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Teen found dead after reported home break-in

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old following a break-in at a Flint home. reports that Chealsey Luster's body was found shortly after midnight Tuesday about a block from the home and near a convenience store. Police say it appears he was shot in the chest.

A 72-year-old homeowner awoke to find several intruders in his house and fired shots at them. Police say it appears the dead teen was shot outside the house.

Three other suspects have been arrested. The case will be presented to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton for possible charges.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.


Ex-library official enters guilty plea to bribery

DETROIT (AP) - The ex-technology chief for Detroit's public libraries has pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.

The Detroit News reports ( ) Tuesday that 47-year-old Timothy Cromer faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced.

Cromer of West Bloomfield Township was the library system's chief administrative and technology officer in 2006-13. He was in charge of overseeing contracts and major library projects. The FBI raided his home and office in 2012.

Federal officials have said the library system paid out $4 million to two companies for information technology services. They say $1.4 million was returned in kickbacks.

The Detroit News reports that James Henley and Ricardo Hearn have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and will be sentenced June 3. Cromer's sentencing is Aug. 14.


Firefighter faces trial in disc jockey's slaying

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit firefighter will stand trial in the slaying of a disc jockey during a shootout outside a west side bar.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 35-year-old Terrill Hardaway was bound over Tuesday to circuit court.

Hardaway is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony. He is scheduled for arraignment on April 29.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has said Hardaway entered the bar on Dec. 29, 2012, and got into a fight with 41-year-old Tony Jackson.

Security guards took the men outside where the fight continued. Worthy said both pulled handguns and started shooting.

Jackson was hit with more than one slug and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Hardaway was shot in the shoulder.


Judge dismisses McCotter's suit against intern

DETROIT (AP) - Ex-Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's lawsuit alleging that a former intern deliberately submitted forged petitions to keep him from seeking re-election has been dismissed.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Sheila Ann Gibson on Monday tossed the complaint against Dillon Breen after McCotter stipulated to the dismissal. The former Republican congressman from Livonia sued Breen and former top aide Don Yowchuang a year ago.

Breen's lawyers, former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and Danila Artaev, say Breen collected legitimate signatures and someone else copied his circulator signature onto old petitions. Cox says Breen's name was "needlessly sullied" by the suit.

Election officials discovered bogus signatures on McCotter's petitions, keeping him off the 2012 primary ballot. Yowchuang pleaded no-contest to forgery charges and was sentenced to probation and community service. Breen wasn't charged.


Farm owner released on bond in dead calves case

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 29-year-old central Michigan farmer has turned himself in to authorities after 71 calves were found dead beneath snow and hay on his property near Mount Pleasant.

UPBN-WTOM reports Tuesday that John Montross has been released from custody after posting a $3,000 bond.

Montross of Deerfield Township was charged last week with abandoning and cruelty to animals. The felony carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine. His next court date is Monday.

The Associated Press could not determine Tuesday if Montross has an attorney. No telephone number was listed under his name.


Off-duty Windsor police officer faces drug charge

DETROIT (AP) - A police officer from Windsor, Ontario, has been charged with drug possession after crossing the Ambassador Bridge into the United States.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Tuesday that 31-year-old David Bshouty was off-duty when he was arrested Saturday.

Bshouty was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security special agents after cocaine was found. He was arraigned Monday on possession of under 25 grams of narcotics. A preliminary examination is scheduled for April 25.

Wayne County Circuit Court online records did not list a defense attorney Tuesday for Bshouty.

The Ambassador Bridge spans the Detroit River and connects downtown Windsor in Canada to Detroit.


Michigan girl mauled by raccoon getting new ear

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A surgeon has created a new ear for a Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.

The procedure for Charlotte Ponce (PON'-say) was performed Tuesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate (SHY'-ah-set) took cartilage from Charlotte's ribs and carved it into the shape of an ear using a computer-generated template based on the 11-year-old's other ear.

He then implanted the ear structure under the skin of Charlotte's forearm. The skin will mold to the ear shape over a period of weeks.

Chaiyasate says he's "pleased with the outcome of Charlotte's surgery."

The doctor already has done work rebuilding Charlotte's nose and repairing her lip and cheek.


Peters, Land remain close in Senate fundraising

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Democrat Gary Peters and Republican Terri Lynn Land are continuing to raise millions of dollars for their U.S. Senate campaigns in Michigan.

Peters on Tuesday says he raised between $1.3 million and $1.4 million in the first three months of the year. Land last week reported taking in $1.5 million, including $100,000 of her own money.

Neither candidate disclosed how much they spent in the first quarter or how much cash they have on hand. Detailed reports were due Monday.

Peters, a third-term congressman from suburban Detroit, says he's raised $4.8 million overall. Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, says she's collected $5 million, including $1.7 million she gave to her campaign.

Peters and Land are in a tight race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin.


Judge holds hearing on ban on same-sex benefits

DETROIT (AP) - An attorney for the state of Michigan has urged a judge to reject a challenge to a law that prevents local governments from offering domestic partner benefits.

Assistant Attorney General Mike Murphy admitted Tuesday that the savings touted by the law's supporters don't add up to much. But he says that's no reason to overturn the law.

The law prevents public schools and local governments from offering benefits to unmarried partners of employees, whether gay or heterosexual.

Critics say it's an unconstitutional attack on gays and lesbians. Detroit federal Judge David Lawson stopped the law with an injunction last summer. Now he's being asked to make a final decision.

Lawson also might put the case on hold until a challenge to Michigan's ban on gay marriage is settled.


Furniture maker calls contract claims 'baseless'

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan office furniture company says claims it improperly benefited from a state contract because its subcontractor is co-owned by Gov. Rick Snyder's cousin are "baseless."

The Grand Rapids Press reported ( ) Tuesday that Holland-based Haworth Inc. said the accusations are an "affront against our employees that have earned every bit of business we have received."

Democrats recently accused Snyder's administration of protecting his cousin's furniture company DBI Business Interiors from a proposed cut in a state contract. DBI is paid to install new furniture in state offices for Haworth.

Haworth says it has followed all laws and has had contracts with the state for more than 25 years. Snyder also has denied any impropriety.

House Democrats are proposing legislation to redistribute furniture contract funding and increase financial disclosure requirements.


Snyder signs legislation to speed up adoptions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to speed up adoptions.

One bill shortens to three months from six months the time needed for finalizing the adoption of a child younger than one year old.

Another bill lets parents consent to out-of-court adoptions and gives birth parents five business days to change their minds about terminating custody. The third bill clarifies an unmarried father's adoption rights.

Snyder says the new laws "will help avoid unnecessary delay in the process" and will encourage "a smooth transition for everyone."

The Senate is still considering other adoption bills in the package.

Republican Rep. Kenneth Kurtz of Coldwater says the legislation "gives a safety net for the mother" and creates better opportunities for Michigan children.


Prison food contractors disciplined more often

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Employees of the food service contractor for Michigan prisons are being disciplined for breaking rules more frequently than other prison workers. reports ( ) that the state Department of Corrections has issued 51 stop orders to Aramark workers banning them from state prisons since Aramark began operations late last year.

Department spokesman Russ Marlan says that's "on the high side" since there were 40 stop orders issued for all other workers over the same period.

Marlan says half the stop orders issued to Aramark workers were for "overfamiliarity" with inmates. Michigan fined Aramark $98,000 in February and March for contract violations, including 12 instances of inappropriate contact with inmates.

Aramark says it's making progress on problems associated with "a transition of this size and complexity."


Philanthropist pledges $2 million to Arab museum

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - A philanthropist and longtime supporter of Arab causes has pledged $2 million to the Arab American National Museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

Museum parent organization ACCESS announced the gift on Tuesday from Russell Ebeid (EE'-bide). The retired president of Auburn Hills-based Guardian Industries' Glass Group plans to leave the money in his will as an endowment for the museum's community archives.

ACCESS officials say the individual gift is five times larger than any other it has received and boosts a collection designed to showcase the contributions of Arabs to the unfolding American story.

Ebeid says he supports "creating a loud and proud historical heritage" and hopes it inspires others to join him.

The Lebanese American grew up in southwestern Detroit and currently owns the Fairlane Club in Dearborn.

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