Morning 4: Beloved Red Wings zamboni driver fired; Cousin sentenced after throwing Eastpointe teen’s body in dumpster

Here are the top stories for the morning of March 31, 2022

Building operations manager for Olympia Entertainment Al Sobotka collects an octopus during a timeout at the last NHL game at Joe Louis Arena between the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings on April 9, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus, 2017 Getty images)

Morning 4 is a quick roundup of stories we think you should know about to start your day. So, let’s get to the news.

Longtime Detroit Red Wings zamboni driver Al Sobotka fired

Longtime Detroit Red Wings zamboni driver Al Sobotka has been fired. Sobotka, 68, was a fan favorite at Red Wings games for decades.

Read more here.

Cousin who threw missing Eastpointe teen’s body in dumpster sentenced for lying to police, family

The cousin of a missing Eastpointe teenager was sentenced Wednesday for lying to police before he ultimately admitted that he had thrown her body in a dumpster weeks earlier because she stopped breathing while they were smoking marijuana.

See the story here.

💨 Wind advisory in effect for SE Michigan: Tracking DTE Energy power outages

Detroit Police: Murder suspect taken into custody following barricaded situation

Police have taken a murder suspect into custody Wednesday after he barricaded himself in a home with a woman and child on Detroit’s west side. According to officials, a standoff between the man and police lasted a short time at a home on Tireman Avenue and Greenfield Road.

See the report here.

End of COVID may bring major turbulence for US health care

When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures.

Winding down those policies could begin as early as the summer. That could force an estimated 15 million Medicaid recipients to find new sources of coverage, require congressional action to preserve broad telehealth access for Medicare enrollees, and scramble special COVID-19 rules and payment policies for hospitals, doctors and insurers.

Learn more here.

Weather forecast: Wind advisory with dropping temps

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

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