Monday State News Summary
Mon, 15 Nov 2021 07:27:09 EST


4 KILLED IN PLANE CRASH
The victims of a deadly plane crash on Michigan's Beaver Island include a real estate
agent and a couple who were planning to open a winery and vineyard there.The plane
crashed Saturday afternoon west of Mackinaw City, killing four of five people on board.
Lt. William Church of the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office has identified three of the
deceased as Kate Leese and Adam Kendall of Beaver Island and Mike Perdue, a
Gaylord real estate agent. He says Perdue's 11-year-old daughter was injured in the
crash. Leese and and Kendall had moved to Beaver Island to open a winery.
Authorities haven't identified the pilot, who was also killed.


MSU TO ADD HUNDREDS OF CAMERAS
Michigan State University is planning to add 300 security cameras throughout the East
Lansing campus even while admitting a camera where 18-year old Brendan Santo
disappeared wasn't working. In a letter to student and faculty, President Samuel
Stanley says the investigation to bring Santo home remains open and ongoing. Santo
was last seen leaving Yakeley Hall and heading for the Brody Neighborhood the night
before the Michigan-Michigan State game. Stanley says the case has led to more
conversations about security cameras, so he's directed MSU Police and Public Safety
to order and install more than 300 new cameras throughout our campus. The cameras
should arrive on campus in about a week and crews will begin installing them
immediately.


GIRL RESCUED AFTER ALLEGED KIDNAPPING
An Ohio child has been found--after police said she was abducted by a Western
Michigan man. Police said 5-year-old Ana Burke was abducted from a Canton, Ohio
Goodwill Store on Thursday evening in a 1991 Silver Ford Aerostar van with a
Michigan license plate. An Amber Alert was issued.The suspect--Jonathan Stinnett of
Kalamazoo--has no relationship to the girl. The two of them were found in Illinois on
Friday night and the alert canceled. Stinnett is in custody, facing a long list of charges
including kidnapping. Doctors are checking out the little girl--but so far, they say she
seems physically unharmed.


LATEST COVID NUMBERS
Nearly 16-thousand COVID-19 cases were reported in a two-day period of Thursday
and Friday. 40 NEW deaths were attributed to the virus in that period, and about 43
from a review of vital records. More than 27-HUNDRED people are hospitalized across
the state with a confirmed case of the virus. Henry Ford Health System said that 70%
of the 218 COVID patients in ITS hospitals are unvaccinated.


FLINT CEMETERY DISPUTE
A woman in Flint is suing a local cemetery after her son was already buried in the
ground before she arrived to his funeral. Vernisha Key is suing the owner of Flint
Memorial Park for claims of intentional emotional distress after the funeral of her son
Desmond Savage Jr. Key arrived 15 minutes late from the scheduled time of the
gravesite service, and by then, the casket had been lowered into the ground and
covered with dirt. An uncle was present at the time, but said he didn't know if any of
the other family members would attend. But Vernisha Key has failed to persuade the
Michigan appeals court to reinstate her claims of intentional emotional distress. The
appeal court says the incident is "worthy of sympathy" but not extreme enough to
support an emotional distress claim. Her son was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2016.


ALLEGED RACISM IN SALINE SCHOOLS
Saline Area Schools is investigating an incident involving a middle school student who
distributed n-word passes to other students. According to Superintendent Steve
Laatsch, the student distributing the cards was identified last week.The student will face
discipline for distributing the passes. They were intended to give students the
impression they wouldnt face consequences for saying the "n-word" around school.
The school district also is making an educational video that will be shared with students.


FENSTER FREED
American journalist Denny Fenster, from Detroit, has been released from prison in
Myanmar. That's according to former U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Bill Richardson , who
says in a statement that Fenster had been released from prison and handed over to
him in Myanmar and would be soon on his way home via Qatar. Richardson says
quote-"This is the day that you hope will come when you do this work, . He says they
are so grateful that Danny will finally be able to reconnect with his loved ones, who
have been advocating for him all this time, against immense odds. Fenster, the
managing editor of the online magazine Frontier Myanmar, was convicted Friday of
spreading false or inflammatory information, contacting illegal organizations and
violating visa regulations and sentenced to 11 years hard labor.


BATTLE CREEK SHOOTING
An 18-year-old man is in the hospital after being shot in Battle Creek last night. Police
say he was shot in the head and is reportedly in stable condition at Bronson Methodist
Hospital. A car sped off when police arrived and a chase ensued before the driver lost
control and rolled into a ditch. The four in the vehicle were arrested. Police are
investigating if the two incidents are related.


GAS PRICES
Gas prices across the state dropped 3-CENTS from last week, but the average still 8-
CENTS more than this time last month.
Triple-A says motorists are paying an average of 51-DOLLARS for a full 15-GALLON
tank of regular unleaded.
Michigan drivers are paying around 3-DOLLARS and 40-CENTS per gallon.
Detroit, Flint and Traverse City have the least expensive prices, while Saginaw,
Marquette and Lansing are paying the most.


DON'T VEER FOR DEER
Don't Veer for Deer, that's the message this morning from Triple-A as the fire-arm deer
hunting season begins today.
Deer frequently travel in groups. If you see one deer cross the road, chances are there
are more nearby.
Nearly 600-THOUSAND hunters are heading out and more than 43-PERCENT of
vehicle-deer crashes occur in the fall.
14-HUNDRED people were injured last year from deer versus vehicle collisions and 5-
PEOPLE were killed.


HOSPITAL RATINGS
How would you rate your hospital? Some of the hospitals that received an "A" grade
from the Leapfrog Group include: Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo, Ascension
Providence in Novi and Southfield, Beaumont in Troy, Dearborn, Farmington Hills and
Trenton. Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo also got an "A" rating along with
Spectrum Health in Lansing, Ludington, Greenville and Zeeland, and University of
Michigan Health in Ann Arbor.


KIDNAPPING
Michigan State Police in Gaylord have been asked to help police in Tennessee and
Kentucky find two kidnap victims....16-year-old Amber Clare and three-year-old Noah
Clare. Police say they were abducted by a family member, 32-year-old Jacob Clare, of
Beaver Dam, Kentucky and may be enroute or in northern Michigan near Harbor
Springs. Clare is believed to be driving a silver Subaru Outback with Tennessee
license plates. Anyone who sees them should call police.


DEER SEASON
Firearm deer season kicks off today across Michigan . The DNR says overall,
conditions look excellent for the season and deer hunters can expect hunting to be as
good or better than last year. Some 500-thousand are expected to try and bag a buck
between now and the end of the month.


ALPENA COUNTY TEACHER
In Alpena County, a former special education teacher for Alpena Public Schools will
spend the next nine months in jail for accosting a child for immoral purposes. A jury
found 41-year-old Hather Winfield guilty. She was acquitted of five more serious
charges of sexually assaulting the young male student, who was between 11 and 13
when the crimes allegedly occurred between 2016 and 2018.


BEST WORST DRIVING STATES
Bankrate.com has ranked the best and worst states for driving. The web-site looked at
cost, safety, driving quality and weather.
Michigan ranks 42nd overall out of 50 states based on the factors determined by the
companies' insurance team. When it comes to weather the mitten state is 46th, for
safety the state is 20th and for cost, 44th.
California is listed as the worst state for drivers, and the best?
Ohio, the buck-eye state is the cheapest for drivers and most residents wear seat-belts.


WORKFLEX
Would you like to have more flexibility in your work schedule? Robert Half Staffing
district director Tricia Plovie (Plo-Vee) says more companies are offering it now --
Plovie says it's a good move to help retain employees, but she says 72-percent of
employees say they need eight hours a day to get their work done. She says
companies should consider spreading out the workload or bringing in extra staff to
avoid worker burnout.


RONNIE WOOD VISITS MOTOWN MUSEUM
It's a surprise visit to the Motown Museum by a member of the Rolling Stones --
On Sunday, just ahead of their show at Ford Field, Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood and
his wife, Sally, toured the original headquarters of Motown Records.
Tonight, the Rolling Stones take the stage at 7:30


   

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