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Pokagon Band building new tribal village in Michigan

Aug 26, 2015

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is building a new tribal village in southwestern Michigan.

Pokagon officials say Wednesday that crews have broken ground for the community in Hartford, southwest of Grand Rapids.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed next spring, which will include eight homes. Two additional phases also are planned.

Pokagon Band Chair John Warren says in a release that the project is part of their mission to "assist elders, youth and families with housing, community and self-sufficiency for a better quality of life."

A new website aimed at providing information to aging residents in Michigan was launched this week by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  The department’s Aging and Adult Services Agency says this will serve as “one-stop” shopping for services that will help older adults maintain their independence

A 44-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for serving as the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization centered in Benton Harbor.
 
Joseph Jackson was found guilty of purchasing heroin from Chicago and then recruiting others to transport it to Benton Harbor, where it was stored and sold by his recruits. An investigation into the drug operation determined that Jackson was responsible for distributing between 50 to 65 grams of heroin beginning in 2013 until his arrest.
 

Wildlife officials believe bear has returned to Michigan

Aug 26, 2015

Wildlife officials who have been trying to catch a black bear that has been roaming far northern Indiana believe it has returned to Michigan.
 
Indiana Department of Natural Resources farmland game research biologist Budd Veverka said Tuesday there hasn't been any sign of the bear in Indiana in two weeks. Veverka says the last report of the bear was on Sunday east of New Buffalo, Michigan, about 25 miles northwest of South Bend.
 

Authorities say a woman riding in a go-cart was critically hurt after her scarf became entangled in a tire in western Michigan.
 
Kent County sheriff's officials say 40-year-old Rachel Gibbs was taken from AJ's Family Fun Center in Plainfield Township to a hospital with life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon. MLive.com reports Gibbs, who hurt her neck and was unable to breathe on the track, remains in critical condition.
 
The sheriff's office says Gibbs lives in the United Kingdom and was visiting family in western Michigan.
 

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A lawsuit has been filed against the Interurban Transit Partnership - known as The Rapid - related to ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, and ahead of a contract set to expire this weekend.

The suit was filed Monday, following allegations the transit authority refused to allow workers to pass out flyers critical of proposed benefit changes.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the union filing the suit cites First and Fourteenth Amendment violations after members were allegedly ordered to cease distribution of the flyers at Central Station earlier this month. 

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A 44-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for serving as the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization centered in Benton Harbor.

Joseph Jackson was found guilty of purchasing heroin from Chicago and then recruiting others to transport it to Benton Harbor, where it was stored and sold by his recruits.

An investigation into the drug operation determined that Jackson was responsible for distributing between 50 to 65 grams of heroin beginning in 2013 until his arrest.

Man sentenced for concealing death of 4-month-old girl

Aug 25, 2015

A 27-year-old man has been ordered to spend at least two years and four months in prison for concealing the death of a 4-month-old girl whose body was found in a western Michigan crawl space.
 
MLive.com reports that Matthew Bradley was sentenced Monday in Newaygo County Circuit Court.
 
Bradley's sentence calls for him to spend no more than 7 1/2 seven years in prison.
 
He pleaded guilty in July.
 

Probe finds misuse of resources by 2 Michigan lawmakers

Aug 25, 2015

An investigation into two Michigan Republican lawmakers who had an affair has found misconduct and misuse of taxpayer resources.
 

Such a finding could lead to expulsion from the Michigan House.
 
House Business Office Director Tim Bowlin said Monday in a release that a draft on the preliminary findings involving Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat was submitted to outside counsel for review.
 

Gov. Rick Snyder promoted opportunities in Michigan for Chinese tourists during a visit to the Great Wall in China.
 
Snyder's office says Monday that he also discussed shared cultural and travel attractions while taking a walk Sunday on the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
 

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