Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has affirmed a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a former Western Michigan University basketball player who was involved in a robbery that turned fatal at an apartment near campus. The court this week found no errors to upset the decision of a Kalamazoo County judge. Joeviair Kennedy last year was convicted of armed robbery and using a firearm during a felony. He was acquitted of murder. A co-defendant, Jordan Waire, is serving a life sentence for Jones’ death.
EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in western Michigan is defending a priest’s decision to deny Holy Communion to a judge in a same-sex marriage. Judge Sara Smolenski says the Rev. Scott Nolan privately informed her on Nov. 23, about a week after receiving Communion from him at St. Stephen Church in East Grand Rapids. Nolan says the teachings of the Catholic faith aren’t flexible. The church recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged three home health care aides with embezzling nearly $40,000 from an elderly Lansing woman. Court records say the trio were caring for an 87-year-old woman who needed around the clock care when they allegedly made “excessive food purchases,” including spending more than $1,200 on a single grocery visit. The victim hasn’t worn dentures in several years and has a limited diet. Her daughter-in-law alerted police after noticing the strange purchases and missing money.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Legal marijuana sales to adults are set to open in two Midwestern states. But regulators and industry leaders alike warn that consumers will likely see long lines, high prices and product shortages in the early months. Michigan sales can begin Sunday and Illinois follows a month later, bringing the total of states that broadly allow people over 21 to use marijuana to 11. Companies are rushing to complete renovations at dispensaries, expand growing facilities and hire employees.