Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial
DETROIT (AP) - The trial to determine whether bankrupt Detroit's restructuring plan will be approved is set to begin just over a year after the city sought court protection in July 2013.
The confirmation trial for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history starts Tuesday in federal court.
Bill Nowling, spokesman for Detroit's emergency manager, says the city hopes to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to a "much more manageable" $5 billion.
Massive debt, thousands of creditors and complex union and pension issues had many experts thinking Detroit's bankruptcy would take years to resolve. Two California cities - Stockton and San Bernardino - that filed a year before Detroit have cases that continue to drag on.
Pensioners already have approved the settlement plan, but at least one creditor says it is discriminatory.
Bridge work to shift traffic on Woodward Avenue
DETROIT (AP) - Demolition is scheduled to start next week on the Interstate 75 bridge at Woodward Avenue north of downtown Detroit.
M-1 Rail Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs says that southbound traffic will be shifted Tuesday to Woodward's northbound lanes over I-75. Northbound traffic, southbound traffic and the center turn lane will be on the east side of Woodward.
The demolition and reconstruction of the bridge is being coordinated with the commuter light rail project. The 3.3 mile, $140-million streetcar project is scheduled for completion in late 2016. It is expected to spur economic and job growth along the Woodward Corridor.
Construction on the M-1 Rail started in late July. The federal government has committed $25 million to the project. Other funding comes from foundations and businesses.
Detroit police lieutenant hurt after suspect flees
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit police say that a police lieutenant was injured while trying to stop a larceny suspect from fleeing.
Police spokesman Sergeant Michael Woody tells WWJ-AM that police originally thought the lieutenant was hurt by a hit-and-run driver during a traffic stop, but that was incorrect.
Woody says the lieutenant hurt his ankle after the suspect fled Sunday. It happened about noon on the city's west side.
Detroit police: Shootings kill 2 males, 1 female
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit police say two teenagers and a man have died in overnight shootings.
They tell WWJ-AM that a male and a female teenager were fatally shot about 3:45 a.m. Sunday on the city's west side. Police say someone forced the victims from a car before shooting them.
Officer Adam Madera tells The Detroit News that he didn't immediately have information on the victims' names or ages.
Police say a man was shot to death at the Smith Homes public housing project on the city's west side. They say another person was pistol-whipped.
No arrests have been reported in the killings.
Boy, 13, shot in foot at Muskegon High School game
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say they're investigating the shooting of a 13-year-old boy during a football game at Muskegon High School.
The Muskegon Chronicle and WOOD-TV say the shooting happened Friday night. Muskegon police are asking for help from people who can help them find out how it happened.
Police say officers were called to the school about 8 p.m. and found the boy with a wound in his foot. Police say a bullet apparently entered the top of his foot and exited the bottom.
It wasn't immediately clear whether someone else shot the boy or if he fired the gun.
Muskegon beat Detroit Catholic Central 21-14.
Shopper killed when pallet of tiles falls on head
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Police in suburban Detroit say a man was killed while shopping with his wife at a home improvement store when a pallet of ceramic tiles fell off a shelf and hit him on the head.
Police tell WDIV-TV that a forklift had just finished putting the pallet on the shelves and saw it start to tip. Police say the operator shouted a warning, but the man didn't hear it.
Police say the accident happened Saturday morning at a Menards store in Macomb County's Chesterfield Township. It's about 20 miles northeast of Detroit.
They identify the victim as 38-year-old Richard Colletti of Clinton Township. They say his wife was unhurt.
Another death in crash that followed car stunt
CENTERVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old high school football player has become the second person to die as a result of a crash that followed a car stunt in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle and The Grand Rapids Press say Drake Hendershot of Empire died at Munson Medical Center.
Leelanau County authorities say a 17-year-old ran a stop sign August 23rd in Centerville Township to lift the car off the ground.
The sheriff's department says the car struck a pickup truck, killing 31-year-old driver Brian Nachazel of Cedar.
The teen driver has been released from a hospital, while a third passenger remains hospitalized. Sixteen-year-old Peyton Picard of Maple City was in fair condition at Munson.
The teens were Maple City-Glen Lake High School football team mates.
The crash remains under investigation.
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Police ID woman, 91, son, 66, who died in crash
HARTFORD, Mich. (AP) - State police have released the names of a 91-year-old woman and her 66-year-old son who died when an SUV hit their car in southwestern Michigan.
The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph says that state police report Robert Krugman of Watervliet was driving with Helen Krugman as a passenger when the head-on crash happened Thursday in Van Buren County's Hartford Township.
The site is about 15 miles east-northeast of St. Joseph.
State police aren't releasing the name of the 70-year-old Hartford man who was driving the SUV. He was taken to Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet for treatment.
An investigation is continuing.
Man dead after fire in Shiawassee County home
VERNON TOWNSHIP0, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say firefighters have found the body of an older man after a blaze in his Shiawassee County home.
Sheriff's Deputy Mark Schmidt tells the Argus Press of Owosso that the fire happened Saturday at a house in Vernon Township. It's about 15 miles west-southwest of Flint.
The man's name wasn't immediately reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Whoa, judge: Court scratches verdict in horse case
PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has thrown out a $15,000 verdict in a Huron County case that raised questions about why a horse suddenly galloped and threw the rider.
A judge had ruled that the niece of the owner of Knoblock Stables increased the speed of the horses, which led to injuries for Whitney Fox. But the appeals court came to a different conclusion last week after looking at the record.
The court says Judge Donald Teeple was mistaken. In a 3-0 decision, the court says Fox's own testimony shows she didn't know why the horses suddenly picked up speed while riding near Port Austin.
The court says that stable operator Donald Knoblock is eligible to recover certain legal costs after winning the appeal.
State, tribes to release sturgeon in September
NEW RICHMOND, Mich. (AP) - The public will have two opportunities in September to see juvenile lake sturgeon released into Michigan waterways in a continuing effort to build populations of the ancient Great Lakes species.
The state Department of Natural Resources and several partners have an event September 6th at New Richmond Bridge Country Park in Allegan County.
It features tours of the sturgeon rearing facility, food, music and a tribal ceremony before the young fish are released into the Kalamazoo River.
Juveniles were collected from the wild in May and reared in the facility until reaching 10 to 11 inches, a size that gives them a better chance to survive.
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians holds another sturgeon release celebration September 13th on the Big Manistee River.
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