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Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies

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Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies


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Suspect arrested in auto parts store fatal shooting

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Robert Guillaume, Emmy-winning actor for ‘Soap,’ dies

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Robert Guillaume, Emmy-winning actor for ‘Soap,’ dies


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5 teens charged in interstate rock-throwing death

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Rita Holt, ex-Detroit News features editor, dies

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Rita Holt, ex-Detroit News features editor, dies


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Ex-Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Dave Strader dies of cancer at 62

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Detroit Lions LB Steve Longa's father killed in car accident

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Flint-area worker trapped underwater in trench dies
Burton – Police say a 33-year-old Flint-area man has died after being trapped underwater for about 20 minutes when a water main burst during construction work. Burton Police Detective Don Schreiber tells The Flint Journal that 33-year-old Curtis Duane Hollingshead of Davison died at a hospital Tuesday after the trench he was working in rapidly filled with water when a valve on a water main disconnected   Read More ...
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3-vehicle accident on I-275 leaves one dead, another in critical condition at U-M
A fatal crash on I-275 Tuesday afternoon has left a 30-year-old man from Sterling Heights dead and part of the highway closed, according to the Michigan State Police. Another male driver is critical at the University of Michigan Hospital. The accident occurred on the northbound side of I-275 near Ecorse Road, according to state police Lt. Denise Powell. “They might need some cranes to pull some vehicles out,’’ said Powell   Read More ...
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Man gets life for stabbing Warren woman 120 times
Anthony Iannotti, the 35-year-old man convicted last month of second-degree murder in the August 2016 slaying of Dona Lawrence, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday morning at 16th Circuit Court, court records show. Iannotti was originally charged with first-degree murder, but court records show a Macomb County jury convicted him on Oct. 13 of the lesser-included charge of second-degree murder   Read More ...
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Police: Woman dies after her vehicle struck by stolen car
CHELSEA, Mich. — Authorities say a woman died after the vehicle she was driving was struck by the driver of a stolen car that was pursued by police through Washtenaw County. Michigan State Police said the 52-year-old woman died at the scene of the Monday afternoon crash in Chelsea. Her SUV was hit as she left the parking lot of a market   Read More ...
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Woman dies after her vehicle struck by stolen car
Chelsea — Authorities say a woman died after the vehicle she was driving was struck by the driver of a stolen car that was pursued by police through Washtenaw County. Michigan State Police said the 52-year-old woman died at the scene of the Monday afternoon crash in Chelsea. Her SUV was hit as she left the parking lot of a market   Read More ...
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Woman dies after deer ricochets off car, strikes hers
CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities say a western Michigan woman died after a car hit a deer, it flew into the air and struck the windshield of her vehicle. Kent County sheriff's officials say 49-year-old Susan Fries of Ada Township died Monday evening in Cascade Township after the deer broke through her vehicle's windshield. The animal was first struck by a car going the other direction, sending it airborne   Read More ...
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Woman dies after deer ricochets off 1 car, strikes hers
Cascade Township — Authorities say a western Michigan woman died after a car hit a deer, it flew into the air and struck the windshield of her vehicle. Kent County sheriff’s officials say 49-year-old Susan Fries of Ada Township died Monday evening in Cascade Township after the deer broke through her vehicle’s windshield. The animal was first struck by a car going the other direction, sending it airborne   Read More ...
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Woman killed in crash caused by driver in stolen car fleeing Michigan State Police, officials say
CHELSEA, Mich. - A 52-year-old woman was killed Monday in a crash caused by a driver who was fleeing police in a stolen car, Michigan State Police said. Officials said a Michigan State Police motor carrier officer was investigating a stolen Chrysler 300 on eastbound I-94 near Clear Lake Road at the Jackson-Washtenaw County line when the stolen car exited from I-94 to northbound M-52   Read More ...
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Della Reese, of TV’s ‘Touched by an Angel,’ has died
Los Angeles — Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama “Touched by an Angel,” has died at age 86. Reese’s co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that the actress died peacefully Sunday evening in her home in the Los Angeles area   Read More ...
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Police: Woman strangled to death in Pittsfield Twp.
A Pittsfield Township man is accused of strangling his wife to death over the weekend, officials said. The woman has been identified as Marcia Neigebauer, 63, and authorities have arrested her 66-year-old husband. Police said they received a call from the suspect at about 10:52 a.m. Sunday. He told police he strangled his wife inside their home in the 5800 block of Plum Hollow Drive near West Michigan Avenue and US-23   Read More ...
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Man fatally shot in Indiana hunting accident
Elizabeth, Ind. — Authorities say a man has died after being shot in an accident while hunting deer in southern Indiana. Indiana Conservation Officers say 58-year-old Thomas Zimmerman of Borden was hunting on private property in Harrison County near Elizabeth when he was found unresponsive Sunday by other members of his hunting group in an elevated ladder-type tree stand. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement division says he died due to a close range gunshot wound to the head   Read More ...
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Police: Man's body found in vacant house
Detroit -- A man's body, shot multiple times, was found this weekend in what first appeared to be a house fire on Detroit's east side. The body was discovered after a 911 call just after 9 p.m. Saturday alerted the Detroit Fire Department to a fire at a vacant house on the 19100 block of Gruebner, which is just north of East Seven Mile and east of East Outer Drive   Read More ...
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Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies
Nashville, Tenn. – Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died. A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85. Grubbs said Tillis battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered   Read More ...
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AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64
New York – Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. The posts did not say when or where Young died. Young was diagnosed with dementia in 2014. A statement says he died peacefully with his family by his side   Read More ...
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Witness: Farmington Hills woman killed before falling out two-story window
Nada Huranieh was already dead before she hit the ground after falling out of a two-story window, according to a key witness in a Farmington Hills murder case. “She was dead by the time she fell out of the window,” Oakland County Deputy Medical Examiner Reuben Ortiz-Reyes testified Friday in court. The manner of death, he said, was homicide. Muhammed Al-Tantawi, Huranieh’s 16-year-old son, is accused of the alleged homicide that occurred Aug   Read More ...
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3rd suspect arraigned in slaying of O'Reilly Auto Parts store manager
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook 3rd suspect arraigned in slaying of O'Reilly Auto Parts store manager Eboni McEwen-Ross was arraigned on murder and armed robbery charges in the death of James Haller Jr., a manager at a Detroit auto parts store. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed   Read More ...
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Strangers salute WWII vet who died with no family
Grand Haven – More than 100 people have paid their final respects to a World War II veteran from Michigan who died with no known relatives. WOOD-TV reports that about 150 people, some of whom never met Gordon Hale, gathered for his funeral Thursday at Grand Haven’s Lake Forest Cemetery. Hale died at age 90 on Nov. 10 at a Grand Haven nursing home where he’d lived for 14 years   Read More ...
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Judge won’t dismiss suit tied to pregnant woman killed in Lodge crash
Buy Photo. The family of a pregnant woman who died in a rear-end crash while in a Jeep Liberty has cleared a hurdle in a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler. A federal judge in Detroit refused to dismiss a lawsuit Thursday filed by the estate of Kayla White. The 23-year-old Ferndale woman was killed in 2014 when her Jeep Liberty exploded when hit from behind   Read More ...
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California gunman who killed 4 was out on bail
Rancho Tehama Reserve, Calif. – The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail charged with stabbing a neighbor, others had complained about him firing hundreds of rounds from his house, and he had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before the attack. Yet Kevin Neal was free and able to use a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns Tuesday to shoot 14 people, killing four, in seven different locations across his rural community, including an elementary school, before he died in a shootout with police   Read More ...
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Driver dies, car burns after crashing into Detroit home
Police are working to identify the body of a driver whose vehicle was engulfed in flames after crashing into a house on Detroit's west side early Wednesday. The vehicle crashed into a home on the block and burst into flames with the driver still inside. The vehicle was so badly burned that officials couldn't immediately identify the make or model. The single-vehicle crash took place about 1:30 a   Read More ...
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College athletics coach 'was texting and driving' when he slammed his car into a Hyundai Elantra, killing a woman and her five-year-old daughter
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Man arrested in beating death in North Carolina
Gastonia, N.C. – A North Carolina man accused of using his hands and elbows to beat a man to death has been charged with second-degree murder. News outlets report that Gaston County police have charged 29-year-old Scottie Lee Blanton in the death of 22-year-old Garrett Wade Abernathy. Police say Blanton used his hands and elbows to beat Abernathy on Friday night at a mobile home park   Read More ...
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4th person shot dead in Tampa in possible serial spree
Tampa, Fla. — Police searched a cordoned off Florida neighborhood Tuesday after a fourth person was shot dead, possibly by a serial killer. Tampa police say residents of the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood reported hearing shots just before 5 a.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they found the body of Ronald Felton, 60, in the street. They say Felton had been walking across the street to meet someone when the gunman came up behind him and fired   Read More ...
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Dearborn Heights officer pleads not guilty in fatal crash
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Dearborn Heights officer pleads not guilty in fatal crash Prosecutors say Dearborn Heights officer Larry Little was traveling 81 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone when his police cruiser struck another vehicle. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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World-famous architect from Birmingham killed in car crash
His work would be classified as modern, but the homes and buildings that Irving Tobocman designed over the years are considered by many to be timeless masterpieces. The renowned Birmingham architect, recognized around the world for his sleek, contemporary designs, was killed Friday in a car crash. He leaves behind a rich body of work that will surely stand the test of time   Read More ...
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Michigan State Police discuss I-94 crash that killed 4 people
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Michigan State Police discuss I-94 crash that killed 4 people The Michigan State Police news conference about an early morning crash on eastbound I-94 near 8 Mile that left four people dead. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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The life and death of Hudson's department store
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook The life and death of Hudson's department store The J.L. Hudson Company department store is shown in an undated photo taken shortly after its opening in 1911. Joseph Lowthian Hudson opened the store on Woodward, blocks away from what was then the city's commercial center on Jefferson Avenue   Read More ...
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Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94
Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, died Sunday at the age of 94. Joni Evans, Smith’s literary agent, told The Associated Press she died of natural causes. For more than a quarter-century, Smith’s column — titled simply “Liz Smith” — was one of the most widely read in the world   Read More ...
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UPDATE: Victim, suspect both dead in Marysville shooting
Marysville Public Safety Chief Tom Konik said the victim and suspect in this evening's shooting are both dead. Konik said the woman who was shot has died of her injuries and the suspect, a man, was found dead in a Kimball Township home. It is believed he died of a self-inflicted gunshot. The shooting was reported at Jump N Jams, 3198 Gratiot, about 5 p   Read More ...
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‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor John Hillerman dies at 84
Los Angeles — John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series “Magnum, P.I.” has died, his nephew said Thursday. Hillerman was 84. Hillerman, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, nephew Chris Tritico said. Besides playing manager of the Hawaiian estate that Magnum used as home base, Hillerman was known for his 1970s roles as arrogant radio show detective Simon Brimmer on the “Ellery Queen” series and the difficult boss on the sitcom “One Day at a Time   Read More ...
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Family: Woman killed in shooting shielded grandson
Dallas — One of the people killed when a gunman opened fire at a small-town Texas church was a 56-year-old Sunday school teacher who relatives say threw herself in front of her 18-year-old grandson. And after Peggy Warden was fatally shot, her grandson turned and helped shield a small child who’d been hiding under a pew. Warden’s brother Jimmy Stevens says the grandson, Zach Poston, described what happened from the hospital   Read More ...
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2 charged in slaying of O'Reilly Auto Parts manager
O'Reilly Auto Parts camera footage shows two female suspects enter the store on Detroit's west side around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. One of them had a handgun and fatally shot store manager James Haller Jr. when he approached them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday. Video courtesy of Detroit Police Dept. DETROIT — Two people have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a 69-year-old Detroit auto parts store manager during a robbery   Read More ...
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Tribe: Deputy fatally shoots teen on Wisc. reservation
Milwaukee — A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a 14-year-old boy on a Lake Superior Chippewa reservation in northern Wisconsin, its tribal chairman said Thursday. Bad River Band Chairman Robert Blanchard said 8th-grader Jason Pero was killed Wednesday in Odanah by an Ashland County sheriff’s deputy. Blanchard said he has not heard directly from sheriff’s officials about why Pero was shot and he questioned why the deputy had to take the teen’s life   Read More ...
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Dearborn Heights police officer faces felony charge in fatal crash
A Dearborn Heights police officer faces a felony charge in connection with a fatal crash that happened in January. Larry Little, 33, was charged Tuesday with reckless driving causing death, punishable by up to 15 years in prison if convicted, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release. According to prosecutors, Little was driving at a “high rate of speed” in a 40 m   Read More ...
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Dearborn Heights police officer charged in fatal crash
A Dearborn Heights police officer has been charged in connection with a crash that killed a Wixom man on New Year’s Day, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday. According to the prosecutor’s office, the police officer, 32-year-old Larry A. Little, was driving a marked police car at a high rate of speed around 8:20 p.m. Jan. 1 at Van Born and Pelham Road in Taylor when it struck the car of Timothy Lee Turner, 59   Read More ...
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Man dies after nurse mixes up do-not-resuscitate order at Ann Arbor VA
WASHINGTON — A federal probe into a case at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Ann Arbor found this week that a patient died last year after a nurse mistakenly led doctors and other personnel to believe that the patient had a do-not-resuscitate order. The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs released the report on Tuesday, finding that the registered nurse working with the patient had confused another patient’s do-not-resuscitate order with the veteran who died   Read More ...
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Detroit police arrest 2nd suspect in fatal shooting at car parts store
Detroit police arrested a man Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on the city's west side last week. "We've made some significant progress in this case since last Thursday," said Detroit police Chief James Craig. "The community has come out to support (the victim's) family and we've received a lot of tips. We cannot thank the community enough   Read More ...
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Suspect arrested in auto parts store fatal shooting
Detroit police arrested on Monday one of the suspects sought in the fatal shooting at a west side O’Reilly Auto Parts store last week. Tips and detective work led investigators to a home in the 6000 block of Colfax, where Shawnta Sharee Anderson, 23, was arrested without incident Monday night, Detroit Police Cmdr. Elaine Bryant said. “We were able to bring some justice to this family and this case,” she told the media   Read More ...
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Michigan’s first black female federal judge dies at 84
Taylor’s death was announced Monday at the Detroit federal courthouse. She died Saturday at an assisted living center in Grosse Pointe Woods following a brief illness. Taylor was appointed to the federal bench in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. She was chief judge in Michigan’s Eastern District in 1997 and 1998. She retired in 2011. In 2006, Taylor made headlines when she said an eavesdropping program without court oversight by the Bush administration was unconstitutional   Read More ...
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Police identify MSU student killed in Friday crash
Buy Photo. EAST LANSING - Police on Monday released the identity of a Michigan State University student who was struck and killed by a car Friday in East Lansing. Ki Wook Kim, 23, of Troy was the victim, said Lt. Chad Connelly, a spokesman for the East Lansing Police Department. He did not release any additional information about the crash. Police previously said Kim is believed to have been walking in the roadway when he was struck near the intersection of East Saginaw Street and Park Lake Road shortly before 6 a   Read More ...
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