Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 2, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 07/02/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Long-lost wreck found in Superior

DULUTH, Minn. — Video taken more than 500 feet down in Lake Superior confirms a shipwreck is the long-lost freighter Henry B. Smith.

Shipwreck hunters located the wreck in May about 30 miles north of Marquette. They had little doubt then that they had found the Smith, which vanished in a storm in 1913.

But the Duluth News Tribune reports the group wasn’t able to get video showing the ship’s name until a return trip to the site last week.

The 525-foot Henry B. Smith sank in the massive Great Lakes Storm of November 1913, after it and its crew of 25 ventured out from Marquette during a lull. The storm kicked up again and the freighter vanished, leaving scattered wreckage and just two bodies along the shores of Lake Superior.

Search still on for man lost from boat

FERRYSBURG — Authorities continue searching Lake Michigan for a 47-year-old Grand Rapids-area man who jumped from a boat and then disappeared.

The Coast Guard’s search continued for a second day Monday in the water off Ferrysburg for John English, a paramedic from Walker.

WOOD-TV said the Ottawa County emergency dispatch center got a call about 4:10 p.m. Sunday from a vessel reporting the man in the water.

The station says the Coast Guard was using a helicopter and boats Monday to search the area, about 3 miles from shore.

Ferrysburg is about 10 miles south of Muskegon.

Crews find body in Huron River

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP — A dive team has found the body of a 21-year-old man who disappeared after he and several companions dived from a bridge into the Huron River in Washtenaw County.

Sheriff’s spokesman Derrick L. Jackson said the team found the body of Donovan J. Hyter on Monday evening. Authorities say the Pittsfield Township resident jumped from the bridge before dawn Sunday in Superior Township, near Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti fire Capt. Scott Maddison says about a half-dozen young adults jumped from the bridge and one of them became distressed. Maddison says a lifeguard who was part of the group tried unsuccessfully to rescue him.

Boy, 13, charged with murder

FLINT — A 13-year-old Flint police has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his 22-year-old brother and the brother’s 28-year-old girlfriend.

The boy is being held at the Genesee Valley Detention Center. Leyton says the teen will be tried as an adult in juvenile court.

If convicted, the boy could serve an adult prison sentence after turning 21 should a judge decide he should remain behind bars.

Police said they found Kareem B. Walters and Alexis Frazier in a house on Flint’s west side about 4:40 a.m. Sunday. They say Walters died at the scene and Frazier died at a hospital.

Gov. signs energy assistance bill

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law creating a fund to help low-income residents keep their homes warm.

Snyder said after Monday’s bill signing that the Low Income Energy Assistance Fund provides “a long-term solution to help Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens.”

It authorizes the Public Service Commission to raise up to $50 million for low-income energy assistance. An additional $10 million in federal money will be put into the fund.

Michigan regulators can add up to a $1 monthly surcharge to bills. Utilities can opt out of charging the fee, but major ones that have more delinquent customers can tap into the federal heating assistance fund if they participate.

If they opt out, they would be barred from shutting off service to delinquent accounts from Nov. 1 to April 15.