EMERGENCY MANAGER-BENTON HARBOR
Benton Harbor: Financial emergency resolved
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Benton Harbor's emergency manager announced the city's financial emergency has been resolved in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder.
Emergency Manger Tony Saunders said Friday the southwestern Michigan city has a healthy fund balance and made all annual pension payments for the first time in a decade.
He recommended Snyder appoint a transitional board to help ensure "the city will have a smoother ride."
Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says the governor will review the letter this weekend and expects to act soon.
Saunders has been the emergency manager since February 2013, when the city had a $2.7 million deficit. He reduced general fund spending by about 30 percent and health care by 75 percent.
Emergency managers also oversee the finances of Detroit, Allen Park, Flint, Hamtramck and several school districts.
DETROIT OFFICER-RAPE CHARGE
Officer responding to 911 call charged with rape
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit police officer is charged in the rape of a woman who called 911 to report being assaulted by her boyfriend.
The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 40-year-old Deon Nunlee was arraigned Friday on second-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and misconduct charges.
Nunlee and his partner responded about 3 a.m. on Oct. 30 to a domestic disturbance complaint at a Detroit home.
The 31-year-old woman says she was sexually assaulted in an upstairs bedroom by one officer while another officer remained downstairs with her boyfriend. The woman told investigators the officer who sexually assaulted her said he would return later.
A telephone number for Nunlee wasn't listed. Police officials planned to comment later in the afternoon.
An April 17th preliminary examination has been scheduled.
HOCKEY PLAYER DIES
Grandville High School hockey co-captain dies
GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) - The co-captain of Grandville High School's hockey team has died of an enlarged heart.
School officials say 17-year-old Ryan Fischer was found unresponsive at home Friday morning. Superintendent Ron Caniff tells The Grand Rapids Press that Fischer had gone to bed with no unusual symptoms the night before.
His team was scheduled to play in the Division I state tournament semifinals Friday night against Detroit Catholic Central. His family and school officials decided to proceed with the game.
He assisted in a game-winning overtime goal Wednesday as Grandville defeated Grand Rapids West Catholic 3-2.
Fischer was also a standout football and baseball player, won academic all-conference honors and served on the student government executive board. He had planned to enroll at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
WRONG-WAY FATAL CRASH
18-year-old charged with murder in wrong-way crash
MUNDY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An 18-year-old Michigan man faces a murder charge in a wrong-way crash that killed a new bride and critically injured her 11-year-old son.
The Genesee County prosecutor's office says Zachary Parker of Swartz Creek also was charged Friday with manslaughter, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death.
Maria Bailey-Collins was heading north on February 9th along U.S. 23 in Mundy Township with her new husband and son when their car was slammed into by another car heading south. The 36-year-old Bailey-Collins was killed. She and Bryan Collins were married four days earlier.
Parker suffered minor injuries. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.
Toxicology reports indicate Parker's blood-alcohol level was more than twice Michigan's limit.
He was arraigned Friday in 67th District Court.
Man says he killed cougar to protect father
DETROIT (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to killing a cougar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says he was defending his father but state wildlife officials allege the animal was poached, its heart cooked and some of it eaten by the men.
Troy Richard says the cougar approached his father in December as Theodore Richard walked to his blind to get a rifle at his Schoolcraft County hunting camp. The younger Richard says he yelled but shot the cougar when it didn't flee.
The Bay City resident says he killed the wounded animal the next day and took its hide and skull. Investigators said Friday the Richards ate part of the heart, but Troy Richard counters they didn't because it smelled "rancid."
Troy Richard begins his 30-day jail sentence Friday. Theodore Richard was sentenced to fines and community service.
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