Monday State News Summary
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:53:11 EDT

Three people facing charges in Flint after a police chase on Sunday afternoon. Officers
responded to a report of a large group of people fighting at Ballenger Highway and
Herrick Street.
Witnesses outside a house in the area told officers someone allegedly fired shots at
them from inside a maroon-colored Dodge Magnum.
Police located the vehicle and a chase ensued. After the car was stopped - two
handguns were discovered inside the vehicle. Three males were arrested, Flint police
continue to investigate the incident.

Over 30 acres of overgrown jack pine trees in Livingston County are being harvested to
provide seeds for new trees around Michigan. The trees are located at the Department
of Natural Resources' Tree Improvement Center near Brighton.
Their cones will be heated in kilns to release seeds for replanting. The DNR is looking
for volunteers to help pick the cones.

Christian schools in Michigan are working to improve their diversity and inclusion efforts
with the help of the Cultural Intelligence Center.
Officials of Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Holland Christian Schools telling MLive
the goal of the three-year effort is to develop roadmaps to better their organizations.
The research institute based near East Lansing will be performing an audit of both
school systems this Fall.

Two people arrested in connection with the assault of a man digging for money in a
central Michigan cemetery. 43-year-old Christie Austin of Evart was arrested Friday by
Alma police and 49-year-old Brett Ostrander of Gladwin turned himself into the Gratiot
County Sheriff's Department.
The two are accused for the June beating of a 22-year-old Harrison man with a
hammer and shovel in a cemetery in Clare County's Hamilton Township.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration investigating a Sunday afternoon
helicopter crash in Midland County. A Brantly B-2 helicopter crashed north of M-20 - on
the north of the city of Midland.
There were two people on board the aircraft, although officials have not revealed the
extent of their injuries. The FAA will be joining the Midland County Sheriff's Office in the
investigation of the incident.

Cuts are expected at the Saginaw Fire Department. The fire chief says the city lost out
on a federal grant and will have to cut about one-quarter of his staff from 51 firefighters
to 38. Chief Christopher Van Loo also says a fire station may need to close. The
federal grant program required a local match, but that is something Saginaw couldn't

Lt Governor Brian Calley holds the first of at least five town hall meetings today in
Grand Rapids. Calley, who is considering a run for Governor, says the meetings will
allow him to hear directly from citizens across Michigan. In announcing the meetings,
Calley says there is a trouble and widening political divide in the country and he wants
to meet with residents to consider where Michigan is headed. This evening's meeting
starts at 6 o'clock at New Vintage Place on Broadway Avenue. The next meeting is
Thursday in Detroit.

The state of Michigan will kick off a new internship program for high school students
with disabilities. There are 16 other sites in the state involved in the Project SEARCH
program. The state will be the 17th. Lt. Governor Brian Calley, whose daughter has
autism, will be speaking at the kickoff reception later this morning. Project SEARCH is
a one year high school transition program that serves as a workforce alternative for
students in the last years of school.

A new Mental Health Court is opening in the Upper Peninsula this morning. The
regional court will be comprised of district and circuit courts in Alger, Chippewa, Luce,
Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties. The regional court will be housed at the District
Court in Manistique. It is designed to help criminals meet their mental health treatment
needs as part of their sentence. Administrators say the mental health courts make
communities safer because defendants can get treatment and other support needed to
stay out of trouble.

Grand Rapids is one of the best places in the United State to retire according to a new
report from U.S. News and World Report. The report released this morning ranks
Grand Rapids fourth, behind Sarasota, Florida, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and San
Antonio, Texas. The Senior Editor at U.S. News says the goal is to provide consumers
with a useful resource to aid in planning for retirement. Detroit was 59th out of 100.
The 2018 Best Places to Retire were determined based on a methodology that factored
in measures including housing affordability, desirability, retiree taxes, happiness, the
job market and healthcare quality.

Bay City police are investigating their first murder of the year. Police were called to a
home on South Wenona Avenue early Sunday morning for a report of a possible home
invasion. A 35-year old man was found stabbed. He was rushed to McLaren Bay
Region Hospital, but died from his injuries. A suspect was interviewed by investigators
and is said to be cooperating. Investigators say there was a domestic dispute before
the victim was stabbed. The Bay County prosecutor's office will determine if any
criminal charges will be filed.

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