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Juvenile lifer skips chance to possibly get new sentence

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of killing three people when he was a teenager says he was “rotten from the beginning” and is skipping a chance to possibly get a new sentence from a judge in suburban Detroit.

Michael Kvam (KWAM) told a judge on Friday that he deserves to die in prison. TV station WXYZ quotes Kvam as saying, “I’m a killer, plain and simple.”

Kvam was convicted of killing a teenager, a woman and a 9-year-old girl in Oakland County in 1984. He was 17 at the time of the homicides. Under a U.S. Supreme Court decision, teens given automatic no-parole sentences are entitled to a new hearing.

But Kvam, who’s now 52 years old, waived that opportunity Friday. It’s possible that he would have received the same sentence.


People wrongly accused of jobless fraud win major ruling

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program can sue the state, a decision that could cover thousands of victims.

The court says victims qualify if they filed a lawsuit within six months of losing wages or tax refunds. The unanimous opinion was released Friday.

An automated computer system used by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration was a disaster. People were accused of cheating to get jobless aid. They were forced to repay money, along with substantial penalties.

Although refunds were made, the state still is the target of lawsuits by people who claim that their due-process rights were violated during the process. Attorney Jennifer Lord says 40,000 fraud determinations were ultimately overturned.

A separate but related case is pending in federal court.


No injuries after shots fired overnight in campus lot

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Police at Eastern Michigan University are investigating shots that were fired overnight in a parking lot.

Police say someone fired many shots in the air early Friday. Many people were dancing in the parking lot after cars pulled in near the Fletcher Building.

Spokesman Geoff Larcom tells The Ann Arbor News that no injuries were reported. Shell casings were recovered.

Anyone with information can call police at (734) 487-1222.


Man pleads guilty to throwing water balloons at Trump fans

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man who threw water balloons at supporters of President Donald Trump outside a Michigan rally has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor but says he might do it again.

Robert Truax Jr. tells TV station WZZM that “actions are going to be louder than words these days.”

Truax threw two water balloons at Trump supporters outside a Grand Rapids arena on March 28. No one was injured. The 20-year-old Grand Rapids man says he was standing up for Trump’s critics.

Grand Rapids Sgt. Cathy Williams says the water balloons could have caused panic. The maximum penalty for creating a disturbance in a public place is 90 days in jail. Truax says he might throw three balloons next time.


Michigan woman allegedly lived with man’s corpse for weeks

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A woman has been taken into custody after authorities say they found her living in a southeastern Michigan apartment with the corpse of her boyfriend, who had apparently died several weeks earlier.

The Monroe Police Department says the circumstances surrounding the death of the 61-year-old man are under investigation. Police say the woman was being held on suspicion of concealing the death.

The man’s name and additional details about the woman weren’t immediately released.

Police were called Wednesday by a relative of the man who said his family hadn’t heard from him in several weeks. Officers attempting to check on him found the woman at the apartment in Monroe, located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Detroit and near Michigan’s border with Ohio. They found the man’s body inside.


2 seen in surveillance at Gerald Ford grave come forward

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have come forward and are cooperating.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, police say the results of the investigation will be forwarded to a prosecutor for review when it is completed.

Police released a photo of a man and a woman sitting on a wall on March 27. The man appears to be marking or digging into panels that say, “Lives Committed to God, Country and Love.” The woman kicked her skateboard into the panels.

The Fords are buried outside a museum that is dedicated to Gerald Ford’s presidency. He died in 2006. Betty Ford died in 2011.


Michigan man gets 1 year in jail for killing at age 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who was 14 when he fatally shot his sister’s boyfriend is set to be released from jail in a year as part of an amended plea deal.

Twenty-year-old Jared Seagraves was resentenced Thursday to one year in Kent County Jail followed by probation.

Seagraves pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Michael Haminger. He was initially sentenced to spend six years in adult prison after age 21.

Kent County prosecutors amended the sentencing deal to account for the Haminger family’s wishes and Seagraves’ outstanding record at the Muskegon River Youth Home in Evart, where he’s been for the past six years.

He has earned his GED diploma and begun community college classes. He’s also been diagnosed with some level of autism.

Haminger’s mother, Sherry Haminger, says she believes Seagraves “has shown remorse.”


Hard Rock buying Cincinnati casino, horse track in Kentucky

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hard Rock International has reached a deal with Jack Entertainment to buy a Cincinnati casino and a horse track in Kentucky.

The $780 million deal announced Friday will give Hard Rock and VICI Properties control of Jack Cincinnati Casino and Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky.

Hard Rock will oversee operations at both sites.

Businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert owns Detroit-based Jack Entertainment.

Jack Entertainment says the deal won’t affect its Cleveland casino or Jack Thistledown Racino in northeast Ohio.

The deal will need approval from state and federal regulators and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Jack Casino in downtown Cincinnati brings in nearly $200 million a year in gambling revenue.


Detroit settles with family of girl killed in police raid

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has reached an $8.25 million settlement with the family of a 7-year-old girl accidentally killed by a police officer during a 2010 raid.

City attorney Lawrence Garcia announced the settlement with the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones on Thursday, four days before a trial was to begin.

The girl was shot in the head while she slept on a couch. Joseph Weekley was the first officer through the door of her home during a chaotic search for a murder suspect. Weekley says he accidentally fired his gun during a struggle with Aiyana’s grandmother.

The family’s attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said the settlement should allow the family, the city and Weekley to move on from the tragedy.

A judge dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against Weekley in 2014.


Officers fatally shoot man who threatened them in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Officers in western Michigan have fatally shot a man who threatened them during an attempted arrest.

Michigan State Police say 37-year-old Thomas Verile Jr. of Scotts was shot Thursday morning at a home outside Kalamazoo after he threatened officers, saying he had a weapon. Police said in a news release that preliminary information indicated several officers fired shots at Verile, who was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police says officers have been looking for the man for several days. He says the officers trying to arrest the man were with the Michigan State Police, Battle Creek Police, the Michigan Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals Service.

No officers were injured.

Police said Verile was wanted for parole violations and also had outstanding warrants against him.