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Probe of officer's KKK item might lead to review of death

MUSKEGON (AP) — A prosecutor says an internal investigation of a white police officer whose house had an apparent Ku Klux Klan document on display will help determine whether there will be further review of the officer's 2009 fatal shooting of a black man.

The Muskegon Police Department opened an internal investigation of Officer Charles Anderson after a potential homebuyer, who is black, reported seeing a framed KKK application at Anderson's home.

Anderson was placed on paid administrative leave.

MLive.com reports Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says the investigation's results will drive reconsideration of the 2009 case.

Anderson was cleared of fatally shooting Julius Johnson following a traffic stop. Johnson had fought with Anderson, who was beaten. Anderson said he feared for his life.

Anderson has declined comment. His wife has said her husband isn't a Klan member.

Study: Michigan has more sand dunes than previously known

LANSING (AP) — Researchers say Michigan may have more than twice as many sand dune acres as previously known.

Alan Arbogast of Michigan State University recently oversaw development of what he calls the most detailed and comprehensive map of the state's dunes, which total 230,000 acres.

He said the project mapped previously unrecognized dunes on the west coast of the Lower Peninsula. It also documented dunes on the eastern side of the state along Lake Huron that hadn't been included in previous surveys.

Arbogast is chairman of the university's Department of Geography. His team gathered and analyzed remotely sensed imagery and compared aerial photos, topographic maps and soil data. They verified the findings in the field.

Roughly half of the dune acreage is publicly owned or controlled by a local land conservancy. 

AAA: Michigan gas prices fall 11 cents to $2.64 per gallon

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen 11 cents from a week ago to about $2.64 per gallon.

The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 36 cents less than a year ago. AAA says that stocks of gasoline for the U.S. have grown and pump prices could continue to drop this summer if domestic stocks continue to outpace demand.

The state's highest average was in the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas at around $2.76. The lowest prices were in the Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland areas at roughly $2.46 per gallon.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.

Rapper Big Sean hosts events aimed at helping Detroit youth

DETROIT (AP) — Rapper Big Sean's philanthropic foundation is hosting another weekend of events in Detroit aimed at helping youth in his hometown.

The 2nd annual Detroit's On Now Weekend kicks off next Saturday with the unveiling of the Sean Anderson Production Studio in the Dauch Campus Boys and Girls Club. It's part of an effort to help Detroit children launch careers in the entertainment industry.

Big Sean will host a discussion the following Sunday that focuses on mental health and the stigma around it in the black community. Scheduled guests include psychiatrist Jessica Clemons and sociologist and author Michael Eric Dyson.

Other planned events include live performances, health screenings, apprenticeship opportunities and carnival rides, as well as free food, haircuts and braiding.

The nonprofit Sean Anderson Foundation was organized in 2012.

Ex-Lansing officer pleads no contest to sex assault charges

LANSING (AP) — A former police officer has pleaded no contest to charges that he attempted to kiss and molest three girls at a Lansing high school and in his patrol vehicle.

Matthew Priebe will be sentenced in October on criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery and other charges.

Priebe was jailed Monday following his plea. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.

Priebe was a resource officer with Lansing schools. The victims were between 14 and 17 at the time of the assaults which took place over a three-year period. He resigned in June after 10 years with the Lansing Police Department.

The Lansing State Journal reports that prosecutors said not more than 12 months in jail is the recommended sentence. Priebe also will have to register as a sex offender.

 

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