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Michigan News

Man convicted of sex trafficking

DETROIT (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a 70-year-old Detroit man on drug and human trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said in a release that Richard Jackson was found guilty of sex trafficking using force and coercion, drug distribution and maintaining ...

Higher reward offered in slaying

ELLSWORTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police on Thursday increased to $15,000 the reward for information leading to an arrest in the 2018 slaying of a 79-year-old woman whose remains were found following a house fire in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula. The reward is being ...

Michigan lawmaker faces probe over comment to reporter

LANSING (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker will be subject to a sexual harassment investigation for telling a young female reporter she could have “a lot of fun” with a group of high school boys visiting the Michigan Capitol, legislative leaders said Wednesday. State Sen. Pete Lucido, ...

Michigan sues 3M, DuPont over ‘forever’ chemicals in water

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan on Tuesday sued 3M, DuPont and other companies for financial damages from contamination caused by potentially harmful “forever” chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial state. The lawsuit filed in state ...

MSP to investigate breathalyzer supplier

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police has launched a fraud investigation into the company that supplies the state's breathalyzer devices after evidence indicated the company falsified records and misrepresented the devices' accuracy, state officials announced Monday. State police officials ...

Detroit man cleared after nearly 30 years in prison

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed the 1991 conviction of a man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for an attack on a Detroit woman in a car. Gerry Thomas, 62, who was helped by law schools in Michigan and New York, has long maintained his innocence. The conviction integrity unit ...

Traverse City bookstore closing after nearly 60 years

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan bookstore that has served Traverse City for nearly 60 years is closing. Horizon Books has been a downtown landmark on Front Street, selling books and making space for musicians, authors and community groups. “Talking about books — that’s my ...

Hunter gets 5 years in prison

BELLAIRE (AP) — A Michigan hunter convicted of killing another hunter on the first day of the 2018 deer season was sentenced Monday to at least five years in prison. David Barber of Gaylord was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter and a gun offense, about a month after a jury convicted ...

Whitmer, advocates seek hand-held phones ban while driving

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed nearly a year ago. The bill would prohibit motorists under 18 from using a phone while operating a ...

MSU students skip holiday break to care for sheep

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP — While her classmates went home to celebrate the holidays over winter break, Michigan State University junior Rachel VonDoloski stayed behind to watch the flock. After all, it’s breeding season at the MSU Sheep Teaching and Research Center, adding more work to the list ...

Detroit museum workers spend 100-plus hours moving painting

DETROIT (AP) — Conservators at the Detroit Institute of Arts have spent dozens of hours preparing to move an enormous three-dimensional painting into storage to create space for a new display. Anselm Kiefer’s “Das Geviert,” which was completed in 1997, is so deeply textured that ...

Firefighters face discipline

DETROIT (AP) — A group of Detroit firefighters who posed in front of a vacant burning home for a photo to celebrate a battalion chief's impending retirement will be disciplined for what the city's fire commissioner called their "momentary lapse in judgment." Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric ...

Clinics awarded grant money

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four dozen clinics will share $860,500 through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Strengthening the Safety Net program. The funding will help the clinics provide free or low-cost medical, dental and mental health care services to uninsured and underinsured Michigan ...

Students to present research

DETROIT (AP) — Early Detroit's fur trade, psychics at the turn of the 19th century and a LGBTQ-led wildcat strike during the 1970s were planned topics for a student research showcase at the Detroit Historical Museum Thursday as part of the museum's Third Thursday Speaker Series.

Superfund cleanup to be considered

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An industrial site in suburban Detroit from which a greenish stream of contaminated water leaked onto a freeway will be considered for the federal Superfund cleanup program, Michigan officials said Friday. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and ...

Man to be extradited from Michigan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man arrested in the recent shooting death of a Bismarck man waived extradition during a court appearance in Michigan on Friday and will be brought to North Dakota to face charges. Earl Howard, 41, was arrested Thursday in Michigan at the U.S.-Canada border. Howard ...

Man blamed for green I-696 ooze left barrels on Thumb land

MARION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental regulators found barrels scattered across land in Michigan’s Thumb region that’s owned by the now-imprisoned owner of a shuttered electroplating business that leaked a green substance containing a known cancer-causing contaminant onto the ...

Free cleaning eases burden of Battle Creek woman with cancer

By NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK — Danielle Smith and Angela Pitcher looked like longtime friends as they sat comfortably on a couch, sharing laughter and tears, chatting for the better part of an hour. Smith, 27, was lively and candid as she ...

Judge won’t compel health system to fund doctor’s defense

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge declined for now to compel a Michigan-based health system to advance legal costs for a doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 Ohio hospital patients. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in Michigan concluded Wednesday it’s in ...

Shooting found to be justified

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting an armed man in November, a prosecutor said Thursday. Kent County Deputy James Davis has been cleared of any misconduct in the Nov. 24 shooting of Steven Forrest Saucier, Kent County ...