Michigan News

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 ...

Trucked-in food helps rural hungry

By MAXWELL EVANS Special to the Journal LANSING — For Michiganders struggling with food insecurity, mobile food pantries are just one way to increase access to healthy foods, as a network of agencies works to bolster education and expand food services in hard-to-reach regions. Mobile ...

New Soo lock in federal budget request

DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, recently announced the new Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie has been included in President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request to Congress in the amount of roughly $75.3 million. These funds are sufficient to ...

Fight breaks out at birthday party

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say two men were arrested after guns were pulled during a fight at a birthday party in southwestern Michigan with children in attendance. No shots were fired during the fight on Sunday evening in Kalamazoo. A woman at the party had what police described as ...

Gas prices rise 12 cents to $2.71

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.71 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 1 cent less than a year ago. AAA says the statewide ...

Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing tougher challenges for farming, scientists reported ...

Wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — A U.S.-Canadian team prepared Thursday for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou ...