling Heights City Council for ten years prior to being elected mayor.
City officials say Notte had been fighting pancreatic cancer. He was 76-years-old.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Voting Urged)
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is encouraging eligible voters to cast their ballot in next Tuesday's general election.
Michigan’s chief election officer says with so many races on the midterm ballot, voters face an opportunity to make a significant impact on their communities and the entire state.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 4.
Johnson says voters can review a sample ballot, find their polling location or track their absentee ballots to confirm it has been received by their local clerk by going online to the Michigan Voter Information Center, at Michigan.gov/VOTE.
Voters will be asked to present photo ID at the polls, such as a Michigan driver’s license or identification card.
Anyone who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID or failed to bring it with them can still vote by signing a brief affidavit stating that they’re not in possession of a photo ID. Their ballots will be included with all others and counted on Election Day.

(MI Poll-Gov Race)
A new statewide poll shows Governor Rick Snyder leading Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, while another poll gives Schauer the advantage.
A poll conducted last week by the Glengariff Group shows Snyder with a six point lead on Schauer, 45.2 percent to 39.5 percent with 9 percent undecided.
The poll of 600 likely voters has a margin of error of plus-minus four percentage points.
Meanwhile, a New York Times/CBS/YouGov Battleground Tracker survey shows Schauer with a 45-to-44 percent lead over Snyder. That's well within the three-point five percent margin of error.
That survey was conducted between October 16th and October 23rd.

(Snyder-Disability Directives)
Governor Rick Snyder has issued an executive directive requiring the government to adopt a variety of policies and procedures eliminating hurdles faced by people with disabilities as they seek a career in public service.
The governor says Michigan must lead by example and provide a welcoming environment for people with disabilities, encouraging them to work in state government in a competitive, integrated setting.
Snyder also called for increased training for all state employees to raise awareness of disability etiquette and best practices, ensuring every employee is treated with dignity and respect at all times.
All state employees should be trained by July 1, 2016.

---Note Nature---
(Livingston-Child Molester)
A Livingston County man has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct for molesting his girlfriend's daughters.
The 46-year old man molested the girls during 2010 and 2011 when they were both under the age of 13.
The man also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, manufacturing marijuana and possession of child pornography.
He'll be sentenced in November.
(24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Best Riverfront)
Readers of the USA Today have chosen Detroit’s riverfront as one of the best in the nation.
The Detroit RiverWalk came in at number nine in the top ten of cities chosen.
Wilmington, North Carolina was voted as the top ranked riverfront in the country, while the riverfronts in Spokane, Washington and Davenport, Iowa round out the top three.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Houghton-Best Scenic Roads)
U.S. 41 through Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula has made Country Magazine's list of the 'Best Scenic Roads' in the country.
The travel magazine's November issue ranks the stretch of road as one of the 10 most picturesque drives in the U.S in a special section highlighting unique byways.
The magazine cites lush forests as well as mineralogical features, old mining villages and Lake Medora that can be found along the route as reasons for placing it on the list.
MLive reports other routes that made Country's list include the Outer Banks Scenic Byway in North Carolina, Monument Valley Scenic Drive in Arizona and Utah, Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway in California, and the Badland Loop Road in South Dakota.



(Huron Co-Man Locked In Cage)
Authorities in Michigan's Thumb recently removed a 19-year-old mentally challenged man they found in a caged bed with the door on the cage chained shut.
Huron County Sheriff deputies were sent to the home in Paris Township on a civil dispute call. After finding the caged man, deputies called Department of Human Services authorities to the house and two adults were removed from the home.
Last Tuesday one more adult was removed by court order. Further court action on Friday ordered two children removed from the home.
The investigation continues.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI-Weather Change)
Residents in southern lower Michigan should enjoy the warm weather while they can, because a cool-down is just around the corner.
The thermometer will hit the low to mid-70s today (Monday) in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing and Detroit. But tomorrow brings rain showers and about a ten-degree drop. On Halloween day, forecasters say there's a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers.
By the end of the week highs will range in the mid 40s.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)


(MI-Seat Belt Enforcement)
While standard zombie apocalypse survival kits may contain food, water and first aid supplies, state traffic safety officials are encouraging motorists to remember another lifesaving item: the seat belt.
This Halloween, law enforcement officers from more than 140 local police departments, sheriff offices and Michigan State Police posts in 26 counties will conduct federally funded seat belt enforcement zones as part of the Click It Or Ticket campaign today (Monday) through November 9.
A new Halloween-related campaign by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning highlights the stepped-up enforcement and reminds motorists seat belts can save motorists in the event of a crash, zombie-related or not. Of the 13 fatalities on October 31 and November 1, 2013, four were not wearing a seat belt and four were pedestrians.
Officials say the zombie-thwarting properties of a seat belt are featured in the video available at Youtube.com/ohsp. No actual living dead were harmed in the making of this commercial.
Michigan law requires drivers and front seat passengers to be buckled up as well as passengers 15 and younger in any seating position. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall.

(Detroit-GM Death Claims)
The General Motors victim compensation fund has now approved 30-death claims, up one from a week ago. Additionally, the fund has approved a total of 31-injury claims so far, which is an increase of four over the previous week.
As of Friday the total number of claims submitted for review was 15-hundred-80, a four-percent climb over the previous week. All of these claims stem from a faulty ignition switch that prompted the recall of two-point-six-million GM vehicles.
The fund will accept claims through the end of the year.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Asian Carp)
Additional water testing in the Kalamazoo River in Allegan county has resulted in no evidence of Asian carp, according to state officials.
The additional tests were conducted after tests earlier this year were positive for silver carp DNA. The silver carp is a variety of the Asian carp, and DNA evidence can mean presence of the fish.
However, two hundred new water samples were taken earlier this month, resulting in no evidence of fish, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter says they're pleased with the news regarding the negative samples, but it doesn't mean efforts to keep the Asian carp out of Michigan's waters are over.
The Asian carp is a large, invasive fish that consumes so much food they overwhelm native species and ruin their habitat.
The fish is now in the Chicago River and near the entrance to Lake Michigan. Some have called for physically cutting off Lake Michigan from the Mississippi River, but industry groups have opposed the idea as being a job killer and bad for the local economy.

(MSU Recruiting-Jobs-Salary)
Expect a hot job market for new college graduates, but don't expect a large paycheck.
A Michigan State University recruiting researcher says about six in ten employers will keep starting pay the same as last year for new college grads.
And if there is an increase in pay, it will be a modest three to five percent, according to MSU's Phil Gardner, author of Recruiting Trends, billed as the nation's largest survey of employers' hiring intentions for college graduates.
As reported earlier by Gardner however, the market at least will be good for the grads. He expects overall hiring to increase 16-percent over the previous year. That's the largest one-year increase in a while, according to Gardner.
Engineers at all degree levels continue to receive the highest starting salaries. For example, a new electrical engineer with a bachelor’s degree will make, on average, about $57,000 per year.
On the lower end, those with new bachelor’s degrees in social work, advertising and psychology can expect to start at about $37,000.
In the meantime, Gardner says the internship scene is improving.
He says nearly 40 percent of employers will enlarge their intern and co-op pool compared to last year, while only 4 percent will decrease them.
More than 53,000 intern and co-op positions will be available, an average of 25 positions per company, and 71 percent of employers say they'll pay their interns. Sixty seven percent did so last year.
More than 5,700 companies responded to the survey.

(Muskegon Co-Infant Death Sentence)
A West Michigan man has been sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole for killing his infant son early last year.
A Muskegon County Circuit Court jury last month found 41-year old Anthony Casanova of Norton Shores guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his 10-week-old son Tyler on January 4, 2013.
According to MLive, in an interview with police, Casanova said he repeatedly “bounced” his baby head-first on an air mattress and squeezed the boy’s chest until he stopped breathing. He initially told police that he accidentally fell on the baby after he tripped over a dog.

(Grand Rapids-Safe Sleep)
Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder today (Monday) praised the efforts of Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in working with parents of newborns to make sure they follow safe sleep practices.
The Grand Rapids hospital is the latest to partner with the Michigan Departments of Human Services and Community Health to raise awareness among new parents about the dangers of unsafe sleep. The collaboration goes beyond requirements of the new Michigan Infant Safe Sleep Act signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder in May.
The new state law requires hospitals and health professionals to provide parents readily available information and educational materials such as a brochure or educational video regarding infant safe sleep practices following the birth of a child.
About 140 Michigan babies die annually due to unsafe sleep environments. Health providers have emphasized these deaths are 100 percent preventable.

(MI Supreme Court-Juvenile Life in Prison)
The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a motion to rehear a case on whether juveniles already sentenced to life in prison without parole should be given opportunity for parole.
In a 4-3 decision earlier this year, the court ruled that those juveniles, more than 300, who were sentenced before the U.S. Supreme Court held in 2012 that automatically sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole violated the concept of cruel and unusual punishment were not entitled to a parole hearing.
In the case, the state's highest court rejected the defendant's request that it hear issues originally raised in their initial appeal. The rejection now allows the defendants to seek a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
There is still a case before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, following a ruling by the U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor, that the juveniles had to have the ability to request a parole hearing.

(Detroit-Corvette Recall)
A small number of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes are being recalled.
General Motors announced approximately 900 models are covered by two different problems.
The automaker says 89 Corvettes have a possible driver side air bag issue where the back plate of the air bag module could crack in a crash. The second recall is for a parking brake cable problem of 783 vehicles. GM says the cable may not operate on one of the rear brakes.
Owners will be notified of the problems and directed to a nearby dealer for repairs.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ann Arbor-Tree Relocation Fails)
An effort to relocate a 250-year old tree on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor blew up Sunday.
MLive reports a large, rubber air bladder holding up the 700,000-pound bur oak tree burst as construction crews were attempting to complete the 100 yard move of the tree at the Ross Business School complex.
The air bladders are placed under the tree and inflated in order to lift it off the ground.
The cap at the end of the bladder - which is in place to keep the air inside the rubber tube - became a projectile and broke one of the windows of a construction machine that was being manned at the time. The worker was not injured.
Debris also blew on several onlookers who were behind a chain-link fence barrier. No injuries were reported, but the sound from the blast was heard at least two blocks away at the Michigan Union.
Workers had planned to roll the tree - which is anchored by steel tubes which will remain in place after the tree is in the ground - about halfway into its permanent position Sunday night and finish the move today (Monday).
Work has now been stopped and an investigation is underway.

(MI/DC-NHTSA Investigation Chrysler)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is going to open a formal investigation into a problem that could affect nearly five million Chrysler vehicles.
The review stems from electronic failures that may lead to engine stalls, air bag problems, unintended acceleration or vehicle fires. According to attorneys suing on behalf of consumers they have received 500-complaints.
Vehicles included in the review are 2007-through-2014 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUV's, pickup trucks and minivans.
(24/7 News Source)

(MI-Judicial Appointment)
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Jennifer L. Faber to the 61st District Court, in Grand Rapids.
Faber has been a managing partner at Sherlund, Faber & Van Meter PLLC, in Grand Rapids since 2001.
Faber fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge J. Michael Christensen. She must seek election in November 2016 for a full six-year term.

(MI Poll-Gov)
A new statewide survey in Michigan's race for governor shows what many previous polls have shown   And that is, it's too close to call.
The New York Times/CBS/YouGov Battleground Tracker survey shows Democratic challenger Mark Schauer with a 45-to 44 lead over incumbent Republican Rick Snyder. That's well within the three-point five percent margin of error. The survey was conducted between October 16th and October 23rd.
Schauer holds a 50-to 36 lead over Snyder with the female vote. Snyder leads Schauer 52-to-39 with the male vote.
And Snyder leads among older voters while Schauer leads among younger ones.

(MI-Snyder Taxes)
Governor Snyder and his wife earned roughly 81-thousand dollars more than Mark and Christine Schauer, but paid less in federal taxes.
The campaigns of the men running for governor have released their 2013 tax returns, showing the federal taxes paid by the Snyders were lower by 28-thousand dollars.
The governor had zero taxable income, as his itemized deductions including more than $73,000 to charity, exceeded his gross income of just under 395-thousand dollars. His 34-thousand dollars paid in federal taxes was through an alternative minimum tax.
Schauer and his wife reported total income of just over $313,000 in their 2013 federal income tax return, also released to the Detroit Free Press last week. They paid taxes of $62,435 and reported giving just under $5,000 to charity.
(24/7 News Source)

(Mackinac Co-Man Murdered)
One person is dead and another is in jail after a shooting over the weekend in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
Michigan State Police say the incident happened late Friday night at a residence on Mackinac Trail in Mackinac County's St. Ignace Township.
Troopers say when they arrived, they found the body of 75-year-old Richard McKenzie. He was pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot wounds.
The suspect was arrested in the home and taken to the Mackinac County Jail. His name has not been released pending further review on charges by the county prosecutor and formal arraignment.
No other information is being released pending further investigation.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique/WATZ, Alpena)

(MI/WS-UP Pilot Killed)
Federal authorities have taken over the investigation of a plane crash in western Wisconsin that killed a pilot from the Upper Peninsula.
Authorities said 73-year-old Richard Schweitzer of Watersmeet took off Friday afternoon, heading to Nebraska. His single-engine Cessna was reported missing over central Wisconsin.
Civil Air Patrol units from Wisconsin and Minnesota searched more than 24 hours for the missing craft before finding it Saturday evening in Pierce County. Ground searchers found Schweitzer's body in a farm field. He was the only person on board.
Authorities have not said whether the plane had mechanical problems, or if the pilot suffered a medical problem.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)

(Bay Co-Parking Lot Shooting)
Police in Bay County say one woman was released after questioning following a fight involving at least one gunshot.
The incident began about 1:30 Sunday morning in the parking lot of the AmVets Post in Hampton Township, east of Bay City. Security at a Saginaw Valley State University student event used pepper spray to break up a fight in the parking lot. During the altercation, part of the crowd moved across the road to a Meijer gas station parking lot.
Security officers confiscated a 9-millimeter handgun from a 22-year-old Detroit woman who had fired the weapon during the fight. No one was injured. The woman told police she has a concealed weapons permit.
Officers are still interviewing witnesses and are seeking security video for review.
(Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)



(Saginaw Co-Prison Safety Demonstration)
Following an attack on a corrections officer by an inmate at the Saginaw Correctional Facility last week, prison personnel held a demonstration Thursday to highlight safety concerns.
Michigan Corrections Organization President Tom Tylutki says Department of Corrections cuts two years ago reduced the number of officers per shift at the Freeland Prison, which MCO members believe compromises safety.
Officer Kevin Ott suffered a fractured skull and collapsed lung in the attack, in which an inmate stabbed him and beat him with a padlock hidden inside a sock. He has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
The demonstration was held a short distance from the prison.
(WSGW, Saginaw)

(MI-SOS Fraud Protection)
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today (Friday) announced new measures that she says will protect Michigan consumers from scammers trying to sell fake auto insurance.
Johnson says the new efforts use cutting-edge technology, expand best practices and maximize resources.
They include contracting with a business consulting firm to complete a full review of the department's business processes, technology and organizational structure as it relates to fraud.
In another initiative, Johnson's office is looking to use data analysis to compare elements of transactions with those of previous fraudulent ones and expanding the verification of the thousands of insurance certificates the department receives from customers daily.
The agency is also planning to upgrade its case management software so department investigators are best equipped for tracking down fraud.
Some of the new initiatives are the result of recent recommendations by the Fighting Auto Insurance Rip-Offs (FAIR) Task Force.

(USCOA-Bible Believers Case)
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Thursday to rehear before the full court a case where an earlier decision held that Wayne County was justified in expelling a Christian group from a Dearborn Arab cultural festival.
The decision vacates an August ruling by a divided panel of the court that county law enforcement officials were justified in removing members of the evangelist group from California called Bible Believers from the 2012 Arab International Festival in Dearborn.
Gongwer News Service reports the court held that the actions of the group, which included saying Islam was founded by a "pedophile" and that it was a religion of "blood and murder," constituted a clear and present danger.
The dissenting opinion agreed that the comments were hateful and bigoted, but still did not amount to fighting words that would incite violence.
The case will now be heard before all the members of the 6th Circuit, and in effect it will be as if the case had not been heard before. When arguments will be held is undetermined.

(Lansing-Sex Trafficking Ring)
A Lansing teenager charged in connection with a sex trafficking ring involving at least eight girls and one adult has been bound over for trial.
According to the Lansing State Journal, 17-year old Mariah Haughton waived her right to a preliminary examination in 54A District Court. Meanwhile, a preliminary exam for co-defendant Jonathon Purnell was adjourned until November 20 because he recently changed attorneys.
Haughton and Purnell face numerous charges, including human trafficking, in state court while a third defendant - 24-year-old Christopher Turryle Bryant of Lansing - is being prosecuted in federal court.
Authorities allege the trio used the web site Backpage.com to advertise females for sex. Prosecutors said the girls ranged in age from 15 to 17 and were enticed or forced into prostitution.
Officials say the trafficking ring was based in Lansing but stretched to Arizona.

(MI-UP Energy Future)
The Michigan Public Service Commission on Thursday invited the public to attend a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on the Upper Peninsula energy future slated for October 28 in Marquette.
The panel will cover events that have taken place in the Upper Peninsula related to electric reliability, affordability and environmental protection, as well as discuss what the governor's office and PSC are doing to protect electric customers.
A decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt Wisconsin customers from having to pay to keep Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant open means that every electric customer in the U.P. will have to foot the entire bill.
The Mid Continent Independent System Operators is forcing Wisconsin Electric to keep Presque Isle open because they fear that without it, the U.P. could go dark.
The event will be held in the Brule Room of the Donald H. Bottum University Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University from noon to 1 p.m.

(MSU-Athletics Gift)
A family with deep ties to Michigan State University has made the largest single gift ever received by MSU athletics.
Bob Skandalaris, a 1974 graduate of the MSU Broad College of Business, and his wife Julie are providing a $10 million facilities gift that enhances the Spartan football, golf and basketball programs.
MSU officials say $3 million will be used to renovate and make improvements to the training and locker rooms in the Skandalaris Football Center, named in honor of Bob and Julie after their lead gift helped construct the facility in 2008.
An additional $4 million has been designated for capital improvements in support of the basketball program as the Breslin Center is renovated. Planning for that project is currently underway. The remaining $3 million will support construction of a new MSU golf facility.
Other financial contributions by the family from Bloomfield Hills have included giving to the recently completed Spartan Stadium North End Zone project and also providing the lead gift for the $15 million expansion and renovation project for the Duffy Daugherty Building in 2006.
That $5 million gift, which at the time was the largest received by the athletic program, led to the construction of the Skandalaris Football Center.

(Kent Co-Pre-Teen Killer Mother)
The mother of the 12-year old boy who killed a Kentwood boy this summer is going to trial on child abuse charges after rejecting a plea deal.
Anita Lawhorn has a long history of abusing her children. Two others were taken away from her in New York state 15 years ago.
Jamarion Lawhorn has told investigators his mother and stepfather beat him so badly he just wanted to die, and that's why he stabbed nine-year-old Connor Verkerke on August 4 on the playground of a mobile home park in Kentwood.
Anita Lawhorn's attorney blames the state for the situation in the home. Child Protective Services closed their case on the Jamarion after he moved to live with his father in New York last year. They were not notified when he returned to Kentwood this year.
The boy's stepfather Bernard Harrold waived his probable cause hearing on child abuse charges and is still thinking about a potential plea deal in the case.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)

(Rapid River-100-Year Old Bombshell)
A century-old bombshell was disposed of by the Michigan State Police Thursday in Rapid River.
Troopers from the Gladstone post say the homeowner bought a box of items from an elderly veteran's estate auction. When he got home, he noticed the mortar had started to corrode.
The man went on-line, and realized that this mortar was a French pneumatic shell that was used in World War One. It is launched by compressed air, so the bomb squad from Grayling came up to dispose of it.
Police say the mortar still had an impact fuse that could have been dangerous had someone pressed the tip of the shell.
(Radio Results Network, Escanaba/Marquette/Manistique)

(Bloomfield Hills-Schoolboy Suspended)
Officials at a Catholic school in metro Detroit are letting parents know a student was suspended after he showed up for class with a knife and a list of names of people he apparently intended to harm.
The incident happened last week at St. Hugo of the Hills School in Bloomfield Hills.
A letter sent to parents said the eighth grade boy composed a list of his friends, teachers and others schoolmates that was labeled in such a way as to imply that he wanted to harm those listed.
Principal Sr. Margaret VanVelzen said administrators called police, who after talking with the student, “determined that this matter did not pose a threat to other students or to the school.”
Investigators learned from classmates that the student had a pocketknife in his possession and was apparently showing it to other kids in his class.
Police say the incident remains under investigation.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Wyoming-Oestrike Murder Investigation)
The FBI is helping Wyoming police investigate the murders of a couple and their unborn child and ensuing suicide that happened this summer.
31-year-old Brady Oestrike (OH-strike) of Wyoming took his own life as police cornered him during a high speed chase in July. Police say he beheaded 25-year old Charles Oppenneer and then held 18-year-old Brooke Slocum, who was eight months pregnant, captive for several days before killing her. Her unborn baby did not survive.
Investigators say Oestrike killed the couple after agreeing on Craigslist to meet up to have sex.
The FBI is now investigating other unsolved area murders to see if Oestrike had more alleged victims although police say there is no indication that he did.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Dickinson Co-Stabbing Suspect)
An Iron Mountain man has been arraigned in connection with a weekend stabbing in Dickinson County.
44-year-old Aaron Hodges was arraigned in Dickinson County District Court on a charge of attempted murder. He was also charged as being an habitual offender.
Hodges is alleged to have stabbed a man during an altercation at a camp in Felch Township. A knife with 3- inch blade was recovered from the scene.
Hodges is lodged in the Dickinson County Jail on a $750,000 cash bond and faces a preliminary exam on October 29th. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
No information on the victim in the stabbing has been released.
(Help from: Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette/Aaron Harper, WJNR, WOBE, WHTO, Iron Mountain)

(Dearborn-Ford 3Q Earnings)
Higher warranty costs, lower sales and problems in Europe and South America cut Ford’s third quarter profit by a third from last year.
The Dearborn company posted earnings of $835 million in a third quarter that the company described as “profitable, but challenging.”
Ford’s numbers were worse than last year in most areas of the world. North American earnings were down 38 percent to $1.4 billion.
Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks says recalls deteriorated profits by about 630 million dollars in the quarter, largely in North America. Ford lost $439 million in Europe and lost $170 million in South America.
The company posted pre-tax earnings of $1.3 billion, and continued with its guidance of a $6 billion pre-tax profit for the full year. When that lowered guidance was announced earlier this month, it prompted a large sell-off of Ford stock.
Ford is currently in the midst of a series of product launches, which the company hopes will push sales up next year, and return 2105 profits to the $8.5 to $9.5 billion range.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(Kalamazoo-Psych Hospital Employees Suspended)
More Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital employees are now on suspension due to allegations that a patient was sexually assaulted.
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, a total of 28 workers have been put on leave. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says his officers are investigating 19 incidents dating back to June.
No new patients are being accepted because of the suspensions and investigation.
(24/7 News Source)

(Wayne Co-Murder Plot Suspect)
The parents of a 15-year-old Wayne County girl accused of trying to kill her family are supporting their daughter and say their she is not a criminal but is, instead, a child who was manipulated by her 23-year-old boyfriend.
Roksana Sikorsi was arraigned Thursday, charged as an adult in the stabbing of her 12-year-old brother and a plot to kill the rest of her Plymouth Township family. Prosecutors say Sikorski wanted to run away with her boyfriend and that Michael Rivera was texting messages to her during the assault, giving her instructions on what to do next.
Sikorski and Rivera face numerous felony charges, including assault with intent to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They are each being held on a one-million-dollar bond. Sikorski is in a juvenile detention center.
(24/7 News Source)

(UM/MSU-Great State Race)
It will be Spartan versus Wolverine when the state’s two biggest rivals take to the football field on Saturday, but today (Friday), the two are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind challenge to support students with disabilities.
Spartan super fan Alex Powell of Lansing dreamt his whole life of attending Michigan State but was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer his senior year in high school.
His mother Juliana says Alex was still able to to make his dream come true because of the help he received from MSU’s Resource Center for Students with Disabilities.
Alex died in May of 2011 during his freshman year, and this year Powell created Alex’s Great State Race, raising money for the center and its counterpart at the University of Michigan.
Today, a team of R-O-T-C candidates from both schools will lead a 64-mile run from the Big House in Ann Arbor to East Lansing. The runners are expected to arrive at Spartan Stadium just before kickoff carrying the game ball for Saturday’s matchup.
Fans can log on to donate to either school.
So far, Alex's Great State Race has raised more than 12-thousand dollars, and Powell says it will be an annual event. 
Race website is alex.rcpd.msu.edu.

(Baraga Co-Robbery Sentencing)
A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to to 20 to 40 years in prison for posing as a U.S. Marshal and holding two Upper Peninsula residents at gunpoint during a robbery more than a year ago.
A Baraga County Circuit Court jury earlier this month found 47-year-old Bernard Fish of Shawano, Wisconsin guilty of two counts each of armed robbery, extortion and unlawful imprisonment and one count of impersonating a peace officer to commit a crime.
The charges were connection with an incident in the village of Watton in Covington Township on August 1, 2013. Fish and his nephew identified themselves as federal agents and then held the occupants hostage in exchange for a 10-thousand dollar ransom. They didn’t get the money but eventually left with wallets and a handgun.
Donavan Waupoose of Stephenson will be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of controlled substance, delivery and manufacture of marijuana.
(Help from:Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette/WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)



A former Aramark prison worker in Michigan who was fired from her job has filed a whistle-blower complaint with the state.
Twenty-five year old Amy McVay was hired last December when Aramark took over food service in Michigan prisons.
She told the Detroit Free Press that she was fired because she complained that records regarding food service were being falsified and kitchen practices endangered health and food safety.
She had worked at the Gus Harrison facility in Adrian. She was fired last week.
The company told the Free Press that McVay was fired for insubordination, and her claims are (quote) "another example in the long-running series of manufactured attacks" against their company.(MI-School Privatization)
A new survey says that the number of public school districts in Michigan that have a privatization contract increased by a slight amount in the past year, and the increase is showing a slower rate of growth.
The report from the Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which bills itself as a free-market think tank, looked at so-called "conventional" public school districts, and whether or not they contracted out for at least one of the three main non-instructional support services, custodial, food or transportation.
The percent of districts over the past year that had such contracts increased from 66-point-two percent to 66-point six percent.
A spokesperson says the slower rate of growth could be due to the possibility that school privatization is starting to plateau.
All 545 conventional public school districts in Michigan responded to the survey, which was performed between May 13 and September 15.

(Capitol-Hospital Costs)
The Michigan Senate may vote next month on legislation requiring hospitals in Michigan to publicly post charges, including prices of good and services they offer.
The measure was approved by a senate committee Wednesday.
Sponsors say hospitals have been charging "outrageous amounts" for small items, and one way to combat that is to require them to post the itemized costs on a website or in print.
Hospital officials have said such requirements will only confuse consumers.
The legislature does not return to Lansing until November 6th.

(Capitol-Film Incentives)
The Michigan Senate has approved a measure that eliminates an expiration date for a special taxpayer funded incentive program for film makers in Michigan.
The measure was applauded by supporters of the incentives, who say they have resulted in more Michigan workers in the film industry.
Opponents say the financial incentives aren't worth the benefits, calling them (quote) "handouts for Hollywood."
Sponsors say the measure continues to make Michigan competitive. Existing law requires the incentives to expire in 2017. This measure eliminates that "sunset" date.

(Eaton Co-Emergency Operations Center)
Ground will be broken today on the new State Emergency Operations Center near Lansing.
Governor Snyder and State Police officials will be on hand for the ceremony in Dimondale at 4 p.m.
The center facilitates the coordination of response and recovery efforts by state, local, and federal agencies during disasters or emergencies to ensure an effective and efficient state response.

(Detroit-GM Profit)
General Motors is beating analyst expectations for earnings in the third quarter of the year.
The automaker announced today (Thursday) it took in one-point-three-eight (b) billion dollars thanks to higher sales in North America and China. The company also said they had higher than expected sale prices for their vehicles and sold nearly two-point-five million vehicles worldwide.
GM Officials say higher pickup and SUV sales helped push their profit higher.
(24/7 News Source)

(Ann Arbor-Toxic Costumes)
Your trick or treat outfit and party supplies this Halloween might not just be scary. They may also be toxic.
That, according to the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center.
Its new study says it found elevated levels of toxic chemicals like bromine, chlorine, arsenic and tin in a variety of costumes, party items and accessories, sold at major stores.
The public interest group is calling on the stores and manufacturers to disclose the chemicals and find substitutes.

(New Buffalo-Officials Charged)
Three city officials in the southwest Michigan city of New Buffalo are due back in court in early November for a pre-trial conference on misdemeanor charges of violating the Open Meetings Act.
According to Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic, the three are accused of meeting away from the full city council to discuss firing City Manager Rusty Geisler earlier this year.
He was fired by a 3-2 vote on August 8. The votes to get rid of Geisler came from Mayor Pete Weber, Mayor Pro Tem Donna Messinger, and City Council Member George Scarlitis, all of whom are facing charges.
They were arraigned Wednesday and released on personal recognizance bonds.
(WSJM, St. Joseph)

(MI Poll-Senate)
Two new polls show Democratic Senatorial candidate Gary Peters extending his lead over Republican Terry Lynn Land.
A survey conducted by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA has Peters ahead of Land 45-percent to 34-percent. That's up from a poll in September by the same firm that had Peters at 42-percent to Land's 33-percent.
Meanwhile, the latest poll by East Lansing-based Mitchell Research and Communications shows Peters at 51-percent and Land at 38-percent. In September, a Mitchell poll had Peters at 49-percent and Land at 36-percent.
The EPIC/MRA survey of 600 likely voters was conducted October 17-19 and has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percent.
The Mitchell Research poll of 919 likely voters was conducted on October 19. Its margin of error is three-point-23 percent.

(Lansing-LGBT Rights Protest)
Religious leaders and activists from around the state gathered at the state Capitol in Lansing Wednesday to protest legislation to effectively expand the state's civil rights law to the L-G-B-T community.
Roughly 150 protesters were on the Capitol lawn to voice their opposition to a proposed amendment to include sexual orientation in the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights act.
Pastor Doug LaVesque (Luh-VECK) of Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna was one of the speakers at the event. He says the effort to change Elliott-Larsen is "a solution in search of a problem" and argues it would ultimately allow reverse discrimination against religious individuals who oppose same-sex relationships.
Sponsors say the measure protects Michigan residents in cases involving employment, housing and public accommodations if they're discriminated against because of the "sexual orientation" or "gender identity or expression."
Efforts to include sexual orientation in the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights act, have been made, unsuccessfully, for more than 30 years.

(Plymouth-Murder Plot)
A 15-year-old Plymouth Township girl has been charged in an alleged plot to murder her family then run away with her boyfriend.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Roksana Sikorski in connection with the stabbing of her 12-year-old brother in the throat and attempting to stab her younger sister, early in the morning of Oct. 17 at the family’s home in Plymouth Township.
The boy was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds.
Sikorski is scheduled for arraignment today (Thu), charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit murder, and one count of assault with intent to murder
The boyfriend, 23-year-old Michael Rivera of Detroit, is alleged to have been outside the house sending text messages with instructions for carrying out the crime.
He is being held on a $100,000 bond following his arraignment over the weekend on four counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of felonious Assault.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Ontonagon Co-Armed Robbery Suspect)
A 20-year old man is behind bars in the western Upper Peninsula for trying to rob a homeowner at gunpoint.
Clinton Paulick of Ewen was arraigned in Ontonagon County District Court on charges of attempted armed robbery, home invasion, larceny of weapons and assault with a dangerous weapon.
State Police from the Wakefield Post say Paulick entered a home in Ewen Tuesday afternoon and held the homeowner at gunpoint, demanding money. When the he failed to obtain any cash, he fled the scene.
Troopers located Paulick a short time later and he was taken into custody without incident.
Paulick is currently being in held in the Ontonagon County Jail on a $1 million bond. His next court appearance has not been scheduled.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton/Aaron Harper, WJNR, WOBE, WHTO, Iron Mountain, Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News, Marquette)

(Macomb Co-Cloud 9 Drug Bust)
An Inkster man is behind bars after he was busted for allegedly selling hundreds of vials of liquid synthetic drugs.
Following a Macomb County Sheriff’s Enforcement Team investigation that began last month, 41-year-old Bassam Honeini was pulled over by deputies who discovered at least 60 colorful vials in his vehicle.
According to Sheriff’s officials, the vials contained the compound AB-Pinaca. The drug sometimes referred to a “Cloud 9? is commonly consumed through e-cigarettes or with hookah pipes.
Authorities say Honeini had been operating out of a small warehouse in Dearborn, supplying the drugs to retail establishments in Macomb County. Deputies searched his home and a warehouse, where they discovered 1,200 additional vials, with an estimated total street value of $50,000.
Honeini was charged with controlled substance - delivery/manufacture, a seven-year felony. He’s being held on a $5,000 personal bond and is due back in court for a hearing on November 13.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Pure Michigan-MIS)
The Pure Michigan 400 will keep its name after an agreement for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to sponsor the race for another three years at $700,000 per year.
MEDC and Michigan International Speedway officials announced the deal Tuesday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015.
Officials agree the race is good for both entities.
Each year about 385,000 people visit MIS, generating an economic impact of more than $414 million. Nearly 60 percent of the guests on race weekends come from outside Michigan.



October 30, 2014

Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its advance GDP data for the third quarter of 2014, Q3.

NBA games including New York Knicks at the Cleveland Cavaliers, which sees LeBron James play his first regular season game for the Cavaliers since he rejoined them on 1 Jul. James left Cleveland in July 2010 to join Miami Heat where he won the 2012 and 2013 NBA Championship. He was selected first overall by the Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft. Other matches: Washington Wizards at the Orlando Magic; Detroit Pistons at the Minnesota Timberwolves; Utah Jazz at the Dallas Mavericks; Oklahoma City Thunder at the Los Angeles Clippers.

23rd BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America, BAFTA Los Angeles' highest accolade, honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the entertainment arts. Hosted by actor and comedian Rob Brydon for the second year in a row. Broadcast on BBC America 2 Nov as a two-hour special.

Starbucks Q4 earnings for the global coffee shop chain.

Exxon Mobil Corp Q3 earnings, for the international oil and gas company.

Social Security Administration announces size of the Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2015. COLA is pegged to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

NFL Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints at the Carolina Panthers.

Change of venue hearing in murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, charged with the first-degree murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17, 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez's home. Authorities allege that Hernandez - who was cut by the Patriots the day he was arrested - became upset June 14, 2013 at a Boston nightclub when Lloyd began talking with people Hernandez apparently didn't like. He also faces weapons charges, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. He pleaded not guilty to all six counts at a previous hearing.

40th anniversary of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman - considered to be one of the sport's greatest ever encounters as Ali fell back to the ropes and allowed the previously unbeaten Foreman to attack and eventually wear himself out before knocking him out in the eighth round. This technique became known as the 'rope-a-dope'. Before the fight in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), Foreman had been such a heavy favorite organizers had arranged for Ali to be airlifted to a Lisbon hospital after he was beaten.

TCS New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. The TCS New York City Marathon, with over 45,000 runners, begins on Staten Island and finishes in Central Park on November 2.

October 31, 2014

Halloween, celebrated on the eve of the Christian festival of All Souls and historically viewed as a time when souls could wander freely across the earth and evil spirits, the devil and witches were at their most powerful. The word Hallowe'en is of Scottish origin meaning 'Hallows Evening'. Tonight is also known as 'All Hallows Eve' and 'Trick or Treat night'

2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, 16th annual music festival headlined by Outkast (Friday), Skrillex (Saturday) and Foo Fighters (Sunday) with Zedd, Slayer, Arctic Monkeys, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Pretty Lights and AWOLNATION.

31st Breeders' Cup World Championships begin in California, with 13 races - with purses and awards totaling nearly $25 million - including the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic tomorrow.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Q3 earnings, for the world's largest brewer with brands including Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's.

30th anniversary of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi assassinated by two Sikh members of her bodyguard. Assassination sparked Hindu-Sikh clashes across the country. The government said over 2,700 people, mostly Sikhs, were killed, while newspapers and human-rights groups put the death toll between 10,000 and 17,000.

Final results of annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at end of year published.




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