Category Archives: Crime

A statewide public threat alert system will go into effect this fall


The state is working to develop criteria for a new public threat alert system.

Governor Snyder signed legislation last month to put the public alert system into effect.

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New film argues women need equal protection under the law

MG_2225A new film explores what the director calls the assault on women’s rights in the U.S. and outlines the need for an Equal Rights Amendment explicitly giving women equal protection under the law.

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MSP asking for help looking for missing woman from Presque Isle County


The State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman from Presque Isle County.

Heather Young, 42, was last seen in Onaway Saturday morning. Her car was found Wednesday.

Young is 5’4” and 129 pounds with dark hair and brown eyes.

She is from Marshall but has been staying in Onaway for the past few weeks.

Anyone with information about Young should call the State Police Gaylord Post, at (989) 705-3800.

Victims to have easier time keeping track of offenders

Detroit Crime LabMichigan crime victims will soon have an easier time keeping track of offenders. The Michigan Victim Information Notification Everyday service, or MI-VINE, is a notification system for victims of crimes. It sends victims texts, emails, or phone calls telling them if an offender is in custody, and gives them updates about their case.
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Michigan casinos working to end human trafficking

Pair of dice in front of poker chips.

Pair of dice in front of poker chips.

The Firekeepers Human Trafficking Awareness Program is continuing its efforts to raise human trafficking awareness. Over the past year, the program has been working to combat human trafficking in its casino and hotel. The program provides training to employees on how to spot and report possible human trafficking.
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Recommendations for Sexual Assault Kits processing submitted to legislature

Seven years after thousands of untested sexual assault kits were found Detroit, officials have released recommendations to help prevent backlogs in the future.

A state commission has submitted recommendations to improve the processing and review of sexual assault kits.

Officials said the proposal would allow for tracking of rape kits.

Debi Cain is the Executive Director of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. She said, the process to get sexual assault kits can be embarrassing for the victim.

“I don’t think people understand how much of an affront it can be for an victim who have gone through this very intense and invasive process. To find out that the kit ends up on a shelf and nothing happened to it.”

Cain said, under the proposal sexual assault kits must be processed within 90 days. She said the move would give victims a sense of control and security.

Former CMU professor arrested on child porn charges, full court docs

mark ranzenberger

A former Central Michigan University journalism professor was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges. On Friday, federal officials released details on the charges against Mark Ranzenberger.

Ranzenberger was arrested May 19 on charges of possessing child pornography. Investigators say they discovered more than a thousand sexually explicit images of girls under the age of 12 on Ranzenberger’s work computer. Continue reading