Tuesday Morning State News Summary
Tue, 07 May 2013 01:35:58 EDT
Community agencies in Wayne County were told Monday that more than 60 percent of
children living in Detroit, are living in poverty.
Despite the lower unemployment figures and higher wages, the study from Data
Driven Detroit shows children are suffering now more than in the last five years
in Wayne County.
Data Detroit's Kurt Metzger says the problems of the economy, certainly the
unemployment, the high rates of poverty, which in turn has influenced a lot of
the effects of adequate pre-natal care, in terms of birth weights.
Dr. Carolynn Rowland with Detroits health department says last year more than
35,000 people in Wayne County were cut off from minimal cash assistance, and she
says that really hurts the family unit.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)
Some of the biggest beer lovers in the country are right here in Michigan. Ann
Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo are all vying for the title of Beer City USA
Grand Rapids shared the title with Asheville, North Carolina after the two
cities wound up in a tie in online voting last year.
You can cast your ballot until May 10th, but you can only vote once per IP
address and computer.
The winning city will be announced on Monday, May 13th.
(Muskegon Co-Heeringa Investigation-UPDATE)
Tips are still pouring in more than a week since the disappearance of a Muskegon
Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw said theyve received more than 1,000 tips
in the case of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa (HAIR-ing-UH), who was abducted from
a gas station where she had been working.
Shaw said their task force remains vigilant and he believes they will find
Heeringa and bring her home safely. Although, he said, time is not on their
Investigators say they have talked to several persons of interest including the
driver of a silver minivan seen in the area near the time she went missing, but
havent made any arrests.
Police believe Heeringa was abducted because all of her personal belongings were
found in the store and no money was missing from the cash register.
Anyone who may information is asked to contact Silent Observer.
(MI/DC-Rogers FBI Endorsement)
Republican Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers has been endorsed by the FBI Agents
Association for the soon-to-be vacant FBI director's post.
The term of current FBI Director Robert Mueller ends in September and the FBI
Agents Association, which represents some 12,000 FBI special agents, wants
Rogers, a former FBI agent, to head the department.
President of the FBI Agents Association, Konrad Motyka, told the "Washington
Post" that Rogers' unique and diverse experience as a veteran, FBI agent and
member of Congress will allow him to effectively lead the men and women of the
Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, has also been urged to run
for Senate to replace Senator Carl Levin who intends to retire in 2014.
In response to the endorsement, Rogers said (quote) "I am honored to have the
confidence of the men and women of the FBI's Special Agent community, and am
humbled by their endorsement of me to lead the Bureau."
Michigan motorists will find gas prices up almost two cents a gallon this week.
Triple A Michigan reports the current statewide average is $3.77 per gallon, but
that's down just over 8 cents from this same time last year.
Among the cities it surveys, the Auto Club says the lowest price in the state
was found in the Flint area at slightly more than $3.69 per gallon. The highest
was in the Marquette area at $3.83 per gallon.
Dearborn-based 'Triple A Michigan' surveys two-thousand-800 Michigan gas
Among Michigan's major metropolitan areas, three-dollars-69-point-three cents in
Flint, three-dollars-72-point-three cents in Traverse City,
three-dollars-73-point-fivee cents in Saginaw/Bay City,
three-dollars-75-point-two cents in Metro Detroit, three-dollars-76-point-eight
cents in Grand Rapids/Muskegon, three-dollars-78-point-one cents in Lansing/East
Lansing, three-dollars-79-point-eight cents in Benton Harbor,
three-dollars-80-point-two cents in Jackson, three-dollars-80-point-five cents
in Ann Arbor and a statewide high of three-dollars-83-point-five cents in
Fire danger throughout Northern Michigan is elevated, as National Weather
Service forecasters say temperatures in the 70s coupled with a lack of rain in
the past week, low humidity levels with sustained winds are all a mix for a
higher wildfire danger. Those enjoying the outdoors are strongly urged to take
proper precautions with campfires and other open flames, and remember to
properly dispose of used smoking materials. Burn permits are not being issued.
(MI-Pure Michigan Ads)
With its $13 million national advertising campaign already underway, Pure
Michigan has now kicked off its advertising campaign in local markets throughout
the Great Lakes region. The television and radio ads feature 34 private sector
partners and will air in key regional markets and statewide through June.
The advertising budget for the spring/summer campaign is $4.8 million, including
$1.5 million committed by partner communities and attractions.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation matches the contributions as part
of the Travel Michigan Ad Partnership Program for an overall partnership
advertising budget of $11 million for the year.
Officials say in total, private sector partners, including five national
partners, are contributing $5.5 million in 2013 to help air Pure Michigan ads
nationally, regionally and in-state. Partner contributions to the campaign have
nearly doubled since 2011.
(Mt. Clemens-MRSA Outbreak)
Eleven Mount Clemens public schools are closed today (Tuesday) due to an
outbreak of MRSA (MERSA).
The MRSA infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become
resistant to antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections.
MRSA often begins as a painful skin boil. Its spread by skin-to-skin contact.
At-risk populations include groups such as high school wrestlers, child care
workers and people who live in crowded conditions.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a
strain of staph bacteria thats become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used
to treat ordinary staph infections.
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says the entire district needs to be
cleaned. But school is expected to resume on Wednesday.
The buses must be cleaned, too, because one of the sick staff members had been
on a field trip.
(UM-Distracted Driving Parents)
New research from the University of Michigan finds that many parents multi-task
with their kids in the car.
Dr. Michelle Macy, lead author of the report, said children of distracted
driving parents are at greater risk of being in an accident than kids whose
parents pay full attention at the wheel.
Ninety percent of parents surveyed admitted that they often take their eyes off
the road - saying they had least one technology-related distraction the past
month while driving their kids.
Macy says using a handheld cell phone was one of the most common things that
parents reported they were doing.
About half of parents said they had driven while trying to find directions, by
using a map or a GPS device while driving. Other distractions were eating,
feeding a child, fixing their hair or makeup and picking up dropped toys or
other items from the car floor.
Texting was the least common distraction, with just a little over 10 percent of
parents reporting texting while driving their children in the past month.
The researchers surveyed more than 600 parents whose children were treated at
two emergency departments in Michigan for any reason. The children were ages 1
The study will be presented Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual
meeting in Washington, DC.
General Motors is recalling 38,197 hybrid vehicles in the U.S. for an
The recall includes 2012 and 2013 model year Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick
LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans that are equipped with GMs eAssist hybrid
The automaker says the cars generator control modules may not function properly
and could stall the engine or cause a fire.
GM will notify owners and repair the module for free.
The company is aware of generator control board incidents, including two trunk
fires, which happened in the first 1,000 miles of operation.
No injuries have been reported.
(Dearborn-City Public Apology)
The city of Dearborn must publicly apologize and pay an undisclosed amount of
money to a group of Christian missionaries arrested while proselytizing at the
Arab International Festival.
The settlement comes after The American Freedom Law Center filed suit on behalf
of "Acts 17 Apologetics", claiming their rights were violated after being
arrested for disturbing the peace while trying to convert Muslims to
Christianity in June 2010.
Due to increasing tensions, Dearborn officials are moving the annual festival
from Warren Avenue to a park where admission to the event can be better
Over the last few years, more aggressive evangelical groups have paraded a pig's
head at the event, and another group is threatening to burn the Koran at this
(24/7 News Source)
Michigan voters say keeping energy prices low and keeping the electric providers
investing in Michigan should be the state's energy issue priorities.
The survey by the Michigan Jobs and Energy Coalition shows that 59-percent of
likely Michigan voters agreed "keeping electricity prices predictable and
affordable" and "keeping energy policies in place that encourage Michigan
electric providers to invest billions of dollars in Michigan" were issues that
mattered most to them.
Only 21-percent agreed that removing the 'deregulation cap' on out-of-state
energy marketers" should be a priority.
Gongwer News Service reports the study also found that only 2-percent agreed
that reforming the way electric utilities are regulated was something they felt
state government needed to pay attention to amid other issues like education,
health care and controlling state spending.
The survey of 895 registered Michigan voters was conducted via live operator
phone calls between April 3 and April 7. It has a margin of error of plus or
minus 3.28 percent.
(Ypsilanti-Kidnapped Woman Safe)
An Ypsilanti woman is home safe and sound after police said she was forced into
a vehicle at I-94 and Huron against her will early Monday.
Family members of 25-year-old Farrah Cook said she was taken to an apartment and
managed eventually to break away from Abston with the help of someone in the
apartment. She got herself to a local police station.
Police are reportedly trying to find her ex-boyfriend, 27-year-old Jeremy Abston
of Ann Arbor, father of her three children, in connection with her six hour
Police are also looking for second man as well as a woman who might have
assisted in the abduction.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call contact Crime Stoppers
at 1-800-SPEAKUP (773-2587).
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)
(Van Buren Co-Palisades Water Leak)
Officials say the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwest Michigan spilled
79-gallons of (quote) "very slightly radioactive water" into Lake Michigan over
According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, there is absolutely no risk to
The water leaked from a safety injection/refueling water tank Sunday prompting
operators to take the plant offline for repairs.
Sunday's shutdown occurred after the water tank exceeded a 38-gallon daily leak
limit set after the 2012 shutdown.
In November last year, the NRC concluded that the plant had addressed safety
problems and as a result, had been moved to what's called the performance
column, which would no longer would require increased oversight under normal
However, the commission said it would be conducting more than 1,000 additional
hours of inspections at Palisades in 2013.
(Missaukee Co-Mother Charged)
A northern Michigan has been arrested in the death of her young son.
Police in Missaukee County say 20-year old Brittani Grabon of McBain is charged
with murder for the death of her 14-month-old son Payton last December.
Grabon remains in jail on a $1 million bond. She will be back in court in 2
weeks for a preliminary examination.
(WBRN, Big Rapids)
(Berrien Co-Double Fatal-UPDATE)
Authorities have released the names of the two young women who died in a crash
on I-94 in southwest Michigan Sunday afternoon.
Police in Berrien County's Lincoln Township say 18-year-old Jaquisha Wright of
Chicago and 19-year-old Rashell Allen of Holland were killed in the accident.
Police say Wright swerved the car to avoid a piece of tire, hit a truck in
another lane, and careened out of control into the eastbound lanes.
The teens slammed head-on into a semi, causing the truck to go across the median
and into the westbound lanes, where it came to rest in a ditch. The crash closed
the westbound lanes of the highway for hours.
Police say the driver of the truck suffered minor injuries, while Wright and
Allen were killed on impact.
Authorities add that speed was not a factor, and everyone was wearing a seat
I-94 Westbound was reopened around 9 p.m. Sunday.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
(Leelanau Co-No Growth Needed)
Business leaders in Leelanau County in northwest lower Michigan are upset after
the County Commission decided to abolish its Economic Development Corporation
and rejected a partnership with nearby Grand Traverse County that is designed to
At a meeting last month, commissioners said the county is wealthy enough already
and that they don't want growth. They said it's up to people to find their own
jobs and businesses to make their own plans. But, business leaders say people
who want jobs can't find them and leave the area.
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce President Doug Luciani told the Traverse
City Record-Eagle that the move sends the message that the county is closed for
Leelanau County with about 21,000 residents is part of the Traverse City
metropolitan area, which has about 143,000 people.
(Gogebic Co-Murder Suspect Arrested)
An Upper Peninsula man wanted in connection with a murder in Louisiana has been
United States Marshals assisted by troopers from the Michigan State
Police-Wakefield Post took the Ironwood Township man into custody without
incident late Friday.
The 20-year-old man was wanted on a first degree murder charge in a case in
The suspect was lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail pending extradition back to
Louisiana. His name has not been released.
(Rick Allen, WCC/WOLV, Houghton/WTIQ, Manistique)
A trail of blood down a sidewalk, in a lobby and an elevator led Detroit police
to the doorstep of an elderly, disabled man who was charged in connection with a
72-year old Alphonso Jackson of Detroit, has been charged with disinterment of a
body, tampering with evidence and concealing the death of a person. Jackson is
expected to be arraigned this afternoon in 36th District Court.
Officers allegedly discovered him in his kitchen at the Phillip C. Sims Senior
Housing Apartments on the city's east side at 5 a.m. Friday after they were
called there on a welfare check.
When the police entered his apartment it is alleged the dismembered body of a
woman was found in Jacksons bathroom. Jackson, who reportedly uses a wheelchair,
was placed under arrest.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the police investigation is ongoing.
Disinterment and tampering both carry possible penalties of 10 years in prison;
concealing death is five years.
The name of the victim has not been released.
A special mayoral election takes place today (Tuesday) in Troy.
Voters will elect a replacement for ex-Mayor Janice Daniels who was recalled
last fall after she posted what constituents claimed were anti-homosexual
remarks on her Facebook page.
City Council appointed Dane Slater as Daniels' replacement. However, the state
ruled that by law a special election is required to name an official
(24/7 News Source)
(Marquette-Marina Dredging Project)
Work is scheduled to begin on a half-million dollars dredging project in
Marquette's Presque Isle Marina.
Jon Swenson of the Marquette City Parks and Recreation Department says the
marina will be closed to all traffic because a barrier will be placed at the
mouth of the harbor so that the dreged materials don't go into Lake Superior.
Swenson says the project that will be fully-funded with money from the state's
Waterways Fund. The work will take between eight and ten weeks to complete.
Swenson says while the project is being worked on, people should use the Cinder
Pond access site in the Lower Harbor to get their boats into the lake.
(Ottawa Co-Car-Bike Fatal)
A West Michigan bicyclist was killed after he was struck by a vehicle Sunday.
According to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, 55-year-old Jeffrey Looman
of Walker was pedaling along the Musketawa trail near Coopersville and did not
yield to traffic where the path intersects 24th Avenue.
A crossing SUV driven by a Coopersville man was not able to stop and hit the
bike throwing the Looman off the cycle.
Emergency responders treated Looman at the scene and summoned the Aero Med
helicopter. However, resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and Looman was
pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the SUV was not injured.
(Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Grand Haven)
Tonight's (Tue) Mega Millions lotto game jackpot is worth $139 (M) million
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery were: 0-9-6.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 8-2-2-7.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 9-5-4.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 1-9-5-3.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 01-13-21-36-39.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 01, 02, 11, 13, 19, 30, 31, 34,
38, 46, 48, 52, 54, 56, 64, 66, 70, 71, 73, 76, 78, 79.
Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is worth $222 (M) million dollars.
Wednesday's Classic Lotto 47 jackpot is worth four-point-four (M) million