By Guest Indiana
A mass random shooting in the US state of Texas has left at least five people dead and many more injured, police say.
At least one gunman shot randomly at people while driving round the western cities of Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon.
A US Postal Service van was hijacked during the incident.
Police now say a suspect - a white male - has been shot and killed, but reports of other suspects at large are being investigated.
A police spokesman confirmed five people had been killed and a further 21 had been injured. Police officers were among the victims, he told reporters.
Police added that no motive had yet been established for the incident.
The shootings come exactly four weeks after a gunman shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others in the Texan city of El Paso.
By Guest Indiana
A SHOOTING attack on Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht that left three people dead and nine injured was being investigated as a possible case of terrorism, authorities said, and police were focusing their hunt on a gunman who escaped the scene.
"At this stage, we can confirm three deaths and nine wounded, three of them seriously," Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said in a video statement on Twitter. "We are working on the principle that it was a terrorist attack," he added.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had earlier said there were "possible deaths" and that a terrorist motive was "not excluded".
The Netherlands' main counterterrorism agency raised its assessment of the threat in Utrecht province, just south-east of Amsterdam, to the highest level and said it had activated a crisis team. The Dutch paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure points.
Armed police at the scene where a shooting took place in the Dutch city of Utrecht on March 18. Authorities raised the terrorism threat to its highest level in Utrecht.
Assistant Attorney General Rock Wood, who represented the legislators, told Judge Ellen Carmody Thursday that courts generally only lift the veil of internal communications for criminal cases and for civil cases involving voting rights and redistricting, as reported by the Detroit Free Press.
“There would be no reason to make an exception for the Tesla lawsuit,” Wood said.
Wood went on to say that if Carmody allows access to lawmakers’ records in such a case, there will be a raft of lawsuits aimed at harassing and intimidating lawmakers to the extent that “legislators are spending all their time on this, and can’t legislate,” Wood said.
Tesla attorney John Bursch, a former state solicitor general, said there’s no privilege for communications between lawmakers and third parties, such as lobbyists.
And because the case is about potential economic discrimination that harms consumers and violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, communications among lawmakers and between lawmakers and their staff members are also subject to subpoena, Bursch told the court.
The electric automaker had subpoenaed records from Governor Rick Snyder, Senator Joe Hune and Representative Jason Sheppard and others in its federal lawsuit against Snyder.
Tesla especially zeroed in on Senator Hune, who has received contributions from the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association. According to the Detroit Free Press, Tesla attorney John Bursch said in court Thursday that Hune was subpoenaed because he introduced the last minute amendment that effectively created the Anti-Tesla law and that his wife, Marcia, “works for the auto dealers” as a registered lobbyist employed by a firm that has the Auto Dealers of Michigan as a client.
The Hunes had not responded to Detroit Free Press’s request for comment and Sheppard declined a comment through a spokeswoman.
The subpoena also included Representative Sheppard, who wasn’t in office at the time. His inclusion comes from his statement to a Tesla representative that Michigan auto dealers and manufacturers don’t want Tesla in Michigan, “so you’re not going to be here,” as recounted by Bursch.
The subpoena hearing stems from a lawsuit against Snyder, Michigan’s Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and state Attorney General Bill Schuette over a 2014 state law that has colloquially become known as the Anti-Tesla bill. The law bans automakers from selling vehicles directly to consumers, which is Tesla’s sales model.
Tesla’s complaint outlines that the law’s purpose is “to reward the dealers’ generous lobbying efforts by handing them a monopoly,” as we previously reported.
Tesla is seeking two things from the lawsuit: a declaratory judgment that Michigan’s ban on direct-sales violates the Due Process, Equal Protection, and Commerce Clauses of the Constitution as applied to Tesla and a permanent injunction preventing state officials from enforcing the law, including the October 2014 amendment.
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The case over Michigan’s ‘Anti-Tesla law’ will be dragged out well into 2018 as both sides are expected to provide a list of expert witnesses next month, and the pre-trial “discovery” phase is predicted to take months.
A lawsuit of this magnitude has the potential to set national precedent in commerce and trade regulations as Tesla continues to defend its business model relying strictly on hype and word-of-mouth.
“Any type of lawsuit like this — whether you win or lose — establishes a precedent,” said David Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor in an article published in The Detroit News. “It’s hard to change the direction of that. It’s a big deal.”
As Model 3 sales begin to roll out, the law is stifling business in a state where car manufacturing is the largest industry.
The law bars Tesla from practicing its direct-to-consumer distribution model. New auto sales can only be conducted by franchised auto dealerships, which Tesla claims discriminates against out-of-state interests and is an unconstitutional infringement on their preferred business model.
Tesla is currently finding ways around the law — consumers can order their Teslas online but they have to pick them up in neighboring states like Ohio or Illinois.
In Detroit, affectionately referred to as “Motor City,” the automotive industry is the largest industry and largest employer in the entire state of Michigan. Nearly 5 percent of Michigan’s workforce is employed by the auto industry and the industry accounts for $42.4 billion, or nearly 11 percent of the state’s total Gross Domestic Product.
It comes as no surprise that industry giants have powerful lobbyists working to further their agenda. Related political action committees have donated more than $1 million to state office holders since 2011, including all but two active legislators, according to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network as cited in the article.
Revisions were made to the legislation in 2014, but Musk and company are claiming that these revisions are “protectionist” and are aimed at maintaining the status quo of sales regulations.
Representative Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), introduced legislation that would allow Tesla and other automakers to distribute directly to retailers rather than franchised dealerships, but the bill went nowhere. Miller is a fervent advocate for free-enterprise and is baffled by the states unwillingness to budge on the matter.
“For me it’s simply common sense,” said Miller. “Refusing any company’s style with protectionist laws is just not the right thing to do. I don’t care if it’s Tesla, a small startup…someone who wants to sell jeans or baseballs directly should not have this sort of barrier to be in the marketplace.”
In addition to the lawsuit, Tesla has also tried to subpoena any correspondence between lobbyists and state legislators containing communications regarding the 2014 amended law.
Tesla claims it subpoenaed the legislators because of a June 2016 statements to the company that it will “not be allowed to operate in Michigan because Michigan dealers and manufacturers do not want Tesla in the state.”
Legislators fought back with their claim that this subpoena is an attempt by Tesla to harass them for not submitted to Tesla’s demands.
A trial date has not yet been set.
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By Jack Ryan
Mike MartindaleUpdated 6:11 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2018 Keego Harbor Â— A quiet residential street became a horrific crime scene Friday with news that four people Â— a couple and their adult children Â— died in what police are describing as a triple murder-suicide.
By late afternoon, some yellow police crime scene tape remained around the two-story wood frame bungalow in the 2300 block of Cass Lake Road where police were sent about 8:10 a.m. on a welfare check after a relative became worried about the family, Keego Harbor Police Chief John Fitzgerald said.
One of four bodies is removed from the home of the 2300 block of Cass Lake Road.Â (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)
Â“A relative had concerns and asked us to look into it,Â” said Fitzgerald. Â“ItÂ’s tragic and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.Â”
Inside the house officers found four bodies who neighbors identified as Daniel Stuart, 47, his wife, Lauren, 45, and their children, Bethany, 24, and Steven, 27.
Fitzgerald said the Â“perpetratorÂ” was among the dead but would not provide details other than to stress Â“we think we know what happened here and there is no danger to neighbors.Â”
Fitzgerald said police have recovered what is believed to be the murder weapon but would not elaborate. He said all the deaths remain under investigation.
Keego Harbor Police Chief John Fitzgerald briefs the media on the murder-suicide.Â (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)
Neighbors John and Jackie Tristani said they awoke Friday to learn police were outside the victimsÂ’ home.
Â“My son said police were repeatedly calling out Â‘Lauren, come outside,Â’ "Â said John Tristani. Â“When she didnÂ’t respond they (police) went inside. A few minutes later, they came back outside, shaking their heads.Â”
Tristani said he had been watching television late Thursday night and never heard anything from the Stuarts' home.
Sources close to the investigation said the family pet, a dog, was also slain by the killer. Investigators also found a note which may help explain what led up to the deaths. They would not discuss its contents.
The deaths puzzle the Tristanis, who knew Lauren Stuart as a Â“hard-workingÂ” neighbor who could often be seen working in her yard and remodeled the house largely on her own.
Â“She would often come over and borrow tools Â– a saw, a pickaxe Â– whatever,Â” said Tristani. Â“She was always doing something.Â”
The Tristanis said in one of their first meetings with Lauren Stuart a few years ago she attempted to Â“recruitÂ” them into the JehovahÂ’s Witnesses.
Â“I said we were Catholics and werenÂ’t interested,Â” he said. Â“She accepted the answer and it was the end of that.Â”
Lauren Stuart worked at an area gym, he said, and her husband was involved in some form of medical business in the Ann Arbor area.
Darlene and Dennis Buck, who live a block away on Cass Lake Road, said they were enroute home from a trip to northern Michigan when they learned of the murder-suicide.
Â“We have lived here since Â’74 and nothing like this has ever happened in our neighborhood Â— not even close,Â” said Darlene Buck.
Jackie Tristani said she found it all Â“scaryÂ” Â– not just the deaths but that something might have been going on in a neighborÂ’s home without her knowledge. She had tried to get Bethany a job at her workplace and her son knew both Bethany and Steven. There was never any mention or indication of trouble inside the home, she said.
Â“I would hope that if there was a problem inside there someone would have reached out, we would have tried to help,Â” she said, her voice quaking. Â“Maybe we could have done something.
Â“But you never really know everything there is about your neighbors, do you?Â”
By Guest Nicole
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Mujer asesina a su familia tras ser expulsada de los Testigos de Jehová, según amistades. Una mujer estadounidense de Detroit, Michigan, mató a su esposo, sus hijos y su perro antes de suicidarse el pasado fin de semana, en un caso que conmocionó a esa ciudad, informaron medios locales.
By Guest Nicole
SOUTHBRIDGE - People may see Randy Turk, 40, and his wife, Lisa, 43, dressed in their Sunday best any day of the week knocking on doors in their hometown of Southbridge or other communities. The couple, married nearly 20 years, isn’t selling anything during the 70 hours a month they walk the pavement and try to meet with residents. Mr. Turk says they are trying to “draw people closer to God.”
Mr. Turk has been a Jehovah’s Witness for 27 years, one of more than 8 million followers of the religion worldwide.
To support their volunteer ministry work, the couple work as sales representatives for Nature’s Best Oils. Mr. Turk also does consulting work for an auto parts manufacturing company in Michigan.
How is your religion different from other Christian religions?
“As Christians, we closely follow the teachings and actions of Jesus Christ. We believe that he is the key to salvation. We also believe in using God’s personal name, Jehovah. We appreciate that God’s kingdom is a real government that will bring about positive changes to the earth. We are focused on upholding the teachings of the Bible rather than religious traditions.”
Why do you go door to door?
“I love talking with my neighbors. Today, people are stressed. Some have even lost hope. Our desire is to share a positive message with people from the Bible. We strive to follow the example Jesus set in his ministry. His preaching work was motivated out of love. Our motive is the same.
“Our preaching efforts are not just in Worcester County. Jehovah’s Witnesses speak to people about the Bible in over 240 lands throughout the world. Our Bible-based literature is translated in hundreds of different languages. All around the globe, Jehovah’s Witnesses work very hard to share the Bible’s hope for a grand future.”
What response do you get from people?
“Most people are very friendly. Some prefer that we are brief and get to the point. Since we appreciate their time, we try to share an encouraging thought in just a few minutes.
“In Worcester County, there are many people who respond to our message in a different language. If I cannot communicate with them, I direct them to our website, jw.org. It is available in over 900 languages.
“Many people are interested in what the Bible has to say. Most readers of our Bible-based literature are not even Jehovah’s Witnesses. Around the world, there are millions of people who study the Bible with us. Since people are busy, some may have only 15 minutes a week to study the Bible. We are more than happy to visit at a time and place convenient for them.”
How would you like people to respond to you if they are not interested?
“We realize that most people have their own beliefs and that not everyone is interested in our message. If they are not interested, they can kindly inform us. However, I always appreciate being given a few minutes to share something positive from the Bible.”
How are Kingdom Halls different from other churches?
“Kingdom Halls are a great place to worship God. It is a place where Bible study programs and lectures are held each week. All meetings begin and end with song and prayer. On Sundays, there is a 30-minute Bible discourse designed for the general public. After that, there is a question-and-answer discussion. Participation is always voluntary. No collections are ever taken. You can go to any Kingdom Hall and receive the same program of Bible instruction. I enjoy up-building association and the opportunity to praise God at the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
Can anyone attend a service?
“Everyone is invited to attend. Every meeting is open to the public. Families are invited to attend and learn together. People are not obligated to join or become a member. I encourage everyone to experience the happiness and love found at the Kingdom Hall.”
By Guest Nicole
A World War Two Navy veteran had the 94th birthday of a lifetime when we won $300,000 on a lottery ticket that his daughter bought him.
After sending lottery tickets to family members on their birthdays for years, Ervin Smolinski, from South Branch, Michigan, was shocked when he was given a Double Bonus Cashword instant game ticket worth $300,000 on his own special day, according to Michigan Lottery Connect.
As it was a family tradition, Smolinski had received multiple Double Bonus Cashword tickets as gifts on March 17, his birthday. "The big winner was the first one I scratched,” he said.
Smolinski added that because he's "seen a lot" in his time, he doesn't get worked up too easily, so managed to stay calm when he realized he had won. He plans to spend his big prize on a new shed and a newer used car, as well as invest some of it. “I’m pretty frugal, I always shop sales and take care of my money and that won’t change. The only thing that will change is I won’t have as much stress in my life worrying about money,” he said.
By Guest Nicole
Two pioneers and ministerial servants working here at the local community college in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA.
By Guest Nicole
Dos precursores y siervos ministeriales, trabajando en la universidad local de la comunidad en Battle Creek, Michigan, los EEUU.
By Guest Nicole
BAY CITY, MI — A 23-year-old man police say broke into a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom hall because the voices in his head told him to do so is a step closer to facing a jury.
Christopher D. Brown on Friday, July 15, appeared before Bay County District Judge Mark E. Janer and waived his right to a preliminary examination. The judge then bound the matter over to Circuit Court for further proceedings.
Brown's options will now be to go to trial or enter a guilty or no contest plea.
Janer in April referred Brown to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti where staff were to gauge his criminal responsibility. Once the evaluation was complete and a report authored, the parties in the case stipulated to staff's findings that Brown's mental state at the time of his alleged crime didn't exempt him from criminal responsibility.
Brown is charged with single counts of malicious destruction of a building between $1,000 and $20,000 and breaking and entering-illegal entry. The former is a five-year felony while the latter is a 90-day misdemeanor.
The charges have their origins in an incident that happened the afternoon of Sunday, March 20. At 3:17 p.m., Bay County sheriff's deputies responded to a call of family trouble at a home in the 5300 block of Kasemeyer Road in Monitor Township. The caller said Brown, his son, had torn up the family's backyard and then started walking south along the road. The father added his son's hands were bleeding, court records show.
While deputies were on the way, a second person called Bay County Central Dispatch to say that Brown was in the parking lot of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall at 5435 Kasemeyer Road in Monitor Township.
By Guest Nicole
Sawyer recently visited the 3 branches with his family and a group of brothers and sisters in Michigan, here with Caleb!
By Guest Nicole
Amigas en la asamblea regional en Belleville, Michigan, Estados Unidos.
By The Librarian
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 60-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman are dead in what police said is an apparent murder suicide at apartments in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue SE.
It has left friends and neighbors of the couple confused and in despair.
Family of both the people found dead in the apartment gathered to grieve and look for answers, very few of which were available Friday.
“The female did not show up for work which is unlike her, according to her employer, so they were concerned so they called us,” Grand Rapids Police Captain Vincent Reilly said today.
Police have not identified the deceased couple.
The woman had not been heard from since Wednesday, police said, but neighbors said they saw the male walking around the complex a day ago.
Police contacted the woman’s daughter and management at Campau Commons opened the door around 3:30 p.m. where the two bodies were discovered — dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
Police have not said who killed whom, but a gun was taken from the scene.
A good friend of the male did not want to go on camera, but said the couple had an on-again, off-again relationship, but there was never any indication of violence, although he did have a legal firearm.
Another friend said that the couple seemed happy and in love.
“[He] was very humble. [He] was a good man. He was a Jehovah’s Witness. He cared for other people,” said the woman who said she had known the couple for about a year, but did not want to go on camera.
“She was a very, very loving and caring person. I mean, very,” the woman said.
The women said they did not want to remember their friend for the way his life ended but instead — “For his jokes, laughing, helping others. He was a very good person.”
Preliminary autopsy results are likely to come on Monday.
GRPD’s Major Case Team is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
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