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by the associated press • Jul 3, 2019 at 8:00 AM

No Asian carp DNA found during Michigan waterway testing

LANSING (AP) — Testing in three southwestern Michigan waterways has turned up no trace of Asian carp that have damaged the environment and economy in other parts of the U.S.

The state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service monitor primary Great Lakes tributaries for genetic markers left by bighead and silver carp, which out-compete native fish for food.

The DNR said 336 water samples have been taken this year from the Kalamazoo River and Ottawa County's Spring Lake and Lake Macatawa. They were analyzed for Asian carp DNA. None tested positive.

Seth Herbst of the state agency said if positive hits were recorded, officials would step up monitoring efforts and use netting and electrofishing in hopes of catching any Asian carp that might be in the area.

Michigan woman wanted for fatal hit-and-run is arrested in Georgia

WARREN (AP) — A woman accused of a fatal hit-and-run in suburban Detroit has surrendered in Georgia.

Warren police said Valerie Bostle walked into the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Georgia, on Monday, nearly a month after a 55-year-old man was struck by a car and dragged for a mile.

Police believe that Bostle, 36, took a bus to Georgia on June 12. She will eventually be returned to Michigan’s Macomb County to face a manslaughter charge and other charges. It's not known if she has a lawyer in Georgia who could comment.

Peter Chisolm lived in a group home and was out for a walk when he was killed June 5.

Man fatally shot during encounter with law officers, police say

BAGLEY TWP. (AP) — State police said an ax-wielding man has been shot to death during a confrontation with law enforcement officers at a northern Michigan home.

Police said on Twitter that four Otsego County Sheriff's Office deputies and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer were serving a search warrant shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday when 44-year-old Chad Williams was shot. Police said deputies told them Williams was wielding an ax and refused officers' "commands to stop it when the shooting occurred."

It wasn't immediately clear who fired shots or how many were fired. There were no reports of injuries to the officers.

The shooting occurred at a home in Bagley Township, northeast of Traverse City.

Police said deputies were serving the search warrant after a neighbor reported Williams was threatening with an ax.

Southern Michigan health agency gives away pot storage boxes

COLDWATER (AP) — Boxes that could be used to store ammunition instead are being given away to store marijuana in three Michigan counties.

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is using a grant to purchase more than 500 lock boxes and provide educational materials to keep marijuana away from children. The boxes will be distributed at no charge.

Health officer Rebecca Burns told The Daily Reporter about 3,000 people in the three counties have medical marijuana cards. Marijuana also can be used by people age 21 and older after the results of the 2018 election.

Burns said billboards will be going up to warn about the dangers of marijuana use by children.

West Michigan church helps pay off $1.8 million in medical debts

WYOMING (AP) — A Grand Rapids-area church is helping to pay off more than $1.8 million in medical debt for families.

Grand Rapids First Church in Wyoming is working with Rye, New York-based nonprofit RIP Medical Debt on the effort. Nearly 1,900 randomly selected families from Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Ionia counties are getting letters informing them that the debts are being paid off.

Those involved in the effort say a donation of $15,000 from the church is allowing RIP to purchase the debt.

RIP acquires packages of overdue charges for a fraction of their value and forgives them. It's worked with other organizations, including the Michigan Nurses Association and an Indiana church, to clear medical debts.

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