Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 22, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 05/22/2013

Associated Press

---- — Chopper patrols will end due to noise

GRAND RAPIDS — State police say they’re halting helicopter patrols over Grand Rapids after getting multiple noise complaints.

Lt. Chris McIntire tells ( ) that the main reason is the greater need in other parts of Michigan, rather than objections to the flights over Grand Rapids.

He says the patrols began to assist Grand Rapids police with anti-crime efforts after a jump in crime several months ago.

But he says “lately, the crime hasn’t been that much.”

Grand Rapids resident Brian Kelly says the flyovers Saturday annoyed residents and made them wonder whether some type of crime was happening in the neighborhood. He says the noise kept his 8-year-old daughter from going to sleep on time.


Swastika found in high school locker

EAST LANSING — Malicious destruction of property charges are being sought against three Michigan high school students after a Jewish classmate found a swastika carved into her locker, police said.

School administrators, the girl’s family and police agreed the best way to handle the incident was for her three classmates to be charged with the misdemeanor, East Lansing police Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth said.

“The school is also being listed as the victim,” Wriggelsworth said.

The Ingham County prosecutor’s office is expected to make a determination about what charges might be brought.


Scientists want wolves protected

TRAVERSE CITY — Groups of scientists are urging federal officials not to remove protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states.

In letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week, carnivore specialists say the wolf population has only begun to recover and is absent from most of its historical territory after being driven to near-extinction in the past century.

They say there’s enough habitat and prey to support wolves in other parts of the country.

The wolf remains on the endangered species list except in the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes, where the combined population is about 6,000.

A draft proposal to drop remaining protections except in the Southwest surfaced last month. Government attorneys said in court papers Monday a final decision has been postponed. They provided no explanation.