STATE NEWS for THU 16AUG18
Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died today at 9:50am in her home in
Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, according to her publicist.
The 76-year-old music legend had been gravely ill for several days due to
neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. A prayer service was held for Franklin
just yesterday at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her
father was once pastor. Today President Donald Trump called her,
"...a gift from God." Franklin sold more than 75 million records
during her life which made her one of the best selling platinum artists of
all time. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25th, 1942.
city of Flint will continue to receive bottled water from Ice Mountain
through the end of this year. Mayor Karen Weaver making that announcement,
saying Ice Mountain has been supplying water all summer for children at
summer camps around the city, as well as providing water at several local
events. Nestle said in May that it would donate 42-hundred cases of water
per week for 16 weeks after the state decided not to pay for continued
water distribution in the city.
Drivers are less comfortable with the idea of self driving vehicles,
according to a new study. Two years ago, about one third said they would
never buy a self driving vehicle, but that number is now half after some
high profile incidents . The study says millennials are nervous, but the
biggest drop in comfort is among baby boomers.
In northern Michigan, a homeowner shot someone who was on his property the
other night. 9 and 10 News reports the Benzie County Sheriff's Office says
an Inland Township homeowner says the man got a shotgun and told the
intruder to leave but they approached him in a threatening way. That's
when he shot them in the legs. The suspect is expected to recover and is
hospitalized. The prosecutor's office is reviewing the case.
A boater -- who went missing in Lake St. Clair -- has been found. The
61-year-old man went swimming with his wife around Tuesday night, but
never resurfaced. The woman told police their boat drifted from the
shoreline. A number of crews and the coast guard searched for him. The
Lapeer Police Department has identified the substance that burned two
children at a park earlier this month -- as Sodium Hyrdroxide. A
one-and-a-half year-old old boy was playing on a slide in Crampton Park on
August 2nd -- when he was injured by the chemical. A 14 year old girl that
was helping him was also burned. Sodium Hyrdroxide is used in drain and
oven cleaners and can severely irritate eyes and skin. The children were
both hospitalized and treated. Anyone with information on the incident is
asked to contact the Lapeer police department.
is turning 60-years-old. Madonna first broke into the Billboard Hot 100
list in 1983 with the song, "Holiday." She has gone on to become the best
selling female recording artist of all-time. Madonna graduated from
Rochester Adams High School in 1976, but she has had little good to say
about the city of Rochester Hills, telling Howard Stern she "just didn't
STATE NEWS for WED 15AUG18
prayer service was held for Aretha Franklin at New Bethel Baptist Church
in Detroit this morning. Franklin is gravely ill. New Bethel is the church
where Franklin's father once was pastor. It's the church where the Queen
of Soul got her start on the church stage. Pastor Robert Smith, Junior
says "Singing all of her life...she's always been on stage, she's always
singing the gospel of truth to the people of God."
Fire crews expected to be on the scene of a fire at a west Michigan
dairy farm for several days an the border of Clinton and Ionia Counties .
WOOD TV reports that's as the fire continues to rekindle after some six
thousand large straw bales caught fire inside a barn on Tuesday. No one
The search for a missing west Michigan jail inmate concluded after
the man crashed a stolen motorcycle. WOOD TV reports 32-year-old Ian
RileyJackson Davis escaped custody at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
Hospital in Fremont Tuesday. He stole a motorcycle and crashed it into the
side on an oil tanker truck. Davis was injured and had been originally in
jail on multiple felony charges. Newaygo County Sheriff Bob Mendham plans
an internal investigation into how he escaped.
Rick Snyder is appealing to the federal government to reconsider a
decision by FEMA to deny individual assistance to three counties in the
western U-P , damaged by flooding in June. Snyder wrote a letter to FEMA
asking officials to take into consideration the severity and impact of the
disaster and the need for help for households, business and individuals in
Houghton , Gogebic, and Menominee Counties.
He's got his own Instagram account, about 7-thousand followers, and
product partnerships...and he's just six months old. And by the way...he's
also a dog. Leo the Samoyed is gaining a following after his Ann Arbor
family put his account online...starting with a picture of Leo still in
the womb. His owners Nick and Olivia say they'd like to reach 10-thousand
followers, but they're really just having fun. His Instagram account is
Ladiesman.Leo and also offers coupon codes.
STATE NEWS for TUE 14AUG18
investigation in Walled Lake -- where a woman was found shot to death this
morning. The victim has not been identified and police haven't given out
any information about a suspect. The person of interest in a murder in
Novi in Metro Detroit has turned himself in to police. Jay Allen Burnett
was the victim's boyfriend. The 37-year old female victim was found dead
behind a report on a worst case scenario of an oil spill from Enbridge
Line 5 answered questions from the public last night in Harbor Springs.
They say a spill could cost nearly two billion dollars to clean up and
damage the environment. Enbridge says while Line 5 continues to operate
safely, and there never has been a release in the straits since it was
installed, the state and Enbridge are working on new safeguards to enhance
A 39-year-old Grand Rapids man, who broke into a home and used the
homeowner's phone to open a credit card , has been sentenced to nine years
in prison. WOOD TV reports Kahwahnas Nucumbhi Potts has also been ordered
to pay back almost 18- thousand dollars to his victims. Prosecutors say
Potts used the credit card to withdraw more than 16-thousand dollars from
ATM's over just a couple of months.
A northern Michigan woman will be back in court today, accused of
embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a Traverse City company.
Carolyn Switala allegedly embezzled up to 50-thousand dollars from
Maxbauer Meat Market from 2016 to 2018.
A 19-year-old man has been arraigned on felony dangerous weapons
charges in the UP. W-L-U-C reports Caleb Lynum is accused of having a pipe
bomb and drug paraphernalia in his car last Friday after he was involved
in a car crash. A state police K-9 indicated there were narcotics in
Lynum's vehicle and a search turned up the pipe bomb and drug items. The
state police bomb squad was called to disarm the pipe bomb.
More than two dozen classic and custom Ford vehicles are expected to
roll into downtown Detroit -- as a kickoff to the annual Woodward Dream
Cruise. The UAW-Ford says the inaugural Community Cruise will start at
noon Friday at the UAW-Ford National Programs Center . The Dream Cruise
will be held on Saturday.
STATE NEWS for MON 13AUG18
man is dead and another is under arrest after a shooting at a home in
Chippewa County over the weekend. 9 and 10 News reports the shooting
occurred in Trout Lake on Saturday. No official word on what lead to the
shooting, but neighbors say they heard an argument beforehand.
today for the Farwell Area Schools superintendent, David O'Bryant, who
plead guilty to stealing from a youth sports team. He plead guilty to
stealing more than one thousand dollars from the Rogers City Bears youth
football program. Court documents say he was taking in money for the
program and using it for himself.
Park firefighters continue investigating a house fire that killed three
people and four dogs on Saturday morning. Reports indicate the victims
include a pregnant woman, her 4-year-old nephew and a caretaker. A husband
of the pregnant woman was in the house and was able to escape the
structure -- he's now hospitalized. Officials say the three victims were
sleeping upstairs when the fire began.
Historical Society of Michigan has raised $10-thousand dollars to help two
groups recover from major flooding in the western Upper Peninsula. The
Houghton County Historical Society is getting $8-thousand dollars after
its storage building flooded in June. Water and sediment also filled the
storage basement at the Copper Range Historical Society, which is
receiving $2-thousand dollars. Larry Wagenaar of the Historical Society of
Michigan says the damage was "overwhelming."
bump at the pump this week -- Triple-A reporting that gas prices increased
by about 8 cents, to an average of $3 dollars per gallon this week across
the state. That's more than 50 cents HIGHER than this time last year.
Drivers in the Traverse City area are seeing the biggest break, paying
only an average of $2.90 -- while the highest prices are in the Jackson
area, about $3.04 a gallon. The 8-cent increase was the third highest in
the country this week.
STATE NEWS for WED 08AUG18
west Michigan's Kent County, the sheriff's department is asking for the
public's help after the shooting death of a pastor near Byron Center. WOOD
TV reports the 66-yearold pastor was found Monday night lying along the
road next to his SUV. A caller said the vehicle had a tire jack under it
it and it looked like the man had been working on it. The current pastor
of Abundant Life Churcy has identified the victim as former Pastor Dale
In the first congressional district, democrat Matt Morgan isn't sure
yet if he'll be on the November ballot. Morgan had to run a write-in
campaign because of an error his campaign staff made on nominating
petitions, but he hopes to square off against incumbent republican
Congressman Jack Bergman in November. Morgan tweeted early today the late
numbers are pointing in the right direction.
voters say YES to POT... although it was close. Voters approved proposal
one, to allow for 20 provisioning centers and an unlimited number of
growers, processors and transporters. Supporters called it a jobs
proposal. Mayor Deirdre Waterman says it was a close vote, and they'll
take a close look at how to best implement the plan.