Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 3, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 04/03/2013


---- — Teen, 17, charged as an adult in man’s death

FLINT — A 17-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the death of a 26-year-old man whose body was found beneath a mobile home in Flint.

Steven J. Willingham was arraigned Monday on an open murder charge and a firearms charge in Flint District Court. WEYI-TV said a judge entered a not-guilty plea on Willingham’s behalf, ordered him jailed without bond and scheduled his next court appearance for next week.

The court said Tuesday that it didn’t know what lawyer was representing the teen.

Authorities say they found the body of Christopher Cole last Wednesday at Elms Mobile Home Park. Cole was reported missing March 24 from his home in Genesee County’s Mount Morris Township.

Police say they also found Cole’s vehicle at the mobile home park.

Press conference set in missing baby case

LUDINGTON — Authorities investigating the 2011 disappearance of a West Michigan baby plan to release updated information about the case.

Police in Ludington say a press conference is planned for this morning about the case of Katherine Phillips. In a statement Tuesday, police said they plan to release “new information related to the use of forensic methods in the investigation.”

Katherine Phillips was 4½ months old when she was last seen in June 2011. She lived with her mother, Ariel Courtland, in Ludington, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

The child hasn’t been found despite extensive searches.

The child’s father Sean Phillips was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison last year for an unlawful imprisonment conviction in the case, which police have said they’re treating as a homicide.

Michigan man dead after Colorado shooting

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. — A Michigan man is dead after a shooting in Colorado at the home of a sheriff’s deputy and a prosecutor.

Authorities say a deputy district attorney for Colorado’s 14th Judicial District called 911 late Monday to report a stranger behaving erratically at her front door in Hot Sulphur Springs. A fight started after the person tried to get into the home, and shots were fired.

Coroner’s officials said Tuesday that 32-year-old Joshua Lee Stevens of Coral Springs, Mich., died in the shooting. He was believed to have been in town for about a week, looking for work.

The prosecutor and her husband, who is a Grand County sheriff’s deputy, had minor injuries.

Authorities say there are no obvious ties to other recent shootings, including that of Colorado’s prisons chief.

MSU offers medical course in Cuba

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University medical students will have the opportunity to study in Havana to learn about Cuba’s health care system.

The two-week course “Community Health and Cuban Culture” is expected to begin in May 2014. It will be open to medical, nursing, public health and health science students.

The Cuban Health Ministry recently approved the course.

Michigan State students will be placed in a Havana teaching hospital and community clinics to learn how Cuba’s health care system works. Michigan State will work with Escuela Nacional de Salud Publica, a center for tropical medicine and public health.

The university has a study abroad program in Cuba with the University of Havana.

Michigan State faculty recently traveled to Havana to discuss other future partnerships, like research collaboration.



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