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Wayne State University honors police officer killed in line of duty

DETROIT (AP) — A police officer who was killed in the line of duty in Detroit has been awarded a citation for valor and posthumously promoted to sergeant.

Wayne State University police Chief Anthony Holt issued the honors for Collin Rose during a vigil Tuesday night at the Detroit school. The vigil included a moment of silence at the time when Rose was shot one week earlier.
University President M. Roy Wilson says a $25,000 endowed scholarship is being created in Rose's name.

A visitation for Rose is Wednesday at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, and visitation and funeral Mass are planned Thursday morning at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

Rose was shot as he tried to arrest DeAngelo Davis, who was arraigned Friday on murder and gun charges.

Police say the canine officer was investigating the possible thefts of navigation systems near the campus, and stopped Davis, who was riding a bicycle. The officer was shot shortly after requesting help from colleagues.


Man sentenced in deaths of ex-girlfriend and her young daughter

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man who pleaded guilty in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her young daughter told a judge they may have been saved if he received a proper psychological evaluation when he was released from prison.

WDIV-TV reports 34-year-old Marcus Hightower was sentenced Wednesday in the deaths of 4-year-old Savannah Walker and 39-year-old Heidi Lynn Walker. He received 50 to 75 years in prison for second-degree murder charges and six to ten years for an arson charge.

The victim’s bodies were found in February in a burned-out vacant house in Detroit. An Amber Alert for Savannah was issued the same day the bodies were found.

Hightower told the court Wednesday that he accepts responsibility and asks for forgiveness. Hightower said he was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


Judge backs UP pig owner in battle over invasive species order

L’ANSE, Mich. (AP) — State officials say they’re reviewing their options after a local judge sided with an Upper Peninsula farmer in a lawsuit over whether he is raising exotic pigs that are illegal in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources designated Russian boar and related hybrids as invasive species in 2010, saying they were escaping from farms and ranches and causing environmental damage.

A state appeals court previously upheld the DNR order in response to lawsuits from owners of the hogs. But Circuit Judge Charles Goodman ruled against the agency last week in its effort to enforce the rule against Roger Turunen, who raises pigs in Baraga County.

The DNR said eight of Turunen’s animals were of the prohibited species. Goodman said the agency didn’t produce enough scientific evidence to prove that.