Thursday Morning State News Summary
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 01:42:18 EDT
In their first presidential debate last night (Wednesday) President Barack Obama
and Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, explained
where they differ on job creation, the deficit and health care.
The candidates began the debate explaining their views on job creation, which
led into a debate on taxes with Romney saying he wants to eliminate deductions,
credits and exemptions. Obama countered that Romney's plan would result in a
higher budget deficit or large cuts to federal programs.
The two later clashed on health care, with Romney saying he doesn't understand
how the President could come into office, facing 23 (M) million people out of
work, rising unemployment and an economic crisis at the kitchen table and then
spend two years fighting for Obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the
Obama said he worked on health care alongside working on jobs because its part
of making sure middle class families are secure in this country. He also pointed
out that they have already seen the plan work out well in the state of
Massachusetts, where, as governor, Romney set up essentially the same plan.
The candidates will meet again at the next Presidential debate on October 11th.
(MI-Motorcycle Crash Data Provisional)
Michigan State Police are taking issue with reports this week from the group
that successfully got Michigan's mandatory motorcycle helmet law repealed
concerning the number of motorcycle fatalities.
ABATE claims the number of motorcycle deaths have fallen since bikers were
allowed to go without helmets earlier this year but Anne Readett of the Office
of Highway Safety Planning says the injury and fatality information for the
current year is provisional and changes on a daily basis.
Readett says through August 31st, 91 deaths have occurred in motorcycle
accidents compared with 89 for the same time period in 2011, and incapacitating
injuries have risen by 14-percent.
She says the figures will continue to change as additional crash reports are
submitted by law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
(Allegan Co-Escaped Inmates Search)
Authorities think two men who escaped from a northern Michigan prison facility
are responsible for two home burglaries in Allegan County.
23-year-old Gregory Bradshaw and 32-year-old Kenneth Grauman the Second have
been on the loose since September 29th when they escaped from the Lake County
Residential ReEntry Program in Baldwin. Investigators say they've apparently
stolen at least one vehicle, and may be tied to home break-ins Tuesday in Dorr.
Authorities says the pair are believed to be with their girlfriends, 17-year-old
Brittany Rector and 29-year-old Laura Grauman, who is Grauman's cousin and
Bradshaw and Grauman are considered armed and dangerous.
A reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the apprehension of Grauman
and Bradshaw is offered by federal authorities. Anyone with information is asked
to contact Allegan County authorities.
(Detroit-Water Workers Strike Impact)
Environmentalists are concerned it will be harder to keep water flowing into the
Detroit River clean if a workers' strike drags on. Union officials tell the
"Detroit Free Press" 450 unionized workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage
Department's wastewater treatment plant have been on strike since Sunday. The
department tells the paper the plant's successfully treating sewage but James
Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council says without enough staff it will be
more difficult to meet "water quality standards."
Southeast Michigan has spent billions of dollars in the last 35 years attempting
to keep water from the plant clean as it runs into the river and toward Lake
(Detroit-Police Chief Scandal)
The Detroit News is reporting that Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee is expected
to resign amid allegations of a sex scandal.
According to the Detroit News, it received the information from a, quote,
"high-ranking police source." But the city's Police Department would not confirm
Mayor Dave Bing on Tuesday placed Godbee on a 30-day suspension, as an
investigation looks into allegations of Godbee's relationship Internal Affairs
officer Angelica Robinson.
Godbee, who returned last night (Wednesday) from a police chiefs conference in
California, would not comment on the scandal.
Governor Rick Snyder yesterday (Wednesday) said of the scandal that it is a
concern and it needs to be settled swiftly so that positive things can happen in
Godbee has served as Police Chief since 2010 when Former Detroit Police Chief
Warren Evans was forced to resign in the midst of his own sex scandal.
(Lapeer Co-Elderly Woman Murder)
A man accused in the murder of an 86-year old Lapeer County woman six years ago
will stand trial.
43-year old Frank Choate of Sandusky was bound over to Lapeer County Circuit
Court following his preliminary hearing Tuesday on a felony murder charge.
Authorities believe Marie Warren was killed during a break-in at her Deerfield
Township home on October 1, 2006. Choate was initially arrested in July 2011 on
charges connected to the break-in after authorities matched his DNA which was
already filed in the state system.
Now he's accused of beating Warren to death and then dumping her body in a field
near his house.
Choate is currently jailed in Lapeer County on one million dollars bond. He will
be back in court next week.
Federal authorities are asking the public to help find a man they claim is a
terrorist and who has family connections in the Detroit area.
Ahmad Abousamra (ah-BOOS-am-RAH) reportedly left the U.S. in 2006 while living
in Syria and tried to join forces fighting against U.S. troops in Pakistan and
Yemen. Investigators say he has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Syria, speaks
fluent English and has several aliases.
Abousamra is five-feet-eleven inches tall, with a slim build, dark hair brown
eyes and weighs around 170 pounds. A 50-thousand dollar reward is being offered
by federal officials for information leading to his arrest.
(Emmet Co-Suspicious Death)
Police in Northwest Lower Michigan are investigating what they call the
suspicious death of a 58-year old man.
The Emmet County Sheriff's Department says the family of Lyle Kopenkoskey of
Petoskey contacted police after he didn't show up for work on Tuesday and had
not returned home.
Kopenkoskey's car was found on a road in Resort Township and a subsequent search
of the area turned up his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact Emmet County Sheriff's Detective
J.L. Sumpter At 231-439-8901.
The Petoskey Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police Crime Lab
is assisting with the investigation.
A 14-year-old in Jackson County suspected of carjacking a vehicle with an infant
inside of it, will be charged as an adult.
Mlive.com reports Trayshon Smoot was arraigned Tuesday for carjacking and
Jackson County Prosecutor Hank Zavislak said his office decided to charge Smoot
as an adult based on his extensive juvenile criminal history and the severity of
the recently alleged crimes.
On Saturday, while fleeing from police who had tried to stop Smoot to see if he
had a warrant out for him, Smoot reportedly stole a vehicle with a 6-month-old
child, the child's mother and two other adults. Smoot then bailed out of the
moving vehicle, which then safely came to a stop. Police quickly caught Smoot.
(Flint-Former Mayor Sues)
The former mayor of Flint is suing the city over its demand for him to pay
four-point-five million dollars to police officers who successfully sued the
Don Williamson was mayor when the officers filed a lawsuit claiming race was a
factor in promotions within the Citizens Service Bureau. The unit was dissolved
in March 2008 for budget reasons but 48 officers filed suit in federal court.
The issue went to an arbitrator who awarded the police officers
three-point-eight million dollars which has grown due to interest.
City of Flint lawyers want the suit by Williamson dismissed. The case is
scheduled for an October 15 status conference.
A 33-year-old northern Michigan man called the "Petoskey Batman" is in trouble
with the law again.
Mark Williams is facing two years in prison after his arraignment this week on a
charge of resisting and obstructing police in an investigation.
State Police say troopers responding to a personal injury accident in which the
driver had left the scene in Emmet County's Bear Creek Township late Saturday
found Williams already there in his Batman outfit. When he refused to leave
Williams was arrested and his costume and gear were confiscated.
He is free on bond pending a preliminary hearing on October 18.
Williams was arrested in May 2011 after police spotted him hanging off the wall
of a downtown business in Petoskey dressed as Batman. He had with him a baton, a
can of chemical spray and a pair of sand-filled gloves.
Williams later pleaded guilty to attempted resisting and obstructing a police
officer and was sentenced to six months probation during which he was not to
wear any costumes, including the Batman costume.
(Marquette Co-Prison Drug Smuggling Attempt)
Authorities say someone apparently tried to get illegal drugs into an Upper
State police and the Michigan Department of Corrections told the Marquette
Mining-Journal that a woman tried to throw the drugs over a fence to an inmate
at the Marquette Branch Prison Monday night.
The failed attempt happened in a wooded area on prison property.
According to the newspaper, the woman was taken into custody along with three
males found nearby. They were later set free as the investigation into the
attempt continues. Names weren't immediately released.
Corrections officials say such an attempt to get drugs into the prison is
unusual and that what appeared to be illegal drugs also were found in a
(MI-Rest Area Closing)
The Michigan Department of Transportation says the Howell Rest Area, located off
westbound I-96 in Livingston County, is expected to close permanently early next
The rest area is being removed in order to make room for the new Latson Road
interchange at I-96. The facility will not be replaced.
M-DOT says construction of the interchange will begin this fall and will
continue into the 2013 construction season.
There was one winning ticket that matched all six numbers sold in Wednesday's
Classic Lotto 47 game worth an estimated three-point-four (3.4) (M) million
That means Saturday's jackpot will be worth one (M) million dollars.
The numbers drawn Wednesday were: 05, 07, 09, 35, 42, and 47.
The Powerball numbers from last night: 17-23-36-55-59.
The power ball was 10.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Wednesday were: 7-4-3.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 7-5-5-6.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 9-0-3.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 8-7-7-6.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 12-25-26-33-36.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 03, 05, 07, 08, 13, 15, 16, 26,
27, 28, 31, 37, 40, 44, 49, 51, 59, 66, 67, 68, 73, 79.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth at least $36 (M) million dollars.
Saturday's Powerball jackpot will be worth $40 (M) million dollars.