Wednesday Morning State News Summary
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 01:59:52 EST
(MI-Thanksgiving Travel)
An estimated 1-point-34 million Michigan residents will travel 50 miles or more
from home during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday period, up seven percent from
last year, according to Triple-A Michigan.
They join 43-point-6 million Americans who will travel nationally, up
seven-tenths of a percent, according to the survey. The holiday period is
defined as Wednesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 25.
Vehicle travel remains the most popular form of Thanksgiving transportation.
Eighty-nine percent of Michigan travelers will go by vehicle, down slightly from
last years ninety percent.
Nationally, 90 percent of holiday travelers will go by vehicle, an increase of
six-tenths of a percent.
In Michigan, nearly eight percent of travelers will go by air, on par with last
year, while the remaining nearly three percent will go by train or bus.
The Wednesday before the holiday is expected to be the busiest travel day.
The majority of travelers surveyed plan to leave that Wednesday, with 36 percent
planning to return the following Sunday. Another 25 percent expect to return on
Monday, November 26.

(MI-No State Health Exchange)
Governor Rick Snyder may not continue to push House Republicans to act on the
creation of a state-run health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable
Care Act.
Snyder told reporters Tuesday that he's not sure he would ask House Republicans
to reconsider their opposition to a state-run exchange, adding that he's waiting
for the federal government to respond to some questions about implementing the
health law. He said, quote, "We're so far along the path. It would be difficult
to revisit that whole topic in terms of switching to a state exchange at this
point, given where we are in the timeline process."
The federal government, last week, extended the deadline for state's to submit
exchange applications to December 14th, however the deadline for states to
declare they plan to establish a state-run exchange remains Friday.
Whether federal-run or state-run, health care exchanges will let businesses and
individuals without health coverage from an employer buy insurance on
Internet-based marketplaces starting in 2014.

(Isabella Co-Former CMU Prof Arraigned)
A former Central Michigan University professor has been arraigned on child
pornography charges.
58-year old William Merrill is charged with distributing or promoting child
sexually abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime and possession of
child sexually abusive material. Merrill is also charged with a misdemeanor of
possession or sale of a switchblade.
An Isabella County Trial Court judge ordered Merrill held on a $500,000 bond.
Police say Merrill had been downloading child pornography on his CMU-issued
laptop. One of the 30 CDs taken from his office reportedly contained more than
10,000 files.
On Monday, Merrill resigned from his position in CMU'S College of Education and
Human Services. His research focuses on Internet censorship and the use of
children in advertising.
Merrill will be back in court for a hearing on Thursday to set future court

(MI-U.P. Driving Safety Ads)
A new traffic safety campaign encourages Upper Peninsula drivers to slow down in
snow or icy driving conditions to reduce weather-related crashes, injuries and
traffic deaths.
The effort by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning will be focused in
the U.P. because the area experiences the longest and harshest winter driving
conditions in the state. The campaign, which is supported with federal traffic
safety funds, includes radio and TV public service announcements and flyers.
A five-year review of U.P. crash statistics indicated men and women are equally
involved in winter weather crashes; most crashes involve drivers 41 and older;
and weather-related crashes are focused in Houghton, Marquette and Alger
The campaign's TV ads were shot during a major U.P. snowstorm earlier this year.
They can be viewed at In addition to the ads,
weather-related informational flyers will be distributed throughout the Upper

(MI-I-96 Shooter-UPDATE)
The man suspected of being the I-96 corridor shooter is expected to have a busy
day traveling from one court to another today (Wednesday).
43-year-old Raulie Casteel is scheduled to appear for a pre-exam hearing in
district court in Novi at 9:15 a.m this morning. He will then be transported to
district court in Howell in Livingston County. reports the hearings are to discuss the possibility of Casteel waiving
his right to a pretrial hearing within 14 days of his arraignment.
Casteel is charged with 66 felonies and for multiple attempted murder charges in
Novi. The charges are related to 10 of two-dozen shootings across four counties
between October 16th and October 27th.
Charges in Oakland County stem from nine of the 12 shootings Casteel is
suspected of there; and Livingston County prosecutors charged Casteel related to
another shooting on I-96 in Howell.
Charges against Casteel are pending in Ingham and Shiawassee counties.

(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
(Help from: Metro Source)

(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
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.

(MI-LCD Settlement)
If you have an LCD television or computer monitor you may be entitled to a piece
of a 1.1 (b) billion-dollar LCD settlement fund.
The fund was created through settlements with ten manufacturers of LCD flat
panels over an illegal conspiracy to raise prices on panels used in TV's,
monitors and laptop computers.
Consumers and businesses who purchased the affected products from 1999 to 2006
may file claims for cash payments. Eligible consumers may collect up to
200-dollars or more depending upon the number TV's, monitors and laptop
computers purchased.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the settlement sends a clear
message that consumer's rights must be protected, and he encourages eligible
Michigan citizens to file a claim online before the December 6th deadline.
Consumers can file a claim at or call 1-855-225-1886.

(MI/DC-Rogers On Short List)
Michigan U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers is on the short list to replace General
David Petraeus as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Gongwer News Service reports that sources say with his tenure as chair of the
U.S. House Intelligence Committee and as a past agent in the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, the Brighton republican could be an easy pick to head the C.I.A.
Rogers would not comment on the speculation that he would be named to head the
Patraeus resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with his
CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell is currently serving as the interim director.
It's not clear when President Barack Obama might name a permanent successor for

(Howell-Injured Girl Dies)
Police in Livingston County have confirmed that a 2-year-old girl critically
injured in an early morning fire near Howell Tuesday has died.
The blaze was reported in the Fairlawn Estates Mobile Home Park in Howell
The little girl suffered burns to most of her body and was taken to University
of Michigan Hospital where she died Tuesday afternoon. Her name was not
Sheriff Bob Bezotte told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus that the girl's
father, 32-year old James Robinson suffered burns to his hands and arms when he
tried to rescue his daughter from the flames.
The girl's mother and a sister suffered smoke inhalation.
The fire is believed to have started in a bedroom where the mother and two
daughters were sleeping, but the cause of the fire is under investigation.
(Help from: Metro Source)

(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)

(Grand Rapids-Student Has Loaded Gun)
A 15-year-old student at Lighthouse Charter Academy in Grand Rapids has been
suspended after bringing a loaded gun to school.
Grand Rapids police arrested the teen, after staff called 911 around 10:30
Tuesday morning. The teen had the .38 caliber handgun with him when officers
In a statement, Superintendent Heidi Cate said she commends another student at
the school who alerted staff about the teen who brought the gun.
The student is suspended indefinitely, pending a disciplinary hearing. The name
of the student was not released.
(Help from: Greg Ghering, WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Tue Lottery)
There were no winners in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing.
That means Friday's jackpot will be worth $26 (M) million dollars.
The Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were: 06, 12, 31, 46, and 56.
The mega ball was 34. The megaplier was: 2x
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery were:   1-6-1.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were:   3-7-5-8.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were:   4-0-8.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were:   7-3-6-3.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were:   05-11-14-16-33.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 05, 09, 12, 14, 17, 22, 27, 28,
33, 36, 40, 44, 45, 47, 50, 55, 60, 61, 65, 66, 74, 76.
Tonight's (Wed) Classic Lotto 47 jackpot is worth one-point-two (M) million

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