Former GM Warren Transmission plant site may be redeveloped
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The Warren City Council will consider incentives for a developer to demolish the former General Motors Warren Transmission plant and rebuild on the site. GM sold the 117-acre property in December to Missouri-based Northpoint Development. The Detroit Free Press reports the Warren City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to consider a brownfield local and state tax-capture plan for the project. It’s valued at $28.6 million over more than 20 years. Northpoint would use the money for expenses related to site preparation and demolition, including asbestos abatement. Mayor Jim Fouts says build 2 million square feet of new facility space that could bring hundreds of jobs.
Boy, 10, dies in Indiana van crash with tractor-trailer
WANATAH, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy is dead after the van he was riding in collided with a semitractor-trailer in northern Indiana. The LaPorte County sheriff’s office said Saturday that four other people were injured in Friday’s crash. Investigators say a semitractor hit a van that had stopped or was slowing in a southbound lane of U.S. 421 in Wanatah. Crews in the area were directing traffic while a tree service truck was completing work. The driver of the semi is from Michigan and says he didn’t have time to react before the crash. The van had five people inside, including two juveniles. All five people were hospitalized. The results of toxicology tests are pending.
Detroit-area councilman wants to save obsolete water tower
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — It’s rusty and no longer needed, but a 165-foot water tower still has fans in a Detroit suburb. St. Clair Shores City Council member David Rubello wants to save the tower, which stands at the city’s golf course. The tower was built in the 1920s to improve water pressure in St. Clair Shores but now is obsolete. To some, it’s a local landmark that deserves love. Rubello says he hates to see any part of the city destroyed. He has proposed finding a company that would pay to repair the tower in exchange for placing advertising on it. It could cost roughly $400,000 to save the tower — 10 times the cost to demolish it.
Historic Masonic lodge in Detroit added to National Registry
DETROIT (AP) — A Masonic lodge in Detroit has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, in part because of its contributions to the civil rights movement. The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Detroit’s east side was added Wednesday to the National Park Service’s list of landmarks the federal agency has been compiling since 1966. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Detroit lodge now joins a vast list of properties across the nation deemed worthy of preservation. The lodge was noted by the National Park Service for its contributions to the civil rights movement and the general experience for African Americans in Detroit in the 20th century.
3 arrested after man assaulted outside Michigan restaurant
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three people have been arrested after a man was injured during a fight outside a restaurant in Holland Township, police said. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of gunfire outside Brann’s Steakhouse just after 12 a.m. on Sunday. Witnesses said several people were fighting in the parking lot when a gunshot was heard. Deputies arriving on the scene found a 33-year-old man who was unresponsive, with injuries to his face and head from an assault. A black SUV was leaving the scene at a high rate of speed, the sheriff’s office reported. Deputies were able to stop the SUV after a short pursuit.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-SEX ASSAULT
Ex-athlete vows to maintain U. of Michigan sex abuse protest
Jon Vaughn’s small blue-and-white camper has been parked outside the home of the University of Michigan’s president since early October, and he says it isn’t moving anytime soon. The 51-year-old former star running back is one of more than 1,000 students who say they were sexually abused by the university’s late sports doctor Robert Anderson over more than three decades. The school recently announced a $490 million settlement with the alleged victims. But Vaughn says he still wants answers and the camper isn’t moving until he gets them.
With Roe in doubt, states act on abortion limits, expansions
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State-by-state battles over the future of abortion are setting up around the U.S. Republican lawmakers are proposing new restrictions based on laws in Texas and Mississippi and some Democratic-led states are working to preserve access. The activity in state legislatures was anticipated after the U.S. Supreme Court signaled it was ready to make seismic changes to the nationwide right to abortion established in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. If the court overturns Roe v. Wade entirely, the decision on whether to keep abortion legal would fall to the states. More than 20 states already have laws on the books that would quickly ban or dramatically restrict abortion. Meanwhile, 15 states have moved to protect abortion access.
MSU police: Private investigator’s tip led divers to body
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University police say a private investigator working with a missing young man’s family first alerted them to what is believed to be the youth’s body in a river. MSU police said a tip Friday from private investigator Ryan Robison led divers to recover what’s believed to be 18-year-old Brendan Santo’s body in the Red Cedar River. Santo was last seen Oct. 29 during a campus visit ahead of a football game between MSU and Michigan. MSU police say Robison saw an object in underwater video submerged in a logjam he “strongly suspected” was Santo’s body, and then informed the Santo family before calling 911.
State wins trial over bias claims at women’s prison
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A jury has ruled in favor of the state Corrections Department in a trial about work opportunities for male officers at Michigan’s only prison for women. The men sued in 2011, claiming to be victims of discrimination. They said they were denied certain jobs at the Huron Valley prison in response to sexual assaults by others many years earlier. The officers were seeking millions of dollars in overtime and other lost compensation. But the trial ended Friday in Washtenaw County with a unanimous jury verdict for the state. Director Heidi Washington says the jury understood that certain actions were “reasonable and justified.”
FREIGHTER SHIPMATE DIES
Michigan man dies in accident on freighter along NW Indiana
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who was a freighter shipmate has died in an accident aboard a 1,000-foot freighter along northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline. WWTV-TV reports that 35-year-old Richard Gray of Traverse City died Monday following the accident on the Walter J. McCarthy freighter, along the Gary, Indiana, lakeshore. Details of the accident weren’t available, but the website boatnerd.com reports that Gray was the second mate of the American Steamship Co. freighter, which was anchored offshore Gary and getting ready to come in and unload at the time of Gray’s “tragic accident.” Gray was a graduate of Great Lakes Maritime Academy. He was married and had three children.