Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
NEWAYGO, Mich. (AP) — In March, a teen accidentally detonated a homemade explosive at a school in western Michigan. Now his father is going to prison for four years. David Saylor Sr. was sentenced by a federal judge in Grand Rapids. In March, Saylor’s son brought a homemade explosive to Newaygo High School and accidentally detonated it, injuring himself and others. The teen lost both thumbs. Authorities subsequently searched Saylor’s home and filed charges. He pleaded guilty to possession of a pipe bomb and a stolen gun. Saylor admitted that he and his son designed and made explosives for two years.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee, who served in Congress for 36 years, has died. He was 92. Kildee’s death was announced Wednesday by his nephew, Rep. Dan Kildee, who succeeded him after his 2012 retirement. Dale Kildee, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1976 and represented Flint and surrounding areas. Dan Kildee says his uncle — a former teacher — was always proud that he was from Flint and was passionate about improving others’ lives through education, learning and mentorship.
DETROIT (AP) — Four people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, nearly eight years after the death of a man who was pinned to the floor by security guards at a Detroit-area shopping mall. The Michigan attorney general’s office reopened the case in 2020. McKenzie Cochran struggled with security guards and was hit with pepper spray at Northland Mall in Southfield in 2014. Authorities say he died of compression asphyxiation. The Oakland County prosecutor at that time said the guards were poorly trained but had no intent to harm Cochran, and no charges were filed.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Beleaguered business owners and families separated by COVID-19 are celebrating after the Biden administration says it will reopen U.S. land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze. Travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to workers whose jobs are deemed essential. New rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason starting in early November. The ban has had enormous economic, social and cultural impact, preventing cross-border shopping and family gatherings when relatives live on different sides of the border.