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By The Associated Press • Jan 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Michigan man among 2 soldiers killed in training crash

OTERO COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two soldiers from Texas' Fort Bliss who died when two military training vehicles crashed in southern New Mexico.

Officials at the Army base in El Paso said 24-year-old Cpl. Cole Trevor Wixom and 21-year-old Pfc. Jamie R. Riley were fatally injured in Tuesday night's collision between two Stryker vehicles at New Mexico's McGregor Range.

They said seven other soldiers still are being treated for their injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Fort Bliss officials said Wixom was from Bloomingdale, Michigan, and served as an infantryman. He joined the Army in 2016.

Officials said Riley served as a cavalry scout and was from Fair Haven, New Jersey. He enlisted in January 2018.

Judge orders 30-month prison term for corrupt city manager

TROY (AP) — A man who ran local government in Oakland County's largest city has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for corruption.

Prosecutors said Brian Kischnick treated the pockets of contractors "as his own" when he was Troy city manager as he sought bribes, meals, booze and housing. It added up to more than $50,000.

Kischnick told a judge on Thursday that he had led a "morally bankrupt life." He apologized for choosing a "dark and unhealthy path."

The 30-month sentence ordered by Judge Nancy Edmunds was less than what prosecutors recommended.

Kischnick's attorney said his judgment was clouded by alcohol and prescription drugs. Anjali Prasad said Kischnick wasn't "some mastermind in a pay-for-play scheme."

But prosecutor Dawn Ison said Kischnick never intended to serve Troy with honor.

Woman sentenced in death of infant in hot West Michigan home

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A 23-year-old Grand Rapids-area woman charged in the death of her 6-month-old son who was left in a car seat in a sweltering home will serve at least 20 years in prison.

Lovily Johnson of Wyoming was sentenced Thursday in Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids. She pleaded guilty in November 2018 to second-degree murder.

Police have said Noah Johnson was ignored for parts of three days in 2017 in an attic bedroom that was 90 degrees.

Johnson's attorney has said she was overwhelmed by being a young mother and caring for other children.

West Michigan teen charged in death of 3-month-old son

WINFIELD TWP. (AP) — A West Michigan teenager has been charged with killing her 3-month-old son.

The Daily News of Greenville reported Wednesday that Mistie Moyer, 17, of Montcalm County's Winfield Township was arraigned Jan. 11 on charges of murder and child abuse. Authorities said Fred LeRoy Wallace III died Nov. 19, 2018, while in Moyer's care.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and found older injuries, including a broken arm and ribs.

Defense attorney Randy Norton said he doesn't comment on pending court cases.

Winfield Township is roughly 30 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

State House leader pays fine to close case of gun at airport

PELLSTON (AP) — The leader of the Michigan House said he paid a fine of about $2,000 for possessing a loaded handgun at a northern Michigan airport last summer.

House Speaker Lee Chatfield of Emmet County said he got a 50 percent discount last week under a federal policy that gives a break to people if they pay within 30 days.

Chatfield had a gun in a bag that also contained a laptop computer. He said he forgot about the gun when he was at Pellston Regional Airport last July.

Chatfield said he earlier paid a $250 fine because the gun wasn't registered. The Republican lawmaker told the The Detroit News it was an "expensive mistake."

Detroit man sentenced in daughter's crash-related death

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man whose 7-year-old daughter was struck and killed when she went for help after he crashed a stolen van has been sentenced.

A Wayne County Circuit Court judge on Thursday ordered Wilburt Dion Thomas, 48, to serve four and a half to 15 years in prison.

Thomas crashed July 15, 2018, into an abandoned vehicle along I-94 in Romulus, southwest of Detroit. DeSandra Thomas was struck and killed by another vehicle as she left the van to seek help.

Thomas pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter, second-degree child abuse and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with an occupant younger than 16.

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