Hunter Motko is 6th person to be charged in drunken driving death in Bay County since 2007
BAY CITY, MI — Sitting in the Bay County Jail awaiting his next court date, 21-year-old Hunter D. Motko finds himself in a situation faced by five others before him in the last seven years — he’s charged with killing someone while driving drunk. All five of Motko’s predecessors forfeited their trial rights by pleading guilty or no contest to the most serious charge they faced, all went to prison and all but one remain behind bars.
Feds: No charges in Michigan police shooting of homeless man
The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Michigan police officers who shot and killed a knife-wielding homeless man in July 2012. Authorities said there was insufficient “evidence of willful misconduct” to warrant a federal criminal prosecution of the Saginaw Police Department officers who fired 46 bullets at Milton Hall, 49, during an argument. Hall was hit 11 times.
Lawsuit seeks $800 million over man’s Northland Mall death
The family of a Ferndale man who died following a scuffle with security guards at a Southfield mall is seeking $800 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges the unidentified guards arrested McKenzie Cochran because of his race, but the Cochran family’s attorney, Gerald Thurswell of Southfield, told a reporter the root of the case is the actions of the guards and the alleged negligence of the mall ownership and the security firm that employed the guards. Cochran, 25, was black, and it appears at least some of the six guards involved in the altercation were white.
GM’s Ignition Victims Need Help From Bankruptcy Judge
Lawyers looking to sue General Motors Co. (GM:US) after its global recall of 1.6 million vehicles over an ignition defect may find their path blocked by a judge’s order five years ago in the company’s reorganization. Allegations about deaths or economic losses occurring before July 2009 were barred by a bankruptcy judge when he approved the sale of the automaker’s assets to the new GM. Attorneys are now examining pre-bankruptcy deaths and claims with a view to getting the ban lifted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-03-19/gm-s-ignition-victims-need-help-from-bankruptcy-judge-on-claims
Sledding death lawsuit cleared for court
Four years after 11-year-old Chance Nash died from injuries sustained when his sled ran into a snow-covered stump at Duncan Woods, his family’s wrongful death claim is gaining momentum.
Beverly Elementary School Focuses On Bike Safety
For many years Beverly Elementary School Community Education has partnered with trained staff from Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program (KIPP) at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan to encourage bike helmet use and bike safety. This week Beverly students, staff, parents, and community members were invited to Beverly School for free helmet fittings. The KIPP Coordinator Latoya Cain checked for proper fit, adjusted straps, and inspected helmets brought from home. Information was provided on riding bikes safely.
Bridge Magazine: No-fault reform in Michigan would cut rates, but there’s a catch
While legislators again consider putting new restrictions on Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance benefits, Cliff Copeland feels like he’s already taken a hit on the coverage he needs.
Copeland, 48, paralyzed from the chest down from a 1996 pedestrian accident, relies on a van with a wheelchair lift to attend church and other social activities in his rural community 50 miles north of Grand Rapids. With electrical and suspension problems, the Ford Econoline van is 11 years old and breaking down.
Roundabout in Walker? Severe accidents prompt MDOT to host community meeting
WALKER, MI — With severe traffic accidents occurring at a good clip at Wilson Avenue and Remembrance Road, a roundabout might be the answer to improving safety. The Michigan Department of Transportation and local leaders are slated to tackle this issue during a community meeting from 4-6 p.m. Monday in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 4243 Remembrance Road NW. http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/03/roundabout_in_walker_modt_host.html
MSP: Traffic Deaths Increased in 2013
For the second year in a row, traffic deaths have increased in Michigan. According to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center, the overall increase was partially caused by increases in accidents involving drug use and accidents involving commercial vehicles. Accidents involving bicyclists also increased. Although the state has experienced significant decreases in traffic crashes over the past decade, fatalities increased 2 percent from 936 in 2012 to 951 in 2013.
UPDATE: Name released in fatal snowmobile accident on Pine Mountain Road
Police have released the name of the snowmobile driver who was found dead on the side of the road in Dickinson County early Sunday morning. Officers from the Iron Mountain Post of the Michigan State Police say that 37-year-old Chad Schlenvogt of Port Washington, Wisconsin, was traveling northbound on the west side of Pine Mountain Road. It appeared that Schlenvogt attempted to cross back onto Pine Mountain Road and struck the guard rail on the west side of the road, causing the snowmobile to overturn. Schlenvogt was ejected from the vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the crash.