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5-year-old Michigan boy calls 911 to ask for McDonalds
(Information from: WZZM-TV, http://www.wzzm13.com)
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A 5-year-old Michigan boy had a craving for McDonald’s but his grandmother was sleeping so he called 911 and made a request.
WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids reports Iziah Hall of Wyoming asked the dispatcher: “Can you bring me McDonald’s?” Dispatcher Sara Kuberski says she told him no but reached out to the police.
Wyoming police officer Dan Patterson says the April 14 request made him laugh, so he stopped at McDonald’s on his way to check on Iziah’s home in the western Michigan city.
Patterson says he thought, “I’m driving past McDonald’s on my way there and I might as well get him something.” The officer says the first thing the boy said to him was, “My grandma’s gonna be so mad, can you please go away?”
Whitmer nets GOP, business support for tuition-free programs
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is netting key support from the business community and some Republican lawmakers for her large-scale plans to provide debt-free tuition to high school graduates and older adults who want to learn new job skills.
The development is a boost for one of the Democrat’s signature policy goals — increasing the number of working-age adults with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 60% by 2030, from 45% now.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rich Studley is pledging the group’s “full, unequivocal” backing of her proposals, known as Michigan Reconnect and the Michigan Opportunity Scholarship. Small Business Association of Michigan President Brian Calley praises Whitmer’s “visionary leadership.”
Bills to create the programs were introduced in recent days after Whitmer announced them earlier this year.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LAND SALE
Michigan village seeks to sell land to medical pot industry
(Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com)
KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan village wants to sell a portion of its taxpayer-owned land for the development of medical marijuana facilities.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that Kalkaska leaders voted this month to list nearly 10 acres for sale. The land is located within the industrial district, which is already zoned for medical marijuana businesses.
Village officials hired real estate brokers to market the properties to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry. Officials hope the property sales will boost the village coffers following costly legal settlements.
Village President Harley Wales says the community wants to be at the forefront of Michigan’s growing cannabis economy.
The move comes a month after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eliminated a medical marijuana licensing board that faced criticism for slow license approvals for businesses entering the market.
GRAND RAPIDS SHOOTING
1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at large party in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man is dead and a woman was injured in a shooting at a large party in Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids police say patrol officers heard gunshots at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the same time several calls came into 911. Officers arrived at the scene to find a man dead and the injured woman. She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man’s identity wasn’t released pending notification of family but police say he was in his 20s.
Police say investigators received little cooperation or information despite the large number of people at the party.
MICHIGAN RESORT-TEEN DROWNING
Girl, 14, drowns in pool in northern Michigan resort
BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (AP) — Officials at a northern Michigan resort say a 14-year-old girl has drowned in a pool inside the property.
Boyne Mountain Resort officials said in a release Friday the teen was found unresponsive Thursday evening in three feet of water in the resort’s Clock Tower Lodge pool. Attempts were made to resuscitate her by emergency workers at the pool and later at a hospital.
The release says she was in the pool area with her parents and sister. It wasn’t known how long she had been underwater.
Boyne Mountain says its swimming pools are not staffed with lifeguards. The family was staying at an adjacent lodging facility.
Officials did not identify the girl.
Boyne Mountain is near Boyne Falls in Charlevoix County.
Court affirms $50k payment in Islamic marriage agreement
DETROIT (AP) — A court says a Detroit-area man must pay his former wife $50,000 under the terms of their Islamic marriage certificate.
The man argued that a Wayne County judge exceeded her authority by trying to resolve a religious issue in a divorce. But the Michigan appeals court says Judge Melissa Cox simply applied common law regarding contracts.
The court this week says Cox used “neutral principles.”
The $50,000 payment is called a “mahr” in the Islamic faith. The appeals court says it’s a gift of money or property made by a man in marriage. The decision sets a precedent for Michigan judges.
Man convicted of murder at 13 pleads to exposure charge
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man convicted of murder at age 13 has pleaded guilty to an indecent exposure charge.
Thirty-three-year-old Nathaniel Abraham was sentenced last week to 30 days in jail, which he had already served. Last year, he was charged with resisting officers trying to arrest him on the exposure charge.
He was charged this year with several counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Abraham remains jailed on those charges. Defense attorney James Galen said Friday that Abraham “was at best a street-level dealer” trying to make money for his son born a few months ago.
Abraham was 11 in 1997 when he was accused of fatally shooting a stranger in Pontiac. He was convicted in 1999.
Abraham was released in 2007, but pleaded guilty in 2008 in a drug case and was released from parole last year.
Jury convicts man who said he didn’t need deer license
(Information from: Daily Globe, http://yourdailyglobe.com)
ONTONAGON, Mich. (AP) — It didn’t take a jury much time to decide the case of an Upper Peninsula man who was hunting deer without a license.
Ron Ehinger of Ontonagon County claimed he didn’t need a license based on the “laws of nature.” The Daily Globe in Ironwood reports that a jury needed just 10 minutes to determine that the laws of Michigan applied instead.
The 68-year-old Ehinger was convicted Thursday of two counts of taking a buck with eight antler points or more. He could be ordered to pay thousands of dollars in penalties.
Judge says US government can be sued for Flint water crisis
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city’s water crisis.
Federal Judge Linda Parker didn’t determine whether EPA employees were negligent when Flint’s water system became contaminated with lead in 2014 and 2015. The decision at this stage is more narrow, with the judge saying Thursday that the government isn’t immune to a lawsuit.
Parker says EPA employees knew lead was leaching from old pipes because Flint’s water wasn’t being properly treated. She says the EPA also knew that Michigan regulators were misleading residents about the quality of the water.
The judge says the “lies went on for months.”
The Associated Press sent an email to the EPA seeking comment Friday.
DETROIT SYMPHONY-NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERTS
Detroit Symphony Orchestra resuming community concert series
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it plans to resume its community concert series next month.
The ensemble’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series returns over two weekends in May with concerts in Southfield, Clinton Township, Beverly Hills, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Plymouth and Grosse Pointe.
The series is named after Davidson, the former Detroit Pistons owner and a longtime orchestra benefactor who died in 2009. The William Davidson Foundation made a $15 million gift in 2017 to the ensemble to continue its sponsorship of the series.