Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The mother of an 11-year-old boy on a minibike who was fatally struck by a sheriff’s deputy in southern Michigan says her son wasn’t at fault. Christina Valadez says Norman Hood was “a good kid” who was just trying to cross a street. The deputy was responding to a report of a possible burglary when he hit the boy last week in Battle Creek. Authorities haven’t disclosed how fast the car was going. The deputy hadn’t activated his vehicle’s overhead lights and siren.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan agency is awarding grants totaling more than $3.9 million for projects intended to benefit lakes and streams through development of watershed management plans. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says the grants will help restore impaired waters and prevent runoff of sediment, nutrients and other contaminants. Lenawee Conservation District is getting the largest sum of money _ $773,522 for efforts to reduce phosphorus flows to western Lake Erie.
HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A man who authorities say injured a Michigan sheriff’s deputy in a fight after a car chase has been convicted in the case. WHMI-FM reports 36-year-old Albert Smith of Flint was found guilty Tuesday of charges including carjacking, fleeing a police officer and assault. The defense argued Smith suffers from PTSD following three years in the U.S. Army. The Livingston County deputy was Mike Mueller, who was elected in November to the state House representing portions of Genesee and Oakland counties.
EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit city council has approved a settlement in a federal lawsuit over the rights of black voters in which voters now will rank candidates on the ballot in order of their preference. The city of Eastpointe says its City Council unanimously approved a consent decree Tuesday evening in which it will become the first Michigan city to implement so-called “ranked choice” voting with a goal on implementing it with this November’s city election.