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Michigan village starts flood recovery, awaits funds

LANSING, Mich (AP) — A small Michigan village is pulling together after two dam failures in May. Volunteers in Sanford are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed by floodwaters since there’s no telling when state and federal help will come. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster on June 15. That would open up federal resources and financial support for the area. An answer to Whitmer’s request has not been received. State legislation to give the Midland area $6 million to manage damage is sitting in a committee, with the Legislature adjourned for the summer.


Michigan reports 398 new coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ most recent numbers show that in one day the state reported 398 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths. With Saturday’s totals, the department on its web site says there have been a total of 65,533 cases and 5,972 confirmed coronavirus cases. Saturday’s total was slightly lower than Friday’s total when the state reported 460 new cases. There were also three confirmed coronavirus deaths on Friday. 


Detroit Police say 2 women killed in separate shootings

DETROIT (AP) — Two women were killed in separate shootings in Detroit overnight, police said Saturday. Police said a 19-year-old woman riding inside a car was killed when a shooter in a passing SUV opened fire around 7:20 p.m. Friday. No other injuries were reported. In the second shooting, police said a 39-year-old woman riding in a car was fatally shot by someone inside a passing car at 12:55 a.m. Saturday. Police said a 40-year-old man and three boys, aged 15, 12 and 9, who were in the same car were wounded. 


White Mich. couple charged after gun pulled on Black family

A white couple face criminal charges after one of them was captured on video pulling a handgun on a Black woman and her daughters in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan. Oakland County prosecutors say Jillian and Eric Wuestenberg were arrested after Wednesday night’s confrontation and charged Thursday with felonious assault. The sheriff’s office says they were later arraigned and are free on a $50,000 personal bond. The sheriff says that as a condition of the bond, they must turn over all firearms, not engage in “assaultive behavior” and not leave Michigan. They’re next scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on July 14. 


Census takers going door-to-door in Detroit neighborhoods

DETROIT (AP) — Census takers have started door-to-door canvassing of homes in Detroit. City officials say efforts through the end of July will be concentrated in southwest Detroit, the lower east side and northeast side, and the Grand River corridor. Census takers will try to reach people who have not yet answered census questions by mail, online or by telephone. Detroit’s current census response rate is 47%. Nearly a dozen community groups have committed to taking part in the canvassing.


VIRUS DIARY: Pro golf without fans in an eerie green expanse

DETROIT (AP) — Birds, generators and golf carts were the sounds heard when the silence was broken during the opening round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Thursday. The PGA Tour is putting the world’s best golfers on courses for the fourth time since shutting down March 12 due to the pandemic that can canceled the British Open and postponed the others majors until later in the year. The players have gotten used to competing without fans. But it was a jarring and unsettling experience for an Associated Press sports reporter covering a competition for the first time in nearly four months.


Nigerian man charged with cyber fraud against US companies

CHICAGO (AP) — A Nigerian national has appeared in court in Chicago on charges that he orchestrated an international cyber fraud scheme that defrauded U.S. businesses in six states out of tens of millions of dollars. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said Friday that 29-year-old Olalekan Jacob Ponle, originally of Lagos, Nigeria, was arrested last month in the United Arab Emirates, where he was living. He was expelled from the country and into FBI custody, and arrived in Chicago Thursday. He’s charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud against companies based in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New York and California.


Michigan to retrieve $8M in duplicate unemployment payments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan announced it overpaid $8.2 million in duplicate unemployment payments to about 3,000 residents and is going to attempt to collect the money. The Unemployment Insurance Agency issued duplicate payments to “a small percentage of claimants” as it worked to expedite payments to the millions of workers that were laid off during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency said the overpayment was discovered on May 11 during its internal review. Agency officials caught the error within a day. The UIA will reach out directly to those who received duplicate payments about repayment.


Oakland County approves invasive species prevention programs

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County commissioners have approved resolutions that create two new invasive species prevention programs aimed at improving the local ecosystem. The Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose two-year pilot program and the 2020 Oakland County Native Plants initiative were adopted last week. Two solar-powered mobile cleaning stations will be placed at local boat launches to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species as part of Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose. Aquatic invasive species often are spread from one body of water to another via boats or boating equipment. Data collected from the units will provide information on usage habits and notifications when they need to be serviced. The Native Plants initiative will promote the planting of fauna native to Oakland County. 


Coast Guard rescues 5 people, dog from sinking boat

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five people and a dog have been rescued from a sinking boat in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay. The Coast Guard says Thursday that the 50-foot vessel was halfway submerged and one person wearing a life jacket was in the water when its rescue boat arrived after 11 a.m. Wednesday. A line was tossed to the person who was pulled aboard the Coast Guard Station Saginaw River rescue boat. The other four people and the dog were helped aboard the rescue boat from the sinking vessel. They were taken to Bay Harbor Marina in Bay City. The Coast Guard said Thursday that salvage crews were working on a plan to remove the sinking boat from Saginaw Bay which is just off Lake Huron.