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Sheriff: Woman found along road was shot to death
DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a woman initially thought to have died after being struck by a hit-and-run motorist in western Michigan was actually shot in the head.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler says the 37-year-old woman was found Sunday in Dalton Township, about three-quarters of a mile from her home. Authorities didn’t immediately release her name or information about possible suspects.
Roesler says no one reported hearing a shot.
The sheriff’s department says the woman, who was wearing jogging clothes, was found by a passerby shortly after 6 p.m. on the shoulder of the low-traffic road. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Muskegon County sheriff’s department.

Port Huron
Agricultural group settles lawsuit on membership rules
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The St. Clair County Agricultural Society has settled a lawsuit over membership that accused its board of not complying with the Freedom of Information Act.
Barbara Yockey, a lawyer for Amy and Bryan Balon and Cindy Leone, tells the Times Herald of Port Huron that neither side admitted liability, but the settlement will lead to more transparency.
The lawsuit came after the society changed how people could become members. Under the deal, the society has agreed to change its bylaws about membership and post meeting minutes online.
The society’s main project is to put on the St. Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair. The fair’s board president Rob Usakowski says it’s getting ready for the July fair and hopefully the board “can work with people who have concerns.”
Law allows forced treatments for substance abuser 
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new Michigan allows families and health professionals to seek involuntary treatment for substance abusers.
The law signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder establishes a procedure under which a family member or health professional can petition a judge for the forced treatment. The court can order involuntary treatment for up to 72 hours or until a hearing occurs where there’s convincing evidence of substance abuse or people appear to be a danger to themselves or others.
Snyder says the bill “will help people get the treatment they need.”
State law already allowed mental illness or developmental disabilities as reasons for involuntary treatment.


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