News@noon: Dearborn Hts. tragedy; art, prizes & more

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, September 21, 2016, and we start today with a heartbreaking story. A man is in police custody after a quadruple homicide this morning in Dearborn Heights that claimed the lives of four youths and left his wife seriously injured.

Police investigate at a covered driveway with birthday decorations at a house where four people, including two children, were killed, and the wife injured in Dearborn Heights, Michigan on Sept. 21, 2016.

The victims are a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, who were asphyxiated with carbon monoxide. In the basement, a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man were bound and shot. The suspect’s wife was shot and stabbed, and taken to an area hospital.

We'll keep following this story and updating it as we learn more. Here's what else is happening today:

Bookies under fire

Patterson vows to fight

  • Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Tuesday said he intends to sue to stop the resettlement of more Syrian refugees in his county. More than 13,785 Syrian refugees have come into the U.S. between May 2011 and Tuesday, according to the U.S. State Department. More than 1,400 have resettled in Michigan, primarily in Troy, Dearborn and Clinton Township.

Art and prizes

Loren Naji's ArtPrize entry "Emoh: sculpture/time capsule & temporary home" outside Kilwin's Chocolates & Ice Cream at the McKay Tower, in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Naji, who is from Cleveland, Ohio, plans to live inside his entry for the duration of ArtPrize. The word Emoh is home spelled backwards. He built Emoh using debris from abandoned homes and looks to raise awareness for homelessness.

  • HGTV has unveiled its latest "Urban Oasis" home up for grabs in the annual giveaway and it's in Ann Arbor. The 1920s bungalow in Ann Arbor’s Water Hill neighborhood spans a modest 1,500 square feet, but was redone from top to bottom by a local architect and contractor, along with HGTV’s team. 

Consumer alert

  •  Evenflo is recalling nearly 30,000 combination booster seats because children can loosen the harness without an adult’s knowledge. The recall covers certain Evolve 3-in-1 seats. Get the details

The battle over plastic bags

  • Do you think people should have to pay for plastic bags from the grocery store?  Republican lawmakers and grocery store owners want to dispose of a fledgling movement in Michigan that would charge retailers and customers for every carryout plastic and paper bag they use.
  • Anticipating the fee or tax, the GOP-controlled Senate approved legislation in May that would bar local governments from adopting such fees or bans of plastic bags and other packaging containers. The Senate voted 25-12 with almost uniform support among Republicans and opposition from Democrats.

Plastic and plastic bags are cleared out of the material customers considered recyclable at the Resource, Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County in Southfield. The bags can gum up the machinery.

Megatron will dance another day

  • Former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. and actress Jana Kramer of Rochester Hills will return next week to compete among the 12 celebrity dancers on ABC’s 23rd season of “Dancing with the Stars.” On Monday, Johnson and his pro dance partner Lindsay Arnold danced to the “Family Matters” theme song “As Days Go By,” earning a score of 28 out of 40. That was 2 points better than last week.

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