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Associated Press • Jun 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM

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

Seahawks sue former draft pick McDowell for bonus repayment

DETROIT (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Michigan seeking repayment of a nearly $800,000 of the signing bonus given to former draft pick Malik McDowell claiming he violated his NFL contract.

The Seahawks filed the suit this week in the Eastern District of Michigan seeking $799,238. McDowell was a second-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017, but never played a snap for Seattle after suffering serious injuries in an ATV accident prior to the start of training camp before his rookie season.

According to the lawsuit, an arbitration hearing last February found that McDowell had "breached paragraph 3 of his NFL Player Contract," and as a result was ordered to repay his signing bonus within 30 days. The Seahawks say they have not been paid.

McDowell was waived by Seattle in March after spending the past two seasons on the non-football injury list.

Dump truck hits freight train in northern Michigan; 1 hurt

WELLS TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities say a dump truck hauling an excavator crashed into the side of a freight train in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, causing some of the train's cars to derail.

The crash happened Thursday in Delta County's Wells Township. State police say the truck driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police say the truck was on a road that slopes downhill when it apparently couldn't stop and struck the Canadian National train, which was crossing the road.

The truck driver avoided hitting other vehicles that were stopped at the train crossing before colliding with the train.

Police say lights, a gate and an audio tone were activated at the crossing at the time of the crash. Additional details weren't immediately released.

The crash is under investigation.

Man gets prison in fire that killed his mother, sister

SAGINAW (AP) — A man who authorities say set a fire in Michigan that killed his mother and sister has been sentenced to 39 to 75 years in prison.

The Saginaw News reports 39-year-old Jason Desmone was given his punishment Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson.

Desmone apologized, saying he misses his mother and sister "every day." His lawyer said Desmone had unaddressed mental illness.

Desmone has said he lit curtains on fire and fled. He told at least one person no one else was inside. The Feb. 12, 2018, fire in Saginaw killed 71-year-old Adair Smithpeters and 41-year-old Melissa Shook.

The home had been condemned shortly before the fire.

Indiana man electrocuted on Michigan construction site

HOWARD TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities say an Indiana man has been electrocuted on a construction site in southwestern Michigan.

Cass County sheriff's officials say 53-year-old Steven Smith of Michigan City died Friday after being electrocuted while working on overhead power lines. Investigators say it was an accident.

Police said Smith was working at an American Electric Power substation that's under construction in Howard Township.

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