2 chil­dren die, 3rd hurt in camper fire

The Detroit News - - Front Page -

Bron­son, Mich. — Au­thor­i­ties said two chil­dren, ages 2 and 5, died af­ter the camper they were in caught fire in south­ern Michi­gan.

The Branch County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Mon­day at a ru­ral camp­ground near Bron­son, about 115 miles south­west of Detroit.

A third child, age 7, was in­jured, WOOD-TV re­ported. Au­thor­i­ties said the three chil­dren were alone in the fifth-wheel camper.

The chil­dren’s names haven’t been re­leased.

Sny­der signs law re­quir­ing tem­po­rary sta­tus on IDs

Lans­ing — Gov. Rick Sny­der signed leg­is­la­tion re­quir­ing that Michi­gan driver’s li­censes or state ID cards not ex­ceed the du­ra­tion of a nonci­t­i­zen’s le­gal pres­ence in the United States to bring Michi­gan law in line with fed­eral law.

The bills were ap­proved Mon­day and cod­ify Sec­re­tary of State Ruth John­son’s ex­ist­ing pro­ce­dure re­gard­ing IDs for tem­po­rary res­i­dents such as foreign col­lege stu­dents. Since 2013, such li­censes have been marked with the let­ters “LT” for lim­ited term.

Un­li­censed driver charged in girl’s hit-and-run death

Muskegon Heights — Pros­e­cu­tors charged an un­li­censed driver in the hit-and-run death Sun­day of a 6-year-old west Michi­gan girl.

Dakota Lee Welch, 19, was for­mally charged Mon­day with op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out a li­cense caus­ing death and fail­ure to stop at the scene of a deadly crash. He also faces a ha­bit­ual of­fender charge. He’s be­ing held on $500,000 bond.

Welch said there’s no proof his ve­hi­cle struck the girl, Tay­lor Davis.

Muskegon Heights Po­lice Chief Joseph Thomas said Welch was ar­rested with the help of a man, La­monte Wilkin­son, who fol­lowed the sus­pect from the crash scene to a mo­bile home park, called au­thor­i­ties and waited for of­fi­cers to ar­rive.

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