Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — A former German Volkswagen executive has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges in Detroit in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles. Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty to both charges Friday. Schmidt is a former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit. VW admits using software to get around emission standards.
KEWADIN, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down Thursday in northern Michigan as a wave of severe thunderstorms moved through. The weather service’s Gaylord office said Friday that a preliminary survey of storm damage along the southern shore of Antrim County’s Birch Lake showed that an EF-0 tornado with winds of about 80 mph touched down Thursday evening, leaving a quarter-mile-long trail of damage.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Flint woman accused of participating in the killing of her mother 25 years ago was motivated by the potential of collecting on a life insurance policy. The Flint Journal reports that 47-year-old Gabrielle Houston and 45-year-old Kareem Grant were arraigned Thursday in Genesee District Court on charges including first-degree premeditated murder, felony firearm and armed robbery. Gabrielle Houston and Grant are being held without bond.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials are working with health departments in Detroit and Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties to investigate an increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says Friday that 73 cases of legionellosis were identified in June and July in southeastern Michigan. An average of 30 cases were identified over the same two months from 2014-2016.