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Snyder wants FEMA to conduct damage assessment

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment following the flooding that ravaged parts of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Snyder's request Friday comes after the completion of initial local damage assessments and is the next step toward requesting and being eligible for federal assistance.

Snyder declared a "state of disaster" on Aug. 13 for the three counties. That designation means the state will make available all resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area.

Rain topping 6 inches in spots fell in the Detroit area last week, flooding thousands of homes and shutting down part of the region's expressway system.


Man accused of rape was Eastern Michigan player

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer accused of committing a series of sexual assaults while on duty played football at Eastern Michigan.

The Ann Arbor News reports Friday that Daniel Ken Holtzclaw was a four-year starter at the Ypsilanti school from 2005-08, and holds the school record for most career starts.

The 27-year-old Holtzclaw was arrested Thursday on complaints of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty says Holtzclaw stopped women while he was working and forced them to expose themselves, fondled them and in at least one instance had intercourse with a woman.

Records indicate Holtzclaw is in custody at the Oklahoma County jail. The records don't list an attorney, and jail staff said they could not provide attorney information.


2 kids critically hurt in fall from Ferris wheel

CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) - Police say two children were critically injured after falling from a Ferris wheel cab at the Chelsea Community Fair.

The Ann Arbor News reports witnesses say two boys fell from a height of 15-20 feet Thursday night.

They were taken to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and were in critical condition.

Chelsea resident Alex Keszler says she was standing by the Ferris wheel around 8:20 p.m. when she saw that one of the cabs got caught on another one, causing the cab the boys were riding in to tip forward as the Ferris wheel rotated.

Keszler says the opening of the cab "just dumped the kids out."


Woman accused of hitting patrol car enters plea

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A Howell woman accused of being drunk when she sideswiped a police cruiser has reached a plea deal in the case.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus says Sarah Marae Robson pleaded no contest Thursday to operating under the influence of alcohol.

The 27-year-old also entered a plea to failing to stop after a collision and failing to use due care when passing a stationary emergency vehicle.

Robson faces up to six months in the county jail when she's sentenced Oct. 1.

According to police, a Hamburg Township officer was seated inside his patrol car last month, processing a motorist's driver's license information, when Robson's car struck his. The officer wasn't hurt.

Township Police Chief Rick Duffany tells WHMI-FM the officer's vehicle was drivable despite significant front-end damage.


Some dogs removed from home ready for adoption

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Some of the three-dozen dogs removed from a Grand Rapids home are available for adoption.

Five puppies are among the first of the 39 dogs the Kent County animal shelter will be placing in new homes after they were taken out of the home of a woman now charged with cruelty to animals.

The dogs have been with the shelter since late June.

Kimberly Savino tried to get the dogs back, but Circuit Judge James Robert Redford told her that unless she could pay $106,000 for the dogs' care until her trial was completed, they would be offered for adoption.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Friday Savino didn't pay the money.

Savino's lawyer says the husband of the homeowner where his client lived was responsible for the dogs' condition.


Saginaw meter reader suffers 3rd dog bite on job

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A Saginaw water-meter reader is back in action despite suffering the third dog bite of his 19-year career.

Dave Delgado's latest canine run-in came Aug. 15 when a pit bull mixed-breed charged him.

The 49-year-old was treated for the bite and returned to work.

As far as Delgado's concerned, the job is worth the risks.

After all, he tells The Saginaw News it's almost worth it for the exercise alone. The diabetic walks 10 to 15 miles each day. Delgado says he reads meters because it keeps him in shape.

The on-the-job danger he faces goes beyond dogs.

Delgado says he's been threatened by people, too. And one time, he looked down and saw a cage with a skunk inside. The animal proceeded to turn and spray him.


Detroit emergency manager ups City Council funds

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager has increased funding for Detroit City Council offices this fiscal year despite limits to their authority.

The Detroit News reports Friday Orr is allotting $8.3 million for office operations including staff salaries. That's more than last year but less than before Detroit's financial crisis.

Orr lays out the change in a budget including the 2014-15 fiscal year. It raises certain council members' office budgets by up to 66 percent. Council members currently have four to 14 staff members each, including full- and part-time workers.

Orr's spokesman, Bill Nowling, says the increase will help the council cut Detroit's debt when the city emerges from bankruptcy.

The city's restructuring consultant in April 2013 called for a part-time council with one staff member per office.

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