Tuesday State News Summary
Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:47:00 EST
One metro Detroit school district is taking no chances -- after yet another shooting
threat surfaces on social media.
Wayne-Westland school will be CLOSED today -- after a threat was made against one
of the district's high schools. Reports indicate the threat came against Wayne Memorial
High School on Snapchat. Administrators are urging parents to check their children's
social media and text messages so police can pinpoint the threat's origin.
Plainfield Township plans to file a lawsuit against Wolverine Worldwide , seeking to get
the company to help pay for getting municipal water to areas where chemical
contamination has been found in residential wells. WOOD TV reports the township
board voted to file the suit last night since Wolverine Worldwide has so far refused to
help pay for the project. PFAS (P-Fass), a suspected carcinogen, has spread from
Wolverine's former dump. The shoemaker buried sludge from its tannery until 1970
and it's affected areas of Plainfield and Algoma Townships.
With flooding in Berrien County, a Do Not Drink order has been issued in Sodus
Township for residents of the Meadow Streams Mobile Home Community. That after
the wells at the Mobile Home Community could possibly have been contaminated by
flood waters. The wells are being disinfected and the water is being tested.
A construction worker -- killed on the job Monday.
Police and fire crews worked for hours to free the man after the trench collapsed in
Sterling Heights, but it eventually turned into a recovery effort. It's believed the trench
had not been "shored up" before the worker went in.
The man suspected of killing four people Monday in Detroit is dead.
Detroit Police say the suspect, Anthony Davis Jr., turned the gun on himself after he
was spotted in Van Buren Township, stole a car, and was chased into Toledo, Ohio.
Commander Jacqueline Pritchett says Davis shot the mother of his child, her father, a
pastor, and her friend at a gas station in Detroit before killing his cousin at a home a
couple of miles away.
Gov. Rick Snyder ordering U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff today in
honor of former state legislator Burton Leland who died on Sunday.
The Governor says “Burton was a dedicated legislator and I send my sincere
condolences to his family, friends and community during this time.”
Leland served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1981-1998 and later the
Michigan Senate from 1999-2006. In 2006 he was elected to the Wayne County
Lawmakers Monday unveiling a package of 10 bills to combat childhood sexual assault
and to protect victims.
The “Protecting Michigan’s Children” bills would make extend the statute of limitations
for reporting childhood sexual abuse. Under current law -- victims must report abuse by
their 19th birthday or within three years of the abuse for charges to be filed. Under the
proposed bills, the statute of limitations would be extended to 30 years after the act.
The bills would also increase penalties for possession of child pornography and allow
the admission of evidence from previous cases in trials of serial abusers.
A Roman Catholic priest is facing sex crimes charges in Saginaw County. The
Reverend Robert DeLand appeared in court Monday on three charges, including
second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The 71-year-old is pastor at St. Agnes Church
in Freeland and has been a longtime priest in the Saginaw Diocese.
DeLand was released on bond and must wear an electronic tether at his home in
Saginaw Township. Police say they've received several complaints about DeLand since
August. He had been under surveillance since November. Saginaw Bishop Joseph
Cistone says he's "deeply distressed" by the allegations.
The city manager of Negaunee City in the Upper Peninsula has issued directives for
2018. Nate Heffron is establishing a six-member committee to address the issue of
blight. Members will included the chief of police and city attorney.
The committee will determine if the city's current efforts to address blight are effective,
and if any properties in Neguanee violate the International Property Maintenance Code.
The committee will hold at least four public meetings and will issue a report on its
Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting Michigan in March to speak at a tax reform
event. Pence will be featured at the American First Policies tax reform event at the
Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit on Friday, March 2nd.
The nonprofit group supports things like the recent federal tax plan and efforts to repeal
the Affordable Care Act.
A report indicates the Vice President will also attend a fundraiser for his Great
American Committee PAC, which supports Republican congressional candidates. It's
his first time back in Michigan since September of last year.
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