SW Mich. college closes for day due to threats
BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A small college in the corner of southwestern Michigan can reopen after authorities found nothing credible about a fired employee's threats.
Lake Michigan College in Berrien County was shut down shortly before noon Friday. Students and employees were sent home after the school was told that a fired maintenance worker had made threats.
State police Sergeant Ryan Schoonveld says the man was interviewed and the threats were found not to be credible.
The main campus of Lake Michigan College is in Benton Township near Benton Harbor. But it also has locations in Niles, South Haven and Benton Harbor.
All locations were closed. Students and employees were also contacted by phone, email and text message.
Councilman resists calls to resign after arrest
FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Flint city councilman arrested for suspicion of drunken driving and marijuana possession is resisting calls that he step down.
The Flint Journal reported Friday that Eric Bradford Mays says he has no plans to resign the office he's held for about a month.
The 55-year-old Mays was arrested early on November 30th on Interstate 475 by police investigating a traffic accident. Police say Mays was trying to change a flat when officers arrived.
Mays' attorney Frank Manley says his client has yet to be formally charged.
Voters elected Mays in November.
Flint's emergency manager, mayor and city council president asked him to resign Friday.
Mayor Dayne Walling said it's time for Mays "to make a responsible decision."
DETROIT FIRE-CHILDREN KILLED
2 children left home alone die in Detroit fire
DETROIT (AP) - Two children - ages 1 and 4 - have died after being pulled from a burning house on Detroit's northwest side, where they were left home alone.
Officer Adam Madera says they were found in an upstairs bedroom and that the cause of the Friday afternoon fire "may be suspicious." Police Chief James Craig tells the Detroit Free Press the children were left alone in the house by their father.
Detroit Fire Department Lieutenant Gerod Funderburg says when firefighters arrived they were told children were inside the home.
At least one of the children suffered severe burns and was taken to Children's Hospital. The other child was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital.
Madera says arson investigators will be called in.
Bankruptcy judge gives go-ahead for lighting plan
DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge has cleared the way for Detroit's Public Lighting Authority to immediately sell $60 million in bonds to begin fixing thousands of broken streetlights.
Judge Steven Rhodes issued his order Friday - three days after he allowed Detroit to become the largest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy.
Total financing for the lighting plan is expected to reach $210 million.
Rhodes' ruling also means $12.5 million in annual utility taxes approved by the state Legislature to back the bond sale will not be affected by the bankruptcy.
Lighting Authority Executive Director Odis Jones says he expects to close on the initial bond sale "within the next five to seven business days."
Fewer than half of Detroit's 88,000 streetlights are believed to work.
Sites in Lansing, suburban Detroit getting markers
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Two Michigan sites on the National Register of Historic Places are getting historical markers from the state.
The Michigan Historical Commission this week approved markers for the Michigan National Guard Armory building in Lansing and the Norwayne subdivision in the Detroit suburb of Westland.
Built in 1924, the Michigan National Guard Armory building served as a training facility for horse-drawn artillery, as a public gathering place for boxing matches, circuses, and weddings, and as headquarters for the 119th Field Artillery.
The Norwayne subdivision was a World War Two public housing project that encompassed 325 acres. It was home to employees of the Willow Run Bomber Plant and included elementary schools with daycare, a shopping plaza, a fire station and a church.
LOW WINTER SUN
AMC cancels Detroit-based 'Low Winter Sun'
DETROIT (AP) - Cable network AMC says it's canceling the low-rated "Low Winter Sun" after one 10-episode season.
The network confirmed in an email Friday that one-hour drama set and filmed in Detroit wouldn't be renewed but had no further comment. The show debuted in August with "Breaking Bad" as its lead-in.
"Low Winter Sun" revived a two-part U.K. miniseries from 2006 and returned actor Mark Strong to the lead role as homicide detective Frank Agnew. His co-star was fellow British actor Lennie James, who played Detective Joe Geddes.
It marked Hollywood's return to the Motor City as a place to explore crime, following the short-lived ABC drama, "Detroit 1-8-7," from the 2010-11 season.
GREAT LAKES PORT
Group favors opening Muskegon port to river barges
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Business and local government leaders in Michigan have made plans to push for opening the Port of Muskegon to river barge traffic, saying it could provide a shipping link to Chicago that would boost the Michigan economy.
The Michigan Agri-Business Association convened a strategy session Friday with farming and manufacturing interests from around the state and regional shipping industry representatives. Muskegon's port operators also attended, as did several state legislators.
They're asking the U.S. Coast Guard to let barges travel on Lake Michigan from Chicago to points as far north as Muskegon.
The Coast Guard regulates the passage of commercial vessels along set routes in some waterways.
Coast Guard representatives attended the meeting. A decision on the request would move up the chain of command before going to Washington, D.C.
Albanian mother facing removal can stay in US
TROY, Mich. (AP) - An Albanian mother of three living in suburban Detroit who faced deportation says she can stay in the United States for at least another year.
The Detroit Free Press reports that immigration officials granted a "stay of removal" for Cile Precetaj (CHEE'-leh preh-CHEH'-tye) of Troy. She also had a tether removed.
Precetaj was ordered to board a plane Monday and return to Albania. She defied the order, arguing she had earned the right to live in the U.S.
She sought asylum but judge denied her request in 2007. Her husband says she was escaping an abusive fiance and violent culture.
Her attorney, Andrew Johnson, says Precetaj will request to stay in the country every year. Federal officials say Precetaj must obey all laws to keep the removal in effect.
Man acquitted in Kalamazoo fire that killed 3 kids
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A jury has acquitted a young man of all charges in a fire that killed three children last winter in Kalamazoo.
Fred Glespie was cleared Friday of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in the deaths of 3-year-old twins and a 1-year-old. Police say the kids were left alone in an apartment last February.
Their mother, Jonetta Woods, was Glespie's girlfriend at the time. Woods told jurors that she had asked Glespie to watch the children while she visited a friend nearby, but there was conflicting testimony.
The 19-year-old Glespie says the acquittal brings much relief. Trial witnesses said he and Woods tried to save the children but were overwhelmed by the flames.
Glespie, who lives in Benton Harbor, says it's a tragedy he won't forget.
STATE POLICE-CANINE GRADUATION
A dozen canine teams join ranks of state police
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A dozen dogs - along with their human handlers - are joining the ranks of the Michigan State Police.
The department said that 12 canine teams graduated Friday from its Basic Canine School. The graduating class brings the total number of canine teams to 49, the highest ever.
The new teams consist of eight new teams and four replacements. In replacement teams, a veteran handler trains with a new partner to replace a retiring canine.
The department says its Canine Unit responds to about 5,600 calls a year. Teams are placed throughout the state.
The training lasts 14 weeks. It includes tracking and searches, as well as drug, cadaver and explosives detection.
Troopers must have served at least two years on the force to be eligible.
Jury convicts man in 12-year-old girl's slaying
DETROIT (AP) - A jury has convicted a Detroit man in the slaying of a 12-year-old honor student during a dispute between his mother and the girl's mother over a cellphone.
The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Joshua Brown was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and gun charges.
He will be sentenced January 6th in Wayne County Circuit Court.
A judge declared a mistrial in his case last year.
Kade'jah Davis was killed January 31st, 2012 by shots fired through the door of her home.
Prosecutors say Joshua Brown accompanied his mother to confront Kade'jah's mother over the disappearance of Heather Brown's cellphone.
Heather Brown pleaded no contest in August 2012 to being an accessory after the fact for driving her son to the killing scene.
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