Cold hits amid power restoration
LANSING — Colder weather made its way into Michigan on Monday as crews worked to restore power to the last people left without electrical service following an ice storm more than a week ago.
In the Lansing area, where roughly 800 Lansing Board of Water & Light customers were without power as of Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported the temperature stood at 18 at 2 p.m.
A special Lansing City Council meeting was planned for Monday night and officials with the municipal power company were expected to speak.
Michigan authorities blame at least five deaths on the storm, including three killed in crashes and two who died from carbon monoxide fumes from emergency generators.
Tugboat free from Lake Michigan ice
SAULT STE. MARIE — The U.S. Coast Guard said it and the crew of a tugboat helped another tugboat break free from between two ice floes in Lake Michigan.
The tug Undaunted was pushing the unloaded barge Pere Marquette 41 at the time it became stuck about 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. The Coast Guard in Sault Ste. Marie responded to a call about 4:10 a.m. Friday and there was concern the tug might run aground.
The tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort worked to free the Undaunted that morning. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot icebreaker, also was on hand. Radio station WGHN reported the Undaunted and the barge were escorted to Ludington.
No injuries were reported.
Lt. gov. signs mental health courts bills
LANSING — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, the governor’s point man on mental health issues, signed legislation Monday that allows for the expansion of the state’s mental health court program.
Mental health courts have been successful in reducing the number of offenders with mental health or substance abuse problems who break the law, Calley said Monday.