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Feds get 10th conviction in union corruption probe
DETROIT (AP) — A former union official has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $120,000 in bribes and kickbacks from contractors with business at a United Auto Workers training center.
Jeff Pietrzyk’s plea agreement calls for federal prosecutors in Detroit to seek no more than two years and three months in prison.
Pietrzyk of Grand Island, New York, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy. He’s the 10th person to be convicted in an investigation of corruption inside the UAW and the auto industry.
Pietrzyk was accused of taking payments to steer contracts to vendors for watches, jackets and backpacks for union members. He was an administrative assistant who worked closely with Joe Ashton, now retired as a UAW vice president.
The government says 58,000 watches still are in storage five years later.
Search continues for Detroit-area woman in northern Michigan
HONOR, Mich. (AP) — Police are using a drone and dogs to try to solve the disappearance of a Detroit-area woman in northern Michigan.
TV station WPBN reports that the search Tuesday is focusing on a half-mile radius of a cabin in Honor in Benzie County. Adrienne Quintal of Warren was reported missing last week. Police say it could be a case of foul play.
State and local investigators used a drone to map the area and keep track of where they’re searching.
The 47-year-old Quintal called someone in the Detroit area for help early last Thursday. Deputies found her car, purse and phone at the cabin.
Anyone with information can call (231) 882-4487.
Autoworkers from closed plants fight new GM contract
DETROIT (AP) — If they can close our plant, they can close yours, too.
That’s the message from workers at three shuttered General Motors factories that didn’t get new products under the tentative contract agreement reached last week between GM and its striking union.
Many workers from those closed factories say they want to vote down the contract and continue the 6-week-old strike.
But few think they will be successful because the agreement is too attractive.
‘Heart-wrenching:’ Couple killed were planning to move
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A husband and wife who were killed during a hit-and-run in Grand Rapids had put their house up for sale and were planning a move to Tennessee.
Tyler Duflo tells WOOD-TV that his mother and stepfather were enjoying a night out Saturday when they were hit while walking across a street in a crosswalk. Duflo says it’s “heart-wrenching.”
Tracy Fuhr and Todd Fuhr of Grand Rapids were 56 years old. Police say the suspect, Jason McCann, blew through a stop sign before hitting the couple. He appeared in court Tuesday on charges of leaving the scene of a deadly crash and reckless driving causing death.
It wasn’t immediately known if McCann has an attorney who could comment.
Duflo says he would want to see the couple’s “contagious smiles one last time.”
Michigan Senate OKs address confidentiality for victims
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bills advancing in Michigan’s Legislature would create an address confidentiality program to protect victims of domestic violence and stalking.
The legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate on Tuesday.
Crime victims certified to participate would have a state address and be able to keep their residential addresses secret in publicly available voting, driver’s license and other records.
The state Department of Technology, Management and Budget would forward participants’ mail to them.
People could participate if they are victim of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking or sexual assault, or if the disclosure of their real address would increase the risk of them being threatened or physically harmed by another person.
The legislation goes to the House for consideration next.
Senate Bills 70-76: http://bit.ly/2W4v4kJ
Wind knocks out power while waves scour Michigan lakeshore
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Utilities are trying to restore power in western Michigan as winds buffet the region and waves pound the coasts of lakes Michigan and Huron.
The National Weather Service is predicting winds of 40 to 50 mph Tuesday and warning about beach and dune erosion. A gale warning has been posted on each side of the northern Lower Peninsula, from Manistee to Oscoda.
There’s also a flood warning in at least six counties, from Mason County south to Van Buren County along Lake Michigan.
In Muskegon County, Azariah Kozicki is trying to protect a cottage with a wall of steel and wood. Kozicki says “it’s erosion to the max.”
Tom Cotter just moved into a newly built home in Ferrysburg in Ottawa County. He says he’s lost 10 feet of property in just a week. He’s seeking a permit to build a seawall.
Police: Man kills himself after killing 6-year-old son
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man killed his 6-year-old son in Port Huron and then fatally shot himself.
Police found the boy and his 35-year-old father in an apartment Monday night after a family member asked authorities to check the residence.
The shootings remain under investigation.
Detroit mayor: No discipline for staff in email controversy
DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Detroit says he won’t discipline his chief of staff or two other officials who were involved in deleting emails about a prenatal health program supported by the city.
Mayor Mike Duggan says chief of staff Alexis Wiley, a former TV reporter, instead will undergo public records training.
Duggan spoke to reporters Tuesday, a day after Detroit’s inspector general said the group Make Your Date enjoyed special treatment from city hall. Ellen Ha said Wiley’s order to delete emails was “egregious” and “contrary to open government.”
The mayor says the order to delete emails was a “mistake in judgment” by Wiley to protect junior staffers from possible records requests by a Duggan critic. Duggan says they were going to “become part of the media circus.”
Chairs removed from Mott’s Flint campus after bedbugs found
(Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com)
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Mott Community College officials say bedbug-infested chairs have been removed from a student lounge on the Flint campus.
The college says the chairs were removed for treatment to kill the insects after they were found Thursday on the chairs in the Mott Memorial Building’s student lounge.
MLive.com reports that the bedbug find on the Flint campus follows the discovery of bedbugs earlier this month in a high school classroom in the Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools, which is also in Genesee County.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture all consider bedbugs a public health pest.
But unlike most public health pests, bedbugs are not known to transmit or spread disease.
RUFFED GROUSE-WEST NILE
Study finds ruffed grouse can survive West Nile virus
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Test results from the first year of a study indicate that ruffed grouse in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan can survive the West Nile virus.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday reported that samples from grouse shot by hunters last year found antibodies consistent with West Nile in about 13% of the birds sampled in Minnesota and Michigan, and 29% in Wisconsin. But only a few sampled birds were still sick.
Charlotte Roy of the Minnesota DNR says the study shows at least some birds exposed to the virus survive, and they’re not sick when harvested in the fall. But she says it doesn’t show how many may die from the mosquito-borne disease over the summer.
The DNR says good habitat can produce healthier birds and increase survival chances.