DETROIT – Michigan quarterback commit J.D. Johnson announced Wednesday that his football career has come to an end due to a medical condition, but coach Jim Harbaugh will honor his scholarship and give him a place on the team staff. Johnson made the announcement on Twitter, posting a trio of notepad screenshots.
Johnson was listed as a three-star recruit and the No. 16 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class. He was the No. 384 overall player and the No. 11 player in Arizona, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
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- A pathologist who observed the autopsy of convicted sex offender and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein said his body showed signs of homicide despite an official ruling that he killed himself. Click here to read more.
- Michigan students rank roughly middle of the pack in reading on the nation’s report card, inching up slightly in the latest two-year testing cycle. Click here to read more.
- A vigil was held Wednesday for the fourth- and fifth-grade boys who were killed Monday in a Grosse Pointe house fire. Click here to read more.
- A multi-bill package regarding sports betting and online gambling is headed to the Senate for consideration. Click here to read more.
Fiat Chrysler has reportedly reached a deal to merge with French automotive manufacturer Peugeot. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Peugeot Board has approved the merger. FCA said in a press release Wednesday that is was in talks with Peugeot, but the automaker hasn’t confirmed the merger.
It has been six years since Tiane Brown was found dead near Detroit’s Packard Plant, and her family is still looking for answers. Brown, a single mother of three children from Waterford, was studying law at Wayne State University. On Oct. 28, 2013, she finished a class and headed to the undergraduate library to take a test.
A Detroit man purchased an abandoned home on the city’s west side and fixed it up himself. Vincent Orr, 29, said he’s always looking for great deals and he said he really scored big when he bought two homes in the same area he grew up in. The two homes were right beside each other and he had to move quickly to purchase them.
A deadly house fire in Lansing was likely accidental, the Lansing Fire Department said. The final report will not be complete for at least two weeks. Of the four people that survived, three are still in the hospital. A 31-year-old man and a 5-year-old girl are at University of Michigan hospital in critical condition. A 26-year-old woman at Sparrow Hospital is expected to be OK. A baby injured in the fire has been discharged.
A family in Hazel Park is mourning after the devastating loss of their son Tuesday night. Benjamin Cobb, 4, was killed by a dog his family agreed to watch at their home near the intersection of Nine Mile and John R. roads. Police officers from the Hazel Park Police Department are investigating.
Health Alert: As temperatures drop it’s important to be aware that you should never run a generator inside your home. If you use a space heater, make sure it’s safe and not on a recall list -- keep it away from children. Experts are urging families to buy carbon monoxide detectors and to get your furnace inspected.