STATE NEWS IN BRIEF

Registration required for selling non-native aquatic species

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State registration will be required shortly for pet shops, nurseries and other businesses or individuals selling live, non-native aquatic species in Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources says the requirement will take effect Thursday.

The deadline was set under legislation enacted at the end of 2018.

Registration must be updated every year and expires Dec. 31 of the issuing year. It can be completed online .

DNR aquatic species manager Seth Herbst says the annual registrations will give regulators a better picture of the types of live water-dwelling organisms being sold in Michigan.

That will help identify species that have the potential to become invasive if they are released into Michigan waters.

Emergency declared in part of Michigan due to flooding

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Newaygo County in western Michigan after heavy rains and melting snow caused flooding.

The declaration announced Tuesday makes available all state resources in cooperation with local efforts.

A local disaster declaration was issued last week in Newaygo County, where the White River and the Muskegon River receded this week after overflowing their banks following heavy rain. WZZM-TV reports more than 130 homes and businesses were damaged. WWMT-TV reports the American Red Cross is helping.

The National Weather Service says flood warnings remain in effect Tuesday along the Muskegon River, the Grand River and some other western Michigan rivers. Flooding was reported along the Rifle River in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula. The warnings come amid flooding elsewhere in the Midwest .

Man charged in death of woman found in Michigan river

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in South Dakota after the body of a missing woman was found in a river in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The body of 46-year-old Tamara LaFramboise was recovered from a river in Menominee County by sheriff’s deputies last Saturday. The South Dakota woman was last seen March 1 at her apartment west of Yankton. She was reported missing March 5.

Menominee County sheriff’s officials say they don’t know how long the woman’s body had been in the river.

The Yankton County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged 45-year-old Stephen Falkenburg, from Yankton, with second-degree murder. He was arrested in Sioux Falls Monday.

The FBI along with state and local law enforcement officers from both South Dakota and Michigan investigating the case.

Lansing man charged in theft from vehicle at governor’s home

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Lansing man has been charged in the theft of property from a vehicle parked at the official residence of Michigan’s governor.

The Lansing State Journal reports Monday 24-year-old Dequinderick Jones was charged over the weekend with larceny from a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a vehicle. Michigan State Police say a Bluetooth speaker was stolen Thursday from a vehicle belonging to a daughter of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Jones, who was arrested Friday , doesn’t have an attorney on record. He also was arraigned Monday on an unrelated charge of receiving and concealing stolen property stemming from an incident last April.

Armed security patrols the property where the ranch-style home sits. There also are security cameras.

— From the Associated Press

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