Friday Afternoon State News Summary
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:16:07 EST
(Flint-Bank Robber Killed)
A security guard shot and killed a suspected bank robber in Flint this morning (Friday).
Police say the man entered the Chase Bank around 10:30 a.m. wearing a trench coat and walking in a "stilted manner" then pulled out a long gun from under his coat. He was encountered in the lobby by two security guards who drew their weapons and ordered the man to drop his gun.
According to police, when the man raised his weapon up he was fired upon by the security guards. There reportedly were customers inside of the bank when the shooting occurred but no one was injured.
Police are still on the scene investigating and no other details are available.
State health officials are investigating nine Salmonella cases across the state.
Six of the nine people, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health, have reported eating raw kibbeh (kibby) on December 7 and 8 of last year.
Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern dish made from ground meat.
More than half the cases were hospitalized, however officials emphasize that not all of the Michigan cases reported eating kibbeh, and the source of their exposures is still under investigation. Most of the cases reside in southeast Michigan.
State officials are working closely with local health departments in the investigation.
In addition to the Michigan cases, nationally there are eight other cases.
On Jan. 24, 2013, out of an abundance of caution, 500 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium was recalled by Jouni Meats, Inc., located in Sterling Heights.
The beef products were produced between Dec. 4 and 9, 2012 and were distributed to a Macomb County restaurant and sold directly to consumers. These products were sold without a label.
The investigation is ongoing.
(MI-Bogus Mortgage Company)
The state has shut down a bogus Lansing mortgage company.
The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation issued an order for Finlock Financial Group, LLC to immediately cease and desist from conducting unlicensed activities as a mortgage broker and lender without first obtaining a license or registering with the state.
The agency investigated a complaint received from the Attorney Generals Office, and confirmed that Finlock Financial Group is fraudulently claiming to be located in Lansing using an address that houses several different businesses. Officials say no one at the location had heard of Finlock Financial Group, which claimed to be in business for 12 years.
The agency believes that the bogus company, through their website, www.finlockgroup.com was posing as a legitimate mortgage and lending company in an attempt to steal consumers' money and identities. The fraudulent company was encouraging customers to apply for loans by providing personal information including social security and financial account numbers.
(Muskegon Heights-Teen Killed)
Police in West Michigan are looking for suspects in the shooting death of an 18-year-old boy Thursday.
Authorities say Kentae Jones was apparently shot from behind when several people jumped out of a car and began firing shots near a house in Muskegon Heights. Jones was taken to Mercy Health Partners' Hackley Campus, where he was pronounced dead.
Neighbors told police the suspects took off in a white vehicle, possibly a Honda sedan, with Illinois license plates.
(Help from: Metro Source)
(Kalamazoo-Fatal Police Shooting)
A police officer in Kalamazoo shot and killed a domestic assault suspect last night (Friday).
Police rushed to the scene of the assault when it was reported shortly before 2 in the afternoon, but the suspect had already fled. Police say they had reason to believe the 34-year-old man was armed. Officers caught up with the suspect at around 10pm when they spotted his car, but the man refused to stop and drove to the Best Western on East Cork Street.
Public Safety Officers say they fought the man in the lobby of the hotel and that he was eventually shot during that confrontation. The suspect was taken to Bronson Hospital but died there shortly after. His name has not been released.
The officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative leave.
Public Safetys Office of Professional Standards and detectives from the agencys Criminal Investigations Division are conducting separate investigations of the fatal shooting.
(Help from: WBCK, Battle Creek)
(Highland Park-Corrupt Cops)
Four Highland Park police officers are the focus of a federal investigation.
29-year old Anthony Bynum of Highland Park; 38-year old Price Montgomery of Highland Park; 33-year old Shawn Williams of Detroit; 55-year old Craig Clayton of Highland Park are charged with accepting bribes, conspiring to distribute six kilograms of cocaine, and carrying firearms in furtherance of a drug traffic crime.
According to the criminal complaint, Bynum and Montgomery arrested a man in August 2012 and beat him. While in the hospital, the man, who was a confidential source for the FBI, offered to pay the officers if they would dismiss the charges against him. Bynum and Montgomery were captured on videotape taking $10,000 in cash in return for failing to appear at the man's trial causing the case to be dismissed.
Authorities say Montgomery and Bynum later agreed to transport and deliver cocaine for the FBI confidential source and recruited Williams and Clayton to help out.
A four are slated to be arraigned later today (Friday) in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Each faces a maximum of 40 years in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine, 10 years on the bribery charges and an additional five-year consecutive sentence for carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.
The investigation comes amid FBI probes into public corruption in neighboring cities, including Detroit, Pontiac, Royal Oak Township, Ecorse and in Wayne County.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)
Seven people were arrested following a drug bust in Jackson County Thursday.
The Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad and the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team seized over 4 kilos of cocaine with a street value of nearly $900,000 as part of an ongoing investigation.
The two law enforcement agencies were targeting a Lansing Township man and a Jackson County man suspected of large-scale narcotics trafficking.
Wednesday night, the agencies asked the Michigan State Police to stop three cars. Police say the drugs were found hidden in one of the vehicles.
The seven suspects range in age from 20 to 68.
Investigators are currently working with area prosecutors to determine the charges. Suspects with a cocaine trafficking charge could face more than 20 years in prison.
(Detroit-Kilpatrick Back In Jail)
Kwame Kilpatrick is headed back to jail.
The Michigan Department of Corrections says the former Detroit mayor was served Thursday night with 14 parole violation charges.
When Kilpatrick was served with the charges, his parole officer offered him the opportunity to waive the formal parole violation process and serve an immediate sanction of three days in custody at the Detroit Reentry Center - to which Kilpatrick agreed.
Kilpatrick is expected to report to jail this (Friday) afternoon and will be released from custody early Monday morning.
The charges are another bump on the ex-mayors long road of restitution to the city as part of a conviction for lying under oath in a police whistleblower case. He subsequently served 14 months in prison for violating his probation in that case, and still owes Detroit over $850,000.
A condition of Kilpatricks parole states that he is required to report gifts and other income, something officials say he has failed to do on a number of occasions.
Michigan is marking its 176th birthday on Saturday.
The Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing is hosting the annual Statehood Day celebration which also marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The first 200 visitors will receive free birthday cake. The first 200 families will also get a poster of a historic map included for the price of admission.
Families can participate in living-history demonstrations of 1812 uniforms, gear and drills. Children can make a 19th-century military hat, flag or map. All will be able to view statehood documents from the Archives of Michigan, including Michigan's first Constitution.
Statehood Day is included with museum admission; parking is free.
The Michigan Historical Museum is located inside the Michigan Library and Historical Center, just west of the Capitol Building.
Furniture maker La-Z-Boy says it will build a 50-million dollar global headquarters in Monroe.
The headquarters will be built on 120-acres of land that has been maintained by nuns of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for decades. The furniture maker, which has been in Monroe since its founding in 1927, finalized the deal on Wednesday.
La-Z-Boy plans to break ground this spring and will reportedly move 500 corporate employees into the new building by early 2015.
(Livingston Co-Historic Schoolhouse Destroyed)
An historic one-room schoolhouse near Howell was destroyed by a fire early this morning (Friday).
Fire officials told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus, that passers-by called in the fire at the Fleming School in Howell Township at about 2:20 a.m., though it is undetermined just when it began.
The school was originally a log building erected in 1850. It was replaced in 1880 with the current one-room schoolhouse which was closed in 1957. In 1993 it was restored and served as an educational site for students in Howell Public Schools.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but fire officials consider it suspicious.