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A trooper aboard the helicopter fired in an effort to disable the truck. Later it was discovered that there were no drugs in the truck, but rather nine Guatemalan immigrants in addition to the driver and another passenger.


Police seek suspect in 24 shootings over 2 weeks

DETROIT — Officers have begun pulling over and questioning drivers in four Michigan counties in hopes of catching a man suspected of shooting at other motorists over the past two weeks, including one driver who was wounded over the weekend.

Officers are searching for anything out of the norm during their traffic stops in Oakland, Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee counties, where the suspect is thought to have fired on two dozen vehicles since Oct. 16.

Husband charged after death of 400-pound wife

WARREN — The husband of a 400-pound Detroit-area woman has been charged with abuse after her recent death.

Authorities are accusing Michael Brooks of ignoring Yolanda Reese-Brooks and allowing her to fester in a bed surrounded by her own waste. The 40-year-old Warren woman died of morbid obesity and other injuries last week.

The prosecutor’s office says Mr. Brooks was his wife’s primary caretaker after she sustained a crushed pelvis and ruptured bladder in a 2011 auto wreck.


NYC Marathon awaits word from city on Sunday’s race

NEW YORK — New York City Marathon organizers say they’re moving forward with plans for Sunday’s race, but await final word from city officials on whether the event can go on after superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had said Tuesday that he expected the marathon would be run. The city must determine whether holding the race would be safe and viable with flooding, power outages and transit shutdowns still afflicting the five boroughs.

New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Wednesday that organizers were preparing to use more private contractors than past years to reduce the strain on city services.


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