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Woman gets jail for neglect of horses in western Michigan

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for the neglect of nine horses in western Michigan.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Krystal Smith, former supervisor of Cedar Creek Township in Muskegon County, also was placed Thursday on probation for two years for the misdemeanor animal neglect charge. During that time she isn’t permitted to own or care for horses or other farm animals.

Muskegon County District Court Judge Raymond Kostrzewa said that several of the horses were on “the brink of death” when they were rescued last August .

Smith told the judge she was suffering from depression and “was not in a good spot” at the time the horses were neglected. She pleaded guilty in December and resigned this month from her post as township supervisor.

Prison employees lose appeal over job status, pay

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prison employees who challenged job classifications and lower pay grades have lost an appeal at the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court heard arguments in January but said an appeals court decision will stand. The order was released Friday.

The Corrections Department lowered the pay grade of 2,500 employees and reclassified their jobs, although their duties remained the same. The state Civil Service Commission upheld the moves.

The issue was technical and procedural. An Ingham County judge said the Civil Service Commission’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious,” but the state appeals court ruled in favor of the commission.

Detroit-area mosques boost security in wake of attacks

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Muslim leaders are working with police to boost security in the wake of deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques.

Imam Hassan Qazwini of the Islamic Institute in Dearborn Heights said mosque officials have spoken with authorities about increasing security, “especially during Friday prayers.”

Imam Mohannad Hakeem says he expects local police to “go out of their way to help our community members feel secure.” He also expects “a lot of awesome non-Muslim neighbors to show up and provide support.”

Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad, whose city has several mosques in and around it, says officers are boosting patrols “in light of what occurred in New Zealand.”

The area has a large Muslim population of varying races and ethnicities.

At least 49 people were killed in the Christchurch attacks.

— From the Associated Press

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