Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 30, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 10/30/2013



15-year-old runaway found with man, 37

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — Police say they’ve found a 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl who reportedly ran away with a 37-year-old man who is a family friend.

State police say the girl from Wayne County’s Plymouth Township and the man disappeared after they were seen together Sunday.

Township police tell WDIV-TV that the two were found Tuesday in a field in neighboring Washtenaw County and had minor self-inflicted injuries.

Police say the girl and man left notes expressing their love for one another.

Police say the girl is receiving medical care and the man is being held to face possible charges.


Judge: No restrictions on wind energy project

ST. JOHNS — A judge has struck down local ordinances that would have put restrictions on a $120 million wind energy project in central Michigan.

The Lansing State Journal said Clinton County Circuit Judge Randy Tahvonen released a ruling Tuesday that strikes down ordinances passed by three townships.

Tahvonen says developer Forest Hill Energy is correct and that all provisions of the Bengal, Dallas and Essex township ordinances infringe on the county’s zoning powers.

Snyder signs drug user benefits law

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law denying unemployment benefits to job seekers who fail company drug tests.

The measure signed Tuesday is part of a package that gives the state more flexibility to reclaim fraudulent payments. Most bills bring Michigan in line with federal requirements, though the drug-testing law is separate.

Businesses don’t have to notify the state when job applicants fail a drug test or decline to take it. But if companies pass along the information, applicants not hired because of a failed drug test will lose their checks.

The drug-testing law is in effect for one year as a pilot program.

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