MSU holds vigil on shooting anniversary • Teen shot at hotel • Woman records kids hanging out of moving car

A Detroit woman named Asha recorded herself driving with a toddler on her lap and children hanging out of her car windows, drawing the attention of police.

At one point, the toddler on Asha's lap has their hands on the steering wheel.

"Looking at it, I was fearful for the kids' safety, number one, but it's outrageous," Detroit Police Chief James White said. "As you saw with one of the kids, it looked like the child was about to lose her balance in one of the turns. That just could've been disastrous."

Police immediately launched an investigation and charges could follow. White said his department also contacted Child Protective Services.

Asha spends a lot of time with the five children and says she is sorry.

"I want to clear up that I am remorseful. First of all, I'd like to say that I've already apologized to the parents of the kids," she said. "I do regret letting them hang out of the window. I definitely do feel sorry for that because it could've went badly."


'It's outrageous': Video of Detroit aunt driving with kids hanging out window leads to investigation

A video of a woman driving with children hanging out of her car window has the Detroit police chief "appalled." She recorded herself driving on a street on the city's east side with a toddler on her lap while her young nieces and nephews out of the vehicle's windows

15-year-old shot at Southfield hotel

A teen boy is in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a party at the Westin in Southfield.

Police said an adult rented a room for teens on Saturday night and left them unattended in the room. On Sunday morning, one of the boys named Tyler, a 15-year-old who attends Loyola High School in Detroit, was shot.

"Right now you have a mother grieving. You have other family members grieving. You have students who are grieving because, from our understanding, he was very popular within the school," Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren said.

Two teens were taken into custody to be interviewed.

Barren said one of the detained minors was in possession of a stolen Glock 22 40 caliber handgun with a 22 round extended magazine that was equipped with a laser light. It was hidden in the teen's groin area. The gun was reported stolen out of Flint last June; the other weapon is unregistered. 


15-year-old in critical condition after being shot in head in Southfield hotel

"These are 10th graders, out on a Saturday night into Sunday, unsupervised," said Southfield Police Chief Elvin Berron.

MSU remembers students killed on shooting anniversary

One year after a gunman opened fire at Michigan State University, killing Arielle Anderson, Brian Fraser, and Alex Verner, the school community is honoring those lost.

"There’s no one way to feel. There’s no right way to heal," said Emily Hoyumpa, the student body president at MSU. "That’s something I’ve definitely realized."

MSU is holding a Luminary Lighting event on Tuesday.

Members of campus government put together the event where students and community members can get a luminary, decorate them, and place them outside to turn the dark nights green in honor of the victims.

"Some people want to be with others at this point, others want to be completely by themselves – and that’s completely OK," Hoyumpa said. "I think it’s just really important that we validate that."


MSU shooting anniversary: Students prepare for vigil in honor of victims

MSU is holding a Luminary Lighting event on Tuesday to honor the three students who were killed in a mass shooting nearly one year ago.

State representative removed over 'great replacement' post

The speaker of the Michigan House removed a lawmaker from his committee assignments over a racist post the lawmaker endorsed on social media last week.

Speaker Joe Tate, D-Detroit, said Rep. Josh Schriver had "a history of promoting debunked theories and dangerous rhetoric" on Monday after the Oxford Republican appeared to support a racist theory that was shared by a right-wing activist on X.

The "Great Replacement" theory falsely asserts there is an active and covert effort to replace white populations in current white-majority countries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

On social media on Feb. 6, Schriver re-posted the conspiracy theory. Six days later, Schriver still hasn't taken down the post.


Michigan lawmaker removed from committee assignment over 'great replacement' post

Oxford conservative Rep. Josh Schriver appeared to endorse a racist conspiracy theory on social media last week, drawing fire from both Michigan Democrats and Republicans.

New gun laws take effect

Three new laws regulating firearm storage and access in Michigan will go into effect this week after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed them last year.

Starting Feb. 13, firearm owners will be required to keep any unattended weapons unloaded and locked or stored away in a gun safe if a child is in the home. Failing to do so will result in charges and a fine, depending on the outcome if a child gets possession of the firearm.

Enacting stricter rules around storing firearms will reduce unintentional shooting injuries among kids, the state says.

"Data shows firearms involved in unintentional firearm injury deaths among children and adolescents were often stored both loaded and unlocked, and children were most often fatally injured when the shooter was playing with or showing the firearm to others," said health department director Elizabeth Hertel.

The other two laws going into effect Tuesday include expanding universal background checks on all firearm purchases as well as authorizing a judge to order law enforcement to confiscate one's guns if they're deemed a risk to themselves or others.


New Michigan gun laws go into effect Feb. 13: Safe storage, 'red flag', and expanded background checks rules

For anyone who violates any of the three new gun laws, there are added penalties like jail time and thousands of dollars in fines in Michigan.

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US aid package: Senate passes $95.3B bill for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan after an overnight debate, but it now faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate vote came after months of difficult negotiations and amid growing political divisions in the Republican Party over the role of the United States abroad.

A small group of Republicans opposed to the $60 billion for Ukraine held the Senate floor through the night, using the final hours of debate to argue that the U.S. should focus on its own problems before sending more money overseas. But 22 Republicans voted with nearly all Democrats to pass the package 70-29, with supporters arguing that abandoning Ukraine could embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin and threaten national security across the globe.

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