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Detroit 16-year-old charged in slaying of her newborn

DETROIT (AP) — A 16-year-old Detroit girl has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of her newborn earlier this year.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says the teen is being charged as a juvenile and faces an Oct. 25 pretrial hearing at a juvenile detention center.

Prosecutors say the girl gave birth Feb. 21 in the bathroom of an apartment on the city’s eastside.

The newborn was stabbed multiple times, wrapped in a towel and placed in a purse. The purse was hidden in a bedroom closet. Police found the newborn’s body the following day.


Fifth Indiana man dies following plane crash in Michigan

DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A fifth Indiana man has died following a small plane crash near a Michigan airport.

The 48-year-old pilot Joel Beavins died Sunday. His obituary was posted online by Swartz Family Community Mortuary in Franklin, Indiana.

Six men were aboard the single-engine plane, which crashed Oct. 3 outside Capital Region International Airport, near Lansing, Michigan. The plane had departed from Indy South Greenwood Airport near Indianapolis.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Wednesday. It described the plane as a single-engine Socata TBM 700 aircraft.

The report didn’t reach a firm conclusion about the cause of the crash. But it notes that the plane was about 126 pounds (57 kilograms) over the maximum allowable landing weight when it crashed and about 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) past the center-of-gravity limit.


Korean War soldier’s remains coming back home to Michigan

(Information from: WOOD-TV,

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a Michigan soldier who went missing during the Korean War’s fierce Battle of Chosin Reservoir are being returned home.

U.S. Army Sgt. David Alexander Feriend was 23 in December 1950 when he was listed as missing in action, after the brutal 17-day siege near the Chosin Reservoir in eastern North Korea.

WOOD-TV reports that DNA testing confirmed Feriend died in that battle seven decades ago.

The testing followed the Singapore summit in 2018 between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, when North Korea agreed to return 54 boxes of human remains from the war.

Feriend’s sister, Irene Arbogast, says her parents had hoped for years that he was a prisoner of war.

His remains will arrive in Michigan Friday, with full military honors.



Police: Lawmaker failed to disclose bids to demolish house

DETROIT (AP) — Police say a state legislator didn’t tell investigators about bids sought to demolish a vacant Detroit house she owned before it mysteriously was razed.

Democratic Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo has said she and her nonprofit group were planning to rehab the house for a needy family before she learned Sept. 26 that it was torn down without her permission.

Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday that a prescription medicine label found at the site and area surveillance cameras led investigators to a company responsible for the demolition. The owner could face charges.

Investigators learned that Gay-Dagnogo received an estimate on Sept. 23 but never gave the go-ahead to tear down the house.

Craig said Gay-Dagnogo later told investigators she didn’t feel disclosing information about the estimate “was relevant” as police tried to identify who demolished the house.

The Associated Press left an email Wednesday seeking comment from Gay-Dagnogo.


State, contractor to pay $1.25M to settle prisoner lawsuit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan and a health care company have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit over the care of a mentally ill prison inmate.

Darlene Martin died in 2017, more than a year after she was released from the Huron Valley women’s prison.

Lawyers for Martin’s family say she was denied food and water at times and forced to sit in her own excrement while in segregation for 10 days in 2014. Water to her cell was cut off.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Corrections Department will pay $550,000 and Corizon Health will pay $700,000. Corizon provides health care to prison inmates. A federal judge approved the settlement last week.

The family’s lawyers will get $475,000 in fees and expenses from the $1.25 million.


More cases of rabies in skunks confirmed in Detroit area

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two new cases of rabies in skunks found in suburban Detroit communities.

Oakland County’s health division says Wednesday that the skunks were in Southfield and Farmington Hills and that rabies has been verified so far this year in eight skunks and four bats in the county.

Several cases of rabies in skunks have been confirmed in Southfield. Other cases also have been confirmed in Rochester Hills and Troy.

Health officials say bats and skunks are the most common carriers of rabies in Michigan. Symptoms in animals include general sickness, swallowing problems and excessive drooling, slow and unusual movement, no apparent fear of humans and aggression.

Rabies can be fatal to humans after symptoms begin to occur. Deaths can be prevented with a vaccine administered immediately after exposure.


Counselors cheer passage of bill protecting their jobs

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan counselors are cheering after the initial passage of legislation aimed at safeguarding their ability to practice psychotherapy.

The state House voted unanimously this week to advance the bill to the Senate. It would clarify the scope of practice for Michigan’s 10,000 licensed professional counselors.

The measure is a response to a state department’s proposed revision of counseling rules.

A state spokesman says existing law does not give counselors the authority to diagnose and use psychotherapy technique. Counselors say they have been doing so for years, however, and the rule changes would have significant consequences for them and the 150,000 people they serve.

Republican Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis, the sponsor of the bill, says it is the “antidote” and a “simple solution” to let counselors continue working.


2 dead in police chase after car crashes into Detroit house

DETROIT (AP) — Two people have died after their car crashed into a Detroit house while the vehicle was being pursued by police.

The car burst into flames Tuesday and blew a huge hole in the foundation of the house. Police say three other people in the car were in critical condition.

The homeowner, Cheryl Chambliss, was inside with a friend. She tells radio station WWJ that she heard the crash but didn’t immediately realize that it involved her house on Chalmers Street.

She says she’s not surprised. Chambliss says she sees many collisions “up and down Chalmers every day.”

Police say the people in the car were suspects in a series of smash-and-grab robberies.


Former teacher convicted of sexually assaulting students

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former mid-Michigan fifth-grade teacher of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against male students that he taught.

Jurors also found Patrick Daley not guilty on five counts of the same charge and could not teach a verdict on one count.

He taught at Washington Woods Middle School in Holt for five years.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation in May 2018 after four students told the principal that Daley had touched them inappropriately.

Nine students testified that Daley sexually assaulted them. Ingham County District Court Judge Thomas Boyd said that the abuse to the boys was routine and spanned almost two years.

Daley faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.


Woman, 4-year-old daughter die in Detroit apartment fire

(Information from: The Detroit News,

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit fire officials say a woman and her 4-year-old daughter died in an overnight apartment fire that may have started in a stove.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell tells The Detroit News that a 7-year-old boy was also hospitalized with smoke inhalation following Tuesday night’s fire on Detroit’s west side.

He says the fire that killed the 32-year-old woman and her daughter is believed to be “accidental” and early indications are that it started in a stove.

The fire began about 7:30 p.m. in the apartment building and fire crews remained at the scene several hours later.

Representatives for the American Red Cross were assisting other residents of the apartment building.