Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a homeless man found slain near a lake in northern Michigan’s Traverse City. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports from preliminary autopsy results Friday that 62-year-old James Chisholm suffered a slashed throat. Chisholm’s body was found by hikers Wednesday afternoon about 15 yards from the Boardman Lake shoreline and about 10 yards from a tent he had been living in.
DETROIT (AP) — State data shows that more than 200 of Michigan’s private schools have closed over the past decade. The Detroit Free Press reports that many private school operators are blaming a shrinking student population, fewer resources and rising costs. The state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information found that about 112,000 Michigan students attended private schools last year. It’s a 14% decrease from the 130,000 students in private schools roughly a decade ago.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People who are legally required to report suspected child abuse and neglect in Michigan may now do so online. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently launched the Michigan Online Reporting System for use by mandated reporters such as physicians, teachers and clergy. Previously, they had to call to make a verbal report to Children’s Protective Services and follow up with a written report. A toll-free hotline remains available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
MIAMI (AP) — A man who impersonated a Saudi prince to con investors and live a lavish lifestyle has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Anthony Gignac received the sentence Friday in Miami for stealing at least $8 million while pretending to be Sultan Bin Kahlid Al-Saud, buying a Ferrari, Rolex watches and renting a condo on an exclusive South Florida island.