Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A man from the United Kingdom swam across the Detroit River from Canada in a wetsuit before he was arrested on the property of a steel factory. Christopher Sagajllo has been charged in Detroit with unlawful re-entry to the United States. He was deported from Chicago in 2010 after overstaying his visa. The government says Sagajllo was arrested on Dec. 13 after being discovered by U.S. Steel security. He told authorities that he swam across the Detroit River from Ontario and landed at Zug Island. Indeed, agents checked the island and found the wetsuit. Sagajllo remains in custody.
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The new year already is looking good for a server at a small-town restaurant in Michigan. Danielle Franzoni says she got a $2,020 tip Sunday on a bill that was only $23. The 31-year-old single mother says, “Things like this don’t happen to people like me.” Franzoni works at Thunder Bay River Restaurant in Alpena. She says she was living in a homeless shelter a year ago. Franzoni plans to use the money to reinstate her driver’s license and build savings.
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan university is out with its 45th annual list of words or phrases that should be retired. At the top of the list: quid pro quo. The Latin phrase got new life during the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. The school each year invites the public to nominate words and phrases that seem tired or annoying through everyday speech, news coverage and more. The latest list has more than a dozen, including “artisanal,” “influencer,” “living my best life” and “chirp.” And in a baby boomer revolt, it’s apparently time to scratch “OK, boomer.”
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An electric cooperative in the Upper Peninsula says it’s working to restore power to thousands of customers after an “extreme” mix of snow and ice. Cloverland Electric, which serves five counties and Sault Ste. Marie, said it could take days to completely get the lights on in the rural territory. The Chippewa County sheriff’s office says trees still were falling from the weight of snow and ice. After an overnight break, Cloverland crews will be back fixing lines on New Year’s Day.