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By The Associated Press • Mar 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Trump seeks $75.3M for work on new Great Lakes shipping lock

SAULT STE. MARIE (AP) — President Donald Trump's newly released budget calls for spending $75.3 million toward construction of a new Great Lakes shipping lock in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Soo Locks on the St. Marys River raise and lower vessels between lakes Superior and Huron. Only one lock is large enough to accommodate the biggest freighters that haul iron ore and other bulk cargo.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a second full-size lock for the complex at Sault Ste. Marie. It would cost about $1 billion.

Officials say the proposed 2020 funding would pay to begin construction of upstream approach walls, continue design of the lock chamber and finish upstream channel deepening. Lt. Col. Greg Turner of the corps said it would keep the project on track for completion in 7-10 years.

Man killed after trying to 'ambush' police in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO (AP) — A man who "wanted to ambush" police was killed Tuesday inside a plasma donation center in southwestern Michigan during a shootout that injured an officer, authorities said.

A Kalamazoo officer was shot in the torso, but his injury wasn't life-threatening due to a bulletproof vest, said Karianne Thomas, the city's public safety chief.

Another officer fired multiple shots and killed the suspect, Thomas said. The dead man's name wasn't immediately released.

Lisa Walterhouse, an employee at the downtown plasma center, said police responded after the man entered the building and fired shots. She said he urged staff to call 911.

He "wanted to ambush officers. ... The suspect was waiting by the door for officers to arrive," Thomas said. "They encountered gunfire and returned gunfire."

No other injuries were reported.

Thomas said the officer who repeatedly shot the suspect has been with the department for less than a year.

Police officers justified in Clare man's fatal shooting, prosecutor says

HARRISON (AP) — A prosecutor said three central Michigan sheriff's deputies were legally justified in the fatal shooting of an armed man who disregarded orders to drop his weapon.

Clare County Prosecutor Michelle J. Ambrozaitis said Tuesday she has reviewed investigative reports related to the Nov. 21, 2018, fatal shooting of 42-year-old Robert W. Reid III and decided the three officers involved acted lawfully.

Ambrozaitis said in a 16-page statement that the Clare County Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a domestic disturbance saw Reid walk toward the residence holding a semiautomatic rifle and repeatedly yelled for him to drop the gun. MLive reported that when it became clear Reid wasn't going to stop, Sgt. Aaron Miller, Deputy Steven Sentz and Deputy Ryan Weakman fired on him.

Man killed in auger accident at West Michigan farm

MONTCALM TWP. (AP) — Authorities said a man drilling holes in the ground at a Montcalm County farm died after his clothes were caught in a powerful auger.

The accident occurred Monday night in Montcalm Township, 40 miles northeast of Grand Rapids. Jacob Fruchey, 42, died at the scene.

Investigators said Fruchey was drilling holes in the ground near a sheep barn to relieve flooding from melting snow. His wife found him at around 7 p.m.

Police officer shoots, wounds man who pulled gun at store

ROSEVILLE (AP) — Roseville police said an officer shot and wounded a man in a gunfight outside a suburban Detroit home improvement store.

The officer was called to The Home Depot store after Victor Oliver, 22, allegedly pulled a gun inside the store. Police said he raised his gun at the officer outside and was shot in a leg and his right arm.

Oliver remained hospitalized Tuesday. No one else was injured.

Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith charged Oliver with assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon said Oliver tried to flee on foot and he was tackled by police.

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