Thursday State News Summary
Thu, 01 Mar 2018 05:30:43 EST
A Monroe Middle School student is lodged in Juvenile detention this morning for
allegedly bringing to school a grenade and telling students he would use it to blow up
the building. The School's resource officer found the grenade in the student's locker
after several complaints about the threats from students. The student was removed
from class and taken into custody. Monroe Police say the grenade had been modified
so that it would not be able to detonate. It's not clear if the student was aware of that.

Two students in Berrien County may face criminal charges after they allegedly
threatened attacks at two different schools. WOOD TV reports threats were made in
electronic communications at Watervliet schools and Andrews Academy in Berrien
Springs. The Berrien County Prosecutor's Office says police determined that neither
student had any intention of hurting anyone, but there are laws against such threats.
The juvenile court may reject the petition for criminal charges or handle the matter

A fire in Fork Township in Mecosta County has killed several cats and dogs and
destroyed the home. 9 and 10 News reports the fire broke out Wednesday afternoon.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Residents beginning to return to their flooded homes in one Kalamazoo Township
neighborhood. Jeanne Kendall tells WOOD TV she can't move back into her flooded
home, the home still surrounded by flood waters. She's been staying at a motel, but
says the money runs out for that Friday. She says she couldn't stay in a shelter
because of it wouldn't allow her dogs. She doesn't have flood insurance and lives on
disability benefits , so she's set up a GoFundme account.

There are more calls for trustees at Michigan State University to step down...this time
from Michigan's Congressional delegation. Published reports quote inside sources as
saying the trustees came under harsh criticism for their handling of the Larry Nassar
case during a closed door meeting with interim MSU President John Engler. The
meeting comes as the state Appropriations committee has approved giving Attorney
General Bill Schuette an addition $1 million for is investigation of MSU.

A mid-Michigan school superintendent has been suspended for three days without pay
for unsportsmanlike conduct at a regional high school wrestling tournament.
The Board of Education of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools voted 6-0 to suspend
Superintendent Kevin Murphy during a special meeting Monday evening.
The board also required a public apology from Murphy, which he issued during the
meeting. He said he "demonstrated a lack of sportsmanship" and was "truly sorry." The
discipline also requires that Murphy not attend any Carson City-Crystal Area Schools
athletic contests, home or away, through April 30.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminding anglers that mandatory ice
shanty removal dates are approaching. The ice quickly can become unsafe for anglers
to retrieve their property in warmer weather.
For counties in the southern Lower Peninsula, shanties must be removed from the ice
by midnight today. The deadline for removal from waters in the northern Lower
Peninsula is midnight Thursday, March 15.
Shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30
days in jail, fines of $100 to $500, or both. If a shanty is removed by a government
agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse that agency for an amount of up
to three times the cost of removal.

Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation that would upgrade mental health
resources in hospitals and schools as part of reform bills making its way through the
state House.
One bill passed Wednesday creates an electronic database for the state's inpatient
psychiatric bed registry. Representatives voted 106-3 for the measure which aims to
streamline hospital placement and emergency room wait times for psychiatric patients.
Another bill requiring all public schools in Michigan to adopt a mental health first-aid
course for teachers also cleared the House by a 107-2 vote. The legislation creates an
optional course on recognizing and responding to mental illness symptoms as part of
training for teachers.

A coalition of parents and teachers are calling for the removal of the Grand Rapids
Public Schools Director of Special Education Laura LaMore
The Michigan Education Association held a press conference outlining a long list of
problems they found in the administration of special education. Including concerns that
administrators are not responding appropriately to reports of disruptive students.
Critics of LaMore say students who should be enrolled in special education classes are
not being placed in the program, and there is an inadequate amount of trained staff.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a man
missing since last Friday. 36-year-old John Robert Rowland of Skandia Township was
last seen in the City of Marquette on February 23rd around 3:30 A.M. He was driving a
friend’s maroon Chevrolet Astro van. The van was found on Forestville Road near
Huron Woods drive on Saturday.
Rowland is 5’11”, around 145lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with
information on John Rowland is asked to contact the Marquette Sheriff’s Office

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be making improvements on five
bridges over I-94 in Berrien County starting today. Work includes resurfacing, structural
steel repairs, substructure repairs, barrier replacement, and approach work on the
M-239, Kruger Road, Lakeside Road, Maudlin Road, and Union Pier Road bridges over
The $6.1 million investment will extend the life of each bridge and increase safety.
Construction is expected to be completed in mid-August. Detour routes and temporary
traffic signals will be used to maintain traffic on local roads over I-94 during construction.

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