Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 3, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 02/03/2013


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Cause of hiker's death determined

WEST GLACIER, Mont. — The Flathead County Sheriff says a 19-year-old Michigan man who died in Glacier National Park last summer likely drowned or succumbed to hypothermia and not a fall as originally believed.

Sheriff Chuck Curry tells the Missoulian in a story published Saturday that Jakson Kreiser of Hudsonville, Mich., did not die of a traumatic injury.

Kreiser never returned from a hike on July 28. His body was found in a small waterfall drainage Sept. 13 by hikers in an area southwest of Hidden Lake. The cause of death was listed as exposure.

Curry says Kreiser probably slipped while crossing the cold-water drainage that was likely 20 feet wide, fast and several feet deep at the time.

But Curry says Kreiser might have bumped his head when he slipped.

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting

DETROIT — A young man is dead and another is seriously injured after a shooting during an attempted robbery of a basketball coach near a Detroit high school.

Detroit Public Schools spokesman Steve Wasko says the shooting occurred around 7:30 p.m. Friday outside Martin Luther King Jr. High School. He says a man who helps coach the girls' basketball team was targeted by the pair.

No names have been released. WXYZ-TV reports that the man has a permit to carry a gun and was escorting girls away from the school.

Grocery accused of food stamp fraud

HAMTRAMCK — Federal authorities became suspicious: How could a small Hamtramck grocery ring up nearly $1 million in food-aid redemptions in just six months?

The government is accusing the Modhubon Grocery of fraud. The U.S. attorney's office this week filed a lawsuit to seize thousands of dollars from bank accounts.

Authorities believe the grocery is giving cash to food-aid recipients in exchange for a larger swipe of their electronic-benefits card, a common fraud scheme.

Stores that let customers use food cards are reimbursed by the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Owners of the Modhubon Grocery could not be reached for comment. The government says similar stores in the area average only $82,000 in food stamp redemptions a year.