Category Archives: Crime

Michigan’s “stand-your-ground” law would be repealed under new bill

A Democratic state Senator hopes to repeal Michigan’s “stand-your-ground” law.

Under that law, a person can use deadly force against someone else with no requirement to retreat. That’s as long as the person isn’t engaged in a crime, is somewhere they’re legally allowed to be, and feels deadly force is the only way to defend themselves. Continue reading

Charlevoix County man arrested for ‘revenge porn’


In Charlevoix County this week a man was arrested for posting what’s called revenge porn online. Officials said the man not only posted intimate pictures of an ex-girlfriend, he also included her name, phone number and address. The pictures have been viewed online over 60,000 times.

25-year old Andrew Roche received nude and intimate pictures from his ex-girlfriend during their relationship. When she broke up with him, he put them on a revenge porn website, which acts as a forum.

Charlevoix County’s Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory Justis is handling the case. Devon Rademacher had a chance to speak with Justis about the case and the increasing popularity of revenge porn.

Michigan will create “Blue Alert” system to track down people who kill, injure cops

Police StationGovernor Rick Snyder has signed a bill into law meant to help track down people suspected of killing or injuring police officers. The new law allows the State Police to create a “Blue Alert” system. It will use media broadcasts and road signs to spread information about suspects – similar to an Amber Alert system for missing children.

The new law takes effect in 90 days.

Police asking the public for help regarding CMU hit and run


Police are asking for the public’s help in their investigation into a fatal hit and run this past weekend near Central Michigan University.

Investigators say a group of CMU students were walking on the side of Crawford Road near the south end of CMU’s campus. Friends say they were walking back to the dorms.

Freshmen, Ryan Tsatos was struck by a vehicle. Police say he died on the scene.

The vehicle is described as a dark-colored four door sedan with passenger side damage.

Sergeant Kim Vetter is with the Michigan State Police.

“We are looking for information about the driver in the vehicle that was involved in the crash, and encourage anybody who has information to call the post at 989-773-5951.”

Published reports say Tsatos’s brother died this past July in a car crash near the family’s hometown in Macomb Township.

A Go-Fund-Me account established to raise money for funeral expenses has received donations three-times the requested amount, and is now at $32,000. Follow this link to visit the Go-Fund-Me page.

Activists cry foul over State Police policy change leading to harsher pot charges

o-MARIJUANA-facebookA new State Police crime lab policy allows prosecutors to charge cannabis users with felonies they didn’t commit. That’s according to medical marijuana activists, who uncovered the policy through a public information request and provided the documents to the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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Bill would reinstate Michigan’s ban on sex offenders near schools

schoolsA state Senator wants to reinstate Michigan’s ban on sex offenders near schools.

In April, a federal judge struck down the law that said registered sex offenders must stay at least a thousand feet away from schools. He said the rule was unconstitutionally vague because it’s too difficult for people to figure out where the zones begin and end. Continue reading

House bill would allow misdemeanor charges for buying pseudoephedrine for meth

A bill in the Michigan house would give prosecutors the option to charge people buying pseudoephedrine for meth production with a misdemeanor.

Michigan law currently requires that people convicted of buying these products for meth production to be charged with a felony. Continue reading

New partnership looks to strengthen child abuse services in Isabella County


One northern Michigan community is taking steps to strengthen child abuse services.

The Child and Family Enrichment Council, or CAFE, in Isabella County moved to Central Michigan University’s campus this fall. The center conducts forensic interviews with abused children, works with law enforcement on abuse cases and offers counseling for all members of a family. Continue reading

Man found guilty of 1996 murder after wrongful conviction of another man

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A wrong was righted October 21st in Kalkaska County – at least from the legal perspective.

After one man spent 17-years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, officials said the real killer was convicted. Continue reading

Sixth Circuit: Simply showing jury wasn’t diverse not enough to reverse conviction

shutterstock_justice_300The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals says a defendant has to prove a racially diverse jury would be likely to reach a different conclusion if he wants his armed robbery conviction reversed.
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Gov Snyder orders flags to be lowered in honor of a fallen MSP Trooper


Governor Rick Snyder has ordered all U.S. flags in the state capitol and all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff September 1 to honor a fallen Michigan State Police Trooper.

Trooper Chad Wolf died from injuries sustained while on duty August 28. He was on his patrol motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle and dragged underneath. Continue reading

Chippewa County prison dealing with 17 assaults in past week

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At the Kinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe, 17 assaults have taken place over the past week.

The Michigan Department of Corrections said the assaults stemmed from a July 20th fight, that led to a series of altercations throughout the week. Continue reading

Update: Roscommon County suspect at large captured in Macomb County

Francisco Arroyo -Photo: Marlette Police Department

Francisco Arroyo -Photo: Marlette Police Department

The suspect in a fatal shooting in Roscommon County has been captured in Metro Detroit.

Francisco Arroyo allegedly shot two people in Roscommon County’s Nester Township on Wednesday afternoon. One of the victims died of a gunshot wound to the head, while the other is reportedly in stable condition.

The incident prompted a statewide response. Police initially believed the suspect was heading towards Lapeer County, but he was found further south in the City of Warren, in Macomb County.

Police say he was hiding in a relative’s house. His vehicle was found unoccupied nearby.

Arroyo was taken into custody without incident, and is being held on multiple charges including open murder.

He is currently being held in the Roscommon County Jail.

Saginaw police use safe neighborhood grant to reduce violence in the city.

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The Saginaw police are planning to use the summer months to reconnect with city youth and continue work on lowering the city’s crime rates.

To that end, police are beginning to tap into a 174 thousand dollar grant through Project Safe Neighborhood.

“What we plan on to use the grant for is to basically re-engage with youth, within the school system. To put school resource officers back into the schools on a part time basis, here in the city of Saginaw,” said Robert Ruth, the Chief of Police in Saginaw. Working with children; trying to re-engage with them.”

Ruth says the department also plans to use the money to increase enforcement in the streets by targeting gun and gang violence.

The funding comes from a $500 thousand grant aimed at reducing gun and gang violence in the city, given by the US Department of Justice Safe Neighborhoods project.