News Update For Wednesday, 6/6/12
Michigan State Police say an autopsy has determined that the 39-year old inmate found dead in an Upper Peninsula prison last week was strangled to death. Another inmate had notified staff at Alger Correctional Facility in Munising Township last Thursday that Carlos Love of Detroit had suffered a seizure and was unconscious. Attempts to resuscitate Love were unsuccessful. But the autopsy performed by Marquette General Hospital determined the cause of death to be strangulation. Police have identified another inmate as a suspect in Love’s death, his name has not been released at this time. The inmate has been transferred to the Level 5 Maximum Security Prison in Marquette. Charges are pending. State Police and The Department of Corrections are continuing to investigate Love’s death.
The Duck Lake Wildfire in the Upper Peninsula is now more than three-quarters contained. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 76 percent of the fire is under control. The overall size of the fire is down to 21,094 acres. A total of 136 structures have been lost to the fire, including 49 homes and cabins, a store, and a motel.
Areas of Tahquamenon Falls State Park north of M-123, previously closed due to the Duck Lake Fire, have reopened to the public, the Department of Natural Resources said yesterday. Park staff members have been closely monitoring the fire and are confident that areas of the park north of M-123 are not at risk and are safe for park visitors. Included in the reopening are the hiking trails north of M-123, Stables Picnic Area, and Betsy Lake Natural Area, which have been closed since Friday, May 25th. With this reopening, all facilities and lands at Tahquamenon Falls State Park are now reopened for public use.
State lawmakers have finalized next year’s budget, totaling more than 42 billion dollars in spending. The Senate Tuesday voted to pass the $14.8 billion omnibus education bill that includes the K-12, higher education, and community college budgets. Democrats objected to the measure, saying education is shortchanged. There is $1.4 billion for the state’s 15 public universities, $294.1 million for the 28 community colleges and $12.9 billion for the 805 public school districts and charter schools, and 57 intermediate school districts. The first omnibus budget, which covers all other departments and weighs in at $34.4 billion was passed by both chambers last Thursday. Both bills head to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.
An Arkansas man has been charged with possessing and selling live Asian carp in Michigan. The Attorney General’s office has alleged that 42-year old David Costner traveled around the state in a semi-truck furnished by an Arkansas company, conducting sale of the illegal carp from store parking lots. Costner is accused of possessing 110 Grass carp fish, a type of the invasive Asian carp. On May 16th, Costner allegedly sold two of the live Grass carp to undercover Department of Natural Resources investigators in Midland. He faces ten counts of possession of an illegal species and two counts of selling an illegal species. Both are punishable by two years in prison and a fine of $2000-$20,000 for each violation.