State Briefs

Associated Press • Updated May 29, 2019 at 9:30 PM

Here’s what’s making news across Michigan today:

Michigan delegation to visit Illinois as part of carp fight

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) — Michigan's congressional delegation will travel to Illinois this summer to see a crucial choke point in a waterway between an Asian carp-infested river and Lake Michigan.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Fred Upton and other delegation members announced the trip on Wednesday at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference.

The Army Corps of Engineers last week sent Congress a $778 million plan to install noisemakers, electric cables and other devices at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, about 40 miles from Lake Michigan. Delegation members say they are committed to securing funding to stop the carp "menace."

Other priorities this year include combatting contaminants known as PFAS and investing in water infrastructure.

Body of missing Indiana kayaker found along Lake Michigan

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers have recovered the body of a man who vanished during a kayaking trip on Lake Michigan.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says 23-year-old Jacob Sandy's body was pulled from the lake Wednesday morning in Porter, Indiana, after an Indiana Dunes State Park employee spotted it along the shoreline.

The South Bend man was last seen on May 18 , just before a strong storm swept the area. His kayak was found three days later along the lake in New Buffalo, Michigan.

Conservation Officer Tyler Brock says Sandy's relatives identified his body, and it's believed that he died from accidental drowning.

The Oakland Press of Pontiac reports that Sandy was originally from the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, Michigan, and he moved to South Bend after graduating from college.

Wolf relocated from Canada to Isle Royale found dead

ISLE ROYALE (AP) — A gray wolf that was moved from Canada to Michigan's Isle Royale National Park over the winter has been found dead.

Officials said Wednesday the black-coated male's body was found in the middle of a large, swampy area at the southwestern end of the Lake Superior wilderness island.

Its tracking collar had been transmitting a mortality signal since late March. Personnel had to wait until the park opened for the season in mid-April to investigate.

The carcass was too badly decomposed to determine a cause of death.

The park's natural resources chief, Mark Romanski, says the male had been traveling with a female and its loss is disappointing.

Isle Royale now has 14 wolves, including 12 relocated from Minnesota and Canada since last fall to rebuild the park's diminished population.

Michigan State Police sergeant saves girl from path of truck

HARRISVILLE (AP) — A Michigan State Police sergeant is being credited with saving a 2-year-old girl's life by snatching her from the path of an oncoming dump truck.

Sgt. Joe Richards was on patrol Friday in northern Michigan's Alcona County when he saw the girl in the roadway. Dashcam video posted on Twitter by state police shows Richards rushing over to the child and scooping her up. Police say the truck driver slammed on the brakes while trying to avoid hitting her.

The girl's mother, who lives nearby, told state police said she had briefly lost sight of her daughter. Richards returned the child unharmed to her mother.

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