Nightside Report Jan. 21, 2022: Body found in river believed to be Brendan Santo, Port Huron teacher assigns ‘culturally insensitive’ coloring sheet on MLK Day

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During this Jan. 21, 2022, search of the Red Cedar River, police found a body they believe to be missing teenager Brendan Santo. (WDIV)

Body believed to be Brendan Santo found in river months after disappearance on Michigan State campus

DETROIT – Police said a body they believe to be Brendan Santo has been found in the Red Cedar River nearly three months after he disappeared on the campus of Michigan State University.

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Port Huron elementary school teacher assigns ‘culturally insensitive’ coloring sheet on MLK Day

Annual tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took a controversial turn in the Port Huron Area School District this week.

Several parents have been furious over an assignment handed out to some elementary students. The district has apologized, but many parents say that apology is not enough.

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Dentist offers to help teen after sudden closure of Always Gentle Dentistry in Dearborn

Michigan officials are looking into the case of a dentist who abruptly closed her office, leaving some families stuck without care.

A family reached out to Help Me Hank after paying for their daughter’s braces. Once the braces were put on the dentist appears to have taken off.

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Macomb County sheriff testifies at Eric Smith’s embezzlement hearing

Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith appeared via Zoom on Friday for his preliminary exam in his embezzlement hearing.

Smith is facing ten counts of embezzlement and running a criminal enterprise for allegedly using forfeiture funds for his personal use.

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Detroit man accused of pouring lighter fluid on pregnant girlfriend, setting her on fire

Detroit police found a woman severely burned inside the basement of a home after her boyfriend used lighter fluid to set her on fire, according to authorities.

Officers were called at 10:41 p.m. Jan. 14 to a house in the 20000 block of Packard Street. When they arrived, they found a 35-year-old pregnant woman in the basement with severe burns.

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Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.