Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies are riding school buses in an Upper Peninsula district to try to catch drivers who violate bus-safety laws. The Mining Journal reports that the partnership began after a driver said vehicles were passing her bus while she was loading or unloading kids in the Marquette district. If a deputy on a bus sees a violation, the officer can tell a patrol car to stop the driver. Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt says it’s a three-point ticket and a fine of $200 to $500.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been sentenced to community service for taking artifacts from an 1886 shipwreck near Traverse City. Divers tipped off investigators last summer to the theft of wood ribbing from the Metropolis, which was abandoned in a snowstorm in Grand Traverse Bay. The DNR says Jacob Garris of Traverse City and Joseph Frawley of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, were recently sentenced to 20 hours of community service. They also must pay about $2,500 in fines and restitution.
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — Police say a woman who didn’t return home after walking her dog was found dead in an icy pond in the Grand Rapids area, an apparent accident. The body of Tracy Cashman was discovered Sunday in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb. Investigators believe the 38-year-old fell through the ice Saturday night while trying to help her dog. The dog eventually returned home.
OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan college is selling five homes that were donated by a philanthropist who was a successful maker of electric motors. Baker College of Owosso is selling a block of houses through an auction on Jan. 8. The houses were formerly owned by the late George Hoddy, an Owosso businessman who co-founded Universal Electric. He died in 2010. The houses on West Williams Street include a mansion where Hoddy lived.