no avatar

State Briefs

By The Associated Press • Jan 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM

3 from Michigan charged with planning to aid Islamic State

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Federal prosecutors said three Michigan residents have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

FBI agents arrested Muse Abdikadir Muse, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse and Mohamed Salat Haji on Monday, and prosecutors charged the Lansing residents in a complaint filed Tuesday.

Prosecutors said all three defendants are naturalized U.S. citizens who were born in Kenya. It wasn't immediately clear if Muse Abdikadir Muse and Mohamud Abdikadir Muse are related.

An affidavit says Muse Muse purchased airline tickets earlier this month to travel from Grand Rapids to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, and that Haji and Mohamud Muse aided in the purchase of the tickets and drove Muse Muse to Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

Principal arrested on sex assault, accosting minor charges

KINGSLEY (AP) — A middle school principal in Northern Michigan has been arrested on sex assault and other charges following allegations involving young boys.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported that Karl Hartman, 54, was charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct, accosting a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Hartman has submitted his retirement letter as principal at Kingsley Middle School, south of Traverse City.

One boy told investigators Hartman groped him when he spent the night at the principal's home. Another boy said Hartman rubbed his buttocks and stomach in the principal's office. A third boy said Hartman gave him and another boy alcohol and told them to show him their genitals.

The newspaper report does not say when the alleged abuse occurred.

2 people die in extreme cold in West Michigan

LUDINGTON (AP) — Authorities said two people have died in separate incidents after being exposed to extreme cold in West Michigan.

The Mason County Sheriff's Office said a 77-year-old Ludington woman was found in the snow at about 9 a.m. Monday after she apparently fell while walking to her car. Investigators believe the woman fell at around 7 p.m. Sunday. She died after being taken to a hospital.

Police in Van Buren County said a 22-year-old man from Wimauma, Florida, was found dead in a car that became stuck in a field. Another 22-year-old man from Wimauma was found unresponsive with the other man Monday morning and was hospitalized in critical condition, the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office said. 

The victims' names were not immediately released.

Temperatures Monday morning were below zero.

Michigan drops suits challenging environmental regulations

LANSING (AP) — Michigan's new Democratic attorney general is pulling the state out of four environmental lawsuits that her Republican predecessor supported.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said she's filed motions to rescind Michigan's involvement with the suits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Former Attorney General Bill Schuette had made Michigan a participant in the cases, along with some other states.

Two of the suits challenge the Clean Power Plan, which the Obama administration proposed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The others seek to invalidate EPA policies dealing with the plants' emissions of mercury and other hazardous and toxic substances and emissions of methane from oil and gas operations.

Nessel said that, under her watch, Michigan won't support efforts to undermine what she calls "reasonable regulations" intended to protect the environment.

Police wound, capture suspect in officer's shooting

KOCHVILLE TWP. (AP) — A man being sought following the shooting of a mid-Michigan police officer has been wounded during a shootout with other officers.

State police Lt. David Kaiser said the 29-year-old suspect is in custody at a hospital.

State police said the man was in a vehicle at about 1 p.m. Tuesday in Shiawassee County when he shot at officers who returned fire. No officers were struck.

Saginaw Township officer Jeff Koenig was shot in the face and shoulder at about 2 a.m. Tuesday as he approached a stolen pickup he stopped in Saginaw County's Kochville Township. Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl said Koenig, a 16-year department veteran, radioed for help after the shooting and was in stable condition.

Manslaughter charges tossed in suburban Detroit jail death

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges against a former suburban Detroit police officer and two paramedics in connection with the death of a man in jail.

The judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors presented insufficient evidence that the actions of former Westland police Sgt. Ronald Buckley and Westland paramedics Matt Dicosola and Leah Maynard caused the December 2017 death of 35-year-old William Marshall.

The three of them still face misconduct in office charges.

Buckley was fired in October 2018, three days after being charged with Dicosola and Maynard.

Marshall was arrested by Westland police for drug possession. Authorities said he repeatedly had convulsions in the police lockup but wasn't given medical treatment. He died of cocaine toxicity.

Recommended for You

    Grand Haven Tribune Videos