2 Mich. men charged with making Molotov cocktails
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say two University of Michigan wrestlers possessed Molotov cocktails the night the school's basketball team lost in the NCAA championship game to Louisville.
Justin Dozier and Rosario Bruno are charged with two counts each of possessing/manufacturing explosives, a 4-year felony.
The 20-year-olds were arraigned Wednesday in Ann Arbor district court and have a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 30th.
Ann Arbor police responding to a report of a mattress fire last month found a bottle with a flammable liquid in it, an item popularly known as a Molotov cocktail.
Michigan associate athletic director Dave Ablauf (A'-blof) tells AnnArbor DOT Dozier and Bruno have been indefinitely suspended from the wrestling team.
A message seeking comment was left with Bruno on Friday. Dozier referred questions to Ablauf.
TROUBLED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Union officials: Troubled district teachers unpaid
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Union officials say teachers at a struggling school district are not being paid, even though the state released money to the district to ensure it could make payroll.
The Michigan Education Association said Buena Vista School District didn't pay its teachers Friday, a payday. The district, meanwhile, counters it hasn't received the money and union officials were informed the scheduled payroll date is June 7th.
The district in Saginaw County's Buena Vista Township laid off its 27 teachers and closed on May 7th because it said it couldn't make payroll. The closure came after the state withheld aid to recoup overpaid funds.
Last week, the state agreed to release $400,000 so the district could reopen. Students were back in class Monday.
The union says teachers haven't been paid since May 10th.
Bus-van crash sends 4 to hospital, breaks gas line
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A bus and a minivan crashed in Saginaw, sending at least four people to a hospital and forcing the evacuation of several houses because of a broken natural gas line.
Radio station WSGW says two houses were damaged Friday morning when the bus hit them. The minivan landed on its top about 20 feet north of the intersection of Sheridan and Gallagher streets.
Police say three people on the bus and the minivan driver were taken to a hospital. Details on their conditions weren't immediately released.
POLICE CHASE-SELF-INFLICTED SHOOTING
Police: SW Mich. man shoots himself during chase
EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a Battle Creek man was critically hurt after shooting himself in the chest during a police chase.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the 27-year-old man was being pursued Friday by Calhoun County sheriff's deputies with a mental petition order.
Police say they received information about an armed man living as a survivalist in a wooded area of Emmett Township. A township public safety officer tried to stop him in his vehicle but the man displayed a firearm and sped off.
The man was finally stopped by police and he fired a shot inside his vehicle. He was taken to a hospital, where he's listed in critical condition.
Authorities say he will be charged with fleeing and eluding police and for being a felon possessing a firearm.
Groups disagree over proposed wetland law changes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - For the second time in recent years, the Michigan Legislature is rewriting environmental laws in ways that critics say would make it easier to develop sensitive wetlands. Business interests say the changes would provide adequate protections while boosting the economy.
The state Senate approved a bill this week that would make numerous changes in laws dealing with wetlands such as swamps and marshes, which absorb floodwaters and perform other vital tasks.
The measure would create new permit exemptions for some farming activities and allow more flexibility for developers who are required to create new wetlands to make up for those they damage.
It's supported by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Farm Bureau and other business groups but opposed by environmentalists.
The bill now goes to the House.
Dearborn pays $300K in deal with missionaries
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit suburb has paid $300,000 to a group of Christian missionaries arrested in 2010 at an Arab cultural festival.
The Detroit Free Press reported Friday that it learned the previously undisclosed amount of money through a public records request it filed with Dearborn.
The settlement came with an apology to four members of a group called Acts 17 Apologetics. They said their rights were violated when they were arrested at the Arab International Festival.
They were later acquitted.
The American Freedom Law Center sued the city on behalf of the group.
Dearborn, which has large Arab and Muslim populations, must post an apology on its website for three years and take other steps.
Mayor John O'Reilly says the apology allows the city to move forward.
Prosecutor not charging police officer in killing
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The Kalamazoo County prosecutor's office says it won't charge the Kalamazoo police sergeant who fatally shot an unarmed 34-year-old man in a hotel lobby.
Prosecutor Jeff Getting said Friday that Sergeant Sean Gordon's use of force was "reasonable" and "necessary to protect himself and others." Getting added that police did everything they could "to end the incident nonviolently."
Authorities say Jacob Grassley failed to obey orders by officers who caught him January 24th at the Best Western Hospitality Inn. He was being pursued as part of a domestic assault investigation.
Police say a woman had told police that she believed Grassley had taken three weapons from her Kalamazoo home.
Getting says Grassley's death was tragic and he offers condolences to his family and loved ones.
NY man is granted bond in Mich. cyberstalking case
DETROIT (AP) - A 21-year-old New York man has been released after a month in custody on cyberstalking charges filed in Detroit.
Adam Savader (suh-VAH'-dur) of Great Neck, New York is charged with cyberstalking and extortion through the Internet. He's accused of threatening to release nude photos of young women unless they sent some to him. Many are college students who know him.
Savader was arrested in New York in April and held without bond. He was eventually transported to Detroit, and a federal judge allowed his release Friday. A not-guilty plea was entered.
The criminal complaint says Savader called himself John Smith when he sent text messages to women over a Google phone service. Authorities say he got access to nude photos through hacked accounts that belonged to the women.
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