Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 10, 2013

State in Brief: 01/10/2013


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Three killed as icy roads cause crashes

WHITE PIGEON TOWNSHIP — Police across Michigan report icy road conditions and multiple accidents, including a one-vehicle crash in the southwest that killed two of the seven people aboard. Another crash in Eaton County has killed a 60-year-old driver.

The St. Joseph County sheriff's department said the double fatal crash happened about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday in White Pigeon Township, 30 miles south of Kalamazoo.

It said the driver was 30-year-old driver Kirk Miller of Keystone, Ind. The department says two of his passengers were killed but didn't immediately release their names.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich tells the Lansing State Journal that Donald Brownlee of Howell was killed when his SUV spun out of control on Interstate 69. said a school bus without children went into a ditch near Caledonia.

Snyder signs law to prevent child sex abuse

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation into law that aims to increase education and training in schools to help prevent the sexual abuse of children.

The Republican governor's office announced Wednesday that he signed the bipartisan legislation named "Erin's Law." It's named after a woman from Schaumburg, Ill., who was sexually abused as a child and now campaigns nationally for increased education and protections.

Snyder officials said the bills were among about 30 pieces of legislation getting his signature.

One clarifies that the state's Family Independence program is temporary and not an entitlement. It prevents further cash assistance to families that receive it for at least five years.

Another bill prohibits prisoners from keeping photos and drawings of their victims or any item that belonged to their victims.

Parole agent to interview Kilpatrick

DETROIT — A Michigan parole agent plans to interview ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick about an unreported $2,000 gift from a Chicago pastor.

Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan said the interview Thursday will influence what action if any will be taken.

Kilpatrick is on parole for a 2008 state conviction for obstruction of justice and could be sent back to prison. He's now on trial on federal corruption charges.

He still owes $800,000 to Detroit and must regularly report income or gifts to the state.

Kilpatrick received a $2,000 wire transfer in December from the Rev. Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church.

The Corrections Department has posted a video online showing Kilpatrick getting the cash at a Walmart store in Macomb County. Kilpatrick calls the matter "trivial."

Man gets up to 40 years in dad's death

WARREN — A suburban Detroit man has been sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison in the beating death of his father.

Jason Kinnie pleaded no contest to a charge of second-degree murder last month. He was charged in the 2011 slaying of 61-year-old Donald Kinnie, whose bloody body was found in the bathroom of his home in Warren.

Authorities said Jason Kinnie killed his father following a fight, and the son's lawyer told the Detroit Free Press his client was drunk at the time.

Prosecutors said that after killing his father, Jason Kinnie hid in the attic for hours before police found him with a heat-seeking device and camera.

Kinnie was sentenced Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court. He was given credit for about two years of time served.