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By The Associated Press • Mar 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Death certificate shows teen died of asphyxia, strangulation

KALAMAZOO (AP) — Officials have ruled a 16-year-old girl found dead in Kalamazoo was strangled.

Mujey Dumbuya's cause of death was listed as "asphyxia, including strangulation" on the death certificate, MLive reported Tuesday.

Dumbuya's partially clothed body was found Jan. 28 in Kalamazoo, about 50 miles from her Grand Rapids home. Her family last saw her alive on Jan. 24 as she headed off to school.

Quinn James faces trial in Kent County Circuit Court on criminal sexual conduct charges. James is accused of sexually assaulting Dumbuya last summer.

James was arrested in November 2017 and released on bond. Authorities picked him up Feb. 1 on an unrelated 2014 sexual assault charge.

Dumbuya was to testify against James, who has not been charged in her death, MLive reported.

Grand Rapids man sentenced for Las Vegas shooting threat

CASCADE TWP. (AP) — A Grand Rapids man who threatened to shoot up a business "just like they did in Vegas" has been sentenced to 5-20 years in prison.

David Seastrom, 37, learned his sentence Tuesday after being convicted of one count of making a false report or threat of terrorism.

Court records say that after being denied a job at Teleperformance USA because of his criminal history including assault convictions, Seastrom told an employee over the phone Oct. 3, 2017, that he would open fire on workers as they left the business. The shootings in Las Vegas two days earlier killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others.

The Grand Rapids Press reported Seastrom told the court Tuesday he was embarrassed, sickened and disgusted with himself for making the threat.

Accidental shooting wounds firefighter in southern Michigan

EMMETT TWP. (AP) — Authorities said a firefighter was wounded after a gun that was in his pocket accidentally discharged while he was responding to a grass fire in southern Michigan.

Crews from several departments responded Monday afternoon to the fire in woods and fields along I-94 in Calhoun County's Emmett Township near Battle Creek.

Authorities said a firefighter from the nearby community of Athens was wounded in the groin Monday night. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of what was described as a non-life-threatening injury.

Officials said the man had a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Governor candidate El-Sayed asks for ruling on eligibility

LANSING (AP) — Democrat Abdul El-Sayed is asking a judge to declare that he is eligible to run for Michigan governor.

The former Detroit health director made the request Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court amid questions over whether he has been a registered and "qualified" voter in the state for four years before the election. He lived and voted in New York before returning to Michigan in 2015, but also has been continuously registered in Michigan since 2003.

The state Democratic Party had asked El-Sayed to take pre-emptive legal action. When he filed his nominating petitions two weeks ago, he said he was "100 percent eligible to run for governor."

El-Sayed is among four Democratic gubernatorial candidates vying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. The primary is in August.

Man's body found in Boardman River in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Police are investigating after the body of a man was found near the mouth of the Boardman River in northwestern Michigan.

Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O'Brien said a person passing by Tuesday morning discovered the body floating near the mouth of the river just north of the Grandview Parkway bridge.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reportde authorities closed nearby pathways while investigators combed the area. O'Brien said footprints were found nearby.

Clothing bin operator changes labels, settles with Michigan

LANSING (AP) — A Texas-based clothing donation bin operator is changing the way it labels bins for the Michigan Humane Society as part of a settlement with Michigan's attorney general.

Attorney General Bill Schuette's office announced Tuesday it had reached the settlement with Houston-based ATRS. Schuette alleged that ATRS falsely labeled about 250 clothing bins by saying the society gets 100 percent of the market value of every donation.

Under the settlement, which resolves a civil lawsuit, the company's bins will state the per-pound amount that each donation generates for the society. By contract, ATRS pays the society 2 cents per pound for items donated in the bins.

ATRS also has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine.

State Legislature loosens liquor restrictions for veteran clubs

LANSING (AP) — Michigan legislators say veterans affiliated with a private club or fraternal organization should be permitted to drink at whatever location they please.

The Senate took a final vote Tuesday to discard a provision in the state's liquor code that says members of veteran organizations can only purchase alcohol from their local chapter's club.

The bill waves away the constraints at private clubs such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Supporters say out-of-towners deserve to fully enjoy libations with fellow veterans and that the current law is outdated.

The House unanimously approved the legislation earlier this month. It now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature.

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