Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 8, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 12/08/2012


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Muzzleloader season for deer opening

LANSING — The muzzleloader hunting season for deer is opening in parts of Michigan.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the 2012 season opens Friday in the Upper Peninsula and southern Michigan.

The season runs for 10 days in the Upper Peninsula and 17 days in southern Michigan. The 2012 muzzleloader season in the northern Lower Peninsula runs from Dec. 14-23.

Jurors deliberate killing of 2 women

DETROIT — Jurors have started considering the fate of five men accused in the abduction, torture and killing of two Detroit-area women who were taken at gunpoint.

The case involves the February deaths of 18-year-old Abreeya Brown and 22-year-old Ashley Conaway.

Closing arguments began Wednesday.

Authorities said the women were forced into a car trunk outside their Hamtramck home. Their bodies were buried in a Detroit park.

Both were bound and shot in the head.

Brandon Cain, Brian Lee, Reginald Brown and Jeremy Brown are charged with first-degree murder, torture and unlawful imprisonment. Co-defendant, Miguel Rodriguez reached a deal earlier.

Detroit planning to lay off 5% of workforce

DETROIT — Detroit is making plans to lay off 400 to 500 city employees in the new year, roughly 5 percent of the workforce, one of many steps to try to straighten poor public finances, officials said Friday.

"I've got to make sure that this house that's on fire doesn't implode," Mayor Dave Bing told reporters as he described the city's precarious position.

Bing outlined a series of moves at the end of a week in which the state treasurer said Detroit's books would get a fresh look from Lansing, an exam that could lead to an emergency financial manager appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

"It's not a veiled threat," Bing said. "If we don't get some of these milestones implemented, he has no choice. ... I don't agree with it but it's not my decision."

Jury finds man guilty in recording of teen

CASSOPOLIS — A 57-year-old southwest Michigan man whose girlfriend found a secretly recorded video of a teenager disrobing has been found guilty of child sexual abusive activity. reports Friday that a Cass County jury also found James Heidenreich of Dowagiac guilty Thursday of eavesdropping, possession of child sexually abusive material, manufacture of marijuana and gun charges.

He faces a Feb. 1 sentencing.

Heidenreich's girlfriend discovered the video in his jacket. It showed a 17-year-old family friend taking off her clothing before using a shower in Heidenreich's bathroom.

Market denies young candy-maker space

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP — A 12-year-old chocolate candy maker has the ambition but no place to sell his wares after a Lansing area farmers' market said it's too full to accept his application.

The Lansing State Journal reported Friday that the Meridian Township Farmers' Market is not reconsidering William Zsigo's request to operate Will-Yum's Chocolates.

The Haslett sixth-grader received a rejection email on Nov. 20 after loading up on chocolate. Market operators said there already were enough vendors selling sweets.

The newspaper said William has made more than $5,000 and has made chocolate treats for a wedding. He has used his earnings to buy a golf cart to help sell his chocolate door-to-door.

Konny Zsigo said his son is "trying to sell a little bit of chocolate and not play his Xbox."