Saturday Morning State News Summary
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 02:22:10 EDT
(Mi-Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over)
The watchful eyes of local and state police remain on drivers in Michigan as the
holiday weekend continues.
The special enforcement effort involves extra patrols from nearly 150 agencies
in 26 Michigan counties, targeting drunk and drugged drivers, but officers will
also deal with all other traffic violations as well.
Tyler MacEachran, Executive Director of MADD-Michigan, says 350 people were
killed in Michigan last year in drunk driving crashes, 19 of those over the
Fourth of July holiday period...and alcohol was involved in
40-percent of those holiday deaths.
While MacEachran welcomes the added police presence, he says alarming
statistics from the U-S Centers for Disease Dontrol 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
The Federally-funded patrols will run through Sunday, July 13th, 2014
(TuscolaCo-Refugee Children Housing)
A site in Michigan's Thumb is under consideration to house some refugee
Wolverine Human Services' Pioneer Work and Learn Center in Vassar with its 145
beds could become a home for at least some of the refugee children from Central
America who have crossed into the United States.
Discussions are reportedly underway, but no formal agreement has been reached
Federal authorities are trying to find places to house ten's of thousands of
children who have crossed the border from Mexico and flooded states like Texas
and Arizona. The numbers of children entering the U.S. have increased to over
42,000 this year, compared to about 25,000 last year.
The Pioneer Work and Learn Center opened in 1988 and offers a six month
residential treatment program.
(Inkster-Toddler Shooting Suspects)
Two suspects are in jail, awaiting charges in connection with a triple shooting
in Inkster that left a 2-year-old girl dead in what police say was a case of
Michigan State Police say the suspects, who were not identified, were both taken
into custody on Thursday. Their involvement with Tuesdays fatal shooting was not
The arrests came on the same day 24-year-old Raymone Jackson was arraigned on
first degree murder, torture and assault charges in the case.
Police say Jackson gunned down 2-year-old Kamiya French as she sat on a porch at
the Parkside Estates public housing complex with her 30-year-old father and
Kamiya died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head. Both Kamiyas father
and her cousin received gunshot wounds, but are expected to survive. Jackson was
arrested less than 24 hours later.
A witness said it appeared the gunman targeted the toddler before turning the
gun on the other child and the man. Lt. Michael Shaw said the shooting was
apparently fueled by vengeance.
State police have executed ten search warrants and seized three handguns so far
in the case, which remains under investigation.
(Jon Hewett/Mike Campbell, WWJ, Detroit)
The number of people injured by fireworks are up across Michigan.
According to the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center, fireworks injuries
have risen in the state each of the last two years. Around 41-percent of the
injuries are to hands and fingers, while 19-percent are injuries to the head,
face or ears.
The Burn Center also sees injuries to the torso, legs, eyes and arms.
Officials warn that if you're planning to put on your own fireworks show
tonight, to use caution and be safe.
(24/7 News Source)
Central Michigan University and the CMU Faculty Association have reached a
tentative agreement on a new five-year contract.
The University says details of the agreement will not be released until after
the ratification process is concluded.
The Faculty Association represents approximately 700 tenure-track faculty
This was reportedly the last of contract negotiations for the year.
(Holland-Lake Clean Up)
It's been known as "Lake Macatoilet" for years, but now there is an effort
launching to clean up Lake Macatawa in Holland. Travis Williams will head up
the public-private effort and says the problem is an excess of phosphorus in the
water that comes from too much sediment.
The 12-million dollar watershed project is called Project Clarity, and is
expected to take more than 20 years to clean the water.
Wetlands will be replaced, and management practices are being eyed for parking
lots and farmland to prevent runoff from getting into the Lake Macatawa system.
(24/7 News Source)
(Detroit-Belle Isle Golf)
Belle Isles golf center is struggling since the takeover of the island on the
Detroit River by the State of Michigan and its not exactly par for the course.
While it may be difficult to get in at most golf courses, you will have no
problem getting out on the links at the Belle Isle Golf Center.
General Manager and owner, Dave Coy says thats because business at the golf
range is down by an estimated 60-70 percent since the state has taken over the
Coy believes policing is part of the problem: He says a couple different junior
groups have notified him that after years play at the golf center- they wont be
returning because some parents dont want to be harassed. And while Coy says the
island has been a lot safer, with a continuous police presence, it has also
translated into a significant drop in customers at the golf range.
(Stephanie Davis, WWJ, Detroit)
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is taking steps to
protect the states fir trees from an invasive bug.
The Balsam woolly adelgid is a sap-feeding insect that attacks fir trees,
including balsam fir and Fraser fir.
The tiny insects work their way into the tree through cracks in the bark, and
feed on the sap. Their saliva is toxic causing scarring in the trees sapwood,
which cuts off the supply of water to the tree.
While the Balsam woolly adelgid has not been seen in Michigan, it has caused
significant timber damage in Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and the Adirondack
95 percent of the fir trees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been
Michigan will prohibit importing most nursery stock and unprocessed wood
products from infected areas.
(Help from: Todd VanDyke, WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)
The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday it is accepting
applications for wildlife habitat improvement grants for 2015.
Applications can be found on the DNR website at michigan.gov/dnr-grants. They're
due August 12.
Minimum grants are $15,000 and there is about $1 million total available for the
There were no winning tickets in Friday's Mega Millions drawing.
That mean's next Tuesday's jackpot will be worth $25 (m) million dollars.
The numbers from the Mega Millions drawing Friday were: 16-33-39-58-69. The
Mega Ball was 02. Megaplier: 5x.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Friday were: 3-5-3.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 7-8-5-2.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 7-0-8.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 8-5-1-1.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 06-17-30-33-37.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 08, 10, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 29,
30, 38, 41, 42, 50, 53, 55, 59, 62, 63, 68, 69, 74, 78.
Tonight's (Sat) Classic Lotto jackpot is projected to be one-point-two-five (m)
million dollars. ($1,250,000.)
Tonight's Powerball jackpot is worth $101 (M) million dollars.