State briefing

Police shooting ruled justified

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan county prosecutor has ruled that a police officer’s actions in the fatal shooting of a 73-year-old man were justified.

Authorities say Manistee Police Officer Doug Vansickle shot Lee Pat Milks on March 28 after he came out of the house with a gun and told the officer to leave. Police say the officer was conducting ordinance enforcement.

Manistee officials say the officer told Milks to drop the weapon, but he didn’t comply and pointed it at the officer, so Vansickle fired. The officer was not injured and was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Manistee County Prosecutor Jason Hagg says the officer had reasonable belief he faced “imminent danger of death or great bodily harm” when he fired.

Manistee’s public safety director agreed with the finding.

Gibraltar Trade Center closing

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The 600,000-square-foot Gibraltar Trade Center in Macomb County’s Mount Clemens is closing later this summer after 37 years in business.

The public market which has vendors who sell everything from toys to guns to rugs to clothing made the announcement on its website.

Aug. 27 is the scheduled closure date. The property, northeast of Detroit, has been sold.

President and Chief Executive Bob Koester says “the impact of online sales on small brick and mortar businesses is substantial” and that “declining revenue and sales are forecast to continue to accelerate in the years to come.”

The company says the popular Gibraltar Gun and Knife Shows will continue to operate.

A Gibraltar Trade Center southwest of Detroit in Taylor closed in 2014.

MSU road trip scheduled

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Representatives of Michigan State University are embarking on a road trip this month to promote research, education and innovation linked to the East Lansing school.

The three-week, seven-community tour dubbed “The Great State Road Trip” kicks off July 17. It aims to highlight the work of faculty, staff and alumni across Michigan.

Stops include East Lansing to showcase rare isotopes and biomedical research, Detroit for community medicine and composite materials, Flint for public health and Hammond Bay for sea lamprey management and Great Lakes health.

Other destinations are Chatham for agriculture and farming, Holland for renewable energy storage and Traverse City for media, visual and performing arts.

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