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Police are searching for a 32-year-old man suspected in two slayings across two southwestern Michigan counties. A man was shot about 10:15 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph County's Florence Township by the suspect who forced his way into a home. The victim later died at a hospital. Police say the two men knew each other. 

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Police in eastern Michigan say an officer fatally shot a man during an altercation following a traffic stop, and that a second officer was shot in the arm during the incident. Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl says the man was pulled over Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving. 

Law enforcement agencies in Michigan reported seizing $15.2 million in cash and property over 11 months of 2016. The figure is from a new report from the Michigan State Police. The report says that in about 10 percent of the 5,290 cases, no one was charged with the violation for which the forfeiture was authorized. The report says many of those accused of crimes "cooperated with authorities, resulting in criminal charges not being pursued." 

Beginning in January, Michigan will have rules in place for the disclosure and retention of audio or video recordings from body cameras worn by police officers. Legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday exempts the recordings from public-records request under certain circumstances, including if the recordings were made in a "private place." 

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Authorities say a poker player who grabbed cash and fled from a Michigan casino was arrested after a freeway chase that reached speeds of nearly 100 mph. The man was arrested Thursday night in Berrien County in southwestern Michigan following the theft earlier in the night at FireKeepers Casino near Battle Creek. 

Certain employees retired from government work would get a tax break under legislation up for likely approval in the Michigan Senate. The bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday would aid retirees born after 1945 who receive retirement or pension benefits from employment with a government agency that was not covered by Social Security. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Ken Horn of Frankenmuth, says his measure would help police officers. 

Officer dies after crash in Norton Shores

May 10, 2017
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Authorities say a police officer has died after a crash involving his cruiser while on duty in western Michigan. Norton Shores police say an area resident reported the single-vehicle crash around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the officer was taken to a hospital and died. 

The officer's name wasn't immediately released, but police described him as a 10-year veteran of the force with a wife and two children. Michigan State Police are investigating what led to the crash, which destroyed the cruiser.

Bills aim to halt legal sex between prostitutes and police

Apr 26, 2017

Michigan police would not legally be able to have sex with prostitutes anymore during undercover investigations under a bill advancing in the state Legislature. Lawmakers and a University of Michigan law professor who is an expert in human trafficking say Michigan is the last state with a law allowing officers immunity from prosecution. 

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Police in southwestern Michigan are investigating the death of woman whose body was found on a playground.

The body was discovered about 2 p.m. Sunday at a mobile home park in Saugatuck Township, southwest of Grand Rapids.

WOOD-TV and WZZM-TV report that authorities say the death is being treated as suspicious. An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday or Tuesday.

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Republicans who control the Michigan Senate won't vote this year on legislation that would have closed the pension system to newly hired teachers.

The bill narrowly cleared a GOP-led committee last week but hit opposition in the full chamber.

The legislation, which would have provided new school employees with solely a 401(k) in retirement, could be revived when a new Legislature starts a two-year term in January.