Latest Michigan news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT
RACIAL INJUSTICE-DETROIT-OFFICER CHARGED
Detroit officer charged in rubber pellet shooting at protest
DETROIT (AP) — A police corporal accused of shooting three photojournalists with rubber pellets while they covered protests in Detroit against police brutality has been charged with assault. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says Monday that 32-year-old Detroit Police Corporal Daniel Debono faces multiple counts of felonious assault. Worthy says on May 31 in downtown Detroit, 30-year-old MLive.com photojournalist Nicole Hester and two independent photojournalists, 28-year-old Seth Herald and 29-year-old Matthew Hatcher, encountered Debono and two other officers. Worthy says the photojournalists were wearing press credentials, identified themselves as media and raised their hands as they asked to cross the street when Debono shot them with rubber pellets. They suffered bruises and other injuries.
Federal aid helps Michigan fill $2.2B hole; more sought
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown — with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state’s savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid. The framework of the deal was announced three weeks ago by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders. But now negotiators are ironing out specifics in hopes of patching the remaining $2.2 billion budget hole this week before turning their attention to another major shortfall in the fiscal year that starts in October.
Michigan judge won’t free teen, says she was threat to mom
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Michigan who’s under criticism for detaining a 15-year-old girl after she failed to do her schoolwork has denied the teen early release. The Detroit News reports that Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan said during a hearing Monday that the girl was placed in a juvenile facility because she was a threat to her mother. ProPublica reported last week that the girl has been in Oakland County’s Children’s Village since mid-May for violating probation in a case involving allegations of assault and theft. Brennan had cited a “failure to submit to any schoolwork and getting up for school.”
VIRUS OUTBREAK-RESTAURANT HOAX
Ludington restaurant suffered after busboy lied about virus
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan restaurant lost thousands of dollars in sales after a busboy said he had COVID-19, but the employee simply wanted a day off and lied. David Hritco is manager of Timbers Seafood and Steakhouse in Ludington. Hritco says it’s “heartbreaking.” The restaurant closed Friday and Saturday. The timing was terrible for the restaurant, which is trying to recover during the peak summer season after months of being closed. Hritco says the employee confessed to the lie Saturday night. The manager says it’s now a matter for Ludington police.
Wrangling over virus relief persists despite high stakes
MIAMI (AP) — The race to corral the coronavirus pandemic is taking on even greater urgency as a burgeoning economic crisis collides with political turmoil. While the latest experimental vaccine appeared to show promise, politicians in Washington were far apart in finding a way to bring financial relief to Americans. Congressional Republicans are at odds with Democrats over how much money is enough for a new rescue package and also face pushback from the White House. The political stakes are high before the November election, especially with the nation registering more coronavirus infections and deaths than any other country.
Judge questions evidence against lawmaker facing 2nd trial
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge says he has “serious questions” about evidence against a Michigan lawmaker who faces a second trial on corruption charges. Federal Judge Robert Jonker set a Aug. 21 deadline for prosecutors to respond if Rep. Larry Inman asks to have two remaining charges dismissed. Inman is a Republican from the Traverse City area. He’s accused of trying to trade votes for campaign money. A jury in December acquitted him of lying to the FBI but couldn’t reach a verdict on charges of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe. Inman denies wrongdoing. He can’t run for re-election because of term limits.
MUSLIM VOTER SUMMIT
Biden urges Muslim Americans to help him defeat Trump
Joe Biden is urging Muslim Americans to join him in a fight to defeat President Donald Trump as he addressed an online summit hosted by the advocacy organization Emgage Action to mobilize Muslim voters ahead of the presidential election. Biden’s comments on Monday come after several prominent Muslim American elected officials have endorsed him for president. The endorsement arrives in a letter organized by Emgage Action ahead of Biden’s address. Among those signing the letter are Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, all Democrats. Emgage Action CEO says the group is seeking to maximize Muslim American turnout in key battleground states.
Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor
A comprehensive study of American homes finds that on average rich people produce nearly 25% more heat-trapping gases than poorer residents. Monday’s study looked at 93 million U.S. housing units, calculating that the average rich person produces nearly 6,500 pounds of greenhouse gases per year from residential use. For the average poor person, the amount is more than 5,200 pounds. In tony Beverly Hills, the average resident produces four times more than the average resident of poorer South Central Los Angeles. Scientists say while the rich emit more carbon pollution per person, the poor bear the brunt of global warming impacts such as heat waves.
DETROIT SHOOTING-THREE DEAD
3 dead, 1 wounded in overnight shooting at Detroit eatery
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say a suspect is in custody after three men were killed and a fourth was wounded in an overnight shooting at a restaurant on the city’s west side. Detroit Police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood tells the Detroit Free Press that the suspect was in custody in late Sunday’s shooting at A. Eagle’s Coney Island. But she offered no additional details about that person or the four shooting victims. Kirkwood also did not offer a motive for the slayings, saying only that it was still being investigated. Sunday’s shooting was among a string of violent crimes in Detroit over the weekend.
WHITE BOY RICK-PRISON RELEASE
Man who inspired ‘White Boy Rick’ released from custody
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man whose decades in prison for drug dealing and work as as FBI informant inspired the movie “White Boy Rick” has been released from custody in Florida. It’s Richard Wershe Jr.’s first steps of freedom since he was a teenager. Officials say Wershe was discharged from a residential work-release program in Kissimmee, Florida. In 2017, he was released in Michigan after roughly 30 years in prison for a cocaine conviction, but Wershe was immediately sent to Florida to serve a sentence for a car theft scheme there. Wershe’s story was the basis of the 2018 film “White Boy Rick,” starring Matthew McConaughey.