Dedication ceremony planned for road named for slain trooper

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) – A dedication ceremony is planned for a scenic stretch of road leading into Ludington State Park that’s being named for a slain Michigan State Police trooper.

A public event with family, friends and colleagues of Trooper Paul Butterfield is scheduled Monday at Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Ludington.

Gov. Rick Snyder in December signed a bill naming the portion of Michigan 116 in Mason County. The road from Lincoln River to Big Sable River will be known as “Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway.” A ceremony was held in February to mark the honor.

Butterfield was fatally shot in 2013 during a traffic stop in Mason County. Eric Knysz was convicted of murder and hanged himself in April 2014 at a detention center in Jackson.

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