Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — Officials say a sinkhole north of Detroit that damaged homes and cost $75 million to fix was caused by human error that allowed the quick release of waste and water into a sewer line. Macomb Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said Wednesday that an assessment determined the surge fractured the pipe in Fraser which drew in sand and created a void in the surrounding soil. The pipe collapsed and caused the Dec. 24, 2016 sinkhole which grew to football field-size.
BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a student wounded a classmate with a pair of scissors at a suburban Detroit middle school. Police responded Tuesday afternoon following the stabbing in a classroom at Anderson Middle School in Berkley. The school’s Principal Michael Ross said in a message to parents that Berkley Public Safety officers responded within minutes. He says the wounded student was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. Ross says that the other student was taken into custody.
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has affirmed a first-degree murder conviction in the case of a woman who disappeared from a Halloween party, rejecting arguments that DNA was illegally used. Daniel Clay was convicted of killing a woman in Monroe County in 2014 and stashing her body in woods. Clay made several arguments on appeal. He said his rights were violated when investigators matched his DNA on Chelsea Bruck’s clothing to a sample obtained by police in another case in 2016.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s new era of divided government begins Wednesday, when the 100th Legislature opens a two-year session. Republicans have smaller majorities in both chambers following the November election and, for the first time since 2009-10, face a Democrat in the governor’s office. Legislative work is unlikely to progress much until Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her first State of the State address on Feb. 5 and her initial budget proposal in early March.