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Unburied fetuses, other bodies found in second funeral home

DETROIT (AP) — About 36 fetuses and infants have been removed from a Detroit funeral home, the second facility where remains have been improperly disposed.

Detroit police raided Perry Funeral Home on Friday and found the remains.

Jason Moon of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the remains were found in three unrefrigerated boxes. Also, additional remains were found in a deep freezer. Some of the bodies had dates of death in 2015.

Perry Funeral Home is the second such facility in Detroit where fetuses have been found. Several cremated remains were found by cleaning crews at the former Cantrell Funeral Home where mummified remains of 10 fetuses were discovered last week in a ceiling.

Police Chief James Craig says law enforcement agencies are considering forming a task force to investigate the issue, specifically targeting improper storage of remains and fraud.


Man gets 32½-60 years in prison for crash that killed 5

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a mid-Michigan man to 32½ to 60 years in prison for a two-car crash that killed five people in southeastern Michigan.

Twenty-three-year-old Matthew Carrier of Fenton learned his punishment Friday after he pleaded no contest to five counts of second-degree murder and other charges in August.

Carrier was drunk at the time of the May 2017 crash in Livingston County that killed five people including Candice Dunn, who was returning home from a state Corrections Department banquet where she was celebrated as probation agent of the year. Also killed were two people in Carrier’s car, which police said was traveling about 100 mph when it didn’t stop at a stop sign and collided with a vehicle driven by Dunn’s boyfriend, who was injured.


6 basketball courts in Detroit city parks refurbished

DETROIT (AP) — Six basketball courts in Detroit parks have been refurbished as part of a six-year, $2.5 million investment to upgrade 60 courts in the city.

The project is a component of a community benefits plan created with the city as part of the Detroit Pistons’ 2017 move downtown to Little Caesars Arena. Pistons owner Tom Gores took part in Friday’s announcement about the completion of the project’s first phase.

Work included smoothing out and painting court surfaces, and repairing rims and stanchions. Another 20 courts will be refurbished by early next year.

The Pistons played home games in downtown Detroit from 1961-78 at Cobo Arena before moving to the Pontiac Silverdome. In 1988, the team relocated to the Palace of Auburn Hills, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit.


Police: Explosive device damages southwestern Michigan home

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — An improvised explosive device that police say appeared to be made from modified commercial fireworks has damaged a home in southwestern Michigan.

The device was outside the home when it partially detonated about 4 a.m. Friday in South Haven. A window was blown out, but no injuries were reported.

South Haven police say investigators don’t know if people inside the home were targeted or if the incident was random.

Parts of the device that didn’t explode will be sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab to be analyzed.

South Haven is along Lake Michigan, southwest of Grand Rapids.


High bond set for doc accused of sexual misconduct at jail

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a doctor accused of sexual misconduct at a suburban Detroit jail offered candy and tobacco to a woman in exchange for a sex act.

Steve Cogswell appeared in court Friday on charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He worked for Correct Care Solutions, a private agency that provides health services at the Macomb County jail.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says Cogswell worked at the jail about six weeks until mid-September. The allegations against him involve three female inmates.

The 53-year-old Cogswell was sent to jail until he comes up $250,000 bail. Defense attorney Stephen Rabaut (RAY’-bow) declined to speak to reporters. Tennessee-based Correct Care Solutions says it won’t talk about the case.

Prosecutor Eric Smith says Cogswell’s phone contained explicit videos and photos.


Ambassadors for Motown sound seek more of it in hometown

DETROIT (AP) — The music of Motown still beguiles audiences around the globe, but the music of Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, the Supremes and Temptations doesn’t get heard regularly and reliably in Detroit, the city of its birth.

Singer Joan Belgrave is among those out to change that: She’s brought it to many venues and hopes to secure a place “dedicated to the genre.” She said what exists isn’t enough for a city with such a sonic legacy.

You can catch some “Hitsville U.S.A.” here and there in Detroit. Classic Motown singers and groups certainly include catalog hits on a tour. There are tribute bands and even a local DJ who spins records from the label and era. Motown Museum plans a major expansion and upgrade that includes a performance space.


Pharmacist who wouldn’t fill miscarriage drug is out

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan pharmacist accused of refusing to fill a prescription to help a woman complete a miscarriage no longer works for the Meijer retail chain.

Meijer spokeswoman Christina Fecher says the pharmacist last worked in July. She didn’t say whether he was fired from the Petoskey store in northern Michigan.

Rachel Peterson this week said the pharmacist refused to fill a prescription for misoprostol in July so she could accelerate a miscarriage and avoid infection. She says he cited his religious beliefs. Misoprostol is sometimes taken as part of a drug combination to induce abortion.

Meijer says the pharmacist should have allowed someone else to fill the prescription. Peterson later got the medication from a Meijer near her home in Ionia, hours away.

Fecher says Meijer apologizes “for any customer experience that does not align with our core values.”


2 firefighters hurt rescuing 3 people from burning house

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two firefighters were hurt rescuing three people trapped on the second floor of a burning house in western Michigan.

Muskegon Assistant Fire Chief Gordon Cole said firefighters found three residents hanging from two upstairs windows when they arrived on the scene early Friday.

Public Safety Director Jeffrey Lewis says one firefighter was on a ladder when one of the residents fell onto him and both tumbled 15 feet to the ground. He says the other firefighter received a severe cut to his hand from breaking out a window. Both firefighters were released after treatment at a hospital.

Lewis says the three residents are in stable condition being treated for smoke inhalation.

Cole says flames were coming out of windows of the home when firefighters arrived.


Snyder appoints Calley, 6 top aides to university boards

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed seven current or former top administration officials to serve on university boards.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and lobbyist Dennis Muchmore, Snyder’s former chief of staff, were named to Oakland University’s board Friday. Senior adviser Richard Baird will join Eastern Michigan’s board.

Snyder appointed chief legal counsel Travis Weber to Northern Michigan’s board, and licensing and regulatory affairs director Shelly Edgerton and former cabinet member David Behen to Western Michigan’s board. Snyder deputy chief of staff Elizabeth Emmitt was appointed to Grand Valley State’s board.

The positions are unpaid. The appointees are subject to Senate advice and consent.

Snyder, who’s in his final months in office, also named two Lansing lobbyists to university boards and appointed natural resources director Keith Creagh to the Natural Resources Commission.


Complaint: Michigan college’s graduation prayer violated law

(Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle,

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A complaint has been filed against a Michigan college for having a religious invocation at its commencement ceremony.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists on Thursday sent Muskegon Community College a letter detailing the complaint.

The complaint was filed in response to a prayer said by college Trustee Ann Oakes at the college’s May 9 graduation ceremony.

The association’s letter cites two U.S. Supreme Court cases that ban invocations in schools and other public institutions.

College President Dale Nesbary says he’s surprised by the complaint. He says Oakes has been delivering the commencement invocation for many years. Nesbary says the college will respond after reviewing the issue.

The association has filed several complaints in recent years regarding the separation of church and state.