Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 13, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/13/2013


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Man enters plea in friend's slaying

BATTLE CREEK — A 34-year-old Michigan man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the slaying of a friend while they were playing a drinking game with a loaded revolver.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Samuel Castanier told a Calhoun County judge Friday that he and 34-year-old Nicholas Ullrich "were playing a game with guns." Ullrich was shot once in the head last September as he, Castanier and a third friend were celebrating a birthday at Castanier's Battle Creek home.

Police have said the revolver was loaded with a single cartridge and that the men believed they were safe by looking at the cylinder before pulling the trigger. They said they forgot the loaded chamber advances when the trigger is pulled.

Castanier will be sentenced Feb. 22.

Fights shut down housing event

TAYLOR — Fights in a line of several thousand people seeking applications to get on a waiting list for housing vouchers in a Detroit area community forced police to cancel the event.

The Taylor Housing Commission says Saturday in a release that upward of 4,000 people arrived ahead of the 9 a.m. start to get Section 8 voucher applications.

Some people began lining up Friday evening at the Taylor Human Services Building, southwest of Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reports that four people were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Officials plan to discuss better ways to distribute the applications.

8 people honored for rescue

MARQUETTE — Police officers and members of the public have been honored for saving a woman whose car rolled off an Upper Peninsula road and into an icy creek in December.

Cora Longtine's 2004 Honda crashed through two inches of ice in a Marquette County creek. Two people who were first on the scene couldn't break the windows while the car was submerged. Two more people were able to break a window with help from others.

Eight people received life-saving awards or outstanding citizen awards this week from the Marquette County Law Enforcement Administrators Association.

They are sheriff's deputy Torin Tredeau; Marquette Cpl. Jim Finkbeiner; Chocolay Township officers Jon LeGally and Anthony Carrick; brothers Klaye and Scott Olson of Gwinn; Aaron Beckman of Ishpeming; and Chris Graham Jr. of Negaunee.

Bands getting ready for inaugural gigs

DEARBORN — Two bands from Henry Ford Community College are getting ready for an inaugural jam.

The Big Band and Midnight Blue Band will perform Jan. 21 at President Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington, D.C. But first, they're scheduled to rehearse Sunday evening at the Dearborn campus.

Another Detroit-area band also is playing the presidential inauguration with the help of a local philanthropy. WDIV-TV reports that the General Motors Foundation is giving $25,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to help Cass Technical High School's marching band travel to and play during the festivities.

The gift came after the band's fundraising efforts fell short.