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By The Associated Press • May 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Marijuana-infused cookies seized from teen student, police say

CARO (AP) — Cookies containing marijuana have been seized from a 16-year-old boy at a school in Michigan's Thumb region.

The Tuscola County Sheriff's Office said Friday that one of the cookies was given Thursday by the boy to a female student who didn't know the cookie was infused with marijuana.

The boy attends the Tuscola Technology Center in Caro. Staff from the school took the cookies from the boy.

Caro is about 91 miles north of Detroit.

Police officer fired after video shows him striking boy, 13

ALBION (AP) — A police officer in southern Michigan has been fired after body camera video showed him striking a handcuffed 13-year-old boy in the back of a patrol car.

Albion police said the officer, whose name hasn't been released, violated departmental policies and was fired in February.

The teen's grandparents called police Nov. 24, 2018, saying he threatened them with a pen. Video shows the officer ordering him to remain in the patrol car, then hitting the teen as he struggled to get out. Pepper spray also was used.

MLive.com said police reports show the teen has the mental maturity of a 7-year-old.

WXMI-TV reported that a rally protesting police brutality in the case was held Thursday in an Albion.

The officer hasn't been charged.

Police say man killed 2 women, planned to kill 2 others

DELTA TWP. (AP) — A 26-year-old mid-Michigan man killed two women, intended to kill two more and texted a former girlfriend that he "had been ridding the demons of some dear friends of his," authorities said Friday.

Police found the bodies in separate locations after the man showed Eaton County Sheriff's Office deputies cellphone photos of the bodies following a traffic stop on I-69. Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth said the deputies "saved many more lives."

Neither of the other intended victims were the ex-girlfriend, investigators said.

Police began searching for the Delta Township man at about 2:40 a.m. Friday after she reported that he was violating a personal protection order by knocking on her door and sending disturbing text messages. Deputies pulled over the man's car within an hour.

After the photos were seen on his cellphones, officers were sent to a home in Holt where the body of a 26-year-old woman was found. The body of a 32-year-old woman also was found in Meridian Township. Their names have not been released.

The suspect was being held in the Eaton County Jail on unrelated warrants, pending charges in the slayings.

College president pays $75 to settle election complaint

LIVONIA (AP) — The president of a suburban Detroit community college has paid $75 to settle a complaint that he used his public email account to urge support for a school property tax in the 2018 election.

The Bureau of Elections had proposed a $100 fine against Conway Jeffress, president of Schoolcraft College in Livonia. But records show the case was settled in April for $75.

The state says it's illegal to use public equipment, money or personnel for campaign purposes. Jeffress agreed to settle the matter, although he said he believes his actions were exempt as an appointed policy-making official. The agreement says he settled to avoid costly litigation.

Voters in the college district passed the millage in November.

Judge urges Michigan's high court to reject removal effort

BRIGHTON (AP) — A suspended Michigan judge is urging the state Supreme Court to reject a recommendation from a judicial watchdog agency to remove her for misconduct.

Livingston County District Judge Theresa Brennan filed her response Thursday with the court, saying the Judicial Tenure Commission's findings are "erroneous."

The commission disputes Brennan's claims. The commission also has asked the high court to order Brennan to pay costs, fees and expenses of more than $35,000.

The agency found Brennan tampered with evidence in her own divorce case, lied under oath and failed to disclose her relationship with a state police detective who was a witness during a murder trial before her.

Brennan was barred from hearing cases last June after the commission filed its formal complaint. She's continued to receive pay and benefits.

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