copper en Brass bell stolen from Detroit Catholic church <p>DETROIT (AP) - Thieves struck a Detroit church and swiped a brass bell that's more than 100 years old.<br><br>The bell belongs to Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church. Officials believe a lock was cut on a fence that surrounds the church grounds Thursday night or early Friday morning.<br> Sat, 25 May 2013 15:37:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12745 at Brass bell stolen from Detroit Catholic church Michigan DEQ approves stream, wetlands permit for UP mine <p>IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has tentatively approved the last major permit needed for construction of a copper and silver mine in the western Upper Peninsula.<br><br>The permit deals with protection of wetlands, inland lakes and streams. It will become final after being signed by Orvana Minerals Corp. and state officials.<br> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:54:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11384 at Flint will try new approach to stop metal thieves <p>The city of Flint will soon launch a new crackdown on illegal metal scrappers.</p><p></p><p>Like many Michigan cities, Flint has been plagued by thieves illegally stripping metal from homes and other sources, and trying to sell the metal to scrap dealers.</p><p></p><p>Beginning in December, Flint will require people trying to sell scrap metal to get a permit from the city.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:37:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 9091 at Flint will try new approach to stop metal thieves Flint school officials plead for public's help to prevent vandalism <p>People stealing metal, computers&nbsp;and other equipment have done more than a million dollars&nbsp;worth of damage to Flint school buildings in the past 18 months.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Thompson is the <a href="">Flint Community Schools</a> superintendent. She says the&nbsp;problem goes well beyond kids with spray paint.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Thompson says in one case a school building was ransacked as part a&nbsp;sophisticated scheme.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;These are not kids doing this,&quot;&nbsp;Thompson insists, &quot;You can look at the fact that electricity was disconnected&hellip;.we&rsquo;re talking about people who are not amateurs about doing this either.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Thompson is worried vandals might take advantage of the upcoming Christmas break to do more damage to Flint schools. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>She&rsquo;s urging people to report any&nbsp;suspicious activity around Flint schools to the police.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Thompson says Flint is not alone. Many urban school districts have seen a big increase in vandalism during the past few years.&nbsp; Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:45:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 5479 at Flint school officials plead for public's help to prevent vandalism