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ABANDONED BABY-WOODED AREA
Deputies find baby in wooded area northwest of Detroit
ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 37-year-old suburban Detroit mother could face child abuse charges after her 4-month-old son was found cold, wet and lying face-down in a wooded area near a creek. The Oakland County sheriff’s office says deputies found the baby Wednesday in Orion Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit. The search began after deputies spoke with a distraught woman who reportedly was ringing doorbells and hiding in bushes about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. She later was seen pounding on the doors of a middle school in the area. Deputies learned she had an infant son. The sheriff’s office said they also saw burrs on her pants and began searching the area for the baby.
Michigan promotes shots, not more restrictions, during surge
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s health director says the state is focusing on getting more people vaccinated, not imposing new restrictions on the economy, despite a wave of COVID-19 cases. Elizabeth Hertel notes that indoor high school sports, a source of infections, are wrapping up soon, and spring sports are outdoors. All teen athletes must be regularly tested. Michigan lately has been No. 1 in the U.S. for new COVID-19 cases. The health department says about 37% of residents 16 and older has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The number of people with COVID-19 admitted to Michigan hospitals has doubled every 12 to 14 days for three weeks.
FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-DETROIT
Prosecutor: No charges for police in fatal Detroit shooting
A prosecutor has decided not to charge Detroit officers in the fatal shooting of a Black man who was man recorded by police body cameras as he shot at an officer. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told reporters Wednesday that Hakim Littleton was shot July 10 in self-defense. The 20-year-old fired shots at an officer during the arrest of an acquaintance of Littleton’s. Officers returned fire, striking Littleton. Soon afterward, dozens of protesters converged at the site of the shooting, yelling at police and chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund DPD!” The shooting came as demonstrations were being held in Detroit and other cities following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Pair of shootings leave 2 dead, 5 wounded in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — Two people have been killed and five others wounded in a pair of separate shootings in Detroit. Police say three men were shot just after 1 a.m. Wednesday on the city’s westside. A 24-year-old died at a hospital. A 22-year-old was in critical condition at a hospital and a 43-year-old man suffered a wound that police said was not considered life threatening. The 64-year-old suspect later was arrested. Shots fired late Tuesday afternoon from a vehicle struck four people on the city’s eastside. One man was killed. A 22-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were in stable condition at a hospital. A 47-year-old man suffered a minor wound. No arrests were made in Tuesday’s shooting.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN SCHOOLS
Michigan denied standardized testing waiver for this year
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has denied Michigan’s request to waive standardized testing for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement that came late Tuesday means that in the next few weeks students must take the exams that the state Education Department has said take away from important time for teachers to catch up students on what they might have missed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state had hoped to substitute standardized testing with benchmark examinations to inform parents and teachers of areas in need of review. But the federal Education Department did not grant the request made in January.
Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president and the auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue the U.S. should increase sales of ethanol and biodiesel, not abandon them. President Joe Biden has proposed an infrastructure plan that includes increased funding to promote a shift to electric vehicles. Producers of corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel say that even if the U.S. dramatically increases sales of electric vehicles, liquid-fueled cars and trucks will make up a majority of vehicles on the road for many years.
Michigan man who climbed Capitol wall charged in riot
DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who climbed a wall at the U.S. Capitol has become the seventh Michigan resident to be charged in the Jan. 6 riot. Social media photos and an interview with MLive.com are part of the evidence against 25-year-old Jeramiah Caplinger of Taylor. He was arrested Tuesday and released on bond. Photos and video show Caplinger wearing a Donald Trump hat while making a risky climb up a Capitol wall. Inside, he carried a U.S. flag. In February, Caplinger told MLive that he was inspired by Trump to travel to Washington and participate in the rally.
CRANBROOK GIFT-DAN GILBERT
Dan, Jennifer Gilbert give $30M to Detroit-area art academy
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert and his wife, Jennifer, have given $30 million to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit to help accelerate the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The Bloomfield Hills school says Tuesday that the funding also will help with long-term fiscal sustainability. Twenty full-tuition fellowships for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups will be funded through the Gilbert Fellows program A permanent endowment to fund the fellowships also will be established. Tuition relief and general support for the academy’s existing scholarships and visiting faculty artists over the next five years will receive funding.
2 people die in Benton Harbor fire; cause not yet known
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A house fire killed two people before dawn in southwestern Michigan. The roof had collapsed when Benton Harbor firefighters arrived after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. One victim was in a front room while the other was in the kitchen. Their names and ages were not immediately released. The Public Safety Department in Benton Harbor says the cause is under investigation.
Records: Parole violator entered prison with gun in coat
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A loaded gun was discovered on a man inside a Michigan prison after he was transported there for a parole violation. The Detroit Free Press says the incident occurred in January at the Egeler center, near Jackson, which is typically the first stop for people entering the state prison system. The 9-millimeter gun was not fired. Records don’t indicate if Armani Shabazz was arrested and transported by Corrections Department staff or another police agency. Byron Osborn, head of the prison officer union, says the incident was “very unusual.” The Corrections Department says Shabazz was appropriately disarmed by staff. It had no additional comment.