Last year, Michigan ranked second in the country for human trafficking crimes. A bill passed by the Michigan House is aimed at improving conditions for victims and crack down on traffickers. Continue reading →
A state House committee could vote tomorrow (Tue.) on a bill to create a crime of “aggressive panhandling.” The bill would replace state and local anti-begging laws that have been struck down as violations of free speech rights. Continue reading →
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 →
If you haven’t filed your tax returns just yet, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise. Residents across the state have complained of filing only to find their identity has been stolen and their taxes were already filed.
Accused Kalamazoo shooter Jason Dalton was formally charged today (Mon.) with murder, assault with intent to commit murder, and weapons charges. That’s in connection with a weekend shooting spree that left six people dead and two critically injured.
Jason Dalton was quiet throughout the hearing carried out via video camera from the jail where’s being held without bail In fact, one of his few statements was that he’d prefer to not say anything. He faces 16 charges – including six counts of murder. Prosecutors said in court that Dalton acknowledged being the shooter after he was read his rights.
But Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas (MA’-chus) says a motive remains a mystery.
“We’re really not that much closer to why this occurred then we were 10 minutes after he was arrested.”
Federal authorities say a cache of weapons was taken from Dalton’s home following the shootings.
Dalton’s next court date is March 3rd. He’s been assigned a public defender.
The man accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others in a mass shooting in Kalamazoo on Saturday has been arraigned in district court. Jason Brian Dalton is charged with six counts of murder. He also faces assault and felony weapons charges. Dalton, who appeared through a video feed, sat silently during the proceedings with a blank expression. Michigan State Police Detective [First Lieutenant] Chuck Christensen says Dalton has been cooperative but “stoic” when questioned by police.
In a probable cause hearing today, officials said Dalton has admitted to “taking lives.” Dalton is alleged to have driven around Kalamazoo County Saturday night, shooting people at random in three locations. His next court appearance is set for March 3.