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Teen shoots, injures father in self-defense in SW Michigan

VANDALIA, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old boy shot his father to defend himself and another person in southwestern Michigan.

The Cass County sheriff’s office says the 37-year-old man was in critical but stable condition at a hospital in South Bend, Indiana. The shooting occurred Friday night in Vandalia.

The sheriff’s office says no charges are being pursued against the teenager, but investigation reports will be shared with the prosecutor.


Environmentalists warn: Balloons provide no joy for wildlife

DETROIT (AP) — Environmental advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of balloons for wildlife in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.

The Detroit Free Press reports volunteers for the Alliance for the Great Lakes picked up more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines from 2016 to 2018.

Lara O’Brien studies at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. She says an Australian study found balloons are the highest-risk plastic debris for seabirds. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist in Virginia says necropsies commonly reveal tangled balloon ribbons in the guts of birds and marine animals.

Five states regulate balloon releases. Eight are considering legislation. Industry organization the Balloon Council has spent more than $1 million lobbying to change or stop restrictions.


Boy, 4, accidentally shot during family dispute in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy was accidentally shot in Detroit during an argument among adults.

Detroit police say a family dispute arose Friday afternoon on the city’s west side. The boy was listed in stable condition on Saturday and a 28-year-old man was in critical condition.

Officer Holly Lance tells The Detroit News that a “little boy got put in the middle of an adult argument and got shot.”

The shooting came the same day that Police Chief James Craig launched an initiative called “Check Yourself, Stop the Violence.” Craig says the aim is to promote peaceful conflict resolution.


Detroit museum hosting another baseball-themed exhibition

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is back with another baseball exhibition that includes collectibles, art and items commemorating two championship teams in the Motor City.

“Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876-2019 ” allows visitors to explore the history of baseball. It’s the second round of the “Play Ball!” exhibition series and is scheduled to be on view through Sep. 15.

This year’s exhibit celebrates the championships of the 1887 Detroit Wolverines and the 1984 Detroit Tigers. The first round of the exhibit was on display last year.

The exhibit also traces the evolution of baseball cards from vending machine and candy cards of the 1920s through the cards of the mid-century to the present. Other highlights include William Morris Hunt’s 1877 painting, “The Ball Players,” from the museum’s permanent collection.


Man arrested after 2 men fatally shot in western Michigan

ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say two men have been fatally shot in western Michigan.

Authorities say 21-year-old Bryce DeGood and 73-year-old Gary Peake were found dead Friday afternoon of gunshot wounds in Barry County’s Orangeville Township. Peake was found in a home and DeGood by a road.

Sheriff Dar Leaf says a man believed to be the shooter is in custody but officials aren’t releasing his name until he is arraigned.

Witnesses told WOOD-TV that they spotted DeGood lying in a ditch and tried to help but a man pointed a gun at them and told them to leave. One of them called 911.


Michigan first-responder radio network has 100K participants

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say more than 100,000 radios are connected with a statewide public safety communications network.

The network operated by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget provides first responders such as police and firefighters with reliable communications across Michigan’s 83 counties.

Nearly 1,900 local, tribal, state and federal participants are wired into the system.

Officials say 29 mobile and 35 portable radio models are approved for use on the network, enabling local agencies options to choose a device that best suits their needs.

The state began investing in infrastructure for the network in the mid-1990s. It originally was designed to serve the Michigan State Police but now is available to all public safety agencies.

State police director Col. Joe Gasper says it’s “a lifeline” for law enforcement.


Michigan man convicted in 2 killings gets 2nd life sentence

(Information from: WOOD-TV,

CENTREVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man already serving life in prison for a woman’s killing has now been given a second life sentence without the chance of parole for the slaying of his ex-wife’s husband.

WOOD-TV reports that Zachary Patten received the additional punishment Friday. He was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges last month in the July 2017 death of Shane Richardson at a home in southwestern Michigan’s Florence Township.

Earlier on the same day, the Portage man killed Graciela Portillo-Esparza at a mobile home park in Kalamazoo County. The mother of four was shot after stepping between Patten and her brother, Oscar Portillo, who were arguing. Oscar Portillo at the time was the ex-boyfriend of Patten’s girlfriend.

Patten was arrested in South Bend, Indiana. He was found guilty of first-degree murder last year for Portillo-Esparza’s death.



Michigan State OKs independent probe of handling of Nassar

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is authorizing what it says will be an independent investigation of the school’s handling of sexual assault complaints against now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar .

The board of trustees unanimously approved the probe Friday. It intends to hire Chicago-based law firm McDermott Will & Emery to investigate and release a public report.

The university has come under criticism for hiring a law firm to conduct an “independent” investigation while the same law firm also defended the school in civil lawsuits. No report has been made public.

The Michigan attorney general office’s has been investigating the university and has charged three officials, including a former president.

Trustees say they worked with Nassar victims in recent months to launch the new investigation “to restore trust in this university.”


Detroit to celebrate grand opening of new skatepark

DETROIT (AP) — A grand opening is scheduled in southwest Detroit for a 15,000-square-foot (1,393-square-meter) skatepark.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Park. Professional skateboarders will give clinics and demonstrations.

The skatepark is part of Riverside’s multiyear revitalization which — so far — includes basketball courts, soccer fields and a dog park.

Many of the current improvements were paid by revenues from the Detroit International Bridge Co. which provided the city with $3 million in a land exchange agreement. Most of the skatepark’s $800,000 cost was covered by the city and a grant through the Ralph C. Wilson and Tony Hawk foundations.

Future park additions will include a sledding hill, amphitheater, walking track, boat launch and splash pad.

Total cost of the work is pegged at $13.2 million.