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Chief: Suspect in officer’s death linked to other shootings

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s police chief says a 28-year-old man arrested following the slaying of one Detroit police officer and wounding of another may be connected to several earlier shootings.

Chief James Craig says Friday that two men were shot Monday — one fatally — on the city’s east side. Two other people were wounded Sunday on the west side.

Those shootings preceded Wednesday’s fatal shooting of Officer Rasheen McClain and wounding of Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse after they responded to a home invasion.

Craig said the 28-year-old also is believed to have fired shots two weeks ago at that home over a 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, but the appropriate follow-up wasn’t done by investigators and the man was not arrested. An internal investigation has been started.

No charges have yet been filed against the suspect in any of the shootings.


Lawsuit challenges Medicaid work requirements in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Recipients of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program have filed a lawsuit challenging new work requirements that take effect in January.

The suit was filed Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C. Health advocates say the Trump administration had no authority to approve the rules that will result in people losing their government health insurance.

Starting Jan. 1, able-bodied adults ages 19 through 61 who want coverage in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion plan must show workforce engagement averaging 80 hours a month — through work, school, training, substance abuse treatment or community service.

Michigan is among nine states whose Medicaid work requirement waivers have been approved. Indiana is the only state where they are in effect.

A federal judge has blocked Medicaid work requirements in three states.


Michigan halts sale of marijuana vape products, orders tests

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has temporarily halted the sale of marijuana products intended for vaping so that they can be tested for a compound linked to lung illnesses.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued the emergency rules Friday.

They prohibit licensed medical and recreational marijuana businesses from selling existing products intended for e-cigarette use unless they are re-tested and do not have vitamin E acetate. Newly made vaping products cannot have the compound, either.

Regulators plan to inspect processing facilities twice a month to make sure they do not contain inactive ingredients that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for inhalation.

Vitamin E acetate has only recently been used as a thickener in vaping fluid, particularly in black market vaping cartridges.


Residents submit nearly 14,000 signatures to recall lawmaker

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group has turned in nearly 14,000 signatures seeking to recall a Traverse City-area state lawmaker who is facing criminal charges in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money.

The residents need at least 12,201 of the voter signatures submitted Friday in Lansing to be valid to hold a recall election.

If enough signatures are found by the secretary of state’s office within 35 days, Republican Rep. Larry Inman would decide whether to appear on the recall primary ballot or not. He automatically would be the Republican nominee in the recall general election unless he withdrew.

The elections could be scheduled for March and May.

Inman’s trial in a Grand Rapids federal courtroom is scheduled to begin Dec. 3.


State finding better air during new tests at Howell factory

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — State regulators say follow-up tests near a factory in Livingston County show low levels of a chemical linked to cancer.

The health department says emissions at Diamond Chrome Plating in Howell reveal TCE levels below “health screening values.” TCE stands for trichloroethylene, which is used to remove grease from metal parts.

Diamond Chrome turned off the degreaser this week. Earlier tests had revealed TCE levels that were considered a health hazard.

A public meeting was held Thursday night. Hugh McDiarmid Jr. of the Michigan Department of Environment says the “recent results are encouraging.”

Elevated levels of TCE can cause birth defects and raise the risk of kidney cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


Officials seek tips in 2nd recent Michigan elk poaching case

ATLANTA, Mich. (AP) — Conservation officers are reporting the second illegal killing of an elk within a week in northern Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking tips from the public about the poaching of a bull elk in Montmorency County, north of Atlanta.

A deer hunter contacted the DNR’s Report All Poaching hotline (800-292-7800) after finding the carcass.

Officers say the elk was killed by a single gunshot. They say a hunter may have mistaken the animal for a deer.

Earlier this week, the DNR reported the poaching of another mature elk in Otsego County.

Lt. James Gorno says information from the public helped pinpoint a suspect in that case.

Elk are out of season in Michigan. The next elk hunting period for certain management units will run from Dec. 14-22.


No liability for cop in rough arrest of Detroit-area woman

MELVINDALE, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area police officer who had an intense physical struggle with a motorist before firing his Taser has been cleared of liability by the Michigan appeals court.

The court, in a 2-1 ruling, overturned a decision by a judge who wanted to send the lawsuit to trial. The appeals court says Mathew Furman’s use of force didn’t add up to “gross negligence.”

Trinity Henderson was stopped by Furman in Melvindale in 2015. The officer subsequently learned that Henderson’s driver’s license was suspended and that she was driving an unregistered vehicle.

Furman pulled Henderson from the car after she refused to step out. Video shows the struggle moving to the police car where Henderson latched herself to the vehicle. Her head also made contact with the hood.

Judges Patrick Meter and Amy Ronayne Krause say Furman was “reacting to a belligerent, defiant, threatening” person.


Michigan drug overdose deaths fall for 1st time in 6 years

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State health officials say Michigan’s drug overdose deaths declined last year for the first time in several years.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the state had 2,599 overdose deaths in 2018. That’s a 3.2% drop from 2017’s 2,686 overdose deaths and the first decline in six years.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun is the state agency’s chief medical executive. He calls the decline “a step in the right direction” but adds that much work remains to be done, including addressing disparities in access to drug treatment.

Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths fell by 0.8 percent from 2017’s tally to 2,036 such deaths last year.

That decline was largely driven by decreases in the number of deaths due to poisoning by heroin and commonly prescribed painkillers.


Michigan man arrested in 1980 death of Virginia woman

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has been arrested in the 1980 homicide of a young Virginia woman whose husband was deployed as a U.S. Navy pilot at the time of her death.

Authorities say 70-year-old Dennis Bowman was arrested Friday in Allegan County, Michigan, where he lives, 175 miles (281 kilometers) west of Detroit.

Kathleen Doyle was 25 years old when she was killed in her Norfolk, Virginia, home in 1980. Investigators say forensic evidence led to Bowman’s arrest, although no other details were released.

Norfolk police Chief Larry Boone says, “No victim is ever forgotten.”

It’s not known if Bowman has a lawyer who could comment on the case. The next step is extradition to Virginia.

Police say Bowman’s 14-year-old adoptive daughter disappeared in Michigan in 1989. She hasn’t been found.


Michigan remains identified 31 years later as Oklahoma woman

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — State police say human remains discovered by a Michigan hunter 31 years ago have been identified as an Oklahoma woman.

First Lieutenant Chuck Christensen tells WOOD-TV that the identity was made by comparing a femur bone with a public genealogy database and interviewing family members. Marcia Bateman of Oklahoma City was 28 years old when she disappeared in 1988.

Christensen says Bateman’s death remains under investigation. He says she was “living on the street a little and somewhat transient.”

The remains were found off Interstate 196 in Van Buren County, roughly 200 miles (321 kilometers) west of Detroit.

Christensen gave credit to the DNA Doe Project, which uses genetic genealogy to identify people. Anyone with information about Bateman can call police at (269) 657-5551.