— Horse in SW Michigan has encephalitis
PAW PAW — A horse in southwestern Michigan has died after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis, and horse owners are being urged to protect their animals from the viral disease.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Thursday that the 12-year-old mare from Van Buren County is the state’s first case of the disease this year. In 2012, the state’s only case was in a puppy from the same county.
“Horse owners in Michigan’s southwestern counties should be especially aware of the risk and take extra measures to protect their animals,” Dr. James Averill, the state veterinarian, said in a statement.
Body may be man missing since Monday
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP — Authorities in west Michigan believe a body found in an inland lake belongs to a 26-year-old Holland man missing since Monday.
The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says a 13-year-old kayaker found the body Friday morning on the northeast end of Lake Macatawa in Holland Township and contacted authorities.
An autopsy is scheduled.
Dave Camp won’t run for U.S. Senate seat
MIDLAND — Another Republican congressman decided Friday not to run for the U.S. Senate seat opening up with the retirement of long-time Democratic Sen. Carl Levin in 2014, which could clear the way for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to more easily raise money for her campaign.
U.S. Rep. Dave Camp of Midland, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, announced in a statement that he will focus on his House duties despite being “deeply humbled” by recent encouragement to run. He will continue working on the herculean task of simplifying a tax code that has undergone about 5,000 changes since 2001.
When Levin announced his retirement in March, the 60-year-old Camp ruled out a run only to say last month he was reconsidering.
Accused freeway shooter facing trial
HOWELL — A man charged by the Michigan attorney general’s office with a series of shootings on and off Interstate 96 a year ago will stand trial early next year in Livingston County.
A Jan. 13 trial date was set during a court hearing Friday for Raulie Casteel.
Casteel faces attempted murder among 60 charges in Oakland County linked to shootings in Commerce Township and Wixom. The 44-year-old is to stand trial in that case in November.
The AG’s office is prosecuting Casteel on terrorism and other charges in Livingston County.
He’s accused in two-dozen random shootings in a four-county area in October 2012.
Defense attorney Douglas Mullkoff said Friday his client has decided not to seek an insanity defense. Mullkoff previously said Casteel has been diagnosed as having a delusional disorder.
Enbridge extension denied by U.S. EPA
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has turned down Enbridge Inc.’s request for an extension to complete dredging of the Kalamazoo River to clean up after a July 2010 oil pipeline spill.
Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge made the request earlier this month for the EPA to extend its deadline past Dec. 31. The pipeline company had said the request was due in part to opposition by some area residents over the two chosen dredge pad sites surrounding Morrow Lake in Kalamazoo County’s Comstock Township.