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Detroit billionaire Manuel ‘Matty’ Moroun dies at 93
DETROIT (AP) — Manuel “Matty” Moroun, a billionaire businessman who owned a critical bridge that connects Michigan to Canada, has died in his suburban Detroit home. He was 93. Moroun died of congestive heart failure Sunday in Grosse Pointe Shores. His son, Matthew, told employees of the various Moroun companies of his death in a message Monday. The family owns and operates Central Transport International and Crown Enterprises. Moroun bought the Ambassador Bridge in 1979. Forbes estimates he was worth $1.6 billion. Moroun attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and majored in chemistry and biology at the University of Notre Dame.
43 coronavirus cases tied to party in Ann Arbor area
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Washtenaw County Health Department says 43 coronavirus cases are associated with a large house party held outside Ann Arbor nearly two weeks ago, with most of those infected being between the ages of 15 and 25. Tracers identified 66 “exposed close contacts” outside family members in the people’s immediate households — those who had face-to-face contact with a COVID-19-positive individual for at least 15 minutes. The party was held in the Saline area. People who attended the July 2-3 party or know they were exposed should self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
STATE WORKERS-UNION DUES
Panel: State workers must reauthorize union dues deduction
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s 33,800 unionized state employees will have to reauthorize the deduction of dues from their paycheck every year or the contributions will stop under a rule change adopted by a Michigan panel over objections from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and labor leaders. The Civil Service Commission, whose members were appointed by Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder, approved the revision 3-1 Monday. Starting in October, an authorization to deduct dues will expire if it wasn’t authorized or reauthorized in the previous year. Of the state’s 48,000 employees, 33,804 — or 70% — are represented by a union.
Arrest made in hit-and-run that killed 2 on motorcycle
CROTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police have arrested a 42-year-old man in a weekend hit-and-run crash that killed two people on a motorcycle in western Michigan. State police say Jason Wardell of Muskegon was found in Montcalm County, along with the car. Wardell was charged with failing to stop at the scene of a fatal accident and other crimes. Police said he didn’t have a valid driver’s license. Roger Devries and Melanie Devries were riding a motorcycle Saturday in Newaygo County’s Croton Township when they were struck.
SCHOOL OFFICIAL KILLED
Detroit-area school official killed in car at red light
HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a Detroit-area school official was shot and killed while he sat in his car at a red light. Kelvin Wheeler Jr. was dean of students at Triumph Middle School in Harper Woods. He was killed in Detroit on July 8. Wheeler, who owned properties across the Detroit area, stopped his Jeep Cherokee at a red light around 11:40 p.m. The Detroit Free Press says a man approached on foot and fired shots into the windshield. No arrests have been made. The Harper Woods school district says Wheeler served students with “dignity and distinction.”
Intense weekend search fails to locate woman’s body
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Searchers from around Michigan are pledging to return to the Battle Creek area to look for the body of a woman who disappeared in late June. Two people have been charged in Amber Griffin’s apparent death, including a boyfriend. About 30 volunteers worked together Sunday, some from as far as Alpena, to try to find the 27-year-old’s body in Calhoun County. Her disappearance was announced on June 24. all participants were nationally certified search volunteers. Cherie Parenteau worked with her dog, Loki. She says the hardest part is not having answers for the family.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-DETROIT SCHOOLS
Detroit summer school opens amid virus; critics block buses
DETROIT (AP) — Summer classes for hundreds of Detroit students have opened, despite a protest by critics who blocked a bus yard and said the coronavirus makes in-person learning too risky. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti posted photos of classrooms on Twitter and said 500 kids were being served. Vitti says the district is doing the “right thing.” It wasn’t immediately clear how many students, if any, couldn’t get to school because of the bus protest. Students and staff are required to wear masks. The district says classrooms would be limited to 10 to 15 students per teacher.
WEBSITE DOMAIN SEIZED-GUN PARTS
Feds seize internet domain in Chinese arms trafficking case
DETROIT (AP) — Federal authorities in Detroit say an internet domain has been seized as part of an international arms trafficking investigation into gun silencers from China. Homeland Security Investigations said Monday in a release that visitors to lafoauto.com will find a seizure notice bearing law enforcement shields. More than 350 suppressors seized by law enforcement across the county were purchased from the website and smuggled into the United States from China as automotive parts. Authorities say images on the website resembled firearms components but were advertised as components for vehicles. Silencers also are known as suppressors. They reduce the sound and muzzle flash from gunshots. They are illegal to buy or possess in many states without proper license.
Family will commemorate birthday of former President Ford
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Wreaths will be placed at the Grand Rapids grave of former President Gerald Ford to mark the 107th anniversary of his birth. A wreath from President Donald Trump will be presented Tuesday by Brig. Gen. Paul Rogers. Ford’s nieces and nephews will also place a wreath at the burial site, which is on the grounds of the Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. The public can watch the ceremony on Facebook at 9 a.m. Ford was a Grand Rapids-area congressman before becoming vice president and president in the 1970s. He died in 2006.
For sale: A tiny house made by students in the UP
HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — A tiny house built by teenagers in the Upper Peninsula is up for sale. Bids start at $29,000. The house was built by students in a technical program offered by the Copper Country Intermediate School District in Hancock. The house stands on an 8-foot-by-20-foot trailer. So-called tiny houses have been embraced by people seeking a minimalist lifestyle. This one has water and sewer hookup, a carpeted loft and a queen bed. Gavin Simonson will be a senior at Hancock Central High School. He worked on it for two hours a day between September and March. Simonson says it was very rewarding.