Balloons may have caused "shooter" alert at U of Michigan

Associated Press • Mar 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan says popping balloons may have sparked an "active shooter" alert at a building in the middle of campus.

In a statement late Saturday, the university says authorities received up to 20 calls about shots being fired at Mason Hall. The reports came during a nearby vigil for those killed in the mosque shootings in New Zealand.

Alerts issued by the school's Department of Public Safety and Security around 5 p.m. told students who were near Mason Hall to "run, hide, fight." About 40 minutes later, the university sent another alert saying there "does not appear to be an active threat to the community."

Authorities confirmed there was "balloon popping activity" in the area where reports emerged about shots being fired. The school says there was no "malicious intent" behind the activity.

33 dogs rescued from cages in garage in suburban Detroit

ROSEVILLE — Police in suburban Detroit say 33 dogs have been rescued from a garage in a cemetery.

Roseville police say a 51-year-old woman residing in a home next to the garage told officers she was operating a rescue nearby before recently moving the dogs to the Roseville location. She said the garage was serving as temporary quarters for the dogs.

Police say they were alerted to the situation Saturday by a passer-by.

They say the dogs were held in various cages and needed immediate attention due to conditions at the garage.

Police didn't identify the woman or say if she'll face criminal charges.

The incident comes about a month after 53 dogs were removed from a box truck in the driveway of a home in nearby Sterling Heights.

Trooper hurt after cruiser rear-ended on slippery I-94

BATTLE CREEK  — Michigan State Police say a trooper was hospitalized with minor injuries after another vehicle struck his cruiser on Interstate 94 near Battle Creek.

Police say the crash occurred about 4:15 a.m. Saturday while the trooper was parked on the shoulder investigating an earlier single vehicle crash.

Police say after the vehicle that struck the cruiser from behind, it spun out on the icy road and was struck by a semitrailer. The driver in the vehicle that struck the cruiser, a 30-year-old Galesburg woman, was taken to a Kalamazoo hospital with minor injuries.

The trooper's name hasn't been released.

The semitrailer driver wasn't injured. 

Residents lose appeal over odors from sugar beet processor

BAY CITY — The Michigan appeals court says time has run out for people to sue a sugar beet processor over odors.

The court Thursday reversed a decision by a Bay County judge and dismissed the case against Michigan Sugar of Bay City.

People living within 1 ½ miles of the beet processing plant say bad odors have ruined their ability to enjoy their properties. They say land values have fallen or will drop in the future.

But the appeals court says plaintiffs missed the three-year statute of limitations. The lawsuit was filed in 2016, but the odors go back more than three years.

In 2018, the Michigan Supreme Court in a case involving Dow Chemical contamination said the clock begins to run when the problem occurs.

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