State Roundup


Jury hears disturbing testimony about boy's death

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A doctor says there was "no hope" for a 4-year-old Flint-area boy who was badly beaten nearly two years ago.

Dr. Jawad Shah testified Monday at the trial of Brandon Hayes, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dominick Calhoun. The boy was found unconscious in an apartment in Genesee County's Argentine Township.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus quotes Shah as saying Dominick's injuries were "horrendous." Authorities believe he was beaten by Hayes after wetting his pants.

The boy's mother, Corrine Baker, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for not protecting her son. She is expected to testify against her former boyfriend.

Mount Pleasant

Mid-Michigan hospital starts clinic for uninsured

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- A central Michigan hospital is offering free health care once a week to Isabella County residents who don't have insurance.

The clinic at the public health department in Mount Pleasant will offer primary-care services, such as treatment of minor illnesses. It also can assess chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

Central Michigan Community Hospital President Bill Lawrence tells the Morning Sun that no one should suffer needless health emergencies due to a lack of insurance. There will be no dental or vision care, pregnancy testing or routine immunizations. Patients must live in Isabella County at least seven months of the year.

The clinic opens Thursday night.

Mount Pleasant is the home of Central Michigan University and also known for the Soaring Eagle Casino.


Student to run 35 miles for Alzheimer's awareness

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A freshman at Western Michigan University plans to run 35 miles Saturday to honor his grandmother who died from Alzheimer's disease.

Bryan Applin tells the Kalamazoo Gazette he'll run alone on M-43, from Kalamazoo to South Haven. If there's snow or other problems, the 19-year-old Monroe man will switch to the Kal-Haven Trail.

Applin wants to raise $2,000 as well as awareness for the Michigan Great Lakes chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. His grandmother, Betty Newcomer, died in 2007. He wanted to do something to celebrate her life.

Applin says his grandmother helped raise him while his parents worked. He remembers shopping with her and taking a neighbor's dog for walks. He says Newcomer was a "pretty cool lady."

Donations can be made online at


Hearing in slaying of ex-state trooper, wife reset

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) -- A judge has postponed the preliminary examination for an ex-con who was on work release from the Eaton County Jail when he's accused of killing a former state trooper and his wife.

A court transcript says 38-year-old Christopher Perrien told a judge he worked for a nonexistent company to gain release from jail Sept. 1.

Perrien is charged with felony murder in the Sept. 22 shootings of 62-year-old Michael Greene and 46-year-old Terri Greene at their home in Delta Township, near Lansing.

The Lansing State Journal says a hearing in Charlotte on whether there's enough evidence for Perrien to stand trial was moved from last Thursday to Jan. 23.

The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment from defense lawyer Bill Weise on Monday night.

Published: Wed, Jan 11, 2012