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By the Associated Press • Dec 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Crews recover missing kayaker from northern Michigan lake

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Police said they have found the body of man in a northern Michigan lake who was last seen last weekend.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office officials said deputies pulled the body of 46-year-old John Murray White of Traverse City from Lake Skegemog on Friday morning after three days of searching. He was reported missing Tuesday by his family.

White's kayak and life jackets had been recovered across the lake. His family told deputies he frequently kayaked the lake off Grand Traverse Bay.

Sheriff's officials said the investigation continues, including determining the cause and manner of White's death. Early findings suggest the death was accidental.

Michigan minimum wage rising to $9.25 an hour in January

LANSING (AP) — Michigan's minimum wage will rise to $9.25 an hour starting Jan. 1.

That's a 35-cent raise from the current minimum of $8.90 per hour. It's the final definitive increase provided by a 2014 law, the state said Friday.

Beginning in 2019, however, the minimum wage is due to increase annually with inflation unless the unemployment rate is high.

Employers can pay 85 percent of the minimum to employees age 16 and 17. The training wage remains at $4.25 per hour for new hires ages 16-19 for the first 90 days of employment.

Advocates for restaurant workers have launched a 2018 ballot drive in a bid to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour and pay tipped employees the hourly minimum.

Man pleads guilty to taking over Washtenaw County computers

ANN ARBOR (AP) — A man who was able to take over the Washtenaw County computer system with malware and other tricks has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Prosecutors said Konrads Voits got access to the county network earlier this year, including jail records, search warrant affidavits and personal information from more than 1,600 employees. He admits altering an electronic record to try to get an inmate released early.

Washtenaw County spent more than $230,000 to fix the breach.

Voits, who lives in Ypsilanti Township, pleaded guilty Friday to damaging a protected computer, a federal crime. He could face seven years or more in prison on April 5. He's in jail without bond.

The FBI first encountered Voits in 2015 when he reported a false bomb threat.

Oakland County girl critically injured during dog attack

HIGHLAND TWP. (AP) — A 7-year-old Oakland County girl has been critically injured after an attack by two dogs her parents had taken in.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the dogs began biting the girl Thursday afternoon after she opened the gate to their pen outside her family's Highland Township home, northwest of Detroit.

The girl's mother was able to get the dogs back into the pen and suffered a deep bite to one of her arms. The girl suffered wounds to her neck and was being treated at a hospital.

Sheriff's officials said the family had received the dogs from a humane society in Pennsylvania.

Oakland County authorities seized one of the dogs. The other escaped under the pen's fence.

The girl's parents signed four other dogs over to local animal control officials.

Man charged in school threat had rifles, ammunition, police say

LANSING (AP) — Police said a 19-year-old man charged following a threat that prompted Lansing Community College to evacuate had rifles and ammunition at the time of his arrest.

Lansing Community College police Sgt. Rodney Bahl said Damian Douglas Walker was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his Lansing-area apartment, shortly after the school's campuses in Lansing, Delta Township and East Lansing were closed.

The Lansing State Journal reported that Walker was arraigned Thursday on one count of making a false terrorism report or threat. He's requested a court-appointed lawyer.

Bahl said one of Walker's friends told police Walker told him via text to avoid LCC and sent him video of him loading AR-15 rifle magazines with "thousands of rounds of ammunition on the floor." Police said they found two rifles and 12 loaded magazines.

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