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By the Associated Press • Dec 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Man who crashed truck into grocery store gets year in jail

HART (AP) — A man who drove his truck into a grocery store earlier this year has been sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay restitution.

Matthew Krueger was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to malicious destruction of a building. The Muskegon Chronicle reported he also must serve 18 months of probation and comply with a mental health treatment plan.

Krueger drove his pickup into the front entrance of a Shopko store in Hart on May 3, causing $52,000 in damages. No one was hurt.

Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon said Krueger was found to be competent to stand trial prior to his plea.

Krueger was charged with crashing his pickup into a Coast Guard gate in Grand Haven in 2015. He was found insane and ordered to a state psychiatric center.

Bakery worker gets 90 days for putting metal in bread

NORTON SHORES (AP) — A man who authorities say put metal into bread at a Norton Shores bakery has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Adam Brooks learned his sentence Wednesday after pleading no contest to a charge of placing harmful objects in food. WOOD-TV reported Brooks also faces 20 months of probation and must pay more than $2,400 in court fees and restitution.

A poisoning food charge was dropped.

Brooks was arrested in March after other employees at R.W. Bakers in Norton Shores notified managers.

Authorities have said none of the bread ended up available for purchase or consumption.

Hunter safety instructor ordered to trial on lesser charge

WHITE CLOUD (AP) — A judge has ordered a 62-year-old hunter safety instructor from Ottawa County to stand trial on a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy who was squirrel hunting in Oceana County.

Roger Hoeker of Jenison was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but 78th District Court Judge H. Kevin Drake this week sent the case to Circuit Court on a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. The Muskegon Chronicle reported the defense argued the bullet may have ricocheted off a tree.

Police said William "Billy" Gort Jr. of Wyoming was shot in the head during a Feb. 18 hunting trip in Oceana County with a teenage friend and Hoeker, who also is a mentor for a youth outreach program. Police said the teens had shotguns and Hoeker had a rifle.

'Jeopardy!' winner charged with computer crimes in Michigan

ADRIAN (AP) — A former "Jeopardy!" winner has been charged with illegally accessing co-workers' email accounts at a small Michigan college.

Stephanie Jass is a former history professor at Adrian College. She appeared in a Lenawee County court on Tuesday, charged with unauthorized access to a computer and using a computer to commit a crime.

No other details were released.

The Daily Telegram in Adrian reported that state police investigated after getting complaints from college staff earlier this year.

Jass won seven games on "Jeopardy!" in 2012.

Adrian College declined to say when Jass stopped working at the school.

Remains of Michigan man killed in World War II to come home

ST. JOSEPH (AP) — The remains of a West Michigan man killed when his plane crashed during World War II are coming home.

WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids reported that the remains of Navy Airman Albert Rybarczyk of St. Joseph were expected to be flown back to Michigan today. There will be a full military funeral on Monday and then Rybarczyk will be buried next to his parents at St. Joseph's Resurrection Cemetery.

The 22-year-old Rybarczyk was a radio man on a mission in 1944 when the plane he was in released a bomb. The plane was too low and the explosion tore off the plane's tail and caused it to spin into the water.

The wreckage was discovered in 2014. DNA samples of the remains were taken and a positive identification was confirmed this past August.

More cases of chronic wasting disease found during deer hunt

LANSING (AP) — Officials said a number of deer believed to have been infected with chronic wasting disease were found during Michigan's recently completed firearms hunting season.

The latest cases bring the tally of confirmed or suspected infections in the state to 30 whitetail deer since 2015.

The state Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to bring their deer to check stations. It said several thousand samples await testing by Michigan State University, so the number of chronic wasting disease cases still could rise.

The infected deer have turned up in Clinton, Ingham, Kent and Montcalm counties.

The DNR has established a "core and management zone" where the disease has been detected. All deer taken by hunters in that area must be checked, while feeding and baiting deer there are prohibited.

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