Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the controversial practice of charging people for the costs of running local courts all over the state. Critics call it an illegal tax on people convicted of crimes, mostly the poor who can’t afford it. The Supreme Court says an appeals court decision will stand. The case involved a man who was convicted of assault and ordered to pay $1,611 in Washtenaw County. More than $120 million has been collected statewide since 2016.
DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say two Detroit city workers were injured after fireworks went off under toilet seats at a garage where fire equipment is repaired. Police say the men, ages 59 and 41, suffered unspecified injuries and were treated at a hospital following the suspected pranks Wednesday morning. A police report describes the fireworks as some type of “poppers” and says they were placed under at least one toilet seat. It says the victims sat down and set off the poppers.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan woman killed herself and twin daughters by driving into a river after trying to poison the children. Kalamazoo police released reports recently saying 44-year-old Ineza McClinton tried to make 9-year-old twins, Angel and Faith, drink juice with added antifreeze. McClinton’s mother told investigators about the plan, which included Ineza McClinton’s attempt to die by overdosing on pills. Police say information about the antifreeze wasn’t reported to officers.
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck slammed into a horse-drawn carriage in Missouri, killing an 8-year-old Mennonite boy and seriously injuring four members of his family, including two other children. Cpl. Juston Wheetley of the state Highway Patrol says the crash happened Thursday morning in a remote area of St. Francois County. The injured were taken to two hospitals and the truck’s driver remained at the scene to assist police.