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City councilman sued for damage to foreclosed home

DETROIT (AP) - A credit union has sued a Detroit City Council member, saying he "willfully and maliciously" damaged his foreclosed home.

The Detroit News reports that the Public Service Credit Union is seeking $56,000 from George Cushingberry Junior and his wife, Maria Cushingberry. The complaint says they removed kitchen cabinets and fixtures.

Lawyer Todd Perkins denies his clients damaged the home, saying they only removed items belonging to them.

The house is one of those in the Marygrove neighborhood where Mayor Mike Duggan launched a sale and rebuilding program for vacant structures.

The suit says Cushingberry defaulted on a $242,000 loan. A woman bought it in February for $35,000.

In March, Cushingberry accepted a plea deal to traffic charges after he was found with marijuana and alcohol in his car.


Easter worship at ex-church that became nightclub

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Easter marked the re-opening of a Pontiac church that went through several years as a nightclub.

The Oakland Press says it's taken $1 million to transform the former Clutch Cargo's nightclub into the home of Greater Grace Fellowship.

The Reverend Pastor Kent Clark says it's "a tremendous day" for his congregation.

First Congregational Church of Pontiac was dedicated in 1962.

The Gothic-style church sold the building in 1997 to investors who renovated it and made it The Sanctum nightclub.

It was sold in 1999 and later reopened as Clutch Cargo.

The 30,000-square-foot, four-story church seats about 750.


Beijing auto show opens amid market slowdown

BEIJING (AP) - Global and Chinese automakers are looking to the Beijing auto show to help boost sales in a slowing, intensely competitive market.

Brands from General Motors Company to Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors are unveiling new and restyled sedans, sport utility vehicles and other models at Auto China 2014 this week.

China is the world's biggest auto market, with 17.9 million vehicles sold last year. But sales growth is forecast to slow from last year's 15.7 percent to 8 to 10 percent this year. And competition is intense, with global automakers jostling with 25 local brands for sales.

Ambitious domestic brands such as Chery Limited are losing ground to foreign rivals. Sales by Chinese independent brands shrank 2.6 percent from a year earlier in the first quarter.


2 men who died in experimental plane crash ID'd

VENICE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of two men who were killed when an experimental plane crashed in a Michigan farm field.

The Flint Journal says Saturday afternoon's crash killed 63-year-old Richard Hayward of Vassar and 49-year-old Mark Kozan of Caro. The crash happened in Shiawassee County's Venice Township, about 15 miles west-southwest of Flint.

Francis Osika tells the Argus-Press of Owosso that he was standing next to his barn when he saw the plane "spitting and sputtering." Osika says it made sharp turns before crashing into the field with its landing gear down.

County sheriff's Sergeant Brian BeGole says the plane was an experimental aircraft owned by an aviation company. The Federal Aviation Administration is leading the crash investigation.


2 Benton Harbor men jailed after girl, 12, wounded

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Michigan say they've arrested two Benton Harbor men who got in a gunfight and wounded a 12-year-old girl.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph says the shooting happened Friday afternoon in Berrien County's Benton Township. The newspaper says the girl was shot in the hip and was in stable condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Township police Detective Lieutenant Brian Smit says police arrested 24-year-old Jakeeme Griffin and 18-year-old Juan Hassel Jr. The county jail says Griffin is being held on a $40,000 bond on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, while Hassel is being held on a $30,000 bond on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

It's unknown if the suspects have lawyers.


Police ID woman found dead after house explodes

DRUMMOND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - State police have released the name of a 59-year-old woman who was found dead after an explosion destroyed a home on northern Michigan's Drummond Island.

The Evening News of Sault Ste. Marie say the woman has been identified as Jolene Hines. The island is in Lake Huron in Chippewa County's Drummond Township, about 50 miles southeast of Sault. Ste. Marie.

State police say the house exploded and burned on March 31st, and Hines' body was found after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Detective Sgt. Mike Schroeder says the blast appears to have been an accident caused by a buildup of propane.


Man's decomposed body found inside portable toilet

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) - Police in a northeastern Detroit suburb say they have found a man's decomposed body inside a portable toilet at a Lake St. Clair boat launching site.

St. Clair Shores police tell WDIV-TV they think the man may have been homeless and may have used the toilet for shelter during the frigid, snowy winter.

Police haven't released the man's name and say the cause of his death remains to be determined.

The body was found Saturday at a municipal boat launch, about 10 miles northeast of Detroit.


Indian man's skull turned over to tribe

SUTTONS BAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A skull that was passed down through generations of a northern Michigan family has been turned over to an Indian group.

Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that the family doesn't want its name known. He says the family gave the skull to his office in Sutton's Bay Township.

Borkovich says the skull had been in the family for years. He says that according to family lore, a family member bought it from an Indian on Beaver Island.

The sheriff says a Michigan State University lab determined the skull was from an Indian man from the 1800s.

Borkovich says he gave the skull to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, which performed a repatriation ceremony Friday.


Michigan moves digital archive records to cloud

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Archives of Michigan is using an inexpensive option - the Internet - to store and preserve a collection of digital records.

Digital records include 40 years' worth of election results and an index of thousands of proposed designs for the state's quarter released 10 years ago.

The move to the "cloud" is expected to bolster a plan to help the public easily access some historical records without having to trek to Lansing. A service being used by Michigan saves money and, archivists say, makes sure that important electronic records don't go obsolete as formats change.

The company Michigan contracted with, Tessella, plans to release a public access interface on April 30th. Within the next year, people will be able to visit the state website to access certain historical records.

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