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Detroit pastor hopes to raise $260K to aid wrongly convicted

(Information from: The Detroit News,

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit pastor is seeking to raise money for at least 13 men who were wrongly convicted to give them a fresh start.

United Kingdom Church Pastor Terrence Devezin says he set up a GoFundMe page named “Justice for the Michigan 13” aiming to raise $260,000 to give the men $20,000 apiece.

Devezin tells The Detroit News he feels they are also owed a public apology for the many years they served in prison for crimes they never committed.

Michael Powels is among the 13. He served 12 years for a murder he was wrongfully convicted for in 2007 and says the fund could help with housing, work, clothing needs and other “basic necessities.”



Man charged in officer’s slaying to remain behind bars

(Information from: WDIV-TV,

DETROIT (AP) — A man accused of killing a university police officer in Detroit was ordered to remain behind bars during his latest competency hearing.

Raymond Durham has been found not competent to stand trial multiple times and on Friday a judge rejected his petition for release, ordering Durham to remain incarcerated.

The 63-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2016 shooting death of 29-year-old Collin Rose, who was a sergeant with the Wayne State University police department.

The officer’s father, Randy Rose, attended Friday’s hearing, saying he needed to be there to make sure Durham wouldn’t be released.

WDIV-TV reports that Dr. Ravi Singh Kirbat, a psychiatrist at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, told the court that Durham has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and continues to exhibit “active psychotic symptoms.”



Michigan woman sentenced for starving 3 horses to death

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman who pleaded no contest to charges that she starved three horses to death has been sentenced to two months in jail.

A Muskegon County judge also sentenced 43-year-old Bobbi Jo VanKoevering on Friday to three years of probation, during which time she cannot keep any animals where she lives. The Ravenna woman had pleaded no contest last month to felony animal abandonment/cruelty.

VanKoevering was charged in April after authorities found three dead horses on her property.

Assistant Prosecutor Katherine Matlock told the court authorities also found two emaciated horses and a calf there that “quite frankly were on the brink of death” before they were rescued.

Defense attorney Paula Mathes says VanKoevering is taking responsibility and has gotten help for “physical and psychological issues.”


No toast: Major liquor distributor hit over delivery delays

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major Michigan liquor distributor is taking heat for delays in getting booze to customers.

Republic National Distributing acknowledges the problems and says it may take many more days to fix things. Joe Gigliotti says there’s no liquor shortage — it’s all in the warehouse.

The distributor consolidated operations in Livonia, causing problems for months. Gigliotti told state regulators Friday that it “seemed to overload the system.”

Liquor Control Commission Chairman Pat Gagliardi says the problems show what can happen when a distributor has a large share of the market. Some retailers have driven to the warehouse to get their liquor.

The commission has logged more than 800 complaints in November. Steve Soka of Franklin Liquor & Deli in Southfield says the holidays are a critical time to sell liquor.


Dearborn academic’s talk to focus on ‘Saving the University’

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University professor and author will discuss the need for universities to restore trust both inside and outside their campuses during a talk at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is scheduled to discuss her book, “Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University,” on Dec. 3. The afternoon presentation in the Social Sciences Building is part of the Dearborn school’s Thought Leader Series.

Her book explores what she sees as an era of anti-intellectualism and academics being more competitive than constructive. She proposes “generous thinking,” which emphasizes listening, collaborating and building community through collective ideas and projects.

Fitzpatrick is an English professor and project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access and open-source network serving roughly 18,000 humanities scholars and practitioners.


State police to keep an eye on properties during winter

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Northern Michigan snowbirds concerned about their homes over the winter can get an assist from state troopers. reports that the Gaylord post is offering property checks for people who will be away for the holidays or the winter season. State police will ask for an address and a phone number in case they discover anything suspicious.

Troopers will periodically check the properties.

The Gaylord post covers Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties in the northern Lower Peninsula.

State police suggest property owners arrange for someone to clear snow when they’re gone and set timers for indoor lights.


Chief: Suspect in officer’s death linked to other shootings

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s police chief says a 28-year-old man arrested following the slaying of one Detroit police officer and wounding of another may be connected to several earlier shootings.

Chief James Craig says Friday that two men were shot Monday — one fatally — on the city’s east side. Two other people were wounded Sunday on the west side.

Those shootings preceded Wednesday’s fatal shooting of Officer Rasheen McClain and wounding of Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse after they responded to a home invasion.

Craig said the 28-year-old also is believed to have fired shots two weeks ago at that home over a 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, but the appropriate follow-up wasn’t done by investigators and the man was not arrested. An internal investigation has been started.

No charges have yet been filed against the suspect in any of the shootings.


Lawsuit challenges Medicaid work requirements in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Recipients of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program have filed a lawsuit challenging new work requirements that take effect in January.

The suit was filed Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C. Health advocates say the Trump administration had no authority to approve the rules that will result in people losing their government health insurance.

Starting Jan. 1, able-bodied adults ages 19 through 61 who want coverage in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion plan must show workforce engagement averaging 80 hours a month — through work, school, training, substance abuse treatment or community service.

Michigan is among nine states whose Medicaid work requirement waivers have been approved. Indiana is the only state where they are in effect.

A federal judge has blocked Medicaid work requirements in three states.


Michigan halts sale of marijuana vape products, orders tests

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has temporarily halted the sale of marijuana products intended for vaping so that they can be tested for a compound linked to lung illnesses.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued the emergency rules Friday.

They prohibit licensed medical and recreational marijuana businesses from selling existing products intended for e-cigarette use unless they are re-tested and do not have vitamin E acetate. Newly made vaping products cannot have the compound, either.

Regulators plan to inspect processing facilities twice a month to make sure they do not contain inactive ingredients that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for inhalation.

Vitamin E acetate has only recently been used as a thickener in vaping fluid, particularly in black market vaping cartridges.


Residents submit nearly 14,000 signatures to recall lawmaker

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group has turned in nearly 14,000 signatures seeking to recall a Traverse City-area state lawmaker who is facing criminal charges in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money.

The residents need at least 12,201 of the voter signatures submitted Friday in Lansing to be valid to hold a recall election.

If enough signatures are found by the secretary of state’s office within 35 days, Republican Rep. Larry Inman would decide whether to appear on the recall primary ballot or not. He automatically would be the Republican nominee in the recall general election unless he withdrew.

The elections could be scheduled for March and May.

Inman’s trial in a Grand Rapids federal courtroom is scheduled to begin Dec. 3.