Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 22, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 08/22/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — $100,000 bond set for pot-toting diver

MARINE CITY — A Michigan judge has set a $100,000 bond for a Canadian scuba diver who was arrested after border patrol agents found 8 pounds of marijuana in a water-tight container tied to a seawall on the Michigan side of the St. Clair River.

The PVC cylinder was found near Marine City, northeast of Detroit.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman says agents arrested the man in his scuba gear about 1 a.m. Monday after remote camera operators at Selfridge Air National Guard base spotted him.

The St. Clair County sheriff’s department says 24-year-old Jesse Zunti of Windsor, Ontario, was arraigned Wednesday in Marine City District Court on marijuana delivery charges. His preliminary examination is scheduled Sept. 4. The court says Zunti didn’t have a lawyer of record Wednesday afternoon.

Capitol upgrades stay color-true to the past

LANSING — A roughly $370,000 renovation of the state’s House and Senate chambers is wrapping up, providing modern upgrades while staying true to the Capitol’s Victorian past.

Crews were finishing work this week on the summer project at the domed landmark with balanced wings in downtown Lansing, the Lansing State Journal reported Tuesday. They installed new carpet, along with new computer wiring in the floor, telecommunications cabling and electrical adapters. Equipment also has been installed to make it easier for the hearing impaired to monitor legislative sessions.

Facilities director Steve Benkovsky said officials sought to replicate original carpet patterns from when the building was dedicated in 1879 by analyzing old photos.

“We think the colors are as accurate as possible, but we know for certain the design is right,” he said.

Officials say the renovations are the largest in 20 years.

Congressman draws flack for comment

BIRMINGHAM — Michigan’s Democratic Party chairman criticized a suburban Detroit congressman Wednesday for saying it would be a “dream come true” to seek the impeachment of President Barack Obama.

Republican U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, of Milford, made the comment to supporters in Birmingham, saying he can’t move on impeachment because he lacks evidence that Obama committed any crimes. The talk was posted on YouTube.

“Rep. Bentivolio showed that he’d rather wage tired ideological political battles and give us more Washington dysfunction than do anything to create jobs or focus on Michigan’s middle class,” Lon Johnson, Michigan’s Democratic Party chairman, said in a statement. “Bentivolio can try to distract from what he said, but the fact remains that he’s been nothing more than a rubber stamp for an extreme agenda that favors the wealthy and well-connected over Michigan’s middle-class families.”