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4 years in prison for man whose son took explosive to school
NEWAYGO, Mich. (AP) — In March, a teen accidentally detonated a homemade explosive at a school in western Michigan. Now his father is going to prison for four years. David Saylor Sr. was sentenced by a federal judge in Grand Rapids. In March, Saylor’s son brought a homemade explosive to Newaygo High School and accidentally detonated it, injuring himself and others. The teen lost both thumbs. Authorities subsequently searched Saylor’s home and filed charges. He pleaded guilty to possession of a pipe bomb and a stolen gun. Saylor admitted that he and his son designed and made explosives for two years.
Ex-Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee dies; was in Congress 36 years
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee, who served in Congress for 36 years, has died. He was 92. Kildee’s death was announced Wednesday by his nephew, Rep. Dan Kildee, who succeeded him after his 2012 retirement. Dale Kildee, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1976 and represented Flint and surrounding areas. Dan Kildee says his uncle — a former teacher — was always proud that he was from Flint and was passionate about improving others’ lives through education, learning and mentorship.
4 charged in death of man at Detroit-area mall in 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Four people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, nearly eight years after the death of a man who was pinned to the floor by security guards at a Detroit-area shopping mall. The Michigan attorney general’s office reopened the case in 2020. McKenzie Cochran struggled with security guards and was hit with pepper spray at Northland Mall in Southfield in 2014. Authorities say he died of compression asphyxiation. The Oakland County prosecutor at that time said the guards were poorly trained but had no intent to harm Cochran, and no charges were filed.
Border residents rejoice as US says it will lift travel ban
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Beleaguered business owners and families separated by COVID-19 are celebrating after the Biden administration says it will reopen U.S. land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze. Travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to workers whose jobs are deemed essential. New rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason starting in early November. The ban has had enormous economic, social and cultural impact, preventing cross-border shopping and family gatherings when relatives live on different sides of the border.
Large African cat escapes owner, prowls Detroit suburb
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A large cat native to Africa is on the loose in a suburb north of Detroit after escaping from its owner. Authorities say the caracal was reported missing around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in Royal Oak. The cat’s weight is estimated at 50 pounds. It was among four big cats held in cages that allowed them to go in and out of the owner’s garage. Two escaped through a gate that was left open. The Detroit Free Press reports that the owner used raw meat to lure one back to the enclosure. The missing cat last was seen near an elementary school.
Fugitive team kills parole absconder in western Michigan
ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A state team that searches for fugitives fatally shot a parole absconder in western Michigan. The shooting occurred Wednesday in a rural area in Orangeville Township in Barry County, 40 miles south of Grand Rapids. State police say the 41-year-old man was in a car with a woman. When officers approached, the man produced a sharp weapon and the scene turned into a hostage situation. The man was shot by a state police detective and a Corrections Department agent. The woman was injured.
2nd driver killed by air bag inflator from Tennessee’s ARC
DETROIT (AP) — A second person has been killed by an exploding air bag inflator made by a Tennessee company that has been under investigation by a federal agency for more than six years without any resolution. On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted recall documents filed by General Motors that revealed the second death. An air bag inflator made by ARC of Knoxville that was in a 2015 Chevrolet Traverse SUV blew apart, spewing shrapnel and killing the driver. Safety advocates say the safety agency has taken too long to finish the investigation into the ARC inflators. Messages were left seeking comment from the federal agency and ARC.
DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL-FIGHTS
Food fight sparks brawls among students at Detroit school
DETROIT (AP) — Classes at an eastside Detroit high school were dismissed early Tuesday after a food fight sparked other fights involving students. The Detroit Public Schools Community District says in a statement that the food fight started during a lunch period at East English Village Preparatory Academy. No serious injuries were reported. Classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day. The district adds that a “police investigation into the fights determined that it could be gang related and additional fights could occur.” Extra security staff and counselors were to be sent to the school this week.
GIRL ABDUCTED-SEXUAL ASSAULT
Police: Suburban Detroit girl abducted, sexually assaulted
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted after being abducted from an area near a busy intersection in suburban Detroit. Detroit police say Tuesday in a release that the girl said she left her Farmington Hills home on Sunday, walked about two hours and became lost when a man in an SUV asked if she needed help. The girl said she got into the white or gray Jeep Renegade and was taken to a house in Detroit where she was assaulted. Police say she escaped after the man left the room they were in. Someone saw the girl walking, stopped to help and called 911.
Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden has appointed Chicago wastewater official Debra Shore to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Midwestern office. Shore will oversee EPA’s Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin — along with 35 indigenous tribes. The office oversees efforts to clean up the Great Lakes and deals with matters including industrial and agricultural pollution and tainted drinking water. Shore is an elected member of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. That agency handles wastewater treatment and stormwater management.