Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People affected by the coronavirus pandemic or major dam flooding could wait to pay their summer property taxes until 2021 without being penalized under legislation sent to Michigan’s governor. A related bill would require the state to provide short-term financing to local governments facing revenue shortfalls due to the later payments. It was not immediately clear if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would sign the legislation. The state Department of Treasury opposed the bills last week. The main sponsor further work will be done over the summer to “refine” the proposed deferment program so it “can function as efficiently as possible.”
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Two children — ages 12 and 5 — have been wounded as people in two vehicles exchanged shots in what Kalamazoo police are calling a “rolling gun battle.” The children were playing on a sidewalk about 9 p.m. Wednesday when they were shot as the two vehicles drove through the area. One child was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening. The second child was treated at the scene. No arrests have been reported.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted a lower judge’s order and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut months ago to curb the coronavirus. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 late Wednesday to grant an emergency stay sought by the governor. U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said last week that gyms could reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Whitmer had planned to reopen gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys by July 4 if coronavirus case trends remain favorable. In less-populous northern Michigan, gyms and fitness centers got the green light on June 10.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Three staff members of a Michigan youth center have been charged in the death of a Black teenager who died while being restrained after throwing a sandwich. Cornelius Fredericks died May 1, two days after he lost consciousness while being restrained by staff at Lakeside Academy. Dr. Ted Brown, who performed the autopsy, said Wednesday that Fredericks had been restrained on the ground by several people, resulting in asphyxia. Michael Mosley of Battle Creek, Zachary Solis of Lansing and Heather McLogan of Kalamazoo are charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in the teen’s death.