Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 2, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 12/02/2012


Surgery for girl mauled by raccoon

ROYAL OAK — A West Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby has had her final major surgery. and WOOD-TV report Saturday that the procedure on 10-year-old Charlotte Ponce (PON'-say) was performed Friday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, north of Detroit.

It was her fifth operation and involved shaping and contouring Charlotte's damaged nose. She is expected to be discharged from the hospital Saturday. Her surgeon plans to reconstruct Charlotte's right ear next summer.

The raccoon attacked the girl in 2002 in her crib while her biological parents lived near Ravenna, about 15 miles east of Muskegon. The raccoon was later destroyed.

She was adopted by her great-aunt and great-uncle in 2005 after Michigan terminated the biological parents' rights.

5 teens arrested after spree

SOUTH HAVEN — Five southwest Michigan teenagers have been arrested after more than a dozen car windows and windows at some South Haven businesses were shattered.

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department says Saturday that damages top $12,000.

Deputies were investigating a report of five people behaving suspiciously about 9:30 p.m. Friday outside a South Haven store when complaints began pouring in to the department that numerous vehicle windows had been shot out. Display windows at two shops also were destroyed.

Two vehicles in nearby Geneva Township also were damaged, but a witness was able to give a description of the suspects' car and possible license plate number to police.

Officers later arrested four 17-year-old males and a 17-year-old female on malicious destruction of property charges. Five pellet guns also were recovered.

Parents of Trayvon Martin honored

DETROIT — Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin will be honored in Detroit for establishing a foundation named after their 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.

The award is to be given today during Central United Methodist Church's 8th Annual Peace and Justice Banquet at the Detroit Marriott inside the Renaissance Center downtown.

George Zimmerman faces trial in the February 2012 slaying of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and said the shooting was in self-defense.

Leadership Conference of Women Religious president Florence Deacon and deceased labor activist Ethel Schwartz also will be honored at the banquet in Detroit. "The New Jim Crow" author Michelle Alexander will speak at the banquet.