We’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.
An investigation is underway into racist graffiti painted on the outside of an Eastern Michigan University Building.
The protest took place Saturday morning at the Kinross Correctional Facility in Chippewa County.
The homicide took place in March of 2000. Police say Patricia Leeper of Flint was drowned. Her body was found in Mitchell township of Alcona county.
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
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services awarded the funding to health departments in Detroit, Muskegon, and Genesee county.
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
The state is urging taxpayers to be cautious of a phone scam.
The caller may say they are with the department of treasury – they ask for bank account numbers, and threaten to call the police. Continue reading
Twin brothers were found guilty this week of running a Ponzi scheme that stole roughly 18 million dollars. Much of their business was centered in college towns, including Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Mt Pleasant.
The State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman from Presque Isle County.
Heather Young, 42, was last seen in Onaway Saturday morning. Her car was found Wednesday.
Young is 5’4” and 129 pounds with dark hair and brown eyes.
She is from Marshall but has been staying in Onaway for the past few weeks.
Anyone with information about Young should call the State Police Gaylord Post, at (989) 705-3800.
The survey shows crime victims want better services and rehabilitation programs instead of long prison sentences.
Michigan crime victims will soon have an easier time keeping track of offenders. The Michigan Victim Information Notification Everyday service, or MI-VINE, is a notification system for victims of crimes. It sends victims texts, emails, or phone calls telling them if an offender is in custody, and gives them updates about their case.
The Firekeepers Human Trafficking Awareness Program is continuing its efforts to raise human trafficking awareness. Over the past year, the program has been working to combat human trafficking in its casino and hotel. The program provides training to employees on how to spot and report possible human trafficking.
The State police will chose five counties to launch the roadside drug testing program.
A state commission has submitted recommendations to improve the processing and review of sexual assault kits.
Officials said the proposal would allow for tracking of rape kits.
Debi Cain is the Executive Director of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. She said, the process to get sexual assault kits can be embarrassing for the victim.
“I don’t think people understand how much of an affront it can be for an victim who have gone through this very intense and invasive process. To find out that the kit ends up on a shelf and nothing happened to it.”
Cain said, under the proposal sexual assault kits must be processed within 90 days. She said the move would give victims a sense of control and security.
A physical therapist from Ogemaw County was arraigned June 30, on eight counts of fraud.
Vijay Kumar operates five physical therapy businesses in Ogemaw County. Offices are in West Branch, St. Helen and Rose City. Continue reading
Volkswagen sold over half-a-million cars in the US by marketing the vehicles as eco-friendly.