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Judge orders dad to trial in death of daughter in ’89
ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man has been ordered to trial in the death of his 14-year-old adopted daughter who disappeared nearly 32 years ago. Brenda Bowman testified that Dennis Bowman revealed the burial site in 2020, before he was extradited to Virginia for a different murder case. Aundria Bowman’s dismembered remains were discovered under a concrete slab outside the couple’s home in Allegan County. Dennis Bowman told police that Aundria died in 1989 after he pushed her down stairs. In Virginia, Bowman is serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of a woman back in 1980.
Former GOP House speaker quits new job after criticism
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A former high-ranking Republican lawmaker has quit as leader of an economic development group in southwestern Michigan. It comes just days after Lee Chatfield’s hiring was panned by leaders in the region. Chatfield says Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo needs someone with a “blank political slate that won’t won’t bring about” division. Chatfield represented a House district in the northern Lower Peninsula for six years and rose to become speaker. Chatfield’s hiring as chief executive of Southwest Michigan First was criticized in the Kalamazoo area because of his conservative political views.
Gun provocation reveals tensions in Michigan tourist haven
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan community known for sandy beaches and cherry orchards is grappling with some of the issues that have ignited protests in bigger cities around the nation. During an online meeting last month, a local official in Grand Traverse County displayed a rifle as a caller raised concerns about right-wing extremism. The provocative act drew widespread criticism and inspired soul-searching as people of color in the area said they had experienced racism. Northern Michigan is known as a tourist haven but also has a history of anti-government paramilitary activity.
Cherokee chief: Time for Jeep to end use of tribe’s name
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The chief of the Cherokee Nation says it’s time for auto maker Jeep to stop using the tribe’s name on its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models. Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement he believes corporations and team sports should stop using Native American names, images and mascots on their teams and products. Hoskin’s comments were first reported by Car & Driver magazine. A spokeswoman for Jeep’s parent company, Stellantis, says the vehicle name was carefully selected to honor Native American people. Hoskin says the best way to honor the Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based tribe is to learn more about their sovereign government and its history.
Woman arrested for obstructing justice in Muncie shootings
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A teenager who reported the fatal shootings of three Michigan men in a Muncie apartment has been arrested for obstruction of justice. Eighteen-year-old Juniyah Yvette Simmons was arrested by Muncie police early Saturday. She’s been released from the Delaware County Jail. The Star Press reports Muncie police investigator Jami Brown wrote in an affidavit that Simmons “lied multiple times” with “repeated inconsistencies” in the information she provided to authorities. Simmons’ address is listed in Anderson on court documents, but the affidavit says she was living in the apartment where the three men from the Detroit area were killed.
STRANDED DOG RESCUED
Dog rescued after 4 days stranded along icy Detroit River
ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — A dog that survived frigid temperatures and a run-in with a coyote has been rescued after spending four days stranded on ice along the Detroit River. The small dog was rescued Saturday afternoon by a boater from Windsor, Ontario, following an international effort that involved Americans and Canadians on both sides of the Detroit River. The canine is being care for at the Woodhaven Animal Hospital, which says in Facebook update that he’s doing well. Patricia Trevino with the River Rouge Animal Shelter says the dog’s rescue after being stranded on floating river ice along the Detroit suburb of Ecorse is “an amazing story of survival.”
PLANE-LANDING GEAR FAILS
Plane lands safely in Michigan after landing gear fails
MASON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane landed safely at a Lansing-area airport after its landing gear failed to deploy. A 60-year-old Lansing man who was the plane’s only occupant was not injured when the Piper Twin Comanche dual prop plane landed on its belly Saturday afternoon at the Mason Jewett Airport. The plane sustained damage to its underside and both of its props in the landing. Capt. Greg Harris of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot called authorities after making the landing and told deputies the landing gear had failed to deploy.
Insect that kills hemlocks detected in NW Michigan county
HONOR, Mich. (AP) — A small insect that can kill hemlock trees by feeding on their sap has been detected at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northwestern Michigan. Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says surveyors found round, white ovisacs characteristic of the hemlock woolly adelgid on one tree in the Platte River Campground in Honor. That popular campground is in northern Benzie County, southwest of Traverse City. The insects’ feeding weakens needles, shoots and branches of the trees. Over time, tree growth slows and they take on a grayish-green appearance. State officials say that without treatment, infested trees die within four to 10 years.
WATER WASTE REDUCTION-MICHIGAN
Pilot state program seeks to reduce water waste in homes
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Some residents in southwestern Michigan and the Detroit area will get plumbing repairs in their homes as part of a new initiative to reduce water waste. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says the “Water Leak Pilot” program is expected to highlight the benefits of reducing water waste for consumers, water suppliers and the overall community. About 100 Benton Harbor residents and 100 people in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park initially will take part in the program. Officials say water leaks can significantly increase consumer water bills, contribute to water quality concerns and increase municipal water suppliers’ energy consumption.
Review: Alice Cooper loses his mind in Detroit Rock City
Who says you can’t go home? Alice Cooper, one of Detroit’s most famous sons, does it on new album “Detroit Stories,” producing a masterpiece of classic rock, soul and R&B in homage to the city that produced him. Cooper does it with assists from members of legendary Detroit rock acts including MC5, Grand Funk and the Detroit Wheels. “Go Man Go” is a full-speed ahead car chase of a song; “I Hate You” features members of the original Alice Cooper Band trading insults; and “Detroit City 2021” name-checks Detroit rock legends including Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Iggy Pop and Suzi Quatro. “Detroit Stories” is out Friday.