Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 20, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 07/20/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Antlerless deer licenses available

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says hunters can apply for antlerless deer licenses through Aug 15.

They can seek a quota-limited license online, at any authorized license agent or at a DNR Customer Service Center. A nonrefundable $4 fee is charged. Hunters may apply only for a single public-land or private-land license.

Beginning Sept. 5, applicants can go online to check their drawing results and see how many licenses remain available.

Hunters ages 9 to 16 can buy one junior antlerless deer license over the counter through Aug. 15. No application is required.

About 554,000 antlerless deer licenses are available statewide for the 2013 deer seasons, down from about 709,000 last year. License quotas for individual deer management units can be found on the DNR website.

Abducted woman was shot in head

DEARBORN — Authorities say a woman who was abducted from a Family Dollar store in suburban Detroit was shot in the head.

An autopsy was performed Friday by the Wayne County medical examiner’s office, a day after Brenna Machus’ body was discovered in a wooded area less than 2 miles from the Dearborn store. She was an assistant manager.

The 20-year-old Machus disappeared Monday night, the same night a 20-year-old co-worker was fatally shot in the store. Dearborn police are searching for a suspect who entered the store wearing dark clothes and a hood over his head, making his identity very hard to determine.

Police Chief Ron Haddad wants to talk to anyone who may have noticed a suspicious vehicle on the service drive of northbound Southfield Freeway near Michigan Avenue.

Thousands lose power on Friday

BAY CITY — Strong wind and rain cut power to thousands of people in Bay and Midland counties and knocked down trees across the state in western Michigan.

Storm warnings were posted in some parts of the state Friday. The U.S. Coast Guard advised people to be cautious in Lake Michigan and perhaps skip a day at the beach because of high wind and large waves.

In Bay City, 72-year-old Dolores Kerr said a tree smashed her roof and sounded like a “small bomb.” Her bedroom ceiling was also damaged.

In Ottawa County near Lake Michigan, wind knocked down a tent over a fruit-and-vegetable stand. There was one minor injury.