Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 11, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 03/11/2013

Snowmobile crash victims identified

CHERRY GROVE TOWNSHIP — Authorities in the northern Lower Peninsula have released the names of two men killed in separate snowmobile accidents on the same trail.

Jeffrey S. Ellens, 51, of Cadillac, was killed in a crash Friday night on a trail in Wexford County’s Cherry Grove Township, near Cadillac, MLive said.

Earlier in the day, 61-year-old Gerald Carter of Clarkston died after hitting trees in a crash that also happened on Trail 35.

Man arraigned on murder charges

DETROIT — A 21-year-old Detroit man has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges in the shotgun slayings of two women and a man in the presence of two young children.

Shadell K. Love was arraigned by video link Sunday in Detroit’s 36th District Court and remains in the Wayne County jail awaiting a March 19 hearing. Authorities couldn’t immediately say if he has a lawyer.

Authorities say Love fatally shot 25-year-old Lauren Trotty, 20-year-old India Coleman and 20-year-old Curtis Clemens.

Suit: Priest failed to protect girl

MOUNT CLEMENS — A lawsuit against a priest and the Catholic church says they failed to protect a 14-year-old girl from sexual abuse by a 19-year-old man.

The suit was filed last week in Macomb County Circuit Court, the Detroit Free Press said, against the Rev. Michael Cooney, St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mount Clemens, the Archdiocese of Detroit and sexual misconduct convict Michael Lentini.

The suit says the priest and church were negligent and failed to act after getting reports of the sexual misconduct.

No more Bridge Cards for the dead?

LANSING — A Republican Michigan lawmaker is seeking to crack down on welfare abuse by ensuring the state isn’t giving out food assistance to dead people.

A bill would require a monthly check with the U.S. Social Security Death Index to see if a Bridge Card recipient has died.

Bridge Cards are used like debit cards for state food assistance and cash programs.

Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw is sponsoring the legislation. He says it is a “common sense way” to keep the state’s “welfare system strong and free from abuse” and ensure “more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”

The bill will now be considered by the full House.



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