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STATE NEWS for FRI 16AUG19
murder suspect was arrested after he jumped into Lake Michigan on
Thursday. 27- year-old Ryan Berry gave up after negotiations in the water
and boarded the Ottawa County Sheriff's Marine Patrol boat. He's accused
in the shooting death of 28-year-old Evan Yonker in Dalton Township.
(Photo: Ryan Allen Berry)
Two motorcycle riders were injured in two separate accidents in the
same area last night in west Michigan. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office
says a 47-year-old man lost control on a curve east of Marne and crashed
in the ditch. He was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
Emergency crews also found that another motorcyclist had also crashed
after losing control on the curve. That 44-year-old man was taken to the
hospital with head injuries. Speed was reportedly a factor in both crashes
and neither man was wearing a helmet.
west Michigan man, who was wrongfully convicted in the deaths of his wife
and two young daughters, has been awarded wrongful imprisonment
compensation of one-point three million dollars from the state. The money
for David Gavitt , who was convicted of three counts of felony murder and
one count of arson in 1985, has been approved by State Attorney General
Dana Nessel . The University of Michigan Innocence Clinic found that there
was no evidence that the fire was intentionally set. (Photo: David Gavitt)
The Oakland County Sheriff is investigating a staffer at the Board of
Commissioners for allegedly anointing the chambers - including
commissioners and audience members seats - with olive oil. The woman
claimed she wanted to get rid of all the negative energy in the room. It's
the latest twist in the ongoing controversy over the replacement for the
late County Executive L Brooks Patterson. The Board will meet to make a
choice today - as the Board chair who resigned to take the job will
attempt to get his job back.
are new sexual assault charges in the athletic department at Michigan
State. Athletic trainer David Jager is on paid administrative leave after
he was accused of domestic violence and the attempted sexual assault of
his girlfriend as well as another woman. Jager was accused in December by
the Attorney General of failing to report what he knew about disgraced
former sports doctor Larry Nassar. (Photo: David Jager)
Today marks an ominous anniversary. It's been 32 years since the crash
of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 just after take-off from Detroit Metro
Airport, strewing debris over I-94. There was only one survivor on the
flight - a four-year-old girl. Officials were unsure how Cecilia Chihan
survived the crash, but she may have been shielded by her mother's body.
search goes on for a boater in northern Michigan after his boat beached
itself in Northport. It's believed boat owner, 57-year-old Terry Warren,
may have fallen overboard Wednesday afternoon. The Coast Guard
searched all night and throughout the day Wednesday. The effort is
now considered a search and recovery mission.
There's a warning from the U.S. Coast Guard as the annual Port Huron
Float down is occurring this Sunday. Five to ten thousand people are
expected to take to the St. Clair River on rafts or other floatation
device. Coast Guard Lieutenant Junior Grade Justin Bommer says it's more
dangerous this year with higher water levels on rivers and lakes. Bommer
says people should wear a life jacket, file a float plan, and put their
identification and cell phone in a waterproof container. In 2016, high
winds led to some 15-hundred people being stranded in Canada and many
didn't have identification. Some were injured and had hypothermia.
Can marijuana cure the brain trauma suffered by some football players
and other athletes? Former Lions great Calvin Johnson is joining Rob Sims
in a new medical marijuana venture to test just that. The pair have
reached an agreement with Medical Cannabis Institute at Harvard
University. The partnership is to research whether marijuana can treat CTE
- the concussion syndrome caused by repeated blows to the head.
STATE NEWS for THU 15AUG19
northern Michigan University football player , Ratavian Rinkines (ra-tave-ee-en
Rinkins), has rescued a swimmer who was struggling in Lake Superior at
Presque Isle Park. Rinkines , a sophomore from Lansing, was sitting on the
beach next to Black Rocks when he noticed the man swimming and then stop
and start yelling for his wife. He says he realized he must be drowning ,
so he yelled for his wife too, but she couldn't hear him so he sprinted
around the beach and pulled him out of the water. The man told him that
his muscles cramped up and he could no longer swim.
Calhoun County Sheriff's deputy was driving 66 miles per hour, nearly
twice the speed limit when he hit and killed an 11-year-old boy, according
to the boy's family. The mother of Norman Hood, Christina Valadez, says
she wants the deputy prosecuted for killing her son. The deputy was headed
to a report of a break-in last May when he hit the boy , who was riding a
miniature motorized bike. The family has filed civil suit as the
County Sheriff Michael Bitnar is back in the hospital. 9 and 10 News
reports Bitnar was released from the hospital, but rushed back to the
emergency room for severe abdominal pain last night. He was involved in a
crash over the weekend.
latest Realcomp report shows July home sales have seen some modest
increases, up by 3.2% year-over-year. The median sale price, however, is
at a five-year high and more than one in four listings in July went
pending in the same month. Year-over-year medians sales prices did see an
increase of just over 2%.
southwest Michigan woman is accused of embezzling nearly 40-thousand
dollars from a church in the Battle Creek area. Marcia Lutz is accused of
taking some 38- thousand dollars from First Christian Church in Emmett
Township. Lutz is already facing charges for concealing her mother's
death. The body of Phyllis Lutz was found buried in the yard of her Leroy
Township home in January.
vehicle enthusiasts can explore Michigan's 37-hundred miles of trails and
five "scramble" areas that are open to them for no charge this weekend.
All rules still apply, but riders on designated routes and trails will not
need a license or trail permit Saturday and Sunday. The DNR says it's the
perfect opportunity to get a look at Michigan's off-road riding areas. A
Recreation Passport is required where applicable, such as the scramble
STATE NEWS for WED 14AUG19
The six-month-old baby who'd been missing for several hours out of
Burton ,in Genesee County, has been found. Burton Police say the father,
Michael Breed, who did not have custody of the girl, took Myah Leigh to
his mother's house, the baby's grandmother and she ultimately called
police. Michael Breed is still "outstanding" and police are looking for
him, but the biggest concern was the girl who is safe. Child Protective
Services has been contacted about the case.
It was a close call for some kayakers on a guided tour at Pictured Rocks
National Lakeshore . That's as a big section of cliff fell into Lake
Superior about 50 feet away from the 18 kayakers. They were not hurt, but
one of their guides , Van Ouellette-Ballas tells W-LU-C that it will
change the way he kayaks. He says he's definitely not getting under these
man was placed under arrest at Detroit Metro Airport for allegedly
scamming money out of passengers. Airport Authority Police says
44-year-old Michael Borovetz is a professional poker player and is known
for fraud in 13 states. He's been convicted of fraud at airports across
the country several times. Police say Borovetz began at Detroit Metro in
2015, giving a sob story to passengers about needing money. He promised to
pay them back, they would never hear from him again. Borovetz has been
charged with two misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail.
STATE NEWS for TUE 13AUG19
in one northern Michigan town will decide in November if they'll allow
recreational marijuana businesses in the Village of Central Lake. The
village had opted out of recreational marijuana, but a citizen-led ballot
initiative brought it back. Kelly Young started the petition and tells 9
and 10 News that there are already medical marijuana growers around
Central Lake and she wants an industry where everyone can work together to
create safe access to cannabis.
in the sex assault trial of former Michigan State University basketball
star Mateen Cleaves will pick back up this morning. Cleaves' attorney told
jurors the sex was consensual. He's charged with rape and unlawful
imprisonment. A judge dismissed the charges in 2016, but they were
re-instated after an appeal.
former Lansing police officer has pleaded no contest to charges that he
attempted to kiss and molest three girls at a Lansing high school and in
his patrol vehicle. Matthew Priebe was a resource officer with Lansing
schools. The victims were between 14 and 17 at the time of the assaults
which took place over a three-year period. He resigned in June after 10
years with the department. Prosecutors say not more than 12 months in jail
is recommended, while he will also have to register as a sex offender.
STATE NEWS for MON 12AUG19
series of break-ins at cell phone stores in west Michigan has been
reported over the past two days. Reports of break-ins early this morning
in Algoma Township at an A-T-& T Store and at a Sprint Store in Plainfield
Township have been filed with police. There was also a break-in at A
Verizon Wireless store Sunday in Plainfield Township. The Kent County
Sheriff's Department is investigating.
One person was injured in a fire in Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula
Sunday afternoon. There was a fire on the second floor of the Pines Cafe.
One person was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. No word yet
what caused the fire.
A 22-year-old Montcalm County man was airlifted to a hospital in Grand
Rapids with serious injuries after a crash in Kent County over the
weekend. The man crashed his pickup truck into trees in Spencer Township
Saturday night. The Kent County Sheriff's Office is investigating the
cause of the crash. Get the cheap gas while you can -- there's a bump at
the pump expected today.