DEWITT TWP., MI – A motorcycle-riding Clinton County sheriff's deputy died in a traffic accident on his way to work.
DeWitt Township police Chief Brian Russell says Douglas Alward was killed on northbound U.S. 127 Monday after he hit a deer that jumped in front of him, was thrown from his motorcycle and was struck by a semitrailer.
Alward's wife, Alicen, tells the Lansing State Journal her husband would ride his motorcycle from his Lansing home to the agency's headquarters in St. Johns.
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Dave Bing says he is bringing in one-time political opponent and Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans as Detroit's third police chief in less than a year.
At a news conference Monday morning, Bing says the 60-year-old Evans will replace James Barren, who was fired Friday. Barren was brought out of retirement and appointed chief in September by then-Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. after Ella Bully-Cummings retired.
LANSING, MI – For decades, Michigan's community colleges have been centers of vocational education. Now, during a debilitating recession, a collaborative new program promises to expand that role. Participants, which include Lansing Community College, say the Michigan New Jobs Training Program could breathe life into the state's shattered manufacturing economy. But as WKAR's Mark Bashore reports, planners want to avoid the problems of a similar Iowa program.
Detroit, MI – (AP) - Two Boston newspapers are reporting the Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent Rasheed Wallace. Wallace, who played the last six seasons in Detroit, has averaged 15 points and 6.9 rebounds in 14 NBA seasons and averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds last season in Motown.
DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - A city fund intended to cover emergencies was used for expenses that included a publicist hired by ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick during the text-message scandal that drove him from office last year.
Records obtained by the Detroit Free Press under the Freedom of Information Act show the city issued 900 so-called quick checks from the fund to cover routine or questionable expenses.
DETROIT – After losing quite a bit this off season via free agency the Detroit Redwings kept one of their promising young talents; Ville Leino. The twenty-five year old winger signed a two year contract worth $1.6 million to stay in Detroit. Leino in thirteen regular season games had nine points and had two assists in the playoffs for the Western Conference champions.
MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Justin Morneau punctuated a productive series - and celebrated another All-Star game selection - with a two-run homer for the Minnesota Twins in a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Blackburn (7-4) took a shutout into the ninth inning before left fielder Denard Span dropped a line drive for an error and Brandon Inge followed with a two-run home run, his 19th.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Meijer Inc. and a developer have agreed to pay $75,000 to a group that fought their proposed superstore in a rural Michigan community.
Under a deal signed Wednesday, Concerned Citizens of Acme Township agreed not to sue Meijer or the Village at Grand Traverse LLC. Also released from liability were a law firm and a public relations firm that represented the companies.
LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to leave Monday for a trade trip to Germany and Belgium.
It will be the Democrat's eighth overseas trade trip. She plans to talk with leaders of high-tech companies she thinks can help Michigan move toward gaining jobs in green technology and alternative fuels, although her office hasn't provided specifics.
The governor has made previous trade trips to Germany, Austria, Japan, Sweden and the Middle East.