BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A serial bank robber who stashed cash behind drywall in a western Michigan hotel room has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. Anthony Loose was accused of robbing $20,000 from three banks last summer in Big Rapids, Lansing and Niles. He pleaded guilty to the Big Rapids robbery, but a judge was allowed to also consider the other evidence when he came up with a sentence this week.
BARAGA, Mich. (AP) - Cheerleaders at an Upper Peninsula school have apologized to Indian tribes for an offensive poster that was displayed at a basketball game. The sign said, "Hey Speedboys, Get Ready to leave in A Trail of Tears!! Round 2." Trail of Tears is known as a historical reference to the forced removal of Cherokee Indians in the 1830s. The Wakefield-Marenisco cheerleaders apologized for what they described as their "lack of good judgment and sensitivity."
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man accused of poisoning unpackaged food at grocery stores has been ruled competent to stand trial. The Ann Arbor News reports that 30-year-old Kyle Bessemer was bound over Thursday for trial in circuit court in Washtenaw County. The FBI has said Bessemer admitted he sprayed a mixture of hand sanitizer, mouse poison and water on produce and food bars at three local supermarkets. The incidents occurred last year.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has given Michigan's School Reform Office more time before deciding which of 38 chronically underperforming schools will be closed. Snyder said Thursday that he's asked the reform office and state education officials to review and decide on the schools' fates by May. The reform office said in January that it would spend 30 to 45 days before making a decision. More than half of the 38 schools are in Detroit.
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