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DRUNKEN DRIVING

Whitmer vetoes bill to let 1-time DUI offenders clear record

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has refused to sign a bill that would have let one-time drunken drivers ask a judge to set aside their conviction, despite the measure’s broad bipartisan support in the Legislature. The Democrat took no action on the expungement legislation Monday, allowing it to die when a 14-day review period expired. Her office gave no reason why. The legislation had passed easily. A key Republican who helped guide the bill through the legislative process expressed outrage. The bill was supported by top officials including Michigan Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.

MURDER CASE DISMISSED

Men cleared of murder sue Detroit-area city for millions

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — Two men cleared of murder have filed a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from a Detroit-area police department for misconduct that kept them locked up in jail or prison for nearly 20 years. Kevin Harrington and George Clark sued in federal court. They argue that their constitutional rights were violated by Inkster police after a fatal shooting in 2002. Harrington and Clark were finally cleared last spring by a special unit in the Wayne County prosecutor’s office that investigates claims of wrongful convictions. It found a “disturbing pattern of behavior” from a detective, including threats against witnesses.

FLINT-ILLEGAL WASTE

Feds: Business dumped liquid landfill waste in Flint system

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Flint business is accused of illegally discharging nearly 48 million gallons of waste from landfills into the city’s wastewater system. Federal prosecutors say the waste included a chemical known to be hazardous to human health. Robert Massey, owner of Oil Chem, is charged with violating the Clean Water Act. Oil Chem processes oily industrial waste. The government says it didn’t have permission to discharge landfill leachate. The discharges occurred from 2007 to 2015. Prosecutors say Oil Chem employees routinely performed the activity around the close of business.

UP PRISON

New law authorizes sale of closed Upper Peninsula prison

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill for the possible reuse of a state prison that closed in the Upper Peninsula in 2018. The new law authorizes the state to sell the Ojibway prison to a private owner or other units of government. The 125-acre property is in Gogebic County’s Marenisco Township. Sen. Ed McBroom says the prison’s closure was a great loss for the local economy. More than 200 people worked at Ojibway. Former Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration closed the prison, citing a smaller overall prison population and other factors.

REPORTER-DETROIT COUNCIL

Detroit journalist takes buyout, will run for council

DETROIT (AP) — A journalist says he’s running for the Detroit City Council after leaving the Detroit Free Press. M.L. Elrick has filed paperwork to create a candidate committee for the 2021 election. Elrick won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing scandals involving Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned as Detroit mayor in 2008. Elrick says voters would get a watchdog who tries to ensure government works. Besides working at the Free Press, he has been a reporter at two Detroit-area TV stations.

HOME INVASION-VICTIM DIES

Lansing police seek updated charges after victim, 93, dies

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police have asked prosecutors to update the charges a Lansing man faces in a home invasion attack following the death of a 93-year-old man who was one of two men severely injured in that attack. Thirty-three-year-old Micah Ezekiel Davis was charged with home invasion and assault after the Dec. 30 attack. But the Lansing State Journal reports that the Lansing Police Department has asked the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office to update or adjust the charges in light of the death of a 93-year-old man who was injured in the attack. He died Sunday after being hospitalized nearly five days in critical condition.

TRUMP-WRONG NUMBER

Wrong number draws mistaken calls, ire from Trump supporters

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan resident has gotten hundreds of calls and texts from President Donald Trump supporters, demanding that the legislature reverse his defeat in the state. But the person getting the messages isn’t a legislator an no longer lives in Michigan. In social media postings, the Trump campaign listed phone numbers for Michigan’s Senate majority leader and former House speaker. But the former House leader’s number actually belongs to a person who moved to California months ago. President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, carried Michigan and has been awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes.

NEW PROSECUTOR-BAIL

Ann Arbor-area prosecutor: No cash bail to get out of jail

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A new prosecutor in the Ann Arbor area has told his staff to not seek cash bail for people accused of crimes. Eli Savit said assistant prosecutors in Washtenaw County can ask a judge to impose certain conditions on defendants in exchange for their release after an arrest. But posting cash bail won’t be one of them. Savit says poor people accused of minor crimes have been trapped in jail because of an inability to pay. Savit says his office still will seek pretrial detention in major crimes, especially if someone poses an imminent threat to the community.  

AP-US-UAW-CORRUPTION

Key figure in UAW corruption probe gets shorter sentence

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has cut 18 months off a 5 1/2-year prison sentence for a former Fiat Chrysler executive who looted a training center for auto workers. Al Iacobelli’s sentence reduction was a reward for cooperation in an investigation of corruption at the United Auto Workers. Iacobelli was the head of labor relations at Fiat Chrysler. Iacobelli admitted to showering more than $1.5 million in cash and gifts on high-ranking members of the union to gain an advantage during negotiations, including a $262,000 mortgage payoff. The government’s investigation began at the training center but stretched to other corrupt acts at the UAW. Eleven officials have been convicted, including two former presidents.

COLLEGE SHOOTING-CLEMENCY

Whitmer rejects clemency for man in ’86 Port Huron murder

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has turned down a request to release a man who insists he was wrongly convicted of murder in a college parking lot in Port Huron in 1986. Whitmer’s staff notified Temujin Kensu’s lawyer last week. Kensu, also known as Fred Freeman, has been serving a life sentence since 1987. Kensu insists he was 400 miles away in the Upper Peninsula when Scott Macklem was killed. Alibi witnesses backed him up. But the prosecutor summoned a pilot to suggest Kensu could have committed the murder and then dashed back to Escanaba by private plane. Separately, Kensu’s case is being reviewed by the attorney general’s office.