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A win for people who park too long: Tire chalking thrown out
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city’s policy of chalking tires to enforce parking restrictions has been declared unconstitutional.
A federal court says chalking tires in Saginaw to keep track of parked cars is an unreasonable search and has no role in maintaining public safety. The decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals created a new legal precedent Monday in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Saginaw marks tires with chalk to keep track of how long a vehicle is parked. Alison Taylor sued after receiving 15 parking tickets between 2014 and 2017. Tickets start at $15.
The appeals court says Saginaw failed to demonstrate in “law or logic” how marking cars justifies a warrantless search. The court says marking tires was a strategy to raise money.
Michigan adoption agency flips LGBT policy after settlement
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan is reversing its policy and will place children with same-sex couples to comply with a legal settlement.
Bethany Christian Services and the state confirmed the change Monday.
Bethany Christian Services says while it is “disappointed” with how the settlement has been implemented, it will nonetheless reverse its policy so it continues foster care and adoption work for the state.
As of February, Bethany Christian Services was responsible for 1,159 — or more than 8% — of cases of children under state supervision.
Democratic Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s recent settlement prevents faith-based agencies from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. St. Vincent Catholic Charities sued last week to challenge the deal.
Prosecutor: Ionia man justified in fatally shooting intruder
(Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com)
SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a 69-year-old mid-Michigan homeowner was justified when he fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him.
Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler ruled Monday that the homeowner acted in self-defense Jan. 1 and won’t face charges for shooting 40-year-old Justin Eddy of Lansing.
The Lansing State Journal reports that while Eddy was unarmed at the time, Butler said the homeowner was “nonetheless in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm” when Eddy forced his way into the home just around 10:30 p.m. in Sebewa Township, about 105 miles (169 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.
Authorities have said Eddy told the man and his 63-year-old wife he was being chased by someone and then began acting erratically and attacked the homeowner.
AG Nessel creates unit to target payroll, tax fraud
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is establishing a special unit in her office to investigate payroll fraud and the misclassification of workers by “shady” businesses.
The Democrat, who announced the initiative Monday, says payroll and tax fraud have gone under the radar for far too long. She says her office will be “as aggressive as possible” cracking down on businesses that cheat workers of wages and dodge taxes.
Nessel’s announcement was made in conjunction with Democratic lawmakers who plan to propose bills that would increase penalties for payroll theft, strengthen whistleblower protections and require companies to pay back wages if money is owed to workers.
Nessel’s office says wage theft occurs most often in industries such as construction, landscaping, janitorial services and child care.
New lawsuit targets faith-based policy at Michigan resort
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A resort community in northern Michigan is being sued again over membership policies that are related to religion.
Bay View Association last year eliminated a rule that requires cottage owners to be of “Christian persuasion.” But a lawsuit filed last week in federal court targets a new policy, which says applicants must “respect the principles of the United Methodist Church.”
The rule also says membership applicants must support “Christian values and traditions” of the Bay View Association. The lawsuit says the policy, which was approved by members, violates federal law because Christian beliefs are put above others.
Bay View is a seasonal community along Little Traverse Bay, near Petoskey, that was founded in 1875. The lawsuit says Bay View must follow the U.S. Constitution because it has some government powers under state law.
An email seeking comment was sent to Bay View’s attorney.
GRAND RAPIDS SHOOTING
Police ID victim in fatal shooting at Grand Rapids party
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed in a Grand Rapids shooting and are asking for the public’s help in solving the slaying.
Grand Rapids police said Monday that the man killed Saturday in a shooting at a large party was 28-year-old Lou Cleveland Luckett of Grand Rapids. He was killed and a woman was injured in the shooting at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say investigators received little cooperation or information despite the large number of people at the party. On Monday they said the investigation continues and if anyone has information they can contact investigators anonymously at silentobserver.org.
AAA: Michigan gas prices down 10 cents to $2.82 per gallon
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 10 cents from a week ago to about $2.82 per gallon.
The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 6 cents less than a year ago and marks the first weekly decrease in over two months.
Still, AAA says more increases are expected this spring.
The state’s highest average was about $2.90 a gallon in the Marquette area. The lowest was about $2.75 in the Flint and Grand Rapids areas.
Prices in the Detroit area were about $2.83 per gallon, down about 6 cents from a week ago.
AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.
CIVIL RIGHTS WEBSITE-DETROIT
Website aimed at preserving Detroit’s civil rights history
DETROIT (AP) — An activist and a researcher are launching a website aimed at preserving the stories of Detroit’s civil rights movement.
The online historical and educational resource is called Rise Up Detroit. It represents the efforts of Junius Williams, founder of Rise Up North, and Peter Blackmer, a project researcher and research fellow at Wayne State University’s Detroit Equity Action Lab.
Rise Up Detroit is scheduled to officially launch with a kickoff event May 14 at Wayne State’s David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The program is expected to include a discussion with civil rights veterans and experts.
The university says in a release Rise Up North was created to share “black freedom struggles” in the major urban centers of the northern U.S. The Detroit effort follows one in Newark, New Jersey, where the project began.
For more stories about the 1967 riots in Detroit and Newark: https://www.apnews.com/1967Riots
WIND FARM CANCELED
Plans canceled for wind farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
L’ANSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A company says it’s not moving forward on plans for a wind farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula due to factors including delays in the planning process.
Renewable Energy Systems recently announced that it’s decided to stop development of the Summit Lake Wind Farm project in Baraga County’s L’Anse Township. A release from the company says the project, which was proposed last year, no longer made sense financially and logistically.
The company had proposed a wind energy facility with 49 turbines, each almost 500 feet (152 meters) tall.
Plans for the wind farm faced opposition by some including the group Friends of the Huron Mountains, which welcomed the update on the project’s cancellation.
MARQUETTE-RECORD COLD STREAK
Weather Service: Marquette breaks record of days under 60
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the Upper Peninsula city of Marquette has set a chilly record by going nearly 200 straight days without the temperature reaching at least 60 degrees (15.5 degrees Celsius).
The weather service in Marquette reported Thursday that the Lake Superior port city had gone 197 days without reaching 60 degrees (15.5 degrees Celsius), breaking the previous record of 196 days set in 1970.
Jim Salzwedel is observation program leader with the weather service’s Marquette bureau. He said Sunday that the city’s cold streak ended at 198 days on Saturday, when the temperature reached 65 degrees (18.3 Celsius) in Marquette.
Before Saturday, the last time it had reached 60 degrees (15.5 degrees Celsius) in Marquette was last Oct. 3.
Marquette’s weather service observations go back to 1962.