Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 11, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/11/2013


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Crews battle fire at recycling facility

HOWELL — Crews worked to extinguish a fire that engulfed part of a 40-foot-high scrap pile at a recycling facility in Howell.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell and WHMI-FM report firefighters responded to the blaze Wednesday night at Regal Recycling, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit.

No injuries were reported. The Howell Area Fire Department says the pile contained variety of materials, including metals, plastics and tires.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known.

2 killed in Novi mobile home fire

NOVI — Suburban Detroit authorities say a 79-year-old man and 73-year-old woman have died in a fire at their mobile home.

Novi public safety Director David Molloy says firefighters got a call about 8:30 a.m. Thursday of a fire at Novi Meadows trailer park.

Molloy says firefighters found the couple inside the home, and they were declared dead at Providence Park Hospital.

WDIV-TV identifies the victims as Lewis and Jeannette Hampton.

Molloy says the fire remains under investigation, with help from the sheriff's department.

The Oakland County medical examiner's spokesman Robert Gerd tells The Detroit News that autopsies are planned Friday.

Man sought in couple's killings

KENTWOOD — Police have released a sketch of a man sought as a person of interest in the killing of an elderly Grand Rapids-area couple during an invasion of their home.

Kentwood police say 81-year-old David Bouwman and 80-year-old Vivian Bouwman were found dead Saturday morning in the western Michigan city and say they'd been shot.

Police say they discovered the couple's burned-out gold Cadillac DeVille in neighboring Wyoming, which led them to the house and the discovery of the killings.

TV stations WOOD and WWMT say the man in the sketch has information about the burning of the car and possibly about the killings as well.

Police are asking anyone recognizing the man or with other leads to call 616-698-6580 or 616-774-2345.

Man taken into custody after standoff

WALLED LAKE — Police say a man has been taken into custody after firing shots in a suburban Detroit neighborhood.

The shooting happened Thursday morning in Walled Lake and police say there was a barricaded gunman. Police say man slipped on some ice and fell while surrendering. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

No other injuries were reported.

The man's name wasn't immediately released. Some area residents were evacuated from their homes and traffic was rerouted.

Vet educator to face trial for animal neglect

ST. JOHNS — An assistant professor at Michigan State University's veterinary school will face trial on a charge of animal neglect after authorities say they found 17 dogs and two cats in poor condition at her home.

Fifty-five-year-old Patricia Schenck was charged with a felony last month in Clinton County District Court.

She appeared in court Thursday in St. Johns and waived her right to a preliminary examination of the evidence. That clears the way for her trial, which wasn't immediately scheduled.

The university says it suspended Schenck with pay pending the case's outcome.

Officials say the animals were found Dec. 12 at the home north of Lansing in Olive Township, where Schenck lives with her parents.