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By The Associated Press • Jul 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Saugatuck gets patrols from sheriff's office

SAUGATUCK (AP) — The southwestern Michigan city of Saugatuck has a new law enforcement arrangement in place after cutting ties with the combined Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department.

Saugatuck City Council voted earlier this year to approve the change. The city is now contracting with the Allegan County Sheriff's Office for police services. The decision followed debate where community members, including officers from the combined department, opposed ending the roughly two-decade partnership.

Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told WOOD-TV he's not anticipating a noticeable difference in safety with sheriff's deputies handling calls.

Saugatuck's earlier police service agreement ran until June 30. A review by Saugatuck found contracting with the Sheriff's Office will save $220,000 and reduce the city's budget for law enforcement.

Plans call for using savings to improve city parks and infrastructure including roads.

Man killed, woman wounded during shooting at block party

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been killed and a 26-year-old woman wounded during a shooting at a block-style party in Mount Clemens, northeast of Detroit.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office said 17 spent shell casings from three different weapons were found following the early Thursday morning shooting.

Charlie McGowan of Clinton Township was shot in the midsection and pronounced dead at a hospital.

The woman suffered a wound to her leg. Her name was not released.

Three people were being sought by police, but no arrests have been made.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said investigators have received little cooperation from witnesses.

Enbridge Energy sues shipping firm in Michigan spill

LANSING (AP) — A Canadian energy company is the latest to sue the shipping company whose tugboat anchor allegedly dented an aging oil and gas pipeline in Michigan earlier this year.

Enbridge Energy's lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Michigan's Western District is the third against VanEnkevort Tug and Barge Inc., MLive reported. American Transmission Co., which owns two power cables that were severed during the incident, also filed suit against VanEnkevort on Tuesday.

Enbridge is seeking to recover costs for repairs and assessments made after the purported anchor strike April 1 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The two lawsuits allege VanEnkevort acted negligently and failed to be cautious.

A VanEnkevort spokesperson declined to comment on the pending litigation.

The shipping company was first named in April when state officials filed a lawsuit in Ingham County Circuit Court for alleged violations of Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.

Twin oil pipelines were dented during the anchor strike and about 600 gallons of mineral oil insulation fluid leaked from two electric cables. Crews capped and sealed the leaking cables in late April.

Border authorities find invasive beetles in bag of seeds

ROMULUS (AP) — A woman traveling from Iraq to a Detroit-area airport was found to be carrying seeds infested with an invasive beetle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a release Thursday that agriculture specialists discovered the Khapra beetles Nov. 23, 2017, at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus. They were in a bag of seeds the woman planned to sow in her garden.

The Khapra beetle is considered one of the world's most destructive pests for stored grains, cereals and seeds.

The Associated Press sent an email Thursday to border officials asking if the woman was fined or charged.

Khapra beetles were found in January at Washington Dulles International Airport in rice brought from Saudi Arabia and in February at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in cow peas brought from Nigeria.

Detroit-area library had a 'Fifty Shades' censor

BERKLEY (AP) — A suburban Detroit library has decried an unidentified censor who concealed DVDs of movies from the racy "Fifty Shade" series.

The Berkley library is now openly displaying the R-rated movies, accompanied by a sign that says hiding movies "is not how libraries work."

Librarian Lauren Arnsman told the Detroit Free Press that the three movies had mysteriously disappeared since last year, forcing the library to spend more than $100 to replace them. Most were found hidden in the building.

They're now on a table, along with the movies "Jerusalem" and "Eyes Wide Shut," which also had disappeared.

The library doesn't know who was hiding the DVDs. The "Fifty Shades" books? They're still on the shelf.

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