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Twins beat Tigers 4-3

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 10:12pm

Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer in his Minnesota debut, helping the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday night.

Austin was acquired in the July 30 trade that sent Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees. He was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Kyle Gibson pitched seven effective innings as Minnesota improved to 2-4 on its seven-game trip. Gibson (6-9) allowed one run and seven hits, struck out four and walked two.

Detroit lost for the seventh time in eight games. Francisco Liriano (3-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

The Tigers rallied in the ninth against Trevor Hildenberger, who got a chance to close after Fernando Rodney was traded to Oakland on Thursday.

Victor Martinez led off with a walk, and Niko Goodrum followed with a drive to right for his 12th homer. Jim Adduci then singled, but James McCann struck out looking, rookie Victor Reyes flied out, and JaCoby Jones struck out for the third time.

It was Hildenberger's first save of the year and the second of his career.

The Tigers jumped in front on McCann's RBI single in the second, but the Twins tied it in the third when Eddie Rosario scored on Liriano's wild pitch.

Austin's ninth homer gave the Twins a 3-1 lead in the fifth, and Rosario's RBI double off Zach McAllister put Minnesota ahead by three in the sixth.


Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (elbow) pitched three scoreless innings for Class-A Fort Myers in his second appearance after Tommy John surgery.

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris pitched two innings for Detroit's Gulf Coast League team, allowing one unearned run. He has been sidelined since April 30 with a groin injury.


The teams finish their three-game series on Sunday, with Detroit's Matthew Boyd (6-10, 4.33 ERA) facing Kohl Stewart, who will be making his major league debut for the Twins. Before the game, the Tigers will retire the No. 47 of newly inducted Hall of Famer Jack Morris, who won World Series championships with both the Tigers and Twins.


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US Steel releases statement on Zug Island steel mill explosion

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 10:02pm

An explosion occurred Friday night at the United States Steel plant on Zug Island.

ORIGINAL STORY: Zug Island steel mill suffers explosion

Police and fire emergency crews were called to the scene after a furnace exploded.

A spokesperson for United States Steel released the following statement regarding the explosion:

"An incident occurred at our Great Lakes Works facility on Friday, August 10th. The issue occurred at the D4 Blast Furnace involving the dust catcher. 15 contracted Songer Services employees were taken to local hospitals. 12 were released, and 3 are receiving additional treatment. No U. S. Steel employees were injured in the incident. An investigation is ongoing at this time."

Crash closes Maple Road in Bloomfield Township

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 8:09pm

Maple Road was closed Saturday evening after a collision occurred at the intersection with Lahser Road.

According to authorities, all lanes of Maple Road west of Lahser Road have been closed.

Authorities are encouraging residents to change their commute to avoid the area.

Metro Detroit man stranded in Seattle airport comforts others with rescued puppies

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 7:25pm

Investigators are working to determine how an airline employee stole a Horizon Air passenger plane before fatally crashing into a small island.

RELATED: Airline employee steals plane from Seattle airport, crashes and dies

The incident happened Friday evening. People inside of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport did not know what was happening at the time.

"At about 8 o'clock, the fighter jets started to go over, and that's when we knew something was going on," said Steve Heim, who was at the airport to rescue nine Spanish greyhounds.

The greyhounds originally came from Spain, but moved to Seattle, Washington.

"It's been quite a journey for these dogs," said Karen Michalski, a veterinarian at the Serenity Animal Hospital in Sterling Heights.

Michalski started rescuing puppies from Spain in 2011 after hearing about the horrible conditions in which they were living. She spends money out of her own pocket to rescue the dogs.

She coordinated an effort to get the Spanish greyhounds from Washington to Metro Detroit for care and adoption. Heim was a part of the mission, but encountered the bizarre situation unfolding at the airport.

"There were people crying. There were people very, very upset. They were hollering and yelling at all the staff. They [the dogs] were scared and the people were too," Heim said.

Then Heim said people started gathering around the puppies to play with them for comfort.

"It was a bad situation what happened last night, but it turned around to be such a beautiful atmosphere with these guys and what dogs do for people," Heim said.

The dogs made their way back to Metro Detroit Saturday, and will be in the care of Serenity Animal Hospital.

"They're going to go to my hospital. We'll check them all over and make sure everybody's OK, and we're gonna start looking for homes for them," Michalski said.

There will be a rescue round-up adoption event Aug. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at the animal hospital where the puppies will be up for adoption.

You can find out more information about the Serenity Animal Hospital's at its official website here.

Man arraigned on felony charges after 7-year-old daughter's death on I-94

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 7:04pm

A local father was charged Saturday for his involvement with the death of his 7-year old daughter.

Wilburt Dion Thomas faced a judge after his daughter was killed in a car crash. The 47-year-old father was the driver.

ORIGINAL STORY: 7-year-old Detroit girl killed while crossing I-94 after surviving drunk driving crash

Thomas stood in front of a judge, in a still manner, Saturday morning.

He heard the charges he's facing for his involvement with the death of his daughter.

WATCH: Father faces charges in connection with I-94 crash that killed 7-year-old daughter

Police said Thomas was driving west on Interstate 94 on July 15 under the influence of alcohol and marijuana with his daughter in the vehicle. That's when he crashed the van into a disabled car parked on the shoulder.

After the accident, 7-year-old DeSandra Thomas, left the van to go get help, but was hit by another driver. She died on the scene.

Thomas is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, child abuse in the second degree, operating under the influence occupant, controlled possession of marijuana and alcohol and open container violation.

The most serious charge is one count of second-degree murder: a felony with the possibility of life in prison.

Local 4's Paula Tutman talked with the mom after the accident. The mother originally said she didn't want the father to go to jail. Saturday, the family said they didn't know all of the facts at the time and now they want justice for DeSandra.

RELATED: Mother of 7-year-old Detroit girl killed on I-94 after crash doesn't want father to face charges

The judge set bond for $1 million.

2 women, young boy, dogs killed in Lincoln Park fire

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 6:13pm

Two women, a 4-year-old boy and four dogs were killed in a house fire on Mayflower Street in Lincoln Park early Saturday.

Officials said the bodies were discovered after the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Stay with Local 4 News and for updates on this story.

Woman dead after being dragged 2 blocks in hit-and-run, police say

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 6:02pm

An 18-year-old woman is dead in what police are investigating as a hit-and-run crash.

Police said they believe it's all connected to an ongoing social media dispute and that the victim knew the driver who ran her over.

The crash happened on Hubbell Avenue and Midland Street.

Police said the 18-year-old died at the scene after being hit and dragged two blocks.

Police reportedly have a suspect, who has not been named, in custody.

Stay with Local 4 News and for updates on this developing story.

Michigan man convicted of abuse served time for girl's death

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 4:02pm

A southeastern Michigan man who spent time in prison for killing his infant daughter in 1992 has been convicted of seriously injuring another infant two years ago.

A Macomb County jury reached a guilty verdict Friday against 41-year-old Allen Keck of Richmond for first-degree child abuse. He was charged with causing severe head injuries and a broken leg to his 3-month-old daughter in March 2016.

The Macomb Daily reports defense attorney Steven Freers pointed to the girl's 11-year-old sister testifying she sat on the baby, but prosecutors argued she wasn't strong enough to cause the injuries.

Keck pleaded no contest in 1994 to second-degree murder for fatally punching his 3-month-old daughter in the stomach when he was 16. He was sentenced as an adult and released from prison in 2011.

1 dead after vehicle smashes into tree near Waterford Mott High School

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 3:48pm

One person was killed Saturday afternoon when she crashed into a tree in Waterford Township.

Police said the the female victim was driving on Scott Lake Road when she hit the tree near Waterford Mott High School.

The crash remains under investigation.

Court ruling doesn't settle Lake Michigan beach access

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 2:30pm

An Indiana man alleges a homeowner along Lake Michigan tried to remove people from the beach despite an Indiana Supreme Court ruling allowing lakeshore access.

The Indiana Supreme Court in February ruled that the state owns the shoreline and holds it in trust for all residents. The ruling set the ordinary high water mark as the boundary between the state-owned land and the interests of private property owners. The high water mark is defined as the line on the shore created by the fluctuations of water.

But Long Beach resident Tom King told The (Northwest Indiana) Times that property owner Jim Smith and a security guard attempted to remove dozens of people from the beach last weekend after they had gathered to watch boat races. King, a director of the Long Beach Community Alliance, ultimately called the Long Beach police over the dispute.

Smith said the security guard was brought in by the Long Beach Homeowners Association.

"I've never asked anybody to leave my beach," he said. "I have never in the eight years that I have owned that property have asked anybody to leave that beach."

Smith declined to say whether he believes the beach is his property.

The security guard was cooperative and left after a town officer was sent to the scene, said Long Beach Chief Marshal Robert Sulkowski.

The state Supreme Court's decision on the issue will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court .

Bobbie and Don Gunderson filed the property rights lawsuit and alleged the deed to their lake-adjacent property showed it extending to the water's edge, regardless of where the water's edge is at any given time. Their attorney argued that landowners have the right to limit who uses the beaches abutting their properties.

King said more people than usual were on the beach and he was shocked private security guards were trying to force them from public property.

"It's unfortunate, because I don't know how many people had actually left the beach upon hearing that," he said. "It's possible people didn't know the law."

Man shot, killed while driving on Detroit's west side

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 1:59pm

A man was shot and killed Friday night while driving on Detroit's west side, police said.

Police said the 24-year-old victim was traveling east on Santa Clara toward Grandville Avenue just before 9 p.m. when he was shot. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said two men fled the scene in a 2015-2017 white Chevrolet Malibu.

Elite horseback riders from around the world compete at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Michigan

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 1:30pm

Something very special is coming to a close this weekend just outside of Traverse City.

As it ends for this year, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival is only scratching the surface of the potential it has in northern Michigan.

Elite riders from around the world have been competing at Flintfields Horse Park since July 4.

Sunday marks the end of the festival and competition.

Prestige and prize money are at stake as an all-star roster of the world's finest competitors in show jumping fly in from all over the world to make Traverse City the center of the sport for the summer.

While thousands pack stadiums in Europe for competitions, the festival and event is growing at the park and around Traverse City.

The economic impact on the area runs deep -- $125 million was spent in the area last summer, and plans are in the works for stadium seating at the park. The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival is poised to grow.

Cody Brown is the marketing director for the festival, and he says the $100,000 Traverse City Grand Prix takes place on Sunday. The show brings the top-level show jumpers to compete for the purse.

Beezie Madden, the current world champion, is on the grounds and ready to compete.

Santiago Lambre from Mexico is here along with Roberto Duran from Argentina, to name three giants in the sport.