Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

December 7, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 12/07/2013

Lansing man kills wife, son, himself

LANSING — Police say a murder-suicide in Lansing involved a 53-year-old man who killed his wife and her 14-year-old son before he shot himself.

Police identified the man as Randy Keith. The other victims were Christine Keith and son Isaac Miller.

In a statement, Lansing police say they found all three dead at their home Thursday night. The Lansing State Journal says the Keiths had three other children 8 years old and younger, who were not home at the time of the shooting.

Records show 37-year-old Christine Keith filed for divorce and a personal protection order in April but eventually dropped both.

12 canine teams join ranks of state police

LANSING — A dozen dogs — along with their human handlers — are joining the ranks of the Michigan State Police.

The department said that 12 canine teams graduated Friday from its Basic Canine School. The graduating class brings the total number of canine teams to 49, the highest ever.

The new teams consist of eight new teams and four replacements. In replacement teams, a veteran handler trains with a new partner to replace a retiring canine.

The department says its Canine Unit responds to about 5,600 calls a year. Teams are placed throughout the state.

The training lasts 14 weeks. It includes tracking and searches, as well as drug, cadaver and explosives detection.

Troopers must have served at least two years on the force to be eligible.

Paul pushes for tax breaks to help Detroit

DETROIT — Lowering taxes for businesses in struggling cities like Detroit is the best way to confront poverty and unemployment, said U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

The Kentucky Republican, who met with business and community leaders Friday at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon, touted legislation he’s sponsoring that calls for “economic freedom zones.”

The areas would include flat federal personal and business tax rates of 5 percent in neighborhoods with unemployment rates above the national figure. Social Security taxes also would be lower and capital gains taxes would be eliminated.

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