State: Storm forces sewage into rivers, streams
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials say billions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage was dumped in Detroit area rivers and streams after flooding from heavy rains earlier this month.
Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Laura Verona told The Detroit News for a story Friday that about 46 percent of the nearly 10 billion gallons of sewage released August 1th by water treatment facilities was raw, diluted or partially treated sewage.
The state agency has put together a preliminary report on the sewage release.
Combined sewers and retention basins in some communities in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties overflowed due to the August 11th storm.
Some areas received more than 6 inches of rain. Water from the storm left parts of freeways flooded and damaged thousands of homes.
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Police investigate Michigan man's slaying in home
BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the slaying of a 56-year-old southwestern Michigan man who was found shot to death in his home.
Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler says Friday that Scott Taylor Senior was shot once in the chest.
Taylor was found unresponsive in his Bloomingdale Township home about 2:30 a.m. on Thursday by his son and a family friend. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Gribler describes a "person of interest" in the case as being an acquaintance of Taylor over the past few months.
Bloomingdale Township is southwest of Grand Rapids.
Mother, daughter struck, injured by different cars
WILLIAMSBURG, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan mother and her 12-year-old daughter are hospitalized after being hit by different cars while walking along a rural road.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Friday that 47-year-old Bonnie Babcock suffered a vertebrae fracture. Jordan Babcock suffered a fractured pelvis and internal injuries.
Jordan Babcock was struck Thursday night near Williamsburg, east of Traverse City. Her mother was hit by the second car as she tried to help the girl.
The 40-year-old driver of the car that hit Jordan has been charged with driving while intoxicated causing serious injury. Television station WPBN-WTOM reports that the driver of the vehicle that hit Bonnie Babcock was not charged.
Police said Bonnie Babcock was waving a light before her daughter was struck.
2 kids hurt in fall from Ferris wheel
CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say two children are recovering from injuries after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan.
The ride was reopened Friday at the Chelsea Community Fair, 15 miles west of Ann Arbor, after it passed an inspection by state regulators.
Witnesses told The Ann Arbor News that the children fell 15 to 20 feet out of a Ferris wheel cab on Thursday night. Alex Keszler says the cab "just dumped the kids out."
Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth and fair president Rick Boham say it's still not clear how it happened. Boham says an 8-year-old boy has been released from a hospital while his 16-year-old sister remains there for observation.
Boham says she's expected to make a full recovery.
Librarian accused of poor people skills drops case
GOBLES, Mich. (AP) - A librarian in southwestern Michigan who refused a transfer after being accused of mistreating visitors is dropping her discrimination lawsuit.
Shirley Whitt says she expects to get a "minuscule" amount of money to end her federal lawsuit against the Van Buren District Library in Van Buren County.
An email seeking comment was sent to a library attorney Friday.
The 67-year-old Whitt retired in 2011 instead of accepting a transfer. The library, located west of Kalamazoo, says patrons regularly complained about her "poor demeanor" and "unwelcoming attitude."
It denies any discrimination in trying to move her to the Decatur branch from Gobles. Whitt was a librarian for about 25 years.
She denies being a grumpy librarian and blames the complaints partly on kids who were denied access to computers.
Lions overcome mistakes, beat Jaguars 13-12
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Reggie Bush broke free for an 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, one of only a few offensive highlights Friday night as the Detroit Lions edged the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-12 in a penalty-filled game.
Calvin Johnson played for the first time this preseason, catching two passes for 27 yards, but Matthew Stafford was intercepted once and the Lions struggled in the red zone.
Blake Bortles threw for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars. Jacksonville started Chad Henne, but Bortles - the third pick in this year's draft - was impressive in relief. He completed 10 of 16 passes, including a 13-yard touchdown to Allen Hurns.
The teams combined for 27 penalties.
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