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Snyder: Fewer than 100 child immigrants in state

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder estimates that fewer than 100 unaccompanied minor children have arrived in the state in the aftermath of the immigration crisis along the U.S. southern border.

The governor says he doesn't expect the influx of children to have an economic impact on the state but says it shows the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

Snyder spoke Thursday in Washington at a business round table meeting with Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other business leaders.

The governor says it's difficult to estimate the number of children who have arrived in the state. He says about 92 unaccompanied minor children are in the state on a temporary basis, but it's unclear how many are from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.


Police, FBI stop people leaving, entering Armada

ARMADA, Mich. (AP) - Police and FBI agents have been stopping vehicles entering and leaving the village of Armada as they investigate the slaying of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in a wooded area of the southeastern Michigan community.

State police Lieutenant Mike Shaw told WWJ-AM that no suspects were in custody Thursday. Police have released a sketch of a person of interest.

Investigators searched a home Wednesday in St. Clair County's Wales Township, and Shaw says authorities arrested two men there on drug charges. It's 13 miles east-northeast of Armada, where joggers found April Millsap's body July 24th.

On Thursday, police and FBI agents were questioning and checking the identification of those driving into and out of Armada.

April's funeral is Friday morning at Armada's St. Mary Mystical Rose Catholic Church.


Player faces murder charge for punching referee

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - A judge has ordered a man to stand trial for murder in the death of a soccer referee he's accused of punching over being ejected from a game in suburban Detroit.

Livonia District Judge Kathleen McCann ruled Thursday that there's enough evidence to try 36-year-old Bassel Saad on a second-degree murder charge.

Authorities say the auto mechanic from Dearborn struck 44-year-old John Bieniewicz (BEN'-uh-wits) on June 29th as the referee was preparing to red-card him in an adult recreational league game.

Two players from the opposing team testified Wednesday that Saad knocked Bieniewicz to the turf with one punch after the referee indicated he planned to eject Saad.

Defense lawyer Ali Hammoud says prosecutors have an "extremely weak" case on the murder charge.


Murder charges for couple whose dogs killed runner

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed second-degree murder charges against a couple they say owned two dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on in rural Michigan.

The Flint Journal reports that Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson issued the warrants Thursday against 45-year-old Sebastiano Quagliata and 44-year-old Valbona Lucaj. They're also charged with possessing a dangerous animal causing death.

A message seeking comment was left for the couple's lawyer Thursday night. The dogs are cane corsos.

Craig Sytsma of Livonia was attacked July 23rd in Metamora Township, 45 miles northwest of Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reports that federal authorities say the couple are Albanians living in the U.S. illegally and facing deportation.

The prosecutor says a hearing on whether the two dogs will be put down will be postponed from Friday.


Decision in 2 weeks on murder case in baby death

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - A judge says he'll announce in two weeks whether a northern Michigan man will be tried on a charge of murdering his baby daughter, whose body has never been found.

A probable cause hearing for 24-year-old Sean Phillips on an open murder charge wrapped up Thursday in district court in Ludington.

Judge Peter Wadel says he'll weigh the testimony before making his decision on whether to try Phillips.

Four-and-a-half-month-old Katherine Phillips disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

Phillips already is serving at least 10 years in prison for unlawful imprisonment in the disappearance of the infant, known as Baby Kate.


Tests: Bones found at Detroit apartment not human

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say that bones found in the walls of a downtown Detroit apartment building that's undergoing renovations belong to animals.

Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Mary Mazur tells the Detroit Free Press that tests on the bones show they aren't human.

The Detroit News reports that police sent investigators to the scene after the bones were found Thursday morning.

The site is Ashley Apartments, a nine-story building that opened as the Henry Clay Hotel in 1917. It became The Milner Hotel in the 1930s and closed in 2012.


Jewish judge won't give up case of Arab activist

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit federal judge with a history of service to the Jewish community won't step down from a criminal case involving a Chicago Arab-American activist convicted of planting bombs at a Jerusalem market.

Judge Paul Borman says he'll be fair in the case of Rasmieh Odeh, who's charged with lying on immigration forms when she entered the U.S. She didn't disclose that she was convicted for the 1969 bombing.

Defense attorney Michael Deutsch has questioned Borman's ability to be impartial. In a 10-page response Thursday, the judge sharply criticized the effort as "irresponsible" and based on "careless and rank speculation."

Borman says his Jewish heritage doesn't interfere with his job.

Odeh is the 67-year-old associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She's also known as Rasmea Yousef.


Michigan gets $1 million in mental health funding

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The federal government has awarded Michigan $1 million for mental health services.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Thursday that the state will receive the Affordable Care Act funding to support four health centers. The money will be used to establish or expand behavioral health services for more than 5,000 Michigan residents.

The U.S. says that $250,000 each is going to Wayne County, Alcona Citizens for Health in Alcona County, Thunder Bay Community Health Services in Montmorency County and Trinity Health in Kent County.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awarded $54.6 million to health centers for efforts such as hiring new mental health professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder services and employing integrated models of primary care.

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