Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — A 25-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting deaths of three men and the wounding of a fourth man at a restaurant on Detroit’s west side. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Mickey Dane Douglas is charged with three counts of first degree murder, one count of assault with intent to murder, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and five counts of felony firearm. Douglas is accused in the fatal shootings Sunday night of 34-year-old Brian Jackson, 24-year-old Carnell Watts and 20-year-old Courtney Willis, all of Detroit, at A. Eagle’s Coney Island. Douglas also is charged with the non-fatal shooting of a 28-year-old Detroit man.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University says it will take a residence hall out of regular service and use it for students who test positive for the coronavirus. Students who signed up to live on campus can move to Akers Hall or return home for a certain period if they become infected. The dorm can hold roughly 500 people. Housing spokeswoman Kat Cooper says the Akers strategy could create a housing shortage, although it’s not seen as likely at this time. MSU students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks on campus. The fall term starts Sept. 2.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of people broke a sweat on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol. It was a workout intended to highlight the plight of gyms that have been closed for months under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders. Alyssa Tushman, vice chair of the Michigan Fitness Club Association, says gyms are “desperately in need of help.” Whitmer ordered gyms closed, along with casinos and theaters, in an effort to slow down the rate of coronavirus infection. Gyms in the northern Michigan were allowed to reopen on June 10. Meanwhile, a judge ordered ordered the Detroit school district to test more than 600 students who are participating in voluntary summer classes.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Abortion opponents say they’re dropping a petition drive to prohibit a second-trimester procedure in Michigan. State election officials said the campaign didn’t produce enough valid signatures. Right to Life of Michigan says it won’t contest the conclusion when the Board of State Canvassers meets Friday. Abortion opponents want to outlaw dilation and evacuation in most instances, a procedure in which a fetus is removed in pieces with a surgical instrument. Under Michigan law, an initiative goes to the Legislature if advocates submit at least 340,000 valid signatures. But in this case, the state elections bureau said many signatures were disqualified.