Michigan News

Flint water crisis takes center stage in new play at U of M

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The Flint water crisis has been the subject of several documentaries and even a network drama, but now the issue is taking center stage in a new play at the University of Michigan. Playwright Jose Casas spent nearly three years interviewing more than 80 people in order to ...

Detroit settles with family of girl killed in police raid

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit reached an $8.25 million settlement Thursday with the family of a 7-year-old girl accidentally killed by a police officer during a 2010 raid. Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia announced the settlement with the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones four ...

Michigan scrambles to find home for parolee; US won’t deport

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan is placing a frail paroled prisoner in an assisted-living center at taxpayer expense after the federal government declined to deport him to Cuba, officials said. Prudencio Loyrafuls’ life sentence for drug crimes was reduced in December by then-Gov. ...

Man found dead identified

LAWTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man found dead inside a vehicle submerged under water in a south western Michigan lake. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified the man as 59-year-old John Salvatore Catalino of Lawton. Sheriff Daniel Abbott says ...

Police officer shoots, wounds man

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer shot and wounded a man who was threatening to harm himself and officers in western Michigan. The Grand Rapids Police Department says a 30-year-old man had been sending videos of the threats and an officer found him on foot about ...

Campus police: ‘Beware of goose!’

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Police at Eastern Michigan University have issued a warning about potentially aggressive geese after one attacked and chased a person at a campus parking lot. The department on Tuesday posted video of the attack on Instagram, urging people to “Beware of ...

Program to honor female Detroit officers, firefighters

DETROIT (AP) — Tracey Miller acknowledges that when it comes to police work, many people still consider it a “man’s world.” But the 24-year Detroit Police Department veteran says women have a place in law enforcement, work just as hard as men and show results. “It’s not ...

Pastor charged in sexual assaults

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The pastor of a church in northern Michigan has been charged in the sexual assault of two men after they allegedly were given drugs. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that 41-year-old Christopher Cox was arraigned Monday on two counts of first-degree criminal ...

Body found along Lake Michigan

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a body found along Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan as that of a Chicago woman. The Berrien County sheriff’s office identified the woman as Eddisa Concepcion Herrera, who went missing after jumping in Lake Michigan at the North ...

Census participation sought

DETROIT (AP) — An effort is underway to increase participation by Detroit residents in the upcoming 2020 U.S. census. The city says it will work with community groups to raise awareness about the census and encourage people to be counted. The campaign also wants residents to know that ...

Greenfield Village carousel receives an artist’s touch

By MICHAEL HODGES The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Julie Fournier is pacing herself. The historic Greenfield Village carousel opens back up for business April 13, and before then the Detroit artist’s got a lot of distressed animals that need some love. “By opening ...

Investigators: Michigan school improperly stored chemicals

WALLED LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials found improperly stored chemicals in science labs at a suburban Detroit high school during an investigation spurred by concerns about a high number of cancer diagnoses among staff. At least one medical expert told the Detroit Free Press ...

Stretch of highway to honor trooper

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A stretch of mid-Michigan highway has been designated to honor a state trooper who was fatally shot during a 1982 traffic stop. The bill to name a portion of U.S. highway 127 between Leslie and the Jackson County line for 28-year-old Trooper Craig A. Scott was signed in ...

Teen found dead in backyard pool

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has died after being found face down in a backyard pool in west Michigan. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says officers and local first responders were called Thursday afternoon to a home in Georgetown Township and the ...

Trump’s return to west Michigan comes amid Democratic gains

By SARA BURNETT and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 50 or so party faithful gathered at a western Michigan GOP headquarters prayed for President Donald Trump’s re-election and hummed with excitement about his upcoming visit — a meeting-turned-pep rally for the ...

Bacterial meningitis kills prison guard

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman says a guard who worked at a western Michigan prison died after contracting bacterial meningitis and an inmate has been diagnosed with it. MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz says the guard died Monday. He says the 52-year-old man ...

Detroit officer fired after hearing

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say an officer has been fired after an internal investigation into alleged drug dealing. Police Chief James Craig says the probationary officer was arrested Sunday and taken from jail to a hearing at police headquarters Tuesday, where she was fired. Craig says ...

18 measles cases since March 13

OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials say ten more cases of measles have been confirmed in the Detroit area, raising the number in Oakland County to 18 since March 13. The highly contagious disease has been linked to a person who was visiting from Israel and had stayed in New ...

Man sentenced for wife’s slaying

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted in the fatal shooting of his wife inside a marijuana grow room in their southwestern Michigan home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. John Lewis was given the mandatory punishment Monday in a Berrien County courtroom after a jury in ...

River Raisin battlefield park to begin construction in 2020

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — The River Raisin National Battlefield Park will begin most of the construction for the historic Michigan site’s estimated $100 million redevelopment next year. Toni Cooper, executive of the national park’s foundation, recently unveiled details and a timeline for the ...