Category Archives: State Government

Kalamazoo shooter bound over to Circuit Court

gavelKalamazoo 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.

Dalton removed from courtroom following outbreak

jail imageA 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.

Congressman Dan Kildee is asking for the help from the U.S. Department of Defense in getting clean drinking water to Oscoda, in Iosco county

file000645083111Congressman Dan Kildee is calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to find an alternative water source for Oscoda residents who use well water.
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Snyder says it’s “possible” he deleted Flint-related e-mails

Snyder_courtesy_4Governor Rick Snyder now says it’s possible he deleted some e-mails related to Flint, even though he earlier told a congressional committee that he had not. The governor still insists it’s unlikely he deleted any Flint-related e-mails, it’s just not impossible.
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Detroit schools EM: Bankruptcy no option

School desksThe emergency manager of Detroit’s public schools says he thinks there should be changes to the state’s emergency manager law. Former federal bankruptcy judge Stephen Rhodes is the district’s fourth emergency manager in seven years.

He says the law focuses too much on finances.

Rhodes appeared on the Michigan Public Television show “Off The Record.” Rhodes says a state financial rescue of Detroit’s schools is necessary because bankruptcy is not a viable alternative for the district. Rhodes presided over the city of Detroit bankruptcy.