Thursday State News Summary
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:07:30 EST


Three business expansions and a community development project that will collectively
generate more than $10.6 million in capital investment and create 243 jobs around the
state have received Michigan Strategic Fund approval for support. The three
businesses are VDL Steelweld Michigan, headquartered in Troy, designs, produces,
and installs robotic production systems. Advantage Solutions, a leading North
American business solutions to consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, will
consolidate its four locations in the Grand Rapids area into one location facility. And
Applied Dynamics International in Ann Arbor, who specializes in advanced computing.

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 60-year prison sentence for a Michigan sports
doctor who was caught with child pornography while under investigation for sexual
assault. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Grand Raids says Larry Nassar "poses an
immense risk to the community." Nassar faces sentencing for child porn crimes today.
The 54-year-old worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics. There
are 144 lawsuits against MSU and some say the pricetag could be more than 1 billion
dollars.

As the first snow storm of this winter season approaches West Michigan, the
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety would like to remind drivers that icy and snowy
road conditions can be very dangerous and require slower speeds. Plus, cautionary
driving is especially important during the first snow of the winter season, as motorists
get accustomed to the winter conditions. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
will provide increased presence and enforcement on freeways within the City.

Michigan is home to about 465 bee species. That's according to a first-ever census that
scientists hope will provide information helpful for conserving the insects, which
perform the vital chore of pollinating crops and wild plants. Michigan State University
entomologists compiled the list, which can be used to measure future population trends.

Andy Levin, the son of Democratic U.S. Representative Sander Levin, says he is
running to replace the retiring congressman. The younger Levin is a former head of the
Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and the founder of two
clean energy companies. His 86-year-old father announced he would not seek reelection,
ending a congressional reign that began in 1983.

Oliver Schmidt, a senior Volkswagen manager, has been sentenced to seven years in
prison for concealing software in a scandal that allowed the automaker to evade
pollution limits on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles. Judge Sean Cox calling Schmidt a
"key conspirator" who used the cover-up to "climb the corporate ladder." Schmidt led
VW's engineering and environmental office in Michigan from 2012 to early 2015. The
government says he also misled U.S. investigators and destroyed documents.

The state of Michigan may become the only state where legislators pass and reject
laws without the public knowing about their personal finances. 47 states already require
financial disclosures from lawmakers with two other states in the process of mandating
the requirement. Government watchdogs call Michigan's policy an embarrassment.

Even though she has paid back the money, 51-year-old Julie Gray has pleaded guilty
to stealing thousands of dollars from the Petoskey Little League. Gray admitted to
embezzling between $1000 and $20,000. Gray was arrested after a board member
noticed the account was lower than it should have been over the summer. She will be
sentenced in February in Emmet County.

The student union building on the campus of the University of Michigan will close for 20
months as part of an $85 million project. It is scheduled to close in May for the
renovations. The union houses meeting rooms, restaurants and offices... some of
which will have to relocate in the interim.

Grand Rapids Fire Chief John Lehman is warning citizens about telephone scammers
who are calling and claiming to be representatives of the Grand Rapids Fire
Department and/or Grand Rapids Firefighters Union.
He insists the Fire Department nor Union is currently engaged in seeking monetary
donations from the public, and please be wary of these calls.

Two freeway shootings overnight that are expected to tie up the morning commute in
Metro Detroit. One took place along I-94 westbound at Harper and the other on the
west side along I-96 westbound at Davison. In both cases, the victims were taken to
area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries after being shot on the road.
Circumstances behind both shootings remain unclear. State Police and K-9 units will be
at both scenes searching for shell casings, which may lead to those freeways being
closed during the morning rush.

A toddler has died after being shot last night. The three-year old was taken to St. John
Hospital in critical condition, but was pronounced dead a short time later. The boy's 20-
year-old mother, her boyfriend and a one-year-old child were also in the apartment at
the time of the shooting.
The 22-year-old boyfriend, Demetrius Lorenzo Peals, left the area following the
incident. He is being sought as a person of interest .

State lawmakers burned the midnight oil to approve a less radical approach to police
and fire pension reforms.
House and Senate could not get enough votes until they removed a provision to allow
the state to take over a town's budget and sell their assets as a way to fund pensions.
The new plan is more in line with proposals that call for cities and townships to report
their financial conditions more frequently and to help those local governments with
underfunded pensions.

The remains of a west Michigan man, who crashed his plane during World War Two ,
will be returned to his family today....the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
WOOD TV reports the niece of Albert Rybarczyk says when they were growing up, it
wasn't talked about a lot by her grandmother or her aunt or mom because she thinks it
was too hard for them. There will be a military and police escort from Gerald R. Ford
International Airport to the funeral home in St. Joseph. A funeral will be held on Monday
at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Grand Rapids Police will review recruitment efforts for better diversity and create a
community engagement unit. Police Chief David Rahinsky says he hopes the
department can eventually invest in hiring more people who will be focused on building
more trust in the community. WOOD TV reports police met with residents last night to
tell them about the Grand Rapids Police Policy and Procedure Review Task Force that
was formed last May. This after a study found that black drivers were more likely to be
pulled over .

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