Michigan News

4th child dies due to fire

IMLAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Police say a fourth child has died after a fire at a mobile home in Michigan's Thumb region. Imlay City police say Keyairah Kelley was just a month old. She and three other children died as a result of the fire early Tuesday, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of ...

US pedestrian deaths hit highest number since 1990

DETROIT (AP) — The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years, according to a report from a safety organization. Using data reported by states, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed last year. That's up 4 ...

Michigan’s oldest juvenile lifer, 74, to be released

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for the release of a 74-year-old man who is the oldest and longest-serving Michigan prisoner with a life sentence for murder as a teen. Sheldry Topp, who has been in prison since 1962, was resentenced Tuesday to 40 years to 60 years. He probably ...

Michigan man arrested for threatening Mississippi governor

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Michigan man has been arrested on charges that he made death threats to Mississippi's governor. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday that 48-year-old Harold Joseph Collins of Detroit has been charged with five counts of cyberstalking for threats made ...

Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion plan that includes building the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in almost three decades and increasing its workforce in the area by about 6,500 jobs, an investment officials touted as an uncommon opportunity to revive ...

Group to advise on marijuana laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state agency is creating four groups to come up with suggestions on regulating marijuana in Michigan. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says one of the panels will represent those already licensed under the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act ...

Adult foster death case to see jury

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says a jury should decide whether an adult foster care facility contributed to the death of a 59-year-old man who was killed by a pickup truck. Michael Wrenn was dressed in dark clothes and walking alone on a Berrien County highway on ...

Car wash worker dies on the job

TROY, Mich. (AP) — Police say one employee was killed and another was injured at a suburban Detroit when a pickup truck struck them. Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the accident occurred Monday afternoon at a Jax Kar Wash as the vehicle was almost finished going through the wash. She ...

Michigan releases results of water tests for PFAS chemicals

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — More than 60 drinking water systems in Michigan sampled last year had measurable levels of a class of long-lasting and highly toxic chemicals linked to cancer and a variety of other illnesses, state officials said Monday. The ...

High school manager with cerebral palsy joins team on court

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan high school basketball teams set rivalry aside during their last regular season game so a student team manager with cerebral palsy could fulfill his dream of playing after spending two seasons on the sidelines. Grand Ledge coach Scott Lewis challenged ...

100K without power in SE Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — High winds that toppled trees and tree branches onto power lines have cut power to about 100,000 homes and businesses in southeastern Michigan. DTE Energy said in a tweet that its crews were working to restore power to about 47,000 customers who remained without power as of ...

Natural history museum to reopen

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is planning to reopen to the public in April in its new building. The Ann Arbor school says new exhibits will be on display in the museum, which combines natural history with scientific research. The museum, which ...

3 lighthouses to recieve grants

LANSING (AP) — More than $113,000 in state preservation grants has been awarded to three Michigan lighthouses. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority says the funding will help pay for work at the North Manitou Shoal Light, Grosse Ile Light and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. Funding for ...

Poetry competition coming to Lansing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Thirty-three high school students from across Michigan will face off in the state finals of a poetry recitation contest. Poetry Out Loud is scheduled March 1-2 in Lansing. The competition is free and open to the public. Students will be judged on their physical ...

Woman ready for clemency after 30 years in prison

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who was granted clemency after serving more than 30 years of a life sentence is preparing for life outside prison. Melissa Chapman was among 26 prisoners who were granted commutations by outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder in December, The Detroit Free Press ...

Animal saved from icy Estonian river turns out to be a wolf

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu ...

Cruelty charges filed in dogs case

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit prosecutor has filed animal cruelty charges against two brothers accused of hoarding 53 dogs before the animals were rescued. Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith told the Detroit Free Press that his office charged each of the men with one ...

Police: Couple thought murder plot would be untraceable on Snapchat

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend were deployed with the U.S. Army in South Korea when they conspired via Snapchat to kill her husband so she could claim the life insurance money, police in Michigan said. Berrian County Judge Sterling Schrock ruled Wednesday in a preliminary ...

Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company said Thursday that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate ...