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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 »

Victim Describes Nassar Abuse Starting When She Was 6

I'm here to 'destroy your world,' Kyle Stephens tells disgraced ex-Team USA coach in court

(Newser) - "Little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world" and "I have been coming for you for a long time," Kyle Stephens told disgraced ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday. Revealing her identity for the first time,... More »

Meteor Strike Causes Earthquake in Michigan

Residents heard what sounded like thunder

(Newser) - A bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area Tuesday night was a meteor, the National Weather Service has confirmed. NWS Detroit tweeted that according to the United States Geological Service, the meteor caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake around 8:10pm. Meteorologist... More »

Dad of 2 Who's Too Old for DACA Protection Is Deported

39-year-old landscaper Jorge Garcia came to the US when he was 10

(Newser) - Jorge Garcia has lived in the US since he was 10, has paid all his taxes since he first got a job, and doesn't even have so much as a traffic ticket to his name, his supporters say—but on Martin Luther King Day, the 39-year-old landscaper and father... More »

7 States That Could Make Big Moves on Pot in 2018

Including the first state in the Midwest to legalize it

(Newser) - Although pot saw a watershed year in 2016, with a handful of marijuana legalization initiatives that got the green light from voters, 2017 was pretty dry, with no official movement on that front anywhere in the nation. Per Forbes , 2018 is set to see a cannabis comeback, with at least... More »

Police Release Suicide Note, Map That Led to Wife's Body

'Find her and put her to rest'

(Newser) - "I'm sorry for taking her away from everyone," Christopher Lockhart wrote on a map to his wife's body . "I had no right to do what I did." Police in Portage, Mich., have released around 200 pages of documents related to the death in... More »

Sheriff Forces Murderer to Listen to Unusual CD

Jeffrey Willis couldn't escape hearing from his victim's family

(Newser) - As Jeffrey Willis left a Michigan courtroom prior to sentencing Monday, he blew a kiss to the family of the woman he murdered three years ago, MLive reports. In what the Muskegon County prosecutor calls an "unprecedented" move, Willis chose to return to jail rather than hear his sentence—... More »

Man Critical After Sandbag Crashes Through Windshield

4 teens accused of tossing bag off Ohio overpass; Mich. man may die from his injuries

(Newser) - Four young teens are in custody and a 22-year-old Michigan man is in critical condition after a sandbag thrown off an overpass onto an Ohio highway crashed through the windshield of the car he was in, People reports. Marquise Byrd was riding in the front seat as a passenger Tuesday... More »

Brothers Vanished in 2010. Box May Hold Clues to Their Fate

Police trying to determine if box of remains found in Montana could be tied to missing Skelton brothers

(Newser) - Three Michigan brothers went missing under odd circumstances in 2010, and now a box of remains in Montana may offer closure on their fate. Per MLive.com , Michigan State Police are exploring whether there's a tie between the disappearance of the Skelton brothers—9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander, and 5-year-old... More »

Loophole on Cops, Sex With Prostitutes Closed in Final State

No more of that in Michigan

(Newser) - Michigan is no longer the only state in the country where undercover cops can legally have sex with prostitutes. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday that removes a provision that prevented officers from being prosecuted for committing prostitution offenses on duty, MLive reports. The two bills involved "help ensure... More »

10 Neediest US Cities

Detroit and Cleveland top the list

(Newser) - A new survey by WalletHub crunches economic data on more than 180 US cities to rank them in terms of neediness. More specifically, the ranking takes into account factors such as child poverty, hunger, and uninsured rates, then bestows an overall score (the lower the better). The 10 neediest cities:... More »

Want Fewer Neighbors? Try These Ghost Towns

Vacancy rates top 20%: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Not willing to spend up to 98% of your income on housing in states like California or Hawaii? A ghost town in desperate need of humanity might be the best affordable option. Based on vacant property rates per zip code, 24/7 Wall St. rounds up 30 ghost towns across the... More »

Accused of Sex Act on a Plane, Passenger Offers Different Story

Male passenger says woman fell asleep on his lap, wasn't performing oral sex; witnesses disagree

(Newser) - A male passenger aboard a Detroit-bound Delta flight claimed a woman "had fallen asleep in his lap" after those seated nearby complained that she'd actually been performing oral sex , according to a police report. The pair, strangers who'd booked seats in separate rows on the Oct. 29... More »

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