Snyder addresses leading US Muslim group
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has told attendees of the Islamic Society of North America's annual convention in Detroit that he supports the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Muslims in the Middle East.
The Republican governor spoke Friday during the opening session of the four-day conference at Cobo Center. The society is among America's leading Muslim groups.
The Detroit News reports that Snyder added he believes in Israel's right to exist.
Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to address the convention Saturday afternoon about the need for religious communities to tackle discrimination and violence against women and girls worldwide.
Other scheduled speakers include Democratic U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to Congress.
The Detroit area has one of the nation's largest Muslim populations.
Vigil marks man's 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Representative Dan Kildee has joined a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a former U.S. Marine.
The Flint Democrat stood alongside family members of Amir Hekmati Friday morning at Dunlop's Downtown. Hekmati was born in Arizona, raised in Michigan and his parents live in the Flint area.
Amir Hekmati was arrested in August 2011 while visiting his grandmothers and sentenced to death for spying. Iran's Supreme Court annulled the sentence, but he later was convicted of "cooperating with hostile governments" and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Kildee says in a statement that Hekmati has been "wrongfully held ... for crimes he did not commit." He adds Iran could show it "is serious about rejoining the global community" by releasing Hekmati.
Man charged with posting school shooting threats
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A former Western Michigan University student has been charged with making threats last year about a campus shooting.
A grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against Timothy Siangdun, accusing the 44-year-old of posting threats on the school's Facebook site as well as two others in August 2013.
WMU spokeswoman Cheryl Roland tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that Siangdun was an electrical engineering student at the time but no longer is a student.
Reached by phone, Siangdun declined to talk in detail about the allegations, saying it's a "long story."
Roland says Siangdun's alleged threats didn't lead to a public warning to people on campus because it was determined that he was miles away near Battle Creek.
Michigan task force begins oil pipeline review
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials have begun a safety review of Michigan's network of oil pipelines.
The Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force held its first meeting Thursday. Officials say the initial focus is on Enbridge Energy Partners LP's Line 5. It includes two lines that run beneath the Straits of Mackinac separating the state's two peninsulas where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge.
The company has provided a lengthy response to questions about Line 5 from the Department of Environmental Quality and the state attorney general's office. The task force is reviewing the material.
DEQ spokesman Brad Wurfel says the lines are reliable and have never leaked since their installation in 1953.
Toddler dies after being struck by vehicle at home
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a toddler has died after being struck by a vehicle in the garage of a Midland home.
Midland police said in a release that the toddler died at the scene on Friday afternoon.
No other information was released about the child or the nature of accident.
Man, 34, to stand trial in 2 fatal shootings
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A 34-year-old East Lansing man will stand trial in the fatal shootings of a neighbor and a pharmacist.
The Lansing State Journal reports that Ricard Taylor was bound over Friday following a preliminary examination in East Lansing's 54B District Court.
Taylor is charged with two counts of murder in the May 12th slayings of 35-year-old Michael Addo at a Rite Aid store and 27-year-old Jordan Rogers in his East Lansing home.
A Lansing police detective testified that Taylor told investigators he didn't like Addo's answers to questions about side effects from over-the-counter eye drops.
Rogers was shot and killed minutes after Addo was slain.
Although Taylor was found competent to stand trial, defense attorney Keith Watson said it hasn't been determined if he can be held criminally responsible.
GRAND RAPIDS STABBING
Woman, 36, charged with murder in man's stabbing
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 36-year-old woman is facing an open murder charge following the fatal stabbing of a man in a Grand Rapids apartment.
Grand Rapids police say Janaya Johnson was arrested Friday morning and faces a Tuesday arraignment.
Officers were called about 12:45 a.m. Friday to the apartment and found that 33-year-old James Arthur Washington had been stabbed multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is planned.
Witnesses told police that Washington had been involved in a fight with a woman who also lived at the apartment. The woman fled before authorities arrived.
Johnson was arrested hours later. It wasn't immediately clear if she has an attorney.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES-THEFTS
Owners to refill 'little libraries' after thefts
DAVISON, Mich. (AP) - Residents near Flint say they aren't letting thieves deter them from operating small, homegrown libraries.
The Flint Journal reported Friday that two book boxes, known as "little free libraries," were closed in Davison until the residents who operate them can replace the dozens of burgled books.
Kim Carter says she discovered the roughly 50 books in the library on a bench in her front yard were taken sometime Wednesday while she was gone. Nearby, Lisa Brewer says the children's books in her collection had been taken the same evening.
They seek donations, which can be made at Anacelia's Mexican Restaurant locations in Flint and Burton.
Little free libraries are registered through a website in which people can register. The libraries aim to encourage neighbors to share books.
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