Michigan News

Michigan dive team seeks info on history

By JEREMY ERVIN Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange MARYSVILLE, Mich. — Don Evans, 91, first became interested in diving when he read about a drowning in the Black River. The Navy veteran would become an important early member of St. Clair County’s volunteer dive team. Over the ...

State gas prices fall to $2.40

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 8 cents in the past week to about $2.40 per gallon amid continued declines in oil prices. The Dearborn-based auto club said today the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest level ...

Lansing police K-9 gets Kevlar vest

By ERIC LACY Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange LANSING— A Lansing Police Department K-9 has received a gift that may save his life while out in the field. A German shepherd named Chief received a 5-pound bullet and stab protective vest recently from Vested Interest in K-9s Inc., ...

Police: Suspect in Detroit senior complex slayings arrested

DETROIT (AP) — A registered sex offender charged in the fatal shootings of two people and an attempted rape inside a low-income senior complex in Detroit has been arrested in Virginia. Detroit police said Monday that James Fleming, 69, surrendered to authorities in Richmond around midnight. ...

Woman killed with dumbell

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged in the fatal bludgeoning of his 55-year-old aunt with a 15-pound (6.8 kilogram) dumbbell. Nayir Masrur was arraigned Wednesday on first-degree murder. Rubab Huq was found slain Monday in the basement of a home in Troy, north of ...

Cleveland Cavaliers owner selling Detroit casino in $1B deal

DETROIT (AP) — Businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has reached a $1 billion agreement to sell the Greektown Casino-Hotel in downtown Detroit, one of the city’s three casinos, companies involved in the deal announced Wednesday. The move marks the latest in billions of ...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, ...

Insanity defense may be sought

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer may pursue an insanity defense for a man charged in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Port Huron police officer. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports Tuesday that court documents show attorney Bill Colovos has filed a motion to have Joshua Bauman undergo ...

Michigan man who posed as medic had history of lying

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Court records show that a Michigan man who will soon finish a county jail sentence for impersonating an ambulance medic had a history of lying. Tony Fortuna, 42, is nearing the end of his nine months in Kent County Jail, The Detroit News reported . He was sentenced in ...

Michelle Obama’s book tour includes Detroit stop

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press Michelle Obama’s 12-stop jaunt across the country — and an ocean — is not your average book tour. Of course, the former first lady is not your average author. Oprah Winfrey joined Obama Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and ...

Service held for vets’ cremains found at funeral home

HOLLY, Mich. (AP) — A service was held Monday at a Michigan cemetery for the cremated remains of about 20 military veterans found in a closed Detroit funeral home. Hearses bearing the remains were escorted by police from the Detroit area to Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, about 50 ...

State gas prices fall

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 10 cents in the past week to about $2.61 per gallon amid continued lower oil prices . The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 15 cents less per ...

Michigan man helps others with his dog

By JAMIE L. LAREAU Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange PLYMOUTH, Mich. — It’s a late Monday afternoon and a small tavern on a remote side street in downtown Plymouth is packed. Hundreds of folks are there to celebrate the birthday of arguably the biggest star in town: An 8-year-old ...

No emerging contamination

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan environmental officials say there’s no emerging threat of chemical contamination in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair watershed despite tests that found contamination from Selfridge Air National Guard Base . The Detroit News reports that was the ...

Republicans Shirkey, Chatfield to lead Michigan Legislature

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican who pushed for passage of right-to-work laws and Medicaid work requirements will lead the Michigan Senate for the next four years. Sen. Mike Shirkey of Clarklake, the founder and owner of an automotive engineering firm in Jackson, was chosen Thursday to be ...

Whitmer: Drinking water, roads will top agenda

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Cleaning up contaminated drinking water and smoothing deteriorating roads will top the agenda for Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, who said Wednesday she hopes to find bipartisan consensus with the GOP-controlled ...

Letter alerted Michigan officials to hidden infant corpses

DETROIT (AP) — An anonymous letter informed Michigan officials that they could find "a bunch of infant corpses" hidden in a crawl space of a closed Detroit funeral home, according to state records. The Detroit News used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the letter received ...

Man sentenced in neighbor’s death

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the fatal shooting of a neighbor as she cleared snow near her home. WOOD-TV reports that 64-year-old Wendell Popejoy was sentenced Monday. He was found guilty last month of first-degree ...

Women in key races could shake up Michigan politics

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT— Michigan Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party’s hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates today. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term and is pitted against ...

Stabenow, James face off in Michigan’s US Senate race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is seeking a fourth term today and is hoping to stave off political newcomer John James and to prevent a surprise breakthrough in a state where Republican senators have been a rarity. Stabenow ...