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LAWMAKER CHARGED-THE LATEST
The Latest: House speaker asks lawmaker to resign
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leader of the Michigan House has asked a lawmaker to resign from office after he was charged with seeking campaign contributions in exchange for opposition to anti-union legislation.
Republican Speaker Lee Chatfield said Tuesday that his request to Rep. Larry Inman “is under consideration.” Chatfield did not say if he would pursue an expulsion if the Traverse City-area Republicans refuses to resign.
Inman says he’s innocent.
A federal grand jury indicted Inman on three charges: attempted extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI. The allegations are related to a vote to repeal a wage law on public construction projects.
Inman voted to repeal the wage law. Prosecutors say he had pledged to vote against the repeal in exchange for campaign cash. The carpenters union didn’t respond.
Michigan Senate OKs $58B budget that is at odds with Whitmer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate has passed a $58 billion budget plan that is at odds with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal, primarily over road and education funding.
The legislation approved Wednesday is another step in the process as lawmakers and Whitmer work to enact a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
Senate Republicans and Democrats were in agreement on many bills, but diverged on big sticking points such as spending billions more on roads and how to divvy up funding for K-12 schools.
The Republican-led Legislature has not embraced Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, and budget talks could extend into the summer months.
The House could vote on its budget plan in coming weeks.
SC deputies arrest fugitive wanted in Michigan
(Information from: WCBD-TV, http://www.wcbd.com)
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities have arrested a man wanted in Michigan on a charge involving the assault of a child.
WCBD-TV reports Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force found 29-year-old Muhammed Baldeh on Tuesday — his birthday — and arrested him. He’s been wanted since July 2012 on warrants accusing him of forcible sexual assault and sodomy of a child under the age of 10.
Further details of the alleged crime are not being released.
Berkeley County found Baldeh after receiving tips that he was living and working in the area. Baldeh was arrested without incident. He’s being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center, where he will await extradition back to Michigan.
TEEN BEATEN-POLICE VIDEO
$10M lawsuit filed over police beating of Michigan teen
ALBION, Mich. (AP) — The family of a Michigan teenager who was struck by a police officer while handcuffed in a patrol car has filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Calhoun County, says the 13-year-old’s civil rights were violated during the November incident, which was recorded on police camera. The officer worked in Albion, about 95 miles (153 kilometers) west of Detroit.
The teen was arrested after police were called to his home for possible assaultive behavior. The lawsuit says he was punched after spitting at an officer.
The lawsuit says the boy has mental health problems and was experiencing an emotional crisis.
Albion says the officer was fired in February. A message seeking comment on the lawsuit was left with the Department of Public Safety.
Authorities name 2 men in plane missing over Lake Michigan
FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two men they believe were aboard a small plane that went missing over Lake Michigan in northern Michigan.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Wednesday that the Benzie County sheriff’s office lists the missing men as 65-year-old Randal Dippoid, of Perry, and 53-year-old Emanuel Manos, of Monroe.
It isn’t clear which man was piloting the plane that dropped off radar Sunday night about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of Frankfort.
The plane reportedly was having engine trouble and controllers had directed it to an airport in Frankfort when it vanished. Authorities have said the plane took off from Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula and was heading to Monroe in southeastern Michigan.
The sheriff’s office says the search now is a recovery mission.
BIG WATER BILL
Deal reached on $19K water bill in Upper Peninsula
(Information from: WLUC-TV, http://www.wluctv6.com)
ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) — The good news: The owners of a rental house in the Upper Peninsula are off the hook for a water bill of nearly $19,000. The tough news: They’ll still owe roughly $2,500.
About 1 million gallons leaked from a broken pipe at a rental property in Ishpeming. A tenant and the city weren’t aware of the two-month spill in the home’s crawl space.
The owners, Ashley and Matt Cody, got a bill for $18,709. TV station WLUC says the city council voted 3-2 Tuesday to charge what it costs the city to send the water through the meter. The bill can be paid without interest over 12 months and will include a new water meter.
Ashley Cody says city leaders have been “extremely accommodating.”
Michigan unemployment rate edges up to 4.1 % in April
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.1% in April after six consecutive months of remaining unchanged.
Figures released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget show the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was half of a percentage point higher than last month’s national unemployment rate of 3.6%.
In April 2018, Michigan’s jobless rate was 4.3%.
Total employment grew by 7,000 during the month while the number of jobless workers increased by 4,000.
The agency says the manufacturing sector saw the most pronounced monthly decline in jobs at 3,000.
Director Jason Palmer of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives says total employment gains so far this year have averaged 9,800 per month and payroll jobs rose in April for a seventh consecutive month.
DETROIT ARCHDIOCESE-SUNDAY SPORTS
Detroit-area Catholics curbing organized sports on Sundays
DETROIT (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in southeastern Michigan plans to stop its youth sports activities on Sundays in an effort to focus on rest and worship.
The Archdiocese of Detroit announced the policy on Wednesday. It’s expected to be implemented this fall by the Catholic High School League and Catholic Youth Organization.
Archbishop Allen Vigneron wrote in a pastoral note that Sunday has lost its place as a holy day and he wants it centered on what he calls “God-centered pursuits.”
Officials say the move has local roots in a 2016 gathering of clergy and members. They are aware of other U.S. dioceses moving toward limiting Sunday sports.
Pope Francis has called on Catholics to preserve Sunday’s holiness. Pope John Paul II wrote about it in an apostolic letter in 1998.
DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State asks alumni if it’s done enough post-Nassar
(Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com)
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University wants to know how alumni think it’s doing after a scandal involving imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday that alumni were emailed a survey asking about communications from the East Lansing school and if the university has made enough changes.
Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He pleaded guilty in 2017 to sexually assaulting nine victims and possessing child pornography.
Former Michigan State president Lou Ann Simon resigned and faces criminal charges that include lying to investigators. Trustees forced interim president John Engler out earlier this year.
Acting president Satish Udpa has formally apologized to Nassar’s victims.
GUN SHOP THEFT
$5K reward offered after burglars strike Michigan gun shop
COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A $5,000 reward is being offered for information after authorities say burglars took about 10 firearms from a gun shop in western Michigan.
The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says the break-in happened early Monday at Palladium Gun Shop in Coopersville. The sheriff’s office says a law enforcement dog tracked the suspects a short distance, but it lost their scent. It’s believed that they got into a vehicle and drove away.
Investigators initially didn’t say how many weapons were taken, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says about 10 guns were stolen.
The ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation each are offering $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.