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Charges filed in death of woman found with baby

DETROIT (AP) - A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend whose body was found next to her baby daughter in their Detroit home.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 24-year-old Lorenzo McNeil also is charged with child abuse, child abandonment and larceny.

Charmanek Johnson's grandmother had not heard from her in several days and contacted police Monday. Officers entered Johnson's home and found her body. She had been stabbed.

The 8-month-old baby was in a crib. She was treated for dehydration.

McNeil is in custody awaiting his first court appearance. It isn't known if he has a lawyer yet.

In a statement Thursday, prosecutors say McNeil and the 31-year-old Johnson sometimes lived together in the home. He is not the baby's father.


Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths

DETROIT (AP) - A 67-year-old grandfather has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home.

Mike Reda of Detroit was convicted this month of first-degree murder in the October shooting deaths of 59-year-old Deborah Socia and 61-year-old Maria Gonzalez.

Reda received the mandatory sentence Thursday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Reda told police he had dated the same woman for several years and the two victims befriended her and frequently kept his girlfriend away from him. He said during a videotaped interrogation that he was filled with rage and alcohol when he shot them with an assault rifle.

Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway called it a "horrible incident." Reda told her he was "sorry for what happened."


Drive-by shooting kills prep basketball player

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot just a few hours before he was to be honored at a high school sports banquet in western Michigan.

Two people are in custody in the death of Marquis Gresham, who was a junior at Muskegon Heights Public School Academy and a player on the basketball team.

Muskegon Heights police Chief Lynne Gill tells the Muskegon Chronicle there was a disturbance before the shooting late Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses say multiple shots were fired from a vehicle.

Classes at the high school have been canceled until Monday, although the school will be open Friday for people to talk to counselors.

Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross says Gresham was "becoming a student leader and transforming into a role model" for other students.


Snyder touts collaboration at education summit

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is hosting a summit for hundreds of educators to discuss innovation and collaboration in Michigan education.

Education and business leaders from across the state are discussing topics such as teacher effectiveness and skilled trades at the all-day annual Governor's Education Summit in East Lansing on Thursday.

Snyder says Michigan has a "skills gap" that can be reduced by connecting students with professionals to better relate classroom learning to their careers.

He says K-12 education policy in Michigan is an "area of misinformation" that includes politicized issues such as the new national education standards known as Common Core. Snyder asked for educators' support of Common Core because he says it "is the right answer" but will continue to face opposition.


Michigan Senate passes charitable gambling bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan lawmakers aren't seeing eye to eye on reining in the charitable gambling industry, which has seen significant growth over the past decade.

The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill regulating so-called millionaire parties. The casino-style events allow nonprofits to split proceeds with poker rooms that host Texas Hold 'Em and blackjack games.

The Senate's move creates uncertainty over the future of separate rules proposed by the Snyder administration. Those rules would put restrictions on charitable gambling that aren't in the bill.

It's unclear if lawmakers will let Snyder's proposal take effect or if they will object and proceed with the Senate bill.

State authorities have been cracking down on some charity poker rooms and bars due to illegal gambling.


Group says slow autopsy prevented organ donation

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Gift of Life Michigan is suing Saginaw County medical examiner Dr. Kanu Virani, saying he took too long to perform an autopsy which prevented the donation of organs from a slain 6-year-old boy.

The Saginaw News reports Thursday that the lawsuit says Virani violated state law requiring a timely autopsy allowing Elijah Dillard's organs, tissues and eyes to remain viable for transplant.

Virani says police told him Elijah was beaten and he had to examine the entire body because he "did not know what organs were injured."

Aki Dillard is charged with murder in his son's slaying.

Elijah was kept on a ventilator after his March 1 death. Gift of Life Michigan says the organs could not be used once the body was removed from the ventilator.


W. Michigan trail reopens after storm cleanup

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Portions of a popular 92-mile recreational trail in western Michigan have reopened after the removal of storm debris, mostly in Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

Trees, deep water and other debris forced the Department of Natural Resources last week to close parts of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park.

The trail runs from Cadillac in Wexford County to Comstock Park in Kent County, just north of Grand Rapids.

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