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By The Associated Press • Feb 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Ex-U of Michigan doctor faces federal child porn charges

ANN ARBOR (AP) — A former University of Michigan doctor faces federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

Mark Hoeltzel, 46, of Ann Arbor was arrested Monday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after being treated for sex addiction at a clinic in Philadelphia. He was ordered held pending a detention hearing on Wednesday.

A complaint unsealed Monday says a December 2017 search of Hoelzel's home turned up a flash drive with 210 images of child pornography, most of them minor females.

Hoeltzel's attorney, Raymond Cassar, said his client is presumed innocent at this point.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' professional licensing bureau suspended the license of the pediatric rheumatology specialist on Dec. 21, 2017. Hoeltzel practiced at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, before going to the University of Michigan in 2013.

No charges for dad who tried to attack Larry Nassar in court

CHARLOTTE (AP) — No charges will be filed against a man who tried to attack former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom.

Eaton County Prosecutor Douglas Lloyd said Nassar and his attorneys didn't want charges against Randy Margraves. Lloyd said he gave those views "considerable weight" because they were potential victims.

Margraves is the father of three daughters who said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar, the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor. Sheriff's deputies tackled him after he charged at Nassar on Feb. 2.

Margraves apologized. He was briefly locked up, but a judge declined to hold him in contempt of court.

Nassar was sentenced to prison for molesting women and girls with his hands. He's first serving a 60-year sentence for child pornography crimes.

Gunman in Detroit kills 3 women, injures 3 officers

DETROIT (AP) — A gunman involved in a domestic dispute killed his girlfriend and two women who came to her aid at a Detroit house, and wounded three officers during a 14-hour standoff that ended Monday when police found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said Monday.

Police identified the dead suspect as Lance Smith, 49, who had no criminal history and had not been in contact with police before the shooting.

Police received a call about shots fired at the residence at 10:27 p.m. Sunday. The call was placed by an off-duty Detroit Public Schools police officer who happened to live in the neighborhood, Police Chief James Craig said.

Responding officers were shot at and "pinned down for almost an hour," Craig said.

The three officers wounded in Detroit followed what one national group called one of the deadliest periods in recent memory for police with seven officers killed in the U.S. last week. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said six of the seven were shot and one died in an auto crash.

Man guilty in first trial linked to 2 murders in SW Michigan

KALAMAZOO (AP) — A man charged with killing two people in two counties in southwestern Michigan has been convicted of first-degree murder in the first trial.

The verdict against Zachary Patten was returned Monday in a Kalamazoo County court. He was convicted of killing Graciela Portillo-Esparza last summer.

Patten didn't deny what happened, but told police that he was aiming for the victim's brother. He now faces an automatic life sentence without a chance for parole.

Patten is also charged with murder in St. Joseph County. Police say he drove about 30 miles after killing Portillo-Esparza and shot his ex-wife's husband.

The prosecutor told jurors that Patten "almost appeared to be a man on a mission" last July. He was arrested in South Bend, Indiana, after voluntarily walking up to police.

Art Van Elslander, founder of furniture chain, dies at 87

WARREN (AP) — Archie "Art" Van Elslander, the founder of Art Van Furniture and a major Detroit-area philanthropist who is credited with saving the city's annual Thanksgiving parade, died Monday, his family said. He was 87.

Van Elslander, who was known as Art Van, opened his first store in 1959 in East Detroit, now called Eastpointe. There are more than 100 stores in the Midwest, with more than half of them in Michigan. The business was sold last year to Thomas H. Lee Partners, a Boston private equity firm.

Company spokeswoman Diane Charles said Van Elslander had cancer.

After more than 60 years, the Detroit Thanksgiving Day parade's finances were failing in 1990 when Van Elslander stepped forward with a $200,000 check. He would ride down Woodward Avenue and wave to crowds from a car. The company became a regular sponsor of the parade, which draws tens of thousands of people to downtown Detroit.

"It's probably one of the most gratifying things I've ever done," Van Elslander, the son of a Belgian tavern owner, said in 2015. "Because when you see the lives that you've been able to affect, it's pretty cool."

99-year-old Mich. man who killed teens in wrong-way crash dies

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — A 99-year-old RV driver who went the wrong way on a Florida highway and killed two teenagers in a head-on crash has died of his injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Monday that Walter Roney of Dearborn, Michigan, died Friday.

His death came three days after the Fort Pierce crash that killed 18-year-old Santia Feketa and her 17-year-old best friend, Britney Poindexter. The teens were headed to a skating rink.

Michigan driving records showed that someone in September 2017 had reported Roney as possibly incompetent to drive, but 29 days before the crash he had passed a driving test in his home state.

Investigators said Roney was driving at night without lights going west in the eastbound lanes of a four-lane highway when he crashed into Feketa's pickup truck.

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