Michigan News

US Coast Guard Hollyhock sets buoy-tending record for ship

By BRIAN WELLS The Times Herald AP Member Exchange PORT HURON — Shortly after 8 a.m. recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Hollyhock and her crew, surrounded by fishing boats under an overcast sky, pulled away from the Algonac pier, embarking on a buoy-tending mission that would set a record ...

Michigan city asks full court to hear parking ticket case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Michigan city on Monday asked a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision and reopen a dispute over whether marking tires to keep track of illegally parked cars violates the U.S. Constitution. An attorney for Saginaw called it a case of ...

Alleged vandal pleads not guilty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old man suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges. The Grand Rapids Press reports Christian Johnson entered the plea Monday to charges of larceny and ...

Michigan Legislature approves bill to forgive 4 snow days

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan schools would not have to reschedule up to four snow days that occurred during an artic deep freeze under legislation sent Thursday to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. The bill won final approval when Senate Democrats agreed ...

Whitmer declares flood emergency

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County in response to widespread flooding resulting from this week’s heavy rainfall. Whitmer acted Thursday after Wayne County Executive Warren Evans issued a similar declaration. Evans pointed out ...

Conflict in Michigan AG’s office over Flint water records

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A civil war of sorts is developing in the Michigan attorney general’s office over 23 boxes of records found in a state basement and what role — if any — they have in the Flint water criminal investigation. Prosecutors led by Fadwa Hammoud, a ...

Gov. Whitmer orders study of insurers’ use of non-driving factors

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday ordered a review of how Michigan’s auto insurers use non-driving factors such as education and credit scores to set premiums that rank among the nation’s highest. The Democrat’s directive also includes an examination of how insurers ...

Defense strikes back in records dispute in Flint water case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Lawyers for Michigan’s former health director are firmly opposing an effort to put his Flint water criminal case on hold for six months, saying it’s a sign of “dysfunction” by prosecutors. In blunt language, Nick Lyon’s defense team urged ...

Soldier from Michigan dies

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The military says a 28-year-old U.S. soldier from suburban Detroit has died of wounds sustained from a noncombat incident in Syria. The Defense Department says Private First Class Michael A. Thomason of Lincoln Park died Monday in Kobani. Details of the incident ...

Flint water scandal’s special prosecutor out after 3 years

DETROIT (AP) — A special prosecutor who spent three years leading a criminal investigation of the Flint water scandal has been fired, officials announced Monday, apparently part of the fallout from the recent discovery of 23 boxes of records in the basement of a state building. Todd ...

Judge: Meth was in courthouse

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge says an encounter with methamphetamine inside the courthouse where he works serves as a warning about the extent of the drug epidemic. The Daily News of Greenville reports Ionia County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr. recounted his experience ...

Judge and civil rights icon Damon J. Keith dies at age 96

DETROIT (AP) — Judge Damon J. Keith, a grandson of slaves and figure in the civil rights movement who as a federal judge was sued by President Richard Nixon over a ruling against warrantless wiretaps, died Sunday. He was 96. Keith died in Detroit, the city where the prominent lawyer was ...

Priest sentenced for assault

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A 72-year-old Michigan priest has been sentenced to two to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to sexual misconduct. The Rev. Robert DeLand also will spend five years on probation under the sentence handed down Thursday. The Saginaw County prosecutor’s ...

Judge suspended without pay

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a 45-day unpaid suspension for a suburban Detroit judge who was arrested for suspected drunken driving before being elected to the bench. The court Thursday affirmed a decision by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission that ...

Ford posts better than expected results in 1Q

DEARBORN (AP) —Ford earnings fell in the first quarter, but the automaker’s shares rallied in extended trading as Ford said a restructuring is starting to take hold. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said Thursday that sales of pickups and sport utilities sparked an improved ...

Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan must redraw dozens of congressional and legislative districts for the 2020 election because Republicans configured them to guarantee their political dominance over the last decade by unconstitutionally diluting the power of Democratic ...

State senate: Cut part of SOS budget to fund redistricting panel

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday proposed cutting spending in Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office to fund a new redistricting commission, a move she said violates the intent of the constitutional amendment ...

Michigan Senate votes to try 17-year-olds as juveniles

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Michigan would no longer automatically treat 17-year-old criminal defendants as adults under bills that cleared a significant legislative hurdle Wednesday and may soon reach the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The Republican-led Senate, for the ...

Michigan Senate OKs state ban on e-cigarettes for minors

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, hoping new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is more receptive than her predecessor, who vetoed the legislation because it would have kept the products from being regulated like ...

Senate budget boosts roads, but far short of Whitmer’s plan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— A Republican-led legislative panel approved a transportation budget Tuesday with a $132 million boost in road spending, far short of the roughly $2 billion net increase Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is seeking over two years through a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel ...