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Police: 2 arrested in Guardsman's carjack slaying

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit police say they've arrested a man and a woman in the fatal shooting of a Michigan National Guard soldier during a carjacking on the city's west side.

Police haven't identified the 20-year-old victim. They tell the Detroit Free Press that two people approached him Monday night and demanded his car.

Sgt. Eren Stephens tells The Detroit News that a struggle ensued and the man was shot.

Sgt. Michael Woody says the suspects are a 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman. There's no immediate word on the charges against them or when they'll be in court.

Police say they've recovered the soldier's car.


Honor for Michigan Marine killed in Afghanistan

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. military has awarded the Silver Star to a western Michigan Marine killed in fighting in Afghanistan two years ago.

WOOD-TV ( ) says friends and family gathered Tuesday for a ceremony honoring the former Holland resident.

Twenty-seven-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Daniel J. Price died July 29, 2014, while conducting combat operations in Badghis province. He was part of the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Military officials say Price was supporting Afghan commandos trying to capture an insurgent-held village and rushed to help and remove wounded Afghan soldiers.

They say Price scaled a wall and threw a grenade down a chimney, killing the attackers.

Price served three tours in Iraq and three tours in Afghanistan. He received the Purple Heart in 2011 after being wounded.


Canada, Michigan officials to announce bridge plan

DETROIT (AP) - Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have called a news conference Wednesday about the planned new $2 billion bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

Snyder's office said Tuesday that Raitt and the governor "will make an announcement regarding the New International Trade Crossing" at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Canadian Club Heritage Center in Windsor.

The governor's and transport minister's offices declined immediate comment Tuesday on the nature of the announcement.

Michigan and Canadian leaders have agreed to build the bridge over the Detroit River between Windsor and Detroit's southwest side.

Officials say Canada would finance construction of the bridge, which would open in 2020.

Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun has fought the proposal for years, instead seeking an additional span for his bridge.


Detroit bankruptcy trial delayed until Aug. 21

DETROIT (AP) - A trial to determine if Detroit gets out of bankruptcy has been delayed by a week to Aug. 21.

Judge Steven Rhodes filed a new schedule Tuesday. Some creditors wanted a longer postponement, but he settled on seven days. Rhodes found "extraordinary cause" for "limited adjournments."

It's the second delay in the historic case. The trial was first scheduled for July, a year after Detroit filed for protection under Chapter 9.

Detroit's plan to erase or greatly reduce $18 billion in debt has been approved by many creditors, including thousands of retirees. But nothing will happen unless the judge finds that the overall strategy is fair and feasible.

The greatest resistance is coming from bond insurers who stand to lose millions. The trial likely will last weeks.


Freighter grounded in Lake St. Clair refloated

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a freighter hauling 23,000 tons of wheat has been refloated after running aground in a shipping channel of Lake St. Clair and is expected to head to Montreal.

Lt. Commander Scott Smith says the 656-foot Federal Rideau is flagged in Hong Kong and was refloated early Tuesday. It's now anchored in the Detroit River.

The Coast Guard says divers will conduct a damage assessment and any needed repairs will take place. It says there were no injuries or pollution.

The Coast Guard says it received notice early Sunday of the grounding. The shipping channel is open to traffic.


Schauer says he'd create tens of thousands of jobs

WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has unveiled an economic blueprint he says will create "tens of thousands" of jobs if he defeats Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

Schauer on Tuesday proposed tripling the percentage of Michigan's electricity that must come from renewable sources within 20 years and rebuilding crumbling roads. He's also renewing his call to restore income tax exemptions for retirees and others.

Schauer says he opposes raising the gasoline tax to fix transportation infrastructure. He instead would "cut wasteful spending" and ask trucking companies to pay higher fees.

Snyder campaign spokeswoman Emily Benavides says Snyder has a "clear record" of more than 250,000 private-sector jobs created under his watch and the lowest unemployment rate in years. She says Michigan lost more than 300,000 jobs when Schauer was a lawmaker.


Pontiac teen jailed after threatening mom with ax

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Southeastern Michigan authorities say they've arrested a 17-year-old boy who chased his mother with an ax after she flushed his marijuana down the toilet.

The Oakland County sheriff's department says the 36-year-old Pontiac woman called an emergency dispatcher Monday saying she'd locked herself in the bathroom and her son was striking the door with the ax.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe says in a statement that the woman found a marijuana plant the teen was growing in the basement. She says he became upset after she flushed it and started chasing her while wielding the ax.

McCabe says deputies searched the neighborhood and found the boy walking about a block away. It says they found the ax inside the house.

The undersheriff says the teen is in jail while authorities prepare charges.


Expert: No accident with gun in porch shooting

DETROIT (AP) - An expert says the shotgun used to kill a young woman on a porch in suburban Detroit wasn't accidentally fired by the homeowner.

Detective Sgt. Shawn Kolonich of the Michigan State Police testified Tuesday at the fourth day of trial for Theodore Wafer. The 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride last fall.

Wafer says he shot McBride in self-defense after she repeatedly pounded on his doors before dawn last Nov. 2. But a recording played for the jury last week quotes Wafer as saying he didn't know the shotgun was loaded.

Kolonich says his tests on the weapon show it couldn't have been fired without Wafer pulling the trigger.


Mistrial for man in death of girlfriend's niece, 5

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked while deliberating the fate of a Detroit man accused of abducting, raping and killing his girlfriend's 5-year-old niece.

Twenty-two-year-old Darnell Cheatham is charged with first-degree murder, torture, arson and other crimes in the death of Mariah Smith. Her burned remains were found in a vacant house in 2011.

Defense lawyer Kareem Johnson says Cheatham maintains his innocence.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Ulysses Boykin declared the mistrial Tuesday.

County prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller says in a statement that prosecutors will retry the case and says a pre-trial hearing is scheduled Friday.


Michigan mayor pleads guilty to embezzlement

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) - The former mayor of a small Michigan town has admitted to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a local service club.

The Daily Press reports ( ) Leo Evans of Escanaba pleaded guilty Monday to a felony embezzlement charge. He also agreed to pay restitution.

Evans pleaded guilty to embezzling $50,000 to $100,000 from the Escanaba Eagles Club. He stole the money from the nonprofit organization while he served as its secretary.

Evans will be sentenced in September.


Ex-radio host pleads guilty in child porn probe

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan has pleaded guilty in a child pornography investigation.

John Balyo told a federal judge Tuesday that he photographed sex acts with a 12-year-old boy at a Kalamazoo County hotel. He pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation and possessing child pornography.

Balyo says he knew it was wrong.

The 35-year-old was a host at Christian radio station WCSG in Grand Rapids until his arrest in June at a Christian music festival in northern Michigan. His arrest was related to state charges of criminal sexual conduct. That case still is pending in Calhoun County.

Balyo faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison but his sentence could be longer.


Funeral set for slain 14-year-old Michigan girl

ARMADA, Mich. (AP) - Funeral arrangements have been set for a slain Detroit-area teenager whose body was found in a wooded area.

The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens and The Detroit News say April Millsap's funeral will be held Friday at St. Mary Mystical Rose Catholic Church in Armada.

The 14-year-old's body was discovered Thursday in a drainage ditch in the village northeast of Detroit. Two joggers noticed the girl's border collie by a trail and followed the April's body.

Investigators say April left her house to walk the dog on the trail Thursday. The middle school student's family contacted police when she didn't return home.

State police said Tuesday they're seeking information on a motorcycle that may have been in the area.

Authorities have released a sketch of a person of interest.

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