Family was concerned about missing Michigan sister
DETROIT (AP) - A Massachusetts woman who believes a mummified body found in a Detroit-area garage is her sister's remains says the family had tried for years to find her.
Paula Logan of Carver, Mass., tells The Associated Press she asked police in Pontiac, Mich., to visit the home of Pia Farrenkopf a few years ago. Officers told her they found nothing amiss.
The body of the woman, who may have died in 2008, was discovered last week in the garage of Farrenkopf's home. Logan believes it's Farrenkopf, but authorities haven't confirmed an identity.
Logan says her sister was self-employed and traveled the world as a financial trouble-shooter. She says she called Farrenkopf repeatedly when their mother died in 2012 but couldn't reach her.
Farrenkopf would have turned 50 this year.
Wife to testify against man in 1987 double-killing
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - A prosecutor says a woman will testify that her then-boyfriend came to her crying and then confessed to killing his sister and brother-in-law 27 years ago.
Ottawa County Assistant Prosecutor Lee Fisher told jurors in Grand Haven on Tuesday that the woman now married to Ryan Wyngarden will testify against him at his trial on murder charges in the deaths of a Grand Rapids-area couple.
The 52-year-old Wyngarden is accused of shooting 22-year-old Gail Brink and 28-year-old Rick Brink at their Park Township home. Authorities say one motive was that Wyngarden didn't want his sister to reveal they had a sex as teenagers.
Defense lawyer David Hall says Wyngarden stands by his alibi that he was doing laundry and babysitting for a friend at the time of the 1987 killings.
Judge sets trial date for man in wife's strangling
DETROIT (AP) - A judge has scheduled an October trial for a suburban Detroit man who authorities say arranged the strangulation of his wife.
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans on Tuesday set Robert Bashara's trial for Oct. 6.
Bashara is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 56-year-old Jane Bashara. Authorities say she was beaten and strangled at the couple's Grosse Pointe Park home in January 2012 and her body left in a car in a Detroit alley.
Handyman Joe Gentz is in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He has said Robert Bashara threatened to kill him unless he followed orders and killed Jane Bashara.
Robert Bashara in media interviews repeatedly has denied any role. He pleaded guilty in 2012 to trying to have Gentz killed in jail.
Mich. woman accused of murder arrested in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - Federal authorities say a woman wanted for murder in Michigan has been apprehended in Dallas after she used her car to ram law enforcement vehicles pursuing her.
Twenty-three-year-old Michelle McIntosh was arrested Monday on a murder charge and is being held at the Dallas County jail. U.S. Marshals Service Chief Deputy Trent Touchstone says officers tracked her to a Dallas location and moved to block in her car. She backed into one vehicle and then surged forward to strike another, clearing a path to speed away.
Touchstone says the ensuing pursuit ended when McIntosh pulled over and surrendered.
She's wanted in Flint, Mich., for an April shooting outside a club that left a man dead.
Touchstone says McIntosh likely was drawn to North Texas because she has friends in the area.
SAGINAW PLAYER MISSING
Team: Missing hockey player disciplined, sent home
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A 20-year-old minor league hockey player had been disciplined by his team shortly before he went missing.
Saginaw Spirit President and General Manager Craig Goslin told The Saginaw News that center Terry Trafford was sent home "for a violation of rules."
Goslin says Trafford wasn't permanently cut from the team, but would "have to change his behavior and make some adjustments."
The Toronto native has been with the Ontario Hockey League team for several seasons.
Trafford reportedly last was seen about 9:30 a.m. on March 3 at the Dow Event Center, the team's home arena. State police Lt. Brian Cole says he's considered a "voluntary missing person."
Lake Michigan ice cover breaks 37-year-old record
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Lake Michigan's ice cover has set a record.
The federal government's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor reports that ice spread across 93.29 percent of the lake's surface area on Saturday. That eclipsed the previous high of 93.1 percent in 1977.
The 37-year-old record was broken just before moderating temperatures began shrinking Great Lakes ice. At one point last week, the ice cover reached 92.2 percent for the entire five-lake system, second only to the 94.7 percent high reached in February 1979. On Monday night, it had dropped to 83.9 percent.
Lake Michigan fell to 77.1 percent Monday.
US Senate moves on Michigan judge confirmations
DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Senate has voted to end debate and take action on the confirmation of four of President Barack Obama's nominees for U.S. District Court seats in Michigan.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin says he's confident that Tuesday's decision will lead to the Senate's approval of the nominees for the court in the eastern district of Michigan, based in Detroit.
The confirmations votes will be for Matthew Leitman, Judith Ellen Levy, Laurie J. Michelson and Linda Vivienne Parker. They would fill all remaining vacancies on the court.
W MICHIGAN-MEDICAL SCHOOL
Medical school to be named after Dr. Homer Stryker
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Western Michigan University's new medical school will be named after the founder of the medical technology company Stryker Corp.
Officials made the announcement Tuesday in Kalamazoo.
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine will be housed at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus downtown and welcome its first class this fall.
Dr. Homer Stryker was a Kalamazoo orthopedic surgeon and medical device innovator.
The medical school is being named in his honor thanks to his granddaughter, Ronda E. Stryker, and her husband, William D. Johnston, a Western Michigan University trustee.
Stryker and Johnston are the donors who made a founding anonymous gift in excess of $100 million to the university three years ago to launch the medical school initiative.
Olympians Davis, White honored by governor
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been honored by leaders of their home state.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers paid tribute to the pair during their trip to the state Capitol building on Tuesday. Snyder says they're "Michiganders through and through" and residents couldn't ask for better ambassadors for the state.
Davis and White are the first Americans to win an Olympic ice dance title. They grew up in and train in suburban Detroit and attend the University of Michigan.
Davis says it was exciting to return to the Capitol she and White toured as school kids.
Snyder also honored Teadora "Tia" Spremo, an Ann Arbor teen who won a gold medal in figure skating at the state Special Olympics Winter Games.
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