Daily Briefs for Nov29

DMBA to hold ‘Jingle Mingle’ Nov. 30 at Texas de Brazil
The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association is holding its “Jingle Mingle” from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Texas de Brazil, which is located off Campus Martius in the Compuware Building at 1000 Woodward Avenue. Join members of the DMBA as they celebrates the festive season with friends and colleagues while enjoying a strolling dinner and drinks at downtown Detroit’s newest dining destination.

Cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers, which includes a light dinner a drink ticket.

Panel discussion on new international trade crossing
Wayne Law will host “Bridging the Issue: A Panel Discussion on the New International Trade Crossing” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Refreshments will be served at a reception following the event. Register with Sonia A. Salah at sonia.a.salah@gmail.com.  For additional information about the event or the Program for International Legal Studies, visit http://www.law.wayne.edu/international-studies or contact Fox gfox@wayne.edu.

4 years in prison for man whose brother killed a police officer
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for possessing guns that were used in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo police officer.

Kim Statler’s brother killed an officer in a shootout last April. Statler didn’t fire any shots but was charged because an ex-convict can’t possess firearms.

He was sentenced Monday in federal court in Kalamazoo.

Statler was living at his father’s house while his dad was away in Florida last spring. There were at least 13 firearms in the home. Leonard Statler shot Officer Eric Zapata and then killed himself after police responded to reports of trouble.

Kim Statler’s attorney says the federal prosecution was unfair. He says his client would have faced a lighter punishment in state court.

Nearly 6K businesses get early Sunday liquor sales permit statewide
LANSING (AP) — Officials say that nearly 6,000 businesses statewide have received a special permit to allow more Sunday morning liquor sales since a ban was lifted late last year.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot recently published details of the permits from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

Alcohol sales previously had been prohibited between 2 a.m. and noon on Sundays, but lawmakers changed that rule to allow sales starting at 7 a.m.
Businesses pay an extra $160 annual fee to start sales early. The Liquor Control Commission says the state has received about $950,000 in revenue as a result of the change. The state has nearly 16,000 active liquor licenses.

Communities may opt out of Sunday alcohol sales for just the morning or all day, depending on their preference.