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STATE NEWS for FRI 17MAY19
P-FAS, a suspected carcinogen, are being found in the groundwater in Kent
County in west Michigan. That announced at a town hall meeting last night
in East Grand Rapids. One resident reportedly said he saw foam on the
Thornapple River decades ago and was told it's detergent. The foam was
later found to be P-FAS. Environmental experts say investigations around
the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the former Lacks Industries
calls for State Representative Larry Inman to resign. A couple of state
representatives from northern Michigan, Jack O'Malley and Tristan Cole are
calling for Inman, accused of bribery, to step down. O'Malley says a
resignation is not an admission of guilt, but an admission that the path
he is now walking would hurt the things he cares most deeply about. He
says the people of his district need someone in office that can give a
hundred percent of their focus to serving the community.
Two people were thrown from a vehicle in a rollover crash last night
in Mecosta County's Wheatland Township. The County Sheriff's Office says a
43-year-old Mecosta man was test driving a vehicle to assess it for
repairs. The driver's 18 year-old step daughter was also in the vehicle.
The driver lost control on the dirt road and the vehicle flipped over. The
driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts and both were ejected. The
driver was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth by Aero-med for
possible life threatening injuries. The girl was taken to a hospital with
non-life threatening injuries.
One person is in custody but two others are on the run after a smash
and grab robbery at Kay Jewelers in Lakeside Mall last night in southeast
Michigan. Sterling Heights police say thousands of dollars worth of
jewelry was stolen after the thieves used a hammer to break thru
protective glass. Investigators are hoping to get some tips because there
are NO surveillance cameras inside the jewelry store.
There were a troubling number of suicides in Kent County last year.
Ninety-Seven (97) is the highest number ever. WOOD TV reports 28-percent
(28%) of those suicides were of people in their 30's with 23-percent (23%)
in their 20's. Clinical director of Pine Rest's Outpatient Clinic, Evonne
Edwards, says millennials are facing more financial stressors. She also
believes an increase in substance abuse is playing a role.
big meth and money bust at the Blue Water Bridge. Officials say a
semi-truck driver was caught with nearly two-dozen wrapped packages
testing positive for the drug -- about 25-kilos in all. A search of the
tractor also turned up a pair of manila envelopes with over 126-thousand
dollars . The 42-year-old man is from Ontario and was arrested. He
is expected to be charged. Investigators are still trying to determine
where he was planning to take the truck.
The family of a southwest Michigan man say he was assaulted in a
road rage attack. The family of 65-year-old Corey Happner, reportedly say
the assault happened in Sturgis Wednesday night when a 27-year-old man
swore at their father , knocked him off his motorcycle and then beat him.
Happner's daughter say the suspect drove off, but someone took down his
license plate and he now faces assault charges. Happner has serious
injuries and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover his medical
Michigan University officials are offering buyouts to faculty as the
university deals with an ongoing debt. EMU cut 42 positions and laid off
17 people to shore up a $5 million deficit last year. It's not clear how
many buyouts are being offered this year. Those who accept would receive a
salary for year, with a cap of $95-thousand. The university has been hit
with a declining number of students, who are taking fewer credit hours.
Mayor Mike Duggan will be on hand this morning as the city officially
unveils the marquee at the newly renamed Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. A
new digital marquee will be unveiled to honor the Queen of Soul at the
former Chene Park. The park was renamed after Franklin's death last
STATE NEWS for THU 16MAY19
Michigan Senate has passed a nearly 60 million dollar budget. The plan
does not include Governor Gretchen Whitmer's 45-cent-a gallon gas tax
increase. The House might vote on its budget plan within the next few
Muskegon man, Richardo Urbina, has been convicted for sex trafficking of
minors and distributing cocaine. WOOD TV reports Urbina recruited runaway
girls to have sex for money. Officials say he gave the girls alcohol and
cocaine to get them to agree to dance or give massages to make money.
Urbina will be sentenced in September in federal court in Grand Rapids.
has destroyed a Kalamazoo church. The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon
at the Open Door Church of God in Christ on the city's east side. The
church's roof and some of the walls collapsed. A house next door also
sustained some damage to its siding. No one was injured. The cause is
Several people were arrested for possessing meth in mid Michigan on
Wednesday. The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says deputies went to Grant
Township to arrest some people on outstanding warrants. Deputies found one
man and two women who had meth. Then, another man drove up with
outstanding warrants who they say also had meth. A second vehicle arrived
a short time later and the sheriff's office says both men in that vehicle
had meth. In all, six people were arrested.
women's boxing champion Claressa Shields is giving back to her hometown of
Flinbt. Shields has announced the Claressa Shields Community Project and
2019 Summer camp. Shields plans to teach kids coping methods at the summer
camp. Shields will teach some boxing classes to kids at the camp too.
It's early -- but it appears a former Democratic candidate for Governor
may make another run at political office. Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick
reports former gubernatorial candidate Sri Thanedar (Shree Tan-uh-dar) is
considering a run for mayor of Detroit. He says he'll run for some
elective office, but he's not sure which office yet.
Detroit Music Hall will soon be sporting a towering new piece of art.
London-based public artist Richard Wilson has been hired to create a more
than 100- foot tall mural of Motown legend Stevie Wonder on the side of
the building along Madison Street in Downtown Detroit. The 8-thousand
square foot piece will cover the south wall and reach to the very top of
the stage house.
A Detroit City Council Committee will continue a public hearing
regarding the land deals for a new Fiat Chrysler Assembly plant on the
east side. Some residents have spoken out against the deal, saying it was
put together too quickly and gives away too much property. Fiat Chrysler
has proposed to spend $2.5 billion dollars on a new Mack Avenue Engine
Plant and upgrades at the Jefferson North facility. The projects would
create five-thousand jobs. The Planning and Economic Development Committee
meetings starting at 10 o'clock this morning.
and pike fishing season is now open in the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes,
inland waters, and the St. Mary's River. All anglers 17 years of age
and older are required to have a fishing license.
STATE NEWS for WED 15MAY19
to Life is getting ready to kick off an identical citizens' initiative
that could be enacted by lawmakers without Governor Whitmer's signature.
This as Michigan's Republican-backed legislature voted to ban a common
second-trimester abortion procedure, except when necessary to safe a
women's life. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed Tuesday to veto the
bills once they get to her desk.
body of a missing Grand Haven man has been found in the Muskegon River in
Muskegon Township. Jeff Scarbrough's body was found in his SUV. The
29-year-old was last seen last Saturday, when he went golfing about three
miles north of the boat launch. He was supposed to go pick up his son and
was reported missing when he didn't show up. Police say there's no
evidence that the death is suspicious, but an autopsy will be conducted.
jury has rejected claims by a former Flint official who said she was fired
for exposing what she called suspicious activity by the mayor during the
city's water crisis. The verdict was a victory for Mayor Karen Weaver who
denied wrongdoing in the dismissal of city administrator Natasha Henderson
in 2016. A federal jury said Henderson, in good faith, had reported
suspected wrongdoing to other officials. But the jury also said that
Henderson didn't prove it was connected to her removal. Weaver said she
fired Henderson for failing to timely inform her about an outbreak of
fire departments worked to put out a structure fire in St. Ignace near the
Pine River around midnight last night. Upnorthlive reports the fire was
through the roof and windows when fire crews arrived, but they managed to
get the fire out. No one was injured. The cause is being investigated.
man has been sentenced to 77 days in jail for spray-painting graffiti on a
Roman Catholic church in Livingston County. 29-year-old Matthew Miller of
Brighton learned his sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to two
counts of malicious destruction of property earlier this month. The words
"white devil" were reportedly painted in one spot at St. John Catholic
Church in Osceola Township in February and a slur was painted in another.
water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an
endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines. Water levels have
surged in recent years as the lakes bounced back from record-setting lows.
That means narrower beaches and less room. The most recent count last year
turned up 67 breeding pairs of the sand-colored birds. That's an
improvement from the low point of 12 pairs in 1990 but a slight drop from
76 pairs two years ago.
Police say a woman lost control of her SUV Monday night in southern
lower Michigan which caused another vehicle to crash into a home in Albion
Township. The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office says the driver lost control
and hit a parked vehicle in a driveway and that vehicle was shoved into
the home. The SUV rolled over and the driver took off. The 43 year old
woman was taken to the hospital in Eaton Rapids and transferred to a
Lansing hospital with critical injuries. The sheriff's office says speed
and alcohol were factors in the crash.
have been issued for seven people accused of stealing money from a fund
meant for survivors of former Michigan State University sports doctor
Larry Nassar. Prosecutors say they have evidence that 527-thousand dollars
of the 1.1-million was fraudulently paid out. It was meant to pay for
mental health services not covered by insurance. The warrants include 22
felony counts. The university is working to set up a new fund.
STATE NEWS for TUE 14MAY19
Traverse City man, Jacob Keeder, has been charged with running from police
and felony firearm after allegedly threatening a family member. Keeder
reportedly went to their house in Cadillac with a loaded gun Sunday , but
they weren't home. Deputies tried to stop him, but he drove off and was
arrested a short time later. No contest pleas were entered on his behalf.
pastor's wife in Muskegon Heights is accused of committing fraud against
Consumers Energy. 63-year-old Pamela Duncan, the wife of Pastor James
Duncan of the Revival Miracle Temple, allegedly ran up electricity bills
at three properties without keeping up the payments. She then allegedly
restarted accounts with Consumers under different names. One of the
buildings is an apartment building where residents were forced to move out
because of dangerous conditions and the electricity was shut off. That
building was destroyed by an arson fire last week.
STATE NEWS for MON 13MAY19
Detroit police officer will be honored today for saving his partner's
life. Senator Debbie Stabenow will award Officer Benjamin Atkinson with
the Congressional Badge of Bravery. Atkinson and his partner, Officer
James Kisselburg, were both shot several times during a traffic stop in
2017. Atkinson used his body to cover his critically wounded partner, and
called for help, leading to the suspect's arrest. Congresswoman Debbie
Dingell will also be at today's ceremony.
A 21-year-old man has died from gunshot wounds in Grand Rapids. Police
are investigating the shooting as a possible homicide. Family members
identify the victim as 21 year-old Jordan Brown. WOOD TV reports a vigil
was held for him last night . His mother, Yvette Brown, says it took
everything from her. He was a momma's boy. She says it feels like
everything got taken away from her on Mother's Day. The crowd held candles
and released balloons in Jordan's memory.
crash over the weekend in southwest Michigan has claimed the life of one
person and injured several others. It happened Saturday afternoon in New
Buffalo Township near the Indiana border as police say one vehicle crossed
the center line and hit two other vehicles. One person was killed in one
of the vehicles hit while three others are in critical conditions. Two
drivers are hospitalized in stable condition, while those in the third car
were not injured.