Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 30, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 10/30/2013


Roughly 112,000 Michigan residents are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. The maximum benefit is $362 a week.


Hayride driver had been drinking

MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Police said a driver involved in a tractor-pulled hayride accident in suburban Detroit that sent nine people to hospitals for treatment had been drinking.

Milford Township police Chief Tom Lindberg told WDIV-TV that a preliminary breath test showed that the driver of the tractor had a blood-alcohol content of 0.06 percent. In Michigan, the legal limit for a motor vehicle driver is 0.08 percent.

According to a police report, the Detroit Free Press said the 28-year-old driver told investigators that had drinks while on break.

No charges have been brought.

The accident happened Sunday evening at Camp Dearborn in Oakland County’s Milford Township, about 30 miles northwest of Detroit. The city of Dearborn owns the camp and says the accident happened on the last night of its fall hayride season.


Visitor Center event rescheduled

TRENTON — A groundbreaking for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge visitor center that was put on hold because of the partial federal government shutdown has been rescheduled.

The group Friends of the Detroit River announced Tuesday that groundbreaking for the 12,000-square-foot facility is planned for Nov. 8.

An event had been scheduled for earlier this month in Trenton, but it was postponed because of a lapse in federal appropriations. The facility is to be built at the Refuge Gateway, near the refuge’s Humbug Marsh area.

The gateway will include a 16-foot wildlife sculpture built with help from employees of DTE Energy Co.

The refuge includes more than 5,700 acres along 48 miles of the lower Detroit River and western Lake Erie.

The partial government shutdown ended Oct. 16.

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