Latest Michigan news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT
White Mich. couple arrested after gun pulled on Black family
A white couple has been arrested after at least one handgun was pulled on a Black woman and her daughters during a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan. Jillian Wuestenberg and Eric Wuestenberg were charged Thursday with felonious assault. Cellphone video captured the confrontation Wednesday outside a Chipotle in Orion Township, northwest of Detroit. Jillian Wuestenberg can be seen outside her vehicle shouting “Get away!” while pointing a handgun. She eventually gets back in her vehicle, which is driven away by her husband. Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters that the couple is from Independence Township and both have concealed pistol licenses.
BOAT RESCUE-SAGINAW BAY
Coast Guard rescues 5 people, dog from sinking boat
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five people and a dog have been rescued from a sinking boat in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay. The Coast Guard says Thursday that the 50-foot vessel was halfway submerged and one person wearing a life jacket was in the water when its rescue boat arrived after 11 a.m. Wednesday. A line was tossed to the person who was pulled aboard the Coast Guard Station Saginaw River rescue boat. The other four people and the dog were helped aboard the rescue boat from the sinking vessel. They were taken to Bay Harbor Marina in Bay City. The Coast Guard said Thursday that salvage crews were working on a plan to remove the sinking boat from Saginaw Bay which is just off Lake Huron.
Michigan garage sale may have exposed attendees to virus
CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Health officials in Michigan are telling people who attended a weekend garage sale near the community of Charlotte that a person working at the sale has reported having symptoms of the coronavirus. The Barry-Eaton Health District also says that people who bought or handled items at the sale should monitor themselves for symptoms such as a fever, fatigue, and loss of a sense of smell or taste. The district also urges people to sanitize anything they may have bought with a disinfectant. The sale was at 1748 West Kalamo Highway.
Three arraigned in restraint death of Black teen in Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Three former Michigan youth center staff members charged in the death of a Black teenager who was restrained after throwing a sandwich have been arraigned. Michael Mosley and Heather McLogan turned themselves in Wednesday to authorities and appeared in Kalamazoo County District Court on involuntary manslaughter and child abuse charges. Zachary Solis was arraigned Tuesday after turning himself in. They were charged last week in the May 1 death of 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks. Authorities have said Fredericks went into cardiac arrest April 29 while being restrained at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo. He was hospitalized but died two days later. A doctor who performed the autopsy, said Fredericks had been restrained on the ground, resulting in asphyxia.
PARKING LOT CONFRONTATION-WOMAN CHARGED
Shopper prevented from leaving parking lot; woman charged
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A 46-year-old suburban Detroit woman faces a disturbing the peace charge after a videotaped encounter with a shopper who was blocked from leaving a grocery store parking lot. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Thursday that Paula Gearin of Livonia faces arraignment in 16th District Court. Prosecutors say the June 13 incident in Livonia, west of Detroit, followed an argument inside the store between Gearin and a 43-year-old woman. The 43-year-old women left the store and loaded groceries into her vehicle when Gearin allegedly stood behind her, preventing the vehicle from leaving. The 43-year-old woman recorded the incident on cellphone video and filed a police report after officers arrived.
Michigan governor closes indoor bars, allows to-go cocktails
LANSING, Mich (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a city with a bar that has been linked to a rising number of infections. Whitmer on Wednesday also signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails-to-go in an effort to help those businesses. Bars won’t have to close down completely, according to an new executive order. And the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan are not subject to the order due to low numbers of reported COVID-19 virus cases. All bars may still keep open their outdoor patios. The order takes effect at 11 p.m.
Michigan judge allows restart of disputed oil pipeline
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge is allowing Enbridge to resume pumping oil through a Midwestern pipeline. The judge ordered the shutdown of Line 5 last week at the request of state Attorney General Dana Nessel. That came after damage was found to a structure anchoring a section of the pipeline that runs through a channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. In an updated order Wednesday, the judge said Enbridge could reopen the pipeline to conduct a safety test and could keep the oil flowing in keeping with its results. Enbridge says it will comply with the court order.
Detroit man gets 3 life terms for LGBTQ shooting deaths
DETROIT (AP) — A 19-year-old Detroit man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison with no chance of parole for gunning down two gay men and a transgender woman who authorities believe were targeted because of their sexual orientation. Devon Kareem Robinson was sentenced Tuesday in the killings of 21-year-old Alunte Davis, and 20-year-olds Timothy Blancher and Paris Cameron in May 2019. Prosecutors have said Davis and Blancher were gay men and Cameron was a transgender woman. Robinson is also accused of wounding two other people. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says her office will remain vigilant in the fight against hate.
FLINT CRASH-THREE DEAD
3 killed when Flint crash splits car into 2 pieces: police
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Three people have died and a fourth person has been injured after a car struck a median wall and bridge abutment on Interstate 475 in Flint. Flint police say 26-year-old Nefertiti Adair Foster lost control of a Nissan sedan, hit the median wall and then slammed into a bridge abutment. Police say the impact split the car into two pieces. Foster and two female juvenile passengers were pronounced dead on the scene. A third passenger was hospitalized in good condition. Investigators are trying to determine what caused Foster to lose control of the car.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-AUTO PLANTS
Workers: Tesla threatens firing if they don’t return to jobs
DETROIT (AP) — Some Tesla workers and labor activists say the company is threatening to fire employees who haven’t returned to the company’s California factory since it reopened because they’re afraid of catching the coronavirus. The group wants the practice to stop, and it also wants state and county officials to make sure proper safety procedures are followed at the factory. Worker Carlos Gabriel says officials should be holding Tesla accountable. He’s organizing a rally Thursday at the Alameda County Public Health Department in Oakland. Problems at the factory are among several that have flared up in the auto industry recently. A Tesla spokesman wouldn’t immediately comment but company officials say claims of workers being fired are untrue.