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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Grand Rapids.

Friday
Aug292014

One Killed, Two Injured in Detroit Shooting

(DETROIT) -- Gunmen are at-large following a shooting in Detroit early Friday morning.

The Detroit Free Press reports that three people were shot -- a man in his 20's died and a 14-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were injured.

The shooters fled the scene.


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Thursday
Aug282014

State Police Increasing 'Drive Sober' Campaign for Labor Day Weekend

(DETROIT) -- Authorities will be out in full force over the Labor Day weekend as a part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

The Michigan State Police and 150 local police departments will be increasing their enforcement efforts, including monitoring seatbelt use and sober driving.

"The Labor Day holiday weekend is a time for many families to celebrate and travel our great state. For law enforcement officers, however, it is a time for extra drunk driving and seat belt patrols," Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Director Michael Prince said. "These dedicated officers will be conducting strict, stepped up enforcement so everyone can travel safely this holiday."

Ten people were killed in accidents during last year's Labor Day weekend, the state police reports.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

State Suspends Construction Projects for Labor Day Travel

(DETROIT) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation will suspend a majority of its road projects for the Labor Day holiday weekend as an estimated 1.12 million drivers make their way through state roads and bridges.

A total of 126 out of 156 Michigan roadway projects will lift lane restrictions starting at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 and continue through 6 a.m. on Sept. 2.

Travel through most construction zones will be eased, but equipment and lane shifts will stay in effect for remaining projects, according to officials.

"While many drivers will be enjoying this last holiday weekend, it's important to remember that safety on the roads requires year-round attention," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Always buckle up, follow the posted speed limit, and don't use your phone or text while driving. Let's all work to ensure everyone has a great Labor Day weekend and makes it home safely."

For more information on restrictions and changes, visit the MDOT website.


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Tuesday
Aug262014

Officials Seek Public's Help in Elk Poaching Case

(LANSING, Mich.) -- An elk poaching case from late 2013 remains unsolved and on Tuesday, the state wants to remind anyone who has information to come forward.

Michigan's Department of Natural Resources says on December 28, 2013, an elk bull carcass was found near Decheau Lake Road and Meaford Road in Montmorency County.

The animal was poached and some of its parts removed.

Illegally killing an elk can carry a fine of up to $2,500 along with $1,500 in restitution to the state. Further consequences include the loss of the firearm used and loss of hunting privileges for up to three years.

The Game and Fish Protection Fund is offering a cash reward for information resulting in an arrest. Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Gaylord Customer Service Center at 989-732-3541 or the Report All Poaching (RAP) Line at 800-292-7800.


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Monday
Aug252014

Woman Drives into Parade Float; Kills One, Injures 10 Veterans

(METAMORA, Mich.) -- An 80-year-old Metamora woman is dead and 10 veterans are injured after a woman drove her car into a parade float that was heading to the Metamora Country Days festival.

Metamora Fire Chief Dave Eady says the vets were on their way to the parade on Saturday when the accident happened.

Wayne Jacobs, former commander of the Voiture 40 and 8 veterans organization, said, "It's just a tragedy. It's heartbreaking."

"They were going to be the lead float in the parade after the grand marshal. They've been in this parade here for many, many years," Eady said. "They're always faithful."


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