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1.30.15:  Police officer home recovering following shooting in Wyoming

 

A police officer from West Michigan is recovering at home following a shooting Thursday afternoon.

Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody, says officers were responding to a domestic dispute in the area of Himes and Jefferson, when a man shot at them, and they returned fire.

Neighbors say a number of shots were fired during the incident as the shooter fled the house on Himes and began firing as he ran through the neighborhood.  There are also reports that the suspect’s shots entered a home and caused minor injuries to a resident.

Officers hit the suspect and he was seriously injured.

The officer underwent surgery at Mercy Health St. Mary’s and was released to recover at home.

The shooter, who has a past criminal record,  was seriously injured.

 


1.30.15:  Gov. Snyder issues directive to improve government purchasing

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor Rick Snyder says he wants to improve the state of Michigan’s purchasing after identifying “gaps” in how the state currently buys goods and services.

The Republican governor issued a directive Thursday formalizing procurement operations across state agencies. Each department’s procurement executive will now report to a chief procurement officer within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Snyder says state agencies must work better together to effectively and efficiently manage taxpayer dollars.

The directive isn’t binding on the attorney general or secretary of state’s offices. But Snyder says he’s encouraging them to voluntarily abide by the terms laid out in the directive.


1.30.15:  Exploding air bag may have killed Texas man

 

DETROIT (AP) — There apparently has been another death caused by an exploding automobile air bag made by Takata Corporation of Japan.

Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said on the Senate floor Thursday that a Texas man was killed earlier this month when a Takata air bag inflated in a low-speed crash and sent a piece of shrapnel into the man’s neck. The man died before police arrived.

Nelson gave no other details, but Honda says the crash happened January 18th in the Houston area. The company says the man’s 2002 Accord was part of a 2011 recall, but it had not been repaired. Honda says it hasn’t been able to inspect the car yet.

If confirmed, the death would be the sixth worldwide caused by the Japanese auto parts maker’s air bags.


1.29.15:  Snow, sleet, freezing rain contribute to Michigan wrecks

 

(AP) — Snow, sleet and freezing rain are combining to create slippery road conditions across parts of Michigan and leading to traffic wrecks.

The National Weather Service issued advisories Thursday warning of potentially dangerous conditions, especially in the Lower Peninsula.

 

Two Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies are recovering after two separate crashes along Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan involving semi-trucks early Thursday. One crash happened near Paw Paw and the other was near the Decatur exit. Roads were icy at the time.

Less than an inch of snow is expected in places, but icy conditions will linger. Officials are urging motorists to slow down on the slippery roads.

In the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids areas, many school districts shut their doors for the day due to weather.


1.28.15:  Grand Rapids commission OKs spring test of police body cams

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids City Commission has voted to equip some police officers with body cameras to see how well they work.

The commission voted Tuesday to start a process that could lead to all 300 police in the western Michigan city having body cameras by the end of 2015.

The plan calls for about 12 body cameras getting tested this spring and about 50 more going into service this summer. City Manager Greg Sundstrom says Grand Rapids plans to test four body cameras each from three manufacturers.

Body cameras are one of several recommendations for improving police-community relations. Sundstrom says the cameras and the other proposals will cost about $1.5 million.

The commission plans to discuss a policy for using the cameras March 10.


1.28.15:  County stands firm, says it will keep sign with Bible verse

 

 

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Ottawa County  have voted to reinstall a park sign that quotes the Bible.

The sign carries an excerpt from Psalm 19 declaring the glory of God. It was removed last year from Hager Park in Georgetown Township after complaints that public property was being used to promote religion.

In a 9-2 vote Tuesday, county commissioners say the sign will return in one form or another.

The family that gave land for the park is willing to put the sign elsewhere to end the controversy. If that happens, county Administrator Al Vanderberg says commissioners will erect a similar sign in the park.

The sign has been in Hager Park since the 1960s.


1.28.15:  Damage estimates rise in vandalism at Michigan ski resorts

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Damage estimates are rising to nearly $125,000 at two ski resorts where fraternity and sorority members from the University of Michigan are accused of vandalism.

Treetops Resort manager Barry Owens, estimates approach $100,000, about double previous figures. Boyne Highlands spokeswoman Erin Ernst says it sustained at least $25,000 in damage.

Six national fraternity and sorority organizations suspended their chapters at the University of Michigan because of the vandalism. The national fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu was the first to act. It was followed by the Pi Kappa and Chi Psi fraternities and the Sigma Delta Tau, Alpha Phi and Delta Gamma sororities.

The university says that members of the groups damaged the resorts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula on Jan. 16-17. State police are investigating.

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1.28.15:  Michigan agencies collecting travel data from households

 

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan agencies are teaming up in an effort to project future travel needs and establish transportation priorities for the next two decades.

The state Department of Transportation and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments are collecting demographic information through travel surveys sent to random households. Most of the participants will be asked to record household activities for 24 hours in a travel diary. But some of them will use global positioning systems over a three-day period to collect specific route information.

The council’s executive director says the survey results will help the agencies understand why people travel and how they plan daily activities.

The data collection began this week and will continue through the end of the year.

The agencies collected similar information in 2004.


1.28.15:  RV maker, automaker plan expansion projects in Michigan

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say recreational vehicle maker Forest River Manufacturing and automaker Toyota are planning Michigan expansions.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday announced Michigan Strategic Fund approvals for the projects.

Michigan says Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River Manufacturing plans to construct three facilities in the southwestern Michigan village of White Pigeon. The project is expected generate a capital investment of more than $7 million and create nearly 400 jobs.

The company is getting a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America is proposing to expand a facility in Washtenaw County’s Ann Arbor Township, investing $75.15 million and creating 85 jobs. An earlier Michigan Business Development Program grant is being increased by $1 million.

Both projects also are expected to get local property tax abatements.


1.27.15:  Judge postpones party death sentencing over Instagram post

 

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A judge has postponed the sentencing of a man for a fatal shooting at a party after discovering new evidence on social media that the attack may have been premeditated.

Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks scheduled a hearing Monday to sentence 23-year-old Alexander Bumstead, who pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the December 2013 killing of 21-year-old Gary L. Ogreen.

But The Muskegon Chronicle says Hicks delayed the sentencing, saying he received pre-sentencing letters showing that Bumstead posted a photo of himself before the killing with text that says he’s “probably going to jail.”

The judge says that the Instagram material “really grabs at you.”

Bumstead has identified Deontay Black-Wickliffe as the shooter. Black-Wickliffe is serving 30 years after pleading no contest to second-degree murder.