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Federal charges link New Jersey man to synagogue vandalism
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man faces allegations he conspired to carry out spray paint vandalism attacks two months ago against synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported 18-year-old Richard Tobin allegedly recruited people on a neo-Nazi social network.
Court records indicate Tobin told investigators he considered suicide attacks and once sat with a machete in the parking lot of a New Jersey mall, considering an attack on black shoppers.
An email message for his public defender wasn’t returned.
The paper says the synagogues that were vandalized with swastikas and other images on Sept. 21-22 were in Hancock, Michigan, and Racine, Wisconsin.
A magistrate judge ordered Tobin to remain incarcerated Friday, pending a mental health evaluation.
The paper says authorities declined to discuss the details of their investigation.
MAINSTREAM ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales.
Analysts expect the number of electric vehicles for sale in the U.S. to grow from 16 currently to as many as 80 by 2022. They say the increased selection and longer range of the new vehicles will make them more popular.
Ford’s SUV will go 230 miles to more 300 miles per charge depending on how it’s equipped. It will start at $44,000, not including a $7,500 federal tax credit.
The Mach E was unveiled Sunday night ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.
MICHIGAN HUNTER SHOT
Police say hunter wounded by brother in western Michigan
SARANAC, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff’s department says a hunter was badly wounded in western Michigan when he was accidentally shot by his brother.
The shooting happened Saturday in a rural area near the Ionia County village of Saranac. Officials say the 28-year-old Lowell man was taken by helicopter from the scene to a Grand Rapids hospital in serious but stable condition.
The sheriff’s department says the brothers were looking in dense corn for a deer they had shot and became separated. One man thought he saw the deer, so he fired again. He soon realized he had shot his brother and called 911.
The brothers walked out of the cornfield where they met emergency workers.
County clerks: We’ll lose money if phones are OK at courts
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Court clerks around Michigan are criticizing a proposal to allow phones and other electronic devices in courthouses.
Among their objections: They fear they’ll lose money.
The Michigan Supreme Court is holding a public hearing Wednesday in Lansing.
Courts typically charge people to make copies of public documents. Someone with an electronic device could do it for free. For example, Mason County charges $1 per page. Clerk Cheryl Kelly says the proposed rule “would put a dent in our revenue.”
Besides copying documents, the rule would allow people to use an electronic device to take notes, search the internet and send or receive text messages in a courtroom.
Lawyers, who typically can carry phones, are in favor of the change, especially if it helps them stay in touch with clients in a courthouse.
Dad’s rifle fires, injuring 2 boys on deer hunting opener
GRAYLING, Mich. (AP) — Police say two boys were injured when a gun discharged while their father was preparing to go hunting on opening day.
Sheriff Shawn Kraycs says the trigger went off Friday when the man put the rifle into its cover. The bullet went through a wall at the home in Crawford County. Fragments injured a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy.
The injuries aren’t serious.
The sheriff tells WPBN/WGTU-TV that the 29-year-old father was “absolutely devastated.” Kraycs says the man knew “it could have been a heck of a lot worse.”
Benton Harbor trash pickup stops amid cash controversy
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Trash is piling up in Benton Harbor.
No curbside trash was picked up Friday for the third consecutive day amid a controversy over payments to the contractor, Wecycle Industrial Sanitation.
Wecycle manager Willie “Curly” Williams says a monthly payment of $39,000 was given to a former employee. Williams says the trash hauler won’t resume pickup until it gets another payment from Benton Harbor.
Mayor Marcus Muhammad calls it a “serious matter” that will be discussed at a city commission meeting Monday. Upset residents are expressing their frustration on social media.
The Herald-Palladium says Benton Harbor is Wecycle’s only customer. The company has been picking up trash since fall 2017.
BEAUMONT HOSPITAL-DEAF PATIENTS
Detroit-area hospital getting interpreters for deaf patients
(Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com)
DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit hospital will begin providing interpreters for deaf patients following a civil rights probe of the hospital’s practices.
The Detroit Free Press reports that William Beaumont Hospital and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit reached an agreement Wednesday. The settlement stemmed from allegations that the hospital violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A civil rights investigation of Beaumont found that it neglected to provide American Sign Language interpreters for complex medical appointments and procedures for such patients.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement that the ADA safeguards deaf individuals’ rights and helps them access medical services.
Beaumont denied any ADA violations and did not admit to wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
City, downtown tavern to hold discussion on race in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit’s Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity office is partnering with the owners of a downtown tavern and a Detroit resident on a discussion about racial issues.
The city says “Let’s Talk About Race” will be held Thursday at the Checker Bar. It follows the firing of a white Checker Bar employee because of mistreatment of a black patron over his race.
Organizers say the discussion will fuel a needed dialogue aimed at the history and roots of racial discrimination in Detroit, with a goal of building bridges between communities and “champions against racial discrimination.”
Checker Bar owner Tim Tharpe says the incident has provided “an outstanding opportunity to have a deeper, more meaningful conversation to make Detroit’s business community even more inclusive.”
HALLMARK ORNAMENTS-THE HENRY FORD
The Henry Ford gets collection of 6,600 Hallmark ornaments
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Henry Ford in suburban Detroit has acquired more than 6,600 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments from an Indiana collector.
The museum complex in Dearborn focuses on American innovation and says the collection includes Christmas, Easter, Halloween miniatures and lighted ornaments. Some will be displayed this holiday season. The entire collection is expected to go on display next year.
They were acquired from The Party Shop in Warsaw, Indiana, that also was home to the Hallmark Ornament Museum. The Henry Ford says it was contacted about acquiring the collection upon the owners’ decision to retire.
Hallmark has introduced more than 8,500 ornaments and more than 100 ornament series since 1973.
The Henry Ford President Patricia Mooradian says “Hallmark’s Keepsake ornaments have become an essential part of Americans’ holiday traditions.”
Detroit charter school moves into refurbished building
DETROIT (AP) — A public charter elementary school has moved from a church basement to a refurbished building in an eastside Detroit neighborhood.
Detroit Prep held a ribbon-cutting Friday at a once-vacant school. The 43,500-square-foot (4,041-square-meter) building has been renovated and includes 21 classrooms, a multipurpose space and cafeteria.
The project cost nearly $7 million and primarily was financed by lender and real estate consultant IFF, Capital Impact Partners and JPMorgan Chase.
The school now is working to raise money to build a playground and outdoor learning space.
Detroit Prep says it focuses on the social-emotional development of students and provides a project-based learning curriculum from kindergarten through fourth grade.