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Wheat field fires in western Michigan prompt arson probe

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a series of fires in wheat fields in western Michigan prompted an arson investigation. Two fires were reported recently just outside the village of Waldron. Damage of the first fire on 15 acres was estimated at $10,000. Then officers were dispatched to Wright Township to a field fire on 50 acres of straw waiting to be baled. The damage was an estimated loss of $5,000. The Hillsdale Daily News reports fire officials have not determined yet if the fires were connected. 


GOP bill to add ID component to absentee ballot apps is dead

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans’ attempts to add an ID component to absentee ballot applications and to institute signature verification at polling places have died in the GOP-led Legislature. Rep. Ann Bollin says she and many other House Republicans oppose a Senate bill that would require absentee ballot applicants to include a copy of their photo ID, their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number. Those who don’t would get a provisional ballot. The Senate, meanwhile, is poised to reject the House GOP’s proposal to require that in-person voters’ signatures be verified before they’re given a ballot.


Gutter ball: Michigan man finds 160 bowling balls under home

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man made a striking discovery when he went to demolish his back stairs. He uncovered about 160 bowling balls. Thirty-three-year-old David Olson says he found one buried in the sand behind cinder blocks this month and continued finding more over the following days. He believes there are even more. He contacted the maker of the balls, Brunswick Bowling Products, which had a plant in the area and said they were made in the 1950s. Olson says many aren’t in good shape. He’s donated some and plans to use the rest for landscaping or to make sculptures. 


Crew of fisherman catches 39-pound salmon during tournament

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A crew of fishermen reeled in a 39-pound record-setting salmon during a tournament in Muskegon this weekend. The fishermen included Nate Wellman, the boat’s captain, and his son Jackson Cole. Wellman tells that it feels like a stroke of luck and he’s still in awe. He says the catch came in on Saturday about 10 minutes of setting lines in the water. The team wrestled the fish for about an hour and it took two men to lift it in the boat. The 39.2-pounder is the heaviest fish in the history of the Tournament Trail Muskegon Open. That’s according to the tournament’s Facebook page. 


Man fatally shot by police in Upper Peninsula identified

IRON RIVER, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man fatally shot by police in the Upper Peninsula community of Iron River, but released few other details. The Iron County Prosecutor’s Office identified the man as David Ronald Bridgette. Police had only identified the man killed on June 24 as a “suspect.” Michigan State Police were asked to investigate the shooting at the request of Iron River police and the Iron County Sherriff’s Office. Iron River is a community of about 3,000 people.


Event planned to recall 1896 fire that killed firefighters

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — More than a century later, two cities in southwestern Michigan will hold a Labor Day ceremony to remember the firefighters who were killed in the Yore Opera House fire. The event will begin at a monument at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor and then move to Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph. A program will also be held at Morton House Museum. At least 11 firefighters from St. Joseph and Benton Harbor were killed when walls collapsed at the opera house on Sept. 6, 1896. A 12th firefighter died four days later. The names of the deceased will be read, 125 years to the day after the fire.


Sheriff donates $2,000 for improvements at Idlewild resort

IDLEWILD, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff has donated $2,000 from returnable cans and bottles for improvement projects at Idlewild. It served as a major summer resort for African Americans in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula. The Lake County sheriff’s office turns returnables into cash for local organizations. Yates Township, where Idlewild is located, will get the money. Some of the money will go for renovations at the Flamingo Club, where many iconic Black artists, including James Brown, performed. From the 1940s to the 1960s, thousands of Black people would regularly travel each year to Idlewild. But its popularity began to fade when other resorts welcomed Black people following passage of the 1964 civil rights law.   


Arrest warrant obtained in death of Minot woman

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of killing a woman found in a burning car last month in Minot. Investigators say the man has ties to the victim, 33-year-old Domonique Kelly, of Minot. Shortly after Kelly’s body was found June 3, a residence associated with suspect was intentionally burned. According to police, a stolen vehicle believed to have been taken by the man was found in the Minneapolis area and had also been burned. Police have gotten a warrant on charges of murder and conspiracy of murder. Authorities say the man was last known to be in the Detroit, Michigan area. 


Detroit going green to help slow flooding during heavy rains

DETROIT (AP) — Massive amounts of green are being spent to find “green” ways to help prevent basements, yards, streets and freeways in Detroit from flooding during heavy storms like one last month. Of the $100 million pumped each year into infrastructure upgrades for the city’s aging water and sewer systems, $10 million goes toward installing detention ponds, bioswales, rain gardens and permeable pavement. The features are called green stormwater infrastructure. They’re designed to hold and slowly release rainfall into sewers, lessening flooding that has plagued Detroit and other older cities for decades.


Thrill ride appears to malfunction during Michigan festival

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A thrill ride has been dismantled and an investigation started after the machine appeared to tip and pitch with riders aboard at a popular festival in northern Michigan. Bystanders recorded the incident with cellphones Thursday night during the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City. No serious injuries were reported. Joe Evans of Traverse City-based Arnold Amusements says the Magic Carpet Ride “came off the blocking.” It was being sent back to the Ohio company that manufactured it. Joy Ogemaw tells WPBN-TV that she looked up after hearing a loud bang and the ride “was like scraping, and then it started going faster.”