Category Archives: Crime

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

Kinross Prison

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.

Police Station

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.

Bill to prevent police from unfairly seizing property clears state House


Michigan would give police less freedom to seize and sell property under bills making their way through the state Legislature.

The state House approved the bills on Thursday with wide bipartisan support. Continue reading

Vermont wants to send inmates to Baldwin private prison

prison 11-26-13Vermont intends to move 319 high-security inmates to a privately run prison in Michigan. That would allow the GEO Group to re-open the facility in Baldwin that’s been closed since 2005, when Michigan scrapped its agreement with the company.
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Snyder: Helping inmates find jobs key to stopping cycle of crime

prison 11-26-13Gov. Rick Snyder outlined a public safety agenda on Monday that includes parole and sentencing reforms, job training for inmates, and more help finding a job once they’re released from prison.

Snyder says there are data-driven ways to reduce the state’s prison population without compromising public safety. Continue reading

Senator Smith arraigned on three felony charges

Michigan Senate voting board lists Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) as absent. Credit: Jake Neher/Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan Senate voting board lists Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) as absent. Credit: Jake Neher/Michigan Public Radio Network

State Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) has been charged with multiple gun and assault felonies. He’s accused of hitting his ex-wife and shooting 10 bullets into her car.
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Grand Traverse County canine officers have new bullet and stab-resistant vests

Two canine law enforcement officers in Grand Traverse County are now outfitted with new bullet and stab resistant vests.

This is thanks to community fundraising efforts that raised more than $2,000.

Janke is a 2 ½ year-old explosives detection canine and Jax is a 1 ½ year-old narcotics detection dog at the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office. Both are German Shepherds from Poland. Continue reading

Snyder renews opposition to open carry in schools as pro-gun activists rally at Capitol

Pro-gun activists rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday for their annual ‘Second Amendment March’ openly carrying firearms.

Pro-gun activists rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday for their annual ‘Second Amendment March’ openly carrying firearms.

Gov. Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools. Continue reading

A new bill would allow for real-time access to insurance for law enforcement

A bill being considered in Lansing may make it easier for motorists to show proof of auto insurance to police. And easier for police to get up-to-date information

Legislation in the State Senate would allow law enforcement to access real-time auto insurance information.
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