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Van Buren Deputies locate armed robbery suspects from Ann Arbor

Calhoun County jail takes precautions after inmates diagnosed with mumps. BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton says his department is working to ensure everyone’s safety after two inmates in the county jail were diagnosed with mumps last week.


Washtenaw County sheriff declares State of Emergency due to understaffed jail

WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. - The Washtenaw County sheriff declared a state of emergency inside the county jail. The declaration comes amid concerns over unacceptably low staffing levels inside the lockup and he said they’ve been like that for quite some time.


Michigan man caught on video performing sex acts on woman's dog, police say

HUBBARD LAKE, Mich. - A Michigan man was caught on video engaging in sex acts with a woman's dog, police said. The woman called police Friday and said she was reviewing her home security video and saw Damian Barton performing sex acts with her bull terrior-Lab mix, officials said.


Car crashes into middle school in Dearborn, possible injuries of driver unknown

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Dearborn police are investigating after a driver crashed his vehicle into a middle school Tuesday evening around 9 p.m. The crash happened at Bryant Middle School, on the south end of the building, according to the Dearborn Public Schools website.


Owners of Ann Arbor's Mighty Good Coffee release statement on layoffs, closure

ANN ARBOR - Nic Sims and David Myers, the owners of Mighty Good Coffee, have released a statement after announcing that they will close all four locations following a labor dispute with employees.


Ann Arbor woman takes on record-breaking ‘Jeopardy’ champion, did she score the upset?

Rebecca McNitt, an archivist from Ann Arbor, had a chance at history Monday night as she squared off with one of the most dominant champions in “Jeopardy” history, James Holzhauer. A viral sensation, Holzhauer has become a star thanks to his unique style of choosing questions and his willingness to


Ann Arbor Film Festival named North America's No. 1 film fest in public poll

The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) was recently named the top film festival in North America by a USA TODAY 10 Best Reader's Choice poll. A panel of experts, including editors from USA TODAY, editors from 10Best.com, and expert contributors nominated 20 finalists for the poll. The final top 10 ranki


Crowdfunding campaign aims to put solar panels on Ann Arbor fire station

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor is teaming up with University of Michigan students to help a city fire station go solar. Students for Clean Energy at UM, in cooperation with the city’s sustainability office, has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 for the project.


Michigan singer’s run on ‘The Voice’ ends after America votes country over soul

She went from backup singer to Anita Baker to front and center in front of millions of people on “The Voice.” 46-year old Beth Griffith-Manley, who is from Detroit and the daughter of Motown’s Johnny Griffith of the Funk Brothers, lost tonight via America’s Vote.


Michigan Senate budget boosts roads, drops Whitmer's gas tax hike

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A transportation budget advancing in Michigan's Legislature would boost road spending, but far short of the $1.9 billion net increase proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.


Family court activist with ties to Michigan found dead in California

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Police in Newport Beach, Calif. are investigating after Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were found dead in their home on Saturday, April 21. Miller lived in Holland with her family nearly a decade ago, and 13 ON YOUR SIDE reported on her when she was arrested for a p


'Bird Box' author Josh Malerman goes to the woods of northern Michigan in 'Inspection'

Inspection — the latest novel from author Josh Malerman, whose thriller Bird Box was adapted into a hit Sandra Bullock-starring Netflix film last year — tells the story 26 boys who, as Malerman explains, are raised by "a megalomaniac who believes that genius is distracted by the opposite sex."


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


Views from Michigan's first 4/20 since legalizing marijuana

Although 4:20 comes around twice every day, 4/20 only comes around once a year. Although the marijuana lovers' holiday started off about as soggy as it can get thanks to Saturday's rain, it didn't put much of a damper on most festivities.


Michigan Secretary of State prepares for Real ID regulations in 2020

MICHIGAN — On Oct. 1, 2020, everyone flying in the United States, even on domestic flights, will have to have a certain type of identification to travel. The new system of identification was formally announced in 2005. The switchover is being handled by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and i


Man who wanted to attend Western Michigan University as teen beheaded in Saudi Arabia

(WXYZ) — There is anger and anguish tonight over the execution of a Saudi Arabian man who once hoped to attend college here in Michigan. Mutjaba al-Sweikat was headed to Western Michigan University in 2012 when he was detained at the airport in Saudi Arabia. He was just 17 at the time when he was ar


Michigan court tightens legal standard on car searches

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has tightened the legal standard for searching people during a traffic stop. The court ruled in favor of a car passenger who said his rights were violated when police in Jackson County searched his backpack without his consent.


Man who killed dog in Utica park gets three to six years in prison

A 23-year-old man who killed his dog was sentenced to three to six years in prison today after a judge said he could not stick to a prior agreement for a lower sentence. The sentencing of Alexander Gerth for the fatal stabbing of the canine "Sterling" drew applause and praise from about 40 animal lo


Made in Michigan: Pop Daddy Popcorn

WHITMORE LAKE (WJRT) (04/17/19) -- It's a small company with big flavor! When it comes to popcorn and pretzels, one metro-Detroit brand prides itself on quality and taste, without breaking the bank!


Michigan says Jordan Poole staying in draft

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan says guard Jordan Poole is staying in the NBA draft. The school announced earlier this month that Poole, Charles Matthews and Iggy Brazdeikis were declaring for the draft, although they still had the option of coming back to the Wolverines. Since then, Matthews has annou