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Bystander Opens Fire on Home Depot Shoplifting Suspects

Michigan woman could face criminal charges

(Newser) - A license to carry a concealed weapon isn't a license to kill shoplifters, gun safety experts reminded the public after a Michigan woman fired at fleeing suspects outside a Home Depot. Police say that after seeing a loss prevention officer chase a suspected shoplifter outside the Auburn Hills store... More »

Farmer Finds Rare Prehistoric Mammoth

'It was certainly a lot bigger than a cow bone,' says Michigan man

(Newser) - A Michigan farmer had to take a short break from installing a drainage pipe in his wheat fields Monday when his backhoe hit the pelvis of a prehistoric mammoth, ABC News reports. "We didn't know what it was, but we knew it was certainly a lot bigger than... More »

Farmer Finds Mammoth Skeleton in His Field

They thought they were looking at a fence post at first

(Newser) - James Bristle and a friend were digging in his southern Michigan soybean field when they unearthed what looked like a bent fence post, caked with mud. Instead, it was part of a pelvis from an ancient woolly mammoth that lived up to 15,000 years ago. A team of paleontologists... More »

Water in Flint, Michigan, Looks 'Like Urine,' and Worse

After nearly a year of complaints, state may be taking action

(Newser) - A public health emergency was declared in Flint, Michigan, yesterday over the state of the city's drinking water—and a story in the Detroit News illustrates just how bad the situation is. Ashley Holt, 25, tells the paper that the water coming out of her faucet looks "like... More »

Michigan Gets First-Ever Case of Bubonic Plague

Patient probably got it on a trip to Colorado

(Newser) - Michigan doctors have an unwanted first on their hands: a patient with bubonic plague. It sounds a lot worse than it is, however. The unidentified patient is recovering and has a form of the plague that isn't contagious, reports MLive . And Michigan residents will be happy to learn that... More »

Mich. Lawmaker Resigns After Real, Fake Affairs

Rep. Cindy Gamrat expelled an hour after Rep. Todd Courser resigned

(Newser) - At 3:12am today, Michigan state Rep. Todd Courser resigned from his seat in the legislature, though it appears he had no intention of doing so when he entered the room 14 hours earlier. The move came after two failed votes to expel Courser, 43, as well as a lengthy... More »

Firefighter 'Cut Down' While Collecting for Charity

Driver deliberately hit Dennis Rodeman after altercation: cops

(Newser) - Police in Michigan have arrested the driver of a pickup truck who they believe intentionally struck a firefighter standing in a roadway collecting money for charity, killing him. Dennis Rodeman, a seven-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department who also served in the US Marines in Iraq, was struck about... More »

How Dirty Socks Landed a Michigan Man in Jail

At least he didn't have a backpack full of weed

(Newser) - A man who tried to sell a backpack of dirty socks as marijuana has been sentenced to at least one year in a Michigan prison. Michael Suarez was sentenced yesterday for committing fraud through false pretenses. An unarmed robbery charge was dropped. Police say Suarez was pursuing a marijuana deal... More »

Prosecutor Gives 87-Year-Old Man a Pass

He was accused of soliciting a prostitute

(Newser) - Howard Arthur Klein lived 87 years without so much as a blot on his criminal record. In truth, the elderly Michigan man didn't have a record at all until a night in June when he was nabbed in a sting, accused of soliciting a prostitute who was actually an... More »

Judge: Elementary School Can't Ban Armed Dad

Ruling is a big win for Michigan Open Carry

(Newser) - If Michigan man Kenneth Herman wants to wear a pistol on his hip when he picks his daughter up from elementary school, the school has no right to keep him out, a judge ruled this week. The judge sided with Herman and the Michigan Open Carry group, ruling that since... More »

Lawmaker Accused of Concocting Gay-Sex Scandal to Hide Affair

2 Michigan state representatives are under investigation in strange case

(Newser) - Michigan has a bizarre political sex scandal on its hands. It seems that two conservative state lawmakers, Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, were having an affair, and they were worried it was about to go public, reports the Detroit News . Simple enough. And then the bizarre part: In recordings obtained... More »

Family Loses Welfare Because of Girl's Cancer

She couldn't go to school, so Michigan cut off benefits

(Newser) - When Martha describes how her 12-year-old daughter, Lisa, suffered while battling brain cancer—seizures, strokes, more than two years in and out of hospitals—it doesn't seem at all surprising that Lisa wouldn't have been up for attending school during this time. But as her mom (using pseudonyms)... More »

Kid Rock to Confederate Flag Protesters: 'Kiss My Ass'

Rocker takes stand over his use of controversial flag

(Newser) - With South Carolina taking down the confederate flag and NASCAR banning it , Kid Rock chose to defend his own use of the Old South emblem: In his words, protesters can "kiss my ass." The rocker was reacting to people who opposed his display at the Detroit Historical Museum,... More »

Judge to Kids: Have Lunch With Dad or Be Locked Up

They've been in juvenile hall for more than 2 weeks

(Newser) - Indefinite incarceration isn't generally seen as the best route to healthy parent-child relationships, but a judge in Michigan has decided to give it a shot. The parents of three siblings, ages 9, 10, and 14, have been locked in a bitter divorce battle for years, and the last custody... More »

Teen Girl Spits Longest Cherry, Fails to Win Contest

15-year-old girl spits cherry an amazing 49 feet, 1/4 inch

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Michigan girl says there was nothing special about the way she spit a cherry pit yesterday. "I just took a deep breath and pushed hard," says Megan Ankrapp, whose pit landed at 49 feet, ¼ inch—longest of the day at the 42nd annual contest in... More »

Road-Rage Guy Gets 27 to 50 Years

Martin Zale, 69, settled dispute with 9mm handgun

(Newser) - A Michigan man who shot another driver in the face during a road-rage confrontation got 27 to 50 years in prison yesterday—and won't be eligible for parole until he's 96, USA Today reports. Martin Zale, 69, shot and killed 43-year-old Derek Flemming, a father of two, when... More »

Hotel Ejects 30 Guests After Waffle Argument

The lesson: Don't leave your waffle maker unattended

(Newser) - Authorities say a dispute between two women over a waffle maker led to 30 people being booted from a western Michigan hotel. The Muskegon Chronicle reports a Mason County sheriff's deputy stood by Sunday morning as guests were ordered to pack their bags at the Americas Best Value Inn... More »

Couple With 12 Boys Gets Lucky No. 13

The Schwandts aren't ruling out a 14th, either

(Newser) - A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13. Jay Schwandt says his wife Kateri gave birth yesterday morning, four days after her due date. The Rockford couple, both 40, had said they were sticking to the tradition... More »

Shipwrecks Are Now Visible in Lake Michigan

Clear, post-winter water views allow Coast Guard copter to nab photos of old wrecks

(Newser) - The clear-blue, post-winter waters of northern Lake Michigan have disclosed some of their hidden history to a US Coast Guard crew, which took a series of photos Friday of shipwrecks lying on the lake bottom in the waters off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Grand Rapids Press reports... More »

Dead Baby Found in Mom's Cubicle: Cops

Baby was full-term; autopsy results are pending

(Newser) - A Michigan woman gave birth in her work bathroom on Tuesday to a baby that she then hid in her cubicle, police say; the newborn was later pronounced dead. Employees of CEVA Logistics in Redford called paramedics after they heard moaning coming from a bathroom, where blood was on the... More »

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