Thursday Morning State News Summary
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:54:09 EDT
(MI-Fourth Of July Travel-Underway)
The Mid-Summer holiday break is finally upon us, and millions of Michiganders
are joining Americans setting out in droves to holiday destinations.
Nearly 1.35 million Michigan residents are expected to travel during the Fourth
of July holiday, a 2.5 percent increase compared to last year.
According to the Triple-A travel forecast, of those, nearly 1.2 million people
plan to travel by auto, while more than 61,000 will travel by air. The
remaining 103,000 travelers will go by rail, bus or ship.
Triple-A Michigan's Susan Hiltz says its a travel trifecta: school is out, days
are longer and the weather is warmer. She notes that with the holiday falling
on Friday, many people are taking advantage of the long weekend with some
turning it into a week-long getaway.
Nationally, Triple-A Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles
or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent
increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14
percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The majority of travelers will be celebrating their freedom with a road trip,
with more than eight in 10 (34.8 million) choosing to travel by automobile, the
highest level since 2007.
The Fourth of July holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday July 2 to
Sunday July 6.
The Independence Day period is always loud, but since Michigan changed its
fireworks law three years ago, it's become even louder.
The new law allows louder an more powerful fireworks, although the loudest, such
as M-80s and Cherry Bombs, remain illegal.
This year, the state has issued more than 700 permits for fireworks stores, and
many more are pending approval.
Since the new law was approved, more than three-and-a-half (m) million dollars
worth of fireworks have been sold in Michigan, according to The Detroit News.
The law prohibits local communities from banning fireworks usage on and around
holidays, but does allow them to be banned from midnight to eight a-m during the
holidays, and on New Year's, the allowed banned period is one a-m to eight am.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that imposes tighter regulations on
so-called "compounding pharmacies" in the state.
The bills require properly licensed 'pharmacists in charge' to be on duty; more
detailed record keeping of compounded drugs; regular inspections by state
authorities; and criminal background checks for unlicensed pharmacists and those
licensed prior to October 1, 2008.
Snyder says the bills will help establish additional safeguards between patients
and pharmacists helping ensure Michiganders remain safe and healthy
The legislation followed a comprehensive review of existing state regulations
and statutes in the wake of the meningitis outbreak linked to the now-defunct
New England Compounding Center. More than 260 Michigan patients were affected by
the outbreak including 22 deaths.
Michigan health officials say the first West Nile virus (WNV) activity for
Michigan this summer has been identified in a mosquito pool from Saginaw County.
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is urging residents to apply
repellents during peak mosquito biting periods such as dusk and dawn and to
drain standing water around their homes. Further, the mosquitoes that can
transmit WNV are on the rise in Michigan according to the states mosquito
Last year, WNV was responsible for 34 serious illnesses and two fatalities in
Nationally there were 119 deaths from the virus and more than 24-hundred cases
WNV can cause serious neurological illnesses, such as meningitis and
encephalitis. Symptoms of WNV include a high fever, confusion, muscle weakness,
and a severe headache.
This past week a mosquito pool collected in mid-June by the Saginaw County
Mosquito Abatement Commission tested positive for the virus at Michigan State
People can stay healthy by using simple, effective strategies to protect
themselves and their families. In particular, residents are advised to use
mosquito repellent products containing EPA-approved active ingredients, such as
DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Draining standing water, and making sure door and window screens are in good
repair will also help keep mosquitoes out of the home.
Police say a gunman suspected of killing a 2-year-old girl, critically injuring
a 12-year-old girl and wounding a 30-year-old man in Inkster Tuesday night, has
No further information on the gunman was released.
The arrest comes less than 24 hours after shots rang out at the housing
Police responded to the complex around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports
of multiple shots fired.
According to police, the girls and the man were sitting together on the porch
when the shooting happened.
A man who was visiting his daughter at the complex says he witnessed the
shooting. The man, who did not want to be identified, said he went out to his
car for a cigarette when he noticed a white van drive by with three people
The witness said he watched as a man got out of the van, walked across the grass
and approached the porch. He said it appeared the gunman targeted the toddler
before turning the gun on the other child and the man.
(Jackson-Prison Food Maggots)
Maggots have again been found inside a prison in Jackson.
Food workers peeling potatoes on Tuesday for a meal to be served at Egeler
Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson discovered maggots inside one or more
of the potatoes.
Egeler Warden Heidi Washington ordered the entire pallet of raw potatoes be
thrown out and the prison kitchen was scrubbed with bleach.
The Detroit News reports the infestation was the second in less than a week at a
Jackson prison facility and adds to Corrections Department officials worries
regarding their $145-million, three-year contract with service giant Aramark to
run the prison system food service.
On Friday, June 27, larvae and maggots were found at the Parnall Correctional
Facility in Jackson in small cracks around the food service line where the
sneeze guard protects the food. Over the weekend, 30 prisoners fell ill with
food poisoning-like symptoms.
Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday said the situation is (quote) "not
acceptable."When asked if the contract with its private sector food vendor might
be discontinued, the governor said (quote) "we're approaching those kind of
points, in terms of what needs to be done."
(East Lansing-MSU Stadium Bomb Threat)
Police have two people in custody in connection with a bomb threat made
Wednesday at Spartan Stadium according to the Lansing State Journal.
Michigan State University police Sgt. Paul Kuckek said a 31-year-old man and a
30-year-old woman were in custody in Ingham County Jail and could face formal
charges on Thursday according to the paper.
Police evacuated Michigan State Universitys Spartan Stadium and a nearby area of
campus due to a bomb threat.
According to a statement on the schools website, MSU police dispatch revived a
call Wednesday afternoon saying there was a bomb at the stadium. All stadium
personnel were evacuated to Wells Hall and Munn Arena.
A running track and MSUs Central Services garage were also evacuated, MSU police
spokeswoman Florene McGlothian-Taylor told the Lansing State Journal.
Of adolescents visiting the emergency department for any reason, one in five
girls and one in eight boys reported dating violence in the past year.
That, according to a study published online Monday in Annals of Emergency
Medicine, and authored by Dr. Vijay Singh of the University of Michigan.
The study says also that dating violence among adolescents was also strongly
associated with alcohol, illicit drug use and depression.
Dr. Singh says (quote) "an enormous number of youth and adolescents have already
experienced violence in their dating lives....(so) "screening and intervention
among youth with a history of dating violence can be critical to reducing future
adult intimate partner violence."
Researchers screened 4,089 males and females age 14 to 20 who were seeking care
in a suburban emergency department for dating violence within the past year.
Nearly three-quarters (72.9 percent) were Caucasian, the majority (86.9 percent)
were enrolled in school and just over one-quarter (25.8 percent) received public
The study also found that females reporting prior dating violence were more
likely to be on public assistance, to have grades of D or below and to have
visited the emergency department in the prior year for an intentional injury.
Michigan's U-S Senate race between Republican Terri Lynn Land and Democrat Gary
Peters is no low budget affair.
A new report says that Land and independent outside groups supporting her, have
spent just under eight (m) million dollars already, to either support her or
Peters and his outside groups have spent about four-and-a half-(m) million
dollars to support him or criticize Land.
The numbers are from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, and are based
largely on T-V related advertising.
(Muskegon Heights-Motorcyclist Shot-UPDATE)
A 25-year-old Muskegon man has been arrested in connection to the death of
motorcyclist Jacob Rameau (ruh-MOH), who died in a crash last week in Muskegon
Heights after being shot while chasing a car thief.
Dashawn Andrew Boylan has been charged with stealing the car Rameau was chasing
and authorities say Boylan is a "person of interest" in the shooting. Boylan has
not been charged in connection with Rameau's death.
26-year-old Rameau died around 1:55 a.m. Thursday, June 26, while chasing down
his brother's stolen car.
An autopsy found a bullet wound on Rameau's body, turning what had been a
hit-and-run investigation into a homicide investigation.
Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat says it's not yet clear
whether the bullet or the crash was the cause of death, but either way his death
is considered a homicide.
Boylan was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of unlawful driving away of an
automobile, a maximum five-year felony. His bond was set at $50,000. A
preliminary examination is scheduled for July 7.
(Lenawee Co-Sports Betting Ring)
A Jackson man has pleaded guilty to felony offenses for his role in an extensive
sports betting ring.
Attorney General Bill Schuette's office says 68-year-old James Melvin Johnson
pleaded guilty yesterday (Tuesday) to aiding and abetting the distributing of
cards; and aiding and abetting the conducting of a gambling operation, both
punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Johnson is the second individual convicted in case. 57-year-old Thomas Allen
Demlow of Adrian pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting conducting a gambling
operation and failure to file a tax return or filing a false tax return on May
Earlier this year, Schuette filed criminal charges against 55-year-old Kevin
Andrew O'Connor for allegedly orchestrating the sports betting operation. Also
charged were 62-year-old Deborah Kay Johnson of Tecumseh and 48-year-old Gregory
Todd Worker of Onsted.
A Michigan State Police investigation revealed that OConnor allegedly ran the
large sports betting operation for more than 15 years in Lenawee County through
his flooring store, OConnor & Sons Flooring, in Tecumseh.
There were no winning tickets sold in Wednesday's Classic Lotto 47 game.
That means Saturday's jackpot will be worth one-point-two-five (1,250,000) (m)
The numbers drawn Wednesday were: 13, 32, 35, 37, 41, and 44.
The Powerball numbers from last night: 08-18-45-53-58.
The power ball was 35.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Wednesday were: 4-3-9.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 2-7-4-8.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 2-7-5.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 7-4-6-4.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 03-14-18-29-35.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 01, 02, 05, 07, 08, 09, 13, 20,
22, 24, 28, 29, 30, 43, 45, 46, 47, 55, 63, 69, 77, 79.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth at least $20 (m) million dollars.
Saturday's Powerball jackpot will be worth $101 (m) million dollars.