Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan officials say no excessive radiation was detected in tests at an industrial site where construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River. Staffers with the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy took radiological measurements Friday and sampled river water at the Detroit Bulk Storage property in southwest Detroit. The release of crushed limestone happened Nov. 26 when part of a seawall collapsed. Officials say the spill isn’t expected to pose any danger to drinking water quality.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer has retired after being suspended for failing to take charge of an incident that led to another officer’s fatal shooting. An attorney for Sgt. Ronald Kidd says he had post-traumatic stress disorder on the night of the shooting. Officer Rasheen McClain was killed on Nov. 20 while investigating a home invasion. Detroit Chief James Craig accused Kidd of “cowardice.” Meanwhile, police from across the country attended McLain’s funeral on Friday. Craig called him an “American hero who will never be forgotten.” The fatal shooting came a few weeks after two off-duty Georgia officers were fired for running from gunfire at a party.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday to honor the 2,400 Americans who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. She says “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day serves as a reminder of the courage and bravery of the men and women at Pearl Harbor, and honors the thousands of Americans who paid the ultimate price during the attack. To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day. Flags should return to full-staff on Sunday.
OWOSSO, Mich, (AP) — Two Salvation Army red kettles, a fundraising tradition in December, have disappeared in Shiawassee County. The Argus-Press reports that the kettles were on counters inside a Big Boy restaurant in Caledonia Township and Rollin’ Smokes in Owosso. They were among 100 kettles placed inside local businesses in addition to the outdoor kettles. Lt. Justin Steckbauer of the Salvation Army says “it hurts.” The kettles probably had a few hundred dollars.