State Roundup


Ex-Saginaw police officer getting $1M settlement

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- A former Saginaw police officer who claimed he was fired in 2006 and discriminated against because of his race is expected to get more than $1 million in a settlement.

The Saginaw News reports City Council recently approved the settlement for former Officer Danny McDole.

In March, judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit declined to overturn a $1 million jury award for McDole, who is black. McDole won the judgment in 2009. Rather than seek an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, Saginaw officials this month opted to pay the settlement.

The newspaper obtained details of the settlement following a Freedom of Information Act request. On top of the settlement, interest and attorney fees are expected.


Police: Man stops indoor fireworks, gets attacked

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Police say a man was attacked with a frying pan after stopping a woman from lighting fireworks inside his apartment in Flint.

The Flint Journal reports police were called Sunday night and found a 20-year-old woman being detained by security guards. According to police, a 21-year-old man told them he slapped the fireworks from the woman's hand. A police report says the woman then threw a frying pan at the man, hitting him in the head.

The man was treated at a local hospital, where he got stitches to his head. Police say the woman was taken into custody following the attack.


Ex-Mich. Protectors member to give up gun, mask

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan man who once belonged to a costumed band of self-professed real-life superheroes has agreed to turn in his gun, bulletproof vest and mask as part of a plea deal.

The Flint Journal reports ( ) Adam Besso, nicknamed "Bee Sting," pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted assault with a weapon. The agreement with prosecutors calls for the 36-year-old Sterling Heights man to be freed from jail after sentencing Aug. 6.

Defense lawyer Clint Perryman says the plea came after Besso weighed potential trial outcomes.

Besso was charged after the discharge of a shotgun in a Flint-area mobile home park in April. Police said the ex-Michigan Protectors member was wearing a bulletproof vest, a black leather jacket with a bee logo, shin guards and knee pads.

Published: Thu, Jun 28, 2012