Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 19, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 10/19/2012


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Man set fire that caused blast, death

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP — Authorities in western Michigan say a 48-year-old man deliberately started a fire that caused his house to explode, killing him.

Forty-eight-year-old Charles Wilbur died Oct. 3 of injuries sustained in an explosion the day before in Muskegon County's Muskegon Township.

Fire Chief Dave Glotzbach said an investigation has determined that Wilbur purposefully set the house on fire using flammable liquids., according to

Wilbur was the only one home at the time.

The fire chief said the conclusion is based on physical evidence and interviews.

Condition of rescued woman improving

WARREN — The condition of a roughly 500-pound woman who was rescued from a filthy, bug-infested apartment in suburban Detroit has improved, and prosecutors could review the case next week for possible charges.

Firefighters wearing biohazard suits removed the bedridden 41-year-old Warren woman from the apartment on Tuesday. She was hospitalized in intensive care, and her condition improved Wednesday to stable. Police said in a statement she could be moved out of intensive care later this week.

Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said that the woman was hospitalized a few months ago and that police would review her medical records.

"Obviously, there was a failure somewhere for this lady to get the care that she needed," Green told the Detroit Free Press.

Man charged in 2010 double homicide

NILES — A man appeared in court Thursday to face charges in the slayings of a southwestern Michigan couple who were beaten stabbed and shot nearly three years ago.

Keith Lintz, 28, of Niles was denied bail during the court appearance on first-degree murder charges and a gun crime.

Carolyn and John Tarwacki were found dead in February 2010 at their home near Niles, 60 miles southwest of Kalamazoo. A statement by the attorney general's office doesn't disclose a motive or why police turned their investigation to Lintz.