Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin’s family members traveled in Ford Mustangs to honor the late music great and a high school marching band performed her signature tunes during Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade. Thousands of spectators lined the three-mile route along Woodward Avenue Thursday morning from Midtown to downtown for the parade’s 92nd year. Other tributes to the Queen of Soul included a routine by the Mid American Pompon All Star Team.
SURREY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two young men have died in central Michigan car crash. Clare County sheriff’s officials say the driver, 20-year-old Coty Smith, and the passenger, 21-year-old Jacob Mester, died Wednesday night at the scene of the Surrey Township crash. The vehicle went off the road, crashed into a large tree and split into several pieces. Investigators say they believe speed contributed to the crash.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids authorities say a shooting into a home has left a 5-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries. Police say the shots fired Wednesday night appeared to come from outside the home on the city’s southwest side. Investigators say the child remains in the hospital Thursday. A 17-year-old boy also struck was treated and released from the hospital.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Crews have wrapped up removal of a roughly 90-year-old dam in southwestern Michigan as part of an effort to help restore habitat for native fish. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced this month that the work was completed to remove the Alcott Street dam in Kalamazoo. The dam, which impounded Bryant Mill Pond on Portage Creek, was built in 1927 but no longer had a function. Instead, it prevented fish migration and held contaminated sediment in place.