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Michigan

April 6, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 04/06/2013

Woman dies in U.P. shooting

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP — Authorities say a 50-year-old woman has died following a shooting involving a state police trooper in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The trooper and a Marquette County sheriff’s deputy responded Thursday night to the home in Marquette County’s Humboldt Township following a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute.Police say the officers were confronted by Lori Lee. According to a state police statement, a trooper fired at Lee when she refused to put down a rifle she was pointing at officers.

Police say Lee is from Champion Township. The shooting is under investigation.

 

State police copter to patrol West Michigan

ROCKFORD — A state police helicopter will make routine patrols over Grand Rapids and surrounding communities as part of an effort to curb violent crime, officials said.

The decision was in the works for some time, but a spike in violent crime at the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 pushed it forward, Lt. Chris McIntire, commander of the Rockford state police post, told MLive.com.

“It’s also a state police priority for us to do what we can and give all the resources we can to the area,” McIntire said. “We felt it a benefit to bring our aviation section over here.”

The patrols are an extension of crime-fighting efforts discussed in February by U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr., McIntire said.

The patrols started this week and will continue through June under the current plan, but likely will be extended, McIntire said. Previously, state police flew over West Michigan when requested or during special operations such as searches for marijuana growing operations.

The cost for patrols is part of the existing state police budget. Helicopters routinely patrol over Detroit, Flint and Saginaw.

A state police helicopter will fly from Lansing two or three days a week and assist police agencies from the air for four to five hours, said Sgt. Jerry King, a pilot in the state police’s aviation unit.

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