Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A man has told police that he may be a Detroit boy reported missing by his mother at a suburban shopping mall a quarter of a century ago. WDIV-TV reports that the man told Livonia police he believes he is D’Wan Sims, reportedly last seen Dec. 11, 1994, at Wonderland Mall. Dwanna Harris told police then that D’Wan disappeared while they were shopping. Surveillance video showed Harris inside the mall, but there were no images of D’Wan. Livonia police Capt. Ron Taig tells the television station that investigators “looked at all of the video” and “checked everything, and never saw D’Wan” with his mother.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state will continue welcoming refugees. The governor said Friday she wrote a letter to the federal government consenting to refugee resettlement after the Trump administration began requiring written consent. She says Michigan has a “rich history” of welcoming refugees and other immigrants. In September, President Donald Trump slashed the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. and also gave state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept them. An executive order says that if either a state or a locality hasn’t consented to receive refugees, then refugees shouldn’t be resettled there.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Police say a pastor in the Traverse City area who suddenly quit his church after financial irregularities has died near his hunting property. Benzie County Sheriff says John Clark’s body was found this week in woods. Investigators don’t believe anyone else was involved. A medical examiner will determine the cause and method of death. Clark was the founding pastor at West Side Community Church in Leelanau County. His resignation was announced to the congregation on Sept. 8 after church elders informed police about the findings of a financial audit.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to ensure that Michigan’s 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more items sold through websites such as Wayfair, Overstock and Amazon. The laws could generate an additional $90 million in revenue per year, mostly for public schools. The laws require “marketplace facilitators” such as eBay to remit sales and use taxes on behalf of independent sellers that work through their sites. The Michigan Retailers Association says the laws are an “early Christmas present” and will bring in-state businesses closer to sales tax parity with out-of-state online companies.