Wednesday Afternoon State News Summary
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:08:17 EDT
(MI-Meningitis Outbreak-UPDATE)
State health officials say the number of confirmed cases of fungal meningitis in
Michigan associated with an outbreak linked to a recalled steroid medication
given to people who got injections for back pain is now at 29, including three
deaths.
The Department of Community Health says the age range of current identified
cases is 46-89 years old. The three deaths were a 56-year old woman from Genesee
County, a 67-year old Livingston County woman and a 78-year old woman from
Washtenaw County.
All the cases are linked to the four facilities in Michigan that received the
potentially contaminated product prepared by a specialized pharmacy in
Massachusetts. They are Michigan Neurosurgical Institute in Grand Blanc,
Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation in
Traverse City and Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren.
Nationwide, 137 cases and 12 deaths have been reported from 10 states including
Michigan. Health officials say the number of cases is expected to increase.


(MSC-Medical Marijuana)
The Michigan Supreme Court has formally opened its 2012 session and on Thursday,
it will her oral arguments on two controversial medical marijuana cases.
In one case (People v McQueen), the court will decide whether Michigan's Medical
Marijuana Act allows registered patients and caregivers to transfer and or sell
medical marijuana to patients they are not linked with, through the state's
registry program.
The Isabella County prosecutor argues that a dispensary doing business as
Compassionate Apothecary was a public nuisance and violated the state's public
health code.
A circuit court disagreed with the prosecutor and refused to issue and
injunction, then the Court of Appeals overtured the Circuit Court decision.
In a second case, a man was arrested for having 88 marijuana plants, even though
he was authorized to have only 24, but he argued that the rest belonged to other
patients, and a 'common growing area' was allowed under the law, as long as it
was secured as dictated by the law.
But the trial court rejected his argument, and that decision was later affirmed
by the Court of Appeals.


(MI-Ann Romney-Clinton Campaign)
The Republican presidential ticket is showing signs that they are not conceding
Michigan to President Obama, as had been speculated a few weeks ago.
Ann Romney will campaign in West Michigan on Friday, though just where has not
been nailed down. She is the wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and
like the former Massachusetts governor, is a native of Michigan.
Former President Bill Clinton will also be in the state Friday as he campaigns
at a reception in the Detroit area for President Barack Obama and incumbent
Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.
(Metro Source)


(Obit: Karras)
Former Detroit Lions star lineman Alex Karras has died.
A family spokesperson told the news media that he died at his home Wednesday in
Los Angeles. He was 77.
Karras had battled kidney disease, heart disease and dementia in recent years,
and then stomach cancer over the past two years.
Karras was drafted in the first round of the NFL by the Lions in 1958. He became
one of the dominant defensive tackles in the NFL, and played 12 seasons between
'58 and 1970. He sat out the 1963 season due to a suspension related to
gambling activities.
He later became an actor, in such films as "Blazing Saddles," "Maid in America,"
"Masada," "Arliss," "Alcatraz," and "FM." He also starred in the 1980s sitcom
"Webster."
He recently joined other ex-NFL players in a concussion-releated lawsuit filed
against the NFL.


(MIPoll-Moroun Least Popular)
Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun is the least popular among Michigan voters
of any political figure tested, according to a new poll.
The survey was done by Lansing-Based Michigan Resource Group which works on
behalf of those supporting a new public-private Detroit-Canada bridge.
Only 5 percent of voters have a favorable impression of Moroun, who is backing
Proposal 5 requiring a two-thirds legislative vote on tax increases and Proposal
6 requiring a vote of the people on international bridges. 25 percent have an
unfavorable impression of Moroun.
Paul King, director of Research for MRG, says the perception of Moroun could
have an effect on how voters view his ballot proposals. He says their poll shows
Proposal 6 leading by 13 percent statewide, but losing 46 percent to 45 percent
in the Detroit suburbs where Moroun's negative perception is the highest.
President Barack Obama polled the best, with 52 percent giving him a favorable
rating and 44 percent giving him an unfavorable rating. Governor Rick Snyder's
favorables are at 43 percent and his unfavorables are at 40 percent.
Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has a favorability rating of 45 percent
and unfavorables of 40 percent. Her opponent, GOP nominee Pete Hoekstra has
favorables of 32 percent and unfavorables of 30 percent.
The poll was conducted September 10 to 15 among 600 likely voters statewide,
including 20 percent with cell phones only. The margin of error was 4 percent.


(MI-Milliken Support)
Former Republican Governor William Milliken has thrown his support to the
November ballot proposal that would require increasing Michigan's renewable
energy standard to 25 percent by 2025.
Milliken said in a statement that the opportunity of renewable energy in
Michigan is important enough that the 25 percent renewable policy should have
the long-term certainty of Constitutional protection. The statement was released
by Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs, the group leading the effort to pass the
proposal.
Milliken added that the kind of collaborative spirit needed for such a change is
"hard to come by these days in Lansing" and as a result Michigan is falling
behind other states when it comes to renewable energy.
Milliken served as governor of Michigan from 1969 to 1983 and carved a
reputation as an environmentalist who signed into law most of the state's basic
environmental protection laws.


(Grand Rapids-Smoke In Plane)
Passengers aboard a regional United Airlines flight leaving Gerald R. Ford
International Airport in Grand Rapids Tuesday afternoon had to change their
plans.
An airport spokesman says the plane was taking off for Denver shortly before
5:00 when the crew reported what they thought was smoke in the cockpit but there
was no fire found on the plane.
However, Passengers were evacuated and bused to the terminal to rebook different
flights.
(Greg Ghering, WOOD, Grand Rapids)


(Gogebic Co-Wife Murder)
A Western Upper Peninsula man accused of murdering his elderly wife will be back
in court in December.
50-year-old Kenneth Peters of Bessemer on Tuesday waived his right to an
arraignment in Gogebic County Circuit Court. His next appearance is an
all-purpose hearing on December 4th.
Peters is accused of killing his wife, 79-year-old Ethel Grzena-Peters. She went
missing in early August and her body was found about ten days later.
Police arrested Kenneth Peters on August 22nd. Hes charged with first-degree
murder, second-degree murder and second-degree vulnerable adult abuse.
Peters is being held in the Gogebic County Jail without bond.
(Rick Allen, WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)


(Crawford Co-Embezzlement)
A 57-year old Grayling woman was arrested on charges related to embezzlement and
forgery.
Crawford County authorities say Sandy Enos was charged with 7 felony and 2
misdemeanor charges stemming from a several month long investigation in which
the victims were Grayling Little League and Grayling High School.
A records investigation began with accounts of the Grayling Little League that
Enos supervised as treasurer. That led investigators to other accounts Enos was
involved with at the Grayling High School.
She faces 6 embezzlement charges and 3 counts of forgery. Her bond was set at
just over 50-thousand dollars.
(WATZ, Alpena)


(Van Buren Co-Palisades Owners Sue)
The parent company of the Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County's
Covert Township is suing the federal government. The lawsuit by Entergy against
the U.S. Department of Energy has been revealed after being filed in late
September.
Spokesman Mark Savage says the federal government was supposed to start taking
care of the plant's nuclear waste in early 1998, but hasn't even though Entergy
has paid substantial fees to remove and dispose of the fuel.
Savage claims that until the federal government develops a disposal solution,
used nuclear fuel will continue to be stored safely at each plant, including
Palisades and Consumers Energy's Big Rock Point decommissioned plant near
Charlevoix which is also included in the lawsuit.
Savage said Entergy estimates it has spent about $100 million on storage at
Palisades -- money the company hopes to win from the Energy Department.
(Greg Ghering, WOOD, Grand Rapids/Metro Source)


(Detroit-Man Electrocuted)
A 34-year-old man was electrocuted after he allegedly tried to steal copper wire
from a transformer on top of a power pole in Detroit.
Police say the incident occurred sometime overnight on the city's west side and
the man was hanging from the pole for several hours. Investigators say the man
and two others who were allegedly with him are well known in the area for
stealing copper.
A DTE crew was called in and had to turn power to the area off before they could
remove the man. His name was not released. (Metro Source)


(Muskegon Co-Choir Assistant Sentenced)
A former high school choir assistant in West Michigan is going to prison for
being a sexual predator.
55-year old Michael D'oyly of Fruitport Township was sentenced Tuesday in
Muskegon County to concurrent terms of 29 months to 15 years behind bars after
pleading guilty in August to two counts of second degree criminal sexual
conduct.
D'oyly was arrested in January and charged initially with fourth degree criminal
sexual conduct.
Testimony during his preliminary hearing claimed D'oyly would target students
and nurture relationships that began when they were in Mona Shores high school
music programs, continuing after they graduated. That resulted in additional
charges being filed against D'oyly.
Court officials say that D'oyly will receive credit for 149 days jail time
already served.
(Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Grand Haven)


(Oakland Co-Strip Club Arrest)
An Oakland County man accused of robbing a bank is now facing charges after he
was arrested at a strip club near Kalamazoo.
A man with a handgun demanded money from a teller at the Charter One Bank in
Southfield last Thursday, then fled the scene. On Sunday, a manager at a
Kalamazoo Township strip club called authorities when a man in his establishment
began passing out money that was covered in red dye.
37-year-old Todd Kettler of Rochester was taken into custody and yesterday
(Tuesday) was arraigned on charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm
in commission of a felony.
Kettler is being held on a one-million-dollar cash bond. A preliminary exam is
scheduled for October 15th.
(Metro Source)


(Fennville-One Officer Police Department)
The sleepy West Michigan town of Fennville will soon have its very own police
force, of one.
The city commission on Tuesday approved the new department which is set to open
on January 1st. Fennville has a contract with Allegan County for one sheriff's
deputy, but hiring its own officer will save the town about 27-thousand dollars
per year.
The job will pay 65-thousand dollars annually and applications are being
accepted.
(Metro Source)

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