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Groundbreaking held for Michigan memorial

LANSING (AP) — Plans call for the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument to be completed by next fall following a 14-year fundraising effort in support of its construction.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place last Thursday in Lansing.

The monument’s permanent home in Veterans Memorial Park will be adjacent to the Hall of Justice in the Capitol complex.

The monument, coined the “Sentinel,” will include 10 metal panels engraved with the names of fallen officers.

Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, public safety officials and surviving family members of officers who died in the line of duty were on hand for the ceremony.

Owners of health agency get prison in fraud case

DETROIT (AP) — Two area home health agency owners have been sentenced to prison for their roles in what federal authorities describe as a multimillion dollar scheme to defraud Medicare.

The Justice Department announced the update last week on the case against 49-year-old Hafiz Tahir and 44-year-old Tasneem Tahir of Wayne County’s Brownstown Township. A federal judge in Detroit sentenced Hafiz Tahir to 10 years and Tasneem Tahir got six years.

They each were ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution.

The men were accused of taking part in fraudulent billing for home health services that were never provided.

They each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud as well as conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks.

Poll worker’s error means re-do for legislative races

BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 150 North Carolina voters will be invited to cast their ballots a second time after a poll worker's mistake meant they were given the wrong paperwork.

Brunswick County Elections Director Sarah Knotts said Tuesday the only difference between the two types of ballots that workers mixed up is a state House seat.

Knotts says the 147 affected voters will be notified by letter of the error and told they should come back and vote again. Knotts says voters who can't redo their ballots will have their choices for sheriff, school board, county commissioner and other local races counted, but their state House selection will be dropped.

Those House races involve incumbent Reps. Frank Iler in District 17 and Deb Butler in District 18.

Man whose flatulence ended police interview pleads guilty

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man whose excessive flatulence forced a police detective to cut shot an interrogation has pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug charges.

The Kansas City Star reports that 25-year-old Sean Sykes Jr. entered the plea this week. The charges stem from a police traffic stop in September in Kansas City, Missouri, in which officers found a backpack with drugs and guns. Sykes was a passenger in the vehicle.

A detective reported that when asked for his address, Sykes “leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering.” Court documents say Sykes “continued to be flatulent” and the detective was forced to quickly end the interview.

Sykes will be sentenced at later date, after a pre-sentence report is completed.