State Roundup


Seized dogs at center of courtroom battle

MONROE, Mich. (AP) -- Four pit bulls seized in March during an alleged dog-fighting operation have been returned to Monroe County Animal Control.

The dogs were being kept at a kennel in Romulus.

They're at the center of a courtroom fight between Monroe County law enforcement officials and two animal rescue organizations that have been trying to save them from being euthanized.

But as lawyers file motions and argue their case, The Monroe Evening News reports many other pit bulls that are not in the middle of a legal battle are being euthanized.

Animal control officials say 52 other pit bulls have been euthanized since January, and no one came to their aid.

The newspaper says a decision on the fate of the four could come later this week.


Judge refuses Chrysler request to block slogan

DETROIT (AP) -- A U.S. district judge has rejected Chrysler's request to block a clothing retailer from using the automaker's "Imported from Detroit" slogan that debuted in a popular Super Bowl ad featuring rapper Eminem.

Chrysler Group LLC filed suit against owners of the Pure Detroit company.

On Tuesday, Judge Arthur Tarnow in Detroit rejected Chrysler's request for a preliminary injunction against Pure Detroit.

Tarnow says it's "hard to believe that a consumer shopping at Pure Detroit would think that the shirts are coming from Chrysler or that it was related to Chrysler."

Chrysler spokesman Michael Palese tells The Detroit News the automaker is disappointed and will continue fighting to protect the "Imported from Detroit" slogan.

Pure Detroit says on its website that Chrysler's claims "are unsubstantiated and involve sometimes complicated trademark laws."

Orlando, Fla.

Man settles $1 Orlando parking fine 36 years late

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Michigan man has paid a $1 Orlando parking ticket 36 years overdue.

Orlando police say they received Stanley Baker's payment for a Nov. 7, 1975, parking ticket on Tuesday. The Pentwater, Mich., 89-year-old included a note reading, "Better late than never!"

Baker's son says his father found the ticket in a book bought at an Orlando garage sale in 1995. He says his father decided to pay the fine as a lark, even though it wasn't issued to him.

Baker sent the $1 payment in the ticket's original envelope. That got it delivered to a police department auditorium that was a night and traffic court in 1975. Orlando's parking violations from 1975 have been destroyed.

A police spokesman says the department thought Baker's payment was funny.

Mount Clemens

Gun dealer faces charges after gun fires at show

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) -- A Marysville gun dealer is facing criminal charges after a semi-automatic handgun he brought to a gun and knife show in Mount Clemens fired twice, injuring a 10-year-old girl and two women.

The Macomb County prosecutor's office has authorized an arrest warrant against the 64-year-old dealer.

Sheriff's Capt. John Roberts tells The Macomb Daily the gun dealer is expected to turn himself in for arraignment within the next couple of days.

The Detroit Free Press and the Times Herald of Port Huron report a customer examining the gun on Friday accidentally fired a shot from it. The gun dealer took the weapon to inspect it, and a second shot was fired.

The Detroit News says the three victims received minor injuries after they were struck with fragments from the gunshots.

Mount Clemens

Man pleads in TV disconnection shooting case

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) -- A Warren man accused of firing a gunshot near a cable television worker who was disconnecting his service due to an unpaid bill has pleaded no contest in the case.

Guy Tellis made the plea Tuesday to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon in Macomb County Circuit Court.

A no contest plea in Michigan is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

Authorities say the 27-year-old Tellis fired a shot on Nov. 26 while a Wide Open West employee was on a pole in the backyard. The worker fled and called police.

Tellis is to be sentenced Aug. 3.

The Macomb Daily reports he likely will get a few months in the county jail under a deal with the judge.


AG Schuette: Deal rolls back Blues seniors rates

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says talks with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan have led to a reduction in the plan rate increases for supplemental health insurance for Medicare recipients.

The nonprofit company is Michigan's leading health insurer, covering 4.4 million of the state's 9.9 million residents.

Schuette's office said Tuesday that the talks involved Blue Cross, his office, and the state Office of Finance and Insurance Regulation.

He says Blue Cross was seeking an average increase of 21.7 percent in the rates for 215,000 Medigap customers effective Aug. 1.

Instead, the Blues now will raise rates by 9 percent across the board. Schuette says that will save Michigan Medigap customers $35 million.

Blue Cross Vice President Andrew Hetzel says he's pleased the increase will be in single digits.

Published: Thu, Jun 30, 2011