For the second time in as many days… a Detroit Police Officer is being investigated for an inappropriate social media post. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the most recent controversy involves an African American Sergeant who is being reassigned and put on restricted duty while the investigation is underway.
Nine historical ships docked in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, on Thursday for a weekend stop of the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes. Over the summer, these and other ships will they’ll travel to cities in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Rising Sun. North of Pyramid Point. (Coast Guard photo)
A schooner that sank off the shores of New York in Lake Ontario almost a century and a half ago has been discovered.
When the weather is mild, it’s not unusual to find nature lovers and hikers exploring the trails along the Jackson Falls, in the western New York town of Aurora.
Governor Rick Snyder says his office is cooperating fully with a criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis led by the state attorney general’s office.
The holy month of Ramadan is winding-down. That’s when observant Muslims fast during the daylight hours. When the fast is broken in the evening, it’s done with other people. And it can happen in someone’s home, a restaurant, or a community or religious center.
In a matter of seconds, a sunny day on the lake boating, sailing or canoeing can turn into a nightmare with a heartbreaking loss. That kind of loss will last a lifetime for Phyllis Kopytko.
This week, a decision is expected in a long-running controversy along the Great Lakes. A town that sits outside the Great Lakes basin wants to draw water from the lakes. It’s the first time anyone has made a request like that, and some worry that more will follow.
To highlight his concerns about water use and abuse, artist Kevin Dartt created an unusual public sculpture in downtown Rochester, New York: five concrete sinks in the shapeand porportion of the Great Lakes. Continue reading
Security and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U-S Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down 8 Coast Guard stations around the Great Lakes. It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation. But Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go.
Lawyers for the man accused in the mass shooting in Kalamazoo earlier this year say they’ll argue in court that their client is insane. Jason Dalton’s defense told a Circuit Court judge of their intentions during in a closed pre-trial conference today (Monday).
It’s dubbed the worst of the Great Lakes invaders – and it’s been terrorizing fish in the fresh water source for decades. Angelica Morrison with Great Lakes Today, has more about what environmental agencies are doing to keep the sea lamprey under control.
Kalamazoo mass shooting suspect Jason Brian Dalton has been bound over to Circuit Court for trial. That’s the result of a hearing in District Court today. Dalton had to be removed from the hearing after an outburst at a witness. He’s accused of killing six people and seriously injuring two others February 20th.
Seventeen-year-old Alexis Cornish was among those who testified today. She watched as her boyfriend and his father were shot to death at a car dealership. Cornish says she saw Dalton approach them, then pulled out a gun and started shooting:
Dalton was in court as the hearing began. But he was dragged away by officers after yelling at shooting survivor Tiana Carruthers as she testified, causing her to break down on the witness stand. She finished her testimony after a recess.
A Kalamazoo County District judge says there’s enough evidence to send mass shooting suspect Jason Brian Dalton to trial in Circuit Court. The ruling came today (Friday) after a hearing where Dalton had to be removed after an outburst. He’s accused of fatally shooting six people and seriously wounding two more as he drove around Kalamazoo February 20. Prosecutors called several witnesses, including shooting survivor Tiana Carruthers.
As Carruthers testified, Dalton began to talk. Later he tried to stand up, causing Carruthers to break down on the witness stand.
Sheriff’s deputies dragged Dalton out of the courtroom and he watched the rest of the hearing from jail via a video link.
The Michigan State Police wrapped up an investigation into what happened at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality during the Flint water crisis more than a month ago.
Starting tomorrow [Friday] … a multi-media ad campaign will urge Flint residents to flush their pipes.
A former Flint city official has agreed to cooperate with federal and state investigations into the city’s water crisis as part of a plea deal.
Governor Rick Snyder addressed Wednesday’s announcement on criminal charges in the Flint water crisis in an afternoon press conference. He called investigations into wrongdoing in Flint “critically important”.
Snyder says both state employees have been suspended without pay following the criminal charges.
He says a concurrent investigation by the Michigan State Police is still ongoing.
Only two wolves likely remain on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior.
A Michigan State University pollster says new poll numbers suggest Governor Snyder has suffered “some permanent” damage from the Flint Water Crisis.
Governor Rick Snyder says he plans to drink filtered Flint tap water for the next 30 days.
A task force appointed by the Governor has laid most of the blame for the Flint water crisis on bad decisions by state departments like the Department of Environmental Quality.
Task force member Chris Kolb says the D-E-Q completely missed the boat when it allowed Flint not to use corrosion control for its drinking water.
The report also criticized the state’s emergency manager law, because it allowed non-elected officials to ignore public complaints about the water.
The revenue prospects of Michigan city governments are bad and not getting better. That’s the message of the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for cities and townships. Great Lakes Economics Consulting’s Mitch Bean spoke at a Municipal League event on Monday. Bean says Michigan’s property tax caps combined with a big drop in revenue sharing played a big role in the financial crises in cities like Flint and Detroit.
The League says state revenue sharing with cities dropped more than 50 percent between 2002 and 2012, even though state revenue grew about 30 percent in that time.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has repeatedly claimed that Flint’s lead contaminated water crisis was caused by all levels of government. But today, a task force that he appointed called those claims “inappropriate official public relations efforts.”
A Wayne County judge sentenced Detroit state senator Virgil Smith to jail today [MON].