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Prosecutors: Important connection needed for parents during school shooting

DETROIT (AP) – Michigan prosecutors are fighting back against the parents of a boy accused of a school shooting that killed four students. James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with manslaughter in this case. They want a judge to reduce their bail by $ 500,000 so they can get out of jail. But prosecutors say the Crumbleys will flee if released. The parents are charged under a theory that they made a weapon available to their son and had the opportunity to prevent the bloodshed. On the day of filming, the parents were called in to discuss Ethan’s disturbing drawings. The Crumbleys say they had no idea he would commit violence. Their next court hearing is January 7.


Wayne State, last Michigan university to respond to omicron

LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Wayne State University in Detroit has announced it will start the next semester remotely. Several other public universities have announced their plans for the new year as the omicron variant of the coronavirus looms over the state. Wayne State said Thursday he would run online classes until Jan.31 and then review the situation to determine his next move. Last week, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University announced that all students, faculty and staff will need to receive the COVID-19 reminder at the start of the next semester. Wayne State will also need boosters.


Man pleads guilty to the murder of his adopted daughter in 1989

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) – A former western Michigan man has argued without question for the 1989 murder of his adopted 14-year-old daughter, whose body was found buried in her backyard. Dennis Bowman, 72, made an indisputable plea Wednesday in an Allegan County courtroom to second degree murder in the death of Aundria Bowman. The Holland Sentinel reports that Bowman’s sentencing is scheduled for February 7. Aundria Bowman was last seen in March 1989. Her body was discovered in early 2020 in the backyard of Bowman’s home in Hamilton after he confessed to his murder. Bowman told police he pushed the teenager down the stairs, killing her, in March 1989 after she threatened to report that he assaulted her.


Parents accused of Oxford school shooting ask for lower bail

DETROIT (AP) – Parents of a teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school are asking for lower bail so they can get out of jail. A lawyer for James and Jennifer Crumbley said they did not expect their son Ethan to commit violence and that they are “devastated” like other members of the Oxford community. The parents are accused of manslaughter. They are accused of having made a weapon accessible to their son. The Crumbleys want their bond lowered to $ 100,000 from $ 500,000. Ethan is charged with murder and other crimes.


Michigan prosecutors lose appeal in key Nassar case

DETROIT (AP) – State prosecutors have lost their attempt to restore charges against the former Michigan State University president. Lou Anna Simon was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 when they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving Larry Nassar. The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld an Eaton County judge’s decision to dismiss the case against Simon. The court agreed that there was not enough evidence to send her to trial. Judge Elizabeth Gleicher harshly criticized prosecutors for even pursuing the case. She says Simon was made a scapegoat for “exact retribution” against MSU. The attorney general’s office said it was considering asking the state Supreme Court to take the case into its own hands.


Man Who Kept Restaurant Open To Pay Bills Dies After COVID-19

QUINCY, Michigan (AP) – A man who defied state orders and kept his restaurant open last year during the pandemic, in part to pay medical bills, has died of complications from COVID-19. John Parney operated the Quincy Diner in Quincy, southern Michigan. He was 62 years old. Parney was admitted to a hospital with COVID-19 in September, returned home but quickly developed significant health issues that sent him back to hospital. Parney died on December 14. He kept the restaurant open in December 2020 in violation of orders from the Michigan Department of Health, which was trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by banning restaurants. Parney’s wife has colon cancer and they needed an income.


Michigan Governor Supports Vaccine Mandate; AG would defend

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said she supports President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers. His comments came Wednesday during a roundtable discussion with reporters. This followed Attorney General Dana Nessel’s statement earlier in the week that she would support the warrant defense. Whitmer acknowledged that some comments she made earlier this month during a visit to Montcalm County expressing concerns about the warrant had been misunderstood. She said she was trying to resolve the issue of the possible loss of state employees, but still supports the mandate.


Former Detroit City Councilor Pugh released from jail after teen sex affair

DETROIT (AP) – The former Detroit City Council chairman has been released from state prison after serving five years for having sex with a teenage boy while previously working as a television reporter. A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections told the Detroit Free Press that Charles Pugh, 50, left Bellamy Creek Correctional Center in Ionia on Wednesday morning. Pugh was sentenced to 5.5 to 15 years in 2016 after admitting to having sex with a teenage boy under the age of 16. He had pleaded guilty to criminal sexual behavior. Pugh was granted parole in July.


Suspect killed, 2 cops shot dead in Burton near Flint

BURTON, Mich. (AP) – Two police officers were gunned down in Genesee County in a “violent confrontation” with a gunman who was killed after a foot chase. A sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition while an officer from Burton was in fair condition. The incident happened around 2 p.m. in Burton, a few miles east of Flint. Sheriff Chris Swanson says it started when police responded to a call about a man with a gun. Police were gunned down after the suspect struggled while trying to climb a fence. The police retaliated, killing the man.


Former gymnastics trainer wins Nassar conviction appeal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – An appeals court overturned the conviction of a former Michigan State University gymnastics trainer who was sentenced to jail for lying to investigators about his knowledge of the complaints for sexual abuse against Larry Nassar in the 1990s. Michigan Court of Appeals judges did not determine that Kathie Klages had told investigators the truth, but rather that her interviews were not crucial in an investigation of the ‘Status on how the university responded to the allegations about Nassar. Klages maintained his innocence throughout. Klages’ attorney, Mary Chartier, says they are “delighted” that she “has finally been vindicated.”