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The Latest: Ex-dean with oversight of Larry Nassar sentenced

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a former Michigan State University dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar to serve up to a year in jail.

William Strampel learned his fate Wednesday during sentencing in a Lansing courtroom, nearly two months after the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s ex-dean was convicted of neglect of duty and misconduct in office.

He was acquitted of the more serious criminal sexual conduct charge.

The 71-year-old Strampel faced up to five years in prison on the felony misconduct conviction, which stems from a charge he used his public office to sexually harass students. He also was convicted of willfully neglecting to monitor Nassar.

Strampel’s attorney recommended probation, citing concerns about his client’s health and service to the school, state and nation.


Lawyer: Iraqi refugees removing tethers to avoid deportation

(Information from: The Detroit News,

DETROIT (AP) — An attorney representing Iraqi refugees says some in Michigan are removing GPS tethers to evade immigration officials and deportation before their court cases are heard.

Detroit-based lawyer Shanta Driver tells The Detroit News that at least seven Iraqi nationals have removed tethers in Michigan over the past month. Driver is the national chair of By Any Means Necessary, a civil and immigration rights group.

The ACLU of Michigan has argued in federal court against repatriation to Iraq because refugees face torture or death because of their Christian faith, for having served in the U.S. military or for seeking U.S. asylum.

The newspaper reports the men are being deported for crimes the government believes violate U.S. immigration laws.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say removing tethers can lead to federal charges.



Detroit house explosion possibly caused by natural gas leak

DETROIT (AP) — A natural gas leak — possibly from a defective appliance — is being blamed on an explosion and fire that destroyed a Detroit home and damaged two adjacent houses.

The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday that fire officials say the gas leak was inside the eastside home.

The explosion occurred Tuesday afternoon. No one was believed to be living in the house at the time.

DTE Energy said Tuesday that the leak was not from any of the utility’s equipment in the area.


Man released in boyhood memory case sues Detroit police

DETROIT (AP) — One of two Detroit men who were imprisoned for nearly 20 years has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $100 million saying Detroit police framed them in a 1999 slaying.

The Detroit News reports Justly Johnson’s lawsuit Tuesday says two police sergeants coerced two teenagers into falsely implicating him and Kendrick Scott.

Police say they can’t comment on pending litigation.

Prosecutors in November dropped murder charges against them, four months after the Michigan Supreme Court said the men deserved another trial based on the boyhood memory of a man who witnessed his mother’s slaying.

Lisa Kindred was shot in a van on Mother’s Day in 1999. Charmous Skinner Jr. was 8 years old and also in the vehicle. His recollection of the shooter was different than the evidence offered at trial.


FBI: 14 teens rescued during sex trafficking sweep in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The FBI says it found 14 teenagers who agents believe were sex trafficking victims in Las Vegas, where 33 adults were arrested during a push in July to identify and arrest sex traffickers nationwide.

The figures reported by the bureau on Tuesday put southern Nevada atop the list of 33 FBI field offices in the number of juveniles given help and counseling to escape victimization or deal with prior abuse.

Dallas was next in the number of juveniles recovered and identified, with 13. Detroit had 9. Seattle and Atlanta each had 6.

In all, the bureau says 103 underage victims were identified or recovered nationwide, 67 suspected traffickers were arrested and officials opened 60 new federal investigations.

The monthlong effort involved the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


Police: 3 dead in 2-vehicle crash on Detroit’s east side

DETROIT (AP) — Police say three people have died following an early-morning crash involving two vehicles on Detroit’s east side.

Police say one car was making a turn about 1:50 a.m. Wednesday onto Gratiot Avenue when it collided with another car. A dog reportedly survived the crash.

The apparent drivers of both cars died at the scene, while police say a passenger in one of the cars was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

Names of those involved weren’t immediately released. The crash is under investigation.


Missing Michigan girl found at Rhode Island man’s home

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A 43-year-old Rhode Island man charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Michigan girl he met on social media has been held on $125,000 bail.

Charles Morancey, of Warwick, did not enter a plea during a court appearance Wednesday and was referred to the public defender’s office.

Local officers, acting on information from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan, found the girl at Morancey’s home on Tuesday.

He faces four counts of third-degree sexual assault in Rhode Island. In Michigan, he’s facing charges of accosting children for immoral purposes and use of a computer to commit a crime.

Authorities say Morancey traveled to Michigan to pick up the girl. She was reported missing by her family on Friday.


Authorities: Teen sexually assaults 3 on school grounds

(Information from: Lansing State Journal,

POTTERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a teenage boy sexually assaulted three girls on school grounds in mid-Michigan in the span of two months.

The Lansing State Journal reports the 17-year-old from Potterville made a no contest admission to second- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Eaton County juvenile court. Authorities say he was 16 at the time of the assaults.

Eaton County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Chris Anderson says the second-degree charge can be reduced if the boy successfully completes probation.

Authorities say one of the assaults involved a 7-year-old first grader Oct. 16 on a school bus that was parked behind an elementary school. On Oct. 30, he was seen on surveillance video in a high school hallway groping a female student. The third assault was in a classroom in November.



Michigan tribe awarded $700K for food distribution center

(Information from: WWTV-TV,

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A federal grant of $700,000 will help a Michigan-based Native American tribe build a new food distribution center.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the grant to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

The structure will be located next to the tribe’s existing food building in Manistee.

Tribal leader Larry Romanelli tells WWTV/WWUP-TV the project will help increase the number of people served. The program already has seen a big jump in demand over the past year.

The target date for completion is August 2020.

The funding was included in $63 million divided among 85 Native American communities around the U.S. to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development.