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Worker killed, another injured in construction zone crash
MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan construction worker was killed and another injured when they were struck by a car in a construction zone on U.S. 31 in Manistee County.
The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Village of Bear Lake.
Manistee County sheriff’s deputies say a 20-year-old worker of Pentwater was standing off road with a 23-year-old worker from Ludington when the car struck them. The 20-year-old was killed.
According to authorities, witnesses said the vehicle was traveling at a high speed when it crossed the center line, left the road and struck the workers.
The 23-year-old victim was flown to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City and was last known to be in critical condition.
Authorities say the 66-year-old driver, a Bear Lake woman, was not injured. She was not taken into custody pending further investigation into the crash.
Development topic of Downtown Detroit Partnership meeting
DETROIT (AP) — The Downtown Detroit Partnership is expected to give updates on more than 20 development projects in the pipeline, under construction or recently completed in the downtown area.
The organization’s annual Fall Stakeholder meeting is scheduled Thursday afternoon at the Westin Book Cadillac.
Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Chief Executive Kevin Johnson also will talk about the future of his organization and its economic development strategy.
The Downtown Detroit Partnership brings together business, philanthropic and governmental leaders to develop initiatives and programs designed to strengthen and support Detroit’s urban core. It also works to enhance the appeal of downtown to businesses, residents and visitors.
‘Anatomy of a Murder’ to be performed in Hillsdale courtroom
(Information from: Hillsdale Daily News, http://www.hillsdale.net)
HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) — A southern Michigan courtroom will be turned into a theater for a performance of “Anatomy of a Murder,” a play inspired by a 1952 murder case in the Upper Peninsula.
“Anatomy of a Murder” will be performed on Oct. 17 in the courtroom that was formerly used by Hillsdale County Judge Charles Arch Sr.
There’s a local connection. In 1952, Arch traveled to Marquette to fill in for a judge and hear the murder case. The Hillsdale Daily News says the play is being performed by The Sauk, a community theater group in Hillsdale County.
“Anatomy of a Murder” first was a 1958 best-selling novel by John Voelker, who used the pen name Robert Traver. It was also made into a movie starring James Stewart.
ROAD PROJECTS-LABOR DISPUTE
Snyder: Impasse over road work continues despite meeting
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he was unable to end an unprecedented impasse between road builders and a union of heavy equipment operators that has disrupted hundreds of state construction projects, including major work on Interstates 75 and 696 in the Detroit area.
Snyder met with both sides in his Lansing office Tuesday but reported no progress, saying he is “not happy.” He says he likely will warn them of unspecified consequences of their failure to make progress.
He might call up the National Guard for “critical” projects — not necessarily to do typical construction but rather to “button up or get some in a better spot than they are today.”
Snyder says his office is exploring legal options but notes federal labor law is a factor.
Democratic ad accuses Schuette of ignoring Flint crisis
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A TV ad launched by a Democratic group accuses Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette of ignoring Flint residents’ complaints about their water while serving as Michigan’s attorney general.
The ad began airing on broadcast and cable stations Tuesday. It’s authorized by Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer and funded by Stronger Michigan, a group backed by the Democratic Governors Association.
The ad says Schuette OK’d the “disastrous Flint water plan” and ignored 15 different complaints about the water before he began a criminal investigation.
Schuette’s campaign says his office never ignored complaints and referred them to the state’s environmental department. His campaign says an attorney in his office approved a document “as to form” but did not sign off on policy decisions made by Flint emergency managers or Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration.
4 arraigned on charges of plotting to kidnap, kill child
(Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com)
COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — Four southern Michigan people charged with plotting to kidnap, rape and kill a child are each being held on $5 million bonds after being arraigned.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports 32-year-old Matthew Poole of Battle Creek and his girlfriend, 32-year-old Talia Furman of Springfield, were read charges of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit criminal sexual conduct Tuesday in Branch County District Court.
Two other suspects, 37-year-old David Bailey of Coldwater and 19-year-old Jayme LaPointe of Athens, were arraigned Sunday and Monday on the same charges.
Investigators with the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit allegedly found texts on their phones and computers about the conspiracy. Detective Sgt. Gerald Yott says police have no evidence the group actually carried out such a plot.
BUS STOP CRASH
4 hurt when speeding pickup crashes into Detroit bus stop
(Information from: WDIV-TV, http://www.clickondetroit.com)
DETROIT (AP) — Police say three people waiting at a Detroit bus stop were hit by a pickup truck after its driver lost control of the vehicle.
Police say the driver was speeding Tuesday afternoon on the city’s west side, crossed the median and crashed into the bus stop, knocking the shelter over.
Police say the driver and the three pedestrians — two men and a woman — were taken to a hospital. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.
Cmdr. Nick Kyriacou tells WDIV-TV it doesn’t appear the pedestrians had much of a chance “to react to what was occurring.”
Health officials didn’t release the conditions of the victims.
It’s not clear why the driver lost control of the pickup truck.
Ex-Rep. Dingell is out of the hospital after heart attack
DETROIT (AP) — Former longtime Rep. John Dingell is out of a Detroit-area hospital eight days after suffering a heart attack.
The 92-year-old former congressman was released Tuesday. His wife, Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell, said he had been released in a statement that also confirmed he had suffered a mild heart attack on Sept. 17. She said wins over the weekend by both the University of Michigan football team and the Detroit Lions “greatly contributed to his healing.”
John Dingell is the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history. The Democrat was in office for nearly 60 years. He didn’t run for re-election in 2014 and was succeeded by his wife.
Oakland County man dies from West Nile virus complications
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — An 80-year-old southeastern Michigan man has died from complications due to the West Nile virus.
Oakland County health officials say it’s the state’s second reported death this year related to the virus and the first in Oakland County since 2015.
West Nile virus primarily is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are infected with the virus by biting infected birds.
Older people are vulnerable, especially if they have other health problems. Most people who become infected will not develop any symptoms, but some become sick three to 15 days after exposure.
Oakland County health officer Leigh-Anne Stafford said the man’s death is “a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus can be, especially for adults over 50 who are at greater risk for severe illness.”
US attorney announces broad team to confront drug groups
DETROIT (AP) — Federal law enforcement agencies in southeastern Michigan are forming a team with local police to crack down on violent drug-dealing crime groups.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says the strike force will work under one roof in Detroit. He says it will be an efficient way to share information and pursue criminals.
Timothy Plancon, local head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, says fentanyl has become the “game-changer,” leading to scores of overdose deaths as drug dealers mix it with heroin and reap easy profits. Plancon and Schneider were flanked Tuesday by more than a dozen people from various local, state and federal agencies.
With Ontario just across the Detroit River, Canadian police are also on the team.
Schneider says gangs and cartels work together, and law enforcement must do the same.