Monday Afternoon State News Summary
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:57:16 EDT
The more than 1.2 million Michigan residents who will travel this upcoming Labor
Day holiday weekend will find the average gas price rose seven cents a gallon
Triple A Michigan says the current statewide average is just under $3.62 per
gallon, but that's 31 cents less than this same time last year.
Among the cities it surveys, the Auto Club says the lowest prices in the state
were found in Metro Detroit at $3.60 per gallon. The highest were in the Jackson
area at just over $3.64.
Dearborn-based 'Triple A Michigan' surveys two-thousand-800 Michigan gas
Among Michigan's major metropolitan areas, three-dollars-60 cents in Metro
Detroit, three-dollars-60-point-five cents in Marquette,
three-dollars-60-point-nine cents in Traverse City, three-dollars-61 cents in
Flint, three-dollars-61-point-two cents in Saginaw/Bay City,
three-dollars-61-point-five cents in Lansing/East Lansing, three-dollars-62
cents in Benton Harbor, three-dollars-62-point-five cents in Ann Arbor,
three-dollars-62-point-six cents in Grand Rapids/Muskegon and a statewide high
of three-dollars-64-point-two cents in Jackson.
A Tea Party leader in Michigan has announced that he will attempt to replace Lt.
Governor Brian Calley as Governor Rick Snyder's running mate in next year's
Wes Nakagiri is the founder of Hartland-based Retake-our-Gov. He says he's
running to bring a conservative voice to the current Lansing administration.
Under Michigan's constitution, a political party's lieutenant governor nominee
is selected at that party's summer convention in the election year. While the
gubernatorial nominee traditionally is allowed the ability to pick his or her
running mate, Michigan Republican party rules allow for others to run for the
slot at the convention.
Much of the intra-party tension that led to Nakagiri's decision is centered on
the push by the Governor and Lt. Governor to approve a Medicaid expansion plan
in Michigan, in connection with the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act," also known as "Obamacare."
Nakagiri says the expansion proposal is at odds with the Republican Party
(Leelanau Co-Missing Father, Children)
Authorities in the northwest Lower Peninsula are searching for a 50-year-old
Detroit man and his three children.
The Leelanau County Sheriff's Department says they are concentrating the search
near Sleeping Bear Dunes. A statewide domestic assault warrant has been issued
for the father.
The Sheriff's Office said they received a call this morning (Monday) from the
mother of the children, two girls, ages 14 and 10 and a boy, age nine, asking
for authorities to check on them.
Deputies say they found a car, a silver Mercedes, that belonged to the missing
man near a dune trail near the Maritime Museum in Glen Haven. However, the
search has been expanded to now include Empire and Glen Arbor.
A canine unit has been brought in to help in the search on the ground while a
Coast Guard helicopter is searching from the air.
(Kent Co-Pastor Plea)
A Grand Rapids pastor has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.
Timothy Woodson was a pastor at the Well of Rehoboth Church, and WOOD-TV reports
he was trying to get a loan for work turning an old school into a church
He couldn't get Ridgestone Bank in Wisconsin to dismiss a lien on a different
building, though, and without that lien release, he could not get the new loan
he wanted from Chemical Bank.
Federal prosecutors say Woodson then forged a lien release and registered it in
Kent County public records in order to get that new loan. His trial in U.S.
District Court in Milwaukee was scheduled to start today (Monday), but he signed
the plea agreement instead.
Woodson will be sentenced later.
(Greg Ghering, WOOD, Grand Rapids)
(Wexford Co-Bear DNA)
The DNA of a bear killed by the Department of Natural Resources does not match
the DNA of the bear that attacked a 12-year-old girl in northern Michigan
earlier this month.
Abby Wetherell was attacked August 15th while jogging in Wexford County's Haring
Township, near Cadillac.
Two conservation officers shot and killed a black bear a few days later just
about two miles from where the attack occured. DNR officials say the testing
showed the bear that attacked Abby was a female. The bear that was killed was a
As a result, the DNR is extending trapping efforts in the area of the attack.
Swimming or boating on Lake Michigan is being discouraged due to high waves and
Hazardous conditions are on tap through early tomorrow morning from the Manistee
area to South Haven. The forecast is for gusty winds and waves up to five feet,
with rip currents likely.
The National Weather Service is calling Grand Haven State Park a "high impact"
(24/7 News Source)
The attempted carjacking of an off-duty Detroit police officer's vehicle ended
with a deadly shooting of a teen in Southfield.
Police say the incident unfolded early this morning (Monday) when two armed
robbers approached the cop as he emerged from his car at the Sutton Place
Apartments. The officer drew his gun and shot and killed one of the suspects, a
The other suspect, a 16-year-old, ran from the scene and was apprehended by
police. Authorities say another 16-year-old suspect was also arrested.
The investigation continues.
A suspect in a Kalamazoo murder case remains behind bars.
20-year-old Demarcus Finley is accused of gunning down 43-year-old Lionel Lopez,
Junior who was found with a gunshot wound Friday night in Kalamazoos Edison
Neighborhood and died at Bronson Hospital.
Investigators arrested Finley shortly after the shooting. He has now been
arraigned on multiple felonies including a count of Open Murder.
Finley is being held without bond at the Kalamazoo County Jail.
(WBCK, Battle Creek)
A bus carrying more than 40 people back to Detroit from events in Washington, DC
commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream"
speech burned in Ohio.
The bus caught fire on the Ohio Turnpike, but everyone was able to get out
safely. Police believe the bus had a flat tire, and the tire overheated and
The bus was so badly burned the Vehicle Identification Number and license plate
(24/7 News Source)
An early morning thunderstorm that packed high winds moved through the Upper
Peninsula today (Monday) leaving thousands without power.
The Upper Peninsula Power Company says that more than 1,800 people were without
power with the Ishpeming area the hardest hit. Service is expected to be
restored to most customers by the end of the day.
The worst of the weather was across the Eastern U.P. near Drummond Island and
Moran. There are reports of trees blow down including at the Blind Sucker
Campground in Luce County where a tree fell on a tent although no injuries were
Rain was heavy as well with 2.25" falling overnight at Raber in Chippewa County.
Cloverland Electric Cooperative says around 6,600 customers were without power
following the storms, but service in those areas has been restored.
(Kalamazoo-Elderly Man Murdered)
Police in Kalamazoo now say they are investigating a suspicious death from last
Friday as a homicide.
The body of 88-year-old Alfred Minka was found on the floor of his home in
Kalamazoo Friday night at around 10:30. Detectives arent saying at this time how
the man died or what evidence they found at the scene but they are looking for
tips from the public. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy.
Investigators want anyone with information to contact the Public Safety
Department or Silent Observer.
(WBCK, Battle Creek)
(Grand Traverse Co-Fatal Crash Charges)
Authorities say charges will be filed against a driver who triggered a four car
accident last Thursday near Traverse City that claimed the life of a
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's office says documents will be processed and
sent to the prosecutor's office within the week.
33-year-old Curtis Prohaska of St. Johns was killed when a minivan crashed into
the rear of a truck continued down the road and crashed into his SUV before
sliding over an embankment. Prohaska's SUV was then struck again by another SUV.
He was taken to Munson Medical Center with a serious head injury.
Police say Prohaska died on Friday.
(Dickinson Co-Fatal Motorcycle Crash)
A 21-year old Upper Peninsula man was killed in a motorcycle accident late
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Department says Riley Klee lost control of his
motorcycle and struck a guardrail in Felch Township.
The bike became airbone and ejected Klee and a male passenger. Klee was
pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff deputies say neither was wearing a helmet and speed of the motorcycle
and the use of alcohol were contributing factors in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)
(Marquette Co-Chemical Explosion)
A Wisconsin man was taken to the hospital after a chemical explosion in
State Police say 60-year-old John Groschopf was mixing a chemical product called
Tannerite together when it exploded in his hands.
Groschopf and two teenagers were target shooting in a gravel pit near Chief Lake
in Republic Township Saturday afternoon when the explosion occurred.
Police say Groschopf suffered serious injuries to his hands and torso. One
teenager received injuries to his ears due to the loud blast; the other teenager
was wearing ear protection and not injured.
The teens transported Groschopf on an ORV from the gravel pit to an ambulance
and he was taken to Marquette General Hospital.
Troopers determined the incident to be accidental after completing their
(Rick Allen, WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)
Stray dogs are a common sight in Detroit. What about a big cat?
According to reports, many residents on the citys northeast side have seen what
appears to be an exotic cat, perhaps as tall as four feet, roaming the streets.
Experts think it's a so-called "Savannah" cat, which is part African wildcat and
part house cat.
While it's not believed to be dangerous, officials with the Humane Society say
you shouldn't approach it, but call them instead.
The Humane Society said if the animal is found, catching and subduing it will be
quite the task.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)