Lafayette officer demoted for wheelchair force
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:08
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Lafayette police officer has been demoted for using force against a person in a wheelchair.

Chief Patrick Flannelly told the Journal & Courier for a story Thursday (http://on.jconline.com/Rf24n3 ) that the Police Department's Civil Service Commission ordered Officer Tom Davidson disciplined following an internal investigation into the Oct. 1 incident.

Davidson last week was suspended without pay for 30 days, placed on probationary supervision for a year thereafter and demoted from lieutenant to first class officer.

Great Lakes get more funding in Senate water bill
Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:07
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A $12.3 billion water infrastructure bill that received final congressional approval Thursday will step up funding for improving ports and deepening sand-choked shipping channels in the Great Lakes region, supporters said.

The measure designates the lakes as a single navigational system for funding purposes, enabling the region to compete as one unit for money, instead of individual port communities being pitted against each other. It also requires the government to make greater use of an existing fund for maintaining deep-draft ports and waterways.

"This is an important step toward ensuring that the commercial importance and conservation of the Great Lakes remains a national priority," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat.

The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support after negotiators with the two chambers reached a compromise earlier this month, clearing the Senate on a 91-7 vote Thursday following House approval Tuesday, 412-4. It now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

1984 murder case finally closed
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:58
CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the Cleveland area’s most infamous unsolved murder cases came to an end Wednesday with a guilty plea in the 1984 beating death of a 14-year-old girl who was abducted on her way to school.
Hernandez Warren pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated murder and rape in the death of Gloria Pointer. The plea agreement allows him to avoid the death penalty.
Warren, 59, was arrested a year ago after the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s office matched his DNA to evidence found at the scene. Warren had lived in the same neighborhood.
Denis Leary donates equipment to Detroit firefighters
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:03
DETROIT (AP) — Actor Denis Leary plans to present to the Detroit fire department new equipment paid for by proceeds from a documentary film about the city’s firefighters.
“Burn” chronicles the struggles of Detroit firefighters.
The donation is being made through the Leary Firefighters Foundation. Leary is a “Burn” executive producer and portrayed a firefighter on the TV series “Rescue Me.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:05
Cleveland hardware store owner donates entire stock to Habitat
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:56
CLEVELAND (AP) — A hardware store owner who is retiring and closing his doors after 54 years has decided to donate his entire stock to Habitat for Humanity.
Rudy Rosales is shuttering Rudy’s Hardware in the city’s Slavic Village neighborhood this week. But instead of liquidating his 10,000-sqaure-foot store’s stock, he’s donating every last nut and bolt to the charity that builds homes for deserving people.
The 74-year-old Rosales tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1i3aPYA ) that he’s glad the store’s stock will do some good in the city.
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