Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. hopes to soon get access to an American detained in Russia on espionage charges. Pompeo said Wednesday at a news conference in Brazil that the U.S. has “made clear to the Russians our expectation that we will learn more about the charges and come to understand what it is he’s been accused of.” Former Marine Paul Whelan, of Michigan, was arrested Friday in Moscow, where his brother says he was to attend a wedding.
SEBEWAING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities are trying to find a man who called 911 seeking help and reported that he was cold, wet and apparently lost. The Huron County sheriff’s office say the search began after a cellphone call Tuesday morning from the man. His location was tracked to Sebewaing Township, about 95 miles north of Detroit. Investigators say he may have been at a party earlier. Anyone with information about 21-year-old Parker J. Haire’s possible whereabouts is asked to contact authorities.
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A service is planned for a woman and her two children who died following a fire last month at a home in suburban Detroit. An obituary posted on the website of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes says 4-year-old Luci Hance died Dec. 24 after 23-year-old Abagail Meisel and 17-month-old Colton Hance died Dec. 20, the day of the fire in Taylor. Investigators have said that the fire may have begun in the home’s basement and foul play wasn’t suspected. Visitation and a service are set for Thursday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is promising to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems facing the state in an era of newly divided government. The 47-year-old former lawmaker took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony outside the Capitol on Tuesday. She is Michigan’s 49th governor and the second woman to lead the state.