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DETROIT-FATAL DOG ATTACK
9-year-old Detroit girl killed in attack by 3 dogs
DETROIT (AP) — A 9-year-old Detroit girl was killed when she was attacked by three dogs as she rode on a bike in an alley near her home.
Detroit Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said neighbors tried to stop the Monday afternoon attack on the girl without success. Police haven’t identified the victim, who was taken to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she was pronounced dead.
In a statement, the Detroit Health Department, which oversees the city’s animal control unit, said two of the dogs were retrieved by their owner. The department says officials are seeking a court order to seize the animals, which police described as pit bulls or pit-bull mixes.
However, a Detroit Fire Department emergency responder says one of the appeared to have been shot by a neighbor. Police and animal control representatives did not immediately confirm its death.
DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE
Advisers to help Michigan State deal with sexual misconduct
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley Jr. has appointed two people to advise him on dealing with relationship violence and sexual misconduct.
The East Lansing school announced Monday psychology professor Rebecca Campbell and MSU Police Lt. Andrea Mumford will coordinate meetings between him and sexual assault survivors and work with related groups and efforts on campus.
Stanley says Michigan State “failed survivors and members of our community,” and the advisers will help “address critical issues head-on.”
Numerous people have been charged, fired or forced out of jobs during the investigations into former sports doctor Larry Nassar. He’s imprisoned after hundreds of female athletes said he molested them under the guise of medical treatment.
The school recently agreed to better protect patients from assaults to resolve a federal civil-rights investigation.
ELECTION 2020-JUSTIN AMASH
After Amash dumped Trump, his district may do same to him
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Justin Amash has left the Republican Party over his opposition to President Donald Trump, and Democrats are celebrating.
The Michigan congressman’s departure means a three-way race in his politically shifting Grand Rapids-area district, giving Democrats fresh hope for picking up his a seat.
Amash is also flirting with another way to wound Trump — by running for president as a Libertarian. More than 200,000 Michigan voters supported a third-party candidate in 2016, when Trump won the state by just over 10,000 votes
Amash was the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings.
Amash’s is another cautionary tale for GOP lawmakers who consider opposing Trump. Those who do quickly find it’s a lonely place to be, and may mean the end of a political career.
The Latest: Omar calls on colleagues to visit Israel
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is calling on other members of Congress to visit Israel while she and Rep. Rashida Tlaib cannot.
Israel last week blocked the two Democratic House members from a planned trip to that country over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement.
At a news conference in Minnesota, Omar says she and Tlaib are being prevented from carrying out their duties as members of Congress.
She is calling on her colleagues to “meet with the people we were going to meet with, see the things we were going to see, hear the stories we were going to hear.”
Omar says President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot succeed “in hiding the cruel reality of the occupation from us.”
MICHIGAN DROWNING-ALABAMA MAN
Alabama man drowns in Lake Michigan
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama veterinarian is dead following an apparent drowning on Lake Michigan.
News outlets report that 71-year-old George Seier jumped into the water to retrieve a sailboat dingy that had drifted away on Saturday afternoon. He was at Harbor Springs in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
Seier swam about 75 yards and went under while treading water in about 10 feet of water. A dive team found his body later.
Seier had a large veterinary practice in Prattville, near Montgomery.
A Facebook message posted by Seier’s practice, Cobbs Ford Pet Health Center, calls him a gifted doctor, a caring husband and father.
This story has been corrected to say that Harbor Springs is in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
Prosecutor: No criminal charges will be filed for 2018 fire
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed in connection with a motel fire that killed five children and an adult from the same family.
Investigators determined the likely cause of the July 2018 fire at Benton Harbor’s Cosmo Extended Stay Inn was careless use of a hot plate by a hotel guest.
Berrien County Prosecutor Michael J. Sepic said Monday that it’s not alleged “nor does the evidence suggest” that someone intentionally caused the blaze.
Benton Harbor authorities say the child victims ranged from 2 to 10 years old. The adult was 26.
The family had been trying to exit the burning motel at the time of their deaths. Autopsies determined all six died of smoke inhalation.
DETROIT-GUN CONTROL RALLY
Hundreds at Detroit gun-control rally urge Congress to act
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of people attended a weekend rally in Detroit to call on Congress to tighten the nation’s gun laws following a recent string of mass shootings.
The crowd converged near City Hall on Sunday, urging passage of federal legislation mandating background checks before gun sales.
The rally was one of many held nationwide since the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Northern California.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Dearborn noted that the rally followed an eight-hour period in which eight people were shot in Detroit, one fatally.
Dingell told the gathering that, “We’ve got to do something.”
The rally was organized by the Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Whitmer names Saad to lead Michigan’s immigration
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed a former U.S. homeland security official to oversee the state’s efforts related to immigration.
Fayrouz Saad worked at the Department of Homeland Security during Barack Obama’s presidency and later served as the city of Detroit’s first immigrant affairs director.
Whitmer this past week named her as executive director of the Office of Global Michigan, which advises the governor on matters related to new Americans, immigration policy and immigration enforcement. Saad says she looks forward to “building a home of opportunity for everyone.”
Saad unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University.
CREDIT CARD THEFT SCHEME
5 Texas residents charged in WVa in credit card fraud scheme
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say five Texas residents have been arrested in a multistate credit card fraud scheme.
News outlets report criminal complaints in Cabell County Magistrate Court charge the five with conspiracy, fraudulent schemes, fraudulent access device and possession with the intent to deliver.
Huntington police said the suspects were located at a hotel early Sunday with boxes of blank credit cards, multiple fake credit cards and identification cards, a credit card scanner, an embossing machine and two laptops.
Police said the cards were used to make purchases in several states, including Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas and West Virginia.
The complaints charged 29-year-old Gabriele Tonisha Bradford, 26-year-old Anthony Deandre Bush, 30-year-old Markanthony Goday Castillo, 51-year-old Terry Lynn Clay and 35-year-old Byron Keith Malbrough Jr. All are from Houston.
The suspects remained held Monday at the Western Regional Jail.
MOTOWN 60-MUSEUM ARCHIVES
Motown Museum sharing key founding document for company
DETROIT (AP) — A copy of the original land contract for Motown Records’ Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit will be unveiled as part of the music company’s 60th anniversary celebration.
Officials with the Motown Museum, located where Berry Gordy Jr. launched his music empire, say they will share the rarely seen document via Facebook at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
That coincides with the 1959 date that Gordy purchased the house on West Grand Boulevard. Museum CEO and Chairwoman Robin Terry called it “the start of a journey that would ultimately rock the world.”
The event is part of a series of “archive dives” this year to coincide with milestone dates.
The Supremes, the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many others recorded hits there before Motown moved in 1972 to California.