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By The Associated Press • Jul 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Ex-MSU medical school dean retires amid Nassar fallout

EAST LANSING (AP) — The former dean of Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine has retired amid criminal charges stemming from the investigation of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The university said William Strampel signed an agreement Thursday to retire effective June 30. Officials say Strampel gets basic retiree health care coverage and $175,000 — less money than he would have — but forfeits emeritus status and other benefits typically accorded to retired executives.

MSU Interim President John Engler said in a statement released Friday that Strampel's "conduct and attitude were unacceptable and went against the values of this university."

Strampel's departure ends the East Lansing school's efforts to revoke his tenure, but officials say it doesn't affect criminal charges. He was ordered to trial last month on a high misdemeanor and misconduct in office, a felony. Two other misdemeanors are also part of the case.

Three women, including two current medical students, accuse him of sexual harassment, including bawdy talk about sex and nude photos and a groping incident. Investigators found about two dozen sexually explicit photos and videos on his campus computer and a hidden camera.

Strampel, who had been dean of the osteopathic medical school until December, also had oversight of Nassar, a campus doctor who regularly treated female gymnasts. 

Boy, 14, dies while swimming at mid-Michigan pond

HAMLIN TWP. (AP) — Authorities said a 14-year-old North Carolina boy has died while trying to swim across a mid-Michigan pond.

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office said Keagon Rouser was swimming Thursday night at a pond on private property in Hamlin Township when he went underwater and didn't resurface. The Sheriff's Office said a family member who was at the pond with him called 911.

Several family members tried unsuccessfully to find the boy in the pond, which was filled with weeds. His body was recovered by divers after about three hours of searching.

Police said the boy was visiting family in Michigan.

Monroe County van-truck crash kills 1, injures 9 others

FRENCHTOWN TWP. (AP) — A van and a truck collided Friday afternoon in southeastern Michigan, killing one person and injuring nine others.

Michigan State Police said the crash in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township killed a 60-year-old man in the van and left two others aboard the van with critical injuries. Except for the driver of the truck, all of the injured were riding in the van, which was carrying seven people with developmental disabilities and two other people.

Police said the van was attempting to cross a road when the truck struck it, causing the van to overturn.

Boat that ferried passengers to Boblo Island catches fire

DETROIT (AP) — A floating piece of Detroit nostalgia was gutted by fire Friday as flames roared through one of two historic steamships that once ferried people from the city to an island amusement park in the Detroit River.

The SS Ste. Claire caught fire while docked at a marina east of downtown Detroit.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation, but Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said welding being done on the mostly wooden boat when the fire broke out at about 11:30 a.m. was suspected.

Police and fire officials said it was doubtful the aging vessel could be salvaged.

However, Ste. Claire owner Ron Kattoo said he hopes to rebuild the boat if possible. He called the fire and damage "heartbreaking" as firefighters on the dock doused the flames with hoses.

Usually loaded with passengers, the Ste. Claire and SS Columbia traveled for decades between Detroit and Boblo Island in Canada, about 15 miles away. Both steamships were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1992.

Flint getting $30M in effort to replace some public housing

FLINT (AP) — The city of Flint is getting $30 million to replace some public housing, move some current residents to new homes and improve services.

Congressman Dan Kildee and U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow on Friday announced the funding will help replace public housing at Atherton East under a Choice Neighborhoods Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It also seeks to improve access to basic services and job opportunities.

The lawmakers said in a statement the grant was awarded to the city of Flint and the Flint Housing Commission. Mott Community College Workforce Development, Hurley Medical Center, and the Flint and Genesee Literacy Network also are part of the effort.

Atherton East is a 192-unit complex on the city's south side.

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