Friday Morning State News Summary
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:58:44 EDT
State and local police enter the second weekend of stepped up enforcement
against drunk drivers, leading into the long Labor Day Holiday Period next
Anne Readett, of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, says the extra
patrols from 155 agencies in 26 counties continue to pay special attention to
drunk drivers, under the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
She says statistics show that incidences of drunk driving in Michigan grow
steadily beginning on July 4th through the Labor Day weekend, citing a critical
need for special enforcment during the end-of summer weekend.
Readett says those same statistics point out weekends are the worst time for
drunk drivers, so officers will be ready.
Police in Michigan made 350 drunk driving arrests and issued more than
45-hundred seat belt citations during the Labor Day Holiday enforcment period
(MI-Local Unemployment Rates)
Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in 16 of Michigans 17 major
labor market areas in July.
According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, total
employment and labor force levels declined seasonally in the majority of regions
over the month.
Spokesman Michael Williams says the job decline was due to seasonal short-term
job reductions in education, temporary help, and manufacturing.
The Ann Arbor area had the state's lowest jobless rate last month at
seven-point-two percent while Northeast Lower Michigan had the highest at
Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 8.8 percent.
(Kalamazoo-No Asian Carp)
There are no Asian carp in the Kalamazoo River, according to the Department of
The DNR says none of the 200 samples taken from the Kalamazoo River in July
contained traces of genetic material, or eDNA for bighead carp and silver carp.
Mlive.com reports biologists from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), the
DNR and other agencies teamed up to test the river for such material, including
scales, cells, feces or mucus of Asian carp, which pose dangers to the Great
Asian Carp are an invasive species which can wipe out other fish populations by
consuming all of their food.
Results from testing sites in other rivers feeding into Lake Michigan, including
the Muskegon, St. Joseph and Grand rivers, will be released later this year.
For more information about Asian carp, management plans, and how to monitor the
river, visit www.michigan.gov/asiancarp.
No charges will be filed against Michigan State Treasurer Andy Dillon stemming
from an alleged domestic incident with his ex-wife.
Carol Ownes-Dillon had told authorities that her ex-husband assaulted her
outside a home in Redford Township on July 13th.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office released a statement saying after "a
thorough review of the evidence" there was insufficient evidence to file
Dillon and his wife were divorced in March, however their split has been
anything but amicable.
Meanwhile, Dillons secretary, Amy Hichez (HI-chez), is suing his ex-wife for
defamation. Hichez claims Carol Ownes-Dillon made allegations on her Facebook
page last month eluding to an affair with her boss for whom she has worked since
Owens-Dillon said she stands by the allegations.
(24/7 News Source)
(MI-Campsites Still Available)
The Department of Natural Resources says camping reservations for Labor Day
weekend are still available at many state parks throughout Michigan, especially
in Metro Detroit, the northeastern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Onaway and Clear Lake state parks in the
northeastern Lower Peninsula and Indian Lake and Van Riper State Parks in the
Upper Peninsula are among those with campsites available for reservation over
the Labor Day weekend.
The DNR says one-third of state parks have at least a 15-percent vacancy,
offering families a last-minute opportunity to explore the outdoors before the
school year begins.
You can go online at michigan.gov/stateparks and click on Labor Day Occupancy
Reports to view the latest state campground availability for Labor Day weekend.
To make a camping reservation at a Michigan state park, log on to
(MI/DC-Obama Tuition Proposal)
A top official with Michigan's universities is reacting to President Barack
Obama's announcement of a new proposal to attempt to control increasing college
The president says students today are being swamped by debt when they leave
colleges, and during a speech in Buffalo, New York yesterday (Thursday) proposed
tying federal aid to colleges and universities to a rating system that checks on
how those schools are controlling overall costs.
Mike Boulus of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, points to
the cutback in state assistance to its public colleges as the primary
contributing factor in terms of high tuition costs in Michigan.
Boulus says, in the past decade, state aid per student has been cut nearly in
half, and that cut is almost the equivalent of the average tuition increase in
He says the best way to hold down tuition increases and increase affordability
is to restore the state's support for higher education.
(MI-Education Stronger Economy)
Building a stronger economy in Michigan could be done with more investment in
education, according to a new report.
The study published by EPI for the Economic Analysis and Research Network
(EARN), a network of state and local economic think tanks and national partners,
found a strong link between the educational attainment of state workforces and
both productivity and median wages. It says expanding access to high quality
education will create more economic opportunity for Michigans residents and do
more to strengthen Michigans overall economy than anything else.
President and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, Gilda Jacobs, says
the report is an excellent reminder that if we want Michigan to prosper again,
we must invest in education.
According to the report, ways to increase the educational attainment of
Michigans population include: working to slow the growth of college tuition,
increasing financial aid, investing in quality K-12 education and continuing to
expand the preschool program.
The report says strategies such as cutting taxes tndermines states ability to
invest in and attract an educated workforce.
(Marquette Co-Shooting Death Trial)
A 52-year old Ishpeming man is headed to trial for the shooting death of another
Ishpeming man last summer.
Jack Carpenter is accused of killing 29-year old David Meyer Junior at his
residence. Meyer was renting a room in the home. A witness told police the two
men were arguing before the shooting.
Carpenter is charged with open murder and felony firearm. The Marquette County
Prosecutor says he rejected a guilty plea to the 15 year felony of manslaughter.
Carpenter has maintained he shot Meyer is self-defense.
The trial has been set for September 24.
Carpenter could face life in prison if convicted for murder.
(UM-Condom Vending Machines)
This fall University of Michigan students can grab a number of items in their
dormitory vending machines: a pop, some chips, a candy bar and -the newest
Ann Arbor.com says this is the first full year condoms will be sold in the
dorms, although the contraceptive was first introduced in U-M vending machines
in April 2013 but then removed during the summer because children bunk in the
dorms for summer camps.
U-M, which was ranked the Number 6 most sexually healthy college among American
universities by Trojan in 2011, will sell the condoms in 14 dorms on its Ann
U-M spokesman Peter Logan said students asked housing staff in 2012 to install
free condom dispensers in dorm bathrooms. Housing officials weren't sold on the
idea of dispensers in the bathrooms, but eventually settled on adding condoms to
the vending machine wares and selling them for $1.
Carly Manes, an incoming U-M junior, says although condoms are available for
free at the U-M Health Service, sexually active students may be too shy to
publicly ask for one or may not plan ahead and think to get them.
Selling condoms in dorm vending machines is not an unusual move for colleges,
some began adding contraception to vending machines in the mid- to late-1980s.
(Emmet Co-Fish Hatchery Vandalized)
One key section of the Oden State Fish hatchery property in Northwest Lower
Michigan will be closed for the foreseeable future, courtesy of weekend
The Department of Natural Resources says the facility's stream viewing chamber,
which features multi-pane windows so visitors can view fish and other wildlife
underneath the surface of the swift-flowing Oden Creek, now includes a shattered
pane of glass. There was not a full breach, which could have flooded the
below-ground viewing area and caused more significant damage.
Michigan State Police say a unnamed 12-year-old girl has admitted to the
A significant amount of loose rocks - ranging from 1 to 3 inches in diameter -
were found in the now closed chamber, which police say led to them into
believing area juveniles may be involved in the vandalism first reported on
A state Department of Natural Resources official confirmed that other minor
vandalism had been observed at the location in Alanson, which also includes two
large ponds with rainbow and brown trout and a rail car that includes historical
Officials estimate it would cost $30,000-$40,000 to replace the pane of glass,
which would include diverting water away from the repair site.
(Kent Co-Fallasburg Bridge Open)
The Fallasburg Bridge in Kent County's Vergennes Township reopened to traffic
The historic covered bridge did not suffer any significant damage when a cement
truck crossed it Wednesday. The truck weighed 35 tons. The bridge's load limit
is 3 tons.
Also, the truck's chutes hit the top of the bridge and scraped bracing trusses.
The truck driver faces several citations.
Meanwhile, township residents want to make sure the bridge doesn't fall victim
to an arsonist like the historic Whites Bridge in nearby Ionia County which
recently burned down.
They hope to get the Kent County Road Commission to agree to paint the 142-year
old bridge with fire retardant.
WOOD-TV says they are discussing other ideas, too, like putting up heat
detectors that would call the fire department and even video surveillance.
Reportedly, Vergennes Township, Kent County Parks and the Road Commission will
pay for it all.
(Greg Ghering, WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Jackson-Storm Sewer Lawsuit)
Jackson's mayor says residents could be paying more than what they would receive
if a class action lawsuit against the city is successful.
The suit is seeking refunds for city residents who have been paying the citys
storm water fee which has recently been ruled unconstitutional.
Mayor Martin Griffin says the city would have to raise taxes, tax exempt
properties would not have to pay and that spells trouble for homeowners.
(Antrim Co-New Prosecutor)
A northwest Lower Michigan county has a new prosecutor.
Judges in the 13th Circuit Court in Antrim County have appointed long-time trial
prosecutor James Rossiter to the post following the death this month of Charles
Rossiter has been with the Antrim County Prosecutor's office full time since
The judges pointed to Rossiter's successful record as a trial prosecutor, trial
attorney, and his background as a marine corps veteran in selecting him to
replace Koop who died August 6th at his home in Williamsburg.
Koop had served as a prosecutor in Antrim County for more than two decades.
(Bill Froehlich, WTCM, Traverse City)
(Dowagiac-Golf Carts Destroyed-UPDATE)
The Cass County Sheriff's Office says two teenagers were responsible for a fire
that destroyed over 100 golf carts early Wednesday morning at Hampshire golf
course in Dowagiac.
The Pokagon Fire Department responded to the fire and were able to save the club
house but the cart building and over 100 carts were a total loss.
The course was closed for the day after the carts and the building they were
stored in burnt to the ground.
Petitions are being filed against the two 15-year-old suspects in the Cass
County Juvenile Court.
(Help from: WLKM, Three Rivers)
Tonight's (Fri) Mega Millions jackpot is worth $60 (m) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Thursday were: 7-7-4.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 5-3-4-8.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 1-7-3.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 0-3-3-7.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 01-17-26-34-36.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 02, 06, 07, 09, 11, 12, 14, 27,
30, 31, 32, 33, 36, 40, 41, 45, 53, 54, 56, 61, 67, 77.
Saturday's Classic Lotto jackpot is projected to be one-point-one (m) million