Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 3, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/03/2013


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Mackinac Bridge jump under investigation

STRAITS OF MACKINAC — A Michigan State Police investigation remains open, following reports of a woman jumping from the Mackinac Bridge at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday.

According the U.S. Coast Guard-Sector Sault Ste. Marie, a four-hour search-- including a helicopter dispatched from Traverse City as well as the Mobile Bay, a Coast Guard cutter based out of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., on icebreaking operations in the region — was called off because of inclement weather conditions in the region with the unnamed woman not being recovered.

Because the possible death is being considered a suicide attempt, the Coast Guard declined to provide more information.

Water temperatures were in the low 30s, said Lt. Adam Saurin, the public affairs officer for Sector Sault. That's not very good conditions for anyones survival over an extended period of time.

According to Saurin, the Coast Guard received a call at approximately 5 p.m. after Michigan State Police received a call from a Mackinac Bridge Authority employee after observing an unoccupied car on the southern portion of the bridge.

Lt. Gov. signs 53 bills in Snyder's stead

LANSING — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed 53 bills into law while Gov. Rick Snyder is out of the state on a holiday vacation.

New laws announced Wednesday include stiffer criminal penalties for arson. Michigan had about 10,500 suspicious fires last year, and Calley says arsonists too often receive light sentences.

He also signed a bill making it illegal to drive while impaired by any intoxicating substance. The measure targets motorists who sniff glue, inhale aerosol or use other substances not specifically prohibited on roadways.

Another measure Calley signed prevents people injured in car accidents from having medical marijuana expenses covered under their auto insurance policy.

Snyder's office has acted on 240 bills passed by the Legislature in the final weeks of the 2012 session. Forty-two bills remain pending.

Mother charged in death of daughter

DETROIT — A 26-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with felony murder in the stabbing death of her daughter at their Detroit home just days before the girl's ninth birthday.

The mother, Semeria Greene, was also charged with one count of first-degree child abuse. Greene's four young sons have been turned over to Child Protective Services, police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said.

Neighbors called police to the Greene family's apartment just east of downtown in the early hours of Sunday morning. Officers arrived to discover Tameria Greene bleeding and unresponsive on the floor. She had been stabbed in the chest with a knife and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital. Semeria Greene was taken into custody.

"This is only the second day of the year and we are charging a parent with a child homicide," said Kym Worthy, county prosecutor.