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Gayheart found guilty of murder

Updated: 11/01/2007 - A St. Joseph County jury convicted a man on Wednesday of killing a 79-year-old Sturgis woman two years ago.

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`Jacob the Jeweler' to offer plea in Detroit case

Posted: 10/31/2007 - A spokesman for Jacob Arabov says he'll plead guilty at an afternoon hearing to two counts of making false statements to investigators. He's expected to face between 37 and 52 months behind bars.

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1979 rape-slaying case now in jury's hands

Posted: 10/31/2007 - The 1979 rape-slaying case of a Hope College student is now in the hands of a jury in Holland. The prosecution and the defense have wrapped up their closing arguments.

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Michigan writer collaborating on book with Britney Spears' mom

Posted: 10/31/2007 - The freelance writer has been working with Lynne Spears since March on a book chronicling her experiences as a celebrity mom. The book comes at a time when Britney Spears has been ridiculed in tabloids over her shaved head, plummeting career, rehab stay and custody battle with ex Kevin Federline.

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Star prep receiver pleads guilty to sex attack

Posted: 10/31/2007 - Officials at Montague High School told The Muskegon Chronicle they'll decide soon if they'll suspend Shaun Hladki from a playoff game Saturday or impose other discipline. He's free on $5,000 bond while awaiting sentencing in three to four weeks.

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Flint man faces prison over beating of exotic dancer

Posted: 10/31/2007 - Authorities say after smoking marijuana together on Oct. 22, 2006, Austin M. Schmidt told Abbie VanAmburg to close her eyes so he could give her a Sweetest Day gift. They say he then repeatedly struck the 23-year-old with both ends of a hammer.

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Postal officials seek those behind explosive device in Northville

Posted: 10/31/2007 - The Detroit News reports the package was placed in a collection box Tuesday at an apartment complex in the Detroit suburb. Police blocked off a one-square mile radius for three hours around the Northville post office as a bomb squad doused the parcel with a water cannon.

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Dog's tag says Bedford Township, Mich., but which one?

Posted: 10/31/2007 - Officials from Chesterfield County Animal Control are seeking the owner of a purebred poodle found on October 20th whose tag has only three legible words, "Bedford Township, Michigan."

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Michigan legislature finishes state budget

Posted: 10/31/2007 - The agreement ends a nine-month fight over tax increases and spending cuts that briefly caused a government shutdown. The Senate and House finished passing the last remaining budget bill at 4:20 a.m. after waiting hours for it to be printed.

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Internet tax ban upheld for seven more years

Updated: 10/30/2007 - The effort to extend a ban taxing your internet usage continued on Tuesday on Capitol Hill, and a local lawmaker took the floor to support the ban.

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Blackwater bodyguards given immunity in deadly Baghdad shooting

Posted: 10/30/2007 - State Department officials refuse to confirm or deny the immunity grant. But one official who refused to be quoted by name says if the immunity was granted, it was done without any authorization from any senior State Department official.

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US: Ex-prosecutor stepped over the line in Detroit terror trial

Posted: 10/30/2007 - Eileen Gleason delivered the government's closing argument today in Detroit in the case against Richard Convertino and Harry Smith the Third. They have pleaded not guilty to charges of obstruction of justice, making false declarations before a court and conspiracy.

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Budget bills moving, but dispute arises over privatizing services

Posted: 10/30/2007 - Visible progress in other areas emerged today as conference committees began passing spending plans for universities and state departments. A few bills advanced through both the House and Senate before the chambers adjourned for the day.

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