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Water line breaks as Detroit auto show gets ready to open
DETROIT (AP) — A boil-water advisory has been posted for downtown Detroit after a weekend water main break.
The area includes hotels and Cobo Center, where the annual auto show is opening this week for news media from around the world. Drinking fountains at the convention hall were turned off Sunday.
Ford Motor spokesman Mark Truby says, “The show goes on.”
No one should lose water service, but pressure could be low. In addition, people should boil water before drinking it or use bottled water. Gary Brown of the Detroit water department says the repair won’t take long, but the boil-water advisory could last until Thursday.
Brown says the water line belongs to the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency. The break occurred in a parking lot near King High School.
2 people die after their car crashes into Detroit bus
DETROIT (AP) — Police say two people have died in Detroit after their car rear-ended a city bus.
The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. A third person in the vehicle has serious injuries.
It’s unclear whether anyone on the bus was hurt.
Vigil held for Michigan family of 5 killed in Kentucky crash
(Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/)
NORTHVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Relatives of a Michigan family of five killed in a highway crash in Kentucky remembered their lives during an emotional candlelight vigil.
Friday’s memorial was held at Ford Field Park in Northville, Michigan, and ended with an Islamic prayer with text from the Quran.
The Abbas family was returning home from Florida last Sunday when a suspected drunken driver traveling the wrong way struck their vehicle head-on on Interstate 75 in Lexington, Kentucky.
The crash killed 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas, and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas.
The other driver also died.
The Detroit News reports that Rimi Abbas’ sister, Rana Abbas Taylor, told mourners through tears that, “I can’t even begin to share with you how painful this has been on our entire family.”
AERIAL GUNNERY RANGE
Michigan Air National Guard seeks input on airspace plan
GRAYLING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Air National Guard is seeking input on a plan to update military training airspace around an aerial gunnery range in northern Michigan that could change noise levels in surrounding communities.
The proposal would create new military operating areas in the Alpena Special Use Airspace Complex. That site is the military’s largest training zone east of the Mississippi River and includes the Grayling Aerial Gunnery Range.
The National Guard says current military operating areas were established 50 years ago and are too small for modern aircraft.
The plan would apply to parts of Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Otsego, Presque Isle, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.
The National Guard is currently gathering concerns from municipalities. A 45-day comment period will also open once plans are finalized in the next few months.
Michigan police arrest 2 in soldier’s New Year’s Eve slaying
ST. JOSEPH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in southern Michigan have arrested two suspects in the New Year’s Eve slaying of a soldier who was fatally shot while on leave.
The St. Joseph Township Police Department said Saturday that the suspects were arrested in 23-year-old Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III’s killing after authorities received a tip.
Police said no additional information, including the suspects’ names, will be released until they are arraigned.
Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic will release more information Monday.
Hassel was shot Dec. 31 while visiting his family for the holidays. He died at a hospital from multiple gunshot wounds.
Hassel’s obituary says he enlisted in the Army in 2015 and was recently promoted to sergeant. He and his wife, Spc. Kemia Martin, have one son.
Michigan agency issues recall for medical marijuana products
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan agency has issued a recall notice for several medical marijuana products that officials say failed laboratory testing.
The products were sold Dec. 27-30 at HG Lansing on East Oakland Avenue in the city of Lansing.
The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the recall targets particular batches of Citrix, Gelato, Green Crack and Oreoz.
They failed tests for contaminants such as E. coli, salmonella and chemical residues.
The notice says patients or caregivers who have the affected products should return them to HG Lansing for proper disposal.
HG Lansing is required to notify patients or caregivers who bought the recalled products.
This version of the story corrects the 4th and 5th paragraphs to say that the products should be returned to HG Lansing, not to Compassionate Care by Design.
Shutdown scuttles meeting on groundwater contamination
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public meeting on groundwater contamination in a western Michigan community has been postponed because of the partial federal government shutdown.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had scheduled the gathering for Jan. 23 at Rockford High School.
The agencies are investigating toxic chemical pollution in Kent County from the former Wolverine Worldwide tannery and a waste dump.
Among the contaminants are heavy metals and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. People living in the affected area have been offered bottled drinking water while a long-term solution is developed.
Officials say the public meeting will be rescheduled after EPA staffers return to work when the shutdown ends.
DEQ spokesman Scott Dean says the shutdown isn’t affecting day-to-day work at the tannery site.
Man who kidnapped, assaulted woman gets life sentence
CHICAGO (AP) — A Michigan man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman after burglarizing her suburban Chicago home has been sentenced to life in prison.
In addition to the life sentence, Carleous Clay received an additional 10-year term for attempting to take a prison caseworker hostage inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.
In a July plea agreement, Clay of Holland, Michigan admitted he broke into a Lansing, Illinois, home in September 2015 and stole several items. When he returned later that night to steal more items the woman was home. Clay kidnapped the woman and drove her to Munster, Indiana, where he withdrew $140 from her bank account, then sexually assaulted her. Clay later strangled the woman and tried to set her on fire.
Prosecutors say the woman survived but suffered permanent injuries.
Michigan man to stand trial in slaying, dismemberment
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 29-year-old western Michigan man will stand trial in a woman’s slaying and dismemberment.
Jared Chance was bound over Friday to Kent County Circuit Court following testimony in a district court hearing. He is charged with murder, mutilation of a body, concealing a death and tampering with evidence in the death of 31-year-old Ashley Young of Oshtemo Township, southeast of Grand Rapids.
Young’s torso was found Dec. 2 in the basement of Chance’s Grand Rapids rental home. She was last seen alive on Nov. 29.
A forensic pathologist testified the body appeared to have been cut with an electric saw.
Chance’s 76-year-old father, James, and his 63-year-old mother, Barbara, will stand trial on perjury and accessory after the fact charges. They are accused of not informing police about what happened .