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• Feb 26, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Former US Rep. William Broomfield of Michigan dies at 96

DETROIT (AP) — William Broomfield, a foreign-policy specialist from Michigan who was in Congress for nearly four decades, has died at age 96.

Broomfield's family released a statement Monday saying he died Feb. 20 in Kensington, Maryland, where he lived. No cause was disclosed.

Oakland County voters first elected Broomfield to the House in 1956. For 18 years, he was the senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Broomfield's family described him as a "fiscal conservative" who believed "democracy equaled freedom." His family says Broomfield's support was "unwavering" for Israel, Greece and South Korea.

Broomfield didn't seek re-election in 1992. The Royal Oak, Michigan, post office was named for him in 2001.

Memorial services will be held in Washington and Bloomfield Hills.

Broomfield's wife, Jane, died in 2013.

Car wash worker dies after pickup pins him against wall

TROY (AP) — Police said one employee was killed and another was injured at a suburban Detroit car wash when a pickup truck struck them.

Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the accident occurred Monday afternoon at a Jax Kar Wash as the vehicle was almost finished going through the wash. She said the truck was coming off tracks but still inside the car wash when the truck hit the employees, pinning one against a wall while the other bounced off the truck.

The employee who was pinned against the wall was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name wasn't immediately released.

Lehman said there's no indication of an equipment malfunction.

The car wash closed after the accident, which remains under investigation.

State court gives green light to lawsuit over adult foster death

EAU CLAIRE (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says a jury should decide whether an adult foster care facility contributed to the death of a 59-year-old man who was killed by a pickup truck.

Michael Wrenn was dressed in dark clothes and walking alone on M-140 on Christmas Eve 2014. Wrenn had a history of mental illness and had spent much of his life in assisted living centers.

His family says staff at the Eau Claire Adult Foster Care home should not have let him walk out on a cold, rainy afternoon. But the foster home says it was required to follow Wrenn's treatment plan and give him freedom of movement.

The appeals court last week said a Berrien County jury can decide whether the home breached the standard of care.

Man charged with murder in Detroit crash that killed wife

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been charged with second-degree murder in a fatal car crash that killed his 32-year-old wife.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Michael Blakeman, 35, is also charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death. The Waterford man was arraigned Monday.

Angelina Melnikova-Blakeman died at a hospital after the car she was riding in Friday struck utility poles and the rear of another vehicle on Detroit's west side. Authorities said Blakeman's vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash.

Blakeman, who also was hurt in the crash, faces a March 15 preliminary examination. Bond was set at $1 million.

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