Judge interviews experts in Detroit bankruptcy
DETROIT (AP) - A judge has concluded interviews with candidates seeking to serve as an expert adviser in the Detroit bankruptcy case.
Judge Steven Rhodes said he wants a set of fresh, experienced eyes to offer opinions as Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy this year. Former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch was among those questioned Friday by Rhodes in court.
Rhodes said during the proceedings that he expected to decide later Friday or by Monday, but a court spokesman said in a statement after the interviews that no timetable for a decision has been determined.
The 80-year-old Ravitch has had a long career in public service and has been outspoken about financial risks faced by states and local governments. He tells The Associated Press that many promises no longer are affordable.
DETROIT BANKRUPTCY-WITNESS LIST
Gilbert, Penske on Detroit bankruptcy witness list
DETROIT (AP) - The names of high-profile businessmen Dan Gilbert and Roger Penske are among those on a witness list for a court proceeding this summer on Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy.
The city on Friday released the list.
It has grown to 30 and also includes emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Mayor Mike Duggan.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will preside this summer over a proceeding on Detroit's plan to shed debt and restructure city operations and finances.
Schauer turns in signatures for Michigan governor
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Democrat Mark Schauer has made his Michigan gubernatorial campaign official by turning in about 27,000 signatures from all 83 counties to election officials.
The former state lawmaker was joined by supporters Friday afternoon at the secretary of state building in Lansing. He is the only Democratic candidate expected to file for the August primary.
Schauer says "people are angry" with budget cuts and tax increases approved by incumbent Republican Governor Rick Snyder. Schauer says voters will support him for governor "because they want fairness," opportunities and "an economy that works for everyone."
Snyder turned in 1,000 fewer petitions Thursday. Schauer told his supporters he's "confident" they will "make sure this is only the first time" he beats Snyder.
Officials probe potential threat on Delta flight
DENVER (AP) - Officials say a Delta Air Lines plane on a flight from Detroit to Denver reported an unspecified potential security threat and taxied to a remote area after landing safely at Denver International Airport.
FBI spokesman Dave Joley (JAH'-lee) said Friday the agency didn't believe the threat was credible but agents followed standard security procedures as a precaution.
All the passengers were released after they and their luggage were screened.
No details were disclosed about the potential threat or how it was reported.
Marshmallows fall from sky in Wayne County
TRENTON, Mich. (AP) - Thousands of marshmallows dropped from the sky in the Detroit area.
And there was no shortage of young people running to pick them up.
The annual Marshmallow Drop took place Friday at Wayne County parks in Trenton and Westland.
The marshmallows were dropped from a helicopter. Children collected the goodies and turned them in for prizes.
Children were divided into age groups to make sure everyone had a chance to participate.
Authorities: Muskegon River continues its retreat
EVART, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say they expect the Muskegon River's water levels to continue to drop.
The Grand Rapids Press says the river still remains within major flood stage, but that steady improvement through the weekend and into early next week makes it likely the level will go below the 12-foot flood stage by Tuesday.
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Hoving, "dry weather is definitely helping the cause."
Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday declared a state of disaster for Newaygo and Osceola counties.
A number of homes and roads were flooded in Evart and surrounding areas this week, forcing evacuations.
Osceola County emergency program director Mark Watkins tells The Detroit News some of the resulting problems include road closures, floating propane tanks and damaged utilities.
Defense lawyer amps up beating suspect's apology
DETROIT (AP) - The lawyer for a Detroit teen accused of triggering a mob's severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck says his client is "extremely remorseful."
The 16-year-old is scheduled for trial June 23rd in juvenile court on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and ethnic intimidation.
Fifty-four-year-old Steve Utash spent days in a coma and remains hospitalized after the April 2nd beating on Detroit's east side.
Four males ages 17 to 30 face attempted murder charges.
Attorney Solomon Radner said Friday that the 16-year-old "feels that he embarrassed himself and his hardworking, loving parents" and "prays for Mr. Utash every day."
Utash is white and the suspects are black. Radner says "race never was a factor" in the attack.
EXPRESSWAY CRASH-MURDER CHARGES
Murder charges for 2 in I-94 crash that killed 4
DETROIT (AP) - A woman and her boyfriend whose argument authorities say led to a high-speed chase and an expressway crash that killed four people in Detroit are charged with second-degree murder.
Police say 24-year-old JeQuis Mayes was speeding ahead of 28-year-old Erroll Milliner when Mayes' car flew off an embankment and crashed onto Interstate 94 and hit a pickup truck on Sept. 22nd, 2013. The crash killed Mayes' 20-year-old passenger, Dkeya Hodges of Eastpointe.
It also killed 52-year-old Angie Battle of Detroit, 66-year-old Rosie Glenn of Las Vegas and 71-year-old Jimmie Barnett of Farmington. They were members of the Outcast Motorcycle Club who'd just attended a wedding on Belle Isle.
Mayes and Milliner were arraigned Friday in Romulus District Court. WDIV-TV reports they requested court-appointed lawyers.
GUN IN SCHOOL-WARREN
Warren police say student brought gun to school
WARREN, Mich. (AP) - Warren police say an unloaded .22-caliber pistol and six bullets were found in the backpack of a 15-year-old student at his high school.
Detective Gregory Booton tells the Detroit Free Press the teen was being held on a $50,000 bond after a hearing Friday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a weapon in a weapon-free school zone and possession of marijuana.
The boy was not named because he is a juvenile. His next court date is April 24th.
Authorities tell The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens that the gun in the backpack was found wrapped in a white bandana. Three small bags of marijuana were found on the boy during a search at the police station.
According to Booton, the boy was expelled from Woods Tower High School.
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER-FATAL CRASH
Police ID woman killed in crash with firefighter
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities have identified a 51-year-old woman killed when she turned into the path of a western Michigan volunteer firefighter responding to a head-on crash.
The Kalamazoo Gazette says the fatal crash happened about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Kalamazoo County's Comstock Township. It says that township resident Audrey Kurka was making a U-turn to avoid a northbound traffic backup created by the initial wreck.
Sheriff Richard Fuller says the firefighter was traveling north with lights and sirens on at the time.
The firefighter refused medical attention.
Two motorists involved in the initial head-crash had minor injuries.
GAS STATION-FATAL ASSAULT
Detroit man dies after being run over twice by car
DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say a 24-year-old Detroit man ran over another man twice in a car and left him for dead after a fight at a gas station.
Authorities said Friday that Napoleon Turner the Third is charged with first-degree murder in the April 5 death of 39-year-old Eric Miles of Detroit.
Wayne County prosecutors say Turner knocked Miles down and ran over him while he lay motionless on the ground. They say Turner then backed up the car, pulled forward and struck Miles again before driving away.
It wasn't immediately clear if Turner had an attorney.
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