Re­port on un­used power lines or­dered

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Detroit — Michi­gan’s Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion has or­dered a util­ity com­pany to help iden­tify un­used power lines in Detroit fol­low­ing the ac­ci­den­tal elec­tro­cu­tion of a 12-year-old girl.

The com­mis­sion opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing the Septem­ber 2016 death of K’Bri­anna Grif­fin. The girl was killed when she came into con­tact with a downed power line in a friend’s yard.

The line was in­ac­tive but en­er­gized be­cause it was rest­ing on a live DTE En­ergy power line.

The com­mis­sion said DTE En­ergy will work with Detroit’s Pub­lic Light­ing de­part­ment to find un­used lines.

The com­mis­sion is try­ing to de­ter­mine how much aban­doned wire re­mains, who owns the lines and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the wires. A re­port is due by March 30.

Detroit Pub­lic Light­ing es­ti­mates at least 600 to 900 miles of out-of-ser­vice wires are in its ser­vice area.

Fermi 2 plant back to full power af­ter re­pair

French­town Town­ship, Mich. — Of­fi­cials say the Fermi 2 nu­clear power plant has re­turned to full power af­ter op­er­at­ing at a re­duced level for re­pairs to a pump.

DTE En­ergy Co. spokes- man John Auster­berry said a prob­lem was found in one of the plant’s two re­ac­tor re­cir­cu­la­tion pumps af­ter that piece of equip­ment stopped op­er­at­ing Nov. 25. The plant op­er­ated at about 40 per­cent power while re­pairs were made.

Auster­berry says the prob­lem didn’t af­fect plant safety sys­tems. He told the Mon­roe News last month that those sys­tems re­sponded as they should.

The Detroit-based util­ity’s plant is lo­cated along Lake Erie in Mon­roe County’s French­town Town­ship.

Har­ri­son High stu­dent found with un­loaded gun

A 16-year-old stu­dent at Har­ri­son High School in Farm­ing­ton Hills was ar­rested this week af­ter an un­loaded gun was found in his back­pack, po­lice said.

Farm­ing­ton Hills Po­lice Chief Chuck Ne­bus said Thurs­day that author­i­ties learned of the boy’s gun on Wed­nes­day from “in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia.”

A school li­ai­son of­fi­cer con­fronted the sus­pect, at which point the gun was found. No bul­lets were found in his bag or at the school.

The stu­dent was taken into cus­tody, then sent to Oak­land County Chil­dren’s Vil­lage.

Dis­trict spokes­woman Diane Bau­man said the in­ci­dent took place at the end of the school day, so no lock­down was ini­ti­ated.

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