Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 8, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 07/08/2014

2 sentenced in Detroit attack on motorist

DETROIT — A judge on Monday sentenced one man to prison and a second to probation for their involvement in a brutal mob attack on a motorist who accidentally struck a boy with his pickup truck in Detroit.

Wonzey Saffold, 30, was sentenced Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court to six years and four months to 10 years in prison for his role in the April 2 beating of 54-year-old Steve Utash.

Judge James Callahan later sentenced Bruce Wimbush, 18, to three years’ probation.

Both pleaded guilty in June to assault in exchange for having attempted murder charges dropped. Three others also pleaded guilty in the attack on the city’s east side and two of those are scheduled for sentencing Thursday.

Test scores up, but college readiness slips

LANSING — High school juniors improved in all subject areas on the Michigan Merit Exam this year, while the average ACT college entrance exam rose slightly for the fourth consecutive year, according to results made public Monday.

But the percentage of Michigan juniors considered ready for college declined after rising during the four previous years, which officials blamed on a slight drop in the percentage of students meeting proficiency levels in the math section of the ACT.

The merit exam is taken each spring. Proficiency scores ranged from a high of 58.7 percent in reading to a low of 28.4 percent in science.

The biggest improvements this year were in social studies, where the average score jumped from 38.6 to 43.9 after a two-year drop, and in reading, which rose from 53.5 to 58.7.

The writing average went from 49.3 to 50.8 and overall science proficiency improved from 25.7 to 28.4. The math improvement was slightest, with the average rising from 28.6 to 28.8.

Meteorologist loses eye in fireworks mishap

SOUTHFIELD— A meteorologist at a Detroit-area television station has lost the sight in his left eye after a fireworks accident in Iowa.

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