Thursday State News Summary
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:22:44 EDT
The Michigan Senate has voted to delay until late December the earliest, a vote on a bill to repeal the state;s new pension tax.
Democrats pushed for a vote this week, as it's the week before the annual tax filing deadline.
They say the tax has created an undue burden on already strapped seniors.
The vote to delay action was 21-to-12, with Democrats voting to delay and majority Republicans, save for two, voting in favor of the delay.
Senate Republicans Rick Jones of Grand Ledge and Roger Kahn of Saginaw voted with Democrats.


(Capitol-Internet Lottery Sales Ban)
The Michigan Lottery wants to sell lottery games over the Internet, but the proposal could be running into roadblocks in the state legislature.
Bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate making online lottery sales in Michigan illegal.
The sponsor of the bill in the House, Republican Kevin Cotter of Mount Pleasant, says allowing state-sponsored gambling online would be going too far.
Senate bill sponsor Republican Rick Jones, a former Eaton County sheriff, says he thinks expanding the sales to someone's computer or smartphone will make it easier to become addicted to gambling, will make personal debt "skyrocket" by allowing credit cards to be used to buy tickets, and will deprive small businesses of sales and store traffic.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)


(Newaygo Co-Double Murder Suspect Dead)
The search for a West Michigan man suspected of killing his wife and adult son ended last night (Wednesday) when authorities found his body inside his house.
The Newaygo County Sheriff's Department says the body of 59-year old Charles Hoover was discovered by a police robot at the top of a stairway in his home in Lilly Township, between White Cloud and Baldwin.
The manhunt began in the afternoon after authorities were called to the home and discovered the bodies of 62-year old Marcia Hoover and 37-year old Charles Isaac Hoover, outside the house. Both had been shot to death.
The search for the elder Hoover took hours and triggered a public warning. There were several buildings on his property and police sent the robot to explore each one in turn.
WOOD-TV reported Hoover apparently had enough supplies like canned goods on his property to last some time because he believed an end-of-the-world scenario is in the near future.
(Help from: John C. Smith, WOOD, Grand Rapids)


(MI-Obama Budget-Michigan)
Michigan could see an cash influx if President Obama's three-point-eight-trillion budget plan for 2014 is approved.
The budget includes 300-million dollars for Great Lakes restoration. It also calls for incentives for auto dealers who sell more advanced technology vehicles.
The president is also looking to create an Energy Trust Fund to invest in development of alternative fuels.
(24/7 News Source)


(NoMuskegon-SchoolClose)
A Muskegon County school system is shut down for the rest of the week due to an illness outbreak among students and staff. according to the district's website, North Muskegon Public School officials say they are working closely with the Muskegon County Health Department, responding to an increase in what is suspected to be a norovirus .
Health officials say that symptoms of the viral gastroenteritis illness usually last 1 to 2 days and include low grade fever, headache, weakness and muscle aches.
North Muskegon school representatives say in the posting that during the closure a thorough sanitation of all facilites will be conducted.
(Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Grand Haven)


(MI-Foreclosures Down)
The number of foreclosures in Michigan has dropped.
According to data released by RealityTrac, the number of Michigan homes auctioned by the county sheriff or taken back by banks dropped by almost two-thousand between February and March of this year. Compared to a year ago this time, the number of foreclosures has dropped by roughly half.
Nationally, the number of foreclosed homes has dropped by one-percent between February and March.
(24/7 News Source)


(Oakland Co-Murder Suspect Arrested)
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said they’ve made an arrest in connection with a murder in Pontiac.
18-year old Charona Williams is being held without bond in the Oakland County Jail after being arraigned on charges of felony murder and armed robbery. Williams, who has one prior conviction for retail fraud, is due back in court for a preliminary exam on April 16.
Police say the charges stem from the death of 29-year old Rashone Johnson. Investigators said Johnson was found in the early morning hours of April 6 outside of a Pontiac home suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died.
Detectives say they’re continuing their investigation and have other suspects and leads, and therefore declined to further discuss circumstances surrounding the case.
(WWJ, Detroit)


(MI-Killer Resentence)
A Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered a resentencing for a Northern Michigan man convicted of the 2011 stabbing death of a Traverse City teen.
19-year old Robert Schwander was sentenced to 40 to 70 years in prison following his conviction by a Grand Traverse County jury of second-degree murder for killing then 16-year old Carly Lewis.
According to the Traverse City Record Eagle, the minimum sentence handed down by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Power was almost double the highest minimum under state sentencing guidelines.
Power trimmed Schwander's sentence by two years after the Court of Appeals ordered him to explain why he exceeded the guidelines or re-sentence him. Power declined to explain his departure from sentencing guidelines, and said he provided substantial reasoning during the initial sentencing.
The appeals court says the resentence was done in a manner inconsistent with mandated procedures and ordered Schwander be resentenced by a different judge.


(Detroit-Old Assets-New Name)
The now bankrupt Michigan battery supplier A123 systems has a new name, at least for its "old assets", and its called B456.
The firm was bought by a Chinese company and needed to change its name to comply with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The name change is similar to what General Motors did with their old assets now owned by Motors Liquidation Company.
The new owners finalized their purchase of B456 and plan to keep the original name of A123 Systems going forward. The company has also pledged to keep its plants in Michigan open.
(24/7 News Source)


(Marquette Co-Car-Train Accident Suspect)
A Marquette County woman will stand trial in connection with a car-train accident last month that injured three members of her family.
24-year old Samantha Jo French of Gwinn was bound over to Marquette County Circuit Court on two counts of operating under the influence causing serious injury and one count of possession of marijuana. She will be arraigned April 19.
Police say French failed to stop for an approaching Canadian National Railway train at a crossing in Little Lake on March 28. Her 5- and 6-year-old children were injured, and so was her mother.
French was not injured in the accident. She's lodged in the Marquette County Jail on a $305,000 bond.
The incident is still under investigation.
(Rick Allen, WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)


(Romeo-Longest Marriage Ends)
After 83 years of marriage, Steven Wrubel is now single.
The Detroit Free Press reports his wife, Victoria, died Monday in Romeo at the age of 102 and the couple is believed to have been the longest-married couple in the country. They got married in September 1929 in Ubly.
Steven is now 103 and retired years ago from General Motors. Victoria Wrubel's funeral is set for Friday at Martin Funeral Home in Mt. Morris.
(24/7 News Source)

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