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By The Associated Press • Nov 20, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Police identify Lansing man fatally shot while hunting deer

BATH TWP. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Lansing man shot and killed while apparently hunting deer in mid-Michigan.

The Bath Township Police Department said Monday the man was 68-year-old Chong Yang.

Yang was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found after 10 p.m. Friday northwest of Lansing in Clinton County.

A preliminary investigation has revealed Yang was deer hunting on public property when apparently shot by someone, police said. Yang was wearing hunter's orange clothing at the time.

Police said they have no suspects in the shooting.

Car hops curb, strikes police officer on Kalamazoo sidewalk

KALAMAZOO (AP) — A southwestern Michigan police officer was struck by a car on a sidewalk Monday afternoon.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said the officer was with a group of investigators talking to neighbors when the vehicle struck and injured him.

Other officers performed first aid on the injured officer, who was taken to a hospital to be treated. His condition is unclear.

The injured officer’s name hasn't been released.

Police said a driver swerved to avoid another vehicle and went over a curb and struck an officer, who was walking on the sidewalk.

Investigators said alcohol and speed don't appear to be factors in the crash.

Ex-state abuse investigator sentenced in teen's sex assault

ST. JOHNS (AP) — A former state child abuse and neglect investigator accused of sexually assaulting a teenager will spend a year in jail and then four years on probation.

The Lansing State Journal reported that Daniel Hulings, 34, of Bath Township was sentenced Monday.

Hulings had pleaded no contest to two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was initially charged with seven counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Clinton County Prosecutor Chuck Sherman said the plea deal capped the amount of time Hulings would spend in jail at one year.

The victim wasn't associated with Hulings' work with Child Protective Services. Court records show the victim said she had sexual contact with Hulings on numerous occasions over a period of more than a year beginning when she was 16.

Detroit man sentenced after trying to sell live hand grenades

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man has been sentenced to four years and four months in federal prison for possessing and attempting to sell four live hand grenades.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit said Byron Ross appeared Friday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to unregistered possession of a destructive device.

Ross, 29, was arrested in December 2017 after showing the grenades in his home to a confidential FBI source. Court documents show the negotiated price for each grenade was $150.

FBI investigators later determined the grenades were fully functional and contained a black powder explosive.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said Monday in a release that hand grenades "are military weapons used to wound, maim and kill on the battlefield," and have no place on city streets.

K’zoo-area woman accused in mom's overdose death gets prison

KALAMAZOO (AP) — A southwestern Michigan woman who entered a plea deal after being charged in her 87-year-old mother's overdose death has been sentenced to 5-15 years in prison.

Susan Kubicek, 60, of Portage learned her punishment Monday after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the May 2017 death of Dorothy Allen.

Kalamazoo County authorities said Allen got a morphine dose 80 times greater than what was prescribed.

Defense attorney Ronald Pichlik said Kubicek is remorseful, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. Kubicek told the court she was trying to follow a nurse's instructions.

Kubicek, who'd been caring for her ailing mother, was initially charged with second-degree murder.

Stephen Salik, Allen's son and Kubicek's brother, said in a victim impact statement that her actions "put a scar on my heart, on my family's heart."

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