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By The Associated Press • Apr 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Thousands of glass shards found along Lake Michigan beach

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Officials at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore said large quantities of broken glass have been strewn along a Lake Michigan beach.

District Ranger Andy Blake said Tuesday it appears thousands of pieces were spread deliberately near the Good Harbor Picnic Area at the east end of Lake Michigan Road in Leelanau County's Cleveland Township. The glass wasn't dumped in one spot, Blake said, but was spread "fairly uniformly up and down the beach for several hundred yards."

Park Superintendent Scott Tucker said the "mean-spirited crime" was "clearly intended" to injure beachgoers.

A similar incident happened along another area beach in October 2017.

Officials are appealing to the public for information.

Park staffers and volunteers have been walking the beach and removing as many pieces of glass as they can find.

1 arrested after 2 shot in northern Michigan, police say

FREE SOIL TWP. (AP) — A man has been arrested after two people were shot in a home in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said one of the shooting victims and two small children were removed Tuesday morning from a rear door of the house on U.S. 31 in Free Soil Township and taken to a hospital.

The suspect surrendered at about 8:30 a.m.

Police later found the second victim's body inside the home, which is in a rural area outside of Ludington. Cole said guns and ammunition also were found.

The shootings were reported to 911 just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. The condition of the other shooting victim was not released.

Man enters plea in crash that killed Michigan newlyweds

ALLEGAN (AP) — A man has entered a plea agreement on charges stemming from a July 2018 crash that killed a newlywed couple in Allegan County just miles from where they were married weeks earlier.

WOOD-TV reported Jacob Scot Damron of Wayland pleaded no contest Monday to two felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. In exchange, other charges are being dropped. The plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

The Allegan County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-old Logan Thunderland Allbaugh and 22-year-old Hannah (Kwekel) Allbaugh died following the crash in Heath Township after a car drove through a stop sign and struck their vehicle. The couple's car then spun out into southbound lanes, where it was hit by another vehicle.

Damron's sentencing is June 3.

Woman charged after authorities find 86 cats, 1 dog in home

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — A 62-year-old woman is facing charges after authorities removed 86 cats and a dog from a suburban Detroit home while she was being evicted.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said Monday the animals were living in "appalling conditions" in Mount Clemens when they were found last month.

Smith's office has charged the woman with animal cruelty. Her name wasn't immediately released, pending an initial court hearing.

County animal control officers removed the animals and took them to the Macomb County Animal Shelter. Most of the animals were sick.

The woman was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

The investigation continues, but Sheriff Anthony Wickersham described it as "a sad situation for all parties."

Prosecutor says fatal police shooting of Kalamazoo man justified

KALAMAZOO (AP) — A prosecutor said two Kalamazoo city police officers were justified in fatally shooting a man who tried to ambush them.

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said Tuesday the officers won't face charges in the March 12 shooting of 31-year-old Brandon Stacey.

Stacey was killed by police during a shootout with the officers at a downtown plasma donation center. He was an employee at the business.

WOOD-TV reported Stacey had no prior criminal history, but had mental health challenges, including two suicide attempts. Getting said that before the shooting, Stacey was asked to move out by his wife.

Kalamazoo police said Stacey fired shots at the plasma center and then urged staff to call 911. Officer Brendan Westrick was shot twice in the chest but was protected by his bulletproof vest.

Pigeons are in Upper Peninsula post office but no mail

RAMSAY (AP) — Maybe they're applying for air mail jobs.

Pigeons were spotted Monday in the post office in Ramsay, a tiny town in Gogebic County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Daily Globe in Ironwood said the Ramsay post office has been closed since early March when part of the roof collapsed. Postal Service spokeswoman Sabrina Todd said it's unknown when the building will reopen.

Customers with post office boxes are going to Wakefield to pick up their mail instead. They can also go to Bessemer to buy stamps and mail packages.

Ashley Babic said, "It's hard on the elderly." Another Ramsay resident, Tim Feldscher, said "a lot of the locals are wondering" if the post office will reopen.

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