Category Archives: Crime

Juvenile lifers reflect on what Supreme Court decision means for their future

DSC_0284With its ruling the Supreme court has determined that minors given life sentences before 2012 can now seek a review of their cases and make a bid for early release.

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State commission calls for new protections for trafficking victims

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Sex traffickers in Michigan may face increased penalties, under recommendations made to the legislature by a state commission.

Removing prostitution offenses for trafficking victims, and providing them with a safe place to stay are just some of the recommendations being made to the legislature by the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.

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Case dropped against man charged under controversial state crime lab THC policy

Max Lorincz and his wife Erica Chittenden. Photo by Rick Pluta

Max Lorincz and his wife Erica Chittenden. Photo by Rick Pluta

A judge has dismissed the case against a man who was charged under the State Police crime lab’s controversial THC policy.

The policy makes it harder for lab technicians to report that samples containing THC come from marijuana plants – and aren’t made artificially in a lab. Possession of synthetic THC carries tougher penalties than possession of plant-based marijuana products. Continue reading

Consumers Energy’s is being investigated by the state for its billing practices

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An investigation was launched on Wednesday, Jan. 20 into Consumers Energy’s estimated billing practices.

Officials with the Michigan Public Service Commission say they’ve received complaints about estimated billing. That’s a practice where the energy company does not read the meter – rather it estimates the utility usage and bill. Continue reading

Scientists blast State Police crime lab THC policy as man fights to get son back

Max Lorincz and his wife Erica Chittenden outside their home in Spring Lake in Ottawa County. The couple has been fighting to be reunited with their son Dante since Max was charged with possessing synthetic THC – a charge some forensic scientists say is absurd. Photo by Rick Pluta

Max Lorincz and his wife Erica Chittenden outside their home in Spring Lake in Ottawa County. The couple has been fighting to be reunited with their son Dante since Max was charged with possessing synthetic THC – a charge some forensic scientists say is absurd. Photo by Rick Pluta

Maxwell Lorincz lives in Spring Lake near Lake Michigan with his wife and their six-year-old son. At least, they did live with their son, until a year and a half ago.

They lost custody of him after Lorincz was charged with a felony for possessing synthetic THC. He’s a card-carrying medical marijuana patient. But that hasn’t helped in his fight to get his son back.

So for now, the family gets unsupervised visits for a few hours every week. Continue reading

Michigan officials in California teaching national departments about credit card skimmers

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Michigan officials are teaching the secret service, FBI and other national departments how to catch credit card skimmers.

Credit card skimmers are illegal devices that criminals install on gas station pumps to steal consumers credit card information. Continue reading

Conspiracy of silence: New website shines light on elderly abuse in Michigan


Sad Old PersonThe rate of elderly abuse in Michigan is roughly 3 times more than the national average. In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue the Stern Law Group has sponsored a website that lists nursing homes and their violations nationwide. Continue reading

Dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Oscoda County this week are now safe and being treated

A dog and ASPCA member in Mio after being rescued. Photo courtesy of the ASPCA.

A dog and ASPCA member in Mio after being rescued. Photo courtesy of the ASPCA.

More than 50 dogs are being held in a safe location and being treated by medical professionals after being rescued from a puppy mill in Oscoda County on Monday, December 14.

A tip from a neighbor led Oscoda County officials and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to a mill in Mio. Continue reading

Traverse City group helping to fight sex trafficking in northern Michigan, receives big donation

A Traverse City group is working to put an end to sex trafficking in northern Michigan. cast-logo-site

Michigan currently has the second highest rate of sex trafficking in the nation. Citizens Against Sex Trafficking, or CAST, is trying to change that.
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Police corruption files missing after break in at prosecutor’s office

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An investigation has been launched by two police agencies after a break-in at the Presque Isle County prosecuting attorney’s office.

On November 24, the County prosecuting attorney’s office was broken into. Continue reading

“Revenge porn” charges against a man in Charlevoix County have been dropped

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A first of it’s kind “revenge porn” case in Charlevoix County was dismissed this week.

The charges were filed against 25-year old Andrew Roche. He admitted to not only posting intimate pictures of an ex-girlfriend, he also included her name, phone number and address.
for posting intimate photos of his ex-girlfriend online. Continue reading

Michigan’s “stand-your-ground” law would be repealed under new bill

A Democratic state Senator hopes to repeal Michigan’s “stand-your-ground” law.

Under that law, a person can use deadly force against someone else with no requirement to retreat. That’s as long as the person isn’t engaged in a crime, is somewhere they’re legally allowed to be, and feels deadly force is the only way to defend themselves. Continue reading