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Developments get low-income housing tax credit awards

DETROIT (AP) — Five affordable housing developments in Detroit have been awarded competitive low-income housing tax credit awards by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The tax credits are expected to help create or preserve 536 affordable housing units across the city in developments that represent more than $100 million in investment.

Many of the new and preserved units will serve residents making between 30% and 80% of the area median income — or about $16,050 to $42,800 annually.

Detroit’s Housing & Revitalization department worked with developers who applied for the tax credits. The city says the tax credits also give developers the ability to serve families and individuals who are at the lower end of the economic spectrum, including those who have experienced homelessness.


Trooper found at fault in fatal accident is suspended

DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State Police trooper has been suspended after a preliminary investigation determined he was the cause of a crash late Friday that left one dead.

Authorities say 26-year-old David G. Engel of DeWitt was killed in the multi-vehicle crash that occurred in DeWitt.

The crash occurred as the trooper was driving with his overhead lights and siren operating. He was headed for a retail theft call.

The police cruiser struck the rear of a truck, forcing it into Engel’s vehicle. The trooper had minor injuries. The truck driver was not injured. Police have not released their names.

In explaining the trooper’s suspension, state police 1st Lt. Darren Green said Monday that even when responding to emergencies, police officers are obligated to drive in a way that doesn’t endanger themselves or the public.


7-year-old drowns during family reunion

ELBA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A family reunion turned tragic when a 7-year-old boy drowned in a pond several hundred feet from a residence in eastern Michigan.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s office says the drowning occurred Saturday on a private property in Elba Township, located about eight miles east of Flint.

Authorities say the unidentified boy entered the water attempting to catch a frog and sunk below the surface. A six-year-old who was with the boy returned to the house to tell what happened and first responders were called.

The sheriff’s department used a dive team and a canine unit to search for the boy along the shoreline. The boy was eventually found submerged by Michigan State Trooper Joel Perkins.

The boy was taken to McLaren Lapeer Region Community Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.


Detroit Mayor Duggan endorsing Biden in presidential race

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the race to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 race for the White House.

Duggan, the city’s first white mayor since the 1970s, tells The Associated Press on Monday that Biden “cares about the city and the auto industry and auto workers.”

Duggan endorsed and campaigned for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Biden and a number of Democratic candidates are expected to address the NAACP national convention in Detroit this week. He also is among 20 candidates taking part in the party’s second set of presidential debates next week in Detroit.

Detroit is about 80% African American. Michigan gave Trump his closest winning margin of any state, with the Republican finishing 10,704 votes ahead of Clinton.


Weather runs gamut for Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The roughly 200 sailboats participating in this year’s annual Port Huron to Mackinac race experienced heavy rain and wind as well as more agreeable conditions on their lengthwise journey of Lake Huron.

The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday and the boats started to come in Sunday night. Sailors continued to cross the finish line throughout Monday.

Former University of Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin’s Stripes won the Cove Island Course overall; Todd and Ryan Howe’s Earth Voyager won for multihulls; and Paul Van Tol’s Eliminator won the Shore Course.

Assistant Race Chairman Chris Clark was aboard Equation, the second-place Cove Island finisher. He says “everybody managed the thunderstorms really well” at the start and described “overall good” conditions.

Winners are determined using a handicapping system.


Man under watch by federal agents pleads guilty to lying

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A young western Michigan man whose mental health and interest in guns led authorities to place a tracking device on his car has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents.

Aaron Fein of Grand Rapids Township appeared in federal court Friday. He’s been in custody since his arrest in May.

The 24-year-old got the attention of authorities last August when Canada turned him away at a border crossing because of a lack of documents. During a screening on the U.S. side, agents found items related to jihad and making bombs.

The government says Fein, a University of Michigan engineering graduate, had a notebook at home with chemical equations and a list of bomb supplies. In May, agents discovered electronic components that could have been used to make explosives.


Crews continue power restoration after storms hit Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Crews are continuing around-the-clock efforts to restore electricity after severe storms over two days knocked out power to over 800,000 Michigan homes and businesses.

Detroit-based DTE Energy says about 200,000 customers still lacked power as of 4 p.m. Monday after a weekend of storms. The storms came amid dangerously hot weather that finally eased. Crews from as far as Georgia and New York were called.

DTE expects power to be fully restored by the end of Wednesday. Roughly 600,000 customers were in the dark at the peak.

Jackson, Michigan-based Consumers Energy says that about 26,000 customers still were without power Monday afternoon. The number was as high as 220,000. Consumers Energy says the majority of its affected customers are expected to have power back by the end of Tuesday.


Hundreds of balls found in Lake Michigan from golf course

ARCADIA, Mich. (AP) — An exclusive golf course in Michigan no longer encourages players to hit balls into Lake Michigan after a diver found hundreds in the water.

A description on the Arcadia Bluffs website of the 12th hole overlooking the lake had said, “Go ahead and do it, everyone does,” in reference to hitting a ball into the water before striking a tee shot.

The Detroit Free Press says Arcadia Bluffs removed that reference last week after inquiries from the newspaper.

Golf course president William Shriver says he doesn’t want to encourage the practice.

Experts say golf balls are made of plastic and rubber and aren’t good for the Great Lakes.

A beverage cart employee says she was fired for discouraging players from hitting balls into the lake. Arcadia Bluffs declined to comment.


Lansing man charged in slayings of woman, 5-year-old son

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — a 55-year-old Lansing man faces two open murder counts and weapons charges in the slayings of a woman and her 5-year-old son whose remains were found buried at a vacant house.

Lansing police say Douglas Ross Hill was charged Friday and transported from Monroe County, where he was in police custody on an unrelated matter.

The remains of 34-year-old Danielle Steiner and her son, Aubrey Hall, were found July 1 after a construction crew discovered bones at the house.

Police have said Steiner and her son were reported missing last August.

Police Chief Mike Yankowski said during a news conference that investigators believe Steiner and her son died in June 2018. Multiple autopsies haven’t determined their causes of death.


High winds create swimming risk in southern Lake Michigan

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service says winds as strong as 25 mph (40 kph) are creating dangerous swimming conditions in southern Lake Michigan.

The weather service says the swimming risk was high Monday from beaches from Muskegon, Michigan, southward through Indiana and then northward through Illinois to Milwaukee.

The weather service says “Life threatening waves and currents are expected at the beaches. People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water.”

Waves as high as 7 feet (2.1 meters) were forecast for Cook County beaches and as high as 8 feet (2.4 meters) at beaches in Porter County, Illinois, and Van Buren County, Michigan.