Tuesday Afternoon State News Summary
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:58:00 EDT
While opponents of the five proposed constitutional amendments on this year's
statewide ballot want voters to just "vote no" on everything, a new poll
suggests that largely won't happen.
The survey, commissioned by Lansing-based Gongwer News Service, shows voters
overwhelmingly saying they will consider each of them individually and not
automatically pull the lever against all of them.
Only 16 percent of voters said in the survey that they leaned toward an
automatic no vote on all the proposed constitutional changes.
Eighty two percent were inclined to review them individually, according to the
The poll was conducted for Gongwer by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA.
The first of six proposals on the ballot is a referendum on the state's
emergency manager law and does not affect the State Constitution.
The survey has a four percent margin of error.
State officials say five Michigan properties have been added to the National
Register of Historic Places.
They include the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble which was one of the first
American vessels to successfully circumnavigate the North American continent
through the Northwest Passage. Bramble spent its later years in the Great Lakes
tending buoys and ice-breaking. It was decommissioned in 2003 and remains moored
in Port Huron.
Also added to list is Hamtramck Stadium which was the site of Negro League
baseball from the time it opened in 1930 through 1933. It is one of only twelve
remaining Negro League baseball home field ballparks in the country.
The others are the J.J. Deal and Son Carriage Factory in Jonesville; Eagle
Harbor Coast Guard Station Boathouse in Keweenaw County and the Island City
Historic District in Eaton Rapids.
Michigan has more than 1600 listings in the National Register of Historic
Places, including some 250 districts made up of more than 20,000 properties.
Eight additional properties were recently nominated to the register by the State
Historic Preservation Review Board.
The national register is maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior's
National Park Service.
There are now calls around the country for more federal government regulation of
the compounding pharmacies that mix approved drugs without regulation.
The plea comes in the wake of the fungal meningitis outbreak that, so far, has
killed two people in Michigan among the 22 who were infected, after receiving a
steroid compound injection for back pain. The suspect compound came from a
pharmacy in Massachusetts.
Keystone Pharmacy in Grand Rapids also compounds drugs, but owner David Miller
says he uses very, very strict "clean room" procedures. Miller says that federal
regulation would require expensive paperwork without necessarily making things
He recommends that pharmacies become accredidated, like his, as the better move.
(John Bry, WOOD, Grand Rapids)
Budd Lynch, longtime announcer associated with the Detroit Red Wings has died,
according to a team spokesperson.
He was 95.
Lynch began his association with the team in the late 1940s as the team's radio
In 1985 the Windsor, Ontario native took the position as the team's public
address announcer, a position he held from 1985 through the end of last season.
Former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras is in hospice care and reportedly has
only a few days left to live.
The 77-year-old Karras is suffering from kidney failure and dementia. Lions
president Tom Lewand says the franchise is deeply saddened to learn of Karras
The former All-Pro defensive tackle played for the Lions from 1958 to 1970
before enjoying a successful acting career. He played the role of Mongo in the
1974 comedy classic Blazing Saddles, and was a lovable father in the 1980s
Karras is also one of more than three-thousand former players suing the NFL in a
concussion lawsuit. (Metro Source/WWJ, Detroit)
(Emmet Co-Death Now Homicide)
Police in Northwest Lower Michigan have now labeled the death of a 58-year old
man as a homicide. The Emmet County Sheriff's Department says Lyle Kopenkoskey
of Petoskey died of a gunshot wound.
Kopenkoskey's family contacted police after he didn't show up for work last
Tuesday and had not returned home. His body was found early the next morning not
far from where his truck was discovered on a road in Resort Township.
Anyone who has information concerning his murder 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.
Despite exhausting all leads, police in Indiana continue the search for two men
who escaped from a northern Michigan correctional facility last month.
32-year-old Kenneth Grauman and 23-year-old Gregory Bradshaw ran away from the
Lake County Residential Re-entry Program in Baldwin on September 29th. They
were spotted in Allegan County last Monday. Deputies spent days looking for them
in the Dorr area. On Thursday, the fugitives, and their girlfriends, stole a car
and drove to Kokomo, Indiana.
The pair 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.
Part of Remembrance Road in Walker has been dedicated to the memory of fallen
police officer Trevor Slot.
The 41-year-old was killed in the line of duty in October 2011 when two bank
robbery suspects ran him over as he was putting out stop sticks. The pair were
then gunned down by other officers.
The road from Wilson to Kinney streets in Walker is now known as Officer Trevor
P. Slot Memorial Road.
It will be officially dedicated Saturday, exactly one year after his death. Slot
was the first Walker police officer to ever be killed in the line of duty.
(Metro Source/John Bry, WOOD, Grand Rapids)
A new report shows half of Detroit residents want out. Thats just one finding of
a comprehensive poll of residents attitudes about Detroit and its leadership.
Eight hundred people were questioned by the Chicago-based Glengariff Group for
the survey commissioned by the Detroit News.
Glengariff president Richard Czuba said the survey shows Detroiters
overwhelmingly believe the city is on the wrong track and have no faith that the
people in charge have a plan to turn it around. He said half of the citys
population wants to leave and about 40 percent of Detroiters plan to actually do
so within the next 5 years.
Czuba says 58 percent of the residents said crime and safety were the biggest
daily struggles they face in Detroit.
The survey suggests that unless city officials can stop violence, efforts to
halt decades of decline will fail.
Detroit has already lost a million people in the last half-century.
(Berrien Co-Teenage Killer Sentenced)
A southwest Michigan teen is headed to prison for at least the next 14 years for
killing her boyfriend in January.
17-year-old Destiny Coulson pled guilty last month to second degree murder for
shooting 21-year old David Quinn, Jr. in the face after a night of drinking and
arguing outside their home near Eau Claire. She was sentenced Monday to 14 to 30
years behind bars.
Although Coulson was 16 at the time, she was charged as an adult. She will be
transferred to the state's Women's Prison in Ypsilanti within the next two
Coulson will be given credit for the nine months she has already served in the
Berrien County Jail.
(Mike Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
(Kent Co-Steelcase Property For Sale)
If you've got an extra 20-million dollars handy West Michigan office furniture
maker Steelcase has some real estate just for you.
The Steelcase Corporate Development Center is now on the market for
19-point-five million dollars.
Better known as "The Pyramid," the building in Kent County's Gaines Township
will be vacated at the end of this year as Steelcase consolidates operations to
its offices in Grand Rapids.
Even with the list price, company officials say they're asking less than the
replacement costs for the building, which was built in 1986.
(MI/HI-Coffee Grower Embezzlement)
A Michigan man goes on trial in Hawaii later month for embezzling from a Kona
41-year-old John "Jason" Walaskay of Livingston County's Hamburg Township was
extradited in August after he was arrested at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.
He's accused of stealing nearly $200,000 from Kona's Best Natural Coffee while
employed as comptroller between March 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010.
Walaskay is charged with two counts each of first-degree theft and use of a
computer in the commission of a separate crime and five counts of second-degree
theft. He could face up to 75 years in prison if convicted.
The trial is set to begin October 30th.
After the Weather Channel asked viewers to vote on their favorite scenic routes,
US-23 along Michigan's Lake Huron Coastline wound up as being tops in the
The website suggests starting in Alpena and stopping to view nearby lighthouses
and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It also recommends going on a
glass bottom boat tour before venturing South. Hiking and fishing along the
Ausable in Iosco and Augres are also offered as destinations and activity.
The South Blue Ridge Parkway, Rocky Mountain National Park, Route 100 in Vermont
and Route 23 in the Catskils, New York were also included in the list.