GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.

A woman who pleaded guilty to reckless driving for running over her 9-year-old son while dropping him off at school in Michigan has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

Thirty-six-year-old Tiffany Kosakowski told Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids that she must “live with this for the rest of my life.”

Judge Curt Benson sentenced her Thursday to 6 months in jail, with all but 30 days suspended. He called her actions “simply inexcusable.”

Kosakowski’s son hung from the passenger-side front door for nearly 50 yards (48 meters) in December at Chandler Woods Charter Academy’s parking lot in Belmont before he lost his grip and was run over. Authorities say he didn’t want to stay at school.

The boy survived but suffered traumatic injury to his brain.

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A judge has sentenced a western Michigan man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl who accused him of rape.

Forty-three-year-old Quinn James of Wyoming, Michigan, learned his sentence Monday after a Grand Rapids jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Mujey Dumbuya. Her partially clothed body was found in January 2018 in woods in Kalamazoo, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of her Grand Rapids-area home.

James was a maintenance worker at Dumbuya’s school, and she accused him of sexual assault in 2017. Authorities say James killed the girl while free on a $100,000 cash bond in the assault case.

He was sentenced last December to 20 to 30 years in prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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Police say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have come forward and are cooperating.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, police say the results of the investigation will be forwarded to a prosecutor for review when it is completed.

Police released a photo of a man and a woman sitting on a wall on March 27. The man appears to be marking or digging into panels that say, “Lives Committed to God, Country and Love.” The woman kicked her skateboard into the panels.

The Fords are buried outside a museum that is dedicated to Gerald Ford’s presidency. He died in 2006. Betty Ford died in 2011.

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Two doctoral students are suing a Michigan State University professor who they say used his authority as an academic adviser to force them to work long hours at his engineering company for little or no pay.

The lawsuit filed last month alleges that Parviz Soroushian exploited doctoral students Talal Salem and Salina Ramli at his Lansing lab, Metna Co., the Lansing State Journal reported. The lawsuit says university officials have known about the allegations against Soroushian since 2011.

Soroushian denied the claims in the lawsuit. He’s been on paid leave since July, when the university launched an investigation into his conduct.

University spokeswoman Heather Young declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Talal Salem started working as a research assistant at Metna after joining the university’s doctoral program in 2017. Soroushian told him he would pay $300 a month for a few hours’ work, but later required Salem to work full time, up to seven days a week. Salem was paid just a few hundred dollars more per month for the work, according to the lawsuit.

Salem alleges that Soroushian wouldn’t let him take time off to study for exams and made him do heavy manual labor, such as milling, mixing and casting concrete. Salem needed surgery after suffering multiple shoulder dislocations from the labor.

Salina Ramli was on a Malaysian-government funded scholarship at the university and agreed to work at Metna on the days she didn’t have class. But Ramli claims in the lawsuit that Soroushian later forbade her from taking off her class days and would yell at her when the research didn’t produce the results he desired.

Both Ramli and Salem’s doctoral progress relied on a favorable evaluation from Soroushian, according to the court documents.

The lawsuit argues that Michigan State officials knew of the allegations because in 2011 the school prohibited Soroushian from enriching himself at the expense of university students. They also agreed to a conflict of interest management plan over his Okemos-based company, Technova, and later updated the plan to include Metna.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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