Michigan News

Judge won’t face more charges

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge won’t face any additional criminal charges after being found to have concealed a relationship with a detective involved in a murder trial she presided over. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Friday declined a last-minute plea to charge ...

Detroit program connects homeless people with shelter dogs

By MEIRA GEBEL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — The short and stout pit bull, tugging at its leash, bounded up the stairs of Detroit Animal Care and Control into the loving arms of Robyn Wesley. Nugget, a gray pit bull, is not up for adoption just yet, but will be ...

Michigan family of 5 killed in wrong-way crash in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A suspected drunken driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Kentucky struck a vehicle carrying five family members from Michigan early Sunday, killing all six people, authorities said. The southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the ...

Homeowner shoots intruder

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan homeowner fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him. The Ionia County sheriff’s office says 40-year-old Justin Eddy of Lansing allegedly forced his way into the home on Tuesday night in Sebewa Township, about 105 ...

US ambassador meets with Michigan man held for spying in Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman met in Moscow on Wednesday with a Michigan man who has been detained on espionage charges as the American government seeks answers about his arrest. Huntsman said he offered support and assistance to Paul Whelan, a corporate security ...

Homeowner shoots intruder

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan homeowner fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him. The Ionia County sheriff’s office says 40-year-old Justin Eddy of Lansing allegedly forced his way into the home on Tuesday night in Sebewa Township, about 105 ...

Military member fatally shot

ST. JOSEPH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 23-year-old active duty member of the U.S. military has been shot and killed while visiting family for the holidays in southwestern Michigan. St. Joseph Township police say Tyrone Hassell III suffered multiple gunshot wounds Monday night in St. Joseph ...

Cause still unknown in Ironwood fire

IRONWOOD (AP) — Investigators in the Upper Peninsula are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that killed three people in downtown Ironwood nearly a year ago. Ironwood Fire Marshal Brandon Snyder says last February’s fire “remains an active case.” He tells The Daily Globe that ...

Ford recalls 873K pickup trucks

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 874,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. and Canada because they can catch fire. The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550. The ...

Legislature begins passing budget, online gambling bills

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-controlled Legislature began voting Thursday to legalize online gambling and to spend more on roads and environmental cleanup — despite criticism that it would shift money that otherwise should go to Michigan schools. The ...

Girl fights leukemia with Christmas wishes from thousands

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan girl who is battling leukemia has many fans — more than 4,500 so far and growing by the day. Emma Roberts of Brighton has received that many Christmas cards in the past three weeks. It began as a social media campaign by a fellow Brighton ...

Lawmakers attempt to modify operations of Prop 2 redistricting commission

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Opponents of a Republican lawmaker’s bid to put additional requirements on the independent citizens redistricting commission formed by Proposal 2 have dubbed the measure unconstitutional. Senate Bill 1254, which was sponsored by Sen. Phil ...

Kidnapping conviction stands

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has affirmed the conviction and long prison sentence of a Wisconsin woman who lived under an alias for 16 years while trying to dodge a kidnapping case in Michigan. Kim Johns was accused of kidnapping her former lover at gunpoint in 2000 and taking her on an ...

Michigan students de-stress by spending time with cows

By HALEY HANSEN Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange EAST LANSING, Mich. — The therapy dogs have competition. With finals this month, Michigan State University students can unwind by spending quality time with the school’s dairy cows at the Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research ...

Michigan Legislature races clock to finish lame-duck session

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature raced Wednesday to pass bills in the final days of a contentious lame-duck session, as the fate of several key bills hung in the balance before newly elected Democrats take over top offices in ...

Michigan man, 90, brings Christmas to wife in nursing home

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A 90-year-old Michigan man dressed up as Santa and brought Christmas to a local nursing home so his wife of six decades could celebrate the holidays. Don West was at his wife’s bedside as a guitarist strummed along during a holiday party at Golden Days II Adult ...

State gas prices decline

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 8 cents in the past week to about $2.26 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is 19 cents less than a year ago. Prices have fallen 75 cents per ...

Teen killer seeks parole

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man who was 16 when he killed a 13-year-old girl in 1986 is pleading for a second chance. Mlive.com reports that Christopher Machacek was sentenced in 1988 to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of Mary Ann Hulbert. Mary Ann told Machacek on Dec. ...

Michigan knife-maker wins Discovery Channel show

By BOB GROSS Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange YALE, Mich. — A Yale resident won a competition on the Discovery Channel show “Master of Arms.” Michael Morris, who owns Morris Knives, crafted the winning weapon, a replica of the U.S. Navy’s Elgin Cutlass Pistol, a bizarre ...