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They Were Set to Wed in June. Then, 2 Cancer Diagnoses
First She Got the Doctor's
Call. Then Her Fiance Did
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First She Got the Doctor's Call. Then Her Fiance Did

Mariah Nelesen, Clay Slenk move up wedding date after cancer diagnoses within 8 days of each other

(Newser) - Mariah Nelesen and Clay Slenk's wedding on June 10 was supposed to be a grand affair, with every detail meticulously planned out. Now they've moved the date up to April 9, and they're planning on a reception meal of "burgers and brats on the grill,"...

Trial Begins in Bizarre Plot to Kidnap Governor

Four men accused in Michigan are expected to use an entrapment defense

(Newser) - With secret recordings and other evidence, prosecutors are pledging to show how four men were united behind a wild plot to kidnap Michigan's governor in response to her aggressive steps to slow down COVID-19 during the early months of the pandemic. Jury selection began Tuesday in a trial that...

Prosecutors: School Shooting Suspect Also Planned a Rape
Judge Shares
New Details on
Ethan Crumbley
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Judge Shares New Details on Ethan Crumbley

Revelations came in ruling denying his lawyers' request he be moved to juvenile facility

(Newser) - Update: Ethan Crumbley will remain in adult jail for the duration of his murder case, and the ruling establishing that included previously undisclosed details about the alleged school shooter. In his Tuesday opinion, Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwame Rowe shared details gleaned from his review of Crumbley's texts and...

After Mom Hits Curb, Goes Into Pond, 3 Young Brothers Die

They were trapped in car seats in Michigan tragedy

(Newser) - Unimaginable tragedy in Michigan on Thursday, when a mom driving her three sons ended up in a frozen pond—trapping the boys fatally. The unnamed 30-year-old swerved into oncoming traffic for unknown reasons before hitting a curb and rolling into the retention pond around 11am, CNN reports. She was able...

Cops: Someone Swiped This Cabin
In Far Reaches of Michigan,
'Kind of a Weird Situation'
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In Far Reaches of Michigan, 'Kind of a Weird Situation'

Cops are asking for the public's help to find an entire cabin that's gone missing

(Newser) - The tweet from Michigan State Police was posted early Wednesday. "Troopers from the Houghton Lake Post are asking for your help," it read , showing a photo of a brown cabin surrounded by snow and linking to a press release that briefly described the theft of said abode, per...

Witnesses: Crumbley Ignored Warning Signs

Jennifer Crumbley's boss says she texted, 'Don't judge me for what my son did' after Oxford shooting

(Newser) - Jennifer Crumbley told her boss and co-worker that she felt like a failure as a parent hours before her son opened fire at Michigan's Oxford High School, killing four people with a gun his parents had bought him as a gift, according to court testimony. Andrew Smith, CEO of...

Prosecutors to Crumbleys: Stop Blowing Kisses in Court

Parents of accused school shooter Ethan Crumbley are told to stop broadcasting romantic signals

(Newser) - The parents of the teen accused of shooting up a Michigan high school in November, killing four students, may be trying to boost each other up during hearings by sending romantic signals across the courtroom and over Zoom, but they're now being hit with a warning to quit it....

Schools Sends Errant &#39;You Won a Scholarship&#39; Notices
It's a 'You Won a Scholarship'
Gaffe, Take II
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It's a 'You Won a Scholarship' Gaffe, Take II

Another Michigan university sends out errant notice to thousands of students

(Newser) - Update: Last week, we reported on a university in Michigan that errantly informed incoming students they had won a full-ride scholarship. Now comes news of a different university in Michigan that did much the same thing. Oakland University mistakenly notified 5,500 students they had won the Platinum Presidential Scholar...

After 6 Years in Jail for Staying Mum on Gold, a New Roadblock

Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson has 2 months to find new lawyer in contempt of court case

(Newser) - The long-running case of a former deep-sea treasure hunter marking his sixth year in jail for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of missing gold coins has hit yet another roadblock. Research scientist Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since Dec. 15, 2015, for that refusal. He's...

Here Are the 10 States People Are Fleeing

Residents are especially saying so long to New Jersey

(Newser) - Over the past year, people in the US made some major life changes—including moving out of state. Whether it was to be closer to family during the pandemic or simply a desire for a life in a less-dense area, plenty of Americans made mini-migrations across state lines. United Van...

$3M Prize in Spam Folder Turns Out to Be Real
Woman Checks Spam,
Finds a $3M Treat

Woman Checks Spam, Finds a $3M Treat

Michigan's Laura Spears was a big winner in Mega Millions draw; notice went to spam folder

(Newser) - Usually when an email in your spam folder announces you've won millions of dollars, it's a scam. Luckily for Michigan's Laura Spears, she believed the email in her spam folder that appeared to have come from the Michigan Lottery and is now $3 million richer as a...

Judge After Blowup at Cancer Patient: 'I'm Very Embarrassed'

Michigan's Alexis Krot apologizes amid calls for her removal

(Newser) - Update: A Michigan judge has apologized to a 72-year-old cancer patient after telling him that she would have liked to jail him for his overgrown lawn. "I made a mistake. I acted intemperately. I'm very embarrassed that I did so," Hamtramck Judge Alexis Krot said of her...

Man Shoots Twin Brother, Father, Family Dog, and Himself

Only the father survived

(Newser) - Tragedy in Michigan early Monday when a 23-year-old man allegedly shot and killed his twin brother, the family dog, and himself. He also shot his father, who called police around 12:25am to report what was happening, Fox 2 Detroit reports. The 62-year-old man survived, and a 64-year-old woman who...

Prosecutors: Crumbleys Focused on Affairs, Horses Instead of Depressed Son

They're pushing back against move to have bail lowered to $100K

(Newser) - As four devastated families in Michigan face a first Christmas without their children, prosecutors are pushing back hard against a request from the parents of alleged school shooter Ethan Crumbley to have their bail lowered. In court papers filed Thursday, prosecutors accused James and Jennifer Crumbley of ignoring red flags...

Parents of Oxford Suspect Are Making a Big Ask

James, Jennifer Crumbley say they're 'devastated' about shooting, want bail lowered

(Newser) - The parents of a teenager charged with killing four students at a Michigan high school didn't anticipate he would commit violence and are "devastated" like others in the community, a lawyer said Wednesday in requesting they be granted a lower bond. James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with...

Diner Owner Who Defied Lockdown Dies of COVID

Michigan man John Parney was hospitalized for more than 2 months

(Newser) - A Michigan diner owner's long fight against COVID restrictions was followed by a long fight against the virus. John Parney, the 62-year-old owner of the Quincy Diner in Quincy, Branch County, died on Dec. 13, more than two months after he was first hospitalized, MLive reports. In December last...

Middle School Teacher Faces Felony Charge Over Threatening Notes

Mich. art teacher Johnna Rhone denies she left threats insinuating future school violence

(Newser) - A Michigan school district says a well-regarded middle school art teacher with two decades under her belt may have wanted to start her holiday break a little too early. Just weeks after a mass shooting at a Detroit-area high school that left four students dead, 59-year-old Johnna Rhone, an instructor...

Crumbley Parents Make Court Appearance

Judge rejects request to transfer alleged school shooter to juvenile facility

(Newser) - The parents of alleged school shooter Ethan Crumbley appeared in court Tuesday, where prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed that a key hearing should be postponed. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said a scheduled Dec. 22 hearing to determine whether James and Jennifer Crumbley will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges...

Michigan Drivers, Your $400 Checks Are Coming

State to refund residents for every vehicle they insure

(Newser) - Michigan drivers have typically paid some of the highest auto insurance rates in the nation for years, but they're about to get a little payback. Drivers will soon get $400 for every insured vehicle they own, reports NPR . The money is part of an insurance overhaul in the state,...

Mich. School Rejects AG's Offer to Investigate Shooting

Dana Nessel suggests officials concerned about 'shielding themselves from civil liability'

(Newser) - Officials at Oxford High School have rejected an offer by the Michigan attorney general to lead an independent review of the actions leading up to the Nov. 30 shooting. Suspected shooter Ethan Crumbley and his parents were called to the office that day after a teacher spotted a graphic drawing...

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