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• May 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM

The following is making news around Michigan today:

Volunteers sought to assess hazards in Straits of Mackinac

ST. IGNACE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for volunteers to help assess environmental and navigation hazards in the Straits of Mackinac, the channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan.

The Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment workshop is scheduled for July 24-25 in St. Ignace.

It will bring together waterway users, stakeholders, and government agencies to identify safety risks and consider measures that can be taken to reduce them.

Participants will be selected based on their expertise, with a goal of having a broad cross-section of interests represented.

Those who would like to take part should contact Lt. Sean Murphy at [email protected] by June 15.

The Coast Guard has sponsored more than 60 studies of the type since 1999.

Kayak believed to belong to missing man found along lake

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Authorities searching along northern Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline for a man who vanished during a kayaking trip say what's believed to be the man's kayak has been recovered.

Twenty-three-year-old Jacob Sandy of South Bend was last seen May 18. Police in Porter, Indiana, determined that a car with a Michigan license plate found May 21 at a parking lot near Porter Beach belonged to Sandy.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced late Monday that someone found the kayak May 21 near the southwestern Michigan community of New Buffalo, about 18 miles from where Sandy was last seen. The person later contacted law enforcement after they saw an image of Sandy's kayak.

Sandy is originally from the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, and moved to South Bend after graduating from Hope College in Holland.

Detroit man arraigned on charges in attack on police

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man is facing three counts of assault with intent to murder for an attack that injured three police officers, including one who was shot.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Deantrae Corey Oneal also faces three counts of resisting or obstructing police, a home invasion charge and weapons charges following his arraignment Tuesday. He was ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

Police Chief James Craig has said that during a traffic stop, the driver put his car in reverse, pinning two officers between the car and their cruiser, then fled on foot and shot at offices, striking one. Craig says the officers returned fire and struck the shooter five times before he broke into a house, where he was apprehended.

A message seeking comment was left for Oneal's attorney.

Sheriff sets up life jacket loan station at tip of Thumb

PORT AUSTIN (AP) — It's a sheriff's version of a little free library. But in Huron County, the box holds life jackets, not books.

A life jacket station has been set up in Port Austin at the tip of Michigan's Thumb. Boaters can borrow a jacket before they head into Lake Huron. Port Austin is popular among kayakers who paddle to the famous Turnip Rock.

Sheriff Kelly Hanson says he worked on the project with Port Austin village President Todd Murawski. The sheriff says having a life jacket on board can prevent a tragedy, although he prefers that people wear it.

Over the holiday weekend, Hanson says his deputies wrote at least three tickets to people who didn't have life jackets.

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