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Judge fines UP cafe, says civil disobedience ‘not an option’

CALUMET, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula cafe has been found in contempt of court and fined $2,500 for continuing to serve indoor diners. It’s the latest turn in an effort to get Cafe Rosetta to comply with coronavirus restrictions. Judge Wanda Stokes says civil disobedience is “not an option.” Stokes held a hearing Friday involving the cafe, which serves soup, sandwiches and more in Calumet in Houghton County. Co-owner Amy Heikkinen says she can’t afford to limit her business to carry-out orders. Hundreds of people rallied to support her on Jan. 2. The judge suspended the fine until Wednesday to allow the cafe’s attorney to file legal arguments against it.


Restoration planned for shuttered Sleeping Bear Dunes inn

GLEN HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — An inn in northwestern Michigan that once welcomed lumberjacks and dock workers may have a future as a bed-and-breakfast lodge. reports that the National Park Service intends to lease the Sleeping Bear Inn and Garage in Glen Haven to the nonprofit Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation for restoration. The inn was constructed around 1865 and closed during the 1970s. It is northwest of Traverse City along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The buildings need rehabilitation to bring them up to code. Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation also would work closely with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Lakeshore for inn operations.


Need stamps in Detroit? Go to the Aretha post office

DETROIT (AP) — The Queen of Soul will forever be remembered at a Detroit post office. President Donald Trump has signed a law that names a post office for Aretha Franklin, who died in 2018. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence is a Detroit-area Democrat who sponsored the bill. Lawrence says renaming the post office for Franklin is a “small gesture of gratitude for her countless contributions to Detroit and the United States.” The post office is about five miles east of downtown Detroit on East Jefferson Avenue.


Michigan man charged in threats to state Capitol, lawmaker

A mid-Michigan man accused of threatening a state lawmaker and falsely reporting a bomb in the state Capitol building has been charged with terrorism. Michigan’s attorney general’s office says 48-year-old Michael Varrone was arraigned Friday on two counts of false report or threat of terrorism and one count of making a false report or threat of bomb. Both charges are felonies. One stems from threats made in December to Rep. Cynthia Johnson, a Detroit Democrat. He’s also accused of phoning a threat to the Capitol building in Lansing on Thursday, saying it was going to explode. The threat was false.


Whitmer: Schools should offer in-person classes by March 1

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is strongly encouraging all K-12 schools in Michigan to reopen for in-person instruction by March 1. She stopped short of requiring it Friday, but said face-to-face classes should at least be an option. Many schools, including in large districts such as Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, have been fully remote during the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers are among residents who will be vaccinated starting Monday as the state transitions to the next phase of its vaccine rollout. Vaccines were first offered to health care workers and nursing home residents.


Man wanted for 2019 murder is found shot to death day later

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man wanted for a 2019 murder in Saginaw was found dead Friday, the victim of multiple gunshots. Joseph Black’s body was discovered a day after police sought the public’s help in locating him. State police Lt. Lizabeth Rich says Black’s death is being treated as a homicide. No other details were released. The 25-year-old Black was accused in the December 2019 fatal shooting of 26-year-old Richard Townsend Jr. in Buena Vista Township.


State capitols reassess safety after violence at US Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some governors and state lawmakers are reassessing security at state capitols across the country after the violence that occurred this week at the U.S. Capitol. Like the nation’s capitol, many statehouses are regular targets for demonstrations. Many already have armed security personnel and metal detectors that screen visitors. But state security officials are considering whether they need to do more. Officials in several states say security will be enhanced as their legislatures convene and governors are inaugurated this month.  


Police: 2 men, 1 woman found fatally shot in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Three people have been found fatally shot on Detroit’s westside. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered about 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 4000 block of West Boston Boulevard. Detroit police said the body of a second man was found nearby. Their identities had not been determined Friday morning. The slayings were under investigation. Detroit ended 2020 with 327 homicides, up more than 50 from the year before.


Ex-Hamtramck officer pleads guilty in use of force case

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A former Hamtramck police officer has pleaded guilty to using excessive force and violating a person’s civil rights during a traffic stop in the Detroit enclave where a driver was pistol-whipped. The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit says 44-year-old Ryan McInerney admitted Friday in a plea hearing that on June 22, 2014, he struck a man several times through the open window of a vehicle that was pulled over. The man suffered broken bones in his face and lacerations. That same night, a second man also was pistol-whipped during an unrelated traffic stop. The U.S. attorney’s office also said police documents were falsified to cover up the use of excessive force.


Hyundai recalls 471K more SUVs, tells owners to park outside

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is adding about 471,000 SUVs in the U.S. to a September recall for an electrical short in a computer that could cause fires. And the company is warning owners to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired. The latest recall covers certain model-year 2016 through 2018, and additional 2020 through 2021, Hyundai Tucson SUVs. The vehicles have antilock brake system computers that can malfunction and cause an electrical short and possible fire. Owners will be notified in late February to take take their SUVs to a dealer, which will replace a fuse on the computer.