Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 14, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 11/14/2012

From wire reports
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Livingston County girl, 2, killed in trailer fire

HOWELL TOWNSHIP — Southeastern Michigan authorities say a 2-year-old girl has died from burns she sustained in an overnight fire at a mobile home.

The Detroit Free Press and the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell said the fire started about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte said she died at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

Bezotte said the girl's father sustained burns to his hands and arms while trying to rescue his daughter.

Man making delivery dies in truck accident

PARMA TOWNSHIP — Jackson County authorities say a man was killed while making a wood delivery with his dump truck.

The accident happened Tuesday afternoon in Parma Township, west of Jackson.

Undersheriff Chris Kuhl said 36-year-old Jeff Teague, of Parma Township, was delivering wood to a home when his Ford truck had a mechanical problem.

Kuhl said the truck's dump box became stuck in the upright position. The undersheriff says it appears that Teague went under the truck to fix it when it collapsed, crushing him between the frame and the bed.

CMU professor jailed in child porn case

MOUNT PLEASANT — A judge has set a $500,000 bond for a professor whose research focuses on Internet censorship and the use of children in advertising who's charged with having child pornography on his Central Michigan University computer.

William L. Merrill was arraigned Tuesday in Isabella County court and returned to jail. Judge William Rush will hold a hearing Thursday to set future court dates.

The court says Merrill didn't have a lawyer on record and no plea was entered.

The school last week suspended Merrill and barred him from the campus in Mount Pleasant, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit. It says he resigned Monday.

Prosecutors have charged Merrill with distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography, and using a computer to commit a crime. He also is charged with possessing a switchblade.