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Tips sought in illegal shooting of 2 Michigan bull elk

ATLANTA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan conservation officers are seeking help from the public in solving the illegal killing of two bull elk in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Lt. James Gorno of the state Department of Natural Resources says the carcasses were discovered Saturday in Montmorency County, about 7 miles north of Atlanta. He says both elk apparently had been shot a couple of days earlier. That’s when the firearms deer hunting season was getting underway.

The DNR says information can be reported anonymously. Monetary rewards could be available for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Tipsters can contact the DNR’s Gaylord Operations Center at 989-732-3541. They also can call or text the 24-hour Report All Poaching line at 800-292-7800.


Federal drug agency opens new office in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is opening an office in Traverse City.

The DEA’s Detroit Field Division says the new post will help the agency identify, disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations and their subsidiaries in northern Michigan.

Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon (PLAN-sun) says the office will work closely with the Michigan State Police Traverse Narcotics Team, which includes more than a dozen federal, state and local agencies.

Plancon says the opioid epidemic is a priority for the DEA, but the new partnership will enable the agencies to deal with any future threat posed by illegal drugs in northern Michigan.


Police identify Lansing man fatally shot while hunting deer

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Lansing man shot and killed while apparently hunting deer in mid-Michigan.

The Bath Township Police Department said Monday the man was 68-year-old Chong Yang.

Police say Yang was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found after 10 p.m. Friday northwest of Lansing in Clinton County.

They say a preliminary investigation has revealed Yang was deer hunting on public property when apparently shot by someone. Yang was wearing hunter’s orange clothing at the time.

Police say they have no suspects in the shooting.

Police initially reported the shooting victim was 67 years old.


Detroit man sentenced after trying to sell 4 hand grenades

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man has been sentenced to four years and four months in federal prison for possessing and attempting to sell four live hand grenades.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit says 29-year-old Byron Ross appeared Friday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to unregistered possession of a destructive device.

Ross was arrested in December 2017 after showing the grenades in his home to a confidential FBI source. Court documents show the negotiated price for each grenade was $150.

FBI investigators later determined the grenades were fully functional and contained a black powder explosive.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said Monday in a release that hand grenades “are military weapons used to wound, main, and kill on the battlefield” and have no place on city streets.


Car hops curb, strikes police officer on Kalamazoo sidewalk

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a southwestern Michigan police officer has been struck by a car on a sidewalk.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the officer was with a group of investigators talking to neighbors Monday afternoon when the vehicle struck and injured him.

The department says other officers performed first aid on the injured officer, who was taken to a hospital to be treated. His condition is unclear. His name hasn’t been released.

The department says a driver swerved to avoid another vehicle and went over a curb and struck an officer, who was walking on the sidewalk.

Investigators say alcohol and speed don’t appear to be factors in the crash.


Ex-state abuse investigator sentenced in teen’s sex assault

(Information from: Lansing State Journal,

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — A former state child abuse and neglect investigator accused of sexually assaulting a teenager will spend a year in jail and then four years on probation.

The Lansing State Journal reports that 34-year-old Daniel Hulings of Bath Township was sentenced Monday.

Hulings had pleaded no contest to two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was initially charged with seven counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Clinton County Prosecutor Chuck Sherman said the plea deal capped the amount of time Hulings would spend in jail at one year.

The victim wasn’t associated with Hulings’ work with Child Protective Services. Court records show the victim said she had sexual contact with Hulings on numerous occasions over a period of more than a year beginning when she was 16.



The Latest: Extradition pending in senior complex slayings

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors in Michigan say extradition proceedings are pending for a Detroit man charged with fatally shooting two people inside a senior citizens’ housing complex.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 69-year-old James Fleming is being held Monday in Richmond, Virginia. Fleming surrendered to authorities there around midnight.

He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, assault, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct.

Prosecutors say Fleming locked himself out of his apartment on Nov. 13 and shot 50-year-old unarmed security guard Kenneth Hall when Hall opened the door for him. Shots also were fired at other residents in the building, including 66-year-old Bernice Clark who was struck and killed.

Police have said Fleming also attempted to rape a 30-year-old woman who had been using cocaine with him before the shootings.

Fleming was convicted in 1988 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.



Michigan woman accused in mom’s overdose death gets prison

(Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette,

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan woman who entered a plea deal after being charged in her 87-year-old mother’s overdose death has been sentenced to 5-15 years in prison.

Sixty-year-old Susan Kubicek of Portage learned her punishment Monday after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the May 2017 death of Dorothy Allen.

Kalamazoo County authorities say Allen got a morphine dose 80 times greater than what was prescribed.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports defense attorney Ronald Pichlik says Kubicek is remorseful. Kubicek told the court she was trying to follow a nurse’s instructions.

Kubicek, who’d been caring for her ailing mother, was initially charged with second-degree murder.

Stephen Salik, Allen’s son and Kubicek’s brother, said in a victim impact statement that her actions “put a scar on my heart, on my family’s heart.”



Plans to expand Detroit’s Motown Museum get $500,000 boost

DETROIT (AP) — The Motown Museum’s expansion plans are getting a $500,000 boost.

The grant from the DTE Energy Foundation was announced Monday by Robin Terry, CEO and chairwoman of the museum . The money will help support the development of an education and community engagement space at the museum for young artists that also will house the museum’s summer camp programs.

The $50 million expansion will be built around the existing museum, which includes the original studio and famed “Hitsville U.S.A.” sign.

The museum is located where company founder Berry Gordy — a former auto plant worker — launched his music empire. The label started in 1959 and scores of stars and hits were created before Motown relocated to California in 1972. The label marks its 60th anniversary early next year .