Saturday Morning State News Summary
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 03:26:49 EST
(MI-Super Bowl Drunks)
State Police say authorities arrested 45 drunk drivers during a Super Bowl
weekend drunk driving crackdown. The total includes 11 drivers arrested for a
Blood Alcohol Content of .17 or higher under Michigans so-called Super Drunk
65 law enforcement agencies in 20 counties participated in the three-day
crackdown. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning coordinated the effort
which was supported by federal traffic safety funds.
Officers made 1,318 traffic stops during which they issued 47 seat belt and
child restraint citations, 97 speeding tickets and 302 tickets for other traffic
violations. In addition, 28 fugitives were arrested and 94 uninsured motorists
were cited. Officers also made 26 drug arrests and cited 20 individuals for
other alcohol violations.
(Big Rapids-FSU Student-Snow Bank)
An 18-year-old Ferris State University student is in critical condition at
Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids after he was found unresponsive in a snowbank
early Friday morning.
Police say Nicholas Suttles of Grand Rapids was barely alive when he was
discovered. Suttles was extremely hypothermic and had an irregular heart beat.
Police say they believe he was in the snow bank with no coat on four hours.
The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and Ferris State Police are looking
at surveillance video from nearby businesses to determine whether any crime
The preliminary investigation indicates Suttles brought his own alcohol to a
party near the Big Rapids campus and consumed a large quantity.
Charges are expected for multiple individuals relating to allowing a minor to
consume under the city's Nuisance Party Ordinance.
(WBRN, Big Rapids)
Jury deliberations will begin Tuesday in the federal corruption case of former
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and a friend.
Prosecutors delivered their rebuttal to the closing arguments of defense
attorneys in Detroit today (Friday). The prosecution showed the jury text
messages between Kwame Kilpatrick and his friend Bobby Ferguson that they claim
show the two conspired to extort money from contractors seeking city work.
Prosecutors allege the former mayor pocketed over 800-thousand dollars in
kickbacks and bribes and also used a nonprofit fund as a slush fund for his
personal use, while friend Bobby Ferguson made 120-million dollars.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow (CHUT-coh) also took aim at the claims made
by Bernard Kilpatrick's lawyer, who called his client a legitimate consultant.
The attorney countered by asking where all the receipts were for the work done
The two Kilpatricks and Ferguson each face up to 20 years in prison if
convicted on racketeering, bribery and tax charges.
The jury won't begin deliberation until Tuesday because the U.S. District Court
is closed Monday due to Presidents Day.
(Ocena Co-Bathtub Murder)
A West Michigan man will stand trial this summer for drowning his wife a few
days after Christmas.
34-year old Timothy Shannon of Hart is charged in Oceana County Circuit Court
with open murder.
Sheriff's deputies found 34-year old Lee-Ann Shannon dead in the bathtub after
being called to the couple's home on December 29th. Prosecutors say autopsy
results released yesterday (Thursday) confirmed she drowned.
Detectives believe Timothy Shannon drowned his wife although he told
investigators the death was accidental. He was a Hart City Council member at the
Shannon is being held without bond in the Oceana County Jail. His trial has been
set for June 19.
(Help from: Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Grand Haven)
(MI-Free Fishing Weekend)
If you've never been ice fishing and want to give it a try, this is the weekend
to do it.
The Department of Natural Resources says everyone in michigan - including
residents and non-residents - can fish without a license today (Saturday) and
Sunday, though all other fishing regulations still apply.
The two days make up the Winter Free Fishing Weekend - an annual effort to
promote Michigan's plentiful fishing opportunities.
While many individuals and families will bundle up and head out to fish for free
on their own, the DNR says there are numerous organized events scheduled
throughout the state to celebrate the weekend as well.
Michigan has been celebrating the winter free fishing weekend annually since
(MI-Freeway Lights Targeted)
A recent report by the Michigan Department of Transportation says nearly
one-fifth of the lights on Metro Detroit freeways are not working due, in part,
to copper wire thieves.
The reports says eleven-hundred lights on the freeways in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb
and St. Clair counties are dark. Officials say around 200 poles and lights were
removed because of age, but thieves have targeted wiring in cabinets along the
M-DOT crews are repairing some of the lights but say funding is an issue and
they are asking drivers to call police if they see anyone working on a light
pole box during the evening or overnight hours.
(MI-Charging Station App)
If you have a new Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles and you're not sure where your
nearest charging station is, well... there's an app for that.
Ford has announced that its award-winning MyFord Mobile smartphone app and Web
portal now features a charging station finder powered by PlugShare.com and is
and compatible with the new Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid
Director of Sustainability with Ford Motor Company, Mike Tinskey says the app
uses crowd sourcing, meaning that the customers themselves will report whether a
new unit is installed or if one is working. He says that means those driving the
Ford hybrids will not only be able to find charging stations but will also have
the most up to date information about the charging stations.
Adding charging station information to the MyPhone Mobile smartphone app means
owners of Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles can now use their smartphones from almost
anywhere to find charging stations in addition to monitoring and managing the
battery charging process, checking energy efficiency and earning achievements
for efficient driving.
Canadian National Railroad has donated $500,000 to Michigan Technological
University's Rail Transportation Program to create the CN Endowed Fellowship in
Rail Transportation. This brings CNs total funding to the program to $750,000.
Building on the CN Rail Transportation Education Center that opened in 2010, the
endowment will support rail transportation-related projects and research, as
well as hardware and software resources for students, and provide student
Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program includes courses about rail
transportation and engineering, as well as urban rail transit. The program hopes
to establish a multi-disciplinary certificate in rail transportation and
CNs donation marks one of the largest corporate gifts to Michigan Tech during
its capital campaign.
A northern Michigan woman is facing embezzlement charges.
37-year old Heather Peer of Houghton Lake is accused of stealing more than
$100,000 from Earls Building Supply in Gladwin, where she was an employee.
Peer was arraigned this week in Gladwin County District Court on one count each
of embezzlement over $100,000 and using a computer to commit a felony. She faces
up to 20 years in prison.
Peer is free on $5,000 bond. A preliminary exam is scheduled for February 25.
(MI-Pure Michigan Romantic Getaway)
Fans of Pure Michigan are invited to share their ideal Pure Michigan romantic
weekend for an opportunity to win a trip for two to Mackinac Island.
The Michigan in Love: Pin to Win" contest runs through February 28, and includes
airfare from anywhere nationwide provided by American Airlines. A Michigan-built
Buick will also be provided as transportation during the trip.
Travel Michigan says this is Pure Michigans first Pinterest contest, and fans
must follow Pure Michigan on Pinterest to be eligible.
The prize package includes a two-night stay at the Grand Hotel featuring the
hotels Touch of Romance package with champagne, fresh fruit and flowers. Guests
will also enjoy a carriage ride to the Woods Restaurant during their stay.
To enter, you must create their own Michigan in Love: Pin to Win board by
repining at least five pins from the Pure Michigan Michigan in Love: Pin to Win"
board. All pins must include the #puremichigan hashtag. Pins of the contest
graphic and a rental vehicle of choice from Buick are also required.
Officials say once their board is complete, fans can share the link on the Pure
Michigan Connect contest blog post.
The winner will be selected at random from the shared boards.
Pure Michigan currently ranks in the top five destination marketing Pinterest
pages in the country, with more than 5,000 followers and 31 boards.
(Oakland Co-Murder Sentence)
A 49-year-old man will serve life in prison without parole, convicted of first
degree murder in a brutal murder that shocked a Royal Oak community.
Oakalnd County prosecutors said 80-year-old Nancy Dailey was tied to a chair,
beaten and stabbed by Alan Wood - who had come to the womans home with his
girlfriend looking for drug money after Dailey had hired the pair to do some
When it was his turn to speak in court Friday, Wood, clad in an orange jumpsuit,
denied everything and asked the judge to dismiss all charges against him. When
she declined, Wood told her to stop preaching and get to his sentencing.
The girlfriend, 41-year-old Tonia Watson, took a plea bargain with prosecutors
in exchange for her testimony against Wood, which prosecutors said, along with
DNA evidence, said helped get a conviction.
Watson was sentenced to 23 to 80 years.
Wood and Watson, both parole violators, were arrested in Canton Township two
days after Daileys body was found. Police said they were attempting to use one
of Daileys bank cards at an ATM.
(Laura Bonnell, WWJ, Detroit)
(Marquette Co-Hit-Run Fatal Sentence)
A Marquette County man who drove the vehicle involved in a hit and run accident
that killed a woman and seriously injured her husband last summer will spend at
least a year and a half in prison.
30-year old Luke Huotari of Gwinn was sentenced in Marquette County Circuit
Court to 18-months to five years in prison for failing to stop at the accident
scene. Houtari had earlier pleaded guilty to knowingly leaving the scene of an
accident, which caused serious impairment of a bodily function or death.
42-year-old Karin LaChapelle of Marquette and her 39-year-old husband Bryan were
struck by Huotari's car as they were crossing US-41 on their way to watch the
citys Fourth of July fireworks display.
(Aaron Harper,WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)
(Grand Rapids-Beer Release Tickets)
This is a red-letter day for Grand Rapids, Beer City USA.
Today (Saturday) is the first day to buy tickets for the March release of
Founders Brewing Co.s popular Kentucky Breakfast Stout, or KBS.
Dave Engbers, company co-founder, said the brewery is going back to the online
ticketing model that worked well for their last big release, the Bolt Cutter
15-year anniversary barleywine that came and went in November.
Last March, more than 1,000 people lined up outside the brewerys taproom in
Grand Rapids - some 12 hours in advance - in order to get their hands on a case
Engbers says the five dollar ticket reserves your right to buy up to 12 bottles.
He adds that proceeds from the $5.00 KBS qualifier will go to the Grand Rapids
(Chuck LaTour, WOOD, Grand Rapids)
Governor Rick Snyder has named Jeff Holyfield as director of communications for
the governors office.
The veteran of more than three decades in journalism and public relations will
begin his new position on March 4.
Holyfield spent the last 15 years at Consumers Energy where he now serves as
executive director of media relations and communications services. Before
joining the Jackson-based utility he was vice president of a Lansing public
relations firm for two years.
Holyfield began his career with The Associated Press for 17 years working as a
reporter and editor in the Kansas City and Denver bureaus, He was appointed
chief of the APs Lansing bureau in 1987 where he served until 1995.
The Laingsburg resident replaces Geralyn Lasher, who joined the Michigan
Department of Community Health as senior deputy director for external relations
Traffic on the Mackinac Bridge was up slightly last month.
Robert Sweeney, Executive Secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, says
169,480 vehicles crossed the span during January compared to 168,994 in 2012, an
increase of point-three percent.
Fare revenue is up 4.7% compared to last year.
Officials say all revenue collected is used to maintain, operate, and protect
the 55-year-old bridge linking Michigan's two peninsulas.
There were no winning tickets in Friday's Mega Millions lottery drawing.
The jackpot Friday was worth $13 (m) million dollars.
The numbers from the Mega Millions drawing Friday were: 09-22-32-38-55. The
gold ball was 44. The Megaplier was 3x.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth $20 (m) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Friday were: 4-9-3.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery were: 5-1-1-3.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 lottery were: 1-8-1.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 lottery were: 7-5-6-6.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 06-18-21-22-27.
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 01, 06, 09, 10, 11, 13, 21, 22,
23, 24, 28, 36, 37, 40, 45, 48, 53, 54, 58, 60, 68, 76. Tonight's (Sat) Classic
Lotto jackpot is projected to be one (m) million dollars.
Tonight's Powerball jackpot is worth $60 (M) million dollars.