Bellaire theater owner to plead to tax evasion
GRAND RAPIDS — A woman admits she failed to pay nearly $1 million in taxes off income from a string of northern Michigan movie theaters.
Records filed Tuesday in Grand Rapids federal court show Elaine Dawson, of Bellaire, plans to plead guilty to tax evasion. In her plea agreement, she says she reported only a portion of her income from ticket sales, popcorn, soda and gift cards, from 2004 through 2010.
Dawson is charged with tax evasion for only one year, but she's on the hook for many more. Son Douglas Dawson and daughter Julie Derrer won't be charged if they fix seven years of their tax returns.
The theaters are Bellaire Theater in Bellaire, Petoskey Cinema in Petoskey, Gaylord Cinema in Gaylord, Courtyard Cinemas in Mackinaw City and Kingston Cinema in Cheboygan.
Improvised explosive device found in vehicle
BINGHAM TOWNSHIP — A bomb has been found in a parked vehicle outside a Clinton County business.
The Clinton County sheriff's office says in a release that the improvised explosive device was left Tuesday on an employee's dashboard at ALR Trailers in Bingham Township, north of Lansing.
Deputies were called to the business about 9 a.m. and determined that two of the employee's personal vehicles had been broken into and vandalized.
Authorities say a state police bomb squad made the improvised explosive device "safe." A suspect in the case is believed to have fled the state.
Traffic accident kills three near Lansing
DEWITT TOWNSHIP — Three people have been killed in a two-car crash on U.S. 127 north of Lansing.
Police say a pickup truck was traveling north on the freeway when it crossed the median about 3 p.m. Tuesday and slammed into a van heading southbound on U.S. 127 in DeWitt Township.
Two of the victims were in the pickup truck. The third was in the van. Both vehicles ended up in a ditch alongside the freeway.
The crash is under investigation and the freeway's southbound lanes were closed.
Michigan hunter recalls run-in with grizzly
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A hunter who was bitten by a grizzly bear after surprising the animal in eastern Idaho said the attack happened in seconds.
Gary Detwiler, a 67-year-old archer from Midland, Mich., said he was helping his hunting partner retrieve a bull elk carcass Friday when they encountered the bear.
The two men walked about four miles back to the truck and drove to a medical clinic in Ashton, where Detwiler was stitched up and released.
James Kindy had shot the six-point elk the previous evening, and decided to track the animal the next day because it was getting dark, Detwiler said. The men located a blood trail on Friday and started following it, walking into a grove of small pine trees no more than 300 yards away.
"We basically heard branches breaking," Detwiler said. "I thought it was the elk ... but then a bear jumped out."
Detwiler said the bear was 10 to 12 feet away when it broke from cover, bit him on the bicep and then returned to the trees.
"I only had about one second between when I saw it and it jumped on me," Detwiler said. "And I had another second or two before it jumped back to the same spot."
He didn't remember any sounds, smells or pain, just the speed of the attack and how the bear was nearly the same color as an elk.
"I thought I was going to die for a minute, but then I knew I wasn't," he said.
The animal didn't give him time to react, he said.
"It wouldn't have mattered if I had pepper spray, a pistol or a shotgun," Detwiler said. "There was nothing I could have done in the second it took for the bear to bite me. Absolutely nothing."
The two men walked about four miles back to the truck and drove to a medical clinic in Ashton, where Detwiler was stitched up and released. In the days since, Detwiler has stayed behind at the Island Park hunting camp while Kindy hunted. He said he will hunt in the future, but may stick to areas that are free of grizzlies.
Steve Schmidt, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's regional supervisor in Idaho Falls, said biologists will return to the scene in the coming days to find out if the bruin was guarding the elk carcass — a source of food that a bear would be likely to try to defend.
"We don't have enough information to say what the bear was doing," Schmidt said.
Kindy hasn't yet found the elk he wounded, Schmidt said. There are no plans to relocate or kill the grizzly since biologists would have no way to identify the one that bit Detwiler.
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