July 31, 2011
WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan lawmaker says he wants classic car drivers to be allowed to use state historical vehicle license plates when they take them out on the road in August, rather than risk being ticketed. Now, the plates are valid only when driving to and from a historic or automotive event. State Sen. Mike Kowall says he wants to expand the right of drivers to use the plate throughout August. The Republican represents Oakland County's White Lake Township, about 30 miles northwest of Detroit.
September 19, 2011
WARREN, Mich. (AP) - Police in suburban Detroit suspect that a pickup truck driving was drag racing before a crash into a building that killed his two passengers. Lt. Dan Beck tells The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens and the Detroit Free Press that Warren police expect a warrant charging the man following Sunday's crash that killed 26-year-old Kyle Dixon of Clinton Township and 21-year-old John Bommarito of St. Clair Shores. Beck says police suspect the driver was drag racing with a second vehicle, whose driver stopped after the crash into the oil change shop.
January 18, 2012
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) - A clerk at a Detroit-area gas station says a robber smashed a juice bottle to lure another employee out of his safety enclosure, where a second robber shot him to death. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a Citgo station in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park. Police say they're seeking public help in solving the killing. Mohamad Bazzi tells the Detroit Free Press ( http://on.freep.com/wIrxj4 ) the slain employee was 59-year-old Hassan A. Hussein.
March 26, 2012
DETROIT (AP) - The bodies of two women discovered buried in woods on the west side of Detroit are likely the remains of two housemates who witnesses claim were forced into a car trunk at gunpoint nearly a month ago, police said. Abreeya Brown, 18, and Ashley Conaway, 21, were abducted Feb. 28 by two armed men outside their home in the nearby enclave of Hamtramck, according to Brown's stepfather. Charles McGinnis told police he exchanged gunfire with the captors before they drove away.
February 19, 2013
Anti-drunk driving advocates are hoping Michigan lawmakers take action, or they believe driving in the state could become more dangerous in October. That's because Michigan's legal blood alcohol limit will go up from .08 to .10. The limit could go up because the 2003 law that lowered the BAC at .08 is set to expire this year and revert back to .10. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is opposed to the change and so are many lawmakers. Michigan Michigan stands to lose about $50 million in federal funding, and WSBT found a lot of people against an increase in the law. If the state's .08 law is allowed to expire, Rebecca Betts will still make the same kind of drinks.
April 3, 2011
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — Anger has given way to forgiveness by the family that owns Bronner's Christmas Wonderland after a group of young men and a 17-year-old boy caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to displays outside the iconic Frankenmuth store. President Wayne Bronner and his sister Carla Bronner-Spletzer have told the mother of two culprits that they've forgiven them and feel compassion for what she's gone through as well. Diane Quintanilla's sons Samuel and Caleb are among four suspects who pleaded guilty and admitted to vandalizing the displays on Christmas Day. They face three-month jail sentences, and a fifth suspect awaits trial.
June 13, 2011
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old Warren man who was fatally shot at a Pontiac girl's graduation party probably was a victim of mistaken identity. Pontiac police tell the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and The Oakland Press that the victim of Sunday's shooting was Cher Kue. Sgt. Brian McLaughlin says the shooting happened about 3 a.m. following an altercation. Police Chief Wendy Reyes says the victim "appears to be just an innocent victim who was heading to the graduation party and ended up being shot.
July 2, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — A man once listed as a top fugitive by the U.S. government and awaiting trial in Detroit says he never knew he was wanted. The Detroit Free Press reports Saturday that Veniamin Gonikman recently requested federal authorities drop charges that he lured eastern European women to the U.S. and forced them to become strippers in Detroit. Gonikman says he's been denied the right to a speedy trial because of the delay between his 2006 indictment and January arrest.
June 4, 2012
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Officials in Michigan are working to submit anti-bullying policies that are required by Wednesday in public school districts and charter schools statewide. Gov. Rick Snyder in December signed legislation giving schools six months to put such policies into place. Many school districts already had anti-bullying policies, but until the law passed, districts weren't required to spell out what steps would be taken to deal with bullying and discourage it. The Detroit Free Press reports ( http://on.freep.com/JNFRr2 )
April 4, 2011
WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Things tend to come in twos for Jack and Marty McCann of Michigan's White Lake Township. The 14-year-old identical twins tell the Detroit Free Press for a story Monday that they even share mishaps. Both had surgery when they were younger on the same eardrums. Errant shots during a basketball game resulted in balls pinned between the rim and backboard three minutes apart. And in February, the Detroit-area twins broke arms on the same day. Jack fell off a ramp and broke his left wrist first while the pair was on a snowboarding trip.