Category Archives: Public Safety

Officers and state dispute whether protest turned into a riot at Kinross Correctional

Kinross_admin_building_503865_7We’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.

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State launches ’21 to Buy, not Supply’ campaign

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State officials are launching a new campaign called 21 to buy not supply to remind young adults not to supply minors with alcohol.


Officials say most young adults know supplying minors with alcohol has serious consequences.

Diane Dovico is the executive director of the Royal Oak Community Coalition. She said she’s working to ensure people are educated on the laws.

“Our first strategy was to reach our college students throughout Michigan, because that’s where there is a huge collection of minors, and the upper classmen who have turned 21 on campus.”

Dovico said the campaign has made posters and other giveaways to raise awareness. She said penalties for supplying alcohol to minors include up to 90 days in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine.

State answers concerns about Pine River

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The state is addressing recent concerns from Gratiot county residents about the Pine river


Residents living along Pine River say it appears the river has shrunk. They say green algae stretches out from the banks to the middle of the river, and vegetation growth has narrowed the river.

Aaron Parker is a Aquatic Biologists with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He said the plants may be unattractive, but they’re also harmless.

“We collected some algae samples and plant samples, and identified the plants, and tested the algae for toxicity. All of them came back with no toxins.”

Parker said, algae and increased vegetation is normal for water bodies like the Pine river. He said the river should appear more normal once we see an increase in rain.

Michigan is working on passing a bill that would grant immunity to anyone reporting an overdose

DSC05701Officials say a similar bill was passed last year that granted immunity to prescription drug overdose reports in minors. The new bill would expand immunity to all ages, and all substances.

Al Pscholka is a State Representative and Chairman of the house Appropriations Committee. He developed the bill and its predecessor.

“You know we should never be afraid to save a life so that’s what really started this whole conversation about expanding the Good Samaritan Act, and allowing for people to escape prosecution if it’s a medical emergency and you’re in the commission of saving someone’s life.”

Pscholka says in the state of Michigan, opioid drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents.

He says the original legislation has saved lives, and he hopes the passing of this bill will save more.

American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says Michigan State Police policy could lead to descrimination

Traffic Stop 1Traffic stop requirements for Michigan State Troopers could lead to racial discrimination. This according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

The organization sent a letter this week to the Michigan State Police asking for an end to the practice.

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Midland is the first city in Michigan to become a designated Safe Community

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The city of Midland has been designated a Safe Community through a national organization.

The National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America program accredited Midland.

The program is aimed at helping communities create an action plan for areas of concern. Continue reading