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Michigan News

Woman slips handcuffs, drives off and wrecks police cruiser

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A police cruiser has been stolen and wrecked in southwestern Michigan by a 25-year-old woman who slipped from handcuffs after being arrested earlier for drunken driving. The woman had been taken into custody about 3 a.m. Monday after a crash in Lockport ...

Private schools win decision over tax dollars for safety

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday upheld a law that gives public money to private schools to comply with health and safety orders. The court’s decision was 3-3, which means an opinion in favor of private schools by the state appeals court will stand. At issue was ...

Michigan State Police warn of man impersonating trooper

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police have warned of a man who was allegedly impersonating police and making traffic stops over the weekend. Authorities said they received reports of a man in an unmarked car identifying himself as a state trooper who made stops around 7:30 p.m. Saturday ...

Man must pay $35K over seawall

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a southeastern Michigan man to pay about $35,000 in restitution for failing to start or complete work on seawalls he was hired to repair or build along the Lake St. Clair shoreline. David Marshall of Roseville must pay $35,100 to four people by ...

Macomb health director to retire

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The health director of one of Michigan's most populated counties is retiring after eight years in the job. Macomb County Health Department Director William Ridella said he had planned to retire earlier in the year but he stayed because of the coronavirus ...

Girl Scouts rebuke Boy Scouts in escalating recruitment battle

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK — The Girl Scouts are in a “highly damaging” recruitment war with the Boy Scouts after the latter opened its core services to girls, leading to marketplace confusion and some girls unwittingly joining the Boy Scouts, lawyers for the ...

State’s chief justice: Vaccinate judges, court staff in 2nd wave

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s chief justice wants judges and other court staff to be among the second wave of people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the state, saying vaccinating them quickly would keep courts open and slow the spread of the virus. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice ...

Man dies in snowmobile accident

HOUGHTON — A 61-year-old man from lower Michigan was killed in a snowmobile accident on Saturday, the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office reported. The office said it investigated the accident at about 4:15 p.m. that day. The driver of the snowmobile lost control of the snowmobile and was ...

Texas woman accused of selling toxic diet pills in Michigan

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Texas woman faces federal charges in Michigan for allegedly selling a toxic diet pill online to residents in the state’s Saginaw and Washtenaw counties. Judith Holloway was indicted by a grand jury on five counts of introduction of a new drug into interstate ...

Michigan canvasser still afraid after threat, suspect arrest

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press FARMINGTON HILLS— The Republican chair of a county canvassing board in Michigan who initially refused to certify local election results that favored Democrat Joe Biden over President Donald Trump said Thursday that she doesn’t know a woman charged ...

2 children die in Detroit fire; mom, 3 kids leap to safety

DETROIT (AP) — A Christmas morning fire killed a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old at a home on Detroit's east side and forced others to jump from a second-floor window to escape, fire department officials said. The Detroit Fire Department said the two children were found dead in a front living ...

Woman charged in threats against state election official

DETROIT — A woman angry with a Detroit-area election official sent photos of a dead body and threatened her family, a day after a clamorous meeting at which Republican board members initially refused to certify local results in favor of Joe Biden, authorities said Wednesday. Katelyn Jones, ...

Flint joins $641M deal to settle lawsuits

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint City Council on Tuesday signed off on its portion of a $641 million settlement with residents of the poor, majority-Black city who were exposed to lead-tainted water. The city’s insurer would kick in $20 million as part of a sweeping deal to settle lawsuits ...

Houghton Lake event delayed

HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A popular northern Michigan festival is switching to a February weekend because of coronavirus restrictions. Tip-Up Town USA in Houghton Lake promotes itself as Michigan's longest-running winter festival, with a polar bear dip, snowmobile drag racing, ice fishing ...

UPS worker finds man’s frozen body

CAMBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A UPS worker making deliveries in southern Michigan discovered the frozen body of an 80-year-old man outside his home, police said. Foul play was not suspected. Police believe Richard Kokochak died after an accident or health problem, The Daily Telegram ...

Court: Nassar won’t be resentenced despite judge’s remarks

DETROIT — The Michigan judge who sentenced sports doctor Larry Nassar to 40 years in prison made “wholly inappropriate” remarks about him, but they weren’t enough to violate his rights and upset the punishment for sexual assault, the state appeals court said Tuesday. In a 2-1 ...

Lawmakers change sex offender registry rules; ACLU opposes move

LANSING — The Legislature approved changes last week to Michigan's sex offender registry after federal courts declared the current policy unconstitutional. The new rules, approved by the Senate on Wednesday, would change aspects of registering and eliminate bans on living or being within ...

Michigan lawmakers, governor agree to $465M in virus aid

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed to a $465 million pandemic spending plan, including relief payments to businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat because of the coronavirus and government restrictions to curb its spread. The legislation received ...

Grants awarded for more electric vehicle charging stations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More electric vehicle fast-charging stations are coming to Michigan. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said more than $448,000 in grants have been awarded for six new charging locations and three expansions of previous projects. The sites are in ...