Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has rejected class-action status in a lawsuit over the failure to provide mattresses to people arrested by Detroit police. The no-mattress policy for people held overnight lasted four years until fall 2017. Federal Judge Marianne Battani says the practice was unconstitutional. But she won’t make the lawsuit a class-action because the injuries, if any, could vary among the hundreds of people who were locked up for one or two nights.
DETROIT (AP) — A 73-year-old man has been charged in connection with an intentionally set blaze in a vacant house that left five Detroit firefighters injured. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Henry Vanreyendam is jailed after being arraigned on multiple counts of arson. The firefighters were inside the burning house on the city’s southwest side Thursday when part of it collapsed.
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is the fifth state to partner with the AARP and the World Health Organization to be age-friendly, so people can age in place in their homes and communities. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer helped announce Michigan’s certification on Monday at an AARP conference near Lansing. Michigan is one of the most rapidly aging states in the country.
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — The parents of an 18-month-old boy who died of dehydration have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports that the deal reached Monday will make Andrea Todd eligible for parole after 16 years. Alexander Birkenmeyer’s minimum sentence is 20 years. Yurik Birkenmeyer weighed just 22 pounds when he was found dead at home in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb, in March 2018.