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By The Associated Press • Mar 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Fugitive wanted in Michigan captured in Mississippi

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Michigan man wanted on multiple charges, including homicide, is in custody on Mississippi's Gulf Coast.

A joint operation between the U.S. Marshals Service and Gulfport Police Department resulted in the arrest Friday of Kyvon Deandre Wells, 20.

Wells was found in Gulfport at around 11 a.m. and is being held at the Harrison County Jail pending extradition to Michigan.

Authorities in Lansing, Michigan, told news outlets that Wells is wanted for the slaying of 22-year-old Delayno Hudson and the shooting of two others on March 1. There he will face a charge of murder, two counts of assault with the intent to murder and one count of a felony firearms violation.

Jeremy Stilwell, an inspector at the Gulfport branch of the U.S. Marshals Service, said Wells had relatives in Gulfport.

Rights were violated when losing job over gift, ex-principal says

CASCO TWP. (AP) — A former Michigan school principal says his rights were violated when he was forced out of his job for giving a gift that he said was based on an inside joke to a woman who was leaving for another job.

But the superintendent alleges the security guard who was given the wooden penis by John Stanton felt sexually harassed.

Stanton filed a federal lawsuit in January against Superintendent Leonard Woodside, 18 months after he says he was forced to resign at Anchor Bay High School in St. Clair County. Stanton says the security guard who got the gift was not upset as officials had claimed.

The woman filed an affidavit and said she "was not offended."

The Detroit News reported that the item was confiscated from a student. Stanton says he returned it to the woman as a funny gift.

Murder suspect allegedly confessed after woman's 1986 slaying, police say

PAW PAW (AP) — A man arrested in a southwestern Michigan cold case slaying was not charged in the years after the killing despite alleged confessions to police.

Michael Leon Curry, 51, was charged Monday in Van Buren County with murder in the 1986 strangulation of 59-year-old Wilda Wilkinson in her Bangor home.

WOOD-TV reported that a state police investigator testified earlier this month that, in the late 1980s, Curry told police about his involvement in Wilkinson's death and that an anonymous letter sent to police in 1989 provided details about the slaying and had Curry's fingerprints on it.

Retired Bangor police detective Tim Wydick told the television station that after the slaying it was believed Curry "was trying to get attention." Wydick said the case went to prosecutors at the time, but no warrant was ever issued.

The prosecutor's office declined to comment Friday on the case. The Associated Press was unable to reach Curry's lawyer for comment.

Curry was living in California when he was arrested last week.

Health officials say 8 measles cases in Oakland County since March 13

OAK PARK (AP) — Michigan health officials said Friday that three more cases of measles have been confirmed in the Detroit area, raising the number in Oakland County to eight since March 13.

The highly contagious disease has been linked to a person who was visiting from Israel.

Officials said people may have been exposed this month in Detroit and the suburbs of Oak Park, Southfield and Berkley, including at a synagogue, Jewish educational institutions and grocery stores. The initial travel-related case involved a person who had stayed in New York, where there's a measles outbreak.

Michigan health officials last year urged people to get vaccinated after confirming several measles cases in the state. Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County, repeated that call Friday, especially if families are traveling during spring break.

Company pledges $2M for conservation in Muskegon River area

STANWOOD (AP) — Nestle Waters North America says it will pump an additional $2 million into a fund that supports environmental conservation projects in the Muskegon River watershed.

The company established the Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund in 2002 with an initial investment of $500,000 over five years. It has contributed varying amounts since then. The next $2 million will be paid over 20 years.

Nestle pumps and bottles water in West Michigan under the Ice Mountain brand.

The fund is managed by the Fremont Area Community Foundation in Newaygo County. It supports projects in a watershed stretching across nine counties from the Houghton Lake area to Muskegon.

It has awarded nearly $625,000 in grants for efforts such as erosion control, rain gardens, restoration to creeks and nature areas, and site cleanups.

The next application period opens June 1.

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