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By The Associated Press • Mar 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Kindergartener sexually assaulted by classmates, lawsuit claims

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges a West Michigan boy was sexually assaulted by his kindergarten classmates who photographed the abuse with school-issued iPads.

The lawsuit was filed this week in Grand Rapids against Grandville Public Schools, administrators and a teacher. It alleges violations of Title IX, the federal law barring discrimination based on sex.

A former Grandville superintendent disputes the allegations and says school officials responded appropriately. Police also investigated but no charges were brought.

The lawsuit alleges the boy was abused by four boys at Century Park Learning Center in Wyoming during the 2014-15 school year.

A statement from the current Grandville superintendent says the district can't comment in detail, but that their "focus is and always will be the safety and care of every student."

Pilot dies after small plane crashes in mid-Michigan

WESTPHALIA TWP. (AP) — Authorities said a pilot died after the small plane he was flying hit power lines and crashed while trying to land in mid-Michigan.

The crash was reported Thursday evening in Clinton County's Westphalia Township. The sheriff's office said 69-year-old Michael Mills was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and died.

The plane, described by the sheriff's office as a single-engine experimental aircraft, was heading from Owosso Community Airport to a landing strip in Westphalia Township.

The crash is under investigation, but investigators said it's believed that the sun was a factor.

Financial adviser arraigned on embezzlement charges

JACKSON (AP) — A former financial adviser has been arrested in Michigan in connection with the theft of more than $700,000 from now-deceased clients whose investments he managed.

Robert Morley was arraigned Friday in Jackson County District Court on one count of conducting a continuing criminal enterprise and 29 counts of embezzlement of more than $1,000, MLive reported.

Michigan's Attorney General's office said Morley had left the state after an arrest warrant was filed. The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office, state police fugitive team and Transportation Security Administration helped special agents in the attorney general's office locate Morley, who was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.


Morley is jailed on a $500,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Police shoot, kill bank robbery suspect after standoff

GENESEE TWP. (AP) — A bank robbery suspect has been shot to death following a 90-minute standoff with police from a van near Flint.

Officers fired at 40-year-old Kevin Hall, 40, at about 10:30 a.m. Friday when he exited the van in Genesee Township and charged them with what authorities say was a weapon, MLive reported.

Police did not give a description of the weapon, but state police Lt. David Kaiser said Hall still was holding it after being shot.

Hall was among three people believed to be involved in the bank holdup at about 9 a.m. Friday. They fled the bank in a white van, which was stopped by police a short time later. A man and woman were arrested. Hall, of Flint, refused to immediately leave the van.

Contractor overestimated Ann Arbor deer population, report says

ANN ARBOR (AP) — A report says the contractor overseeing Ann Arbor's deer management program significantly overestimated the animal's population last year in the city.

The Ann Arbor News reported Friday that White Buffalo Inc. believed the formula it used to estimate the deer population was off and estimated detection rate for last year's flyover count was too low. That was discovered from observations during this year's survey.

Based on the overestimate, officials with the city and contractor called for killing up to 250 deer, but sharpshooters killed 115.

People opposing the hunt gathered near shooting zones. When they saw sharpshooters, they yelled: "Stop the shoot! Save the deer!"

A total of 156 deer were killed during culls in 2016 and 2017.

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