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Former Michigan teacher gets probation in student abuse case

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — A former Macomb County special education teacher accused of physically abusing autistic students has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Brittany Stevens, 29, of Mount Clemens was given her punishment Tuesday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault. With the sentence, The Macomb Daily reports she's not permitted to teach children and must attend anger management classes.

Stevens was charged in 2018 with felony child abuse and fired from her job at Sequoyah Elementary in Macomb Township. A judge, however, had reduced four of the counts to misdemeanor assault.

Stevens worked for Macomb Intermediate School District.

Authorities had received reports of verbal and physical abuse, and school district employees told investigators they witnessed disciplining of students with slaps and things being thrown at them.

ADTC sets October membership meeting

The Association of Defense Trial Counsel will present its October membership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, featuring guest speaker Dina Dajani, senior associate counsel, Attorney Grievance Commission. Dajani will be discussing current ethical and discipline matters.
The meeting will take place at Andiamo Riverfront Renaissance Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Cost is $55 for members and $60 for non-members, payable at the door.

Confirm attendance by calling Diane Hirshey at 313.237.0610.  Reservations must be made by noon on Oct. 3.

Mayor says he plans to sue aldermen over gun ban, pay cuts

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi mayor who brought a gun to a public hearing says he plans to file a lawsuit against the town's board of alderman.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Aberdeen Mayor Maurice Howard says he plans to legally challenge a resolution the board passed to forbid firearms at City Hall.

The board motioned last week to post signage stating guns wouldn't be allowed except for by law enforcement. Howard says he didn't do anything illegal when he wore a gun in a holster to a budget meeting Sept. 3.

The mayor says if the board reverses its decision on the gun proposal he'll sue over two cuts to his salary last summer.

Alderman Doug Stone says a recent proposal to cut the mayor's pay a third time didn't pass.

Utah police use sirens to drive bear up tree for relocation

OREM, Utah (AP) — Orem police used their vehicle sirens to drive a two-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in the central Utah caused traffic delays Wednesday morning.

State Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said division personnel then were able to tranquilize the bear and remove it from the tree.

Jolley said the bear was placed in a trap and relocated to the Wasatch Mountains.

Jolley said the brown-colored black bear was roaming Orem streets and that biologists believed it may have come from mountains east of the city.