Monday State News Summary
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 05:53:23 EST
Another threat has closed a school system in southwest Michigan today, the Hastings
Area Schools. The district posted on social media that it was calling off classes and
that the day care and CERC programs would also be closed. Police are investigating
Central Michigan University's campus back open this morning following Friday's double
shooting and lockdown. James Eric Davis Jr. was captured early Saturday morning
following an intensive manhunt. He faces murder charges in the shooting death of his
parents in his dormitory room. They had picked him up from a hospital where he was
brought for suspected drug abuse and were planning to take him home for spring
break. Police say the gun used by Davis Junior was registered to his father. Classes at
CMU will resume next week.
The brother of a CMU student accused of killing his parents Friday posted on social
media he is devastated but asks for prayers and support for his brother. On Facebook
this weekend, Russell Matthew Davis stated he still loved his brother James Eric Davis
Jr. While he said he was in shock and denial over the deaths of his parents, he also
asked that his brother not be made a villain. A tweet believed to be from Davis' sister
Alexis made no mention of her brother, but said she had lost the only people that loved
her unconditionally, quote "You don't have to stress no more mom and dad I love you.
A woman is hospitalized after a fire at her home in Clare County Sunday morning. 9
and 10 News reports the fire started in the basement of the home south of Harrison.
The fire chief says one person carried a grandmother out, while and man , his wife and
daughter were inside. The woman is being treated for smoke inhalation.
The price at the pump is going back up again. Triple A Michigan's Weekly Gas Gauge
Survey finds self-serve regular 3 cents a gallon higher across Michigan for an average
cost of $2-53 a gallon. Demand seems to be outpacing week-to-week estimates,
helping to push pump prices higher amid winter refinery maintenance that has reduced
gasoline production across the country.
Cheapest gas around the state is in Flint, at $2-50 a gallon.
Police and protesters are expected at Michigan State University today as white
supremacist Richard Spencer gets ready to speak this afternoon. Spencer's event will
start at 4:30 this afternoon at the Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education on
MSU's campus. The university agreed to the speech after a lawsuit was filed by
Spencer's supporters. The campus will be less active then normal because students
are on spring break. Several groups opposed to Spencer are expected to protest
throughout the day.
Lansing-area students may be seeing more police officers in their schools. Ingham
County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth says he will have two deputies going to public
schools in the Dansville, Holt, Leslie, Mason and Webberville districts as a way to ease
students fears about violence at schools. The sheriff says his deputies will be talking
with students and staff and become familiar with the buildings. The deputies schedules
haven't been made public, but they'll rotate to the 19 schools on a regular basis. The
additional work is being done without any extra staffing or money. There have been
several threats at Michigan schools since the shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17
Flags across Michigan will be lowered to half-staff today in honor of a former state
lawmaker. Maxine Berman, who served in the House of Representatives in the mid
80's to mid-90's, died from cancer Friday. She was 71. In a statement, Governor
Snyder said Berman leaves behind an incredible legacy as an advocate for women's
rights and health. As a representative, Berman led the push for the creation of national
standards for mammography facilities. Before joining politics, Berman taught English at
Oak Park High School. A service is scheduled this afternoon (3pm) in Southfield.
Public health providers, clinical providers, and faith based leaders are gathering in
Lansing today to talk about improving the health of Michigan's moms and babies. The
director of the Bureau of Family Health Services for the state Health Department,
Lynette Biery (Barry), says there are 80 to 90 maternal deaths each year, but many are
preventable. She says there will also be discussions about reducing infant mortality by
having home visits for low income, pregnant women.
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