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A prosecutor who has indicted a Michigan police officer has been lauded by his detractors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan prosecutor who has charged a police officer with the murder in the shooting of Patrick Lyoya has been lauded by some of his early critics. Black activists in April wanted Chris Becker to turn the investigation over to the Michigan Attorney General, saying the Kent County Attorney was too close to the police. Becker did not give up the investigation. He charged Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr with second-degree murder. Cle Jackson of the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP says he is “absolutely shocked” by the decision. Jackson says he’s grateful. In some states, attorney generals have stepped in to handle police shootings in place of a local attorney general. Meanwhile, Schurr appeared in court Friday and was released from prison on $100,000 bail. A plea of ​​not guilty was filed.

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Man charged after stray bullet kills Detroit girl, 11

DETROIT (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been charged with killing an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet that went through the bedroom wall of her home on Detroit’s east side. The Wayne County Attorney’s Office said Friday that William Dickerson was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, disposing of a gun in a building resulting in death and other charges. Saniyah Pugh has been pronounced dead after being shot in the back around 10pm on Saturday. Police said the bullet that struck Saniyah was one of several shots fired from a gun by two people in a nearby backyard. A 17-year-old man was also arrested in the shooting.

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Groundbreaking planned for Muskegon Museum expansion

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) – Groundbreaking ceremony for Muskegon Museum of Art’s $11.2 million expansion project. The western Michigan museum says the event is scheduled for Saturday. Scheduled for completion in 2024, the expansion will include galleries, classrooms, a rooftop terrace and a public plaza. The extension will also offer space for the works of female artists. Collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Elaine Melotti Schmidt have donated $1.5 million to the museum for the expansion and more than 150 works of art created by women. The Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation and the City of Muskegon also each donated $1 million towards the expansion. The museum opened in 1912 and has more than 5,000 pieces in its collection.

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James Craig is slated to run as a write-in for the Michigan GOP Primary

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig says he will run for governor as a registered candidate in the Republican primary. Fraudulent signatures on petitions tripped him up and left him short of the minimum to vote on August 2nd. Craig says he “won’t turn around.” Craig was considered a GOP leader with wide exposure in Southeast Michigan. But that was before he and four other Republicans were removed from the ballot for false signatures submitted by paid circulators. Wealthy management consultant Perry Johnson is asking a federal judge to revive his campaign, even though his lawsuit is far-fetched.

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Michigan GOP hopefuls charged in Jan. 6 riot, roiled primaries

DETROIT (AP) — A Republican nominee for Michigan governor has been charged with misdemeanor charges over his role in the post-election riots in the U.S. Capitol in 2021, further complicating an already chaotic GOP primary. Ryan Kelley is a passionate defender of former President Donald Trump, who has led protests against the pandemic restrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The 40-year-old was arrested and charged Thursday and released without posting bail after a brief hearing in federal court in Grand Rapids. The GOP field for governor originally had 10 candidates looking to challenge Whitmer in the battleground state this fall. Five of them, including two frontrunners, were removed from the first vote because of forged signatures submitted by paid petition circulators.

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Coast Guard: Oil spill shuts down shipping on St. Mary’s River

SAULT STE. Marie, Ontario. (AP) – The US Coast Guard says an oil spill temporarily paralyzed shipping on the St. Mary’s River between Ontario and Michigan’s upper peninsula. The Coast Guard said Thursday that the 5,300-gallon Algoma Steel spill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Coast Guard urged all traffic to stay away from the affected area. reports that the river reopened to boat traffic later Thursday. The 75-mile river connects Lakes Superior and Huron and serves as part of the Michigan-Ontario border. Algoma spokeswoman Brenda Stenta said in a statement that “the source of the spill has been safely contained.”

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A look at high-profile US police killings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan police officer has been charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Patrick Lyoya in the back of the head as the black man was on the ground. Grand Rapids officer Christopher Schurr was charged Thursday, more than two months after Lyoya, 26, was killed on April 4 following a chaotic traffic stop. A passer-by recorded the shooting on cellphone video. Schurr, who is white, told Lyoya that he stopped his car because the license plate didn’t match the vehicle. About a minute after the stop, Lyoya started running after being asked to produce a driver’s license. Officers are rarely charged with crimes involving the death of civilians, and it is even rarer for them to be convicted. Still, some high-profile cases have recently ended in guilty verdicts.

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Whitmer asks Biden to declare a major disaster in Gaylord

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked President Joe Biden to declare a major disaster in Otsego County, where an EF-3 tornado struck Gaylord on May 20. The storm, with winds reaching 140 miles per hour, killed two people and injured 44 others. It destroyed homes and businesses and caused millions of dollars in property damage. Whitmer said in a press release Wednesday that her government is doing everything in its power “to secure all available assistance to the people of Gaylord as quickly as possible.” A disaster declaration would provide a wide range of federal assistance through the Federal Agency for Disaster Management.

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Simone Biles, other women are demanding more than $1 billion from the FBI instead of Nassar

DETROIT (AP) – Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and dozens of other women who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar are demanding more than $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop the sports doctor. There is no dispute that FBI agents knew in 2015 that Nassar was accused of assaulting Turner. But the agents did nothing, leaving Nassar free to attack young women and girls for more than a year. Individual lawsuits could follow the tort lawsuits filed Wednesday. Applicants include Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, all Olympic gold medalists. An email was sent to the FBI requesting comment. In a speech before Congress last year, FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged major mistakes.


Gas prices are forcing the sheriff to put the brakes on his deputies

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) – High gas prices are slowing down sheriff’s deputies in a central Michigan county. The Isabella County Sheriff said some calls are handled over the phone instead of sending a deputy. Michael Main says these would include calls that aren’t life-threatening or don’t require evidence gathering. Main says his office “feels the pain at the pump.” According to AAA Michigan, the average gas price in Michigan is more than $5 a gallon.



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