Daily Briefs

State Supreme Court dismisses charges in case tied to photo


DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says charges must be dismissed against a man who was arrested for attempted murder after the victim identified him based on a single photo.

The court says it was “highly suggestive” for police to show the photo to the victim at a hospital and then ask, “Was this the guy who shot you?”

In an order Wednesday, the court says the victim saw the gunman’s partially obscured face for no more than seven seconds on a dark Detroit street. The court says the description could have fit “many young men.”

It’s a victory for Elisah Thomas, who denied any role in the armed robbery. The Supreme Court heard arguments last week in front of students at Cass Tech High School in Detroit.

 

State opens emergency operations center for hepatitis A outbreak
 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate its response to an outbreak of hepatitis A that may be spreading beyond the southeastern portion of the state.

Wednesday’s announcement from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley came a day after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said it activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center.

Since August 2016, officials have received reports of 457 confirmed cases, including 18 deaths, in Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. The disease attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice.

The department says it’s urging vaccinations for the highest risk individuals, including persons with a history of substance use and men who have sex with men.

 

Chilly justice: No heat, but Ionia County courthouse stays open


IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A judge is urging people to dress warmly at a Michigan courthouse that doesn’t have heat amid a building construction project.

Ionia County Probate Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr. tells the Sentinel-Standard it was “a bit chilly” around the Ionia County Courthouse this week. He says: “Layer your clothing” and “you will be just fine.”

Some staff are wearing coats or heavy sweaters. Many brought space heaters. It was 34 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) outside on Wednesday morning.

Scott De Ruischer, the county’s physical plant manager, said the heat can’t be turned on because the flue for a new boiler goes up through a courthouse addition, which doesn’t have a roof yet.

He says recent rain delayed the roof installation. Plans call for firing up the boiler Friday.