Daily Briefs

Prosecutor: Trooper acted in self-defense in arrest attempt

HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Michigan State Police trooper was justified when he shot and wounded a man who refused to drop what turned out to be an airsoft gun.

Barry County Prosecutor Julie Nakfoor-Pratt said this week the trooper acted in self-defense.

Police say the man was being sought on felony warrants and authorities got word he was in a church parking lot April 2 in the Hastings area, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) west of Detroit. Police tried to arrest him.

Police say the man got out of a vehicle, showed what appeared to be a handgun and refused to drop the weapon, so a trooper shot him. The man survived and is facing charges.
Police say the weapon was a realistic-looking pistol that shoots nonlethal pellets.


Appeal turned down for bondage fan ­convicted in wife’s death

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has turned away the appeal of a former Rotary Club president convicted in the murder of his wife because prosecutors say he wanted to devote himself to a secret sexual bondage lifestyle that involved other women.

The court issued an order Tuesday regarding the appeal from Bob Bashara. The trial revealed that Bashara hosted men and women at a sex dungeon under a bar called the Hard Luck Lounge and went by bondage nickname “Master Bob.”

Bashara’s wife, Jane, was strangled by a handyman in their Grosse Pointe Park garage in 2012. Her body was discovered in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley.


MCBA golf outing June 11

Michigan Creditor’s Bar Association’s annual golf outing will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11 at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club, 5051 Orchard Lake Rd. in West Bloomfield.
The driving range opens at 10 a.m., followed by a buffet lunch from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Shotgun start is at 12:15. Following golf, enjoy an open bar and light hors d’ouevres before the 5:30 p.m. dinner and awards. Register today at www.michbar. org.

WSU to erase debts  to get ­former students

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University has a message for former students who owe money to the Detroit school: Come back and let’s make a deal.

Wayne State says it will gradually forgive up to $1,500 in debt if a student returns and enrolls full-time. If a student successfully completes a semester, one-third of the debt will be dropped. Every successful semester will erase more debt.

The school is holding information sessions on June 28 and June 30. Wayne State is calling the program “Warrior Way Back.”

Dawn Medley, an associate vice president, says many students “are shut out of the path of higher education” because they owe relatively small debts. She says Wayne State is “excited to reopen that path.”