Tuesday Afternoon State News Summary
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:26:15 EST
Southfield-Wounded Officer Released)
The Southfield Police Sergeant wounded in a shootout at police headquarters
Sunday is out of the hospital.
The officer suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder when 64-year-old Harold
Collins walked into the department and pointed a gun at the officer behind
protective glass.
Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins said that Collins appeared to be in a daze
when he entered the building and his officer acted properly in responding to the
gunfire. Other Southfield officers returned the fire, killing Collins.
The 50-year-old officer had asked that his name not be released.
The Oakland County Sheriffs Department continues to investigate the shooting.
The officers involved are now on administrative leave until the investigation is
completed.
(Help from: Metro Source)



(MI-Gas Prices Higher)
Gasoline prices are on the rise, again. A spike in prices Monday pushed some
stations to nearly $3.70 per gallon.
Senior Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com Patrick DeHaan says wholesale prices
rose on Wall Street last week and it was only a matter of time before local
stations adjusted their numbers. He says once local profits return, prices may
stabilize.
A recent report by Triple-A said a significant jump in gasoline prices would not
be the case before the Thanksgiving holiday, but DeHaan notes the Great Lakes
region is a wild card and that was only speculation.
(Jason Scott, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)


(Detroit-Out Of Cash)
The city of Detroit could be completely out of cash in a matter of weeks.
Officials told the city-state Financial Advisory Board Monday that by
mid-December, the Motor City could be in the hole by as much as five-million
dollars. The board is overseeing the finances of Detroit as part of an
agreement with the state to avoid an emergency financial manager.
By the end of the current fiscal year, it's now projected Detroit will have a
deficit of nearly 47-million dollars without new revenues.
City program management director William Andrews says the city must find new
revenue sources, blaming the worsening outlook on rising medical expenses and
lower receipts from taxes and other revenue sources than the city had previously
projected.
To keep afloat, the state will be asked to release about $30 million in bond
funding from an escrow account under the consent agreement. But before they cut
a check, the state will want the City Council to allow an independent firm to
look through the citys operations for more money.
(Help from: Metro Source/WWJ, Detroit)


(Antrim Co-Unsanitary Apple Cider)
Health officials in northwest lower Michigan have identified the source of
unpasteurized apple cider that triggered an outbreak of E. coli bacteria.
An inspection last week of Mitchell Hill Farm in Ellsworth found evidence that
its proprietor, Jim Ruster, had been producing adulterated food, or food
prepared under unsanitary conditions that fails to meet health and safety
standards.
E-coli bacteria has been found in samples from multiple people in Antrim County
who have gotten sick in the past two weeks.
Dr. Joshua Meyerson, Medical Director for the Health Department of Northwest
Michigan, says anyone who believes they may be in possession of cider from
Ruster or Mitchell Hill Farm, should dispose of it immediately.
He adds that anyone who has consumed the cider should consult a physician
immediately if they experience abdominal pain or other symptoms.
The department is working with the Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural
Development and Community Health in ongoing investigation of Mitchell Hill Farm
and any products that may have been distributed to the public.


(Howell-Girl Injured In Fire)
An early morning (Tuesday) house fire in Howell has left a two-year-old girl in
critical condition. The blaze was reported around 1:30 in the Fairlawn Estates
Mobile Home Park.
The little girl suffered burns to most of her body and is now at the University
of Michigan Hospital. Officials did not know her condition and said two adults
and another child suffered smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
(Metro Source)


(Dearborn-Transit Connect Wagon)
Ford Motor Company is releasing more details about the Transit Connect Wagon
which will be shown later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Dearborn automaker says they will offer the vehicle in five or
seven-passenger seating with two options for engines, and three trim levels.
Ford officials say they don't consider the Transit Connect Wagon a minivan but
more of a "family vehicle".
Early reports indicate the vehicle could achieve a fuel rating of 30-miles-per
gallon on the highway, but Ford has yet to release fuel data or pricing
information.
(Metro Source)


(MI-Fugitive Businesswoman)
A fugitive businesswoman accused of stealing millions of dollars from a Detroit
pension fund turn herself in today (Tuesday).
Teresa Kastanes (Kah-STAN-es) surrender to federal agents in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, ending an eight-month manhunt that stretched from Detroit to the
Caribbean. The South Carolina woman is accused of stealing five-million dollars
from a Detroit pension fund. She is expected make an appearance in front of a
bankruptcy judge later today.
According to officials, the 54-year old Kastanes and Detroit businessman Abner
McWhorter, were involved in a Detroit Police and Fire pension fund loan in 2008
to buy and restore more than 14-hundred foreclosed homes in Metro Detroit.
McWhorter committed suicide in August 2011.
(Metro Source)


(Dickinson Co-Animal Cruelty)
Two Upper Peninsula women have each been sentenced to serve 60 days in jail, the
result of their charges of cruelty to several animals.
60-year old Joan and 56-year old Kathy Khoury, both of Kingsford, had pleaded no
contest in October to mistreating nearly 60 animals.
Law enforcement officials removed 30 horses, 14 dogs and 15 cats from two
separate residences in June. The horses were relocated to a no-kill animal
rescue while a local animal shelter found homes for the dogs and cats.
The women were supposed to be sentenced earlier this month but the hearing was
postponed after a controversial photograph surfaced around Halloween showing the
Khourys dressed up as a judge and prisoner, standing near a person in a horse
costume.
The Dickinson County Prosecutor described the photo as inappropriate calling it
a complete contempt for court proceedings.
The pair will serve 30-days in jail if they agree to serve 60-days of community
service, although neither is permitted to work with or possess animals, during
their two year probation that was also ordered.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR,WOBE,WHTO, Iron Mountain)


(Detroit-Attempted Carjacking)
An off-duty Detroit police officer fended off a trio of would-be carjackers
Monday night.
Police said the victim was getting out of his car when a sports utility vehicle
with three people inside drove up and blocked his path.
According to police, a male suspect exited the vehicle, armed, and demanded the
victims keys. Police say the 41-year-old victim produced his weapon and fired
shots. The suspect ran, and the other suspects escaped in the car.
Shortly after midnight, officers received information that a 19-year old black
man matching the description of the suspect involved in the attempted carjacking
of the victim, was at a local hospital being treated for a gunshot wound.
The suspect is currently listed in critical condition, and is in police custody.
(WWJ, Detroit)


(Detroit-Teen Fatally Shot)
Police say a 16-year-old girl died after being shot by a gun that a 19-year-old
was showing off to friends at a home in Detroit.
The shooting happened early Sunday morning at a home on the citys northeast
side, where a group of young people were hanging out.
Witnesses allegedly told police they were visiting with friends when a
19-year-old, whose name was not released, stopped by to try to sell a gun. The
man was reportedly showing off the weapon when it accidentally discharged.
Police say the 19-year-old shot himself in the finger, and that same bullet hit
the 16-year-old girl, an eleventh grader at Grosse Pointe North High School, in
the side. The shooter then took off.
The homeowners called 911, but decided to take the girl to the hospital, where
she later died.
The 19-year-old was reportedly treated at St. John Hospital, before fleeing the
scene. His whereabouts remain unknown.
An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
(WWJ, Detroit)


(Sanilac Co-Stolen Guns)
The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office says 22 of the more than 30 weapons stolen
in a breaking and entering incident in August were returned over the weekend.
The weapons returned included high-powered rifles, handguns and ammunition.
Deputies responded to a Greenleaf Township party store on Saturday, when the
owner discovered someone had returned some of the items.
Officials say they were found thanks to a trail of corn that was intended to
lead the owner to the stolen firearms. The suspect apparently retrieved a bag of
corn from the front of the store and allowed it to spill out to the back where
the guns were placed.
The Sheriff's Office says, one reason the guns were returned could be because
authorities are turning up the heat on the stolen weapons, with one of the
handguns involved found in Utica.
(WPHM, Port Huron)


(Ontonagon Co-Man Points Gun At Wife)
A Western Upper Peninsula man is in jail on felonious assault and domestic
violence charges.
Michigan State Police from the Wakefield post say the suspect is a 65-year-old
man from Ewen. The suspects name has not been released pending his arraignment
in Ontonagon County 98th District Court later this morning (Tuesday).
The incident happened shortly after 3:00 Monday afternoon in Ewen. Police
arrested the man after he allegedly pointed a handgun at his wife during a
domestic disturbance. Police seized a shotgun, two rifles and a handgun.
The man is in the Ontonagon County Jail on $50,000 bond on the felonious assault
charge and $500 bond on the domestic violence charge.
(Rick Allen, WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

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