Detroit Man Facing Murder Charges For Shooting 3-Year-Old Girl

24-year-old Donnie Everett (who is in no way connected to the well-known baseball star from Clarksville, Tennessee) was arraigned on Monday morning in the 36th District Court in Detroit. He is facing a host of felony charges, including murder charges, for a shooting that injured three people and killed a little girl.

According to police reports, Everett and another person who was given the position of ‘getaway driver’, pulled up outside a home on the 11090 block of Mogul, on Detroit’s east side. At about 3:45 pm, Everett apparently entered the house, armed with a Tec-9 semi-automatic machine gun.

He allegedly opened fire inside the house, injuring 3-year-old Amiracle Williams, along with her 17-year-old sister, her 40-year-old mother, and her 48-year-old father. According to media reports of the incident, the getaway driver was also injured by the gunfire.

The family members were rushed to the hospital in the back of police cars. The teenager and her parents are expected to survive. However, little Amiracle, who was shot in the chest, died shortly after her arrival at the hospital.

The argument that apparently sparked this tragic incident was a disagreement on Facebook that took place between Everett and Amiracle’s 17-year-old sister. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has referred to it as a “feud”. He has declined to provide any more details regarding what the fight may have been about.

According to court documents, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is charging Everett with first-degree murder, which is a felony punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In addition, he is facing five counts of assault with intent to commit murder, which is also a felony punishable by any number of years in prison up to a life sentence, along with felony use of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Stop and Seize: Civil Forfeiture

Since 9/11, the federal government has recruited state and local police to look for suspicious individuals and drugs on America’s highways to stop funding for terrorism.

Much to the chagrin of drivers, the resulting traffic stops from all this vigilance also yield a great deal of cash.  This is seized by aggressive police, although many of these people are never even charged with any sort of crime. This practice is known as civil forfeiture. Continue reading

St Ignace Band Director Facing Marijuana Charges

Stephanie Terpening, the band director for St Ignace High School, is facing criminal charges for allegedly growing and selling marijuana, along with other drug related charges.

Not many details have been released about the events that led to Terpening’s arrest. Media sources were told that police pulled a man over on several felony warrants, and the circumstances of his arrest led police to Terpening. Continue reading

Bay County Couple Sentenced For Smuggling Heroin Into Jail

24-year-old Christopher J. Obermiller and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Tara L. Schupback have both been sentenced to serve jail time for smuggling heroin into the Bay County Jail.

The pair accepted plea deals back in August, when Obermiller pleaded guilty to conspiracy to furnish contraband to a prisoner, which is a felony, and Schupback pleaded guilty to furnishing contraband to a prisoner and possession with intent to deliver heroin less than 50 grams. Continue reading

Macomb County April Millsap Murder

On July 24th, somewhere around 5 pm, 14-year-old April Millsap walked out of her family home in order to walk her dog on a nearby trail. She never came home. Hours later her dog led people to her body, recovered lying in a ditch, about 20 feet away from the very trail she had intended to walk down.

Her death certificate, issued by the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office, says that she died of blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation.

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Joel Wilson Bound Over for Trial

Bay County Ponzi Scheme Update

Bay County District Judge Dawn A. Kilda, after taking some time to review arguments made by both defense and prosecuting attorneys, has decided that sufficient evidence exists for the case of Joel Wilson to go to trial. Wilson is accused of operating a Ponzi scheme in the Bay Area that cheated numerous local investors out of millions of dollars, before slipping away to Germany with his wife. Continue reading