Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 10, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 10/10/2012


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Former schools official enters plea

PONTIAC — A former Pontiac Schools administrator has pleaded guilty in the theft of $236,000 from the financially troubled district.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 41-year-old Jumanne Sledge entered a plea to unlawful conversion of school funds Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Sledge had served as head associate superintendent in the district, north of Detroit.

Authorities said a district employee was directed in 2010 to write a vendor check payable to "Leadership Academy." They say the check went into an account controlled by Sledge, and about $200,000 later went into another account and went to pay personal expenses.

Sledge faces up to 30 months in prison and could be ordered to repay the $236,000. He also has forfeited his Jaguar luxury car and $34,000 in cash.

Cancer patient asked to lift bandages at airport

A Michigan woman dying of leukemia hopes her embarrassing experience at a Seattle airport changes the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions.

Michelle Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she departed for Hawaii.

The Roseville, Mich., woman thought she had prepared by calling the airline ahead of time, asking for a wheelchair, carrying documentation for her feeding tubes and making sure she had prescriptions for all her medications, including five bags of saline solution. But Dunaj said she received a full pat-down in the security line at Sea-Tac Airport and had to lift her shirt and pull back bandages so agents could get a good look. She said everyone else in line got a look, too.

"My issue is: It was in front of everyone, and everyone was looking at me like I was a criminal or like I was doing something wrong," Dunaj told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "It shouldn't have been in front of everyone."

6 arraigned, held in brazen gun store burglary

LIVONIA — Five men and a juvenile from Detroit are charged in the theft of nearly three dozen weapons from a suburban gun store.

Livonia police say Tuesday that the men rammed a stolen minivan Thursday morning through a Shooter's Service shop window, west of Detroit.

Police arrested one man fleeing with a load of guns. Two others were caught in a wooded area. Other arrests were made later.

Each of the approximately 34 guns taken in the theft was recovered.

The five adults — ages 17 to 21 — were arraigned Saturday on weapons, larceny and other charges and each held on $1 million bonds. The juvenile was turned over to the county Youth Home.

The group also has been linked to jewelry store break-ins in two other communities.