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STATE NEWS for FRI 19JUN21
had better take it easy with your speed on Michigan freeways this
weekend . Michigan State Police are taking part in a multi-state
crackdown on speeders. It's all part of the "Great Lakes, High Stakes"
campaign as more than 30 municipal, county and Michigan state law
enforcement agencies will focus on speeding drivers between Saturday and
June 27. The Michigan and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
is partnering with five other states on the campaign. The Michigan
office says there have been more traffic fatalities with one thousand 83
last year, a 10-percent increase from 2019 even though the number of
crashes was down.
University of Michigan says effective June 21st, those who can show
vaccination will no longer have to wear a mask indoors, except for in
public transportation and in hospitals with patients present.
Those who choose not to
show proof or who have not gotten the vaccine are still required to wear
A freeway shooting has left a 2-year old toddler dead in Detroit.
Michigan State Police
say the shooting took place on south I-75 near McNichols Thursday night.
MSP is also
reporting that a 9-year-old is in serous condition.
victims were riding inside a pickup truck. Interim Chief James White
with information should call police.
A 32-year-old Berrien Springs woman has been killed in a crash with a
semi that was
hauling a fertilizer truck in southwest Michigan's Berrien County. The
driver of the car
reportedly hit the back of the semi, which was parked on the side of the
road with its
flashers on. The woman passenger in the car was killed. Police say drugs
alcohol don't appear to be factors in the crash.
Two giants in Michigan health care are planning to merge, forming
the state's biggest health system. Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health
have announced they've signed a letter of intent to unite, forming a
system with 22 hospitals and employing 64 thousand people.
A west Michigan man has been convicted in the death of his wife in 2019.
Chatman was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for shooting his
wife Emily at
their home in Polktown Township, east of Grand Haven. A year before,
show that she had filed for a protective order against her husband, but
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says their three children were home
at the time of
A fatal accident on Thursday in the eastern Upper Peninsula left
one person dead and another in critical condition. It happened last
night in Sault Ste. Marie. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department is
investigating the crash on M-129.
Bob Seger is dropping the mic on his touring career. The Detroit
rocker said he can't imagine hitting the concert road again following
the loss of close friend and saxophonist Alto Reed. He made the comments
on a SiriusXM program marking the 45th anniversary of his "Live Bullet"
and "Night Moves" albums. Reed, a longtime Silver Bullet Band member,
died in December of colon cancer at age 72. Seger says he doesn't think
he would be able to tour without Reed. He added that he's had a great
life... and felt like he never worked a day because he loved what he was
STATE NEWS for THU 17JUN21
the news MILLIONS of people around Michigan have been waiting to hear,
Governor Gretchen Whitmer hinting today that Michigan could be getting a
to normal before the original July 1st target date. That's the day when
COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and individuals were scheduled to
COVID restrictions were lifted on June 1st, however, 50 percent capacity
still in effect for indoor establishments and facemasks continue to be
for the un-vaccinated.
a news conference Wednesday, Whitmer said to "stay tuned" over the
for a new announcement.
There's a fire weather watch for the entire northern lower
peninsula of Michigan. That's been issued by the National Weather
Service in Gaylord because of warmer temperatures and lower humidity.
They say the potential exists for fires to grow out of control quickly,
especially with any breezy conditions. The DNR already has burn
restrictions in place in many areas.
A mother and three children are hospitalized after their apartment goes
up in flames in
southwest Detroit. The fire took off around 9:40 last night . The
32-year-old woman, a 2-year-old
and 6-year-old made it out of the apartment, but a 6-month-old was
inside. Firefighters were able to rescue the baby and all four were
taken to the hospital
to be treated for smoke inhalation. A cause of the fire remains under
officials believe a faulty furnace may be involved.
The University of Michigan board of regents is meeting this afternoon to
set tuition and
fee rates for next school year. It's not clear if the board plans to
address claims made
against Doctor Robert Anderson or Bo Schembechler. Former athletes are
board to launch a full investigation of sexual abuse committed by the
late doctor and
how the school failed to stop him during his decades on campus. Attorney
Dana Nessel has said she would only investigate if the school is willing
A 76-year-old man has been killed in a two vehicle crash in
Monterey Township, south of Grand Rapids last night. State Police say
one driver did not stop at a stop sign and collided with another vehicle
in the intersection. They say the victim was not wearing a seat belt.
The other driver has minor injuries.
A man is dead after allegedly being shot by the father of his
Macomb County Sheriff says the shooting happened around 1 this morning
43-year old Jomarr Pye was shot once in the chest by an unidentified
66-year old man.
When police arrived, the suspect was rendering aid to the victim who
later died at the
suspect was taken into custody without incident. He said that his
daughter told him
that on Tuesday night, Pye assaulted her. So, he went to the Prentiss
Harrison Township to confront the man.
The father and daughter both have yet to be identified. Charges are
There will be stepped up police patrols in Muskegon county due to
an increase in gun violence. The Muskegon County board of commissioners
reportedly voted to approve funding for the sheriff's department to hire
more deputies and add more shifts for patrols. WOOD TV reports Sheriff
Michael Poulin says in the first six months of this year, they received
440 calls about shots fired, 68 about people wounded in shootings and
226 weapons offenses and seven murders.
STATE NEWS for WED
athletes are holding a news conference in the shadow of the Big House
to share stories of abuse at U of M by former university doctor Robert
died in 2008.
In the meantime,
Bo Schembechler's son and wife are speaking up in his defense, putting
out a lengthy
"Shemmy" Schembechler and Bo's wife Cathy refer to Matt Shembechler's
that he told his dad he had been abused, saying that Matt has "on
occasions made unfounded and false accusations against Bo and other
members." They claim that Bo was a devoted husband and father and that
not have tolerated misconduct, especially toward any of his players.
A man is shot and killed in Taylor following an apparent dispute over
indicate the victim was giving away free firewood at a home and became
when his 70-year-old neighbor started dragging it away, tearing up his
two men were exchanging words when shots were fired. The entire incident
in front of the victim's 15-year-old son. The neighbor was arrested at
the scene, but
saying the victim came at him with a shovel. The incident
remains under investigation.
Lansing Police are investigating a murder. They say they responded
to a report of shots fired just before one this morning and found a man
suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was taken to the hospital where
he was pronounced dead. No one has been arrested.
Police in Flat Rock are looking for a black albino man in connection
with a suspected
murder. Officers say Amos Lowe is wanted for questioning in the death of
who was found yesterday in a home on Gibraltar Road. Her cause of death
has not yet
been released, though foul play is suspected. Anyone with information on
whereabouts is asked to contact police.
Michigan State Police are investigating a murder suicide between
long-time friends just
south of Tecumseh in Lenawee County in southeast Michigan. Troopers
a home in Raisin Township last night on a report of shots fired and
arrived to find two
men dead. According to witnesses, 24-year-old Joseph Niblack, from
Florida, and 25-year-old
Michael Madero got into an altercation during which Niblack shot Madero
and then took his own life. The reason for the shooting is still under
Muskegon County will pay at least one million dollars to the
family of a jail inmate who died after having seizures at the jail. WOOD
TV reports the settlement will go to the family of 39-year-old Paul
Bulthouse, who died at the county jail in 2019. His death was initially
said to be from natural causes , but an investigation found Bulthouse
had suffered at least 17 seizures in a close observation cell and did
not receive help.
A Chinese restaurant caught fire in Whitmore Lake overnight. The
fire broke out at Dragon Court, on M-36 . Multiple fire departments were
called to the scene. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
For the third day in a row, Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be
discussing the importance of childcare in Michigan. The governor will be
joined by business leaders in Grand Rapids to highlight the
administration's child care proposal, which would expand safe, quality,
affordable childcare for an additional 150-thousand children as parents
get back into the workplace. Yesterday, she spoke as lawmakers revealed
bi-partisan legislation to improve the state's childcare. And on Monday,
she proposed investing 1-point-4 billion dollars to expand access to
A deck collapsed at a home last evening in Grand Rapids and four
people were injured. The deck reportedly had some rotting where it
attached to the home. Four people were taken to the hospital with
non-life threatening injuries after they fell about 10 feet when the
Even as a seasonal sports slump continues, online gambling in Michigan
hot. According to Play Michigan, online sports betting volume dropped
for the second
consecutive month in May. Sportsbooks took in more than 237-million
dollars in wagers
last month, down almost 5 percent from April. Analysts say a lack of
Detroit teams naturally saps interest in betting. Meanwhile, online
achingly close to the state's first 100-million dollar revenue month,
bringing in nearly
94-point-9 million in May, just below the record 95-point-1 million
reached in March.
STATE NEWS for TUE 15JUN21
Police in Monroe County are investigating an accident that had a
section of southbound I-75 shut down overnight. The crash happened just
after 11 last night near Luna Pier Road. Reports indicate a wrong-way
driver crashed into a semi-truck. The driver had to be cut out of their
vehicle and was taken to a Toledo-area hospital. No word on their
condition. A Life Flight Helicopter was initially requested but canceled
after the driver was freed. The freeway reopened just before 6 this
A basketball game in Hamtramck turns deadly after a drive-by
shooting. It happened around 7:45 last night. Witnesses tell police a
group of people were playing basketball when someone drove by and fired
shots from a vehicle, hitting three people. One of those victims has
died. Conditions of the other two are unknown. The gunman drove away
from the scene and remains at large.
A 41-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man
in Big Rapids Monday afternoon. Police found a 35-year-old man stabbed
in his upper chest. He was taken to the hospital and police say his
injuries are not considered to be life threatening. The woman is being
held at the Mecosta County Jail.
Authorities say the man who died from injuries he suffered during
a mass shooting on a crowded downtown Austin, Texas, street was from
Michigan. A post on Facebook says 25-year-old Douglas Kantor was
originally from New York but had been living in Michigan after earning
degrees from Michigan State and U-of-M. He worked at Ford Motor Company
as a product manager. Kantor was shot last weekend and
hospitalized. He died on Sunday. The post on the Douglas Kantor
Memorial Facebook page says, "He was looking forward to marrying his
high school sweetheart of 10 years and starting a family (sic); This
senseless tragedy has put an end to all his dreams." More than a
dozen people were injured in the shooting. Police believe it began as a
dispute between two parties.
A couple pieces of construction equipment fell into the Boardman
River in Traverse City on Monday. Upnorthlive reports the contractor was
deploying barge equipment into the river for construction when it
happed...one piece fell over the bridge and took the other one with it.
There will be inspections once everything is cleaned up to make sure
there wasn't any damage to the bridge. No one was injured.
A 20-year old man from Gwinn in the Upper Peninsula has been
sentenced to 25 to 60 years in prison in connection to the sexual abuse
of two 12-year-old children. W-L-U-C reports Brenden Trey Brownell pled
guilty to five counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and other
charges from when Brownell was free on bond for another charge
One woman's loyalty to lottery numbers pays off big! A Kent County
woman won a jackpot worth over 866-thousand dollars by playing the same
numbers she has been using for years: 3-7-17-36 and 38. The 47-year-old
woman, who chose to stay anonymous, says she and her husband have been
playing the Fantasy 5 game with the same numbers for years and she still
cant believe she hit the jackpot. The lucky winner will be using her
winnings to fix up her home, pay bills and go on vacation.
STATE NEWS for MON 14JUN21
status hearing regarding criminal charges in the Flint Water Crisis is
set for today. Attorneys for former Governor Rick Snyder and eight
others facing charges are seeking to speed the production of evidence...
after a judge said he needs at least four months to inspect grand jury
records. The lawyers say the delay will hurt the defendants, who "are
left to languish under the specter of reputation-destroying criminal
charges with virtually no avenue to challenge or assess the
The Kent County Sheriffs Department is asking for your help in
locating a missing man who they think may be in danger. 37-year-old
Joffre Butler was last seen in Algoma Township on Summit Avenue NE near
14 Mile Road NE. Deputies say he walked away from his home Saturday
night into a wooded area. Authorities say Butler suffers from
schizophrenia and depression. Hes stands about 5-foot-11, has a thin
build with brown hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a white
T-shirt and green short. He does not have shoes, socks, a phone or his
glasses with him. Anyone who has seen him should contact the Kent County
A recent University of Michigan graduate has drowned in a lake at
Recreation Area. The Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office says the
victim was paddle-boarding on Silver Lake with a man on Saturday. At
some point, the
man went back to shore and then returned to the water to look for the
her paddleboard washed up onto the shore, officials closed the beach and
searching for the woman. Her body was found on Sunday afternoon.
the woman was a foreign national.
woman driving a Winnebago RV is facing charges after she struck two
and four cars on Saturday as one point going the wrong-way on U.S. 131.
County sheriffs deputy was injured after colliding with a pickup truck
Springs. The injuries were minor. The Winnebago struck at least four
going the wrong way. No injuries were reported to people in the cars.
Police say a
search of the RV found several large electronic items believed stolen
from a Walmart
store in Mount Pleasant.
The U-S Postal Service says there's been an increase in dog
attacks on postal workers, with 5,856 attacks reported last year,
compared with just over 58-hundred in 2019. Detroit ranks in the top 10
cities for dog attacks on postal employees. The Motor City is tied with
San Diego for number 10, with 35 dog attacks reported in 2020. That's up
from 26 attacks the year before. Michigan overall ranks 7th in the
dog attacks on postal carriers, with 253 attacks last year.