Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 27, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/27/2013

Davenport to host active shooter simulation

BATTLE CREEK — Davenport University plans to host a full-scale active shooter simulation event at its Battle Creek campus on Monday. says Battle Creek police and area emergency responders will be on site. They'll be prepared to deploy equipment as part of the drill, which will have four active shooter scenarios within the campus setting.

Police are to notify the federal building, Battle Creek High School and area businesses that the event is only a drill.

Man wanted in Arizona escapes from lockup

DETROIT — A manhunt is under way for a federal prisoner who switched identities with another inmate to escape from a Michigan jail.

The U.S. marshal's office says 34-year-old Rocky Marquez walked out of the Wayne County jail on Jan. 20. He had been awaiting extradition to Arizona to face numerous charges.

Wayne County sheriff's spokeswoman Paula Bridges says officials realized Marquez was missing on Friday.

Marquez was arrested Jan. 15 by the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team. An AK-47 assault rifle was confiscated. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in Detroit federal court.

A statement from the marshal's office says "Marquez should be considered armed and dangerous."

Historic Fleming School destroyed in fire

HOWELL — A historic school in Howell has been destroyed in a fire.

The Fleming School was a Michigan State historic site and vintage schoolhouse renovated in the 1990s for use by Howell schoolchildren.

Howell Deputy Fire Chief Ron Hicks calls it a "total loss." Passers-by called in the fire early Friday.

The fire marshal's report could be completed by Monday, but Chief Andy Pless tells the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus that the fire is considered suspicious.

The school originally was a log building erected in 1850 and was replaced in 1880 with the current one-room schoolhouse.

It was closed in 1957.

In 1993, it was restored and served as an educational site for Howell Public Schools students.

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