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Reserve officer resigned amid newspaper’s investigation

DETROIT (AP) — A newspaper’s investigation found that a leader of the Wayne County sheriff's reserve unit once served jail time in a sexual assault case and for years had been listed on Michigan's sex offender registry.

The Detroit Free Press reports that as a deputy chief of a civilian volunteer force, Mark Zarkin carried a gun and wore a badge and uniform. He resigned Feb. 4 after being interviewed by the newspaper.

Zarkin said he has no other criminal history and the case shouldn't matter when it comes to his reserve officer post. His attorney noted Zarkin no longer has a criminal record related to the alleged 1996 sexual assault.

Last fall, the newspaper documented how Michigan lags in its regulation of reserve officers.


Appeals court revives dispute over Porsche

OKEMOS (AP) — Was a $100,000 Porsche a lemon?

The Michigan Court of Appeals says a Kent County woman will get a second chance to make her case with a jury.

Jane Meyering bought a new Porsche Cayenne in 2015, but she sued after having problems with the heating-and-cooling system.

The appeals court says an Ingham County judge wrongly disregarded Meyering’s trial testimony and ruled in favor of Porsche North America. The court says the jury should have settled the dispute.

In Michigan, a car manufacturer can be forced to buy back or replace a new vehicle if it’s not fixed after repeated attempts.

A Lansing-area dealer replaced corroded components but said it couldn’t confirm any problems during a fourth visit.


Ex-college hockey coach’s court-ordered award now $4.2M

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A discrimination and retaliation award is growing for a former women’s hockey coach who sued the University of Minnesota Duluth.

A federal judge granted a motion Wednesday to award Shannon Miller an additional $460,000 in pay and future benefits. That brings the total award to the former coach to about $4.2 million.

A federal jury last spring awarded Miller $3.7 million in lost wages and benefits, and for emotional distress.

The jury determined the university discriminated against Miller on the basis of gender and retaliated against her for making Title IX complaints regarding the disparity between the men’s and women’s hockey programs.
Hungry bear goes for ride after getting stuck on trash truck

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — Drivers were startled to see a hungry bear that got stuck in the back of garbage truck and took a ride across a stretch of eastern North Carolina.
News outlets report that a motorist called Bertie County 911 on Wednesday morning about a bear hanging off of the truck on U.S. Route 17.
Apparently, the snack-seeking bear climbed into the truck during a stop and became trapped after the driver secured the netting that prevents garbage from blowing out.
Authorities said a deputy stopped the truck, the driver pulled back the net and the bear ran off           .
 

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