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13 Semis Line Up on Freeway to Shorten Fall of Suicidal Man

He ended up walking off highway overpass instead of jumping

(Newser) - When Michigan State Police learned of a man threatening to jump from a highway overpass early Tuesday, they came up with a novel way to help him. They shut down all lanes of I-696 in Oak Park around the overpass, in both directions, and called in 13 semi-trucks that were... More »

Mailman on Dug-Up Mail: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Jail'

11K pieces of mail were reportedly found in Michigan ravine

(Newser) - Neither snow nor rain can keep most mail carriers from their duties, but a too-taxing workload apparently derailed ex-Indiana mailman Kristopher Block. He's now charged with misdemeanor theft and felony "official misconduct" after allegedly not delivering 17,000 pieces of mail, the Indianapolis Star reports. What the former... More »

Man Accused of Raping Teen Now Charged With Her Murder

Mujey Dumbuya was killed 2 months after she went to police

(Newser) - A man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Michigan girl is now accused of killing her while free on bond, preventing her from testifying in the rape case. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker says two men are facing charges connected to the death of Mujey Dumbuya. Her partially clothed body... More »

Former Judge Found Slain on Abandoned Golf Course

Skip Scandirito was once a Michigan judge. Now his son is accused of murdering him

(Newser) - The son of a disgraced former Michigan judge is accused of killing his father and dumping the body on an abandoned Florida golf course, per the AP . Investigators aren't saying much about the death of James "Skip" Scandirito, 75, who resigned a judgeship in Macomb County, Michigan, in... More »

80,945 Nays, 75 Yeas, Yet Michigan OKs Nestle Water Plan

Despite public opposition, the plan complies with the law, agency finds

(Newser) - Michigan has given the OK to Nestle's controversial request to increase the amount of water it pumps from the state—despite the fact that a record number of public comments were made on the matter, and 80,945 of those comments were against the plan. Just 75 were in... More »

He Planned His Proposal in the Bahamas. Then Came the Wave

19-year-old Jonathan Brussow tragically killed in freak accident on island of Eleuthera

(Newser) - "God brought Jonathan in with a storm and took him back in a storm." That's how the family of 19-year-old Jonathan Brussow describe his death earlier this month in the Bahamas, just after he'd asked the family of his girlfriend for permission to marry her. Athena... More »

They Found a Lotto Loophole, Then Made Millions

Highline has the story of Jerry and Marge Selbee

(Newser) - Jerry and Marge Selbee had sold the convenience store they'd operated in Evart, Mich., for more than 15 years, but still stopped in on occasion to check in on the new owners. On one morning in 2003, Jerry left with a brochure that ended up spurring an endeavor that... More »

Couple Sues Over Derailed Plans for Swinger's Club

Couple says officials have used legal barriers to stop their business from opening

(Newser) - A couple has filed a federal lawsuit against a southern Michigan township for preventing the launch of their swingers club, the AP reports. Kent and Angie Tyler's lawsuit filed last week alleges Summit Township officials have used legal barriers to stop their business from opening, the Detroit Free Press... More »

Suspect in College Campus Shooting Apprehended

James Davis Jr. was spotted on train going through CMU campus

(Newser) - A 19-year-old student suspected of killing his parents at a Central Michigan University dormitory before running from campus was apprehended early Saturday following an intensive daylong search that included more than 100 police officers, the AP reports. James Davis Jr. was arrested without incident after someone spotted him on a... More »

Cops: Victims of Campus Shooter Were His Parents

Over 100 officers searched for 19-year-old suspect near Central Michigan University

(Newser) - More than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, searched neighborhoods near Central Michigan University on Friday for a 19-year-old student suspected of killing his parents at a dormitory and then running from campus, the AP reports. The shooting at Campbell Hall happened on a day when parents... More »

Police: 2 Shot Dead at Central Michigan University

School remains on lockdown with gunman still at large; officials say victims weren't students

(Newser) - Two people were fatally shot at a residence hall at Central Michigan University on Friday, and investigators were searching for a 19-year-old suspect considered armed and dangerous, according to the school. Neither victim was a student at the university in Mount Pleasant, and police believe the shooting "started from... More »

Inmate Wrote a Hit Book, Now State Wants to Collect

Michigan officials say Curtis Dawkins owes them the cost of his imprisonment

(Newser) - A Michigan convict who won accolades for his book of short stories may be forced to give up all he earned from his book deal. Curtis Dawkins' debut, The Graybar Hotel, was published in July by Scribner and details life behind bars in ways that have thrilled readers. Michigan's... More »

Teen Set to Testify Against Alleged Rapist Turns Up Dead

Mujey Dumbuya went to police in November, and her body was found in January

(Newser) - In November, 16-year-old Mujey Dumbuya told Michigan police that her boyfriend's uncle, a groundskeeper employed by her school district, raped her in a school parking lot in Grand Rapids. According to court documents viewed by WWMT , Dumbuya described the incident as the latest in a string of rapes that... More »

Larry Nassar Handed His Final Sentence

Given 40 to 125 years in prison over Twistars abuse

(Newser) - Larry Nassar was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years behind bars for molesting young athletes at an elite Michigan training center. He had pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was... More »

Seething Father Goes After Larry Nassar in Court

He asked to be allowed in a locked room with the 'demon'

(Newser) - Larry Nassar's victims are continuing to speak out, but the father of three did more than talk in a Michigan courtroom Friday. Following testimony from two of his daughters—including one abused at age 13, per the Detroit News —Randall Margraves took the floor and addressed Nassar as... More »

21st Birthday Ends With Accidental Killing, Suicide

Police say man accidentally shot his friend then killed himself in grief

(Newser) - Authorities say a Michigan man celebrating his 21st birthday accidentally shot his best friend and then killed himself in grief, the AP reports. According to WJRT, Zachary Woodcock shot himself minutes after he accidentally shot 21-year-old Richard Skillman, who died at the scene. More »

The First Call Began With 'Fake News.' Then the Threats Came

19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Mich. arrested after 22 calls over 2 days to CNN's Atlanta headquarters

(Newser) - A Michigan man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to travel to Atlanta and kill people at CNN headquarters. Federal court documents filed in Michigan say 19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Novi began calling CNN on Jan. 9, per the AP . He allegedly told a CNN operator in one... More »

These States Will Feel the Pinch of the Shutdown Most

DC tops the list, followed by Maryland and Virginia

(Newser) - The government shutdown that went into effect at midnight on Friday is stretching into its third day , and a resolution still looks tenuous. WalletHub looks at the consequences of a longer-term shutdown through the lens of six key metrics—including share of federal jobs, percentage of kids using the Child'... More »

Colleagues 'Outraged' at Mich. Doctor's ICE Detention

Lukasz Niec may be sent back to Poland after 40 years in US; 'I ... thought it was a prank,' wife says

(Newser) - A quarter of a century ago, 17-year-old Lukasz Niec took a plea deal on two misdemeanors—a move that might send the now-43-year-old Michigan doctor back to his native Poland, despite the fact that he's lived in the US since he was a young child, speaks no Polish, and... More »

12-Year-Old Vomited at Dinner. He Was Dead 2 Days Later

Michael Messenger may be another victim of deadly flu season

(Newser) - "I'm a mom. I'm supposed to protect my kids, and I couldn't," Jessica Decent-Doll tells WJBK . The Michigan mother says she has been left with a sense of guilt after her 12-year-old son Michael died last week just days after coming down with flu-like... More »

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