Wednesday Morning State News Summary
Wed, 08 May 2013 00:42:16 EDT
You'd be able to taste wine from small winemakers at farmers' markets, under a
proposal unanimously approved by the Michigan Senate on Tuesday.
Under the two bill package, wine tasting would be allowed, but would be limited
only to those wine makers who produce five-thosuand gallons of wine per year or
That means a little more than half of the state's more than about 60 vintners
would qualify for the new permit.
Winemakers would have to pay a 25-dollar permit fee, and also obtain approval
from both the market and local law enforcement.
Supporters say Michigan wine makers need more public exposure, and this
legislation will help do that.
The second bill in the package allows bars and restaurants to refill special
one-gallon sealed containers of beer, to go.
The bills now go to the house for consideration.
State public health officials say new national numbers show that the nation's
infant mortality rate declined by 12-percent from 2005 to 2011, and Michigan is
among several trouble states that experienced a significant drop in infant
State Community Health Director James Haveman says the recent decline in infant
mortality in Michigan "is a public health success story that deserves
Although he says much work remains to be done.
Michigan's infant mortality rate remains higher than the national rate, at
7-point-one infant deaths (during the first year of life) per 1=one-thousand
live births. Nationally, the infant mortality rate is six-point-one-five
Also, according to 2010 date, Michigan's African American infant death rate is
14.2 out of every one thousand live births. The figure is 11.88 in Michigan's
Native American population.
According to the report, the U.S. infant death rate dropped the most among black
non-Hispanic women by 16 percent and Hispanic women at a rate of 9 percent.
Recently, Michigan has similarly shown some small progress in the African
American/Caucasian infant mortality rate disparity. The state showed the ratio
declined 2.8 to 2.6 when comparing 2009 to 2010, the latest period of complete
To address infant mortality and the large disparities that exist in our state,
the MDCH released the Michigan Infant Mortality Reduction Plan in August 2012.
The state plan outlines eight strategies aimed at ensuring more Michigan babies
A State House committee has advanced bills that change the requirements under
Michigan's Merit Curriculum law.
The current law mandates classes such as Algebra II and a Foreign language. The
House Education Committee reported a bill that would still require two years of
foreign language, however, students could opt out of the requirement on an
Another bill would allow more flexibility within the personal curriculum options
Some lawmakers, and some local school district leaders, say the current law is
too inflexible for those who wish to enter a vocational education, or who wish
to enter the workplace after graduation from high school.
The search for a new Mayor in Troy is over. It is Troy City Councilman and
retired police captain Dane Slater.
He finished with over fifty percent of the vote, beating out a field of five
others, including former State representative Marty Knollenberg.
This election was needed after controversial mayor Janice Daniels was recalled
back in November.
In Wayne County, there was a lot of money on the line for Livonia schools, and
the $195 million bond proposal passed.
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster for 19 counties and two cities
- Grand Rapids and Ionia - in connection with the severe flooding that has
affected parts of Michigan.
Along with Grand Rapids and Ionia, the governor's disaster declaration also
covers the following counties: Baraga, Barry, Benzie, Genesee, Gogebic, Gratiot,
Houghton, Ionia, Kent, Keweenaw, Marquette, Mecosta, Midland, Muskegon, Newaygo,
Ontonagon, Osceola, Ottawa and Saginaw.
The Governor says the declaration will ensure that all possible resources, in
accordance with the Michigan Emergency Management Plan, are provided to assist
the local response to the flooding, which took place April 9 through May 3.
He adds that the declaration makes available "all the state resources that are
needed to continue supporting local officials in their ongoing work to keep the
public safe as the recovery efforts begin."
The governor has also asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to
join state and local officials later this week to assess the extent of damage to
homes, businesses, public facilities and infrastructure.
The Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) process is the initial step to assist
state officials in determining whether a federal declaration should be
(Royal Oak-Murder Suspect Dead)
A man considered a person of interest in a murder investigation was found dead
of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his ex-girlfriend's home.
Royal Oak police went to the house on Sprague Street Tuesday in search of
33-year-old Thomas Matthews after finding his 72-year-old roommate Birmingham
Public Schools teacher Harry Berkowicz dead in their home on Charles Lane in
A four-hour standoff ensued, ending when the Oakland County Sheriff's SWAT team
sent a robot inside the home to check on Matthews and found him dead.
Police say they did not hear gunshots and are unsure as to how long Matthews may
have been inside the home.
(24/7 News Source)
(Covert Twp-Upton Palisades React)
Michigan U.S. Congressman Fred Upton is calling for the Palisades Nuclear Power
Plant to remain offline until a water tank leak that led to diluted radioactive
water being released into Lake Michigan is permanently repaired.
The St. Joseph Republican, who chairs the U.S. House Committee on Energy and
Commerce, said in a statement that the situation is not acceptable and demands
full accountability and that he has been in contact with both the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission and Entergy and is demanding a permanent solution.
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.
(East Lansing-MSU Student Cold Case)
Michigan State Police are hoping to generate new leads about what happened to a
19-year-old Michigan State University student who was murdered more than four
Diane Osinksi was last seen leaving her off-campus residence in East Lansing on
July 24, 1972. Her roommate reported her missing a week later.
Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of when Osinki's remains were found by
mushroom hunters in a densely wooded area of the Rose Lake Conservation Area in
Bath Township in Clinton County on May 9, 1973.
State Police detectives for several years after the crime interviewed and
investigated several possible leads; however, no one was ever charged in the
Anyone with information regarding the homicide is asked to contact Detective
Sgt. Kyle McPhee of the Michigan State Police, Lansing Post at 517-322-1909.
(Grand Haven-Heeringa Investigation-UPDATE)
A heavy police presence converged on Grand Haven's Harbor Island Tuesday
following up on what authorities say was a tip in the abduction case of a
missing Muskegon County woman.
At least two Michigan State Police canine teams were brought in to canvass the
island for any clues in the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa (HAIR-ing-UH). The
25-year old went missing late last month during her closing shift at a gas
station in Norton Shores.
Authorities say the search failed to produce any findings of significance.
Trooper say theyare taking every plausible lead very seriously and following up.
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.
(Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Grand Haven)
Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday renaming a stretch of I-94 in
Kalamazoo County in honor of Kalamazoo Public Safety officer who was killed in
the line of duty in 2011.
The 25-mile stretch between Texas and Charleston townships in Kalamazoo County
will now be named the Officer Eric Zapata Memorial Highway.
Mlive.com reports the 35-year-old Zapata was fatally shot on the night of April
18, 2011, while running to the aid of a fellow officer who came under fire on
Hays Park Avenue in Kalamazoo.
Snyder said in a statement (quote) Designating the Officer Eric Zapata Memorial
Highway in his honor is a gesture of gratitude that will remind future
generations of his sacrifice.
(Sanilac Co-False Cancer Claim)
A Thumb area woman is facing fraud charges for faking cancer.
Michigan State Police began investigating 38-year old Sara Ylen of Lexington a
year ago. Detectives say Ylen allegedly was diagnosed with cancer eight years
ago, but authorities say none of the physicians identified, by her, actually
made the diagnosis.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan also began investigations after receiving a
complaint from Mercy Hospice, with the Blues paying out nearly $100-thousand
dollars in hospice care for Ylen.
She was arraigned Monday on two counts each of false pretenses of $20,000 or
more and false pretenses $1,000 to $20,000 and one count each of using a
computer to commit a crime and health care fraud. Ylen faces up to 15 years in
prison. A preliminary examination is set for May 16.
Ylen is also facing separate charges in St. Clair County of false reporting of a
felony and tampering with evidence. She will be arraigned on those charges May
22 and faces up to 10 years in prison.
In 2001, Ylen claimed that a man had sexually assaulted her in St. Clair County.
The man was convicted in 2003 and sent to prison. Further investigations showed
that the charges were false and they were dropped but not until after the man
had spent ten years behind bars.
(WPHM, Port Huron)
Your garden hose could be producing hazardous chemicals, although the problem is
not as bad as last year's report.
So Says the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center.
A new report says high levels of hazardous chemicals, many of which have been
banned in children's products, were found in certain plastic garden hoses for
the second year in a row.
Jeff Gearhart of the Ecology Center says eight of 21 hoses bought at a variety
of popular stores tested positive for high levels of one or more chemicals of
concern, such as polyvinyl chloride and brominated flame retardants. He says the
chemicals were all found in the water of a new hose after sitting outside in the
sun for just a few days.
He does say the good news is that levels of hazardous chemicals are lower than
what was found in last year's study, he says because of consumer pressure.
Gearhart also notes that Polyurethane or natural rubber water hoses are (quote)
"a great improvement over PVC and are better choices," but adds that "it's time
retailers phase out the use of these poison plastic vinyl hoses.
Michigan military service members and veterans struggling to keep their homes
because of the mortgage foreclosure crisis could be eligible for financial
assistance from the state.
Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs
Agency Jeff Barnes announced that $5 million is now available under the Michigan
Veterans Homeowners Assistance Program to assist military service members and
veterans who are losing or have already lost their homes to foreclosure since
Eligible Michigan residents include active and reserve military service members,
Air and National Guard, honorably discharged veterans and surviving spouses of
Michigan service members who had a combated-related death.
The grants will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis until the money
runs out. Grants will be sent directly to the vendors, like the lenders.
Military service members and veterans interested in(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)
(Grand Rapids-Girlfriend Murder Arrest)
An open murder arrest warrant is being issued for a Grand Rapids man accused of
killing his girlfriend earlier this year.
Police are looking for 25-year-old Jahleel Hoskins, who they believe killed
Latrice Maze, although the woman's body has never been found. Hoskins is also
accused of tampering with evidence in the case, by allegedly disposing of the
The 26-year-old Maze has been missing since March 19th and police say they are
working under the assumption that she is dead.
Her disappearance turned into a homicide investigation last week.
Another man, 27-year-old Gregory Shanklin, also is charged in connection with
the missing woman. Shanklin is charged with perjury for allegedly lying to
police during an investigative subpoena.
(Katie Dzienis, WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)
(Gogebic Co-Murder Suspect-UPDATE)
Police in Louisiana have released the name of the Upper Peninsula man arrested
on Friday for a murder in that state.
20-year-old Mason Chiapuzio of Ironwood Township is being held in the Ontonagon
County Jail without bond.
Michigan State Police from the Wakefield Post and U.S. Marshals arrested him at
his home on Friday.
According to reports, Chiapuzio is accused in the shooting death of a 29-year
old Baton Rouge man who was killed during a robbery on April 15, 2012.
Baton Rouge Police say two other people in Louisiana have been arrested in the
case. Theyve been accused of helping Chiapuzio plan the murder.
(Rick Allen, WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)
(Detroit-Russian Roulette Death)
A 16-year-old Detroit boy is dead after he was shot in what appears to be a game
of Russian roulette.
Detroit Police Inspector Dwayne Blackmon said the incident happened Tuesday
Blackmon said (quote) You have a group of teenagers together and, for whatever
reason, they decide to start playing with a weapon, you know - thats the
elements of disaster.
Blackmon said, late Tuesday afternoon, they were still gathering witness
Russian roulette is an inherently ill-advised game of chance in which a player
places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, holds the muzzle
against his or her head, and pulls the trigger.
The teens name has not been released.
(Detroit-Teen Driving Safety Night)
With motor vehicle crashes the leading cause of death for teens, AAA Michigan
and the Detroit Tigers are partnering to offer a special Teen Driving Safety
Night at Comerica Park on Friday, May 24 - at the start of the summer driving
season. The Tigers will host the Minnesota Twins.
The two organizations are encouraging safe driving by giving teens the
opportunity to win four Tigers game tickets, head down on the field to watch
batting practice before the game and throw out the first pitch. The grand prize
winner will also receive an autographed Tigers baseball. Two first-place winners
will win four tickets to the game and an autographed ball.
To enter the contest, teens can visit AAA.com/Baseball. The entry deadline is
midnight, May 15.
AAA will have two driving simulators at the ball park during the May 24 game to
help new teen drivers and their families learn more about driving safety.
In addition, the first 5,000 teens to enter the ballpark prior to the game will
receive a free AAA-Detroit Tigers keepsake key ring.
(MSU-Morrill Hall Demolition)
Demolition of Michigan State Universitys Morrill Hall got underway this week.
Originally built in 1900, the wooden structure has suffered irreparable
deterioration. As a result, reconstruction and restoration of the facility were
not deemed economically feasible.
The work is expected to be completed in August.
MSU officials say once the building on the north end of the East Lansing campus
is demolished, a site restoration project will get under way. That will include
a terrace with green space, extensive landscaping; special paving, seat walls
and piers that will hold commemorative plaques.
Last month, the MSU Board of Trustees voted to rename Agriculture Hall the
Justin T. Morrill Hall of Agriculture. A dedication event is being planned for
fall of 2013.
There were no winners in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing.
That means Friday's jackpot will be worth $154 (M) million dollars.
The Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were: 01, 06, 13, 20, and 51 .
The mega ball was 31. The megaplier was: 4x.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery were: 7-8-9.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 8-0-5-5.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 9-9-3.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 9-0-8-5.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 04-12-27-29-39.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 01, 03, 04, 05, 12, 16, 17, 24,
33, 35, 36, 37, 39, 42, 54, 59, 61, 62, 72, 73, 75, 79.
Tonight's (Wed) Classic Lotto 47 jackpot is worth four-point-four (M) million