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Defense attorney blames steroid abuse in severe beating

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (AP) — A 36-year-old man faces up to life in prison in the severe beating of his girlfriend in their Detroit-area home.

The Macomb Daily reports that Paul Bashi pleaded no contest Tuesday to attempted murder, torture and illegally possessing steroids.
Defense attorney David Griem blamed Bashi's steroid abuse in the attack.

Authorities say Bashi kicked 23-year-old Kristina Perry more than 100 times in the July 2018 assault in their Washington County home.

They say he also punched her 50 times, stabbed her two dozen times and hit her with a chair.

A Macomb County judge has taken the plea under advisement.

Bashi is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 23 and remains jailed on a $5 million bond. A no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.


State legislature OKs changes to Medicaid reporting rules

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill that would exempt some Medicaid recipients from having to meet monthly reporting rules if the state can verify their compliance with work requirements through other data.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the measure that won final passage from the Republican-led Senate Wednesday.

Starting in January, abled-bodied adults ages 19 through 61 who are enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid expansion plan and want to maintain their benefit must, on a monthly basis, show workforce engagement averaging 80 hours a month.

The legislation would exempt some enrollees from reporting.

People would have a month to verify their compliance, instead of 10 days under existing law.

There also would be a grace period for those who miss the deadline.


Four-year-old makes sign to protect covered bridge from damage

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) — A four-year-old Vermont boy has posted a colorful, handmade sign to warn drivers about a beloved coverage bridge’s height and weight limits in an effort to ensure the structure isn't damaged again.

In May, a food delivery truck that was too large caused more than $50,000 in damage to the Miller’s Run Bridge in Lyndon.

The damage to the bridge built in 1878 saddened Dela Stoddard-McGrath, of Wheelock, who uses the bridge on his way to and from preschool, the Caledonian Record reported.

“He wanted to check up on it all summer long to see the progress and when it was going to open,” Henekis Stoddard, Dela’s mother, told mynbc5.com.

After the bridge reopened in August, Dela made his sign “to make cars not hurt the bridge,” the boy said.

He and a town official recently posted the temporary sign.

The sign warns, in an array of colors and in the young child's handwriting: “Stop! Back up if you’re more than 11’ 9” or 16,000 pounds.”

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