Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say an end-of-summer crackdown on drunken driving across Michigan led to hundreds of arrests and citations. State police announced Thursday that the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown that started Aug. 17 and ran through the Labor Day holiday weekend led to the arrest of 274 suspected drunken drivers. More than 50 motorists were cited for open intoxicants. The crackdown involved officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and state police posts.
HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an attempted furnace theft caused a natural gas leak that led to an explosion that leveled a home in suburban Detroit and injured three people. The vacant house exploded last Friday in Harper Woods. State police say fire investigators determined someone attempted to steal the furnace from the home that was being sold. Natural gas built up inside. Police say a man and woman approached the home to conduct an appraisal and the blast happened as one of them opened a door.
GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — New guidelines will allow a 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism to keep his ducks, which are his emotional support animals. Georgetown Township officials had issued a nuisance order to Mark and Jennifer Dyke after receiving multiple complaints from neighbors about their son Dylan’s ducks straying from their property. An ordinance variance approved Wednesday night includes, including specifics on the ducks’ coop. Jennifer Dyke says the family is “ready to just move on with our life.”
DETROIT (AP) — A roughly century-old partnership between a Detroit hospital and university medical school that was at risk of being severed will continue. The Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University Physician Group on announced Wednesday they’ve finalized a new five-year agreement. The nonprofit physician group employs about 300 doctors who teach and conduct research at the university while providing care at the medical center’s hospitals, owned by Dallas-based Tenet HealthCare.