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FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN
Police: Man shot to death during confrontation with deputies
BAGLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man has been shot to death during a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies at a home in northern Michigan.
State police say four Otsego County sheriff’s deputies and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer went to the Bagley Township home shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday to serve a search warrant.
It was not immediately clear who fired shots or how many were fired. There were no reports of injuries to the officers.
State police are investigating the shooting.
Bagley Township is northeast of Traverse City.
NATURAL GAS PLANT-FIRE
Michigan regulators order steps after fire threatened heat
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators are ordering a utility to take certain steps following a January compressor station fire that sparked concerns about keeping natural gas flowing to millions of people during bitterly cold temperatures.
The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday outlined a number of steps for Consumers Energy to improve natural gas service reliability. They include studying fire-prevention methods, evaluating the company’s incident command system and detailing the cost of the fire in the utility’s next rate case.
The blaze at a facility in suburban Detroit cut the amount of natural gas that could be delivered from underground storage at a time of record demand to heat homes, businesses and other buildings.
Ex-FBI agent defends Flint water probe after criticism
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former FBI agent who investigated the Flint water scandal says the team was moving toward new charges when new prosecutors took over.
Andy Arena was ousted in February, and special prosecutor Todd Flood was removed in April. Arena tells The Detroit News that no one spoke to him to understand how he was doing his job. He’s a veteran law enforcer who has investigated mobsters and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Arena says investigators were months away from “dropping a heavy rock” — more charges related to financial deals involving Flint’s water.
The investigation now is being led by Fadwa Hammoud of the attorney general’s office. She and Attorney General Dana Nessel have repeatedly knocked Flood’s team. Hammoud dropped charges against eight people in June and said the probe was being reset.
Woman wanted for fatal hit-and-run is arrested in Georgia
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A woman accused of a fatal hit-and-run in suburban Detroit has surrendered in Georgia.
Warren police say Valerie Bostle walked into the DeKalb County sheriff’s office in Decatur, Georgia, on Monday, nearly a month after a 55-year-old man was struck by a car and dragged for a mile.
Police believe the 36-year-old Bostle took a bus to Georgia on June 12. She will eventually be returned to Macomb County, Michigan, to face a manslaughter charge and other charges. It’s not known if she has a lawyer in Georgia who could comment.
Peter Chisolm lived in a group home and was out for a walk when he was killed on June 5.
Authorities find human remains at mid-Michigan home
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities responding to the reported discovery of possible human bones at a mid-Michigan home say they’ve found human remains.
Lansing police say officers responded Monday to the home. Investigators were seen working in the home’s backyard.
A Michigan State University Forensic Anthropology team, a Michigan State Police human remains analyst and the medical examiner’s office verified the discovery of human remains.
Police on Tuesday morning didn’t immediately release information about a possible identity of the remains. An autopsy was planned and the investigation is ongoing.
3 dead, 1 hurt after vehicle hits tree in suburban Detroit
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three people have died and a fourth was critically injured after the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a tree in suburban Detroit.
The crash happened Monday afternoon in Oakland County’s Bloomfield Township. Police say a 72-year-old woman from Southfield who was driving died along with a 69-year-old man from Oak Park and a 29-year-old woman from Southfield. A 71-year-old woman from Royal Oak was hospitalized.
Investigators weren’t immediately sure why the vehicle left the roadway. The crash is under investigation.
Tesla sets quarterly record for deliveries
Tesla overcame logistics problems to set a quarterly record for deliveries from April through June. Now Wall Street is focusing on whether it will translate into profits.
The electric car and solar panel company said it handed over 95,200 vehicles to customers worldwide, breaking the previous record of 90,700 set in the fourth quarter of last year.
The company rebounded from a dismal first quarter when it delivered only 63,000 of its Model S, X and 3 vehicles, a 31% drop from last year’s fourth quarter.
But many analysts question whether the record sales will turn into profits for the struggling company, and they’re raising questions about demand for Tesla vehicles and its long-term profitability.
MEDICAL DEBT ERASED
Michigan church helps pay off $1.8 million in medical debts
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A church in western Michigan is helping to pay off more than $1.8 million in medical debt for families.
Grand Rapids First church in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming is working with Rye, New York-based nonprofit RIP Medical Debt on the effort. Nearly 1,900 randomly selected families from Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Ionia counties are getting letters informing them that the debts are being paid off.
Those involved in the effort say a donation of $15,000 from the church is allowing RIP to purchase the debt.
RIP acquires packages of overdue charges for a fraction of their value and forgives them. It’s worked with other organizations, including the Michigan Nurses Association and an Indiana church , to clear medical debts.
TV reporter leaves job after comment about black colleague
DETROIT (AP) — A white Detroit television reporter says he’s left his job following a comment he made about a black colleague at a journalism conference.
A post on the Facebook page of Kevin Dietz late Monday says that while taking a photo with other WDIV-TV staff at last month’s Investigative Reporters & Editors conference in Houston he jokingly told the group they’re “probably going to have to crop the black reporter out of the photo.”
Dietz, who had been with the station since 1993, says he intended to openly acknowledge challenges that his company and others face in achieving diversity goals, but his remark violated the station’s zero-tolerance policy on racially insensitive comments. He’s apologizing to anyone he offended.
A statement from WDIV-TV says Dietz resigned and it wouldn’t discuss specifics.
Michigan man charged after illegal boat charters in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been arrested in connection with illegal charter boat operations on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois says 33-year-old Christopher Garbowski is charged with violating an order of the captain of the port.
Garbowski of Sterling Heights was arrested Saturday. He appeared before a judge and was released on bond.
Authorities say groups paid for charters aboard a 40-foot powerboat during the 2017 and 2018 boating seasons. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago says the boat had not been inspected or certified by the Coast Guard. The charges also allege the person acting as captain did not have proper Coast Guard credentials.
The Associated Press was unable to reach Garbowski Monday for comment.