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Warren

Police department drops use of stun guns

WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- A southeast Michigan police department has discontinued the use of Taser-brand stun guns in part because it doesn't have funds to replace old ones.

The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reported Sunday that the decision was made after the Warren Police Department was notified by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taser International Inc. that the "general useful life" of the more than 150 stun guns carried by its officers had expired.

The department has used Tasers for about six years.

Police Commissioner Jere Green says some of the devices weren't working properly and the department doesn't have the money to buy new ones.

Detroit

Museum to host Navy's War of 1812 display

DETROIT (AP) -- The National Museum of the United States Navy's traveling mini-exhibit on the War of 1812 is coming to Detroit next weekend.

Called "War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War," the display commemorates the conflict's 200-year anniversary.

It will be featured at nearly 200 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

The display opens Saturday at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

"War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War" highlights the roles the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service played in getting Great Britain to the negotiating table and tells the stories of U.S. Navy crews in battles on the oceans and Great Lakes.

Lansing

Board OKs 7 nominees for National Register

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble and six other Michigan entities have been approved by the State Historic Preservation Review Board for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bramble is significant because it's one of the first American vessels to successfully circumnavigate the North American continent through the Northwest Passage. It was decommissioned in 2003 and remains moored in Port Huron.

The six other nominees to the register are the Island City Historic District in Eaton Rapids, the Upper Twin Falls Bridge in Dickinson County's Breitung Township, the J.J. Deal and Son Carriage Factory in Jonesville, the Center Avenue Neighborhood Historic District in Bay City, the Joseph Campau Street Historic District in Hamtramck and the Grand Circus Park Historic District in Detroit.

Gladstone

Century-old Indian statues vandalized at city park

GLADSTONE, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities in Gladstone are making repairs and looking for suspects in the vandalism to century-old statues of Indians at a municipal park in the Upper Peninsula community.

The Daily Press of Escanaba says the vandals spray-painted and knocked down the statues June 2-3. It's at least the second such act of vandalism against the statues at Van Cleve Park.

The repair work includes structural repair, cleaning and repainting.

Former art teacher Harry Nelson has been working on the repairs after recently finishing restoration of them.

E.H. Levely made the statues in 1910. They've been on display at Van Cleve Park since 1988.

Published: Tue, Jun 12, 2012

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