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Michigan man arrested after phone threats to CNN?in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A Michigan man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to travel to Atlanta and kill people at CNN headquarters.

Federal court documents filed in Michigan say 19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Novi, Michigan, began calling CNN on Jan. 9. He allegedly told a CNN operator, “Fake News. I’m coming to gun you all down.” He allegedly made racist and anti-Semitic comments, too. Altogether, there were 22 calls from two phones over two days.

The phone numbers were traced to Griesemer’s family. Court documents say Griesemer had earlier made threatening calls to a local mosque.

An FBI affidavit says Griesemer made interstate threats by phone, in violation of federal law.

Griesemer, a part-time grocery worker, was arrested, with bail set at $10,000. He is represented by a public defender.


U.S. jails Polish-born doctor for 1992 misdemeanor convictions

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a Polish-born Michigan doctor was arrested last week because of two misdemeanor convictions about 25 years ago.

ICE officials said in a statement Tuesday that Lukasz Niec was arrested Jan. 16 for “administrative immigration violations.” The statement says the 43-year-old can be deported for those 1992 convictions — malicious destruction of property and receiving stolen goods. They date to when he was in high school.

Niec came to the U.S. legally as a young child. ICE says he’s being jailed until removal hearings are completed.

Relatives say he pleaded guilty through a state program designed to help young offenders and was told it wouldn’t be used in a deportation.

The Kalamazoo doctor has one daughter and his wife another from previous relationships.


Community college agrees to resolve free speech lawsuit

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan college says it has reached an agreement to resolve a federal lawsuit filed by three people arrested while distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution outside a campus building.

Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek says Tuesday that it has agreed to a financial settlement. Monetary figures were not released.

The plaintiffs said they were arrested in 2016 while talking to students. The prosecutor dropped the case.

Their lawsuit accused the school of violating free speech rights and other protections. A group called Young Americans for Liberty also was a plaintiff.

The school says they were arrested for trespassing and attempting to recruit students for Young Americans for Liberty.