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Officers returned to active duty after death of suspect

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — A police officer and sheriff's deputy are back on active duty after being placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into the death of a malicious destruction of property suspect in southwestern Michigan.

Police in Berrien Springs announced the update Monday. The investigation by Michigan State Police into the death, which occurred following a struggle while the suspect was being arrested, is ongoing.

Police say they responded early Oct. 22 to a complaint and a Berrien County sheriff's deputy found the man in a parking lot. Police say the man later identified as 51-year-old Jack Clement Lunneen of Berrien Springs resisted arrest and was restrained. Officers called for an ambulance when he appeared to be experiencing medical difficulties.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Michigan mom gets decades in prison for abuse of twin babies

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan woman who authorities say abused her infant twin sons, including one who died from his injuries, has been sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that 22-year-old Jennifer Mohler of Portage learned her punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to second-degree murder .

Mohler declined to speak in court. Defense lawyer Andis Svikis says she "reconciled herself to her situation."

Mohler was arrested in June on murder and child abuse charges. Five-month-old Logan Mohler died Feb. 13, nearly two weeks after emergency teams were called to her home because the infant was suffering seizures. An autopsy listed head and neck injuries as the cause of death.

Investigators determined the infant's twin brother showed similar injuries. He was placed into protective care.


Redistricting group, Whitmer raise more than opponents

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a ballot drive aimed at ending partisan gerrymandering raised $13.8 million over three months — dwarfing the opposition — while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer outraised and outspent her Republican rival Bill Schuette since the primary.

Those are some key takeaways from Michigan's latest campaign-finance reports that were due Friday. Much of the money is being used for a blitz of TV, radio and online ads ahead of next week's election.

Voters Not Politicians, the group backing a constitutional amendment to empower an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative districts, collected $13.8 million. The opposition group, Protect My Vote, raised $3.6 million.

Whitmer had raised $12 million for the cycle, Schuette more than $8 million. She also had more cash on hand for the closing stretch.