7.27.16:  Indian tribe plans housing development in western Michigan



FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An American Indian tribe that’s planning a casino in western Michigan says it wants to develop a community of about 300 housing units on 120 acres of land it bought this year from a school district.


The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for the land in Muskegon County’s Fruitport Township should be finalized within the next few months.


The development would include smaller homes for young couples or retirees and energy-efficient houses for families. Walking trails, wildlife corridors, gazebos, parks, water features and common areas will make up a quarter of the development.


Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli says the first homes could go up as early as next spring. The tribe’s proposed casino is about 2 miles away.


7.22.16:  GOP ends convention while Democrats get ready to begin theirs



(AP) — More than 125,000 balloons floated down, as the Republican National Convention came to an end Thursday night with Donald Trump accepting his party’s nomination for president.

Trump pledges, as president, to restore a sense of public safety and curb immigration.  He also suggests that the U.S. might abandon its NATO treaty commitments and that has ignited domestic furor along with angst overseas.


Meanwhile, the 2016 Democratic Convention will be held next week in Philadelphia.   Hillary Clinton could announce a running mate today or tomorrow.  Some are saying that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, appears to have the inside track.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is also in the conversation.

Michigan will have a presence at the convention next week as speakers are expected to include former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and the mayors of Flint and Detroit.  A Detroit resident will also talk about her fight to raise the minimum wage.


7.20.16:  Prison for bank teller who stole dead customer’s money



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A bank teller who stole $100,000 from the account of a deceased customer and attended his funeral in western Michigan has been sentenced to at least 20 months in prison.

Michelle Crouch emptied Kevin Bolema’s account at PNC Bank in the Muskegon area, leaving just a little more than $5 in 2015.

Bolema’s sister, Rhonda Bolema, told a judge Tuesday that Crouch hugged relatives at the funeral. She says Crouch’s “actions are evil.”

Crouch tried to cover up the theft by saying Bolema had authorized an interest-free loan before he died on a hunting trip. She pleaded no contest to the charges.

The Muskegon Chronicle says Judge William Marietti didn’t object to boot camp for Crouch. The decision is up to the state Corrections Department.