Man pleads guilty in triple slaying at empty house
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Monday, 19 May 2014 21:51
DETROIT (AP) — A man charged in the shotgun deaths of three people in front of small children inside an abandoned Detroit house has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Twenty-six-year-old Kevin Lewis made the plea Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court. He'd been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Authorities say that 25-year-old Lauren Trotty and 20-year-olds India Coleman and Curtis Clemens were slain in March 2013 at the vacant house being used by squatters.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 21:53
Prosecutor: Fire trooper who pulled gun on speeder
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:49
STURGIS, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan prosecutor has called for the firing of a state trooper who pulled a gun on an 18-year-old woman whom he had stopped for speeding.

The Kalamazoo Gazette obtained a video (http://bit.ly/R0Luar ) showing the trooper leaving his cruiser with gun drawn, then handcuffing the woman and putting her in the backseat of his cruiser.

State police asked St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough to investigate the April 15 traffic stop on U.S. 12 near Sturgis. The Associated Press is not naming the trooper because he hasn't been charged with a crime.

In a statement, the prosecutor said he was "appalled and disgusted" by the trooper's actions. McDonough said he did not want the trooper "to have the opportunity to do anything like this again and certainly not in St. Joseph County."

Building unions OK giving to Detroit retiree costs
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Monday, 19 May 2014 21:47
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mediators in Detroit's federal bankruptcy case say building trade unions agree to contribute to a fund to cover retirees' benefits.

Republican state House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall made union contributions to the pensions a condition for state aid, designed to protect the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection from sale to cover the costs.

U.S. District Court mediators issued a statement Monday saying the Michigan Building and Constructions Trades council "will be participating in the so-called 'grand bargain'" by contributing an undisclosed amount to retiree health costs.

Jury convicts funeral director of embezzlement
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Monday, 19 May 2014 21:48
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A jury in western Michigan has found the ex-owner of Ionia County funeral homes guilty on all counts in a case that accuses him of creating false death certificates and stealing about $500,000.

Michigan Assistant Attorney General Denise Hart says checks were written to the personal business account of Marti Schrauben after he submitted dozen of claims to insurance companies for people who were alive.

On Monday, an Ionia County Circuit Court jury found the 40-year-old guilty of 26 counts that include embezzlement, racketeering and forgery.

Plans in works for agricultural museum in Michigan
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Monday, 19 May 2014 21:47
BLISSFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A new agricultural museum in Michigan would include a collection of 6,000 farm toys as well as displays on the history of agriculture and agriculture technology, organizers said.

Rhode Island-based architect Friedrich St. Florian, who designed the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., showed a design concept last week for the Agricultural Awareness and Preservation Museum, The Daily Telegram of Adrian reported (http://bit.ly/1hXaWoC ).

St. Florian said he was inspired by barns in the design for the 30,000-square-foot museum, which would be built in Blissfield, about 55 miles southwest of Detroit. He said the design was obvious and he wanted to use a structure that was a versatile and flexible part of the family farm.

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