UPDATE: Judge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher
DETROIT (AP) - A judge has dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying a woman's testimony wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.
The 28-year-old Reed appeared in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to his current assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.
The judge ruled Thursday after a 45-year-old woman testified that Reed sexually assaulted her at a downtown casino hotel after they met at a suburban bar.
The woman testified during a probable cause hearing for Reed, who was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The woman says she "blacked out" at the bar March 30 after taking a drink she says tasted "sour" and believes may have been drugged.
Reed says the sex was consensual.
Married Michigan same-sex couples seek recognition
DETROIT (AP) - A lawyer has urged a judge to order Michigan to recognize same-sex marriages performed in March, saying the unions are valid even if a higher court reinstates the state's gay marriage ban.
More than 300 couples were married before an appeals court suspended a decision that had overturned the ban. The American Civil Liberties Union insists those marriages are legitimate. But Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, unlike the federal government, won't recognize them while the legality of gay marriage remains contested in court.
ACLU attorney Julian Mortenson says a marriage performed when gay marriage was legal can't be broken by the state. He urged federal Judge Mark Goldsmith to issue an injunction Thursday.
Michigan wants Goldsmith to wait. A Cincinnati-based appeals court recently heard arguments in cases from four states.
TEEN MISSING-BELLEVILLE LAKE
Body found in Belleville Lake during search
BELLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say they have recovered a body during a search for a missing swimmer in Belleville Lake.
The Detroit News reports the victim hasn't been identified by officials.
Crews had been searching the lake for a 17-year-old after he dove off a boat and disappeared from sight Wednesday night. Van Buren Township Fire Chief Daniel Besson says search efforts were hindered due to conflicting accounts of where the missing teenager jumped into the lake. He says foul play is not suspected.
Besson says the body has been taken to the Wayne County medical examiner's office, where it awaits identification from the family.
TEEN KILLED-MUSKEGON HEIGHTS
Teen killed while walking in Muskegon Heights
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old was killed while walking down the street in Muskegon Heights.
Police say the teen was shot around 12:20 a.m. Thursday. His name wasn't immediately released.
According to WZZM-TV, a witness says the victim and another teen were walking to a party in the neighborhood when someone in a passing van shot at them.
Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson tells The Muskegon Chronicle it appeared to be a drive-by shooting.
Bay City man pleads no contest in car break-in
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Bay City man has pleaded no contest to breaking into a parked car, his second such charge this year.
The Bay City Times reports Corey Chaperon pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of larceny from a motor vehicle.
The 19-year-old pleaded guilty in June to another larceny from a motor vehicle charge. He was free on bond when authorities say he committed the repeat offense on July 29.
Court documents say police found Chaperon and two others in a car with jewelry, coins, a loaded handgun magazine, a pellet gun and GPS in their possession. According to police, several vehicles in the area looked like they had been rummaged through.
Sentencing in Chaperon's latest case has yet to be scheduled.
Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86
DETROIT (AP) - Cardinal Edmund Szoka (SHAHK'-uh), the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, has died. He was 86.
The Archdiocese of Detroit says Szoka died of natural causes Wednesday night at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan.
Pope John Paul II made Szoka a cardinal in 1988. Not long after, he became the Vatican's point man for finance. By 1998, he was running the Vatican City, one of the world's smallest countries.
Since his retirement from active ministry in 2006, Szoka had been living in the Detroit suburb of Northville.
Matthew McConaughey to pitch for Lincoln brand
DETROIT (AP) - Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (mih-KAH'-nih-hay) is the new spokesman for Ford's luxury Lincoln brand.
Lincoln says McConaughey will appear in a series of TV and digital ads featuring Lincoln's new small SUV, the MKC.
McConaughey has a multiyear contract with the brand.
The actor says in a statement that he is a longtime admirer of Lincoln. In his 2011 movie "The Lincoln Lawyer," McConaughey stars as an attorney who works out of the back of a 1988 Lincoln Town Car.
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