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Nightside Report Feb. 11, 2021: Shelby Township man is 3rd Michigander charged in connection with US Capitol attack, Matthew and Kelly Stafford’s parting gift to Detroit

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington.  Right-wing extremism has previously mostly played out in isolated pockets of America or in smaller cities. In contrast, the deadly attack by rioters on the U.S. Capitol targeted the very heart of government. It brought together members of disparate groups, creating the opportunity for extremists to establish links with each other. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. Right-wing extremism has previously mostly played out in isolated pockets of America or in smaller cities. In contrast, the deadly attack by rioters on the U.S. Capitol targeted the very heart of government. It brought together members of disparate groups, creating the opportunity for extremists to establish links with each other. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Shelby Township man is 3rd Michigander charged in connection with US Capitol attack

DETROIT – On Thursday, a Shelby Township man became the third person from Michigan who has been charged in connection with the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

James Mels, 56, was formally charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday, Feb. 11. He did not have much to say in court, but he did tell investigators that he found like-minded people on radical online platforms and went to Washington, D.C. with them on Jan. 6.

According to court documents, the FBI received a tip that Mels was at the Capitol during the attack. In an interview with the FBI, Mels told investigators that he entered the Capitol to speak with an officer and give them a copy of the Constitution to “have his voice heard.”

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 572,179; Death toll now at 15,052

Metro Detroit weather: Chance of major snow storms after bitter cold weekend

The sunshine felt great, but snow is coming back Thursday night, and several more times over the coming week.

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4 Fast Facts

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Gov. Whitmer proposes $67 billion state budget that prioritizes pandemic recovery

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer submitted her third budget for the state of Michigan Thursday.

She’s looking to right the financial slip during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full budget is $67 billion. Whitmer looks to draw down on the Michigan General Fund by $11.5 billion and the School Aid Fund by $14.7 billion.

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Michigan officials walk seniors through COVID vaccine sign up process amid confusion

For weeks, seniors have had a difficult time trying to receive their coronavirus vaccinations in Michigan.

Beyond getting the actual shot, getting signed up for a vaccination appointment can be a huge and confusing process for elderly residents -- especially since computers are needed to do so.

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.