Wednesday State News Summary
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:43:24 EST


Negotiations have failed between lawyers of the victims of Dr. Larry Nassar, and
Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. The federal civil lawsuit involves more
than 140 women who accused Nassar of sexual abuse.
A mediation phase was set to expire Wednesday and an attorney for the victims
revealed that negotiations were unsuccessful. The cases will now head to court for a
possible trial.
Michigan State University released a statement saying "MSU entered mediation in
good faith, but as a public institution, it must be a responsible steward of its resources."

State officials are kicking off a series of public discussions about the future of twin oil
pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.
They'll take feedback on a consultant's report analyzing options for Enbridge Inc.'s Line
5, which runs between Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. A nearly 5-mile-long segment
lies beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Taylor. The others will be
Dec. 12 in St. Ignace and Dec. 13 in Traverse City.
The report by Dynamic Risk Systems Inc. analyzes six alternatives, including putting
the pipelines in a tunnel beneath the straits.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hosting an open house and
public meeting to provide updates about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
contamination in groundwater and drinking water wells at and near the former
Wurtsmith Air Force Base. The meeting will be held today at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Oscoda.
In December 2015, the U.S. Air Force and MDEQ discovered PFAS in drinking water
wells near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Since that time, additional private
wells continue to be sampled for PFAS.
Property owners whose drinking water well has been impacted by PFAS from the
former Wurtsmith Air Force Base are being offered alternate water while a permanent
solution is developed.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirming the discovery of West Nile
Virus in five ruffed grouses collected from August through October. This is the first time
West Nile has been discovered in the bird population in Michigan.
More than 200 animals in 60 Michigan counties have been confirmed to have West Nile
Virus. The ruffed grouse testing positive for the virus included two from Iron County and
one each from Delta, Roscommon and Missaukee counties.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says there have been 39
cases of West Nile Virus diagnosed in Michigan residents.

The trial has begun for a 17-year-old who police say cause the death of two people in a
crash in Kentwood following a police chase. Alex Torrez is facing two counts of seconddegree
murder.
Michigan State Police say on the night of March 11th Torrez refused to stop for officers,
a chase ensued, Torrez ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle at 52nd Street
and Broadmoor Avenue. Killing his 15-year-old cousin, and the driver of the other car -
both were thrown from their vehicles.
During opening statements Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Lawrence Boivin said
Torrez was going 116 mph before the crash and had drugs in his system.
Torrez’s defense attorney says the deaths were accidental rather than murders.

After high winds on Tuesday knocked out power to thousands of people statewide,
Consumers Energy has whittled the number out down to about 18-thousand
customers. The utility expects to have power restored to those customers sometime
today.

High winds continue to plague the Mackinac Bridge today. An escort is being provide
for certain high profile vehicles across the bridge this morning because of the winds.
High profile vehicles include: pickup trucks with campers, U-Haul or Ryder trucks, and
semi-tractors with enclosed trailers.

State Police asking the public's help in locating a missing teenager in the Northville
area. Officials say 18-yr-old Jose Ramon Duchene was last seen at the Hawthorn
Center on Haggarty Road. Duchene described as Hispanic, 4 foot 11 with a slight build,
black hair, last seen wearing blue jeans, a black hooded sweater, white tennis shoes
and a black beanie cap. Police say he has a slight speech impediment, and could be
physically violent if confronted. If you know of his whereabouts, you are asked to call
9-1-1 or State Police.

Sentencing in federal court in Detroit this afternoon for a former auto executive caught
up in the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty in August to
conspiracy charges and for violating the U-S Clean Air Act. Schmidt among a number
of VW employees charged in a nearly decade-long conspiracy for using software that
cheated U-S emissions tests in hundreds of thousands of clean diesel vehicles. He
avoided a 20-year charge of wire fraud by taking the plea deal that could send him to
prison for only seven years.

A Warren teen has been charged with the rape -- after prosecutors say the act was
caught on a surveillance camera at a local high school.
The alleged attack happened in a school hallway at Lincoln High School last Tuesday
after classes let out. The 14-year-old ninth-grader was arraigned on three counts of
first-degree criminal sexual conduct, charged as an adult. Police say the assault lasted
more than 25 minutes in "broad daylight.

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