Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 5, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 10/05/2012

Worker kills colleague in factory dispute

YPSILANTI — Authorities in Washtenaw County said a man got in a dispute with a co-worker over his job performance at a metal plating factory, then shot him to death.

Ypsilanti police Sgt. Thomas Eberts said the shooting happened about 4 p.m. Wednesday near the Marsh Plating Corp. factory.

Eberts said the two argued about "an issue of job performance." He said they decided to settle the dispute nearby, and a 34-year-old resident of Ypsilanti Township repeatedly shot 29-year-old Superior Township resident Bhagavan Allen with a .45-caliber handgun.

Soldier who lost four limbs returns home

VASSAR — Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills had been a lot of places since losing his four limbs in Afghanistan. The one place he hadn't been was where people knew him best.

He finally returned to his Michigan hometown this week — six months after the explosion that cost him his arms and legs — to serve as the grand marshal of his old high school's homecoming parade.

"I didn't come to Vassar yet, because I wasn't ready for people to see me without my legs. ... Because in Vassar, everybody knows everybody," Mills said in an interview hours before the parade Thursday.

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