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Expert: Cop pressed 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 when firing the fatal shot. That’s the opinion of an expert who performed an independent autopsy on Patrick Lyoya. The results were announced Tuesday. Dr. Werner Spitz says he confirmed what was seen last week on video: Lyoya was shot in the back of the head in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 4. Attorney Ben Crump says the white officer failed to ease up after a foot chase and physical struggle following a traffic stop. Results of the official autopsy haven’t been publicly released. State police are investigating the shooting.


Judge: Bond stays for Oxford High shooting suspect’s parents

A judge has denied a motion to reduce bonds for the jailed parents of a Michigan teenager who is charged in a shooting at Oxford High School that left four of his fellow students dead. Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews said Tuesday that James and Jennifer Crumbley’s actions before their Dec. 4 arrests in a commercial building in Detroit were “not consistent with cooperating with law enforcement.” The Crumbleys had disappeared the day before — after they were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Their attorneys had requested that their bonds be lowered from $500,000 each to $100,000 each. They indicated they would appeal and would seek 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 by the deadline, a record number in recent history, creating a huge field for a primary electorate that will decide who challenges Democrat Gretchen Whitmer. Candidates include ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig, self-funding wealthy suburban businessmen Perry Johnson and Kevin Rinke, chiropractor Garrett Soldano and conservative former TV host Tudor Dixon. The lineup for the August primary may shrink if election officials find problems with signatures that were submitted. They can be flagged by rivals who must file challenges by April 26. As of now, however, the field dwarfs past ones.


Death of Black youth in Benton Harbor in 1991 ruled homicide

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


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

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A question is hovering over the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy such as wind and solar: What happens when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine? The hydropower industry says the answer is developing more pumped storage plants. They function like giant batteries, pumping water from a lower reservoir to an upper one. When power is needed, the water is released downhill through turbines. The U.S. has 43 pumped storage plants but only one has been built since the 1990s. Cost, regulatory and logistical problems have hampered new construction. The industry is lobbying for tax breaks and streamlined permitting. But some say pumped storage causes environmental problems and better technologies may emerge.


Prosecutor drops out of Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal prosecutor has withdrawn from the case of a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The moves comes days after two men were acquitted and the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict for two more. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Roth notified 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 at 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 deadlocked on Fox and Croft. The government signaled that a second trial for Fox and Croft is likely, though no formal notice has been filed.


Authorities seize 65 dogs, puppies from Michigan home

EDMORE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have seized 65 dogs and puppies from a central Michigan home. The Daily News of Greenville reports Tuesday that they were found last week after Montcalm County’s Animal Control office served a search warrant on the Edmore-area house. Animal Control Director Autumn Pumford tells the newspaper that the animals are a mixture of small, medium and large breeds and were 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 reached a 19.3% recycling rate, an increase of 35.4% from prior to 2019. The announcement Monday comes ahead of Earth Day later this week and the release of the state’s plan for carbon neutrality by 2050. EGLE Director Liesl Clark said Monday that increasing access to recycling services has helped the state to increase recycling. Now more than 75% of the state’s households have access to either curbside recycling bins or drop-off sites in their communities.


Woman guilty of murder, arson in Lansing fire that killed 3

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 the convictions against Abbieana Williams in the Sept. 3, 2020, fire. The Lansing State Journal reports she was charged in the deaths of 53-year-old Melissa Westen, 8-year-old Aston Griffin and 4-year-old Jesse Kline IV. Because she was convicted of first-degree murder, Williams will be sentenced to a life in prison without parole.


Passenger in vehicle fleeing police in Flint killed in crash

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The motorist who sped off during what started 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, the Michigan State Police say troopers who pulled over the vehicle just after 12 a.m. Sunday noticed a handgun inside and what appeared to be narcotics when they approached. The release says the driver sped off and the troopers chased the vehicle in their squad car. About 1.5 miles away, the vehicle crashed, injuring the driver and killing his passenger. The names of the two men, both Flint residents, haven’t been released.


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