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Man walks into law enforcement offices, confesses to slaying

NILES, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old man walked into law enforcement offices in southwestern Michigan and confessed to killing a woman a few days earlier.

Police in Niles say the man approached a dispatcher on Monday at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex and said he had committed a crime. The dispatcher believed the man was turning himself in on an arrest warrant, but when none was found he spoke to detectives about the killing.

Police went to a home in Niles and found the decomposing body of 52-year-old Angela Cluver. They say the man told police he killed her Friday. Investigators suspect she was strangled and an autopsy was planned. The man was being held pending formal charges.


Man sentenced to prison in road rage beating, death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old man convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a man after what authorities called a road rage incident in western Michigan has been sentenced to prison.

Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Quist on Monday ordered Christian Hillman of Ada Township to spend 22½ to 100 years in prison. Quist called the assault on 64-year-old William “Andy” McFarlan of Caledonia a “heinous and vicious attack.”

McFarlan died after being in hospice care for weeks with a severe brain injury after the Sept. 29 attack near Grand Rapids. Authorities say Hillman, who had been riding a dirt bike, kicked McFarlan while the victim lay on the ground outside his pickup truck.

Hillman’s lawyer has referred to the incident as a fight.


Jailed Volkswagen exec to plead guilty in US diesel scandal

DETROIT (AP) — A German Volkswagen executive who has been in a Michigan jail for months plans to plead guilty in the company’s U.S. emissions scandal, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

Oliver Schmidt, former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit, will appear in federal court on Aug. 4. His lawyers disclosed the plan during a brief conference with a judge, spokesman David Ashenfelter said.

Schmidt is one of many VW employees charged in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles, but most are in Germany and out of reach of U.S. authorities. He’s been in custody since January when he was arrested while on vacation in Miami before he could return to Germany.

VW admits using software to get around diesel emission standards. Schmidt is charged with conspiracy and fraud. He’s accused of lying to U.S. regulators by saying technical problems — not sneaky software — were to blame for the difference in emissions in road and lab tests.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox refused to release Schmidt on bond, saying he might flee.


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