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Waves hinder lake search for missing South Bend teen
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say choppy waters are hindering the search for a missing teenager in Lake Michigan.
They say 17-year-old Rahem Mason of South Bend has been missing since witnesses reported seeing him go underwater Saturday evening near Washington Park in Michigan City and not resurface. The water had been closed throughout the day due to dangerous waves and currents.
Officers say divers from multiple agencies met Monday morning and determined 5-foot (1.5-meter) waves made it unsafe to conduct dive operations.
The Michigan City Fire Department launched a drone to search the park area from the air, and a sonar search by boat was possible.
Officers say divers plan on going in Tuesday if the weather allows it.
Police identify gunman found dead after 28-hour standoff
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a gunman who wounded two people over the use of fireworks in his suburban Detroit neighborhood and who is believed to have shot and killed a woman inside a home where he held off police for more than two days.
St. Clair Shores police on Monday say 58-year-old Tom Ihlendfeldt died after shooting himself and that 60-year-old Carol Baur was shot multiple times.
Their bodies were discovered about 2:30 a.m. EDT Saturday following a 28-hour standoff with police. The confrontation started Thursday night after police say Ihlendfeldt shot into a crowd, striking a 62-year-old woman in her calf and a 10-year-old girl in her arm.
Police said Ihlendfeldt then holed up in the basement, firing at officers outside and robots sent into the home.
Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit
DETROIT (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit has removed a conservative priest from public ministry after reviewing what it called a “credible allegation” that he had abused a child decades ago.
Rev. Eduard Perrone’s suspension came a month after The Associated Press began asking the pastor, archdiocese and law enforcement officials about a former altar boy’s allegations that Perrone had groped him.
Archdiocese officials told Perrone’s congregation at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish during Sunday serves that members of the local review board found a “semblance of truth” to the accusations. Church officials say they are maintaining a presumption of innocence, but have added him to the archdiocese’s list of dozens of credibly accused priests.
Last month, Perrone denied any wrongdoing when the AP asked him about the allegations.
Detroit-area priest charged with sexually abusing minor
WAYNE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged a 57-year-old Detroit-area priest with sexually abusing a minor.
Nessel said in a statement The Rev. Joseph “Jack” Baker was arrested Monday and is expected to be arraigned in a Wayne district court. The charge is first-degree criminal sexual conduct with someone under 13.
Baker’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
The Archdiocese of Detroit announced last month it restricted Baker from ministry because of a decades-old allegation. Baker, who most recently served St. Perpetua Parish in Waterford Township, was ordained in 1993.
Diocesan officials on Sunday announced the removal of another Michigan priest from ministry after reviewing a child-abuse allegation from decades ago.
State prosecutors in May said five other priests face sexual abuse charges as part of an ongoing investigation.
1 dead, 3 hurt after fight at Michigan graduation party
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a 17-year-old boy has died and three other people were injured following a large fight and reported stabbing at a graduation party in suburban Detroit.
Police say officers responded late Saturday to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylor that was rented out for the private event. Police say Monday four people including the teen who died were taken to the hospital. The others had what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
Police say they’ve arrested two people and the Wayne County prosecutor’s office says the suspect is a 16-year-old boy. Names weren’t immediately released.
Randy Baughman with the Knights of Columbus tells WJBK-TV that a graduation party was wrapping up when the fight happened. He says “our heart goes out to the family who lost their child.”
Fuel makers launch ad criticizing Trump ethanol mandates
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An association representing oil refineries is launching a television ad in four potential swing states criticizing President Donald Trump’s moves to expand the use of ethanol in gasoline.
The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers began running the ad statewide Monday in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin. The ad says Trump promised a “win-win energy policy for all Americans” but unchecked ethanol mandates are “job killers.”
The Trump administration has found itself caught between refineries and corn growers.
Trump’s former environmental chief, Scott Pruitt, angered growers and ethanol processors by sparing refineries from a mandate that they mix ethanol into their fuel.
This past May the administration lifted a summertime ban on gas mixed with 15% alcohol, removing a barrier to wider sales of the mixture and expanding the ethanol market.
ELECTION 2020-HOUSE-3RD DISTRICT
Immigration attorney running for House seat held by Amash
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An immigration attorney who served in the Justice Department during President Barack Obama’s administration is running for the U.S. House seat held by Justin Amash of Michigan.
Hillary Scholten announced Monday her bid to seek the Democratic nomination for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. The 37-year-old from Grand Rapids says her goals include fixing the country’s “broken” immigration system and curbing gun violence.
Two other Democrats have said they’re seeking to represent the district that includes Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and surrounding areas.
Amash, who had been the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said last week he’s leaving the GOP . He’d filed for re-election in 2020 as a Republican in a race that drew primary challengers . Amash plans to run as an independent.
OFFICER SHOT-MUSKEGON HEIGHTS
Suspect at large after western Michigan officer shot in arm
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man believed to have shot a western Michigan officer remains at large.
Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas says the officer was shot in the arm around 4 p.m. Saturday while trying to locate a person involved in an earlier shooting. Thomas says the officer located the suspect, who then fired at the officer, striking him in the arm.
Thomas said the officer, who hasn’t been identified, underwent surgery and was in good spirits.
Shortly after that shooting, police surrounded a house and demanded the suspect surrender. But after more than 14 hours of waiting, officers discovered Sunday the suspect wasn’t inside the house.
Thomas says investigators believe they know the identity of the suspect and are actively looking for him.
CALVIN COLLEGE-NAME CHANGE
Western Michigan’s Calvin College changing to university
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan Christian college is becoming a university.
Calvin College officials say the Grand Rapids school will officially become Calvin University on Wednesday. The date coincides with the birthday of 16th-century theologian John Calvin, school namesake and key figure in the Protestant Reformation.
Calvin officials say the 3,700-student institution founded in 1876 aims to extend its global reach and influence, as well as its commitment to Reformed Christianity. Goals over the next decade include expanding academic and extracurricular offerings, collaborating among disciplines and outside entities and updating its facilities.
Officials say the name change better reflects its growth and expansion.
AAA: Michigan gas prices rise 6 cents to $2.85 per gallon
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about 6 cents from a week ago to about $2.85 per gallon as the summer travel season is in full swing.
The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday that despite the increase the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 8 cents less than a year ago.
AAA says the state’s highest average was in the Ann Arbor area at around $2.90. The lowest price was in the Marquette area at roughly $2.70 per gallon.
Prices in the Detroit area were about $2.86 per gallon, up about 4 cents from a week ago.
AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.