Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 21, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 03/21/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — $5.2M for Great Lakes repairs

NEW BUFFALO — A top official of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said her agency will spend $5.2 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds to repair 10 Great Lakes harbors.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin said the assistant Army secretary for public works told him Wednesday that the money will cover work at six harbors in Michigan — New Buffalo, Holland, Muskegon, Saugatuck, South Haven and St. Joseph.

Aid also goes to Illinois’ Waukegan harbor and Indiana’s Burns Waterway, Burns Waterway Small Boat, and Michigan City harbors.

Levin said Jo-Ellen Darcy told him the work is part of $19 million in hurricane recovery funds being used for work on the Great Lakes.

Congress in January approved emergency Hurricane Sandy relief funds. Levin says the Great Lakes sustained millions in storm damage.

House votes to keep 0.08% alcohol law

LANSING — The Michigan House has passed legislation that would prevent a scheduled rise in the state’s blood-alcohol limit for drivers.

The bills approved unanimously Wednesday would keep the legal limit for drivers’ blood-alcohol content at 0.08 percent. The limit is set to revert back to 0.10 percent in October because of a sunset provision in current state law.

Republican Rep. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township in Oakland County, is sponsoring one of the bills. He says the state would lose more than $50 million in federal funding if the limit rises to 0.10 percent.

He says since Michigan has implemented a 0.08 percent limit, there has been a significant drop in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

The bills now head to the Senate.

Reward in robbery, injury of gun dealer

SAGE TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering $5,000 for leads in the investigation of the robbery of a central Michigan gun shop that left its owner with severe head injuries.

The robbery happened Monday at Guns and Stuff in Gladwin County’s Sage Township, 90 miles north of Lansing.

Owner Richard Robinette was in serious condition Wednesday at Flint’s Hurley Medical Center.

Gladwin County Sheriff Mike Shea says Robinette wasn’t shot but wouldn’t say how he was injured.

Shea tells the Midland Daily News investigators want to question two people in the case — a woman who made the 911 call and a man Shea describes as “just a person of interest” who is “no stranger to law enforcement.”

It’s unclear whether any firearms were taken.