One dead in accident on I-94

Associated Press • Apr 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM

LAKE TWP.  (WZZM-TV)  - One person was killed in an accident early Sunday morning on eastbound I-94 in Lake Township.

Officers from multiple departments responded to an unknown injury accident and found that a female driving a Chevy Sonic was struck from the rear by a Ford F-250 pickup truck pulling a camper trailer.

Police found the female, from the Chicago area, unconscious with no pulse. Rescue efforts were conducted but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to witnesses, the Sonic stopped in the right lane for an unknown reason. The driver of the Ford truck, from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, tried to swerve around the Sonic but could not avoid it in time.

Both vehicles became locked together and slid off the roadway into cable barriers.

The investigation is being conducted by the Berrien County Sheriff's Accident Reconstruction Unit. Officials are unsure if drugs or alcohol are involved.

Man, 79, dies after car rolls into river from parking lot

MARYSVILLE (AP) — A 79-year-old man has died after accidentally driving his car into a southeastern Michigan river.

Marysville police Sgt. Edward Gerrow said that the man was attempting to park Saturday when the car went into reverse and rolled into the St. Clair River from a restaurant parking lot.

The man and another person arrived at the restaurant about 3 p.m. The other person exited the vehicle before the driver tried to adjust his parking.

Police divers pulled the man from the water, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Marysville is about 50 miles northeast of Detroit.

State's top court to review teen's life term in '09 slaying

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to review the life sentence of a man who was a teenager when he kidnapped a customer from a sandwich shop in a notorious Detroit-area homicide.

Ihab Masalmani twice has been sentenced to the same life term for murder.

In 2009, Matt Landry was abducted from a fast-food parking lot in Eastpointe. His body was found in a burned-out Detroit house.

Masalmani was 17 at the time. Teens no longer can be given automatic no-parole sentences. Judges must consider many factors, including an offender's background and potential for rehabilitation.

The judge who sentenced Masalmani in 2015 said he had a "terrible" childhood. But after a three-day hearing, she said he still deserved to be locked up for life.

The Supreme Court could set a key precedent for how judges handle other so-called juvenile lifer cases.

Presque Isle retired, 2 new UP power plants now operating

LANSING (AP) — Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group has shut down its Presque Isle coal-fired power plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and is replacing the electric generation site with two natural gas-fired power plants, the utility holding company said.

The plant closure in Marquette, on the shore of Lake Superior, is the latest effort by the company to transition from coal to natural gas, wind and solar power and is part of WEC Energy's larger strategy to reform its electrical generation to balance dependability and customer cost with environmental care.

By 2050, the company aims to slash carbon releases by 80% from its 2005 levels.

WEC Energy's subsidiary, Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC), said it launched commercial operation of the A.J. Mihm Generating Station in Baraga County and the F.D. Kuester Generating Station in Negaunee Township on March 31.

"The new generating stations are good for our customers, good for business and good for electric reliability throughout the U.P.," said Kevin Fletcher, president and chief executive officer of WEC Energy Group. "Closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant also helps achieve our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40%, well ahead of our 2030 target."

The advanced generating stations are projected to save UMERC customers nearly $600 million over the next 30 years, UMERC officials said.

The new stations eliminate the need for extra transmission capacity and potential renovations that would have been required at the former Presque Isle Power Plant if it remained open.

WEC Energy financed the $275 million investment. Half of the investment will be recouped through a 20-year agreement with Cliffs Natural Resources. The other half will be recovered in retail electric rates.

The two plants have a joint generating capacity of 183 megawatts.

The closure came after Michigan regulators approved the two gas-fueled power plants for the Upper Peninsula in 2017. Plans for this change date back to 2015 when then-Governor Rick Snyder called for action to resolve the region's energy crisis.

The company has yet to decide what to do with the retired coal plant site, Fletcher said.

New director named for Great Lakes fish research network

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey has been named director of a scientific program that uses sound technology to better understand behavior of Great Lakes fish.

Christopher Vandergoot will lead the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System. It consists of a network of receivers placed around the Great Lakes basin.

Researchers surgically implant tags on fish that emit "pings," which the receivers detect and use to record the fish's location.

Combined with other data such as physical conditions, the information can help document fishes' actions. It is shared with state, provincial and tribal fishery managers.

Current projects are following walleye, lake trout, lake sturgeon, muskellunge, lake whitefish and black bass as well as invasive grass carp and sea lamprey.

Vandergoot succeeds Charles Krueger, who is retiring.

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