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By The Associated Press • Sep 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Judge's son gets 10-year prison sentence in child porn case

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The son of a Michigan appeals court judge has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors say Sameer Gadola exploited teen boys by urging them to send photos of themselves. His lawyers say Gadola made "terrible mistakes" when he was 21 years old but didn't share the photos with anyone or meet the victims.

Gadola, now 23, is the son of Mike Gadola, an appeals court judge and Gov. Rick Snyder's former lawyer. His mother, Preeti Gadola, hears property appeals at the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Sameer Gadola was sentenced Monday by Grand Rapids federal Judge Janet Neff, who called him a "sexual predator" and a "danger to the community."

Gadola's lawyers say he has significant mental disabilities and would benefit from additional treatment.

Fire burns Michigan GOP lieutenant governor candidate's home

ALTO (AP) — A fire has caused significant damage to the West Michigan home of Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Lisa Posthumus Lyons.

The campaign of Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette said that all family members were safe following Sunday's fire in the Kent County community of Alto. Lyons' childhood home is "likely to be a total loss" following the fire, which started in the garage, according to the statement.

Schuette campaign spokesman John Sellek told The Detroit News that there's no sign of foul play.

WOOD-TV reported that the fire, which started about 3:30 p.m., is under investigation. It comes about two months before the November election.

Lyons' family members said they're grateful for the efforts of firefighters, sheriff's deputies and others who responded to the fire. They're assessing where they'll relocate temporarily.

Officials release names of 2 dead after boating accident

SCHOOLCRAFT TWP. (AP) — Officials have released the names of two people who died after a boating accident in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office said the boat was crossing from Tub Lake to Barton Lake when it struck the top of a cement barrier under Portage Road Saturday evening in Schoolcraft Township.

The department said Monday that 56-year-old Anthony Rogers of Kalamazoo and 46-year-old Lamar Ayers of Kalamazoo struck their heads and died.

The 53-year-old Kalamazoo man driving the boat wasn't injured. No charges were immediately announced, but the department said alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Michigan health chief fights to undo manslaughter charges

FLINT (AP) — The head of Michigan's health department is trying to overturn a decision that sends him to trial for two deaths in the Flint water crisis.

In court filings Monday, Nick Lyon's legal team asked a judge to dismiss involuntary manslaughter and other charges. A lower court judge in August said there was enough evidence to send Lyon to trial.

Lyon is accused of failing to prevent the deaths of two men by not timely informing the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2014-15. Some experts have blamed an outbreak of the severe pneumonia on dirty water from the Flint River.

Lyon's attorneys note that Robert Skidmore and John Snyder were elderly men with countless health problems. They say there's no evidence that Lyon contributed to their deaths. They also say there was "substantial notification" of Legionnaires' to area doctors and hospitals.

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