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Man who shot Michigan deputy kills himself, ending standoff
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of shooting a Michigan sheriff’s deputy killed himself inside his home, ending an hourslong standoff with police. The Washtenaw County sheriff’s office said Thursday that the incident ended shortly before midnight. Officers were called to a Superior Township neighborhood, 40 miles west of Detroit, because of a feud between neighbors that involved gunshots. A deputy was shot as he approached the property. The sheriff’s office says the deputy was able to return home from a hospital to “begin his road to recovery”
FATAL STABBING-MEIJER STORE
Woman holds fatal stabbing suspect at gunpoint in Michigan
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — An 85-year-old man has been stabbed to death inside a southern Michigan supermarket, but his attacker was unable to flee because a woman who witnessed the attack held him at gunpoint until the police arrived. The Daily Telegraph of Adrian reports that the victim was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck Wednesday afternoon at a Meijer store in Adrian. He died at the scene. Adrian Police Chief Vincent Emrick says the woman with a handgun ordered the 29-year-old suspect to the floor and held him there until officers took him into custody. Emrick says she has a concealed pistol license.
Police identify 3 people killed in 7-vehicle I-69 pileup
AUBURN, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan couple and an Indiana man have been identified as the three people killed in a seven-vehicle pileup on a northeastern Indiana highway. Indiana State Police say 81-year-old Dale Eugene Lowe and 72-year-old wife Jean Elsie Lowe of Charlotte, Michigan, both died from their injuries at a Fort Wayne hospital after the SUV they were riding in was rear-ended by a semitrailer on Interstate 69. Police say 65-year-old William Charles Heil of Angola was pronounced dead at the scene after his car was pushed into the rear of a second semitrailer. The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday near Auburn.
Convicts will continue to be hit with court operating costs
DETROIT (AP) — People convicted of crimes will continue to pay millions of dollars to keep the lights on in Michigan courts, along with other operating costs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a two-year extension Thursday. The burden mostly falls on poor people, and the practice is controversial. A commission in 2019 recommended major changes in how courts are financed, but the issue hasn’t gained enough traction yet in the Capitol. Without an extension, the current law would have expired. On top of fines and restitution, people convicted of crimes can be ordered to pay a share of a court’s operating costs, such as salaries, utilities and other services.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-CAMPUS STRIKE
Students who teach end strike at University of Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Graduate students who teach at the University of Michigan have returned to classes after voting to end a strike. The Graduate Employees’ Organization represents about 2,000 students who teach or assist classes. The union says it achieved “critical progress” on child care options during the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 testing protocols and concerns about campus police operations. The deal ends legal action by the university, which sued this week to try to end the strike. The university says the strike disrupted many online undergraduate classes taught by graduate students.
With Big Ten reversal, Trump aims to score in battlegrounds
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was quick to spike the ball in celebration when the Big Ten announced the return of fall football at colleges clustered in some of the Midwest battleground states critical to his reelection effort. But his efforts to reverse last month’s decision to postpone fall sports in the conference because of the novel coronavirus were far from the only factor that led officials to change course. The Big Ten was under enormous pressure to restart the season from athletes, parents, coaches and college towns that rely on football Saturdays to provide much needed tax revenue.
Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is drawing sharp condemnation for comparing lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic to slavery. In remarks at an event hosted Wednesday night by Hillsdale College and held in Northern Virginia, Barr called the lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” since slavery. Rep. James Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democratic leader, told CNN that Barr’s remarks were “the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful things I’ve ever heard” because they wrongly equated human bondage with a measure aimed at saving lives. Clyburn said: “Slavery was not about saving lives. It was about devaluing lives.”
ELECTION 2020-ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Appeals court: Mass mailing of absent ballot applications OK
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications to millions of 2020 voters was deemed legal by Michigan’s appeals court. Judges ruled 2-1 Wedneday that she has “inherent” authority to act under a 2018 constitutional amendment expanding voting rights. The court upheld a lower judge’s decision. Benson, a Democrat, began sending the applications in May to all voters in the battleground state who were not already on permanent absentee ballot lists for the August primary and November general elections, as a way to encourage safe voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Michigan deputy shot while responding to neighbor feud
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff’s deputy has been shot after responding to a call between feuding neighbors. The Washtenaw County deputy was in stable condition Wednesday. Spokesman Derrick Jackson says the deputy was shot Wednesday soon after arriving at a home in Superior Township, 40 miles west of Detroit. Meanwhile, the gunman was still inside the home. Jackson said he didn’t know if anyone else was inside with him. Neighbors have been told to stay inside. Jackson says it’s a large scene with a major police presence.
ELECTION 2020-TRUMP RALLIES-MICHIGAN
Whitmer: No enforcement of virus rules at Trump rallies
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says it doesn’t make sense for Michigan to enforce coronavirus restrictions at President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign rallies and also points to people’s constitutional rights. The Democrat has expressed safety concerns with thousands attending a Trump rally last week, calling it a potential superspreader event. Her order restricts outdoor gatherings to no more than 100, though there’s an exception for political speech. Her office say attendees still must keep 6 feet apart from non-household members and wear masks if distance can’t be maintained. But Whitmer says it practically doesn’t make sense to try to enforce the rules.