Category Archives: Crime

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

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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

“A little bit of freedom” is result of training program which pairs inmates and leader dogs for the blind

DSC_8275 (1)Service dogs for the blind are being trained by prison inmates at a growing number of prisons state and nationwide.

And some of the professionals who work with the program say prison inmates are the best trainers around.

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DNR offers $5000 reward for information on vandal

brokensignThe Department of Natural Resources is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who destroyed DNR property.

The damage was done to a new sign detailing areas where turkey hunting would be fruitful in Allegan State Game Area.
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Poll: Majority of Michigan residents support recreational marijuana

pot53% of Michigan residents surveyed said they would vote yes if the legalization of recreational marijuana was on the November 2016 ballot.

That’s according to a poll conducted by the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
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Dalton Charged With Murder in Kalamazoo

gavelAccused 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.

Accused Kalamazoo killer arraigned in district court

6th Circuit Court of AppealsThe 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.

As the number of women reporting domestic abuse rises, so does the need for emergency housing

file00046714188Officials say the number of women looking for shelter from domestic abuse relationships is growing nationally.

Dawn Jevicks is the shelter manager at Women’s Aid Service in Mt. Pleasant. She said she thinks women now are just more likely to report cases of abuse than they were in the past. Continue reading