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Expert: The cop pressed the gun to Patrick Lyoya’s head then fired

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan police officer who killed Patrick Lyoya after a traffic stop pressed the gun against the black man’s head as he fired the fatal shot. This is the opinion of an expert who performed an independent autopsy on Patrick Lyoya. The results were announced on Tuesday. Dr. Werner Spitz says he confirmed what was seen last week on video: Lyoya was shot in the back of the neck in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 4. Attorney Ben Crump says the white officer failed to calm down after a foot chase and physical struggle following a traffic stop. The results of the official autopsy have not been made public. State police are investigating the shooting.


Judge: Bond stays for parents of Oxford High shooting suspect

A judge has dismissed a motion to reduce the bonds of jailed parents of a Michigan teenager charged with an Oxford high school shooting that left four fellow students dead. Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews said Tuesday that James and Jennifer Crumbley’s actions prior to their Dec. 4 arrest at a commercial building in Detroit were “not consistent with cooperating with law enforcement.” ‘order”. The Crumbleys had disappeared the day before – after being charged with manslaughter. Their attorneys had asked that their bonds be lowered from $500,000 each to $100,000 each. They indicated that they would appeal and request a change of venue. Ethan Crumbley is charged with murder and other crimes in the Nov. 30 shooting.


10 Republicans file petitions to run for Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ten Republicans have filed petitions to run for governor before the deadline, a record number in recent history, creating a huge field for a primary electorate to decide who challenges Democrat Gretchen Whitmer . Candidates include former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, wealthy self-funded suburban businessmen Perry Johnson and Kevin Rinke, chiropractor Garrett Soldano and former conservative TV host Tudor Dixon. The schedule for the August primary may decrease if election officials find problems with the signatures that have been submitted. They can be reported by rivals who must file challenges by April 26. For now, however, the field eclipses the previous ones.


The death of a black youth in Benton Harbor in 1991 was ruled a homicide

BENTON HARBOUR, Mich. (AP) — The death of a 16-year-old black boy whose body was found in the St. Joseph River in southwestern Michigan nearly 31 years ago has been called of homicide. Eric McGinnis disappeared from Benton Harbor on May 17, 1991. His body washed up along the river a few days later. It was initially ruled that it was an accidental drowning, but the case was reopened last year following reports that someone had witnessed the events leading up to the death. Lynsey Mukomel, a spokeswoman for the Michigan attorney general, said the suspect in the case had been dead since 2003. She said no charges would be filed in the case.


Energy shift creates opening for ‘world’s largest batteries’

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A question hangs over the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energies like wind and solar: What happens when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine? ? The hydropower industry says the answer is to develop more pumped storage plants. They work like giant batteries, pumping water from a lower reservoir to an upper reservoir. When energy is needed, water is released downstream by turbines. The United States has 43 pumped storage plants, but only one has been built since the 1990s. Cost, regulatory and logistical issues have hampered new construction. The industry is pushing for tax breaks and streamlining permits. But some say pumped storage causes environmental problems and better technologies may emerge.


Prosecutor drops Governor Whitmer kidnapping plot case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal prosecutor has withdrawn from the case of a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The move comes days after two men were acquitted and the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict for two others. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Roth informed the judge in a brief court filing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids declined to comment. Roth was one of two prosecutors in the high-profile trial of Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta. Harris and Caserta were acquitted on April 8, while the jury was deadlocked over Fox and Croft. The government has signaled that a second trial for Fox and Croft is likely, although no official notice has been filed.


Authorities seize 65 dogs and puppies from Michigan home

EDMORE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have seized 65 dogs and puppies from a central Michigan home. The Daily News of Greenville reported Tuesday that they were found last week after the Montcalm County Animal Control Office served a search warrant at the Edmore-area home. Animal Control Director Autumn Pumford told the newspaper that the animals are a mix of small, medium and large breeds and are not receiving adequate care. She adds that none of the dogs or puppies are yet available for adoption. No charges have been filed.


Report: Michigan Increases Recycling by 35.4% in 3 Years

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy estimates the state has achieved a recycling rate of 19.3%, an increase of 35.4% from before 2019. Monday’s announcement comes ahead of Earth Day later this week and the release of the state plan. for carbon neutrality by 2050. EGLE Director Liesl Clark said Monday that increasing access to recycling services has helped the state increase recycling. Now, more than 75% of households in the state have access to curbside recycling bins or drop-off sites in their communities.


Woman guilty of murder and arson in Lansing fire that killed 3 people

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman of three counts of first-degree murder and arson for setting a fire that killed her boyfriend’s mother and two grandsons. The Ingham County jury needed just 80 minutes Monday to return convictions against Abbieana Williams in the September 3, 2020 fire. The Lansing State Journal reports that she has been charged in the death of Melissa Westen , 53, Aston Griffin, 8, and Jesse Kline IV, 4. Because she was convicted of first degree murder, Williams will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


A passenger in a vehicle fleeing police in Flint is killed in an accident

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The motorist who sped during what began as a routine traffic stop in Flint is injured and his passenger is dead after the vehicle he was driving crashed. In a news release, Michigan State Police said troopers who stopped the vehicle just after noon on Sunday noticed a handgun inside and what appeared to be narcotics when they pulled over. approaches. The statement said the driver sped up and soldiers chased the vehicle in their police cruiser. About 2.5 km away, the vehicle crashed, injuring the driver and killing his passenger. The names of the two men, both Flint residents, have not been released.

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