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by the associated press • Jun 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Boy fatally struck while riding bike with dad in West Michigan

CASCADE TWP. (AP) — Police said a 6-year-old boy has died after being hit by a truck while riding his bike in West Michigan.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office said Ryan Marsman was riding his bike with his father on a bike path in Cascade Township on Thursday evening when they came to an intersection. The boy waited to cross and then tried to cross the roadway, where he was struck by a truck that was making a turn.

WOOD-TV reported the boy was due to celebrate his seventh birthday next week.

The Sheriff's Office said the boy's father wasn't injured.

The truck driver remained at the scene near Grand Rapids and was cooperative, police said. The crash is under investigation.

Investigation into inmate death reopened after TV reports

MUSKEGON (AP) — A sheriff's office in West Michigan has reopened its investigation into the death of a jail inmate following a television station's reports about the circumstances of the death.

WOOD-TV’s review of surveillance video from the Muskegon County Jail revealed a guard watched 39-year-old Paul Bulthouse suffer one of 17 seizures, then walked away. Sheriff Michael Poulin said Thursday his department's internal investigation hadn't uncovered that detail.

The department had earlier closed its investigation into Bulthouse's April 4 death, finding no wrongdoing.

The TV station's investigation was based on video from the inside and outside of Bulthouse's cell that was obtained from the jail through a public records request.

Bulthouse's doctor has said the jail cut off Bulthouse's prescription of a medicine that's used to manage panic attacks and seizures.

State to review board's plan to keep high school open

BENTON HARBOR (AP) — State officials are reviewing a proposal by Benton Harbor's school board to prevent the closing of a high school and possible shutdown of the struggling district.

The state had set a Friday deadline on the issue. Board members on Wednesday presented the state an outline of their plan.

Citing the southwestern Michigan district's poor finances and weak academic performance, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration has said it wants the board to close the high school as part of a broader plan to improve local K-8 education. If not, the district could be shut down.

Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said Friday in a statement that "the governor plans to continue working with the school board to ensure K-8 students have the support they need and to ensure high school students are on track to graduate postsecondary with a degree or skills certification."

Crash spills cocoa powder, batteries on freeway in Indiana

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — A crash involving two semitrailers scattered cocoa powder and lithium batteries across an interstate in Indiana, closing part of the freeway.

No one was injured in the crash at about 3:40 a.m. Friday along eastbound I-94 in Burns Harbor. All eastbound lanes reopened by noon.

Indiana State Police said a truck driven by 70-year-old Radmilo Samardzio of Ballwin, Missouri, pulled over with its hazard lights on so he could get a bottle of water when it was struck by one driven by 57-year-old Steven S. Dare of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Police said a preliminary investigation found Dare reached for something, causing the truck to drift.

Samardzio was hauling food products including cocoa powder. Dare had merchandise that included roughly 100 pounds of lithium batteries. Police said some batteries leaked, briefly causing small fires.

Inert grenade in Detroit airport luggage causes brief scare

ROMULUS (AP) — Authorities said what turned out to be an inert grenade in a piece of luggage caused a brief scare and drew a heavy law enforcement presence at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The airport in the Detroit suburb of Romulus said Transportation Security Administration officers on Thursday evening spotted what looked like a grenade inside a bag at the airport's North Terminal. Passenger security screening was halted and the area near the bag was cleared.

Wayne County Airport Authority spokeswoman Erica Donerson said officers located the bag's owner, who told them he was an active service member and said the inert grenade was his.

Screening resumed later Thursday and the airport returned to normal operations.

The Detroit Free Press reported the passenger was cited for disorderly conduct because of the disruption.

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