Just before midnight Tuesday a 32-year-old Battle Creek woman approached a police officer, and said she had been given two suspicious $100 bills. She told officers that she went to a gas station with the money, and the clerk told her it was counterfeit.
For an undisclosed reason, LaTonya Rufus was placed on paid administrative leave in January as she was also under a personnel investigation. Now, the Albion City Council has voted unanimously to move her leave from paid to unpaid.
Last week, the Battle Creek City Commission approved an ordinance which prohibits the use of a cell phone for texting, talking, or anything else while behind the wheel. Gov. Whitmer indicated support for something similar on the state level.
43-year-old Edwin Walker was arraigned Wednesday on a charge related to his escape from jail, a charge that could carry up to six years in prison; he could get even more than that as several other crimes were committed during the alleged flight.
In Michigan, it's illegal to text and drive, but this ordinance also prohibits talking on the phone and "sending, receiving, and reading" any data on a cell phone while behind the wheel. Use of a hands-free device will still be allowed.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office says that during this polar vortex weather that at times saw wind chills as low as -40 degrees F, they received reports of barking dogs left outside an Emmett Township property that appeared to be in distress.