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By The Associated Press • May 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Small township, big theft: Ex-treasurer must pay $1.4M

IRONWOOD TWP. (AP) — A former township treasurer in the Upper Peninsula has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in an embezzlement investigation.

Jyl Olson-DeRosso was scheduled to get her sentence Monday in Gogebic County, but the court hearing was postponed. A judge ordered restitution last week.

Olson-DeRosso was treasurer in Ironwood Township, which has less than 3,000 residents. The Daily Globe reported that she's been ordered to repay more than $1.2 million in missing money and another $155,000 in costs related to the investigation.

Olson-DeRosso pleaded guilty or no contest to 10 charges, although she says she believes an audit wrongly blamed her for "everything that has ever been wrong in Ironwood Township."

Suspicious package closes courthouse in Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Authorities have reopened a West Michigan courthouse after locking it down while they investigated a suspicious package.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office said the 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids was locked down for about three hours Monday while deputies, the FBI and the Grand Rapids Fire Department Hazmat Team investigated an envelope that arrived in the mail containing a powdery substance.

Police said the courthouse was reopened at about 1 p.m. once investigators determined the substance had been contained and didn't pose a threat to anyone inside or outside of the building. 

The Sheriff's Office said additional testing will be conducted to determine what the substance is. It said no symptoms of exposure have been reported.

Gas station clerk charged in fatal shooting of customer

DETROIT (AP) — A 26-year-old gas station clerk has been charged in the fatal shooting of a man inside the west-side Detroit business.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Rami Ali Jaber of Dearborn Heights is expected to be arraigned today on first-degree murder and gun charges.

Prosecutors said the victim was shot Sunday afternoon after approaching the gas station's counter to make a purchase. A preliminary police report cited by The Detroit News says the clerk and the customer "exchanged words," and the clerk came from behind a partition before firing a handgun, striking the man in the chest.

The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name wasn't immediately released.

Jaber was arrested at the gas station.

Enbridge says damaged oil pipeline was dented less than 1 inch

LANSING (AP) — The company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac said Monday that one of the lines suspected of being struck by a tugboat anchor was dented more than three-fourths of an inch.

Enbridge Inc. official Peter Holran told the Michigan Pipeline Advisory Board in Lansing about the April 1 damage to the pipelines running between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Company spokesman Ryan Duffy said each pipeline is about 20 inches in diameter with walls nearly an inch thick — but the thickness of the walls did not decrease.

Holran said the other pipe suffered two dents of just under three-quarters of an inch and less than a half-inch.

The suspected anchor strike also caused about 600 gallons of mineral oil insulation fluid to leak from two electric cables.

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