ionia county en Killer describes escape from Michigan prison as `easy' <p>IONIA, Mich. (AP) - The convicted killer who escaped from a Michigan prison says it "was relatively simple."<br /><br />Michael Elliot was discovered missing Sunday during an inmate count at the Ionia Correctional Facility, 30 miles east of Grand Rapids. The 40-year-old was arrested Monday in northwestern Indiana, driving a stolen vehicle.<br /><br />The Detroit Free Press reports Elliot used his one phone call at the Indiana jail where he's being held on $1 million bond to discuss the escape with the newspaper.<br /> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:59:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16366 at Killer describes escape from Michigan prison as `easy' 2 Michigan prison workers suspended after escape <p>IONIA, Mich. (AP) - Two employees have been suspended at a western Michigan prison where a convicted killer escaped for 24 hours.<br /><br />Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan says one is an officer and the other is a shift commander. He declined to provide their names or any other details but says the suspensions are related to the investigation at the Ionia Correctional Facility.<br /><br />Michael Elliot escaped last Sunday and left the state in a Jeep that belonged to a Belding woman. She got away later that night. Elliot was captured Monday in northwestern Indiana. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:23:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16360 at 2 Michigan prison workers suspended after escape Arson destroys 144-year-old covered wooden bridge in west Michigan <p>KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in rural western Michigan say an arson fire has destroyed a historic covered wooden bridge that has spanned the Flat River since the 19th century.<br><br>The Ionia County sheriff's department says the fire started about 5:10 a.m. Sunday on Whites Bridge It was built in 1869 in Keene Township, about 15 miles east of Grand Rapids.<br><br>There's no immediate report on suspects.<br><br>; says the bridge collapsed into the river and was still smoldering at midmorning on Sunday.<br> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:50:47 +0000 The Associated Press 13407 at Arson destroys 144-year-old covered wooden bridge in west Michigan Hundreds of Michigan deer may be dying in disease outbreak <p><strong>Update 2:00 p.m. Aug. 30</strong></p><p>State wildlife officials say more deer have died across the state, reaching almost 2,000 casualties, reports the Associated Press.</p><p>More from the AP:</p><blockquote><p>More than 1,700 white-tailed deer have been killed this summer by a disease affecting several counties in the southern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.<br><br>Michigan Department of Natural Resources say the outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, has been worst in Ionia County, where more than 1,100 deer have died.<br><br>DNR officials say 225 deer have been killed in Branch County, followed by 153 in Clinton County and 101 in Calhoun County.</p></blockquote><p><strong>12:20 p.m. Aug. 16</strong></p><p>The AP reports that the disease has turned up in eight Michigan counties and killed hundreds of deer.</p><p>More from the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that deer infected with epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, have been found in Barry, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton and Montcalm counties. Experts previously confirmed the disease had killed deer in Ionia and Branch counties.<br><br>EHD outbreaks have happened in isolated sections of Michigan repeatedly since 2006. The number of cases is rising nationwide because of hot, dry weather.<br><br>Wildlife biologist Tom Cooley says there are reports of more than 900 dead deer across the eight counties. But he said the die-off probably will be confined to local areas and won't affect the wider deer population.</p></blockquote><p><strong>2:30 p.m. August 5, 2012</strong></p><p><a href=",4570,7-153-10371_10402-283540--,00.html">State wildlife officials</a> are trying to get a handle on the scope of a disease outbreak that's killing deer in large numbers in southern Michigan.</p><p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:00:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8544 at Hundreds of Michigan deer may be dying in disease outbreak