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Priest, 70, awaits sentencing after plea in embezzlement case

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A 70-year-old priest accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Michigan church is awaiting sentencing after reaching a plea agreement in the case.

The Rev. David Ernest Fisher pleaded guilty last week to embezzlement. He was initially charged with seven counts, but prosecutors agreed to drop other charges after Fisher pleaded to embezzling between $50,000 and $100,000.

Fisher is jailed ahead of sentencing, which is Sept. 22 in Shiawassee County Circuit Court.

Fisher was pastor for 23 years at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso, 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Fisher retired in 2015 and moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Catholic Diocese of Lansing has said $450,000 was missing.

Authorities say the church’s new pastor noticed figures were off with the parish’s finances.


Play to tell of 1967 Detroit riots from female perspective

DETROIT (AP) — A stage play remembering the 1967 riots in Detroit will be told from the perspectives of girls and women who witnessed the event unfold.

“After/Life” is scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday and July 27-28 at the Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center on Rosa Parks Boulevard.

Tickets are free, but seating is limited.

The riots — also called a rebellion — started July 23, 1967 following a police raid and arrests at an illegal after-hours’ club. More than 40 people were killed and over 7,000 arrested over five days of violence. More than 1,400 buildings in the city were burned.

The riots accelerated the flight of white residents to Detroit’s suburbs and led to decades of disinvestment in city neighborhoods.


Federal tax credits to support affordable housing in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Four developments in Detroit will receive more than $4 million in tax credits for affordable housing.

Mayor Mike Duggan says the credits will help create or preserve 385 units of affordable housing across the city.

The developments were selected for the federal low-income housing tax credits by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. They represent a combined $110 million investment in the city.

The city says 271 units of existing affordable housing that soon were set to expire will be renovated and will keep their affordable status for another 30 years.

Another 114 units — nearly half of which will be for families earning less than 30 percent of the area’s average median income — will be built.


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