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ATM ROBBERY-MICHIGAN

3 arraigned in theft of $99,000 from Detroit-area ATM

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in the theft of $99,000 from a Detroit-area bank’s ATM.

The Macomb County sheriff’s office says 22-year-old Davon Perry, 22-year-old Lorenzo Burks and 21-year-old Gisselle Delacruz were arraigned Monday.

The sheriff’s office says a service technician told investigators he was working on the ATM Wednesday in Harrison Township when a masked man with a gun demanded money from it.

Perry is charged with armed robbery, conspiracy and using a firearm during a felony. Burks is charged with conspiracy. Delacruz is charged with accessory after the fact.

They were ordered jailed on bond. Probable cause conferences are scheduled Jan. 16.

Only Perry has an attorney. The Associated Press left a message Monday seeking comment from his lawyer.

KALAMAZOO SHOOTINGS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Motive ‘key question’ in 6 fatal shootings

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan prosecutor says he still doesn’t know why a man randomly killed six people in between driving for Uber around the Kalamazoo area in 2016.

Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder Monday , a day that was set aside for jury selection in his trial. He was a driver for Uber when he shot strangers in between picking up riders.

Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting says the motive remains a “key question” that haunts investigators. He says: “Everybody wants to know.”

Dalton told police that the Uber app was controlling him on the day of the shootings. He was found competent to stand trial and had dropped plans for an insanity defense.

He now faces life in prison.

FLINT WATER

Another misdemeanor deal in Flint water investigation

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s former drinking water regulator has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in the Flint water investigation.

It’s a break for Liane Shekter Smith, who was facing felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter , in an investigation of Flint’s lead-tainted water and a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

Smith pleaded no contest Monday to disturbance of a lawful meeting and agreed to testify against others, if necessary. Special prosecutor Todd Flood praised her “candor and truthfulness.” Defense attorney Brian Morley says the case likely will be dismissed in six to 12 months.

Seven people now have resolved their cases with misdemeanor pleas.

Flint’s water was contaminated with lead when the city switched sources in 2014 and didn’t treat water to reduce corrosion. A former state health director and a state doctor are awaiting trial on involuntary manslaughter charges related to a Legionnaires’ outbreak that was blamed on the water.

NOROVIRUS-MICHIGAN

State health officials warn of increasing norovirus activity

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials in Michigan are warning that a virus that causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping is making its rounds.

Michigan’s Health and Human Services department has identified increases in norovirus activity, which often peaks during the winter.

The viruses also can cause low-grade fever, headache, weakness and muscle aches. Symptoms can begin as early as 12 hours after exposure to the virus or as late as 72 hours. They usually last one to three days. The state says that in most cases, ill individuals fully recover without medical attention.

Norovirus easily is spread through food, by person-to-person contact or through contaminated surfaces. Officials say frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm running water is the best way to limit the spread of the norovirus.

STORM-BEACON HIT

Storm sweeps away beacon on Lake Michigan in Manitowoc

(Information from: HTR Media, http://www.htrnews.com)

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A storm has swept away a navigational beacon on Lake Michigan in eastern Wisconsin.

High waves took out the South Pier Light Navigational Beacon near the Manitowoc lighthouse early Monday.

Witnesses told police they saw waves hitting the beacon until it collapsed.

Chief Eric Olson of the U.S. Coast Guard in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, told the Herald Times Reporter that heavy rains and gusty winds took out the beacon’s platform.

Olson says authorities don’t know where the tower went, but it most likely was pushed into Lake Michigan.

He says the Coast Guard will search for the beacon and will arrange for another beacon for the pier.

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LGBT DISCRIMINATION-WHITMER

Whitmer prohibits LGBT discrimination by state contractors

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people by state government, contractors and others, superseding an order that Gov. Rick Snyder signed just days before leaving office.

Whitmer’s directive, like Snyder’s, requires all recipients of state contracts, grants and loans to extend protections to their employees. But hers does not provide an exemption for religious organizations.

The Democrat signed the directive Monday at an LGBT community center in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale.

It clarifies that employment protections cover all state employees and prohibits discrimination in state services, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

LGBT advocates and civil rights groups are applauding Whitmer’s move.

FAMILY KILLED-INTERSTATE-THE LATEST

The Latest: Michigan family devastated by fatal crash

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The death of a Michigan family of five in a vehicle crash in Kentucky has devastated their relatives and friends.

Habib Abbas of Dearborn, a cousin of the father, told The Detroit News that when he first heard about it he didn’t believe it and went about his day.

He says: “I thought it was a rumor or something and then saw it again and called his sister. She and the family are even more in denial.”

Authorities identified the family members as 42-year-old Issam Abbas and Rima Abbas, 38 and their children, a boy Ali Abbas, 14 and girls Isabella Abbas, 13, and Giselle Abbas, 7.

Abbas says Issam Abbas was a lawyer and that Rima Abbas was a doctor and devoted mother to their children. He says the extended family was close and his cousin led a “beautiful life.”

He added: “You don’t expect a whole family to get wiped out. You think to yourself ‘What’s the worst case scenario?’ and that’s it.”

WATER TESTING-MICHIGAN

New tests of southwestern Michigan wells find no dioxin

OTSEGO, Mich. (AP) — Officials say another round of testing at private residential wells in southwestern Michigan found no presence of dioxin in most of the wells that previously tested positive for the contaminant.

Michigan and Allegan County officials on Monday announced the results of retesting at 21 private residential wells in Otsego. They say only one showed trace amounts of dioxin, but those were below drinking water standards.

The wells were retested in October after some results from a July sampling tested positive for the harmful manufacturing byproduct. It was later determined the July results were invalid due to laboratory testing equipment contamination.

Residential well tests near a paper factory landfill also came back negative for per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, known as PFAS . Soil samples will next be tested for dioxins and PFAS.

FOREST ROADS-MICHIGAN

Michigan: Initial inventory of state forest roads complete

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An initial inventory of state forest roads maintained by Michigan’s Natural Resources department is complete.

The state says it spent two years mapping and reviewing the conditions of the network of roads. Computer mapping technology was used to consolidate previously mapped roads into a single, comprehensive database.

The work has led to a compilation of interactive maps that show where off-road vehicle use is allowed on state forest roads.

Forest Resources Division chief Deb Begalle says “forests roads are a resource to help people get out and enjoy Michigan’s public forests.”

Roads in the southern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula were inventoried last year. Northern Lower Peninsula roads were inventoried during 2017.