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Sentencing set for ex-dean who had oversight of Larry Nassar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sentencing is scheduled for a former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University.

William Strampel goes back before a judge Wednesday, nearly two months after the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s ex-dean was convicted of neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He was acquitted of the more serious criminal sexual conduct charge.

He faces up to five years in prison on the felony misconduct conviction, which stems from a charge he used his public office to sexually harass students. He also was convicted of willfully neglecting to monitor Nassar.

Strampel was the first person charged after Michigan’s attorney general launched an investigation in 2017 into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography.


Judge to allow use of handwriting expert for Franklin’s will

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge agreed to allow a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin’s death.

During a hearing Tuesday, Oakland County Probate Judge Jennifer Callaghan also placed administration of Franklin’s estate under court supervision. That means the court will have a role in major decisions about her estate, including the sale of property.

A handwritten 2014 document shows Franklin apparently wanted her son, Kecalf Franklin, to serve as the representative of her estate, which might be worth millions. Erich Speckin was hired by the son to verify his mother’s handwriting. Specken told Callaghan it will take him about three hours to analyze the documents.

Lawyers for Franklin’s estate have said “there is no basis” to believe Kecalf Franklin has the skills to administer the estate.

After Franklin’s death last August her heirs agreed to put the estate in the hands of Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, who is a university administrator. Attorneys for Theodore White II said in a court filing that White should be named co-executor, along with Owens.

White and Owens’ names appeared in a 2010 handwritten will, but were crossed out in the 2014 document.


Michigan tribe awarded $700K for food distribution center

(Information from: WWTV-TV,

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A federal grant of $700,000 will help a Michigan-based Native American tribe build a new food distribution center.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the grant to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

The structure will be located next to the tribe’s existing food building in Manistee.

Tribal leader Larry Romanelli tells WWTV/WWUP-TV the project will help increase the number of people served. The program already has seen a big jump in demand over the past year.

The target date for completion is August 2020.

The funding was included in $63 million divided among 85 Native American communities around the U.S. to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development.



Flint-area woman gets life for killing 2 at leasing office

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Flint-area woman has been sentenced to two life prison terms in the fatal shootings of two women who worked in the leasing office of the apartment complex where she lived.

Fifty-seven-year-old Jacquelyne Tyson learned her punishment Tuesday after being found guilty in the July 2016 slayings of Lyric Work and Tamara Johnson at the Grand Oaks Apartments leasing office in Grand Blanc.

Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph Farah found Tyson guilty of first-degree and second-degree murder July 9 during a bench trial. Farah ruled Tyson to be mentally ill, but he rejected an insanity plea

The 45-year-old Johnson died at the scene. The 20-year-old Work was pregnant. She was taken off life support at a hospital several days later. Her daughter was delivered seven weeks early by cesarean section.


Uruguay issues travel warning against Albuquerque, Detroit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Uruguay issued a warning to its citizens early this week about traveling to the U.S. after two mass shootings killed more than 30 people.

The Latin American country also cited three cities citizens should avoid: Albuquerque, Detroit and Baltimore.

Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the three cities are among the 20 most dangerous in the world and cited CEOWORLD magazine at its source.

Albuquerque has garnered national attention in recent years over its high auto theft rates and violent shootings.

Uruguay advised its citizens to avoid U.S. theme parks, shopping centers, art festivals, religious activities and sporting events.

Albuquerque spokesman Matt Ross said it was absurd for Albuquerque to be cited.

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement suggesting its citizens “postpone travel” to the U.S. in light of “hate crimes.”


House explodes on Detroit’s eastside; no injuries reported

DETROIT (AP) — Fire officials in Detroit are investigating the cause of a house explosion on the city’s eastside.

The explosion collapsed the home Tuesday afternoon and an ensuing fire scorched at least one neighboring house. No injuries were reported.

Officials were looking into a possible natural gas leak.

Aaron Roy was doing renovations across the street when the explosion occurred. Roy says the explosion caused the doors and windows of the house to burst outward. The house then fell in on itself.

LaWanda Whittington lives down the street and said the house that exploded also appeared to be undergoing renovations. Whittington didn’t believe anyone was living in the home.


Ann Arbor council votes against dog ban in city cemetery

(Information from: The Ann Arbor News,

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The city of Ann Arbor has decided against banning dog walkers from the city’s cemetery.

The Ann Arbor News reports City Council voted 11-0 Monday night to adopt new rules for Fairview Cemetery, adding some restrictions on pets but not banning them as staff proposed. The cemetery contains graves dating back to the 1800s and is a popular place for dog walkers.

City Clerk Jackie Beaudry says the person who maintains the cemetery under contract with the city has complained about dogs running off leash and poop left behind on graves.

Previously, the city required that pets be on a leash and owners properly dispose of waste. Council members supported the idea of having on-leash pets stay on cemetery paths or roadways.



Developer prevails in fight over Detroit suburb development

(Information from: Detroit Free Press,

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A developer has prevailed in a dispute with residents of an upscale Detroit suburb over how many luxury homes should occupy a sizable portion of land in the community.

An eight-bedroom 1940s mansion formerly sat on the 8 acres (3.2 hectares) in question in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The Detroit Free Press reports scores of trees have been removed after developer Richard Russell recently got the green light from the Michigan Court of Appeals. He can build 16 houses, not the 18 he proposed. Area residents wanted no more than six homes on the last big open tract of land in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Russell says he’s ready to break ground on the first home following the court ruling. Opponents had worried about traffic congestion, public safety and property values.



Ironwood man identified as pilot in UP plane crash

(Information from: WLUC-TV,

CARP LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a pilot who died after a small plane crashed in a remote area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

WLUC-TV reports Ontonagon County officials have identified the pilot as 36-year-old Jack Maccani of Ironwood. He was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

Cellphone location data helped locate the plane in a remote area of Carp Lake Township.

A search began Saturday after the plane departed from the Gogebic County Airport but didn’t arrive as scheduled at the Ontonagon Airport.

The NTSB said Saturday night that it’s investigating the crash of the Piper PA-28 in Ontonagon.