Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 6, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/06/2013


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Police recover gun, meth at home

WAKESHMA TOWNSHIP — Kalamazoo police arrested three people and seized a loaded shotgun, stolen property, meth and meth lab components from a home.

The homeowner and his wife were arrested Saturday on outstanding felony warrants for assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Another man at the residence was arrested for violating conditions of his parole.

Police said they began a drug investigation at the house in Kalamazoo County's Wakeshma Township "some time ago."

Officer fatally shoots suspect

BELDING — A West Michigan officer killed a suspect who earlier shot out the window of a police cruiser, authorities said Saturday.

The man fired shots at 5:12 a.m. Saturday outside the Belding police department, shattering the window of a department vehicle, state police 1st Lt. Kevin Sweeney said at a morning news conference.

An officer inside the building heard the gunshots, went outside and saw the man getting into a van.

Sweeney said the officer followed the van and called for backup. A state trooper arrived to assist, and the officers later stopped the van.

Sweeney said the man exited the vehicle and began shooting at the patrol cars. The Belding officer returned fire, killing the suspect, who did not have identification on him, police said. The shooting happened about 5:23 a.m.

Sweeney said he did not think the state trooper fired his weapon. Neither the Belding officer nor the state trooper was injured.

The officers involved in the pursuit of the suspect were not named.

Belding police Chief Dale Nelson said it was the department's first officer-involved shooting in at least a decade.

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed and the officer is cleared to return to work, the chief said.

Grant approved for park in Eaton

CHARLOTTE — The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has approved a $3 million grant for a new park that officials say would be the largest in Eaton County.

The grant is for 432 acres of land three miles east of Charlotte.

The Lansing State Journal reports once the grant money is released later this year, work will begin on the Crandell Park project. Full development could take five to 10 years.

Randy and Dan Crandell own the property and formerly operated a gravel pit on it. They donated more than $1 million, money that was used to gain the state grant.

The land includes a 160-acre lake that is up to 35 feet deep. It has room for athletic fields, a splash pad and trails for hiking and biking.

Mega Millions rises to $47 million

LANSING — The Mega Millions jackpot has risen to an estimated $47 million for the next drawing in the multistate lottery game.

The grand prize amount rolled over because no player matched all the winning numbers to take the $39 million jackpot up for grabs Friday night. Mega Millions will be played again on Tuesday.