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Police: Domestic incident led to sister's killing

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Dearborn's police chief says a "domestic violence incident that escalated" apparently led a 23-year-old man to stab and kill his 30-year-old sister in the Detroit suburb.

Haron R. Elmawri was arraigned Monday on first-degree murder and torture charges in the death Saturday of Asyh Elmawri. District Judge Sam Salamey ordered him jailed on a $1 million bond and scheduled a probable cause hearing Aug. 8.

The court says Haron Elmawri is awaiting appointment of a defense lawyer.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office says Asyh Elmawri died from a combination of strangulation and multiple stab wounds.

Police Chief Ronald Haddad hasn't disclosed a motive for the killing and says facts around it remain under investigation. He says his department's "hearts go out to the family of the victim."


Drug trafficking suspect to be extradited to Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor says a former Detroit police officer accused of leading a drug ring has waived extradition and will be sent from Georgia to Ohio in the next few days.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn in southeast Ohio says Brandon Allen of Detroit was arrested at the Atlanta airport last week on suspicion of trying to leave the country.

Blackburn said Monday that Allen is accused of orchestrating a $3 million drug ring selling illegal prescription painkillers in southeastern Ohio.

The prosecutor says the investigation into Allen followed the arrest of eight people in May for their alleged involvement in a drug pipeline running from Athens through Columbus to Detroit.

A grand jury indicted Allen on multiple drug trafficking charges Friday. A message was left with his attorney.


$11,000 reward for Dearborn's serial bank robber

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Police in Dearborn have announced an $11,000 reward for help in catching a man they say has robbed three banks in the Detroit suburb.

Chief Ronald Haddad said Monday that the man robbed a Charter One branch on May 31, a Comerica Bank branch on June 20 and a Chase Bank branch on July 16. The chief says the robber then fled in a waiting vehicle.

Police have released photos of the suspect and say the reward is for tips that lead to his arrest and conviction.

Haddad describes the suspect as a black man who's about 30 years old, 6-foot to 6-foot-2 and about 180 pounds.

The chief says the man often wears a baseball hat and sun glasses.


Jurors get case of Eastern Michigan player slaying

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A jury is considering the fate of a man charged with murder in the robbery and shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

The prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases Monday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Twenty-one-year-old Ed Thomas of Detroit faces open murder and robbery charges in the Oct. 18 death of Reed, a 20-year-old from Chicago.

In closing arguments Monday, Assistant Prosecutor Nimish Ganatra said that Thomas is just as guilty as the shooter. Twenty-year-old Kristopher Pratt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Pratt admits pulling the trigger and has testified against Thomas. Ganatra says Thomas handed Pratt the gun.

Thomas's lawyer Lorne Brown says Pratt lied to get a plea deal and says Thomas was just hanging out with Pratt the night of the killing.


Michigan lawmaker's mom supports primary opponent

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan state Rep. Wayne Schmidt has picked up support from an unlikely source in a closely watched battle for an open Senate seat in northern Michigan: his opponent's mom.

Schmidt is facing an Aug. 5 primary challenge from fellow Republican Rep. Greg MacMaster in the 37th District.

MacMaster's mother Michele tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that Schmidt is "the better candidate," citing his background and community activities.

Greg MacMaster says he hasn't spoken to his mom in 21 years and says she left him to live with his alcoholic father as a boy. Once his dad died, he lived with his mother and stepfather. He also says it's "unfortunate some people choose to take politics to a personal level."

Michele MacMaster declined to discuss her relationship with her son.


Construction begins on Detroit light rail project

DETROIT (AP) - Construction is starting on a long-awaited commuter light rail project linking downtown Detroit to the city's New Center area.

Woodward Avenue from Adams Street south to Campus Martius will be closed about 120 days for M-1 Rail work. The roadway was shut Monday.

Crews will remove concrete, install rail tracks, perform drainage work, and do repaving and utility relocation. Work typically will be done between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Sidewalks will remain open.

The 3.3 mile, $140-million streetcar project is scheduled for completion in late 2016. It will have 16 curbside and four median passenger stations. It is expected to spur economic and job growth along the Woodward Corridor.

The federal government has committed $25 million. Other funding comes from foundations and businesses.

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