Category Archives: Crime

Smart911 to be implemented statewide

911d995c3f544c56beea5d16133c50ef911 calls made from cell phones can now include user profiles with important information, thanks to a program called Smart911.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley announced says the state will provide two-million dollars to make the technology available to dispatch centers across the state.

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Michigan racism expert weighs in on national election

Dr David Pilgrim. Photo courtesy Ferris State University

Dr David Pilgrim.
Photo courtesy Ferris State University

 

Since the election of Donald Trump, advocacy groups say there has been an increase in intimidation and aggression against minorities and women. 

Dr David Pilgrim is the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University.   It’s a collection of five-thousand racist artifacts, Some from years ago. Some from yesterday.   Dr Pilgrim says he’s processing Trump’s win. Continue reading

Law enforcement officers receive new domestic violence training

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October is Domestic Violence awareness month, and law enforcement officers are now being trained in new ways to identify symptoms of abuse even if they aren’t visible to the eye.


The new training sessions will help officers identify signs of strangulation, and address them more effectively. That’s an important issue, police trainers say, as many as 68% of domestic violence victims are strangled at least once.

Hermina (Her-MEE-nuh) Kramp is the deputy executive director of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. She said a lot has changed over the past 30 years.

“One thing that have changed the most over the past 20 to 30 years since we’ve started working on this is we have a better understanding of what a domestic violence perpetrator is intending. We no longer place the burden on the victim to have to go forward. Which wasn’t the case 30 years ago but that is the difference for us to be able to better serve, protect, and assist.”

Kramp said this grant funded training draws on new research to develop better practices for investigations.

The new training was recently held in Traverse City. The next training session will take place on next month near Detroit.

Flint city council expected to vote on trash collection service Monday

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Rizzo Environmental Services, a trash collection agency that was vying for a contract to pick up trash in Flint, is under investigation with the FBI for what federal investigators call a pay-for-play scheme in a nearby county.


Rizzo Environmental Services is under investigation for allegedly paying bribes to a Clinton Township official. Dean Reynolds was arrested Thursday and charged in federal court.

FBI officials said between 50-70 thousand dollars was paid to Reynolds to secure a lucrative contract to tune of 18 million dollars.

In the meantime, Flint’s mayor and city council are working to reach an agreement on who should collect trash in the city;  Rizzo, who the mayor wants or competitor Republic Waste Services, which most of the city council has voted for.

Scott Kincaid is the Ninth Ward City Council Member for the city of Flint.

“The tentative agreement is a one year contract starting November 12, 2016 through November 12, 2017, with the option for an extension of the contract from November 12 2017 through November 12, 2018 with Republic Waste Services at the bid price that Rizzo quoted in their three year bid proposal.”

Kincaid says  Rizzo’s legal woes did not influence the city council’s decision to oppose them. He says council member never believed that Rizzo was a “responsible bidder” to begin with.  

The Flint City council has reached a tentative agreement, awarding the trash contract to Republic. The agreement is expected to be voted on Monday.

Officers and state dispute whether protest turned into a riot at Kinross Correctional

Kinross_admin_building_503865_7We’re learning more details about an incident that occurred earlier this month at the Kinross Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The union that represents prison guards there says the state has played down the incident… which the union describes as a full blown riot. But the Department of Corrections disagrees.

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Schuette must decide whether to take voting case to SCOTUS

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The deadline is closing in to finalize Michigan’s election ballot. There’s still a legal battle playing out over whether straight-ticket voting will be allowed on Election Day.

The deadline to finalize ballots is a week away, and a federal appeals court refused a request by Attorney General Bill Schuette to review earlier decisions that blocked a Republican-adopted ban on straight ticket voting. Continue reading

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

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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.

The alert system will work much like Amber Alerts. Continue reading