Michigan man killed at gun club
BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP — Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man at a Livingston County gun club.
WHMI-FM and WDIV-TV report that the shooting occurred about 2 p.m. at the Livingston Conservation & Sports Association in Brighton Township, northwest of Detroit.
Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte says a man told investigators that two friends were at the club when a gun one was using jammed. As the man worked to unjam the gun, it fired, striking his friend in the head.
The victim died at the scene.
No charges have been filed.
Pickup truck, tanker involved in accident
NILES TOWNSHIP — Authorities in southwest Michigan are investigating an early morning accident involving a pickup truck and a tanker hauling 8,400 gallons of ethanol.
The Berrien County sheriff's department says in a release that none of the ethanol leaked or spilled following the Saturday morning crash that shut down U.S. 12 for more than three hours in Niles Township, southwest of Grand Rapids.
The tanker was turning onto U.S. 12 about 3 a.m. when the collision occurred. The 45-year-old driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries and was taken to an Indiana hospital.
U.S. 12 was reopened about 6:45 a.m.
Authorities say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Explosion injures two on Hamlin Lake
HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — Two Michigan teenagers were recovering after a personal watercraft they were riding on exploded on a Mason County lake.
The Ludington Daily News reports Saturday that the teens were thrown five to six feet into the air by the explosion Friday on Hamlin Lake, northwest of Grand Rapids.
Both suffered burns and cuts. One of the teens was hospitalized. Their injuries did not appear life-threatening.
A fire official told the newspaper the watercraft was owned by the teenagers' family. The teens told authorities they heard a loud bang as they started the engine while leaving a marina. The watercraft also caught fire.
Bing calls weekend council session
DETROIT — Mayor Dave Bing has called a rare weekend meeting of the Detroit City Council to consider a budget amendment on the final day of the fiscal year.
Bing wants council members to consider transferring $415,000 to cover a shortfall due to high fuel costs. The meeting is set for Saturday.
A spokeswoman says the money would be transferred to the General Services Department from an account that has a surplus. Detroit's new fiscal year begins Sunday.
Humane Society offers free cats
MIDLAND — The Humane Society of Midland County is offering Free Feline Frenzy to deal with its overflow of cats and kittens.
The mid-Michigan agency says the effort is aimed at finding homes for more than 140 felines. The pet adoption program is dedicated to Rhoda Palmateer, a longtime volunteer who has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
The Midland Daily News says cats and kittens are available for adoption at no charge through July 15. Palmateer has dedicated countless hours toward caring for them at the shelter.
Each feline costs the Humane Society about $70 for vaccinations, spay-neuter and micro-chipping. Donations are accepted.