Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 12, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 07/12/2013

Associated Press

---- — Pellston airport may get new walkway

McKINLEY TOWNSHIP — Authorities are planning a $1.47 million project at a northern Michigan airport to replace a 10-year-old passenger bridge whose original manufacturer went out of business, making repairs hard.

The Petoskey News-Review said the Federal Aviation Administration would pay 95 percent of the cost of the work at Pellston Regional Airport. Emmet County and Michigan would split the rest.

The walkway between airplanes and the terminal was replaced in 2003 when Pellston underwent an $8 million expansion and remodeling.

Airport Manager Kelley Atkins says getting a new bridge takes care of current repair needs and makes future repairs easier because replacement parts would be more available.

The FAA says passenger boardings at the airport rose 9 percent in 2012 to 24,864 people.


Man tries to use stolen card to pay fee

MASON — Michigan authorities say a man they call one of the “world’s dumbest criminals” tried to use a stolen credit card to pay a $1 balance on a $16 fee for a court-ordered fingerprinted in a fraud case.

The office of Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth in Mason says in a statement that the man visited its records office Thursday for fingerprinting.

The department reports he said he only had $15 “so he presented a credit card for the $1 balance.”

The statement says the staff “ran the card and found it to be reported stolen.” It says the man was released “with warrants being sought later.”

His name wasn’t released.

The statement says that criminals’ lack of common sense is one reason “the jail was overcrowded the last seven days.”


Commission OKs wolf hunting

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has again approved wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula under a new state law passed to circumvent a referendum on an earlier hunting law.

The commission voted Thursday for a hunt that runs Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. It allows the killing of up to 43 gray wolves in seven counties.

The commission also approved a wolf hunt in May, but a petition drive for a referendum put the decision on hold.

The Legislature then passed a second law authorizing the commission to schedule a wolf hunt.

Outside Alaska, U.S. wolves were nearly wiped out in the last century. They were on the federal endangered species list in 1974-2012.

Michigan authorities estimate there are 658 wolves in the state.


Manager adopts Detroit budget

DETROIT — State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr has adopted Detroit’s fiscal year 2014 city budget.

Orr signed the order Wednesday. The budget is retroactive to July 1, the start of Detroit’s fiscal year.

The Detroit City Council approved a $1 billion budget last month. Orr says in his order that figures have been reconciled to conform to his 10-year projections as Detroit goes through a restructuring to avoid bankruptcy.

Orr has final say on all city financial matters.

He and his restructuring team have been meeting with creditors, city pension officials, unions, retirees and bond holders. He wants debt holders to accept a fraction of the money owed them by the city.

Detroit’s budget deficit is believed to be about $380 million and the city is about $17 billion in debt.


Firebombing, shooting hurts 3

SAGINAW — Police say an early-morning gun and firebomb attack at a home in Saginaw left three people burned and one of them shot.

WSGW-AM reports that police officers and fire crews responded about 2 a.m. Thursday to the home.

Officials say a man and a woman in their 20s were taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of second- or third-degree burns. The young woman’s mother also was burned.

None of the injuries were critical.

Fire Marshal Ralph Martin said the women live at the house and the man was visiting.

Police said they have information that may lead to multiple arrests, but tips still are being sought from the public in the case.


Officials remove arrow from goose

BAY CITY — Wildlife officials in Michigan have removed an arrow from a Canada goose more than two months after the injured bird was spotted, leaving the once-easily recognized bird to blend in once again with its fellow geese.

The female goose initially was seen wandering in downtown Bay City in April and people alerted the state Department of Natural Resources, expressing concern for its safety.

Officials initially decided not to remove the arrow, because the bird was able to fly without difficulty. The DNR again came across the goose at the end of June when biologists were banding geese and decided to take action.

“It really, actually, was a lucky chance that we were able to get that goose in the pen when we were rounding up geese to band them,” Michigan DNR Wildlife Outreach Technician Holly Vaughn said.