Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 9, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 10/09/2012


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Detroit police chief retires amid sex probe

DETROIT — Detroit's police chief stepped down Monday after a week of embarrassing revelations about a sexual relationship with a subordinate, forcing the city to search for a fifth leader in four years for a department dealing with one of the nation's highest violent-crime rates.

Ralph Godbee was hired two years ago to replace a predecessor fired following an affair with a female officer who allegedly also had a relationship with Godbee. His departure extends the revolving door of leadership in a cash-strapped city. Detroit's next chief will be its 10th since 1991, and several of those were forced out amid allegations of wrongdoing.

Godbee stepped down after married internal affairs officer Angelica Robinson said she and the married chief had a yearlong sexual relationship. It was the second alleged tryst with a subordinate to surface against Godbee since he became chief in 2010.

Robinson posted a photo on Twitter of her with a police gun in her mouth. Her attorney, David Robinson, said the photo was posted after she learned Godbee was at a police conference a week ago in San Diego with another woman. He said Godbee had other officers locate Angelica Robinson and put her under surveillance.

There was no mention of the scandal in an eight-paragraph letter Godbee sent to Mayor Dave Bing announcing what was described as a "retirement." Bing insisted he didn't push the 25-year veteran to leave but called it the "right decision."

Ryan stumps in Michigan, Ohio

SWANTON, Ohio — Mitt Romney's administration on Day One would approve a pipeline that would run from Canada to U.S. refineries in Texas, creating thousands of jobs and pushing America on its way to energy independence, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Monday.

The Wisconsin congressman Ryan capped a campaign swing through Michigan with a raucous rally at nearby Oakland University in the school's athletic center. He was preceded by many speakers, including GOP U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra, who aims to unseat Democrat Debbie Stabenow, and made-in-Michigan musician Kid Rock, who has been strumming for the Romney ticket.

Two state deaths tied to fungal meningitis

DETROIT — A Michigan man whose wife's death was linked to the national outbreak of fungal meningitis said Monday that he, too, was treated with steroids that may have been contaminated.

"Not only have I lost my wife, but I'm watching the clock to see if anything develops. I'm waiting for results," George Cary said as friends and family gathered for his wife's wake in Howell.

Lilian Cary, 67, of Howell died Sept. 30. She had been ill since late August, but meningitis wasn't detected until Sept. 22, her husband said.

Michigan has reported 21 cases of meningitis, including two deaths. Officials have tied the outbreak to steroid shots for back pain, which were made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.