Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are demanding an extensive set of records from Enbridge as they investigate the company’s oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes waterway. The state Department of Natural Resources sent a letter Monday to the Canadian company requesting documents dating back to 1953, when Line 5 was placed in the Straits of Mackinac. The DNR is reviewing Enbridge’s compliance with terms of the agreement that allowed the twin pipelines to run through the straits, which connect Lakes Huron and Michigan. The DNR wants records dealing with issues such as gaps that have formed beneath the pipes and in their outer coating. Enbridge says it has received the letter but declines comment on how it will respond.
DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the fuel pumps can fail and cause engines to stall. That can increase the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain 2018 and 2019 Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX 570, GX 460, and RX 350 models. Also included are certain 2018 and 2019 Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, and Tundra models. Some 2019 models also are affected including the Avalon and Corolla. Toyota is still developing repairs. Owners will be notified by mail in mid-March.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man has been cleared of assault and attempted murder after nearly 30 years in prison. A judge on Monday dismissed the 1991 conviction of Gerry Thomas, who was accused of attacking a woman in a car in 1987. Thomas was identified by the victim two years later, but police had no other witnesses or physical evidence. Jane Pucher is with the Innocence Project at Cardozo law school in New York. She says Thomas wouldn’t have been arrested if Detroit police “had conducted a true investigation.” Thomas started his day in prison but was granted freedom at the court hearing.
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan hunter convicted of killing another hunter on the first day of the 2018 deer season was sentenced Monday to at least five years in prison. David Barber of Gaylord was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter and a gun offense, about a month after a jury convicted him in Antrim County. Investigators say Barber believed he had shot a deer but instead struck Justin Beutel, who was found slumped over a deer. Barber will be eligible for parole after five years in prison.