Michigan News

Driver enters plea in fatal accident

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A driver charged in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old girl in western Michigan has entered a plea in the case. The Muskegon Chronicle reports 19-year-old Dakota Welch of Muskegon pleaded no contest Thursday to leaving the scene of an accident causing injury ...

Cleaning crews find cremated remains in old funeral home

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Several cremated remains have been found by cleaning crews at a former Detroit funeral home where mummified remains of 10 fetuses were discovered last week in a ceiling, state licensing inspectors said Thursday. Crews clearing the building for ...

Voting challenge delayed

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for Michigan college Democrats have dropped their bid to challenge voting rules before the Nov. 6 election. A court hearing scheduled for Friday was scratched after a request for an injunction was dropped. Young Democrats still are challenging a law that ...

US probes Ford pickup tailgates opening unexpectedly

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out why the power tailgates on some Ford F-Series pickup trucks can open unexpectedly while the trucks are moving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into thousands of F-250 and F-350 Super ...

Immigrant detention center proposed

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A company has proposed opening a privately operated federal immigration detention center at the site of a Michigan prison that was closed in 2009. The Detroit Free Press reports Immigration Centers of America, which operates a detention facility in Farmville, Virginia, ...

CEO pleads guilty to health fraud

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit-area health care company CEO has pleaded guilty in an investigation into what federal authorities describe as scheme to illegally distribute controlled substances to drug addicts and others. The Justice Department says 38-year-old Mashiyat Rashid of West ...

Girl injured by tree being cut down

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old girl was struck and critically injured by a tree that was being cut down outside a home in western Michigan. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says the girl arrived at the home with her family on Monday evening in Allendale ...

Man convicted of killing neighbor

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man accused of killing his neighbor while she cleared snow has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Wendell Popejoy is set to be sentenced on Nov. 5. Popejoy faces a mandatory life prison term without the possibility of parole for the ...

James admits ‘terrible error’ after swastika shown in TV ad

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan said Monday he made a “terrible error” by inadvertently showing a swastika in his campaign’s first TV ad of the general election. The ad began airing two weeks ago and already was being ...

Police to file criminal complaint after remains found

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT —  Police in Detroit said they would file a criminal complaint against the owners after the remains of 10 fetuses and one infant were found hidden in a former funeral home that had lost its license when decomposing embalmed bodies were found there ...

Stabenow, James clash in final Senate debate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — Republican John James on Monday urged people to vote “for the person, not the party” and said he would both stand with and against President Donald Trump as necessary, while Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow touted her bipartisanship and said now ...

Grants awarded for state crops

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants have been awarded to organizations representing growers of a variety of Michigan specialty crops. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports efforts such as marketing, sustainability, boosting production, and preventing disease and pest ...

Detroit animal control head tries to bring issues to heel

By CHRISTINE FERRETTI The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The city’s long-troubled animal control operation has its third new leader in three years as it grapples with overcrowding and outdated facilities. The Detroit health department tapped Pittsburgh native Charles Brown ...

James rips ‘ineffective’ Stabenow; she links him to President Trump

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS — Republican John James on Sunday attacked Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, calling her an ineffective, lifelong politician who too often votes with her party, while Stabenow touted herself as a get-it-done policymaker and criticized ...

No charges in nursing home death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — No charges will be filed in the death of a man who was attacked at a Grand Rapids nursing home by his roommate. Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker says a man who threw the punch in January has dementia and can’t be held responsible for the death of 81-year-old ...

CMU drops fraternity

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Central Michigan University says it has kicked a fraternity out of school after many allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing and the death of a member. Vice President Steven Johnson says the allegations against Phi Sigma Phi show a “significant threat to ...

Halloween focus returns to kids

DETROIT (AP) — The focus of a three-day Halloween period in Detroit is changing from anti-arson efforts to celebrations aimed at families. Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday announced “Halloween in the D.” Three parks and some city-owned houses will take on haunted themes. A harvest festival ...

Halloween arrives early for inhabitants of Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Halloween has arrived ahead of schedule at the Detroit Zoo, where inhabitants are enjoying some frightfully good fare. Animal care staff at the zoo in suburban Royal Oak on Wednesday provided special seasonal munchies to anteaters, great apes, grizzly bears, penguins ...

Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough

LANSING (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously ...

Best-selling author Albom back to heaven for first sequel

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT— Mitch Albom’s books are about faith and salvation, forgiveness and second chances. What they most certainly are not about, according to the author, is a certain five-letter word. “I really don’t think my books are about death,” Albom ...