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By The Associated Press • Apr 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Spring snow blamed for at least 4 Michigan traffic deaths

GAYLORD (AP) — At least four traffic deaths in Michigan have been blamed on an early spring storm that dumped more than a foot of snow across parts of the state's northern Lower Peninsula.

Snow began falling Tuesday but picked up in intensity early Wednesday, leaving roads slick and hazardous. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Boguth said 2-3 inches of snow an hour was falling in some areas before the storm started to wind down Wednesday afternoon.

A 17-year-old Ionia girl was killed in a two-car crash Wednesday morning on a snowy, slushy highway in Bengal Township, north of Lansing, according to the Clinton County Sheriff's Office. The girl was a passenger in a vehicle that lost control, crossed the centerline and was struck broadside by another vehicle.

A mother and her adult son died following a crash Tuesday in Buckeye Township, according to Gladwin County Sheriff's officials. Weather conditions and speed were believed to be factors in the crash, which occurred in an area that got at least 4 inches of snow, according to the weather bureau.

A 56-year-old woman from Coleman died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night in mid-Michigan's Warren Township. Local authorities said she likely lost control of her vehicle on icy roads.

Snow is expected to remain on the ground in northern Michigan as temperatures stay below normal, likely into next week, Boguth said.

Central Michigan shooting suspect unfit for trial, attorney says

MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — The attorney for a 19-year-old student accused of killing his parents at Central Michigan University said his client has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Court-appointed attorney Joshua Blanchard said James Davis Jr. was found incompetent to stand trial March 23. Blanchard told MLive.com on Wednesday that Davis will receive treatment in an attempt to have him regain competency.

Authorities said Davis Jr. shot his parents, James and Diva Davis, of Plainfield, Illinois, in his dorm room on March 2. He was captured after a 16-hour manhunt in Mount Pleasant. He's charged with two counts of open murder and a firearm violation.

The night before the shootings, Davis Jr. told police someone was out to kill him. He exhibited erratic behavior that police suspected was drug-induced.

Woman dies apparently trying to retrieve boat from lake

HAY TOWNSHIP (AP) — Police said the body of a woman who died while apparently trying to retrieve a paddleboat from a mid-Michigan lake has been recovered.

The Gladwin County Sheriff's Office said the body of 68-year-old Barbara Ogg was found Saturday along the shoreline of Smallwood Lake in Hay Township. Her body was attached to the boat with a rope.

Investigators said they believe Ogg waded into the water after spotting the boat adrift and wrapped the rope from the boat around her arm. She was wearing waders and a life jacket, but they said the waders filled with water and the life jacket came off.

Authorities believe her body was in the water for more than a week. Preliminary information says it's an accidental drowning.

11-year-old's cellphone video is evidence in shooting case

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS (AP) — Cellphone video shot by an 11-year-old child that shows two men arguing before one shoots the other at least six times is being used as evidence in the Muskegon-area case.

Dequan Davis, 22, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on assault with intent to murder and gun charges, MLive.com reported.

Authorities said the child was inside a home in Muskegon Heights on Jan. 4 when the confrontation began outside. The child started to video the fracas using a cellphone, but dropped the phone when the shooting started.

The victim testified during Davis' preliminary examination that he was shot at least six times. The victim was shot after reportedly intervening in an argument over a drug debt.

Police identify Detroit man as deceased carjacking suspect

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man found dead after exchanging gunfire with police following a crime spree in which two women were shot has been identified.

State police said Allan Farris' body was found Wednesday morning on the city's east side. Police didn't say in a news release if the 56-year-old Farris shot himself or if he was shot by officers.

The spree started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday west of Detroit with an attempted carjacking and two carjackings that left two women wounded. A third woman was forced to drive into the Detroit enclave of Highland Park, where she was dropped off.

At about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Farris exchanged gunfire in Detroit with an undercover trooper he tried to carjack.

Police said shots also were fired when officers saw Farris behind a garage about four hours later. He later was found dead. No officers were wounded.

The women shot Tuesday were hospitalized in good condition.

Flint to be released from state oversight after 6-plus years

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder said the city of Flint will be released from state receivership and the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) will be dissolved upon approval by state Treasurer Nick Khouri.

Khouri said he intends to release Flint from more than six years of state oversight once the matter reaches his desk.

City leadership would regain full local control under the moves.

Flint was the last municipality to be under state financial oversight through an RTAB.

Mayor Karen Weaver said the moves announced Wednesday created "a great day for the city of Flint."

In November 2011, a financial review team concluded a financial emergency existed in Flint. The city had an emergency manager until April 2015, when the Flint RTAB began overseeing a transition to local control.

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