Monday Afternoon State News Summary
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:46:33 EDT
(MI-Gas Prices)
Gas prices in Michigan dipped just over two cents a gallon this week, following
last weeks nearly 11-cent decline.
However, according to Triple-A Michigan, the current statewide average of nearly
three-dollars-88 cents per gallon is almost 50 cents more than last year.
Triple-A reports that the lowest average price among the cities it surveys, was
found in the Lansing/East Lansing area at slightly more than three-dollars-83
cents per gallon. The highest price was in Ann Arbor at just under
three-dollars-92 cents.
Dearborn-based 'Triple A Michigan' surveys two-thousand-800 Michigan gas
stations daily.


Among Michigan's major metropolitan areas, three-dollars-83-point-four cents in
Lansing/East Lansing, three-dollars-83-point-seven cents in Flint,
three-dollars-85 cents in Traverse City, three-dollars-85-point-one cents in
Marquette, three-dollars-84-point-two cents in Grand Rapids/Muskegon,
three-dollars-85-point-seven cents in Benton Harbor, three-dollars-86-point-two
cents in Jackson, three-dollars-87-point-two cents in metro Detroit,
three-dollars-87-point-three cents in Saginaw/Bay City and a statewide high of
three-dollars-91-point-nine cents in Ann Arbor.

(Detroit-Water Workers Strike-UPDATE)
A federal judge today (Monday) ordered striking Detroit Water and Sewerage
Department workers to return to work for the sake of public health and safety.
The temporary restraining order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Sean F. Cox
comes after workers from the Detroit waste water treatment plant walked off the
job Sunday in protest of proposed cuts to their workforce.
The approximately 950 members of the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees Local 207 are fighting proposed cuts in the workforce by
over 80-percent, a ten-percent pay cut and concession in pensions and health
City officials say the work stoppage is illegal and some workers face
The judge has ordered both sides to appear in federal court at 10 a.m. on
October 11 to answer the department's motion and to show cause why the court
should not issue the injunction.
(Metro Source)

(Kalamazoo Co-Convenience Store Shooting)
Police in the Kalamazoo are continuing their search for a gunman who shot and
killed a 24-year old man outside a convenience store early Sunday morning.
Witness told police the victim had just walked out of the Quick Stop Convenience
Store when a car pulled up and someone inside fired several shots.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers found Jheryl Wright of Kalamazoo
lying on the ground unresponsive with several gun shot wounds when they arrived
on scene. He died a short time later in the emergency room at Bronson Hospital.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 18-20 years of age
wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt.
Police have not determined a motive for the shooting but believe it may have
been drug related.

(Oakland Co-Mikes Trial)
A 21-year-old Troy man will stand trial for the beating death of his father.
An Oakland County judge today (Monday) ruled there is enough evidence for
Patrick Mikes Jr. to face a jury on an open murder charge.
In the preliminary examination, the prosecution presented blood evidence taken
from the basement of the family's home in July after 55-year old Patrick Mikes
Sr. was reported missing. His body was found a few days later in a field near
Montrose Township in Genesee County.
A trial date for the younger Mikes was not immediately set. he faces life in
prison if convicted.

(Lake Co-Escaped Inmates)
Law enforcement officials in Northern Michigan are still on the lookout for two
inmates that escaped from a Lake County prisoner re-entry program facility
Lake County Sheriff Deputies say after the escape 23-year old Gregory Allen
Bradsaw and 32-year old Kenneth Lee Grauman II stole two cars, and were involved
in two high-speed separate pursuits with Michigan State Police.
Grauman is a white male with red hair and blue eyes, standing about 5 feet 10
inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. Bradshaw is a white male with brown hair
and blue eyes, standing about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Grauman and Bradshaw should
contact 9-1-1 immediately.
Deputies say the pair are not considered dangerous.
(WBRN, Big Rapids)

A Detroit fire chief was injured in a crash Sunday morning.
Authorities say Chief Craig Robinson of Engine was on his way to a fire on
Detroit's west side when he was struck by another vehicle near Outer Drive and
Schoolcraft roads.
Senior Fire Chief Mike Gallo says Robinson had gone through the intersection
when his vehicle was hit on the passenger side. Robinson suffered bruised ribs,
a bruised lung and sore neck.
The accident remains under investigation.
(Metro Source)

(Benton Harbor-Whirlpool/LG Settlement)
Years of lawsuits between Whirlpool and South Korea's LG Electronics are now
The two companies reached a settlement last week on several patent violation
lawsuits, and three pending cases in federal court in Delaware and New Jersey
have been dismissed. Details on the end of the lawsuits were not released.
Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool is the world's largest appliance maker.
(Mike Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Roseville-Hoffa Dig)
Police will have to wait until Tuesday to find out if a soil sample taken from
behind a Roseville home last week contains the remains of Jimmy Hoffa.
An anthropologist at Michigan State University is studying the soil sample for
the FBI and local police.
The search was prompted by a tip from a man who said a previous owner of the
home, whom he called a bookmaker for the Mafia, was up all night pouring
concrete the day the former president of the Teamsters union disappeared.
The FBI has chased thousands of Hoffa tips since his disappearance in July 1975,
outside a Bloomfield Hills restaurant.
(Metro source)

(Van Buren Co-Palisades Findings)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will present its findings into a control rod
drive mechanism leak this summer at the Palisades nuclear power plant in
Southwest Michigan this afternoon (Monday) in a webinar.
NRC officials will also be taking questions from the public.
The leak was quickly fixed, but federal officials said the equipment is on their
list of pieces of the nuclear plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township that
are not allowed to have such an issue.
(Metro Source)

(Delta Co-Snowmobile Assault)
An Upper Peninsula man will go to trial later this year for running down an ice
fisherman last winter.
27-year old Douglas Barbeau of Garden faces charges of assault with intent to do
great bodily harm less than murder and failure to stop at the scene of an
accident causing serious impairment or death in Delta County Circuit Court.
He is accused of purposely running his snowmobile into 21-year old Parker
Bambenek of Marquette, while he was ice fishing on Garden Bay on January 28.
Bambenek suffered two broken legs in the incident.
Barbeau is scheduled for trial in Delta County Circuit Court on December 18. He
faces up to 10 years in prison.

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