Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 7, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/07/2013


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Monroe hot dog vendor loses case

MONROE — After a three-year legal fight, a dispute over a Monroe hot dog stand is moving to a federal appeals court.

Owners of The Dog Pound are appealing a decision that dismissed their lawsuit against the city. They claim Monroe violated their rights by not allowing them to operate the hot dog stand in a busy downtown area.

Detroit federal Judge David Lawson recently ruled in favor of Monroe. He said The Dog Pound failed to offer evidence that an ordinance regulating transient merchants violates the U.S. Constitution.

The owners claim Monroe won't allow the hot dog cart in certain areas because other food businesses fear competition.

Couple in 80s slain in their home

KENTWOOD — Police in western Michigan say a husband and wife in their 80s were slain during an apparent invasion of their home.

Kentwood police identified the victims as 81-year-old David Bouwman and 80-year-old Vivian Bouwman. Police said they were found dead Saturday morning at a house in the Grand Rapids suburb.

Police ID suspect who was fatally shot

BELDING — State police have tentatively identified a western Michigan man they say was fatally shot after repeatedly firing at police cruisers.

Lt. Kevin Sweeney told the Sentinel-Standard of Ionia that he's believed to be 55-year-old Bernard Rowley of Sidney.

Police said the man fired shots before dawn Saturday outside the Belding police department, shattering the window of a department vehicle.

Program aim: Keep drugs out of water

PETOSKEY — An environmental group said a drop-off program in northern Michigan is helping prevent drugs from contaminating the region's waters.

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey said the program begun three year ago provides locations at law enforcement agencies where people can dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines and personal care products. Almost 5,000 pounds have been collected.

For many years, people were advised to flush unused drugs down the drain to avoid misuse. But scientists determined that pharmaceuticals were polluting waterways and called for other means of disposal.

Tip of the Mitt policy specialist Jennifer McKay said the network of drop boxes gives people a safe alternative. The boxes can be found at police agencies in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Grand Traverse counties.

Museum to screen Middle East movies

DEARBORN — An annual festival of movies from the Middle East is screening films rarely seen in the United States.

The Arab American National Museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn is hosting the 2013 festival that runs Jan 24-26.

The schedule includes "1/2 Revolution," a personal look at a group of friends living in Cairo during the first days of the Egyptian uprisings that were part of the Arab Spring.

Other films include tales from Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Morocco and Jordan.

All screenings take place in the museum's auditorium. Tickets are available in advance online or at the door.