Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 22, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 03/22/2013


---- — Herd quarantined, cow had bovine TB

SAGINAW — Michigan authorities say tests confirm a case of bovine tuberculosis in a cow from a Saginaw County dairy farm.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Thursday that a federal lab identified the disease in a cow spotted during slaughter surveillance. The herd is quarantined and all animals are being tested.

The contagious bacterial disease spreads between cattle and wild deer. Michigan’s 14,000 cattle farms have been tested since an outbreak began in the mid-1990s.

The state says bovine TB is endemic in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties in the northeastern Lower Michigan. Saginaw County is about 115 miles from that zone.

Landlord charged with tenant murder

VALLEY TOWNSHIP — A 79-year-old landlord has been charged with murder in the shooting of his 37-year-old tenant after what western Michigan authorities say was a dispute over late payment on a land contract. said that Marion Conley of Otsego Township was arraigned Thursday in Allegan on an open murder charge. Magistrate Kirby Goodwin set his bond at $750,000 and scheduled a preliminary examination March 28.

The Allegan County sheriff’s department says Jody Snyder was found dead March 9 at his home in Valley Township.

Investigators say Conley earlier threatened to kill Snyder because of the condition of the house and late payments on Snyder’s land contract.

Defense lawyer Bob Champion declines comment on the case. Mal Conley says she’s shocked at the case against her husband, calling it a “nightmare.”