Grand Haven Tribune: Suspect in car theft injured in police-involved shooting

Suspect in car theft injured in police-involved shooting

Associated Press • Jun 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM

MANLIUS TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old man suspected of trying to steal vehicles and firing a gun at houses in West Michigan was injured in a shooting involving police officers.

The Allegan County Sheriff's Office says deputies confronted the man Sunday morning as he was allegedly trying to steal a car while holding people at gun point in Manlius Township. Officers say he refused to obey commands and they exchanged gunfire.

The man was transported to the hospital with injuries.

No officers were injured.

Authorities say the same man is suspected of trying to steal vehicles in around Martin Township.

Police: Crash between car and semi in Detroit kills 2

DETROIT (AP) — Police say two people are dead following an early-morning crash between a semi-truck and car in Detroit.

Authorities say police were called to the city's east side around 2 a.m. on Sunday. The driver of the car allegedly ran a red light and crashed into the truck.

The drivers of both vehicles died.

Police are investigating.

Ulysses S. Grant's Detroit home to be moved, renovated

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit home of President Ulysses S. Grant is being moved from the former Michigan State Fairgrounds to the Eastern Market, where it will be refashioned as a public education and resource center.

Sandra Clark, the director the Michigan History Center, said Thursday that the two-story white clapboard house that was built in the 1830s will be renovated and established as a museum to celebrate the nation's 18th president.

"This will not be a traditional house museum," said Clark. "Our hope is to make it a place to explore Grant's life and the impact he made on Detroit while living here and in his later actions as a Civil War general and U.S. president."

Grant lived at the house with his wife, Julia Dent, from April of 1849 until May of 1850. Their first son, Frederick, was born while they lived there.

The Michigan State Housing and Development Authority has provided a grant to support the move. Clark said it could cost as much as $200,000 to get the house ready to relocate. The move is tentatively scheduled for August, but the operation to renovate and secure the property could take as long as two years.

The home was saved from demolition in 1936 when the Michigan Mutual Liability Co. insurance company bought it and presented it as a gift to the fairgrounds. The home was relocated in 1958 within the grounds to its current spot. says the building is being moved to make way for development on the fairgrounds, which have been dormant since 2008.

The house will be positioned in the Eastern Market among gardens and an orchard that Clark said would mirror its original setting. In a letter to Dent, Grant described "a garden filled with the best kind of fruit ... a long arbour grown over with vines that will bear fine grapes in abundance for us and to give away" including currants, plums and peaches.

Heritage Michigan, the private foundation that supports the history center, is developing a campaign to fund the renovation and programming for the house. 

Milk production ending in 2 Upper Peninsula counties

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP (AP) — The closure of two dairy farms in the Upper Peninsula will end commercial milk production in two counties.

The Johnson Dairy Farm in Baraga County stopped production last week, and the owners of Rolling Acres farm in Houghton County expect to sell all of their milking cows by the end of July, The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton reported. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, 6.5% of the nation's dairy farms closed in 2018.

Gary Palosaari took over Rolling Acres in Chassell Township from his parents in 1992. He said the farm kept losing money because of years of low milk prices and high costs.

"You think you can ride it out, but then the hauling costs got so extremely high," he said. "We're paying a ridiculous amount of hauling because there's not enough milk. Then when money's tight, you can't pay labor like you should, so everything falls on each other."

His wife, Teresa Palosaari, said it was costing the farm more than $4,000 a month to ship the milk to Jilbert's Dairy in Marquette.

Of the 190 cows in the herd, 54 are being milked, generating 75 pounds of milk a day, Gary Palosaari said. The farm makes about $15 per 100 pounds of milk.

Palosaari said the farm lost money last year, and he has been subsidizing the business with money he's earned doing construction work on the side.

He said that despite all this, he hasn't given up on dairy farming altogether. Perhaps, he said, he'll revisit having milk cows in a couple of years. Meanwhile, the family is considering keeping some of the remaining herd for beef, and it could continue to grow crops — although trucking costs will continue to be a factor.

Steve Johnson, the owner of the Johnson Dairy Farm, declined to provide details about why he decided to stop producing milk after 43 years. But he said it was hard to say goodbye to his herd.

"The day they went, it was an awful sad day," Johnson said. "But that's the way it is."

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