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

Caregiver who triggered Amber Alert for child enters plea

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A caregiver who triggered an Amber Alert after authorities say she took a 1-year-old child to another city without permission is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in the case.

Iyesha Gibbs, 20, is scheduled to be given her punishment April 4 after entering the plea this week to a charge of kidnapping-child enticement in Kent County Circuit Court. As part of a plea agreement, Gibbs' sentence will include a one-year cap on jail or prison time.

Authorities said Gibbs was babysitting Aug. 1, 2018, in Grand Rapids and didn't respond when the child's mother tried to contact her. The mother called police and an Amber Alert was issued the next morning.

Gibbs was tracked to Benton Harbor, where she was taken into custody and the child was found safe.

4 cattle in trailer die in crash on Michigan freeway

LAWRENCE TWP. (AP) — Authorities said four cattle died when the trailer hauling them crashed in icy and snowy conditions in southwestern Michigan.

Michigan State Police said the semi-truck was hauling more than 30 cattle early Wednesday when it flipped on I-94 in Van Buren County's Lawrence Township.

Two people in the vehicle weren't injured. The crash scene took several hours to clear.

Investigators said the cause isn't known, but the area was experiencing white-out conditions at the time.

A 30-vehicle pileup on I-94 in Van Buren County on Tuesday morning claimed the life of a Kalamazoo County resident.

Woman linked to child pornography ring enters sex case plea

BATTLE CREEK (AP) — A woman who authorities say was involved in a child pornography ring has pleaded no contest in a sexual assault case involving an infant girl.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported Talia Furman, 33, of Springfield entered the plea Tuesday to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is scheduled for sentencing April 29 in Calhoun County Circuit Court. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing.

Furman appeared with her attorney, Justin McCarthy, to enter the plea.

Furman and her boyfriend — Matthew Toole, 32, of Battle Creek — were arrested last year on charges including sexual assault. He earlier pleaded no contest and is awaiting sentencing this month.

Furman and Toole are also among several people charged with conspiring to kidnap and kill a child in Branch County.

Man arraigned in presumed death of missing Michigan woman

FARMINGTON HILLS (AP) — A man serving time for sexually assaulting a woman in a suburban Detroit park has been arraigned in the disappearance and presumed death of another woman whose body hasn't been found.

Floyd Galloway Jr. appeared via a video feed at the hearing Wednesday in Farmington Hills District Court, where the judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Galloway, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Danielle Stislicki, a Farmington Hills woman who was last seen leaving work in December 2016. Authorities said Galloway was a security guard at the Southfield office building where she worked.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday there was enough "compelling" evidence to charge Galloway with murder.

Galloway was convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Livonia woman and was sentenced in 2017 to 16-35 years in prison.

Man sentenced in go-kart crash that killed daughter, 4

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man has been sentenced to at least three years in prison for a go-kart crash that killed his 4-year-old daughter.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Ollante Young, 30, was sentenced Wednesday to 3-10 years behind bars.

Police said Autumn Young and her 5-year-old sister were riding in the go-kart when it crashed into a parked car last August on the city's northwest side. The older girl was injured.

The go-kart had one seat and no headlights or seat belts.

Young was charged with child abuse and operating a motor vehicle under the influence. Court records say a charge of reckless driving causing death was dismissed.

Advocates seek more funding for Great Lakes water quality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality.

More than 100 representatives of organizations in the region are in Washington, D.C., this week for an annual gathering in support of funding for Great Lakes priorities such as toxic pollution cleanups and fighting invasive species.

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition organized the trip. Policy Director Chad Lord said a high priority this year is boosting federal investment in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

The coalition wants at least $8.6 billion for the purpose, which is three times the current spending level.

It's also seeking $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and $3.8 million for work at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Illinois to block invasive Asian carp.

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