Michigan News

Candidate:  Michigan city should be as white ‘as possible’

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan shocked a public forum when she said she wants to keep her community white “as much as possible.” Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 ...

3 Michigan boys convicted of rape

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Three boys who were 11, 12 and 13 at the time they were charged have been convicted of raping two young brothers, ages 6 and 8. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports a jury of four men and two women found two of the older boys guilty late Thursday of three counts of ...

Judges block court appearance

DETROIT (AP) — A court says University of Michigan’s president doesn’t have to become personally involved in a sexual misconduct case against a student. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an order Friday by federal Judge Arthur Tarnow to have school President Mark Schlissel ...

Republicans file 2nd suit challenging formation of redistricting panel

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party sued Thursday to block the formation of a commission to draw congressional and legislative lines in 2021, saying the voter-approved change is unconstitutional because there will be no reliable way to verify the panel’s political makeup. The ...

Michigan priest accused of binding teen

ALLEGAN (AP) — A priest wrapped a teen boy in plastic and tape and left him in a janitor’s room for more than an hour at a Michigan church, prosecutors alleged Thursday as they filed a charge of false imprisonment. The alleged incident occurred in 2013. But the attorney general’s ...

Worker accused of defrauding

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo employee has been indicted on a federal wire fraud charge after allegedly defrauding immigrants she was supposed to be assisting. Federal prosecutors contend that Monica Karina Mazei engaged in a scheme between 2015 and this ...

Man charged in death of Detroit girl attacked by 3 dogs while on her bike

DETROIT (AP)— A man was charged Thursday in the death of a 9-year-old Detroit girl, who was mauled by three dogs despite rescue efforts by neighbors, her father and emergency workers. Pierre Cleveland, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a ...

Dad ‘empty’ after 9-year-old Detroit girl killed by dogs

DETROIT (AP) — A man was in police custody Tuesday in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl in Detroit who was mauled by three dogs despite efforts by neighbors and her own “heartbroken” father, who lamented that “she was gone when I reached her.” Emma Hernandez was riding ...

Michigan civil rights director takes leave after comments

LANSING (AP) — The embattled director of Michigan’s civil rights department has taken a leave of absence, weeks after he was reprimanded for making inappropriate remarks about the appearance of a woman he saw outside a meeting. The state Civil Rights Commission on Tuesday gave no reason ...

Driver charged with murder

BUCHANAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against the driver of a car that ran past a stop sign in southwestern Michigan and slammed into another vehicle, killing four. The Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday that Dub Alan Collins of Buchanan was ...

Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the country and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot. Omar, of Minnesota, suggested President Donald Trump and Prime Minister ...

Girl, 9, killed in dog attack

DETROIT (AP) — A 9-year-old Detroit girl was killed when she was attacked by three dogs as she rode on a bike in an alley near her home. Detroit Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said neighbors tried to stop the Monday afternoon attack on the girl without success. Police ...

After Amash dumped Trump, his district may do same to him

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The ...

4 OD-reversal shots revive man

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police say troopers had to give a driver in the Detroit area four doses of an overdose-reversal drug to revive him after he purportedly ingested heroin on his way home. The Detroit Free Press cites state police as saying troopers responded to calls of a ...

Mobile home fire kills 2-year-old boy

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Mid-Michigan police say a 2-year-old boy has died in a mobile home fire. Mount Pleasant police the child was inside the burning home when officers and firefighters arrived on the scene at the Mount Pleasant Mobile Home Village about 6 p.m. Friday. Flames already ...

City looks for solutions to flooding

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — One Michigan city is reviewing potential solutions to help alleviate flooding from Lake Erie onto its streets. Starting in spring, high winds in Monroe have raised the lake’s elevation several feet higher than normal on multiple occasions, according to Patrick ...

State briefing

AG to review police questioning ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general has ordered an investigation of police in suburban Detroit who questioned a black man when a woman claimed he was staring at her. Dana Nessel said Friday that her civil rights division will review the ...

Michigan OKs $1.3M compensation for man exonerated of murder

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man exonerated in the 1985 arson-related slayings of his wife and young daughters will receive $1.3 million from the state after fighting to get compensation under a law his case helped inspire. Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday approved the award for David ...

Aretha Franklin’s cancer doctors recall her grace, grit

DETROIT (AP) — Regardless of her reputation as a performer, Aretha Franklin’s cancer doctors say she was no diva as a patient. As the anniversary of her death approached, two of her doctors told The Associated Press that the Queen of Soul handled the diagnosis and treatment with grace — ...