Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are pursuing misdemeanor charges against a City Council member in the Detroit suburb of Warren. Eddie Kabacinski is accused of handcuffing a woman who placed Black Lives Matter stickers on President Donald Trump campaign signs. Eastpointe police say the complaint against Kabacinski will be signed after prosecutors gave approval. He’s accused of handcuffing a 24-year-old woman at an Oct. 14 Trump rally in Eastpointe. She sprayed him with toy aerosol string when he chased and caught her. He has said the woman was disturbing the peace with the stickers and that he had authority as a former military police officer to detain her.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 40-year-old man has been charged with open murder and arson in connection with a fatal fire at a western Michigan home. Grand Rapids police say Chad Bruining of Kentwood was expected to be arraigned Wednesday. The Kent County medical examiner’s office determined that the death of 41-year-old Todd Cappendyk was a homicide. Cappendyk’s remains were found Sunday inside the house after firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. It was not immediately clear Wednesday if Bruining had an attorney.
DETROIT (AP) — Talu Massey is among the millions of Americans who voted before Nov. 3, resulting in record-breaking early turnout. But this is far from the Detroit resident’s first election. Very far. She voted for FDR, after all. The 103-year-old is proud of her lengthy voting record, saying it’s every citizen’s “civic duty” to take part in the process. Massey voted absentee in September, eight decades after casting her first presidential ballot, for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Massey recently made an appearance in a music video entitled “I Have a Right to Vote” that seeks to educate people. She says her secret to long life is “clean living.”
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit NAACP branch announced Tuesday that its members and area attorneys will monitor polls across the city and state on Election Day for instances of voter intimidation or voter suppression. The group said that if any such efforts are seen, or if any voters feel threatened by gun-carrying individuals “watching” the polls, police and prosecutors will be contacted. They point to President Donald Trump’s encouragement of a far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by” and his calls for an army of “poll watchers” to keep tabs on polling places as reasons to be vigilant. Other voting rights advocates around the U.S. have similar concerns heading into next Tuesday’s presidential election.