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Lawmaker’s demolished house went to Detroit-area landfill

DETROIT (AP) — The remnants of a demolished house that belonged to a Michigan lawmaker have been traced to a landfill in suburban Detroit.

It’s the biggest development since Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo reported that the Detroit house was mysteriously torn down in September. She and her nonprofit group were planning to rehab it for a needy family.

Waste Management spokeswoman Tanisha Sanders says the company knows who delivered the materials to a landfill in western Wayne County. The information is being shared with police. But Waste Management doesn’t know who was in charge of the demolition.

Gay-Dagnogo says she wasn’t told that the house would be razed. Detroit officials say they, too, knew nothing about it.

About 19,000 vacant houses in Detroit have been demolished since 2014.


Theater apologizes after Indian character wears red makeup

FENTON, Mich. (AP) — A community theater has apologized after an American Indian character wore red makeup during a production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

The Flint Journal reports that the director and the producer of the show at Fenton Village Players were replaced.

The makeup was used on Sept. 27 on the character Chief Bromden, who has an important role in the play. The actor who played the chief was following orders. The theater posted an apology on Facebook.

Daniel Ragan, who serves as chairman of the theater, says the director has “artistic liberty with the script.” But he says a plan to use red makeup on an Indian character should have been brought to the theater’s board.

The show runs through Sunday in Fenton, 20 miles south of Flint.


Man convicted of attempted murder; cop shot in jaw

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of saying “night, night” before he shot a police officer in the jaw has been convicted of attempted murder and 25 more felonies in Saginaw County.

Joshua Rosebush was found guilty Friday after roughly two hours of jury deliberations.

Saginaw Township Officer Jeff Koenig stopped Rosebush’s vehicle in the wee hours last January, a stop that led to a shooting, a chase in other counties and a shootout. Rosebush was eventually captured.

Police say the 30-year-old confessed to the shooting multiple times. Rosebush declined to testify at trial.

Defense attorney Rod O’Farrell told jurors that Rosebush wasn’t trying to kill the officer, although he described his client’s conduct as “idiotic.”


Michigan reports its first suspected vaping-related death

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s heath department has announced the state’s first death associated with an outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses.

The agency said Friday that it was notified Wednesday of the death of a man whose lung illness was linked to vaping. No other details were released.

Of the more than 1,000 confirmed or probable vaping-related cases in the U.S., 30 have been reported in Michigan since August.

No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified as the culprit. Most of those sickened say they vaped products containing THC, the high-producing ingredient in marijuana. Others say they vaped both THC and nicotine. A smaller group report they vaped only products containing nicotine.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.


‘Frightening:’ Budget veto has big impact for UP school

GRAND MARIAS, Mich. (AP) — A tiny school district in the Upper Peninsula says its future could be in jeopardy if one of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget cuts isn’t restored.

The superintendent of Burt Township schools says the district lost more than $220,000 with Whitmer’s veto of a special fund for small, remote schools. That’s about a quarter of the district’s budget.

Greg Nyen tells TV station WLUC that the district would be forced to spend its entire fund balance to get through the school year. He says grades seven through 12 could be eliminated by next fall if money isn’t restored. The district has 31 students in one building

Longtime teacher Dixie McCormick says the actions in Lansing are “really frightening” for the Grand Marias community, along the shore of Lake Superior.


Appeal planned after case dismissed against ex-priest

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — State prosecutors say they’ll appeal a decision that dismissed sexual abuse charges against a former Michigan priest.

Ann Arbor Judge Joseph Burke this week said the statute of limitations had run out on charges against Timothy Crowley of Tempe, Arizona. He was among five former priests charged in May by the attorney general’s office.

The 70-year-old Crowley was accused of criminal sexual conduct between 1982 and 1990. He worked at churches in Jackson, Ann Arbor and Hillsdale. The judge said the allegations are “horrible.”

Defense attorney Joe Simon says Burke “did the right thing” by dismissing the case. He says the attorney general’s office knew the case was too old. But prosecutors still believe the case can stand.

The Lansing Diocese paid $200,000 to Crowley’s accuser in 1993.


UAW-GM talks progress but wage, job security issues remain

DETROIT (AP) — A top union negotiator says bargainers are making progress on a contract that could end a 19-day strike against General Motors.

United Auto Workers Vice President Terry Dittes (DIT-ez) says in a letter to local officials Friday that talks have advanced on health care and a path for temporary workers to get full-time jobs.

But he says wages, job security, skilled trades jobs and pensions remain unsettled.

Dittes says they’ll keep working into the weekend in an effort to reach a tentative agreement.

About 49,000 UAW members walked off their jobs on Sept. 16 when contract talks slowed. The strike has shut down GM production in the U.S. and forced factories in Canada and Mexico to close.


Authorities release names of Michigan plane crash victims

DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of three Indiana men killed and three others injured when the small plane they were in crashed near a mid-Michigan airport.

The Clinton County sheriff’s office says 67-year-old Timothy Clark, 51-year-old John Lowe and 46-year-old Neil Sego died Thursday morning. Forty-eight-year-old Joel Beavins, 42-year-old Aaron Blackford and 27-year-old Zechariah Bennett remain in critical condition at a Michigan hospital.

Clark was from Franklin. Lowe was from Greenwood and Sego was from Trafalgar. The injured men also are from Indiana. Beavins is from Franklin. Blackford is from Frankton and Bennett is from Plainfield.

Federal Aviation Administration records show Clark had a commercial pilot certificate since 2010 and that Beavins has had one since May 8.

Authorities did not say who was piloting or co-piloting the single-engine plane which crashed about 9 a.m. Thursday outside Capital Region International Airport in DeWitt Township. The plane earlier had left Indy South Greenwood Airport near Indianapolis.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.


Detroit receives $9.7M from HUD to remove lead from homes

(Information from: The Detroit News,

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is receiving $9.7 million from the federal government to help remove lead from homes, the largest single amount awarded to a local government.

The Detroit News reports that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the lead abatement grants Thursday at nonprofit Urban Neighborhood Initiatives.

Mayor Mike Duggan says the subsidies will help 450 homeowners living in zip code 48209, a southwest neighborhood with 75% of its houses constructed in the 1940s or earlier.

The Detroit Health Department will run the program and post information for prospective homeowners in January. Duggan says Detroit expects to start work on the first set of houses before the end of spring.

HUD has given more than $314 million in funding to 77 state and local government agencies and six tribes.



Air Force suspects foul play in 1979 disappearance of airman

GWINN, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Air Force investigators say the remains of an airman who disappeared 40 years ago have been found near a former base in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a release Thursday the remains found in November 2017 were matched this past July to those of Sgt. Donald Rexroth. His remains were discovered near the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, where he worked until May 1979.

Officials say foul play is suspected but they have unanswered questions. Rexroth’s relatives and friends told investigators he would not have left without saying goodbye.

The remains were logged into a missing persons’ database, and the Air Force’s Cold Case Team found they matched Rexroth’s age and height. Tests later matched DNA of the bones to relatives.