Wednesday State News Summary
Wed, 29 Dec 2021 10:10:19 EST

Munson Healthcare, based in Traverse City, is bracing for a spike in Covid-19 cases after the holidays. In a news conference, Munson Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christine Nefcy, says the seven day average is quite high at 26 percent, so for the state it looks like the cases are rising and our likely to go up fairly quickly. She says even at our low number, they are still sitting around the peak of what they saw in the previous two surges. She says they're not clear what the impact of having both influenza and COVID or having both circulating widely in the community will have in their health care system, but most predict it would not be a good situation.

A 28-year-old Holland man is facing murder charges in the death of a 25-year-old woman found dead in her Holland home Sunday night. Police ruled the death a homicide after two days of investigating. The man, who was well known to the victim, has been arrested.

Photos of a mysterious bright blue mineral discovered in a historic Michigan copper mine have people scratching their heads on what it possibly could be. The mystery substance was captured on rock walls of the Adventure Mine in Greenland Township just south of Lake Superior. Mine officials say the bright blue material so far, HAS NOT been positively identified, but it is believed to be a secondary mineral caused by a reaction with air and water. 11-MILLION pounds of native copper was taken from the mine which operated from 18-50 until 19-20.

Following the approval of 3-NEW legislative district maps by the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, Congressman Peter Meijer says he will run for re-election in the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District. The Republican says the new district which includes his hometown of Grand Rapids, also represents many Kent County communities, and now adds the Grand River and Lakeshore communities, who share interests in clean water and conservation. Rep. Elissa Slotkin says she will also run for re-election in the new 7th district, which contains most of the constituents she currently serves.

City officials in Gibralter say because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Municipal building will be closed until the 4th of January. The city administrator says he and the Mayor agreed the closure is the best course of action to help ensure the safety of residents and employees. City employees will still be available to answer questions by phone during normal business hours. Police officials sent a NIXLE alert on Tuesday afternoon notifying residents of the temporary closure. A notice was also posted on the city website and Facebook page at around the same time.

Grand Rapids Police are investigating after three people were shot at in a Meijer parking lot yesterday afternoon on 28th Street. Police say up to 15 shots were fired, but it's not known if anyone was injured. Police say a vehicle pulled into the parking lot and someone fired at three people who were standing in the lot and then drove off. Those who were shot at left in their vehicle. Police say another vehicle was hit by bullets.
Several lawmakers re-iterated pleas for the release of Novi resident Paul Whelan (Whee-lan) on Tuesday. The 28th marked 3-YEARS since he was locked up in a Russian prison, following an arrest for spying charges. His brother David released a statement, saying it's not just the injustice of Russian hostage diplomacy, but missing Christmases and birthdays and family time. He also says Paul has lost everything he'd known. Davis also says his brother's freedom and life were stolen by the Federal Security services.

There's a critical need for all types of blood in the Upper Peninsula. The U.P. Regional Blood Center supplies blood for 13 hospitals. There are collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, and Escanaba.

Congressman Peter Meijer plans to run for re-election in the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District. Meijer, a Republican, says the new third Congressional District , including his hometown of Grand Rapids, represents many Kent County communities in their district while also adding Grand River and lakeshore communities with shared interests in clean water and conservation. Meijer says he's running for reelection to represent these amazing West Michigan communities in Congress.

The B.O.B. and other businesses in the nightlife location in Grand Rapids will close by January first. WOOD TV reports the B.O.B. is closed this week and will not hold a New Year's Eve party, according to a Facebook post. MiBiz reports sales are pending for the B.O.B. and the GLC Live at 20 Monroe.

After much debate and scrutiny, the Michigan Redistricting Commission has approved new legislative maps for the next decade. In a vote Tuesday afternoon, eight of 13 members of the panel created by a voter-approved constitutional amendment voted for the 13-district plan. Michigan lost a house seat in the 2020 census. Republicans Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga, and Peter Meijer could compete for two districts on the west side of the state if they all run. Rep. Debbie Dingell says she will move from her longtime home in Dearborn to run in one of the new districts. Democrats Haley Stevens and Andy Levin say they will face off in the new 11th District in Metro Detroit leaving the 10th District open. Groups on both sides of the political aisle have threatened lawsuits over the new maps. The new state Senate and House maps were also approved. Commissioners say they don't expect everyone to be happy, but they did the best in the time they had.

A man wanted for shooting his wife and her daughter on Christmas Day has died after a confrontation with police. Police Chief James White says the suspect, identified as Dwayne McDonald, had a gun and he was shot at an apartment in Detroit Tuesday afternoon. Police had been looking for McDonald since Saturday afternoon when a mother and her 13-year old handicapped daughter were found shot to death in a home. Michigan State Police have been called in to investigate.

There will be explosions today in Grand Rapids. The police department is planning to conduct controlled detonations as the bomb squad disposes of explosives and other hazardous materials. The Grand Rapids Police Department says intermittent detonations will be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today at the city's Compost and Yard Waste Site. The department said the explosives and other materials being destroyed were seized during investigations or are expiring.

Check your refrigerators! Dole is announcing a voluntary recall of packaged salads due to listeria concerns's. The products has been sold in dozens of states-- including Michigan. Products subject to the voluntary recall are identified by a product lot code beginning with the either the letter N or Y and will have a Best if Used By date between November 30, 2021, and January 8, 2022. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause fever, upset stomach, and in extremely rare cases-- death. It's also associated with stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women. No deaths or illnesses have been associated with the recall. The listeria was discovered during random testing at Dole facilities in North Carolina and Arizona.

Lottery fever starting to hit Michigan as the Powerball jackpot has grown to 441 million dollars. Tonight's drawing is at 11 o'clock. Powerball officials say the jackpot was last hit in California in early October. That ticket was worth 699.8 million dollars. Since then, there have been 36 drawings in a row without a jackpot winner.

A police chase involving a stolen school bus in Monroe County. The Sheriff's Department says a 52-year old Ypsilanti man is accused of stealing the St. Mary's Catholic Central School bus Tuesday morning. A deputy spotted the bus a short time later, but the driver wouldn't stop. The chase lasted for several miles before deputies were able to surround the bus with their cars. The driver then locked the door before deputies forced their way in and took the driver into custody. Investigators say it appears he was drunk. Charges are pending. There were no injuries


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