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State Supreme Court clarifies proper venue in drug-related death

MONROE (AP) — A man accused of providing drugs that led to a fatal overdose won’t face charges in the county where the death occurred.

The Michigan Supreme Court agreed with Romon McBurrows and said Monroe County is the wrong venue.

Nicholas Abraham died at home in Monroe County in 2016, but he obtained heroin mixed with fentanyl earlier in Wayne County.

McBurrows is charged with providing the deadly mix. He’s pleaded not guilty.

The court’s unanimous opinion Monday was written by Justice Elizabeth Clement.

“The mere fact that a death was felt in a county does not make that county the proper venue,” she said.

Federal grants expand video treatment for opioid patients

ALPENA (AP) — Federal funding will enable Alpena Community College to step up its use of interactive video to treat patients dealing with opioid addiction in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula.

The Department of Agriculture is providing $500,000 to expand telemedicine treatments at 25 locations in the region.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow says the funding will ensure that patients get the care they need without having to travel long distances.

The funding was provided through the USDA’s Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program.

It will help pay to install video equipment in 18 counties, linking patients with treatment and health care resources.

An additional $50,000 was provided to Ortele Health to provide similar services in Clare and Kalkaska Counties.

Steamy text message sparks marriage fraud investigation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island.

The Boston Globe reports Prince Mark Boley, a Liberian man living in Providence, married Amanda Hames-Whitman in 2016.

According to court documents, the two visited a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in June 2017 so Boley could apply for permanent resident status.

But while Hames-Whitman was showing an official text messages from Boley, in popped one from "Chriss" saying "we had the best sex ever."

The text prompted an investigation and Hames-Whitman admitted the marriage was a sham designed to get Boley a green card. She isn't facing charges.

Boley's marriage fraud trial started Monday. Boley said in court he's an international soccer player.

St. Louis couple rolls all 7s and 11s with daughter’s birth

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple has rolled all 7s and 11s with the birth of their daughter.

J’Aime Brown was born at 7:11 p.m. on July 7, which convenience store chain 7-Eleven marks as 7-Eleven Day. Her birth weight? Seven pounds and 11 ounces, obviously.

TV station Fox 2 reported that Rachel Langford and Johntez Brown were thrilled; the hospital said mother and baby weredoing well.


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