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Girl dies after becoming entangled in clothing

Authorities say a 4-year-old girl has died after she became entangled in clothing at her western Michigan home and was accidentally strangled. The Ottawa County sheriff’s department says Makayla VanderLaan died Tuesday after being found unresponsive Sunday at her Grand Haven Township home at River Haven Village mobile home park. The department says the girl was playing alone in her ...

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Man can’t recover $11,400 taken by police in Calhoun County

The state appeals court says Calhoun County can keep $11,400, a gun and a camera seized from a car, although the owner wasn’t charged with a drug crime. The court says there’s a preponderance of evidence that the cash was tied to illegal activity. In a seizure case, that’s a lower standard than beyond a reasonable doubt. Brye Rounds was ...

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Ex-MSU employee gets probation for embezzlement

A former employee of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine has been sentenced to five years of probation for embezzling more than $100,000 from the university. The Lansing State Journal reports 39-year-old Brandi Moody of DeWitt Township also was ordered Wednesday to pay restitution. She’ll have a six-month jail sentence suspended if she repays $43,000. She paid $100,000 in ...

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Michigan’s seat belt use rate remaining steady

Officials say Michigan’s seat belt use rate is remaining steady from a year ago. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says Wednesday that a direct observation survey conducted statewide by the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group found the rate was 93 percent. The state’s record was 98 percent in 2009. Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices ...

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Charge to be sought against SUV driver after fatal crash

Authorities say they plan to request a charge against an SUV driver after a motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash in western Michigan. Police say the motorcycle and a SUV collided at an intersection about 1:20 a.m. Sunday in Kalamazoo. The SUV’s driver fled, leaving the SUV at the intersection. Police say 34-year-old motorcyclist Robert Vern Pueblo of Plainwell ...

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Authorities: Meth in system of van driver in train collision

Authorities say the driver of a minivan who died along with his two passengers when they were struck by a passenger train in western Michigan last year had methamphetamine in his system. A Michigan State Police report obtained by the Kalamazoo Gazette under the Freedom of Information Act says blood from 21-year-old Joshua Cartwright tested positive for meth. Kalamazoo County ...

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