Michigan News

Prosecutors consider federal charges against Ruska

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Police on Friday were considering the possibility of federal charges against Eric Scott Ruska, who was arrested in Munising early Friday for allegedly keeping an Upper Peninsula woman against her will for several days. Detective 1st Lt. Robert ...

Judge explains inner workings of legal system

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Some of the complex intricacies of the United States’ legal system were explained during this week’s Citizens Academy, a multiweek informational program hosted by the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post. Judge Charlie Nebel, who oversees ...

BUTT  OUT

Hazards of cigarette filters addressed at event By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Beware of those bits of cellulose acetate polymer scattered throughout town, eventually making their way into Lake Superior. Not only can they hurt water quality and wildlife, their very ...

Man sentenced to life in woman’s death after Halloween party

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing a woman after a 2014 Halloween party in southeastern Michigan and stashing her body in the woods. Daniel Clay apologized in court. A jury in May convicted him of first-degree murder in the beating death of ...

Honda recalls 1.2M cars

DETROIT (AP) — Honda is recalling 1.2 million Accord midsize cars in the U.S. because a battery sensor can short out and potentially cause a fire. The recall covers cars from the 2013 through 2016 model years.

Health care town halls planned

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Democratic Party and activists opposing President Donald Trump are teaming up to host a dozen town halls as congressional Republicans try to replace the federal health care law. The party and Indivisible groups said Thursday they will hold the forums across ...

Kid Rock hints at potential US Senate run in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Kid Rock for U.S. Senate? The musician from suburban Detroit is teasing his potential 2018 candidacy, though it is news to Michigan Republicans. Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, said Wednesday that a website hinting at his campaign — ...

Man resentenced in juvenile lifer case

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A man in Michigan who was sentenced to life in prison without parole as a teenager nearly 50 years ago may soon be released. At 17, Bobby Gene Griffin was handed Michigan’s then-automatic life without parole sentence for the 1967 murder of Minnie Peaples, 84, the ...

US judge halts Iraqis’ deportation until review

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday halted the deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals, including many Christians fearing persecution, while courts review the orders to remove them from the U.S. Judge Mark Goldsmith issued a 24-page opinion asserting jurisdiction in the case over the ...

State Briefing

Affordable housing deal made DETROIT (AP) — An agreement between the city and real estate firm Bedrock is expected to lead to an estimated 700 affordable housing units in Detroit. Detroit-based Bedrock plans to develop up to 3,500 residential rental units in Detroit over the next ...

Takata adds new type of inflator to huge air bag recall

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Takata is adding a new type of air bag inflator to the nation’s largest automotive recall. The company filed documents with the U.S. government adding 2.7 million vehicles to the recall from Ford, Nissan and Mazda, all with a type of inflator that ...

Tesla adding service centers as Model 3 goes on sale

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla is expanding its service operations and hiring more than 1,000 technicians to meet expected demand for its new Model 3 sedan. The Model 3, cheaper than Tesla’s existing cars, goes on sale this month and is expected to ...

Girl drowns in SW Michigan

GALIEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old Indiana girl has died after being pulled from a swimming hole in rural southwestern Michigan. The Berrien County sheriff’s department says Sadie Geigler of Michigan City was taken Monday night to a hospital, where she was ...

Events to honor shooting victims

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A memorial walk and candlelight vigil are planned to honor two bailiffs who were killed last year during an inmate’s escape attempt from a southwestern Michigan courthouse. The events honoring Ronald Kienzle and Joseph Zangaro are tonight. Participants will walk ...

State gas prices up 13 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 13 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.42 per gallon. That’s about 14 cents more than at ...

TC Coast Guard gets new leader

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City is getting a new top officer. Cmdr. Nathan Coulter will assume command of the station during a ceremony today. He’ll take over for Cmdr. Gregory Matyas, who has held the post for the past two years. Coulter previously ...

Woman pleads guilty in farm case

RUTH, Mich. (AP) — A judge has accepted a guilty plea in an investigation of illegal labor at dairies in Michigan’s Thumb region. Madeline Burke pleaded guilty to hiring people without verifying that they were eligible to work in the U.S. The government says the workers were in the U.S. ...

Man steals cop car, crashes, dies

TAWAS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old Michigan man has died after crashing a police vehicle he managed to steal while being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. MLive.com reported that Phillip Everett was arrested around 4 a.m. Sunday after Michigan State Police troopers ...

Detroit factory begins producing turntables

By STEPHANIE STEINBERG, The Detroit News An AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Larry Sanders tore up a few turntables back in the day — and got a good scold from his father whenever he’d pull up the arm. “He’d say, ‘Oh no, you can’t do that, son! You can’t do that!’ “ the ...