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By The Associated Press • Feb 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Man dies trying to get daughter's dead cat out of roadway

MERRILL (AP) — A mid-Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter's dead cat from a roadway before she saw it.

The Saginaw County Sheriff's Office said 50-year-old Andrew Rosas of Merrill was struck before sunrise Tuesday by a car driven by a woman who was on her way to work and apparently didn't see him. Investigators said Rosas was wearing dark clothing.

His wife, Jennifer, saw the crash. She told WNEM-TV that her husband went into the roadway with a shovel to remove the cat and held up the shovel to try to get the driver's attention.

Jennifer Rosas said her husband had "a big heart" and would "help anybody."

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash. The case will be reviewed by prosecutors.

Detroit-area official convicted of corruption gets 17 years

PORT HURON (AP) — A suburban Detroit official convicted of corruption for taking bribes has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Dean Reynolds, a former trustee in Macomb County's Clinton Township, was also ordered to pay $15,000 in fines during his sentencing Wednesday on four counts of bribery conspiracy and 10 counts of accepting bribes in connection with millions of dollars in township garbage, towing and engineering contracts

It took jurors only about an hour last June to convict Reynolds in Port Huron federal court. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said evidence shows Reynolds demanded and took more than $150,000 in bribes in separate bribery conspiracies involving four different government contracts.

Reynolds, 51, is the only person who has stood trial in a wide-ranging corruption scandal. His was the 17th conviction.

Former Michigan congressman Dingell reportedly in hospice care

DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly but told The Associated Press about the 92-year-old Dingell's condition.

Dingell posted on Twitter Wednesday evening, telling his followers, "I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers. You're not done with me just yet."

His wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, tweeted Wednesday morning that she was with him at their home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

"Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up," tweeted Debbie Dingell, who successfully ran for her husband's Michigan seat in 2014. "I am home with John and we have entered a new phase. He is my love and we have been a team for nearly 40 years."

John Dingell announced in early 2014 that he would not run for a 30th full term because he could not have lived up to his own standards.

Washtenaw County probation officer avoids jail time for lying

ANN ARBOR (AP) — A Washtenaw County probation officer who was accused of lying to investigators about the shooting death of a 20-year-old man in Ypsilanti has avoided jail time in the case.

The Ann Arbor News reported that Sarah Stein, 40, was sentenced Tuesday to one and a half years of probation. She quit her job in December 2018 before she pleaded guilty to a felony count of lying to a peace officer and a misdemeanor count of lying to a peace officer.

Stein's former job involved enforcing probation sentences. She apologized, telling the court she was "embarrassed and ashamed of my behavior."

Stein was charged after an investigation revealed that she'd lied about a former juvenile probationer who is now in prison for the 2015 gang-related slaying of 20-year-old Keandre Duff.

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