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Settlement reached with Schwanz Judge orders payment of nearly $100,000 to Menominee’s former city assesssor

By PENNY MULLINS EagleHerald news editor/digital director

MENOMINEE – The City of Menominee, through its Workers’ Compensation carrier, has reached a settlement with its former assessor, Jill Schwanz. The settlement puts to rest an issue which has hovered over the

city and its former employee for almost two years, after Schwanz had challenged the city over concerns she had expressed about her safety in the workplace. Schwanz took a medical leave of absence after reporting to the city police department and city management that she felt harassed by then-councilman Leon Felch. She sought a restraining order

against Felch after reporting that he allegedly intentionally swerved his vehicle toward her in the city parking lot in 2014. While that restraining order was denied by Menominee County Circuit Judge Richard Celello because Schwanz could not prove prior actions by Felch against her, the judge reprimanded Felch in open court for his actions.

An investigation into the incident was turned over to the Delta County Prosecuting Attorney, who decline to press criminal charges against Felch. Schwanz was eventually offered changes in her work environment, which would have included moving her office into the police department, but she declined them. She was terminated by the city on June 11, 2015. The settlement reached by the Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Fund/ Meadowbrook Insurance Group, which represents the city, was

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approved by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in a document dated July 13, 2016. It orders that Schwanz be paid a total of $94,850 “to redeem the defendant’s (Schwanz’s) entire workers’ compensation liability for injuries sustained by the plaintiff on 9/16/2014. 10/17/2014, 01/22/2015, LDW (last date worked); and any and all other dates of employment or injury with this employer.” It was signed by Delta County Magistrate Lisa L. Woons. See SCHWANZ, A3

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of nervous sponsors, the possibility of legal charges in Brazil and sanctions from USA Swimming and the International Olympic Committee. The robbery flap deeply hurt Brazilians, who were eager to prove they could get street crime under control and host a safe Olympics. And it overshadowed the efforts of U.S. Olympians, who have dominated the medal count. Swimmers alone piled up 16 golds and 33 medals total at the games. Known for his outsized personality and regular ‘bro’ behavior, Lochte has always been about having fun. This is the guy who gleefully admitted eating McDonald’s three times a day while winning four medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. For Rio, he dyed his dark hair white, not realizing the pool’s chlorine would turn it light green.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Offering consolation, expressing regret, cutting ties with a controversial aide. Donald Trump’s campaign turnaround plan on Friday featured the unorthodox candidate acting much like a conventional politician struggling to revive a presidential bid on the ropes. Trump headed to flood-damaged Louisiana to express solidarity with residents cleaning up after devastating flooding that left at least 13 people dead. The trip made for a pointed contrast to President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who both have yet to go, although Obama announced later Friday that he would visit next week. The typically brash and spotlight-seeking billionaire offered notably restrained remarks as he surveyed the waterlogged wreckage. “Nobody understands how bad it is,” Trump told reporters, after briefly helping unload a truck of supplies while cameras captured the moment. “It’s really incredible, so I’m just here to help.” Yet the trip did little to obscure the turmoil in Trump’s campaign, punctuated early Friday when Trump announced that he’d accepted campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s offer to resign. Manafort’s departure followed a string of revelations about his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. The damaging news included an Associated Press report Thursday describing a covert Washington lobbying operation run by Manafort’s firm. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law. Trump, in a statement, praised Manafort’s work on the campaign and called him a “true professional.” But his son, Eric Trump, made clear the controversy



By CHELSEA EWALDT EagleHerald staff writer

MARINETTE — In July, UW-Marinette Associate Professor Crystal Hendrick and her family attended a clean air retreat that was designed to help fight for children’s’ health. Hendrick said that she was approached by an organization called Moms Clean Air Force. “It is an organization with 750,000 members who have worked to make the world healthier, safer, and cleaner for the health of our children,” she said. “They lobby for protections for our kids — clean air, clean water, protections against climate change.” The topic of climate change and pollution is something that can cut across political and religious lines, Hendrick explained. “We ultimately want to

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UW-Marinette Associate Professor Crystal Hendrick (center) speaks with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. about different issues regarding pollution and climate change. leave the place better than when we found it,” she said. “The kids are facing additional risks from the problems.” According to the organization, it supports federal actions to limit the pollution

causing climate change; wants Congress to take action on climate change; action on climate change should protect the most vulnerable and it supports renewable energy. Hendrick said the retreat

consisted of at least one family from every state attending the America’s Clean Plan at Upper Senate Park, along with speaking with the  representatives from their state. The plan was family friendly, which had sev-

eral activities to keep kids entertained, while adults discussed environmental issues. “Air pollution isn’t just unhealthy to breathe — it threatens our children’s See RETREAT, A3

After apology, questions remain for Lochte By BETH HARRIS Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized Friday for his behavior surrounding an incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more “careful and candid” about how he described what happened after a night of partying with his teammates. But he didn’t explain why he embellished details of an encounter with armed security guards and called it a robbery, and why he omitted to say that he and three teammates had vandalized a gas station restroom. “Regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry,” Lochte said in a lengthy post on his Instagram account. “This was a situation that


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This still image taken from video shows U.S. swimmer James Feigen leaving a court meeting early Friday in Rio de Janeiro. Two American Olympic swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were on their way home Friday after being pulled off a plane a day earlier to testify about an alleged robbery at the Rio Olympics that Brazilian police said was made up. The lawyer for Feigen said he would make a $10,800 payment and leave Brazil later in the day. could and should have been now, he’s keeping them to ming but wants to return avoided. I accept respon- himself. to compete in the 2020 The situation raises Tokyo Olympics. Usually sibility for my role in this happening and have learned questions about the future known for his party boy for Lochte, who is planning image and love of the limesome valuable lessons.” Whatever they were, for to take time off from swim- light, he now is facing a line

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