Fatal Domestic Shooting | Snag at Firekeepers | Sentencing in Mom Abuse

ELDERLY WOMAN DIES IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE

MARCELLUS - An elderly woman is dead after a domestic dispute turned deadly in Van Buren County on Thursday.

Killed was Rose Harris, 78, of Marcellus in Porter Township south of Paw Paw.

Harris was shot during a domestic dispute around 4 p.m. Thursday by a man who now faces open murder charges and is being held in Van Buren County Jail, said police.




PUBLIC SAFETY ARRANGEMENT HITS SNAG AT FIREKEEPERS CASINO

EMMETT TOWNSHIP (AP) -
A township supervisor says efforts to get public safety agreements in place "have hit a last-minute snag" ahead of next month's planned opening of a new casino near Battle Creek.

Supervisor Gene Adkins made the comments at an Emmett Township board meeting Thursday.

The board postponed approval for the second time on a cross-deputization agreement between the township public safety department and the Huron Potawatomi police department.

The contract would deputize tribal police to act with authority on township property. Without the agreement, tribal police couldn't leave the casino grounds in pursuit of criminals.

The 107,000-square-foot FireKeepers Casino about 60 miles south-southeast of Grand Rapids will be Michigan's newest gambling establishment.




SENTENCING TODAY FOR MAN FOR MOM ABUSE

MUSKEGON -
A Michigan man who prosecutors say left his 85-year-old mother to live in horrible conditions and lie in her own waste was given a suspended sentence of up to five months in jail, plus probation and community service.

Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy Hicks is issued the sentence Friday morning to Mark Anderson, 51, of Muskegon. The sentence also included 30 months probation, 200 hours of community service, and psychological counseling.

Anderson had pleaded no contest to second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as one at sentencing.

Police said they found Lucille Anderson last year on a couch in the home she shared with her son.

Authorities said Mark Anderson had not bathed her in more than a year and her skin had started to deteriorate from acid made by her own waste.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday for Anderson's attorney, Fred Lesica.