Michigan News

Worker accused of defrauding

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo employee has been indicted on a federal wire fraud charge after allegedly defrauding immigrants she was supposed to be assisting. Federal prosecutors contend that Monica Karina Mazei engaged in a scheme between 2015 and this year ...

Man charged in death of Detroit girl attacked by 3 dogs while on her bike

DETROIT (AP)— A man was charged Thursday in the death of a 9-year-old Detroit girl, who was mauled by three dogs despite rescue efforts by neighbors, her father and emergency workers. Pierre Cleveland, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous ...

Michigan priest accused of binding teen

ALLEGAN (AP) — A priest wrapped a teen boy in plastic and tape and left him in a janitor’s room for more than an hour at a Michigan church, prosecutors alleged Thursday as they filed a charge of false imprisonment. The alleged incident occurred in 2013. But the attorney general’s office, ...

Republicans file 2nd suit challenging formation of redistricting panel

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party sued Thursday to block the formation of a commission to draw congressional and legislative lines in 2021, saying the voter-approved change is unconstitutional because there will be no reliable way to verify the panel’s political makeup. The ...

Driver charged with murder

BUCHANAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against the driver of a car that ran past a stop sign in southwestern Michigan and slammed into another vehicle, killing four. The Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday that Dub Alan Collins of Buchanan was ...

Michigan civil rights director takes leave after comments

LANSING (AP) — The embattled director of Michigan’s civil rights department has taken a leave of absence, weeks after he was reprimanded for making inappropriate remarks about the appearance of a woman he saw outside a meeting. The state Civil Rights Commission on Tuesday gave no reason ...

Dad ‘empty’ after 9-year-old Detroit girl killed by dogs

DETROIT (AP) — A man was in police custody Tuesday in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl in Detroit who was mauled by three dogs despite efforts by neighbors and her own “heartbroken” father, who lamented that “she was gone when I reached her.” Emma Hernandez was riding ...

4 OD-reversal shots revive man

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police say troopers had to give a driver in the Detroit area four doses of an overdose-reversal drug to revive him after he purportedly ingested heroin on his way home. The Detroit Free Press cites state police as saying troopers responded to calls of a ...

After Amash dumped Trump, his district may do same to him

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The ...

Industrial hemp testing created

LANSING (AP) — The state of Michigan has created rules so there are testing standards for the first crop of industrial hemp. The state launched a pilot program this year allowing for the growing and processing of hemp. The state's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday ...

Unemployment edges up

LANSING (AP) — Michigan's unemployment rate has edged higher in July to 4.3% from 4.2% a month earlier. Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show total employment edged up by 1,000 while the number of jobless workers increased slightly ...

Aretha Franklin’s cancer doctors recall her grace, grit

DETROIT (AP) — Regardless of her reputation as a performer, Aretha Franklin’s cancer doctors say she was no diva as a patient. As the anniversary of her death approached, two of her doctors told The Associated Press that the Queen of Soul handled the diagnosis and treatment with grace — ...

Michigan OKs $1.3M compensation for man exonerated of murder

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man exonerated in the 1985 arson-related slayings of his wife and young daughters will receive $1.3 million from the state after fighting to get compensation under a law his case helped inspire. Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday approved the award for David ...

Governor: Civil rights director should resign over comments

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the state’s civil rights director should resign or be fired after he made inappropriate, offensive comments about women. Whitmer, who does not have the power to dismiss Agustin Arbulu, said she will no longer let him attend ...

Special needs Michigan man becomes Eagle Scout at age 61

By ZAHRA AHMAD MLive.com AP Member Exchange SWARTZ CREEK— Doug Cuthbertson is four decades older than an average Eagle Scout. The 61-year-old, who earned the high rank early this year, is among the roughly 100,000 special needs people who have participated in Boy Scouts of America since ...

Bridge tokens phasing out

ST. IGNACE (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge Authority says will no longer accept bridge tokens for tolls beginning Sept. 10. The authority on Tuesday announced the date. It decided last month to end their use in toll lanes because of declining use. Executive Secretary Kim Nowack says the ...

Whitmer says she, GOP leaders ‘desperate’ to avoid shutdown

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday that she and Republican legislative leaders are “desperate” to avoid a government shutdown, and she may propose a stopgap budget measure as long as there are “good-faith” negotiations about spending more to fix the roads. The ...

Ex-cop pleads in sex assault case

LANSING (AP) — A former police officer has pleaded no contest to charges that he attempted to kiss and molest three girls at a Lansing high school and in his patrol vehicle. Matthew Priebe will be sentenced in October on criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery and other charges. Priebe ...

Concert canceled after threats

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say telephoned threats about a possible mass shooting prompted the cancellation of a hip hop concert in suburban Detroit. The event headlined by Beast Coast was scheduled for Sunday night at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill County Park ...