Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Police say the owner of three dogs is in custody after they killed a 9-year-old Detroit girl as she rode a bike. The girl’s father, Armando Hernandez, says the man was warned that a fence was too flimsy to hold the dogs. He tells radio station WWJ that he’s “speechless” and “empty” after the attack. His efforts at CPR failed to revive her Monday. One dog was shot and killed by a bystander while a medical crew tried to save the girl in an alley. The other dogs were captured.
SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP) — A beer company is ensuring that a northern Michigan school district starts the new year with no student lunch debt. A foundation affiliated with Mitten Brewing paid $2,700 to erase unpaid meals and snacks in the Suttons Bay district, near Traverse City. Superintendent Mike Carmean says, “We’re just very blessed.” He tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that some students were nearing $100 in lunch debt. Joe Symons also is a substitute teacher in Suttons Bay.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has received more than 100 cards and many flower bouquets as he recovers from a car crash. Chippewa County Sheriff Michael Bitnar suffered major injuries when a car crossed the center line on Aug. 10. His vehicle rolled several times. Undersheriff Greg Postma says the public has responded with cards and flowers. He says the sheriff is sharing the flowers with other patients at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Detroit are searching for the remains of missing girls, more than a year after a similar excavation. Heavy machines are in Macomb County’s Macomb Township, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit. The excavation began Monday in a wooded area near the Clinton River. No remains were found during a search in 2018. The sheriff’s office says it’s “hoping to bring justice to victims and closure to their families.” It didn’t say what prompted a second search.