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Michigan State News              Updated 04/17/14

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Governor Rick Snyder today (Thurs) formally filed for re-election to a second and final term in office.
The news comes as no surprise since all indications up to this point were that the governor was interested in a second term.
A statement from the governor's communications director this morning says that Governor Snyder (quote) "has shown his commitment to every Michigander by creating over a quarter of a million jobs, eliminating a budget deficit and creating a surplus, bringing unemployment to its lowest rate since 2008, and increasing education funding."
Prior to being elected Governor of Michigan, Snyder was chairman of the board at Gateway Computers, as well as being a co-founder of a venture capital firm in Ann Arbor.

(Detroit-Home Invasion Shooting)
For the second time in a week, Detroit police are investigating a deadly shooting that was sparked by a home invasion.
The incident happened early this (Thursday) morning on the city’s west side.
According to police, there was a driver and two suspects and the homeowner opened fire after confronting the two men inside his home.
Sgt. Michael Woody said the intruders broke down the home’s front door trying to escape and the getaway driver tried to flee the scene, but crashed his vehicle into a home across the street. That man was taken to Sinai Grace Hospital where he died from a gunshot wound.
The two other suspects that actually broke into the home are still at large.
Woody said the shooting remains under investigation, but it appears the homeowner was justified in pulling the trigger.
There have been as many as a half-dozen incidents of Detroit homeowners shooting suspected thieves in the past few weeks, and police have said they will support homeowners legally protecting their property with lethal force.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Kalamazoo-Bar Shooting Death)
One man is dead and a suspect is in custody after gunfire erupted following a fight at a sports bar in Kalamazoo early this morning (Thursday).
The shooting happened at around 1:30am at the Wayside West bar on the city's west side. The victim, a 23-year-old Kalamazoo man, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He hasn’t been identified by police yet.
The suspect fled the scene on foot but was arrested a short time later. According to reports, the 23-year-old Kalamazoo resident will be charged with open murder.
The incident remains under investigation by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
(Help from: Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Marquette Co-Emergency)
Governor Rick Snyder has issued a state of emergency for Marquette County.
The declaration is a result of severe winter weather in the Upper Peninsula this year.
In a press release, the governor notes the "widespread, severe damage to water and sewer lines caused by the extremely cold temperatures" and deeper than normal frost levels.
The governor also says that by declaring the state of emergency, Michigan "will make available all state resources n cooperation with local response and recovery efforts."
Marquette County has citied one-point-six (m) million dollars in damages for the winter of 2013-2014.

(Montcalm Co-Lake Rescue)
A man flipped his boat on Loon Lake in Montcalm County Wednesday afternoon and the neighbors who went to his rescue also ended up in the water when their paddle boat flipped over.
Montcalm County Sheriff's Deputies say the 61-year old man from Crystal was more than a hundred yards offshore when his 12-foot aluminum boat dumped him into the lake.
Two women saw it happen and called 9-1-1 before getting on their paddleboat.   All three were in the water, however, when the Montcalm County Dive Team and the Crystal Township Fire Department arrived. They were able to bring all three people safely to shore.
The man was in the cold water for about half an hour. He was treated and released from Carson City Hospital. The women were not injured.
Deputies say none of the three were wearing three life jackets.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Jenison-Adult Care Home Death)
An investigation is underway into the death of 100-year-old woman at an adult care home in Jenison.
The Michigan Department of Human Services is looking into what caused Sarah Bredeweg to get lodged between her mattress and a bed rail.
Ottawa County Sheriff's investigators believe Bredeweg suffocated after getting trapped. Police say she was able to care for herself despite being in the home run by Sunset Manor Retirement Communities.
(24/7 News Source)

(Dearborn-Ford Mustang-50th-Anniversary)
Events have been held all-week long celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, but it actually was April 17th, 1964 that the first in a line of so-called "pony" cars was introduced by the Ford Motor Company.
More than five-thousand Mustangs from each of the past 50 years will greet more than 100-thousand fans, at two special events today (Thursday) in Las Vegas and North Carolina marking the anniversary.
Mustang production manager, Mark Schaller, says visitors will be treated to product ride-and-drives, track time and garage displays, as part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He admits the Mustang has always been a "muscle car" but also universal and attractive to the car-buying population over the years.
Members of the Ford family and the Ford Motor Company senior leadership team will be on hand to mark both events.
The Ford Motor Company is also offering 19-hundred-64 limited edition Mustang G-T's for sale to mark the 50th anniversary.

(Detroit-Most Innovative Cities)
Detroit has been named one of the most innovative cities in America by Inc. Magazine online.
Tallying up the most patents between 2000 and 2011, the Motor City was tenth with more than 25,000. Detroit led in 38 mostly automotive-related patent classes, including internal-combustion engines, land-vehicle bodies and tops, and vehicle navigation.
Silicon Valley topped the list, leading in semiconductors, networking, and artificial intelligence, TV and metalworking; followed by Portland, Oregon, leading in footwear; and Los Angeles, leading in movies and the medical industry.
Chicago also beat Detroit, leading in patent classes in various industries, including food.
Detroit ranked higher on the list than Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City.
The article appeared in the April, 2014 issue of Inc. Magazine, a New York-based monthly publication focused on growing companies.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Ludington-Body On Beach)
Police in Wisconsin say they believe they have identified a man whose body was found on a remote beach north of Ludington.
The Sheboygan, Wisconsin Police Department say the description of the man, whose naked, frozen body was discovered by three bicyclist on a Lake Michigan beach in Mason County Tuesday, closely matches that of 48-year-old Allen Townsend.
Townsend was last seen on November 20, 2013.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports an autopsy performed Wednesday described the body as an black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 180 pounds. The body also has two identifiable tattoos on the upper left chest area, above the man’s left nipple.
No foul play is suspected based on the autopsy.

(Grand Rapids-Marijuana Operation)
The federal government says 37 people have been indicted after using Michigan's medical marijuana law as cover for an alleged multi-county marijuana grow operation.
Police say the grow and distribution operation, called Medical Marijuana Team, or MMT, was led by Shawn Taylor who had a store in Muskegon with equipment for indoor hydroponic growing and other supplies to grow marijuana.
Taylor had plans to harvest $3 million of marijuana.
According to the indictment MMT members provided direct sales of marijuana to customers and actively recruited people to become ‘patients’ and to name MMT members as ‘caregivers’ so that the MMT could grow more marijuana.
The government says it identified 22 grow operations in cities including Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Norton Shores, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Wyoming. Authorities have filed papers to have the properties forfeited.
M-live.com reports more than 160 police officers - from Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Grand Traverse and Oceana counties - were involved in the investigation.

(Newberry-Leaky Water Tower)
Cold temperatures and ice in the Upper Peninsula are being blamed for leaks in Newberry’s water tower.
Lori Stokes with Newberry Water & Light says they believe ice may have worn through an area where welded brackets were used when the tower was refurbished a couple of years ago. A hole popped about half way up the tower.
Three copper plugs also popped inside the lower part of the tower causing leaks in the bottom.
Stokes says they’ve lowered the water level in the tower to prevent leaking. So far, it has not affected water pressure in the community. She says they hope to have someone climb the tower next week when temperatures are expected to be warmer to assess the damage.
The entire village is under a let run order due to frozen water pipes from extremely cold temperatures this winter. It affects about 870 customers.
(Craig Woerpel, WYKX/WDBC, Escanaba)

(Rochester Hills-Year Old Fatal Crash)
A Roseville man has been charged in the 2013 traffic death of a 20-year-old Troy woman.
Hailey Marie Brouillet was killed last October in a multi-vehicle crash in Rochester Hills. Oakland County Sheriff’s officials say at least six cars were involved in the accident.
65-year-old Stephen Fischer turned himself in to crash investigators on Tuesday. He was arraigned in 52-3 District Court, charged with reckless driving causing death and reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function.
Fischer was released on a $50,000 personal bond, on the condition that he doesn’t drive, and will be back in court for a pre-exam conference before Judge Julie Nicholson on April 22.
Fischer faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
(WWJ, Detroit)

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(Flint-Child Porn Arrest)
An Otter Lake man is facing federal charges after investigators discovered more than 6,000 images and 900 videos of child pornography on his computer.
M-live.com reports a complaint unsealed yesterday (Wed) in Flint U.S. District Court accuses the man, who has not yet been indicted or arraigned, of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Homeland Security Investigations officials began investigating the man in February after he allegedly downloaded a video that showed a young child being sexually abused by an adult.
According to the affidavit, officials were able to obtain a search warrant for a home associated with the IP address used to download the video. During a search of his home more child pornography was found on his personal computer.
The charges carry a sentence of 5-20 years in prison if convicted.

(Lansing-Newspaper Award)
Congratulations go out to the Lansing State Journal.
The newspaper’s coverage of Isle Royale’s dwindling wolf population and the debate over whether the National Park Service should intervene to save them has won the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.
The citation in the 50,000-and-under circulation category for “Silence of the Wolves” was produced by reporter Louise Knott Ahern, photographer Rod Sanford and videographer Dave Wasinger, published in the Journal on October 20, 2013.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest professional organization for journalists, and the Sigma Delta Chi Awards are meant to recognize “the best in professional journalism.”
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet in June at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

(Lansing-Dierdorf UM Football.
College and NFL Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf is joining the University of Michigan radio booth when the Wolverines take to the gridiron this fall. Rights holder IMG College announced today that Dierdorf will handle color analyst duties alongside 34-year play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter. Michigan football airs on flagship “Newsradio 950” WWJ, Detroit and about three dozen stations.



(MI-Unemployment Rate)
Michigan’s unemployment rate in March declined for seven consecutive month to 7.5 percent. That's down by two-tenths of a percentage point from February and is the lowest jobless rate in Michigan since April 2008.
According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, total employment rose by 19,000 in March while the number of unemployed decreased by 8,000. The state’s labor force grew by 11,000 over the month.
Spokesman Jason Palmer says the state’s jobless rate is beginning to approach the 2007 pre-recession level of 7.1 percent.
Michigan's jobless rate in March was one and three-tenths percentage points below the state’s March 2013 rate of 8.8 percent.
The national unemployment rate last month was 6.7 percent.

(Capitol-Schauer Education Plan)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is calling for a reversal of state cuts in education funding.
The former Congressman from Battle Creek released his education plan today (Wednesday) which would restrict the use of the School Aid Fund to K-12 and preschool purposes only and restore funding cut from Michigan’s colleges and universities.
Schauer’s plan also includes proposals for universal preschool; setting standards for maximum class sizes; investing in professional training and development for teachers and expanding career and technical training.
His plan also would increase college financial aid; require all charter, virtual and new school employees to participate in the state’s public school pension plan to help keep it solvent; and create a one-stop shop for parents to compare school performance measures.
Schauer is not saying how he would pay for the proposals, but that he’d start with a study to determine how much the state should spend to provide a quality public education system.
He says once the study is conducted, the per pupil funding formula should be changed to re?ect the higher costs of special education, high school, older students, and at-risk children which may ultimately entail a number of changes to Proposal A.

(MI/CA-GM Seeking Protection)
A court filing by General Motors is asking to bar any lawsuits related to problems that occurred prior to their 2009 bankruptcy. The filing was made last week in federal court in San Francisco.
The automaker wants a federal bankruptcy judge to stop over three dozen proposed class action lawsuits over faulty ignition switches in millions of GM cars. The defect has been blamed for 13 deaths nationwide.
In the court documents the automaker claims the "new GM did not assume liabilities of the old GM."
The filing follows another lawsuit because of the defective ignition key system. The parents of a Georgia teen, who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash, allege GM knew of the defect that led to their daughter’s car crash but took steps to conceal it.
Alexina and William Van Pelt of Evans, Georgia say their daughter Haley has incurred more than $1 million in medical bills after she crashed into a tree. They say her 2003 Saturn Ion lost control because of a defective key system.
(24/7 News Source/WWJ, Detroit)

(Newaygo Co-Disaster Declaration Request)
The Muskegon River may have crested for the moment but Newaygo County wants help with their current troubles.
Emergency Services Manager Abby Watkins says they're after a State of Disaster declaration from Governor Rick Snyder, hoping the response comes before week's end.
Watkins' report indicates more than 400 homes have been damaged in the river basin due to severe weather last weekend. There are also a number of roads that have been compromised by high water and erosion.
The river has gone down from a 13 foot reading at the Croton Dam Tuesday to 12.8 feet.
Watkins said those areas seeing flood damage may not get relief until next Monday and additional rains could prolong the situation.
An emergency shelter that had been established at Resonate Church north of Newaygo will close later today (Wednesday). The church will continue to supply drinking water as needed through Thursday.
(John C. Smith, WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Jackson-Cop Killer-Suicide)
Convicted cop killer Eric Knysz (NIZE) has died, a day after he was found hanging in his cell in the state prison in Jackson.
The 20-year-old was sentenced to life in prison with no parole last week for the murder of State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield last year during a traffic stop near Ludington. Knysz was declared brain dead at a Jackson hospital on Tuesday, and his organs will be donated.
He leaves behind his wife Sarah, who is also in prison for being an accomplice, and an infant son.
(24/7 News Source)

(Gogebic Co-Prison Murder)
An inmate who pleaded guilty to his role in killing another inmate at a state prison in the western Upper Peninsula will spend up to 22 and half more years behind bars.
25-year old Delorean Henderson was sentenced in Gogebic County Circuit Court to a minimum of ten years in prison for his involvement in the beating death of 26-year old Randolph Conner at the minimum security Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco Township in January 2013.
Henderson pleaded guilty in January to homicide-manslaughter with habitual offender, second offense status attached. His sentence will be tacked onto time he is already serving for a conviction in Macomb County.
Another inmate, 33-year-old Michael Smith, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in March after an eight-day trial. He will be sentenced May 8.
Smith is imprisoned for armed robbery and felony firearms convictions in Wayne County.
Both inmates are now at the Baraga Correctional Facility.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Detroit-City Parks)
At least 65 volunteer organizations are partnering with the city of Detroit to provide upkeep at public parks this summer.
The groups that have signed up with Adopt-A-Park have committed to grass cutting every two weeks, along with trash removal and general grounds care from May through October.
Mayor Mike Duggan says the city has doubled the number of seasonal workers and is committed to maintaining 150 of Detroit’s more than 300 parks. He also says community partners will adopt another 65 parks.
The city will install a sign bearing the adopting group’s name in each park. It also will help organizations that want play equipment, picnic tables or other park enhancements.
About 25 parks received regular maintenance last year.
(WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(Ishpeming-Standoff Suspect)
A 33-year-old Ishpeming man was arraigned today (Wednesday) on felony home invasion charges following a 15-hour standoff with police.
According to police, Rajala had entered his girlfriend's home in Ishpeming on Monday morning without permission and assaulted her. The woman was able to get out of the house with only minor injuries.
She told police Rajala had been drinking and said he was going to kill people and also may have been suffering from PTSD.
Police surrounded the residence and secured a warrant for the man’s arrest for first degree home invasion.
After additional backup from the State Police Emergency Services Team arrived, Rajala surrendered early yesterday (Tuesday) after seeing the armored vehicle that troopers had on scene.
Rajala is being held in the Marquette County Jail on $150,000 bond pending a preliminary examination on April 29. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News)

(Kalamazoo-Missing Skier)
Authorities are suspending, for now, boat searches on Asylum Lake for a missing Kalamazoo man.
56-year-old Takashi Sugimori went missing April 2nd after telling his wife he was going cross-country skiing. His car was found parked near the lake with footprints leading up to the ice.
Kalamazoo Police plan to continue patrolling near the water’s edge, looking for more signs of Sugimori.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Marquette-UP Storm)
More winter weather is on the way for the west and central Upper Peninsula.
Winter Storm Warnings from Ironwood to Marquette are in effect this morning (Wednesday) and run until noon tomorrow.
The National Weather Service says snow will move in over the north central U.P. this afternoon. The snow may diminish this evening before more snow develops overnight tonight into Thursday morning.
Storm total accumulations will be over one foot over most of western Upper Michigan. Lower snow totals are expected along the Lake Superior shoreline. However, patchy blowing and drifting snow is possible tonight and tomorrow morning along the shore.
State Police say roads will become snow covered and slippery this afternoon through Thursday morning, and anyone planning on traveling should be prepared for dangerous road conditions.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News)

(MI-Flooded Rivers)
Flooding is persisting along swollen rivers in parts of western Michigan as it eases in some other parts of the state.
The National Weather Service says the Muskegon River reached a record 15.8 feet late Tuesday at Evart in Osceola County after earlier exceeding a previous high of 15 feet set in March 1989. The river is expected to rise more today (Wednesday) in the area before falling starting to fall later in the day.
The river exceeded its major flood stage there of 12 feet as well as near the Croton Dam about 35 miles north of Grand Rapids. Forecasters say there could be more flooding of homes and cottages along the river, leaving some areas impassable by motorists.
Meanwhile, flooding eased along the Tittabawassee River from Midland into Saginaw. But, authorities in Roscommon County say several roads have been closed to traffic, and a flash flood warning has been issued, because of an earthen dam break in the extreme southwestern corner of the county.
The warning, which stems from the break at the Wraco Lodge Dam along Wolf Creek. U-S 127 remains open, but officials warn that water may cover the freeway between mile markers 185 and 186.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Grand Haven-Coast Guard-Charges)
The United States Coast Guard has announced that an officer of the Coast Guard who was transferred to Station Grand Haven, has been charged in military court with inappropriate sexual contact with a female colleague.
Officials say 30-year old Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Raymond, will face an Article 32 hearing, after being charged   with sexual assault and making false official statements to the Coast Guard Investigative Service.
The actions allegedly took place last November while he was stationed in Wisconsin.   The charges stem from behavior allegedly exhibited against a fellow service member during a party last year at or near Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
(Help from: Ron Stevens, WGHN, Grand Haven)

(Allegan Co-Double Fatality)
State Police are investigating a wrong-way, head-on crash that killed two motorists shortly before midnight Tuesday near Plainwell in Allegan County.
A pickup truck traveling north in the south bound lane of U.S. 131 was heading toward two patrol cars that had their lights and sirens activated. The two troopers moved from their lane to avoid a crash. As the truck passed them it struck a Ford Mustang head-on. Both vehicles caught fire and were extinguished by the troopers.
The driver of the Mustang, 21-year old Jayrd Ford of Plainwell died at the scene. The driver of the pickup, 29-year-old Jeremy Smeltzer from Portage was taken to a Kalamazoo hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A passenger in the Mustang was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
(Help from: Dave McIntyre, WBCH, Hastings/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Presque Isle Co-Contractor Fraud)
A contractor in Northeast Lower Michigan has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.
Kris Kurt Gerke of Hubbard Lake pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a building contractor fund in connection with a project to turn a former sausage shop in Rogers City into Presque Isle County offices.
Gerke's company, North Shore Construction, was the main contractor for the 2012 project. At issue was if North Shore complied with requirements in relation to state law and a contract with the county.
County officials feel North Shore may not have made full disclosures of who they hired, since additional contractors started requesting payment from the county for services.
Gerke was originally charged with making a false sworn statement by a contractor in excess of $20,000.00 and fraudulent use of a building contractor fund which in part could carry a sentence of 10 years.
However in the plea bargain, the false statement charge will be dropped and Gerke has to pay $35,000 in restitution within one year and all charges would be dropped. If he only pays half, he will be charged with a misdemeanor.
Gerke's sentencing is set for June 2.
Cheboygan County Prosecutor Daryl Vizina (viz-na) handled the case as a special prosecutor after Presque Isle County Prosecutor Rick Steiger recused himself.
(WATZ, Alpena)

(Kalamazoo Co-High Speed Chase)
There were some harrowing moments for people driving along I-94 between Kalamazoo and New Buffalo Tuesday afternoon as police from several agencies were engaged in a high-speed chase.
It started at a Target store in Portage on a report of retail fraud. The 23-year-old suspect from Illinois dragged a Portage police officer with his car as the cop tried to talk to the man.
The suspect changed directions a few times once on I-94, with the chase covering 90 miles in less than an hour. He was finally caught when he went into a ditch at Exit 1 in New Buffalo.
The suspect is locked up in the Van Buren County Jail awaiting charges in Kalamazoo County.
(WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Macomb Co-Backpage Murders)
A 26-year-old Sterling Heights man was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of four women in 2011.
James Brown was convicted of ten counts in February, but waived his right to be present at sentencing and did not appear in court yesterday.
Brown was charged with killing the women after meeting them through adult-oriented classified ads on Backpage-dot-com. Police said three of the women had ties to ads for escort services on the website.
According to police, Brown lured the women to his mother's home where he killed them and then left their bodies in the trunks of cars in Detroit.
(24/7 News Source/WWJ, Detroit)



(Royal Oak-Police Station Evacuated-UPDATE)
The police chief says a preliminary investigation shows that a white substance that forced the evacuation of the Royal Oak Police Department this morning (Tuesday) is most likely cornstarch.
The building was evacuated and a HAZMAT team was called in when a detective opened an envelope and found some white powder inside.
Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue says their investigation now will focus on who sent the letter, which was addressed to the detective who opened it.
O’Donohue said. they're taking the incident very seriously and if they identify the person who sent the letter, an appropriate decision about charges will made at that time. According to the chief, if it’s determined to be some type of terrorist threat, the FBI will open a case also.
About 25 people were inside the building at the time, including two prisoners who were immediately secured. The police department is located next to the Royal Oak City Hall.
Officers and fire units from Madison Heights, Southfield, Birmingham and Bloomfield Township were all on the scene. No injuries were reported.
In the meantime, the police office is closed to the public. All 911 and other police calls are being transferred to Madison Heights Dispatch.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(MI-Record Snowfall)
Several cities across southern Michigan set new records after an early spring snow storm that moved through the area overnight (Tuesday).
The National Weather Services measured, officially, 1.6 inches at the Gerald R. Ford airport in Grand Rapids, which is the most for any April 14th. The last record was 4/14 in 1939 at 1.4 inches.
For the season Grand Rapids has had almost 116 inches of snow.
Snowfall in Detroit measured 3.1 inches. The National Weather Service says that pushed the snowfall total to nearly 95 inches in the Motor City this year, breaking a record set 133-years ago.
The less-than one inch that fell in Flint gives that city its biggest seasonal snowfall ever, at 83.4".
In the Upper Peninsula, some areas received several inches of snow on Monday. The forecast calls for another 6 to 10 inches of fresh snow over the western and north-central UP through Thursday morning.
Now there's concern over rising water levels on the Escanaba, Tacoosh and Rapid rivers due to ice jams.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/WTIQ, Manistique)

(MI-Power Outages)
DTE Energy crews have restored power to over 75 percent of the thousands of homes and business in Metro Detroit knocked offline following three days of storms packing high winds.
About 28,000 of DTE’s 150,000 affected customers were offline this (Tuesday) morning, including 15,000 in Oakland County, 5,000 in Wayne County and 2,000 in Macomb County. Crews from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin are assisting.
Strong winds, with gusts up to 60 mph, caused more than 300 power lines to come down, along with tree limbs and branches. Oakland County was the hardest hit.
Elsewhere in the state, Consumers Energy says 7,000 of its more than 149,000 affected customers remain without power. Outages include about 1,950 in Montcalm County, about 800 in Newaygo County and about 770 in Muskegon County.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Ishpeming-Standoff Ends Peacefully)
Ishpeming City Police say a standoff in the Upper Peninsula city ended peacefully overnight.
Police had been called to a residence just after 11:00 a.m. Monday after a woman left the residence and contacted authorities about a domestic violence assault of which she had been a victim.
The woman was able to get out of the house with only minor injuries and told police that the man who was inside the home was making violent threats to shoot people.
The house was surrounded by police who then waited for additional backup from the Michigan State Police Emergency Services Team from Dundee.
Reports say police contacted the suspect after 2 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) and he surrendered without incident after seeing the armored vehicle that the Michigan State Police had on scene.
The suspect was lodged in the Marquette County jail and will be arraigned later today.
(Walt Lindala, Great Lakes Radio News)

(Presque Isle Co-Sex Assaults)
A 36-year old man in Northeast Lower Michigan is facing sexual assault charges.
Presque Isle County authorities allege Jeremiah Dewey of Hawks engaged in sexual relations with two 13-year old girls between August 2009 and March 2013 in addition to January of 2004 and through April of 2005.
Dewey will stand trial in June on seven counts of 1st degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. He remains lodged at the Presque Isle County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
(WATZ, Alpena)

(Lincoln Park-Financial Emergency)
Governor Rick Snyder has confirmed a financial emergency in the Detroit suburb of Lincoln Park, meaning the Wayne County city is a step closer to possibly having an emergency manager appointed.
City officials now have seven days to request a hearing on the declaration before the state treasurer, or the treasurer's designee, as an appeal.
Snyder's decision concurs with a finding of an independent financial review team, which found that city had eroded a $2 million fund balance, leaving it with a negative balance of more than $89,000 in just longer than a year from 2012 to 2013. In 2010 the city had a fund balance of $4.5 million.
And city officials expected their general fund revenues to drop by another $1 million, according to the review panel.
An emergency manager is not inevitable for the city. Officials can also reach a consent agreement with the state, call for a neutral evaluation or file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

(Detroit-GM Execs Leaving)
Two top executives are leaving General Motors but the automaker says their departure has nothing to do with the recall of nearly 2.6 million vehicles for ignition switch defects.
CEO Mary Barra announced Monday that John Quattrone will become senior vice president of global human resources succeeding Melissa Howell who has been with GM since 1990. Quattrone is currently executive director of human resources for GM’s global product development, purchasing and supply chain organization.
GM also announced that Selim Bingol, senior vice president of global communications and public policy, is leaving the company. Bingol was senior vice president for corporate communications at AT&T before joining GM in 2010. His successor will be named at a later date.
Randy Arickx, GM’s executive director of communications and investor relations, will replace Bingol on an acting basis.
Quattrone’s appointment, as well as Howell’s and Bingol’s departures, are effective immediately.

(Mason Co-Trooper Killer Suicide)
The 20-year old man convicted of killing a Michigan State Police Trooper in West Michigan last year has attempted suicide.
First Lt. Chris McIntire of the Michigan State Police Rockford Post confirmed yesterday (Monday) that Eric Knysz (NEYES) was placed on a ventilator after a suicide attempt.
Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan later confirmed Knysz, who was at the Michigan Department of Corrections’ Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson, tried to hang himself with a bed sheet Monday afternoon.
Knysz was sentenced on April 8th to life in prison without possibility of parole for first-degree murder of a peace officer
He shot 43-year old Trooper Paul Butterfield in the head during a traffic stop in September near Ludington.
Knysz 21-year old wife, Sarah, testified against her husband and has said they were traveling with stolen guns when Butterfield stopped their car. She was sentenced in December to two to five years in prison after pleading guilty to accessory after the fact to a felony and car theft.

(MI-Ransomware Scams)
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning consumers of Ransomware scams that can encrypt or lock files on a computer.
Ransomware viruses lock files on personal computers and also files on shared networks, USB drives, and external hard drives. Once downloaded, the criminals behind these scams demand a “ransom” be paid or the computer’s files will remain encrypted and be lost to the victim.
Victims are told that if they pay, their files will be unlocked but some victims reported losing their files even after they paid the ransom.
Schuette offers the following tips for consumers to protect themselves against Ransomware: Regularly backup your computer’s files in a location not connected to the internet; Don't click on any attachments from a source you do not recognize; Regularly check your anti-virus and operating system software to make sure you have the latest patches and updates.

(MI-Gov Recycling Plan)
Governor Rick Snyder has announced a plan designed to increase recycling in the state.
The governor says studies show Michigan recycles just 15 percent of its waste compared to 35 percent nationally and that the recyclables Michiganders throw away are worth some $435 million annually.
The goal of the governor's plan, unveiled yesterday (Monday), is to help communities set up curbside recycling while also creating new markets for the recycled materials.
The plan would be supported by $1.5 million in state dollars, $1 million in the 2014-15 budget for the overall program and $500,000 in pollution prevention grants through the Department of Environmental Quality to help local communities develop recycling programs.
A Recycling Council, named by the governor, will oversee implementation of that plan.

(MI-Labor Force Participation)
Michigan's labor force participation is the lowest rate of the Great Lakes states, according to an economic report from the state.
The state's labor force participation, a statistic considered important to show how many people are working or looking for work and viewed by some economists as a key indicator of growth, was 60.2 percent, relatively unchanged from a year ago and the lowest of the Great Lakes states. Nationally, Michigan's rate ranks 39th.
In the Great Lakes region, Minnesota has the highest participation rate at 70.5 percent, the third highest in the nation. The state with the highest rate in the nation is Nebraska at 71.6 percent
The national average labor participation rate was 63 percent.

(Muskegon Co-Sewage Overflow)
Muskegon County's Department of Wastewater Management says an overflow at the 1690 Lakeshore Drive pumping station let sewage into Ruddiman Creek Monday morning.
Authorities say fewer than 25,000 gallons spilled into the creek, and Public Health - Muskegon County says people should avoid body contact and fishing in Ruddiman Lagoon or at the mouth of the creek because of likely E. Coli contamination.
Wastewater workers collected samples to analyze for the bacteria.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)



(MI-Power Outages)
Wild, windy weather knocked out power to thousands in lower Michigan this weekend.
Consumers Energy says more than 110,000 customers have been affected since the beginning of the storm Saturday evening. As of 4 a.m. this morning (Monday) about 38,000 customers remained without service.
The Jackson-based utility says most should be restored by late tonight, although some in the Grand Rapids and Muskegon areas - which were hit most heavily by Saturday’s thunderstorms and 60 mph winds - will wait until Tuesday.
Consumers says restoration progress could be delayed by heavy rains and winds that are expected to move through Michigan, on a similar path to Saturday’s storms, through today. It's possible that severe weather could again lead to outages or alter projected restoration times.
Officials with DTE Energy say because of gusty winds there are more scattered outages in Metro Detroit beyond the 16,000 outages that happened Saturday. The violent weather did the most damage in Macomb, St. Clair and northern Oakland counties.
Energy crews are hoping to have service restored to homes and businesses that lost power over the weekend by tonight.
Meantime, the heavy rain over the weekend measured in multiple inches that left flood warnings on most rivers in West Michigan.
The National Weather Service expects to see flooding through the week as the water drains, including minor flooding in Comstock Park, Rockford, and Muskegon.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit/WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Newaygo Co-Evacuation Order)
With rain and snow adding to waterways already swollen with snowmelt, Newaygo County Emergency Services is ordering evacuations along the Muskegon River due to flooding.
An alert was posted to the Newaygo ES Facebook page shortly after 9 a.m. this morning (Monday).
The message says the river at the Croton River Gauge is at 11.39 feet, which says it is higher than last year. It also warns that the river could get to 12.4 feet or higher.
Residents are being asked to evacuate now. WOOD-TV reports there are about 200 homes in the affected area.
There are flood warnings, watches, and advisories across West Michigan.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(MI-Gas Prices)
Michigan motorists will find average gas prices up 6 cents a gallon this week.
AAA Michigan reports the current statewide average is just over $3.71 per gallon, that's almost 19 cents more than this same time last year.
Among the markets surveyed by Triple A, the lowest average price was found in the Traverse City area at $3.64 cents per gallon. The highest is in the Ann Arbor area at $3.76 per gallon.
Triple-A surveys 28-hundred Michigan gas stations per day.
Among Michigan's major metropolitan areas, three dollars-64-point-four cents in Traverse City, three-dollars-65-point-four cents in Flint, three-dollars-66 cents in Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Holland, three-dollars-66-point-three cents in Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, three-dollars-68-point-three cents in Marquette, three-dollars-69-point-seven cents in Benton Harbor and Lansing/East Lansing, three-dollars-72-point-three cents in Metro Detroit, three-dollars-75-point-one cents in Jackson and a statewide high of three-dollars-76 cents in Ann Arbor.  Prices are heading up in the Tawases.  Since Sunday the price has gone up 4 cents a gallon.  The price is expected to climb even more.  As of Monday afternoon, the price was averaging $3.72.9 for a gallon of regular gasoline.

(ACLUS-Marriage Suit)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is filing a lawsuit to back what they say are the legal rights of about 300 same-sex couples who were married last month during a brief window period when Michigan's ban on same sex marriage was lifted by a court decision.
On March 21st, a U-S District judge in Detroit ruled that the voter-approved ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional. Clerks in four counties then issued 300 marriage licenses before the Court of Appeals issued a stay of the District court ruling.
M-Live reports that the ACLU will file the suit this afternoon (Mon) in Detroit.

(Detroit-Duggan Budget)
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (DUHG-en) goes before City Council today (Mon) to outline his budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts in the fall.
It is Duggan's first time going through the budget process as mayor since taking office in January.   The city's spending is currently controlled by a state-appointed emergency manager.    
Officials handling the Detroit bankruptcy case are hoping the reorganization can be largely completed this October.
(24/7 News Source)

(Kalamazoo-Rowdy Party)
Police agencies in Kalamazoo had their hands full this weekend with a crowd of rowdy Western Michigan University students.
Officers were called out to deal with a crowd of about 2,000 students Saturday afternoon. The party goers had been circulating between houses, drinking and celebrating, but authorities say some of them turned violent, fighting and damaging property.
Police say that instead of dispersing when they were ordered to, some of the students threw bottles and rocks at officers. Riot officers then used tear gas to clear the streets.
No major injuries were reported.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(UM President's-Pay)
Incoming University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel will earn 750-thousand-dollars a year under his contract with the school that was signed in January.
The "Ann Arbor News" reports that the negotiated terms include two-million-dollars in startup funding for Schlissel to create his own biological lab at U-of-M, after her retires the position.
He is also limited to work on no more than one corporate board of directors, with no restrictions on charitable or academic boards.   Schlissel is the current provost at Brown University and will replace 70-year-old Mary Sue Coleman in Ann Arbor this July.

(MI-College Savings Accounts)
529 college savings accounts and prepaid tuition plans reached record levels in 2013. A year-end report from the College Savings Plans Network shows total investments top $227 billion.
State officials say Michigan has three Section 529 plans, all of which offer taxpayers a state income tax deduction on contributions and potential tax-free growth on any earnings if account proceeds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses.
Total assets in Michigan’s 529 plans reached $4.7 billion last year. The total number of Michigan 529 accounts opened in 2013 was 30,923, an increase of 15%. The average Michigan 529 account size is $18,000.
State Treasurer Kevin Clinton says with the cost of tuition increasing each year, Michigan’s 529 plans continue to be a smart and popular investment.

(MI-School Loans)
The Michigan Finance Authority recently closed a $150 million bond issue for the School Loan Revolving Fund.
State officials say proceeds will be used to make loans to school districts throughout the state that have applied for the program and allow them to make debt service payments on their local bond issues this year.
In recent years the economy and housing values have improved statewide, allowing for the first expansion of the program since 2008. State Treasurer Kevin Clinton says the expansion will relieve the need for the state to issue bonds for school loans this year.
As part of this issuance, the School Loan Revolving Fund’s credit ratings were affirmed at “AA” from Standard & Poor’s and “Aa2” from Moody’s, reflecting the high credit quality of the program.

(MSU-Ingredient Safety)
A food ingredient safety center is headed to Michigan State University.
Officials say the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety will serve as a reliable and unbiased source for information, research, training and analysis on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods including foods, beverages, cosmetics and household consumer products.
Leon Bruner, Chief Science Officer with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, says the center will be an independent resource that provides unbiased analysis and information on the safety of ingredients used in foods and consumers products.
The Center for Research on Ingredient Safety will be modeled after already existing centers of expertise at other academic institutions, which focus on allergen and microbiological safety.
It will be located at MSU and governed by an advisory board that will include academic, industry, nongovernmental organizations and regulatory representatives.

(MI-Mackinaw Bridge Traffic)
Traffic on the Mackinac Bridge dropped again last month.
Robert Sweeney, Executive Secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, says 195,514 vehicles crossed the span during March down 5.4% compared to 206,728 in March of 2013.
Fare revenue is down 3.2% compared to last year.
Officials say all revenue collected is used to maintain, operate, and protect the 56-year-old bridge linking Michigan's two peninsulas.

(MI-Elections Ranking)
Michigan ranks among the best states nationally for election administration and performance, according to a national research organization that studied 17 elections performance indicators in depth.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the Pew Center on the States' report calls Michigan a “high-performer” for the 2008, 2010 and 2012 election cycles, one of only seven states to reach that status.
The state increased its national rank in 2012 to sixth overall, largely due to the creation of post-election audits, according to Johnson.
According to the study, Michigan also has the third-highest voter registration rate in the nation.  

Total revenue for the three Detroit casinos for March was down more than seven percent compared to the same month last year.
However revenue was up 13-percent when compared to February of this year.
Year-to-date aggregate revenue for the three Detroit casinos was down five-point-nine percent compared to the same period last year.
Revenue for MGM was down 6.6% to about 51-(m) million dollars, MotorCity revenue was down 6.1% to 43-(m) million, and Greektown was down 10.0% to 31.2 -(m) million, when compared to March 2013.
The market shares for MGM, MotorCity, and Greektown for March 2014 were 41%, 34%, and 25%, respectively.
For the month ending March 31, 2014, gaming taxes for the three Detroit casinos were $10.1 million compared to $10.9 million for the same period last year.

(Port Huron-New Watercraft)
Port Huron’s Department of Public Safety has acquired a new watercraft for rescue operations.
The arrival of the new 23-foot rescue and patrol interdiction vessel means the replacement of a 1997 inflatable model. The new vessel is outfitted with modern electronic navigation equipment, including infrared sonar and GPS tracking.
Local officials say it will allow for safe and efficient response in varying sea and weather conditions in lower Lake Huron, the St. Clair River and along the Black River as necessary.
Mayor Pauline Repp and other officials will be on hand at the Port Huron Fire Department Central Station for a christening ceremony on April 25 at 1:30 p.m.
The vessel was purchased with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Authority.
(WPHM, Port Huron)

(Delta Co-Grant)
The Nature Conservancy announced Friday that it will spend half of a million-dollar grant to protect and restore an island off Delta County's Garden Peninsula. The Conservancy owns 94 percent of Saint Martin's Island, which they call a crucial stopover point for migrating birds.
The rest of the money will be used to protect habitat in Wisconsin's Door County and other parts of the Green Bay watershed, according to officials.
(RRN News)



(Detroit-GM Expands Recall)
As General Motors puts two engineers on leave without pay, the company also says it will do even more extensive repairs to the 2.6 million vehicles that it’s recalling for faulty ignition switches.
The company says that it will replace ignition lock cylinders to the ignition switches it’s replacing. That will take care of another complaint involving the recalled vehicles.
The suspensions of the engineers come as General Motors conducts an internal investigation into the recall, trying to determine why it took so long, and if there was any deception.
GM did not release the employees names, or say what they may have done but the Detroit News reports a source identified them as Gary Altman and Ray DeGiorgio.
Altman, who last year was chief engineer on the Chevrolet Cruze diesel, was program engineering manager on the Chevrolet Cobalt through May 2005. DeGiorgio was GM’s project engineer responsible for the ignition switch on the Saturn Ion and Cobalt.
Some internal documents released earlier indicated some workers may have violated company procedures, and may have been less than honest.
The costs of the recalls are mounting. General Motors now says it will take a $1.3 billion dollar charge against its first quarter earnings to pay for repairs, loaner cars and other recall-related issues.
That financial report will be released April 24th.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(Detroit-Utash Event)
Several hundred people gathered at a Detroit church Thursday night to pray for racial peace and for the health of a white Macomb County man who was brutally beaten by a black mob after he stopped to help a child he accidentally struck with his pickup truck.
Ken Utash, the brother of 54-year old Steven Utash (YOO-tash), is asking crime witnesses to speak up and help police protect innocent people. He was one of several speakers during the Night of Healing prayer service at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church.
Bishop Charles Ellis of Greater Grace Temple says retired nurse Deborah Hughes, who is credited with reviving Utash after the attack, is an example for everyone to follow.
Steven Utash, a tree trimmer from Clinton Township, remains hospitalized. He was listed earlier this week in critical condition and in a medically induced coma. The boy he struck was treated for several injuries, including to one of his legs.
Four men, ranging in age from 17 to 30, accused of taking part in the April 2 attack face charges of intent to murder and assault, and a 16-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile with assault and ethnic intimidation.
The multi faith gathering also recognized Camille Meeks, whose son Courtney was shot to death assisting the victims of a carjacking, and Lance Swain, who stopped to help rescue two people trapped in a traffic accident two weeks ago.
(WWJ, Detroit/24/7 News Source)

(MI-Expiring Lottery Winner)
Michigan Lottery officials say players in Detroit should take a few minutes this weekend to check their tickets and see if they’ve got a $250,000 Mega Millions winner sold last year.
If the prize isn’t claimed by 4:45 p.m. on Monday, it will go to the state School Aid Fund.
The ticket was sold at the 8 Mile Foodland for the April 12, 2013 Mega Millions drawing. The winning numbers for that drawing were 01-10-13-19-21 and the Gold Mega Ball was 28.
The $250,000 winner matched the first five numbers. Mega Millions tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date. Because the one-year mark for this winning ticket falls on Saturday, the ticket will be valid until 4:45 p.m. on Monday.
Officials say the ticket holder should contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 for an appointment to claim the prize at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing.
Last month, a winning Fantasy 5 ticket worth nearly $139,000 and a $250,000 Mega Millions winner went unclaimed.

(MI-Bat Disease)
A disease that has killed millions of bats in the U.S. and Canada has been detected in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome has been found in Alpena, Dickinson and Mackinac counties.
The fungus was found on five little brown bats, which make up about 90 percent of Michigan's bat species.
DNR wildlife veterinarian Dan O'Brien says it's no surprise because white-nose syndrome has reached about two dozen states. Over 6 million bats have died.
The disease causes bats to wake frequently from hibernation, which saps their energy reserves and can lead to starvation.
O'Brien says the best thing the public can do when they find a dying or dead bat is to leave it alone and keep children, livestock and pets away from it.
Bat die-offs can be reported through an observation report on the DNR website at michigan.gov/wildlife or by calling the DNR at 517-336-5030.
(Help from: WTIQ, Manistique)

(Detroit-Fake Insurance)
An insurance business in Detroit is closed after being raided by police last night. Investigators say Insurance with Grace was selling fake insurance certificates. Thousands of fake documents were sold for between 50 and 100-dollars, according to authorities.
The building on Seven Mile Road where the business is located is owned by Greater Grace Temple church but officials said the church had no affiliation with the illegal operation.
Police said the woman running the business made up to 30-thousand dollars a month selling fake insurance certificates.
(24/7 News Source)

(Muskegon-Restaurant Illness)
Tests by the Michigan Department of Community Health suggest a common bacteria caused food-borne illness among customers of a Muskegon restaurant.
Public health workers say Clostridium Perfringens is found in soils, sediments, and human and animal intestines -- but it typically causes illness when foods are served after improper storage or stored at inadequate temperatures.
The Health Officer at Public Health-Muskegon County says his team is working with Bonicki's Restaurant and Sports Bistro to improve their food storage practices.
(Greg Ghering, WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Keweenaw Co-Copper Mine Trespassers)
Two men charged with breaking into an abandoned mine shaft in the western Upper Peninsula were sentenced in district court Thursday.
21-year olds Dylan Stubenrauch of Calumet and Frederick Bryce of Allouez pled no contest in Keweenaw County District Court to one charge of trespassing. They were sentenced to six days of community service or 12 days in jail and court officials said the pair will opt for community service.
Stubenrauch and Bryce allegedly cut through a metal cover to enter the Gratiot Mine Shaft north of Mohawk in March. Police said the pair attempted to remove a large piece of copper from the mine shaft.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Colon-Michigan Magic Day)
Nearly 150 illusionists and magicians from across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are gathering in the south-central Michigan community of Colon this weekend for the 45th annual Michigan Magic Day.
It's the first time the two-day event has been held in the Magic Capital of the World.
Organizers say the festivities will start tonight (Friday) with a private gathering at the Colon VFW. On Saturday, participants will engage in competitions and all-day seminars that also are not open to the public.
The public will finally be able to be a part of the event with a one-night-only show which starts at 8:00 PM Saturday at Colon High School. The headliner is Kevin James, who has had three-year runs in Paris and later in Las Vegas.
Tickets for the show will be sold at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for 10 and under, or $25 for a family pass.
The Colon-based International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 386 will serve as host of the event, which has in the past been held in Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Coldwater.
(Help from: WLKM, Three Rivers)

(Ottawa Co-Goats In Parks)
Expect to find goats in a few of the Ottawa County Parks beginning next month. They will live there and, in the hopes of the County Parks Department, will eat the invasive plants, and the poison ivy.
The Holland Sentinel finds the Parks department admitting that no other park in Michigan has used goats to try to control the plant growth.
The Parks Department figures to know if this experiment is successful by July in three parks: Bur Oak landing, the Eastmanville Bayou, and Riverside Park.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Detroit-Mob Attack Suspects-UPDATE)
The fifth person arrested in connection with the mob beating of a Macomb County man on Detroit’s west side last week has now been charged.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office is charging 19-year-old Latrez Cummings with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.
A 16-year-old is facing assault and ethnic intimidation charges.
The teenager, whose name will not be released because of his age, is accused of beating 54-year-old Steven Utash with his fists and feet. Prosecutors say the teen will remain in custody and appear at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center on April 12.
Worthy said there is not adequate evidence to convict the other four suspected assailants with racially motivated cimes.
17-year-old Bruce Wimbush, 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold and 24-year-old James Davis were arraigned earlier this week on the same charges as Cummings. All three were jailed on $500,000 bonds and are due back in court on April 21.
Utash was driving home from his job as a tree trimmer April 2 when he struck an 11-year-old boy who’d stepped out into the roadway. When Utash stopped to check on the child, he was attacked and severely beaten by a violent mob of 10 to 12 people.
He remains hospitalized in critical condition in a medically induced coma with bleeding in several parts of his brain.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

(Capitol-State Contracts Disclosure)
House Democrats have unveiled plans to transfer $22 million from a controversial state furniture contract to local schools and place a $1 million cap on state office furniture spending.
Democratic leader Tim Greimel says the proposals are a response to revelations that Snyder administration officials and his controversial NERD fund intervened in the midst of the state’s fiscal year 2012 budget crisis to protect the Governor’s cousin, George Snyder, and major financial contributor Haworth Inc. from what could have been a multimillion-dollar cut connected to the state furniture contract.
Among other things, the reform package would amend Michigan’s 2015 budget to include a $1 million limit on purchases of office furniture and require all high-level state employees, including the governor and his staff, to report their income, assets, liabilities and any asset changes affecting them or their immediate family.
Democrats also want to require all state contractors and bidders to disclose any family relationships that exist between corporate officers, owners and directors and senior officials in the executive branch of state government.

(MI-Teach Children to Save)
Hundreds of banks, and more than nine thousand bankers and volunteers, are holding events across Michigan and the nation today (Friday) that “Teach Children to Save.”
The one-day event, now in its 18th year, is coordinated by the American Bankers Association where children will be taught how to save money, instead of just spending it.
A-B-A President and C-E-O, Frank Keating, says recent A-B-A statistics show that only one-out-of-four teenagers feel they will be financially independent of their parents by their mid-20’s, and only
one-out-of-three parents in a recent survey from the Council on Economic Education currently feel comfortable about talking to their children about money. He says that proves that parents and schools
need to become much more involved in teaching their children “financial literacy.”
Keating says that kids who save are more likely to go to college, have a better outlook on life and are more financially literate, which is better for their well-being and the economy as a whole.
Today’s out-of-the-ordinary lessons and ideas hope to bring a fresh face to the classroom to encourage a greater appreciation of saving and spending wisely, as students explore the difference between needs and wants, learn how to identify expenses, trade-offs, and ways to cut spending. More information is available online at w-w-w-dot-a-b-a-dot-com for parents, families, teachers and bankers.
More than 135-thousand banker volunteers have taught more than 176-thousand lessons nationwide during the past 17 years of the ABA-sponsored day, reaching six-point-one (M) million children.

(Missaukee Co-Credit Card Scam)
A northern Michigan woman faces charges of racketeering and her son already has pleaded guilty in a credit card scheme to bilk thousands of dollars from several banks that police say has roots in Nigeria.
According to the Cadillac News, 48-year old Edith Slack of Elmira allegedly obtained account information for more than a dozen credit cards accounts. Slack then contacted banking institutions and directed them to add a second name to the accounts and deliver the cards to her former home in Merritt.
Missaukee County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Donnelly said Slack was working together with a number of people in the scheme, including her 27-year old son, Shawn Hall.
Slack made charges to the cards totaling thousands of dollars between February 2013 and September 2013, according to court records. Police say the cardholders came from across the country but losses were assumed by the banks and none of the cardholders lost money.
If convicted, Slack could face up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000.
Hall pleaded guilty to attempting to conduct a criminal enterprise and habitual offender, third notice, which means at sentencing he could face a maximum of 10 years in prison.


Upcoming National News Events:

April 18, 2014

bullet Tax Freedom Day  the date when average income earners have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obligations at federal, state, and local levels, and begin working for themselves and not the government.

April 19, 2014

bullet NBA Playoffs Begin
bullet Pope Francis celebrates Easter Vigil in St Peter's Basilica
bullet National Day of Service and Remembrance for Victims and Survivors of Terrorism, marking the day in 1995 when Timothy McVeigh carried out the U.S.' worst homegrown terrorist attack as a bomb ripped through a federal building in Oklahoma City, OK, killing 168 people with hundreds more inured.
bullet Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival second weekend continues, headlined by Muse with Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, Pet Shop Boys, MGMT, Empire of the Sun, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Kid Cudi and Sleigh Bells. Tomorrow's final day headlined by Arcade Fire.
bullet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel to Brisbane, where Prince William visits RAAF Amberley. Also today, the couple attend a reception for Queensland's young people.
bullet 20th anniversary of Rodney King awarded $3.8M in damages from the City of Los Angeles at the federal trial of four LAPD police officers accused of violating his civil rights when they were captured on video beating him during an arrest in March 1991.

April 20, 2014

bullet Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass and gives the Urbi et Orbi benediction from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in front of tens of thousands of worshipers at the Vatican.
bullet 15th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre when teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold from Littleton, Colorado, opened fire at school killing 12 students and a teacher, and wounding 23 others, before killing themselves.
bullet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an Easter cathedral service as they continue their Royal tour of Australia.
bullet National Weed Day, aka National Pot Day an informal day marked on April 20th in reference to the term "4:20", thought to derive from a group of Californian high school students in the 1970s who traditionally consumed cannabis at 4:20 PM.

April 21, 2014

bullet White House 136th annual Easter Egg Roll, this year themed 'Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape', with guests joining the First Family on the South Lawn for live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling, and Easter egg rolling, for children aged 13 or younger and their families, in a tradition that dates back to 1878.
bullet Boston Marathon  'the world's oldest annual marathon', first run in 1897 and one of the six World Marathon Majors (others are New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, and Tokyo). Champions Lelisa Desisa and Rita Jeptoo expected to return to defend their titles, along with several top American runners.
bullet 2014 Billboard Music Awards nominations announced. Awards presented May 18th in Las Vegas.
bullet Former KPMG partner Scott London sentenced in Los Angeles court after pleading guilty in July to a securities fraud charge that carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
bullet National Playground Safety Week. Focuses on children's outdoor play environments, emphasizing the importance of playground safety and to express gratitude to all the adults who work tirelessly on maintaining playgrounds.
bullet Lyrid shower of 'shooting stars' or meteors peaks, with around 25 meteors per hour appearing to radiate from the constellation of Lyra in the northeastern part of the sky.

April 22, 2014

bullet Apple Q2 earnings, for the makers of the Mac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Tim Cook is CEO, having succeeded cofounder Steve Jobs shortly before his death in October 2011.
bullet International Earth Day, themed 'Green Cities'. Presidential Proclamation encourages Americans to participate in programs and activities to protect the environment and contribute to a healthy, sustainable future.
bullet 2014 Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees announced, via annual event usually featuring the Secretary of Education, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and Council on Environmental Quality chair.
bullet Purdue University engineering student Cody Cousins on trial, accused of killing 21-year old Andrew Boldt  a fellow student at the university in a basement classroom on January 21st.
bullet Court hearing for Kyle Trevor Flack, who faces charges including capital murder, first degree murder, and attempted rape, after he was accused of killing four people including a toddler at an eastern Kansas farm in spring 2013.
bullet 'DCONSTRUCTED', 14-track compilation of classic and current music from the Disney catalog remixed by some of today's hottest DJs/producers released, featuring material from 'The Lion King', 'Frozen', 'Monsters University', 'The Incredibles' and 'Dumbo' reworked by the likes of Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Mat Zo and UNKLE, plus an extended mix of the theme from Disneyland Park's Main Street Electrical Parade by Shinichi Osawa and a Shy Kidz remix of 'The Muppet Show' theme tune

April 23, 2014

bullet 30th anniversary of Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler announcing discovery of the AIDS virus.
bullet World Book Night, annual initiative in which 555,000 books are given away free with the help of volunteers across the nation.
bullet 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.
bullet 9th anniversary of YouTube cofounder Jawed Karim uploading the first video to the file sharing website, adding a 19-second clip titled 'Me at the zoo' at 8:27 PM PDT which he had filmed at San Diego Zoo's elephant enclosure.
bullet People Magazine issues press release with results of 2014 list of Most Beautiful People. The issue hits newsstands on Friday. Last year's winner was Gwyneth Paltrow
bullet Court hearing for singer Chris Brown, after a judge ordered him to jail in March, until today's hearing, after he was dismissed from a rehab facility for saying that he was good at using guns and knives.
bullet Former Cedarville Rancheria chairwoman Cherie Lash Rhoades in court accused of killing four people, including three relatives, and wounding two more during an eviction meeting at which she was bidding to keep her house on an American Indian reservation in northeastern California.
bullet 50th anniversary of the Philip Johnson designed New York State Theater, home to the New York City Ballet, opening on the south side of the Lincoln Center plaza.
bullet Sentencing of former BP engineer Kurt Mix, who was convicted last year of trying to obstruct an investigation of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill plan.

April 24, 2014

bullet General Motors Q1 earnings, for the U.S. carmaker.
bullet ‘Parks and Recreation', First Lady Michelle Obama makes a special appearance on the season finale of the award winning comedy show in an episode entitled 'Moving Up'..
bullet Microsoft Q3 earnings.
bullet National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Speakers including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who have all been mentioned as possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and Sen. Dan Coats.
bullet American Lung Association releases annual 'State of the Air' report, including national air quality 'report card' that assigns AF grades to counties across the country.
bullet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel to Canberra, Australia's capital city, where they visit the National Portrait Gallery, attend a reception at Parliament House, and plant a tree at the National Arboretum. Their Royal tour of the country ends tomorrow.
bullet Fundraiser for Republican Sen. John McCain, raising money for his reelection campaign ahead of the 4 Nov midterm election. Honorary chairs of the event, for which tickets begin at $250perperson, including Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Sen. Jeff Flake and former Sen. Jon Kyl.

April 25, 2014

bullet Advance GDP by Industry, Annual.
bullet 'Brick Mansions', the late Paul Walker's final completed movie released in theaters. Directed by Camille Delamarre, the film is a remake of French free-running action thriller 'Banlieue 13 (District 13)', which tells the tale of an undercover cop who is sent into a walled off ghetto with an agile former criminal in an attempt to recover a stolen weapon of mass destruction.
bullet Former Congressional candidate Justin Sternad sentenced after pleading guilty in March to violating the Federal Election Campaign Act during his 2012 campaign.
bullet Court hearing in New York for Conrado Juarez, accused of killing his four-year old cousin Anjelica Castillo, whose body was discovered in 1991 in a cooler alongside a Manhattan highway. Castillo was nicknamed 'Baby Hope', and detectives helped arrange her burial and paid for her headstone.

April 26, 2014

bullet Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMAs), celebrating music's most popular young artists.
bullet Michigan Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Dinner, headlined by former President Bill Clinton.
bullet National Academy of Sciences 151st Annual Meeting, including election of new members and presentation of NAS Awards, including the inaugural NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (and a $200,000 award) to Stanford University Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation director James McClelland and to Harvard University Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Shilin Spelke.
bullet Carroll County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, with keynote from possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz
bullet United Methodist Women Assembly, day two, with keynote from possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

April 27, 2014

bullet Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII declared saints in the Catholic Church's first ever double canonization. The decision to hold such a ceremony is being seen as an attempt at unification, with John Paul II favored by conservative Catholics, and John XXIII by the Church's more progressive wing.
bullet New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival first weekend third and final day, headlined by Eric Clapton with Vampire Weekend, Charlie Wilson, Irma Thomas, North Mississippi All Stars, John Hiatt, Tab Benoit and Rebirth Brass Band.
bullet Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz attends Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire fundraiser in the traditional 'firstinthenation' primary state.
bullet 2014 Building a Grad Nation Summit, 'Pulling Together', for individuals, organizations, and communities dedicated to ending the dropout crisis and making all young people college and career ready.
bullet 20th anniversary of South Africa holding its first fully multiracial elections, marking the final end of Apartheid.

April 28, 2014

bullet President Barack Obama travels to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines late this month, as part of his 'ongoing commitment to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with countries in the Asia/Pacific region'.
bullet Latest hearing in case of James Holmes, accused of shooting 12 people dead and injuring 58 during a midnight screening of the Batman movie 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, CO, on July 20, 2012.
bullet 'Blue Collar Conservatives' by Rick Santorum published, in which the former presidential candidate explores why so many working class Republicans are staying at home instead of going to the polls, and explains how voters can be reenergized by showing them just how much Republican policies support their personal welfare.
bullet Status conference for former Los Angeles International Airport security screener Naa Alpha Onuoha, accused of making threats that forced the evacuation of several terminals on the eve of the anniversary of 9/11.
bullet Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar court hearing charged with drunk driving and speeding after he was arrested in December 2013. Police say Kosar refused to take a Breathalyzer test after they pulled him over for speeding, reporting that he was driving 74 mph in a 50 mph zone.
bullet 10th anniversary of the revelation of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq on the television show '60 Minutes II' when Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of coalition operations in Iraq, was asked what went wrong.
bullet Verdict scheduled in trial of the leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Mohammad Badie and 682 others who went on trial last month on charges including murder  the day after the same court in Minya Province condemned 529 members of the Islamist group to death.

April 29, 2014

bullet Tony Awards nominations announcement sponsored by IBM, hosted by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu and broadcast live on TonyAwards.com and 'This Morning' on CBS.
bullet Federal Open Market Committee first day of two day meeting, with interest rates decision on April 30.
bullet Rainforest of the Americas, a new 2.2 acre exhibit space for mammals, reptiles, fish and plants replicating a tropical rainforest experience opens at Los Angeles Zoo, housing cotton top tamarins, a Goliath bird eating spider and mata mata turtles as well as endangered species such as the Central American tapir, giant river otters and a blue billed curassow.
bullet Derek Medina in court in Florida accused of killing his wife then posting pictures of her body on Facebook.

April 30, 2014

bullet Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates following two day meeting.
bullet U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its advance GDP data for the first quarter of 2014.
bullet Facebook Q1 earnings for the social networking website founded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
bullet National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial annual Unveiling Day ceremony, to symbolically commence the process of engraving new names onto the walls of the Memorial.
bullet State Department 'Country Reports on Terrorism 2013'  full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation  due to be released by today.
bullet Target date for achievement of a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority  nine months on from remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry, which came alongside the next launch of direct final status negotiations with initial meetings in Washington, DC.
bullet Report due by Judge Alessandro Nencini into the reasoning behind January's reinstatement of the guilty verdict against U.S. national Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito over the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Knox, who is currently living in the U.S., was sentenced to 28 years and six months, while Sollecito received a 25-year term. Once the report is published, lawyers have 90 days to appeal the decision.
bullet Court status conference for Ross William Ulbricht, aka 'Dread Pirate Roberts', accused of operating the secret Silk Road website, where users could browse anonymously through nearly 13,000 listings under categories like 'Cannabis', 'Psychedelics', and 'Stimulants'. Authorities say the site generated an estimated $1.2 billion since it started in 2011 and collected $80 million by charging 8%15% commission on each sale. Ulbricht faces charges in New York including drug trafficking, computer hacking, and money laundering.
bullet Saudi Arabia air force sergeant Mazen Alotaibi sentenced, after he was convicted last year of raping a 13-yearnold boy on New Year's Eve 2012 in a Las Vegas hotel room.
bullet Pretrial hearing for Tennessee couple Randall and Mary Vaughn, charged with murder after authorities accused them of forcing the man's five-year old daughter Alexa Linboom to drink over two liters of grape soda and water, causing her brain to swell and rupture.






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Senator Ted Cruz endorses Shannon:


T.W. Shannon is the former Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma legislature. He was elected by his Republican colleagues as the youngest and first African American House Speaker. He's also been called "the most conservative Speaker in State History."

We're very excited to support T.W. Shannon in this important race and hope you will join us by making a contribution to his campaign.

T.W. Shannon has fought to shrink the size of government and reduce the state's debt. He has worked to lower state income tax rates and authored legislation to add work requirements for food stamp recipients.

T.W. Shannon believes that government programs create a cycle of dependency that robs people of their dignity and traps them in generational poverty. If he's elected to the Senate, he will be a powerful voice for freedom.

T.W. Shannon supports all of SCF's policy goals. For example, he ...
*Supports a constitutional amendment to force Congress to balance the federal budget without raising taxes;

*Supports the full repeal of Obamacare and opposes funding for the unconstitutional program;

*Opposes bailouts that reward failure and punish success;

*Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants;

*Opposes earmarks that are used to pass bloated spending bills;

*Supports term limits for members of Congress;

*Supports our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms;

*Supports the right to life and will oppose taxpayer funding for abortion.


Ben Sasse does not approve of the way President Obama is unilaterally changing laws and violating the Constitution. In a new video that has over 250,000 views, Sasse says Obama's supposed "fix" to Obamacare is outrageous, illegal, and unconstitutional. 

Watch "Constitutional Crisis" here.

Ben Sasse also won a big endorsement from the Club for Growth, which supports fiscal conservatives. Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said, "Ben Sasse is the rare candidate who can clearly and forcefully prosecute the case against ObamaCare, not only because it’s an unconstitutional assault on our liberty, but also because he’s read every word of it."

Senate Conservatives Fund




Incumbent U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's approval rating has dropped by more that 10 points to 47 percent in the last six months according to a new poll. The drop in the Louisiana Democrat's image is largely due to her support for Obamacare.

This is good news for conservative Col. Rob Maness (R-LA) who is a strong opponent of Obamacare. The Republican establishment in Washington prefers moderate Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in this race, but Cassidy has supported policies similar to Obamacare and has voted to fund the unconstitutional program. Col. Maness offers voters a compelling alternative to Mary Landrieu and will win if he gets his message out.

Senate Conservatives Fund




A new poll shows conservative Chris McDaniel (R-MS) surging in the U.S. Senate race. Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) has not indicated whether he will seek a seventh term, but the poll shows McDaniel trailing by just 6 points in a hypothetical race with Cochran. The early competitiveness of this race has shocked the GOP establishment.

We launched a new statewide TV ad highlighting Chris McDaniel's conservative message. The ad includes footage of Chris McDaniel's remarks at his campaign announcement and will run for two weeks.

Watch the "Rightful Heirs" TV ad here.

Senate Conservatives Fund




Conservative Matt Bevin (R-KY) won the straw poll at the Boone County GOP Christmas gala, which was attended by nearly 700 Republicans. Bevin dominated the straw poll, winning over 80% of the vote against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). This is a clear sign that the grassroots in Kentucky are ready for a change and that Matt Bevin's message is beginning to get out. 

Also, Breitbart News reported that Mitch McConnell attacked conservatives on a conference call organized by Karl Rove. According to the report, McConnell was critical of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and said that the Senate Conservatives Fund should be "punched in the nose." It's yet another reason why conservatives should support Matt Bevin.

Senate Conservatives Fund

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