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STATE NEWS for WED
separate shootings occurred in Kalamazoo last night. In one case, a
16-year old was shot and later arrived at a hospital. The teen is in
stable condition. In the other incident, a vehicle was reportedly
damaged by gunfire. No suspects have been arrested in either case.
A little girl in Detroit got her hands on a gun and shot herself. Police
say the shooting
happened just before 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon inside a home . That's
little girl found an unsecured handgun and accidentally shot herself.
The 4-year-old is
now listed in stable condition.
They're cleaning up and working to restore power after severe
thunderstorms Monday night into Tuesday morning in the U-P's Gogebic
County. The Ironwood Public Safety Department expects it will take
days for all of the damage to be cleaned up and power restored.
There are trees and power lines down with Marenisco hit especially hard.
manufacturer Moderna is increasing the scope of its clinical trial for
COVID-19 vaccine. They are now looking toward testing children ages five
Moderna hopes testing the vaccine among more children will help detect
side effects. It's not known how many children may be involved in the
expects to have supporting data for authorization by either winter of
this year or early
The CDC is now recommending everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask,
their vaccination status, and that fully vaccinated Americans should
return to wearing
masks in indoor public settings due to the spread of the Delta variant.
The CDC is also
urging vaccinated people in certain areas of the country to resume
because of COVID- 9 as nearly two-thirds of US counties currently have
substantial transmission of COVID-19. Back in May, the CDC eased
guidance for fully
vaccinated Americans, allowing them to stop wearing masks in most indoor
-Latest COVID-19 Stats-
The number of cases of the Coronavirus are continuing to increase in
latest numbers from the Health Department show an average of 441
over the past four days. The number of cases has more than doubled in
the past two
weeks. Michigan moved past 900-thousand confirmed cases since the
started last year. There were also 19 deaths reported, however 15 of
those were from
a review of records
Another group of winners have been announced in the "MI Shot to Win
for getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The four all pick up
Among the winners, Erika Smith and KeLexis Love of Flint, Mikayla
Detroit and Leslie Boney of West Bloomfield. The last day to register
sweepstakes is this Friday.
The City of White Cloud has worked to repair failed stoplogs at a
city-owned dam that
resulted in significant changes in water levels both in a pond upstream
of the dam, and
the river flowing downstream. Safety measures have been put into place
and the dam
is stable. No additional uncontrolled release of water is expected.
received reports of the problem Tuesday morning. Local officials report
the dam is
stable, and expect to replace the failed stoplogs within days. The
stoplogs hold back
water in the dam. The White Cloud Dam is rated as a high-hazard dam. Its
state inspection in 2019 rated it in fair condition. It was built in
1872, rebuilt in 1920
after it was destroyed by flooding, and reconstructed in 1990.
The death of a retired oral surgeon in Portage in southwest Michigan has
been ruled a
homicide. 82- ear-old Dr. Thomas Aye (Ay) was found dead in his home
night. The Portage Department of Public Safety says they found evidence
signs of violence, but have not said how Aye died. No one has been
and Border Protections Office at Fort Street seized more than a ton of
marijuana at Facility last Wednesday, July 21, for the second time in a
inbound tractor trailer from Canada was referred to the secondary
inspection of it's
cargo which was reported as aluminum caps. An x-ray scan revealed
different and after a physical inspection.. officers discovered 2,583
marijuana. The cargo was seized along with the tractor and trailer. The
Office, which covers all ports of entry throughout Michigan, has
experienced a surge in
contraband since March 2020.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced plans to make an historic
investment in affordable housing. The proposal would assist six thousand
Michiganders, produce two- thousand rental housing units and leverage
and additional 380 million in private funding. It will create more
than 16-hundred jobs.
A suspected serial killer is now being charged in a 16-year-old cold
case in Battle
Creek. A warrant has been issued for Harold Haulman the third for the
Ashley Parlier (Par-Leer) in 2005. He is now in jail in Pennsylvania for
murders. the 21-year-old Parlier walked out of her Battle Creed home in
June of 2005
after an argument with her parents. Haulman mentioned Parlier's name
when he was
being interviewed about two Pennsylvania cases. He told police that they
and got into an argument . He said he hit her repeatedly in the head
until she died.
Updating a fatal police involved shooting in which a suspect was killed
after stabbing a police dog in southwest Michigan's Gobles. 39-year-old
has been identified as the suspect who stabbed the Van Buren County
K-9 Kuno and then he was shot and killed by a deputy for allegedly
deputy. The dog was taken to a vet and released on Tuesday.
The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who
of failing to register under an old version of the state's sex offender
registry. The court
became the latest to declare that the 2011 law was unconstitutional when
retroactively to certain offenders. The Legislature last year revised
the law after two
federal courts said the 2011 version was unconstitutional. Critics
contend the new
edition isn't much better. The new law lifts restrictions on living near
attending school events. But it still requires offenders to report
personal information for
years. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the law despite opposition from
Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City has announced it's
renaming the West Hall Innovation Center after the school's longest
serving president. The recently renovated 14-million dollar
building will now be called the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation
Center. Besides a library and flexible learning space, the building also
houses campus security, dining services, the technology help desk
and the college radio station.
Are you ready for whistling fireballs? The meteor shower Alpha
Capricornids is peaking over Michigan skies tonight into Thursday.
Experts say the meteors appear bigger and brighter than others
showers, and sometimes whistle when whizzing by: It should be visible
all across lower Michigan.
STATE NEWS for TUE 27JUL21
the recent rise in COVID-19 cases both in Michigan and nationwide,
quite a bit of push back from people about the vaccines for the virus
that are currently
available. According to a study by data service company Morning Consult,
identify as Republicans are more hesitant about getting the vaccine with
they will not get the vaccine or are hesitant to do so. That's 15%
higher than all adults
and 30% higher than men identified as Democrats. The two most cited
reasons for not
getting vaccinated are possible side effects and uncertainty surrounding
what they feel
is an accelerated process to release the vaccine. The survey shows the
with the most hesitancy are Iowa, Oklahoma and Mississippi. In Michigan,
10% of those surveyed showed any hesitancy to being vaccinated.
The third round of winners in the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes will take
place today at
1 p.m. The Protect Michigan Commission Director, Kerry Ebersole Singh
will be joined
by U.P. native and MTV Real World star Norman Korpi and Miss Michigan
Zhong to make the announcement . The next round of winners will be for
daily drawings. The deadline for unvaccinated residents to get at least
one dose of the
Covid-19 vaccine in order to qualify them for the remaining $50,000 cash
well as the top prize of $2 million is Friday, July 30. As of Monday,
the MI Shot To Win
Sweepstakes has received a total of 2.2 million applicants for the grand
prizes since it
began on July 1st.
86-percent of the students and 96 percent of the faculty are now
Wayne State prepares for the Fall Semester. That's according to a new
survey. In April, Wayne State offered students a $10 credit to use
toward a meal on or
off campus as an incentive to get vaccinated. Just under 9-percent of
the students and
under 5-percent of those surveyed said they're not likely to get
State has been offering a $10 credit for meals on or off campus as an
incentive to get
search continues for a missing man in Lapeer County. 79- ear-old Joseph
Mindelli was reported missing by his family on July 19. Reports say
he's in the beginning stages of dementia and suffers from depression and
anxiety. Large-scale search efforts have been carried out by the
Dryden Township Fire Department and a local church. The family is
asking for hunters and homeowners in neighboring cities to check
their properties, deer blinds, and surveillance cameras for any
signs of Mindelli.
The Detroit Medical Center has again received national recognition
for its patient care. The U.S. News and World Report ranks DMC
Harper University Hospital in the top 50 for Gastroenterology and
GI Surgery - and Geriatrics on its 2021-2022 list of Best
Hospitals. The hospital was also ranked as high performing in adult
specialties and in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart
attack, heart failure, kidney failure and pneumonia. Detroit
Receiving and Sinai-Grace Hospitals also join Harper Hospital in
being recognized for exceptional care in the Common Adult Procedure and
31-year-old Perkins woman has been arrested after a fatal crash that
killed a Gladstone Man in the U-P earlier this month. W-L-U-C reports
Melissa Narkooli, has been arrested on one count of operating
while intoxicated causing death in the Gladstone crash.
22-year-old McCoy Green was killed in the crash.
There's been an officer involved shooting in Gobles, northwest of
Kalamazoo. The Van
Buren County Sheriff's Department says a man stabbed a K-9 several times
were called to the home about an assault. They say a deputy went inside
confronted by the suspect , who still had a knife. The deputy shot and
killed the man.
The k-9 was taken to a vet and may have to be transferred to Michigan
There were some scary moments at a Kalamazoo Township elementary school
at 11-year-old student took a gun to school. The student reportedly
wanted to show the
gun to classmates at Northeastern Elementary School. School officials
took the gun
away from the student. The case will be sent to the Kalamazoo
prosecutor for review.
The number of power outages across metro Detroit, now down to about
following days of restoration work.
Many have been without power since Saturday when storms hit the area.
Most of the
outages continue to be in Oakland County near Waterford, Wolverine Lake
Lake, and White Lake. There are also outages in Auburn Hills.
A $221 expense from campaign funds at a strip club has one lawmaker in
Representative Jewell Jones of Inkster is accused of holding a meeting
projects at the Pantheon Club in Dearborn, a long established
The third term lawmaker denied knowing it was a strip club but the
report he issued revealed that he spent $6400 at restaurants and lounges
for what he
called meetings between January and July. Jones has a history of making
April he was pulled over for erratic driving and was found with a blood
of 1.9. The legal limit is .08. He also allegedly had struggles with
troopers when he was
Dredging is planned for Lake Superior in South Marquette now
that the Marquette City Commission has approved a grant application. The
dredging would occur in front of the Shiras (Shy-rus) Plant and
then the sediment would reportedly be used for the Lakeshore site
and other beach restoration. Aside from the grant, there will be
matching money from Cleveland Cliffs for up to 250-thousand dollars for
the next three years.
Council on Climate Solutions is scheduled to gather today to discuss
intensive industries. Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes,
says the council is working with the department and the Office of
Climate and Energy
on developing an effective and equitable strategy to achieve carbon
neutrality by 2050.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed 14 Michigan residents to the
council, which also
includes representatives of several state departments. Theyll be
advising EGLE in the
formation of the Whitmer Administrations MI Healthy Climate Plan. You
Michigan.gov/Climate for more information.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a 385 million dollar supplemental
two-thirds of which will go to Michigan hospitals and long-term care
financial pressures due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new law also
million dollars in state emergency spending for the response to
tornadoes or flooding in
four counties in late June and 105 million dollars to increase subsidy
rates for child
care providers that serve low-income children, retroactive to last
October. All but 17
million dollars of the funding is from federal COVID-19 relief aid
enacted by Congress
and the former President.
The campaign to re-elect Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has raised $1 million
more than the
entirety of what was raised during the 2018 election cycle, retaining
more than $10.6
million in cash on hand, according to campaign finance reports filed..
the largest fundraising achievement in Michigan history by a
gubernatorial campaign in
an off year. Campaign spokesman Mark Fisk says -quote-Governor Whitmer
fighter for Michigan who puts Michigan families first and this
achievement puts the campaign in a strong position to communicate her
track record of
success, -unquote. To date, the campaign has raised $14.2 million $1
the 2018 cycle.
State Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a lawsuit against the U.S.
Wildlife Service over its decision to remove gray wolves from the
list. The wolf was removed from the list last year following Michigan's
to grow the population. Nessel says Michigan's efforts are being
weaponized and says
the state's success shouldn't be used to prevent the wolves from being
Enbridge says it has retrieved an anchor that broke away from a
while on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. The mishap happened last
as a contractor was doing seasonal work on the underwater section of its
Line 5. The contractor deployed an anchor about halfway between the
underwater pipes. When the crew later tried to raise it, the shackle
connecting it to the
cable failed. A crane on a barge was used over the weekend to lift the
object to the surface.
STATE NEWS for MON 26JUL21
Council on Climate Solutions is scheduled to gather on Tuesday to
discuss energy intensive industries. Michigan's Department of
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says the council is working with
the department and the Office of Climate and Energy on developing an
effective and equitable strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed 14 Michigan residents to the
council, which also includes representatives of several state
departments. They'll be advising EGLE in the formation of the Whitmer
Administrations MI Healthy Climate Plan. You can visit
Michigan.gov/Climate for more information.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed $155 million in proposed spending
scholarships for students. The move sparked criticism from opponents who
say it would
have addressed pandemic-related learning loss, while being applauded by
liken the grants to vouchers. Whitmer struck the program while signing a
school budget this month. It would have been funded with federal
COVID-19 aid. The
State House unsuccessfully tried to override the veto last week. The
have gone to Grand Valley State University to disburse up to $1,000 each
to public K-5
students not proficient in reading.
are rising Coronavirus cases in Michigan. On Friday, the state reported
average of 431 new daily COVID-19 infections over three days. Health
that's up 47 percent from the same period a week earlier. Michigan's
average, 332, is double what is was two weeks ago. Meantime, Oakland
reports that it is the 2nd county in the state to reach the 70 percent
We're learning at least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in
Michigan's Faster Horses Festival two weeks ago, according to the
of Health and Human Services. Some of those individuals were infectious
while at the three-day musical festival at Michigan International
Speedway in Brooklyn.
The department of human services is warning that those who attended the
have been exposed to the virus and is urging attendees to get tested.
The agency is
working with local public health departments to investigate the cases.
Festival officials have not commented at this time.
Protesters gathered outside Trinity Health on Sunday to demonstrate
Coronavirus vaccination mandates set to take effect by September 21st.
sidewalk outside a Grand Rapids hospital Saturday, hoisting signs and
chanting to show their displeasure. More than 150 people lined the
sidewalk, a few with
megaphones, voicing their displeasure with the Grand Rapids hospital
that that all employees must provide proof of full vaccination or they
will receive a
termination notice. Many of those demonstrating said there are still a
lot of questions
about the long-term health effects of the vaccines and that the vaccines
Michigan State Police officials say a department K-9 was killed after a
crash in Detroit
Sunday morning. It happened around 1:05 a.m. on southbound M-10 near
Street. In a tweet, Troopers said the freeway had been closed for
several hours prior to
the crash due to flooding in the area. The troopers patrol car was
stopped across all
lanes to ramp off traffic. Investigators said a car driving freeway
speed hit the MSP
An MSP K-9 named Rex, was inside the vehicle and was taken to an animal
with severe spine and leg injuries. He later died. The driver who hit
the MSP vehicle
was under the influence of alcohol and suffered injuries, two passengers
in the car were also injured.
The Mecosta County Sheriffs Office is issuing a warning of several
new scams. The department says people have been contacted by scammers
who are pretending to be from the Secretary of State. The
perpetrators claim victims need to buy cards from local stores and
give them the card information so victims wont be criminally charged.
Another scam involves calls claiming victims have rented a car in
another state, and blood has been found in the vehicle. Scammers
tell victims they need to pay for the damages done to the car. The
Sheriffs Office says do not give any personal information over the
STATE NEWS for FRI 23JUL21
state's first cases of West Nile virus are being detected in mosquitoes
County. Health officials say the insects that tested positive were
carrying the illness in
the city of East Grand Rapids and part of southeast Grand Rapids. It's
rare, but West
Nile virus can be fatal. About 1 in 150 people infected develop a
serious case. As of
July 15th, no humans in Michigan had contracted West Nile in 2021.
A Muskegon County fire chief is remembered for his devotion to the
Holton Township Fire Chief Bryan Hawk died Thursday after he was
severely injured in
a July 18th crash .
Hawk was riding a motorcycle Sunday afternoon when a vehicle pulled into
The collision threw Hawk from the motorcycle.
Three metro Detroiters are among 17 people charged in an $11
million fraud scheme involving the Small Business Administration's
Paycheck Protection Program. 52-year- old Ricky Dixon of Warren,
56-year- ld Derek Parker of Rochester Hills and 27-year- old Charmaine
Redding of Macomb face numerous charges in connection with
business loans they received under the PPP program. The U.S. Justice
Department says those charged allegedly submitted fraudulent tax
U-S Justice Department declines to open a civil rights investigation
deaths in Michigan nursing homes. The decision comes nearly a year after
Rights Division requested data from the Governors of four states,
Republicans have criticized Governor Gretchen Whitmer for allowing
COVID-19 patients to return to nursing homes.
It's a story of self
awarded bonuses using federal COVID-19 relief dollars. A lawsuit
is being filed in mid- Michigan's Shiawassee County, after the county
board of commissioners voted last week to award bonus pay to
dozens of county employees using pandemic relief money earmarked
as "hazard pay." The payments range from 25-thousand dollars for
administrators to two-thousand dollars for cleaning staff. One
commissioner says she didn't realize what she voted for and plans to
return the cash. The lawsuit, filed by a resident, is trying to rescind
some of the bonuses.
Before you head to the beach , you better check advisories for
high bacteria levels at some of Michigan's beaches. The Michigan
Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has a Beach
Guard website that lists closures. Fourteen beaches in the state
are closed including: Bath Township Park Lake Beach in Clinton County,
Denton Township Beach in Houghton Lake, and Memorial Beach in
STATE NEWS for THU 22JUL21
longtime FBI agent who's at the center of the investigation into the
plot to kidnap and kill Governor Gretchen Whitmer, now has his own legal
troubles. 39- ear-old Special Agent Richard Trask of Kalamazoo is
accused of smashing his wife's head against a nightstand and
choking her following a swinger's party they attended Sunday night. His
wife told police they argued after the party, and after arriving home,
he attacked her. If convicted, Trask faces up to 10 years in
prison. (Photo: Trask)
A man from Skandia in the U-P's Marquette County has been killed
in a motorcycle crash with a pickup last night. The motorcyclist was
reportedly pronounced dead on the scene. While that crash was
being investigated, another vehicle crashed into a Sands Township
emergency fire pickup truck that was on the scene. A woman in that
vehicle was taken to the hospital. Police say alcohol does not appear to
be a factor in either crash.
announcing Wednesday morning that he had launched an exploratory
former Detroit police chief James Craig now says he's running for
Republican candidate made it formal during an appearance last (Wed)
night on the Fox
News show "Tucker Carlson Tonight". Craig retired as Detroit police
chief June 1st
after more than four decades in law enforcement.
lawmakers have killed a law that underpinned Coronavirus restrictions
issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, after Michigan's Supreme
declared the measure unconstitutional. The Democratic governor is
powerless to veto
the citizen-initiated bill. A group that organized the ballot drive now
is targeting a
different law that enabled her administration to keep restrictions
intact. The Republican-led
House voted 60-48 this afternoon to repeal the law that gave governors
emergency powers. A separate law remains in place. It lets a governor
emergency, but it cannot last for longer than 28 days without