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Plans to expand Motown Museum get $500,000 boost

DETROIT (AP) — The Motown Museum’s expansion plans are getting a $500,000 boost.

The grant from the DTE Energy Foundation was announced Monday by Robin Terry, CEO and chairwoman of the museum . The money will help support the development of an education and community engagement space at the museum for young artists that also will house the museum’s summer camp programs.

The $50 million expansion will be built around the existing museum, which includes the original studio and famed “Hitsville U.S.A.” sign.

The museum is located where company founder Berry Gordy — a former auto plant worker — launched his music empire. The label started in 1959 and scores of stars and hits were created before Motown relocated to California in 1972. The label marks its 60th anniversary early next year .


Woman accused in mom’s overdose death gets prison

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan woman who entered a plea deal after being charged in her 87-year-old mother’s overdose death has been sentenced to 5-15 years in prison.

Sixty-year-old Susan Kubicek of Portage learned her punishment Monday after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the May 2017 death of Dorothy Allen.

Kalamazoo County authorities say Allen got a morphine dose 80 times greater than what was prescribed.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports defense attorney Ronald Pichlik says Kubicek is remorseful. Kubicek told the court she was trying to follow a nurse’s instructions.

Kubicek, who’d been caring for her ailing mother, was initially charged with second-degree murder.

Stephen Salik, Allen’s son and Kubicek’s brother, said in a victim impact statement that her actions “put a scar on my heart, on my family’s heart.”


Police: Suspect in Detroit senior complex slayings arrested

DETROIT (AP) — A registered sex offender charged in the fatal shooting of two people and an attempted rape inside a low-income senior complex in Detroit has been arrested in Virginia.

Detroit police said Monday that 69-year-old James Fleming surrendered to authorities in Richmond around midnight. No other information about the arrest has been released.

Fleming is accused in the Nov. 13 slaying of a 50-year-old unarmed security guard, Kenneth Hall, and 66-year-old resident Bernice Clark at the Phillip Sims Senior Housing complex.

Police have said Fleming also attempted to rape a 30-year-old woman who had been using cocaine with him in the building where he lived.

Fleming is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping, assault and criminal sexual conduct.

Fleming was convicted in 1988 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.