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• Aug 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Michigan auctioning tax-foreclosed properties in 8 counties

LANSING (AP) — Public auctions of more than 250 tax-foreclosed Michigan properties is underway.

The state Department of Treasury says the residential and commercial properties will be up for sale through Aug. 28.

They are in eight counties: Branch, Clinton, Iosco, Keweenaw, Livingston, Luce, Mecosta and Shiawassee. They were foreclosed upon because of delinquent property tax payments.

Prospective buyers can bid for parcels online or in person at designated sites on auction dates.

Officials say potential bidders are responsible for researching each property with the municipality where it's located.

Grand Rapids City Commission picks new city manager

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM-TV) — The Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday selected Mark Washington as the new city manager.

Washington was the assistant city manager for the city of Austin, Texas, for the past three years. He has worked in local government for 22 years.

City Commissioner Ruth Kelly made the motion to appoint Washington, and she emphasized that she didn't think they should prolong the decision.

When the commission discussed his candidacy prior to the vote, they said that he has an understanding of developing racial equity in cities.

"We recognize that the City of Grand Rapids is hitting on so many cylinders except that cylinder around economic development and opportunity particularly for minority communities," Kelly said.

Former Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong has served as the interim city manager since Greg Sundstrom retired in February. The City Commission wanted to have a city manager selected and in place by early September.

Former Macomb Township trustee sentenced to 20 months

DETROIT (AP) — A former public official in suburban Detroit has been sentenced to 20 months in prison on federal charges of demanding and taking bribes in exchange for using his position to get a company a trash-hauling contract.

The sentence handed down Tuesday to former Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas, 44, also includes two years of supervised release following his prison term. Freitas pleaded guilty last year.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said Freitas accepted $42,500 in bribes from the company for his help in getting it the contract.

Federal prosecutors have won more than a dozen convictions in the corruption investigation.

Northern Michigan lawmaker detained at airport over handgun

PELLSTON (AP) — A northern Michigan lawmaker has apologized after Transportation Security Administration personnel recently discovered a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag as he was going through a pre-flight screening.

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said Tuesday that he had believed all of his pistols were registered through a Michigan State Police database. He said he registered that pistol soon afterward.

Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin told the Petoskey News-Review that Chatfield was detained July 15 at the Pellston Regional Airport and questioned at a Sheriff's Office substation. He said the handgun was confiscated and Chatfield was released.

Wallin said the case report has been turned over to the Emmet County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for review and a determination if any criminal charges will be issued.

Dog day care owner out after customer says he kicked her dog

KENTWOOD (AP) — A dog day care chain says it has taken over the operations of a West Michigan franchise after a customer posted video online that she says shows the shop's owner kicking her dog.

Colorado-based Camp Bow Wow said Tuesday it has removed the owner of Camp Bob Wow Kentwood. The company said a corporate team has taken over the operations.

The company said it "has a zero-tolerance policy" for such behavior. The company didn't identify the franchise's owner.

The four-second video was posted on Facebook by a woman who said she lives in Walker. She said the video is from the kennel's webcam and shows her dog being kicked while he was being boarded there Monday.

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