Report on unused power lines ordered
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.