Friday Morning State News Summary
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:55:29 EDT
Detroit is ranked the ninth most competitive metropolitan city in the country. A
new report by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists studied the 50
most populous areas of the U.S. from 2010 to 2013. Detroit's ranking is a result
of three primary industries driving the local economy.
They are motor vehicle manufacturing, engineering service and temporary help
services. Houston ranked at the top of the list.
Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a package of four bills that would have
eliminated the state foresters registry.
The veto came despite a recommendation from the Office of Regulatory Reform that
the bills should become law.
In his veto message, Snyder said he opposed the total elimination of the
He noted Michigan's more than four million acres of public forest land, adding
(quote) "without certification to ensure appropriate education and training, the
objectives of both public and private programs would be compromised."
The governor did say that the Legislature should resubmit the bills so they
modernize the forestry's current regulatory system in Michigan.
He added that Michigan should have a "clear, concise and rigorous licensing
program for foresters," to "help achieve long-term goals for capitalizing on the
enormous public and private forest resources" in Michigan.
A prison in Jackson is under partial quarantine after 150 prisoners fell ill
with flu-like symptoms.
An estimated 30 inmates developed food poisoning symptoms at Parnall
Correctional Facility last weekend and Michigan Department of Corrections
spokesman Russ Marlan confirmed the number has since grown to about 150.
Officials say there does not appear to be a connection between the illnesses and
the recent discovery of maggots near the food service line at the facility.
A partial quarantine means prisoners are not allowed to have visitors, and the
facility is not moving inmates in or out.
Marlan says the prison is awaiting test results from sick prisoners to identify
the illnesses. He did not know when the quarantine would be lifted, but says as
the number of affected individuals is still growing and the quarantine will
likely be in effect over the long Fourth of July weekend.
Subaru of America is recalling more than 660-thousand Outback, Legacy, Impreza
and Forester vehicles registered in cold-weather U.S. states, including
Michigan, because of possible corrosion of brake lines.
Brake line corrosion could cause leaking of brake fluid and make the brakes less
effective, increasing the risk of a crash, according to a report by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Affected vehicles are the 2009-2013 Forester, the 2008-2011 Impreza and the
2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, the 2005-2009 Outback and the 2005-2009 Legacy,
according to the NHTSA.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)
While out on the water enjoying their Independence Day weekend, Secretary of
State Ruth Johnson is reminding Michigan boaters to make sure all aboard stay
Johnson's office oversees the registration and titling of more than 915,000
watercraft. Michigan is third in the nation the number of boat registrations,
behind Florida and Minnesota, according to the National Marine Manufacturers
According to the Great Lakes Surf Project, 354 people have drowned in the Great
Lakes since 2010, including 68 people in 2013.
In 2013, 84 percent of people nationally who drowned as a result of a boating
accident were not wearing a life jacket, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Additionally, drowning deaths accounted for more than three-quarters of boating
fatalities in which the cause of death was known.
The leading contributing factors of boating fatalities in 2013 included alcohol
use, excessive speed, and operator inattention and inexperience, pointing to the
need for boaters to take a safety course.
Johnson, who is a boater herself, is advising those on the water to make sure
they're prepared not just for a good time, but a safe time. She adds that all
boaters should make sure their boat carries the proper safety equipment.
(Mi-Drive Sober, Or Get Pulled Over)
Police across Michigan continue to warn motorists to "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled
Over" this holiday weekend.
The special enforcement effort involves extra patrols from nearly 150 agencies
in 26 Michigan counties, targeting drunk and drugged drivers, but will also deal
with all other traffic violations as well.
Tyler MacEachran, Executive Director of MADD-Michigan, welcomes the added
police, but says it also requires a change in driver behavior. He cites
statistics from the U-S Center for Disease Control that show by the time a
driver gets their first drunk driving conviction, offenders have likely
driven-drunk 59 times before being caught...and that's what really needs to
MacEachran says 350 people were killed in Michigan last year alone in drunk
driving crashes, 19 of those over the Fourth of July holiday period. Alcohol
was involved in 40-percent of those 19 deaths.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of
point-oh-eight or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any B-A-C level
if an officer feels they are impaired. Motorists can also face enhanced
penalties if a first-time arrest is for a point-one-seven B-A-C or higher.
The special enforcement ends on Monday, July 13th.
The death of an amateur soccer referee in southeastern Michigan, who was
attacked by a player Sunday, has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy
The Wayne County medical examiners office says John Bieniewicz (BEE-en-OH-vitch)
died of blunt fource trauma to the neck.
Investigators say several witnesses saw 36-year-old Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad (sod)
punch Bieniewicz after he made a call during a soccer game.
Prosecutors have charged Saad with assault with intent to do great bodily harm
less than murder, but say the charges are now being reviewed and may be amended.
Bieniewicz is survived by a wife and two children.
(Inkster-Toddler Shooting Suspect)
An Inkster man has been charged in Tuesday's shooting death of a two-year-old
girl and the wounding of two others.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Thursday charged 24-year-old Raymone
Bernard Jackson of Inkster with first-degree murder, torture, assault with
intent to murder, felonious assault, felon in possession and felony firearm.
Jackson is accused of walking up to an Inkster home around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and
shooting three people who were sitting on the porch, including 2-year-old Kamiya
LaShawn Gross, who died at the scene, her 26-year-old father and a another
child, a 13-year-old girl.
Police believe the shooting was in retaliation for another triple-shooting in
Jackson was denied bond. His preliminary exam is scheduled for July 16.
Michigan State Police say a second suspect has been arrested and is being
interviewed by investigators. No additional information was released.
(MI-Star Spangled Banner)
There's a new state government website that's been created to commemorate the
200th anniversary of the National Anthem.
Phil Porter, chair of the commission and director of Mackinac State Historic
Parks, says volunteers are needed to help commemorate the anthem.
Porter is encouraging local communities, civic organizations historical
societies, veteran organizations, legislators, schools, colleges and other
groups to host a public event marking the 200th anniversary of the anthem.
On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key drafted the lyrics for the title "in
Defence of Fort McHenry," which quickly became "The Star-Spangled Banner."
The website address is: http://ssb.michiganhistoryed.org.
The site was created by the Michigan Council for History Education. Information
on the site comes from the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
Police have one person in custody following an early morning stabbing and
high-speed chase on I-94 in Allen Park.
The incident unfolded around 2:45 a.m. Thursday when a woman was leaving her
Allen Park home to go to work. The woman told police she walked out of her house
and was attacked by her ex-boyfriend, who stabbed her in the chest.
9-1-1 was called and the suspect fled in his car at speeds up to 100 miles per
hour. Police caught him in Ypsilanti, where the suspect was taken into custody.
The woman was treated at an area hospital and later released.
The suspect's name was not immediately released. Charges are pending. The
incident remains under investigation.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)
(Grand Rapids-Child Porn Charges)
A Belding man is facing multiple child porn charges after investigators say he
videotaped minors having sex.
Twenty-seven-year-old Eric Devin Masters is accused of emailing the videos and
images via the Internet.
The alleged crimes took place in Ionia, Kent, Muskegon, Grand Traverse and
Masters faces arraignment next week and could get up to 30 years in prison if
(24/7 News Source)
(Shelby Twp-Teacher Student Sex)
A former Bishop Foley High School teacher has been charged with having sexual
relations with a 15-year-old student. Kathryn Ronk, of Birmingham, was
arraigned in courtrooms in Shelby Township and Sterling Heights on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in both
municipalities and reportedly entered pleas of not-guilty.
She's accused of having sex with the boy in her vehicle, at the teen's Macomb
Township home and in her classroom.
(24/7 News Source)
The Lansing-based Thomas M. Cooley Law School has announced that it will be
cutting faculty and staff as enrollment and revenue declines.
Cooley has campuses across Michigan and in the Tampa, Florida, area.
Reports cite rising health care and legacy costs. The school also told students
it wouldnt enroll a new class at its campus in Ann Arbor this fall.
A statement from the school says its part of an effort to "remain at the
forefront" in legal education.
(Ottawa Co-Cross Dresser Robber)
A cross-dressing Georgetown Township man has pleaded no contest to charges of
armed robbery and fleeing a police officer.
Todd Kooiker entered the plea Monday in connection with an April robbery at the
Community West Credit Union in Hudsonville.
Kooiker was wearing a blue dress and a blonde wig when he flashed a gun at a
teller and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
He remains jailed while awaiting sentencing next month.
(24/7 News Source)
The wonder of nature caused a traffic back-up in Grosse Pointe Farms today
Police were called to the shores of Lake St. Clair Thursday morning to deal with
the backup, which was caused by gawkers taking photos of a waterspout.
A witness says he was driving along Lake Shore Road when he spotted what looked
like a tornado forming over the lake.
But he says so many people stopped to photograph the spout, police had to be
called in to help direct traffic.
Waterspouts appear as funnel clouds, and they occur over a body of water. They
rarely have the strength of tornadoes.
Tonight's (Fri) Mega Millions jackpot is worth $20 (m) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Thursday were: 9-2-1.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 8-5-1-7.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 9-2-0.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 4-8-0-7.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 03-07-16-18-29.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 05, 08, 15, 21, 31, 33, 35, 37,
39, 43, 47, 48, 49, 60, 61, 67, 70, 72, 77, 78, 79, 80.
Saturday's Classic Lotto jackpot is projected to be one-point-two-five (m)