Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a western Michigan sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting an armed man in November. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Thursday that Kent County Deputy James Davis has been cleared of any misconduct in the Nov. 24 shooting of Steven Forrest Saucier. Saucier was shot at a home in Gaines Township after deputies were called there on a report of a domestic disturbance. Becker says Deputy Elizabeth Donovan’s life was in danger when Saucier pushed her to the ground and had a .45-caliber revolver pointed at her. That’s when Davis shot Saucier.
BESSEMER, Mich. (AP) — Is that a skunk? No, it’s marijuana. A small town in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula is buying an odor-detection device and drafting an ordinance to crack down on the unpleasant smell of blooming marijuana plants. Council member Linda Nelson says “the city of Bessemer stinks.” Medical marijuana has been around since 2008. But Michigan’s 2018 law cleared the way for homegrown pot for recreational use. Bessemer City Manager Charly Loper says there’s a “skunk-like odor” when marijuana plants bloom indoors. It can last for weeks. Loper says some houses might need an air-filtration system.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading into his first campaign rally of the year flush with cash, chafing at impeachment and hoping to capitalize on his order to take out Iran’s top general. Trump will be in northern Ohio for Thursday night’s rally. He’s taking to the campaign trail a day after pulling back from the brink of war with Iran. The campaign event in Toledo offers Trump an opportunity to spotlight his decision to order the fatal drone strike against Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The Iran crisis has also momentarily overshadowed Trump’s looming impeachment trial.
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan prison inmate says he was transferred and lost his job as a tutor after complaining that teachers were supplying answers to a high school equivalency test. The Detroit Free Press says a federal judge has declined to dismiss the lawsuit, which means it will go to trial or be settled. Munin Kathawa is suing five people, including a deputy warden, claiming his rights were violated. Based on evidence so far, the judge says a jury could “reasonably infer” that Kathawa lost his tutoring job as retaliation for comments about the GED test.