Associated Press

Jail cell
Stefano Mazzone via Wikimedia | CC BY 2.0 /

A 17-year-old who brought a loaded sawed-off shotgun to a western Michigan high school has been sentenced to at least three years in prison.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Dayvon Davis learned his punishment Friday after earlier pleading guilty.

Davis, who turns 18 this month, will serve a mandatory two years for possessing a firearm while committing a felony, followed by sentences of one to 15 years for firearm possession by a felon, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and resisting and obstructing police.

A police officer in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for killing a pedestrian while rushing to a home at 30 mph above the speed limit.

Berrien County Judge Dennis Wiley says Eugene Anderson failed to turn on his police lights and siren while responding to a domestic call last September.

His car struck and killed 48-year-old Kimberly Bedford of Hartford, who was drunk and not using a crosswalk.

Anderson was subsequently fired as a Benton Township officer.

He was convicted of causing death while driving, a misdemeanor.

Gov. Rick Snyder has replaced the director of Michigan's veterans affairs agency after an audit uncovered problems at a state-run nursing home for veterans.

Jeff Barnes, who led the agency for three years, resigned Friday.

An audit publicly released Friday said workers at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans falsely claimed they were checking on patients, failed to properly investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, and took too long to fill prescriptions.

Snyder says the audit findings are "deeply troubling."

Habitat for Humanity

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Habitat for Humanity of Michigan is getting $825,000 in funding to help more than 60 families move closer to owning their own homes. The grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority was announced Friday. Under the program, families can receive up to $12,000 toward owning a Habitat of Humanity home. The money can be used for principal reduction and assistance with prepaid costs. A reimbursement of $350 per family is also available for pre-purchase counseling.

DETROIT (AP) - An auto safety advocate wants the government to reopen an investigation of rear-crash fires in older Jeep SUVs after finding at least 11 more deaths since the vehicles were recalled.

Center for Auto Safety head Clarence Ditlow says the deaths show that the recall repair - a trailer hitch to protect gas tanks in low-speed crashes - hasn't been effective.

He sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx seeking the investigation. It says a remedy should be developed that saves lives.

Voter Booths Photo
Wikimedia Commons

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's Board of Canvassers is considering whether to revise an election law procedure that governs the viability of older petition signatures. reports the current time limit on gathering signatures is 180 days from when a ballot petition drive is approved. The Secretary of State's office considers it a "floating" deadline, meaning groups can engage in a lengthy bureaucratic challenge to validate older signatures.

However, two ongoing campaigns argue that upgrades in technology now streamline the validation process.

State officials say anglers should prepare to take down their ice shanties as warmer weather approaches.
The shelters must be removed by sunset Sunday on Lake St. Clair and by midnight March 1 for southern Lower Peninsula counties.
Anglers in the northern Lower Peninsula and those on Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters can keep their shanties up until midnight March 15. March 31 is the removal deadline in the Upper Peninsula.
Shanties still can be used after those dates, but must be taken down daily.

Authorities say four teenagers are to blame for a joyride at a golf course in western Michigan that caused about $37,500 in damage.
The Grand Rapids Press reports the teens, ages 17 to 19, are accused of using nearly two dozen golf carts as bumper cars, tearing up grass and damaging several carts beyond repair. It happened in October at Cedar Chase Golf Club in Kent County.

Direct-sales giant Amway Corp is donating at least $100,000 worth of water purification filters to community organizations in Flint amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water. reports  the filters are going to organizations that serve children and Amway is looking for more such groups that need the systems.

A Republican legislative leader says bankruptcy for the Detroit school district must remain on the table unless the Legislature passes "serious reforms" aimed at putting it back on the path to sustainability.
House Speaker Kevin Cotter on Thursday cited proposals outlined Wednesday by Republicans. They include restricting teachers' collective bargaining rights, moving new hires into a 401(k) retirement system and implementing merit pay.
Democrats have criticized such measures.