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Lawyer: Ethics Committee agrees to subpoena Conyers accuser
DETROIT (AP) — An attorney representing one of the women alleging sexual harassment by U.S. Rep. John Conyers says the House Ethics Committee investigating the congressman has agreed to subpoena her client.
Attorney Lisa Bloom says in an emailed letter to Ethics Committee Chief Counsel Tom Rust that Marion Brown would be available to travel Thursday or Friday to Washington to testify before the committee.
Bloom also says in the letter dated Saturday that Brown asks that the testimony be open to the public for “transparency.” Bloom provided The Associated Press with a copy of the letter.
The committee has been reviewing harassment allegations against Conyers. It started after a Nov. 20 BuzzFeed report that the 88-year-old Detroit Democrat’s office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidential agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his advances.
Brown has said she was propositioned for sex multiple times over more than a decade.
Conyers has denied Brown’s allegation and similar claims by two other former staff members.
CHILD SUPPORT SWEEP
People wanted for back child support are focus of sweep
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The Macomb County sheriff’s office and Friend of the Court are planning a weeklong effort to locate people wanted for not paying child support.
The sweep starts Monday. Authorities are hoping individuals show up at the county office in Mount Clemens to avoid arrest.
The sheriff’s office says people who voluntarily appear will be given a chance to have their cases reviewed to determine if they qualify for a program that reduces the balance owed to the state.
Macomb County is in suburban Detroit.
Man fatally shot at downtown Flint bus station
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police in Flint are investigating the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man inside a downtown bus station.
The shooting occurred Friday night at the Mass Transportation Authority Transit Center in Flint. The victim was Clevis Bassett.
No immediate arrests were reported.
2nd killing in less than a week at Detroit-area business
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man was fatally shot at a suburban Detroit wholesale candy business, the second homicide in less than a week.
The latest victim found Saturday was a man in his 20s. The shooting occurred at Laith Candy Land in Sterling Heights.
Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski says investigators were “shocked” to learn about the second slaying. He says both victims probably were targeted. A random shooter is not suspected.
Sufian Saba was found dead at the candy business Monday. He was 51 years old.
The Latest: Longtime Michigan Rep. Sander Levin to retire
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Detroit-area Rep. Sander Levin says he won’t run for an 19th term in Congress next year and will teach at the University of Michigan.
The 86-year-old Democrat said Saturday he will retire after 36 years in Washington. Levin has served on the House Ways and Means Committee for almost three decades. The powerful panel sets tax and trade laws.
The Detroit Free Press posted Levin’s statement online after The Associated Press reported that he won’t run again.
Levin, known as Sandy, says he’s grateful to have served residents all over the Detroit area, especially with districts being redrawn every decade. He says he’ll continue “sharing the values” that he learned from his family.
Levin is the brother of Carl Levin, who was a Michigan U.S. senator until 2015.
Whitmer: Women face harassment in male-dominated Capitol
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, one of only two women to have been a legislative leader in Michigan, says the male-dominated Capitol has a “locker room” atmosphere in which it’s not uncommon for female lawmakers and employees to confront sexual harassment.
Whitmer, who was a legislator for 14 years, recounts once having to combat “very lewd” and “totally inappropriate” comments directed at her by a male senator in the Senate chamber. She was Democratic leader at the time.
Whitmer told The Associated Press of her experiences at a time that sexual misconduct allegations have rocked the worlds of entertainment, media and politics. She says a major contributing factor toward the locker room dynamic in which bad behavior occurs is that there aren’t enough female legislators in Lansing.
Michigan museum to restore, display university telescope
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An Ann Arbor museum is hoping to inspire the future with a piece of the past.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum says it’s restoring a 1926 refractor telescope used for decades at the University of Michigan observatory. The roughly 14-foot long telescope is being provided by the university under a long-term lease.
Museum officials say restoring the telescope and making other lobby improvements will take about two years. The project is possible because of a $200,000 gift from local entrepreneur Fred Collin.
Collin says it’s critical for the museum and the “community to awaken curiosity, stimulate exploration, and encourage a lifelong appreciation for science in all its forms.”
Man killed in shooting at Detroit casino hotel elevator
DETROIT (AP) — Police say a man has died after being shot in an elevator at a Detroit casino.
The shooting was not a random event at the Greektown Casino hotel. Police say an argument between two men started around 4 a.m. in a hotel room and continued in the elevator.
The victim was in his 20s. A 28-year-old man is in custody.
Michigan files lawsuit for imprisoned author’s assets
(Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wants the assets of a prisoner who has written a book of short stories about life behind bars.
The Detroit News reports that the state filed a lawsuit against Curt Dawkins in October, seeking 90 percent of his assets. The lawsuit cites a law that allows assets to be seized to reimburse the state for housing a prisoner.
Dawkins is serving a life sentence for the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo man while on drugs in 2004. He’s at a prison in Coldwater.
Dawkins’ three children say the lawsuit is unfair. Money from sales of “The Graybar Hotel” was intended to help them pay for their education.
A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.