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Couple's Plane Found 21 Years After They Vanished

The small aircraft, and Mark and Janet Davies, had been missing since 1997

(Newser) - The discovery of the wreckage of a small aircraft in the remote woods of Michigan has likely solved a mystery two decades in the making. Per the Detroit News , NTSB officials were dispatched to an area outside St. Ignace on Michigan's Upper Peninsula last week after employees in a... More »

Man Asks Mourners to Bring Shoes, Not Flowers

He wanted them to be donated to needy families

(Newser) - Shoes, not flowers. The final wish of a Michigan man was fulfilled Monday when dozens of children's shoes were donated at his funeral in Saginaw. Dennis Wright of Perry died of cancer at age 61. He had asked mourners to skip flowers and instead give something that could make... More »

Babies Separated From Parents End Up in Michigan

Feds say families won't be reunited immediately

(Newser) - Two baby boys who had been separated from their parents at the border arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, early Wednesday—days after Homeland Security officials insisted that babies were not being taken from their parents. The boys, eight months and 11 months old, are among scores of children, average age... More »

7-Time 'Jeopardy!' Winner Faces Prison Time

Stephanie Jass taught history at a small Michigan college when she sneaked into co-workers' emails

(Newser) - A seven-time 'Jeopardy!' winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students. Per the AP , Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in... More »

Young Swimmers Find Small Piece of History in Lake

Girls in Michigan discover a World War I-era practice bomb

(Newser) - Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan, reports the AP . The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt... More »

Suspected Serial Killer Demands Apology From Cops

Arthur Ream claims he never killed anybody

(Newser) - Arthur Ream, a convicted murderer and rapist with a sickening history of crimes involving young girls, wants police to apologize for besmirching his name. In a bizarre interview with the Detroit Free Press , the Michigan inmate, who is serving life for the 1986 murder of 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki, denies murdering... More »

47-Year-Old Bakes Laxative Brownies, Loses Her Job

Michigan woman's 'bad joke' doesn't pan out

(Newser) - It was a co-worker's going-away party, but a Michigan woman ended up losing her job. The unnamed 47-year-old's employer, MMI Engineered Solutions, got a tip that the Adrian woman intended to bring laxative-laced brownies to her departing colleague's "send-off," as MLive puts it. The company... More »

Girl, 8, Dies Taking Food to Homeless Man

Nevaeh Alston was hit by car while crossing street with mom

(Newser) - Spelled backward, her name reads "Heaven," and her uncle tells WoodTV that Nevaeh Alston "was a like a piece of heaven right down here on earth." The 8-year-old died Tuesday after she was struck by a car while crossing a street to deliver food to a... More »

Ford Suspending F-150 Production

Due to a supplier fire

(Newser) - After a May 2 fire at a supplier's factory in Michigan caused a shortage of parts, Ford on Wednesday suspended production of its F-150 pickup truck—the best-selling vehicle in the US for more than three decades. Production at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Mercedes was also impacted, but... More »

Police Believe Serial Killer Left Girls in Michigan Woods

Authorities are excavating a site in Macomb Township

(Newser) - Authorities believe up to half a dozen bodies of missing girls could be buried in a wooded area northeast of Detroit. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer tells WJBK-TV that officers are excavating Tuesday at the site in Macomb Township for the remains of 12-year-old Kimberly King, who last was seen... More »

Driver Guilty of Murder in Deaths of 5 Cyclists

Charles Pickett had 'swallowed handful of drugs'

(Newser) - A reckless driver who was on drugs when his pickup truck crashed into a pack of bicyclists , killing five, was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday in southwestern Michigan. Charles Pickett's trial lasted just a few days in Kalamazoo County. There was no dispute that he had swallowed painkillers and... More »

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 »

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