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This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Jamal Bennett. The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out Bennet's murder conviction, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a

Michigan court reverses murder conviction, cites rap videos

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously threw out a murder conviction Friday, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a “ruthless and menacing threat to the community.” Jamal Bennett is serving a 32-year prison sentence for the fatal shooting...

Dad convicted of aiding son after woman's dismemberment

Jan. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A retired police officer accused of helping his son after he killed and dismembered a woman in western Michigan was convicted Monday of committing perjury and acting as an accessory. The Kent County jury was deadlocked and couldn't reach a unanimous decision on an additional...

This image released by the Ottawa County Jail, shows Timothy Koets, 50, an assistant professor for Grand Rapids Community College, who has been charged in the pool drowning of his son with autism. Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the drowning of 16-year-old Samuel Koets, told nationally syndicated news magazine “Inside Edition” on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, that he is being unfairly portrayed as an uncaring father who neglected to supervise his son. (Ottawa County Jail/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Michigan dad denies being complicit in autistic son's death

Jan. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EST

JENISON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college professor whose severely autistic 16-year-old son drowned in an icy backyard pool last March says the authorities treated him unfairly by charging him in his son's death. Timothy Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the drowning of Samuel...

Barbara Chance, mother of Jared Chance, who was found guilty in the 2018 slaying and dismemberment of Ashley Young, appears at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. She pleaded no contest to charges that she lied to police and helped her son cover up the murder of Young. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Mother pleads no contest to helping son in body parts case

Jan. 6, 2020 3:55 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A mother accused of helping her son move the dismembered remains of a woman pleaded no contest Monday before a trial in western Michigan. Barbara Chance faces up to a year in jail, Kent County Judge Paul Denenfeld said. Chance's son, Jared Chance, was convicted in September of...

Water authority: Some metals not detected after river spill

Dec. 24, 2019 12:40 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Initial water quality tests following the spill of limestone construction aggregate into the Detroit River did not turn up uranium, thorium, mercury or lead, according to an agency that supplies water services to Detroit and dozens of other communities in southeastern Michigan. Results of a...

Governor: Update on Flint water crisis probe to come in 2020

Dec. 22, 2019 2:37 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An update is expected at the start of 2020 regarding a criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis that was one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. Whitmer told on Tuesday that she trusts Michigan's...

Red Wings recall Pickard from Grand Rapids

Dec. 19, 2019 11:35 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings recalled goalie Calvin Pickard from Grand Rapids of the AHL. The Red Wings announced the move Thursday. Pickard played one game for the Red Wings earlier this season, a loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 29. The 27-year-old Pickard has played in 105 NHL games, posting a 2.96...

Red Wings recall Bowey from Grand Rapids of AHL

Dec. 13, 2019 3:57 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Madison Bowey from Grand Rapids of the AHL. The team announced the move Friday. Bowey had been sent down to Grand Rapids earlier in the week. He has one goal and seven assists in 22 games this season for the Red Wings. Detroit acquired Bowey in...

Michigan townships, company reach deal over contamination

Dec. 10, 2019 8:00 PM EST

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two western Michigan townships reached a tentative settlement with a footwear company in a federal lawsuit over contaminated water, officials announced Tuesday. The tentative deal between Plainfield and Algoma townships and Wolverine World Wide calls for the company to pay...

Jury: Lawmaker didn't lie to FBI, hung on 2 other charges

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal jury in western Michigan on Tuesday cleared a Republican state lawmaker of lying to federal authorities but was hung on two other charges against him. Jurors found Rep. Larry Inman not guilty of lying to the FBI but could not reach a verdict on charges of attempted...