Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 16, 2012

State In Brief: 10/16/2012


---- — Goals missing from special needs team

CENTREVILLE — Authorities in southwestern Michigan are looking for those responsible for stealing soccer goals from a field where a team for special needs players calls home. reports the theft is believed to have happened between Sept. 19 and Oct. 3 at the Pathfinder Panthers' field in Centreville, about 70 miles south of Grand Rapids.

The theft took place before a tournament the Panthers hosted for Special Olympics teams. The tournament went on, but with flags and cones marking goals.

Trudy Camp, adaptive physical education teacher at the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District's Pathfinder's Center, says it was a shock to discover the theft.

The goals are regulation size and are made out of metal, with orange netting. Camp says the fear is that they were sold for scrap.

Universities to study Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR — Twenty-one universities and institutions in the U.S. and Canada are developing plans for long-term research projects to help protect and restore the Great Lakes, project officials announced Monday.

The University of Michigan is among the participants in the Great Lakes Futures Project.

The collaboration will begin with a series of papers describing factors that have affected the lakes over the past 50 years and those expected to have an effect in the next 50 years. Among them are invasive species, climate change, the economy and chemical pollution.

Other U.S. institutions providing funding for the research include Michigan State University, Wayne State University and University at Buffalo in New York.

Police: Bar fight leaves man dead

GARDEN CITY — Police in suburban Detroit say a bar fight over a woman led to the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old Houston-area man and the wounding of two men from California in a parking lot.

Garden City police say they're seeking to identify several suspects in the attack, which followed a dispute early Sunday at Albert's in the Alley. Chief Robert Muery tells The Associated Press that the dead man was Oscar E. Avila of Conroe, Texas.