Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says utility customers should automatically get a credit on their bill if they go without power for too long. People can get a $25 credit if their power isn’t restored in five days or in certain other situations. Nessel says the burden shouldn’t be on customers to request the credit, especially now that smart meters have been deployed by DTE Electric and Consumers Energy.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The owner of a now-closed funeral home in Michigan has been ordered to pay at least $75,000 in restitution for failing to put prepaid funeral contract funds into escrow. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says O’Neil Swanson II has pleaded no contest to two felonies. The Swanson Funeral Home in Flint was closed in 2017 after maggots were found in a garage where unrefrigerated bodies were being stored. Officials later determined prepaid funeral contracts were sold without a proper license.
BLACKSTONE, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Army Reserve soldier who died after he was struck by a falling tree during a storm in Virginia was a 34-year-old from Michigan. The Army said that Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin P. Sullivan was a native of Chesaning, which is about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. The incident occurred during a training exercise at Fort Pickett, which is about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Richmond. Two unnamed soldiers assigned to a battalion in North Carolina, were injured.
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old Michigan man is charged with using Snapchat to coerce a Kansas teenager to send him sexually explicit videos. Martez Hurst, of suburban Detroit, is charged in Johnson County, Kansas, with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of blackmail. The Kansas City Star reports charging documents say Hurst told police he had tried to commit similar crimes against about 20 other females.