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FATAL CRASH-GIRL

Man charged in suburban Detroit crash that killed girl, 12

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A man has been charged following a fatal crash in suburban Detroit that killed a 12-year-old girl and injured her 45-year-old guardian. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 20-year-old Noah Damron of Taylor was arraigned Friday on operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, reckless driving causing death and other charges. The girl died Wednesday after the SUV she was riding in was struck by a car in Taylor, southwest of Detroit. A husband and wife, legal guardians of the girl, were in the SUV. The woman sustained multiple injuries and was hospitalized. Damron was being held on a $2 million bond.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Michigan can vaccinate 80,000 a day, but supply limited

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State health officials say Michigan has capacity to vaccinate up to 80,000 people a day, But they say the supply of COVID-19 doses remains limited, though it’s been higher in recent weeks. They said Friday that their goal is to ensure no one has to travel more than 20 minutes to a vaccination site in the pandemic. A priority is allocating doses to areas based on factors such as poverty, lack of transportation and crowded housing. That correlates to places hard hit when the pandemic struck last spring, such as Detroit.

BIG TIPS

‘I’m like shaking’: Woman gives $1,000 tips to food workers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A woman has been handing out $1,000 tips to stunned restaurant workers in the Grand Rapids area. Jenna Arcidiacono was inspired by a video on TikTok. She began raising money to reward people who have been struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, especially when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer banned indoor dining for more than two months. Arcidiacono says “everyone could just use a smile.” She has given $7,000 since January, with minimum tips of $1,000. Arcidiacono stopped at Bridge Street Burger Shack in Rockford and stuffed the tip jar with $100 bills. An employee’s reaction? “Holy cow.”  

JUDGE-DUI

Ex-judge loses decision as he fights drunken driving case

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A former Detroit-area judge lost a key decision in his aggressive defense against a drunken driving case in northern Michigan. David Parrott doesn’t want jurors to hear what he said to a sheriff’s officer after his car slid off a road in Manistee County on Christmas 2018. Parrott is accused of asking “if anything could be done” and showing a badge to the officer and a tow truck driver, apparently related to his job in Romulus District Court. He was a judge at the time. The Michigan Court of Appeals says they’re admissible as evidence. A test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.15, which is nearly twice the legal limit. 

TOLL ROAD-FATAL CRASH

Indiana Toll Road reopens after deadly crash, spill cleanup

LaGRANGE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a deadly overnight truck crash along the Indiana Toll Road closed the tollway for several hours as crews cleaned up a chemical that spilled from a tanker it was hauling. State police say the truck’s driver, 35-year-old Omar Pleasont of Portage, was pronounced dead at the scene of Thursday night’s crash in LaGrange County, just south of Michigan’s border. Police said the semi truck veered off the tollway for an unknown reason and the liquid tanker it was hauling separated and began leaking hydrochloric acid, prompting a nearby evacuation. The tollway reopened about six hours later after the spill was cleaned up.

FORD-MILEAGE INVESTIGATION

Ford says agencies have ended mileage, pollution test probes

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and state of California have ended investigations into Ford Motor Co.’s gas mileage and emissions certification processes. Ford says in its annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that the DOJ and the California Air Resources Board told the company they don’t intend to take further action. The filing says probes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its Canadian counterpart are continuing. In 2018 a group of Ford employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate pollution and mileage. Ford says its own investigation found that it appropriately conducted the tests.  

TIGERS-SCHOOP

Jonathan Schoop, Tigers agree to 1-year contract

DETROIT (AP) — Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is staying with the Detroit Tigers, agreeing to a one-year contract. The 29-year-old Schoop returns to the Tigers after hitting .278 with eight home runs in the abbreviated 2020 season. He hit at least 21 home runs each of the previous four years. Schoop played exclusively at second base for the Tigers last year, and in 2019 for the Minnesota Twins. He has, however, played a little bit at shortstop and third base during his career — and he indicated that new Detroit manager AJ Hinch is open to moving him around.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-AID

Michigan House ties aid to giving virus powers to counties

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan House has approved a nearly $3.6 billion coronavirus relief package. About $2.1 billion for schools would be withheld unless Democratic  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cedes the state’s authority to prohibit in-person instruction or sports to local health officials. The bills would distribute federal COVID-19 aid that was enacted by then-President Donald Trump and Congress for vaccine distribution and other priorities. House Republicans tied education aid, however, to the governor’s unlikely signing of a bill that would let county health departments — not the state health department — close schools to face-to-face classes and bar sporting events.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS

Michigan: Contact sports can resume Monday, with masks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is lifting a monthslong ban on youth contact sports that was ordered to curb rising coronavirus cases. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the move Thursday. Competition can resume Monday, as long as masks are worn. Winter high school sports such as basketball, hockey, wrestling and competitive cheer along with youth leagues have effectively been restricted to non-contact activities only since November. If face coverings cannot be worn, athletes must be regularly tested for COVID-19 under the revised order. A 250- to 500-spectator limit will remain in place, depending on the size of a stadium or arena.

MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS

Controversy hits Michigan GOP before leadership vote

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — There’s a civil war inside the Michigan Republican Party. Laura Cox had planned to step down as chairwoman Saturday. But Cox now wants to keep the job a little longer while she accuses a possible successor of misconduct when he led the party in 2018. Cox says Ron Weiser paid $200,000 in party money to get Stan Grot out of the race for secretary of state in 2018. Weiser is a wealthy businessman whose name is on Republican Party headquarters. Weiser says Grot earned the money through legitimate work in Macomb County. Michigan Republicans will consider making Weiser chairman again when they hold a weekend convention.