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Virginia Man Offered Unusual Deal

A recent case in Virginia has received much press and public debate, as it is the first of its kind in decades, recalling a less-than-lovely aspect of the country’s legal past.  A Prosecutor in the state of Virginia has offered a man the chance to have his sentence reduced in return for having a vasectomy.

Jessie Lee Herald is charged with child endangerment, hit and run, and driving on a suspended license which resulted in an accident injuring his 3-year-old son. None of the charges are related in any way to a sexual offense.

Shenandoah County assistant prosecutor Ilona White has stated that her primary motive for extending this unusual offer was to keep Herald from fathering more children. He already has seven children by at least six different women. Continue reading

Muskegon Marijuana Arrests

Muskegon Marijuana Advocate Charged

Derek Antol, former Executive Director of the Greater Michigan Compassion Club, is facing felony drug charges . Police allege he was growing marijuana and selling it from the Deuces Wild Smoke Shop on East Apple Ave. in Muskegon.

According to the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office, eight other associates of Antol’s, are also facing charges of marijuana delivery/manufacture, which is a lesser drug felony. This includes Antol’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Samantha Conklin.

The arrests are the result of an ongoing joint investigation between the West Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET) and the Michigan State Police that began back in 2010. On July 9th, search warrants were issued allowing police to search Antol’s current and former home, and his place of business- the Deuces Wild Smoke Shop. Continue reading

Renisha McBride Murder Trial Update

Recap of Trial: Day Three

The trial continued last Friday for Theodore Wafer, 55, who is facing 2nd degree murder charges as a result of the fatal shooting of Renisha McBride on his front porch in Dearborn Heights last year in early November.

On the third day in court, his attorney Cheryl Carpenter raised multiple concerns regarding the delays in collecting evidence made by the Dearborn Heights Police Department, and also the issue of evidence contamination.

Allegedly police didn’t collect the screen door through which McBride was shot until 9 days after the shooting. Carpenter feels that this is an enormous oversight, as the state of the screen door is critical to the defense’s case, she claims. Continue reading

Fowlerville Teacher Poisoning

No Charges Filed Against Student

The 17-year-old Fowlerville student accused of poisoning his math teacher’s coffee with visine, will not be facing criminal charges. The decision was made following an investigation conducted by the Fowlerville police department and the Livingston County prosecutor’s office.

Mary Aldecoa, the victim of the teacher poisoning, believes that she was poisoned with Visine eye drops. These were put into her coffee over a period of 5 days. She suffered “horrible symptoms”, including stomach pains and headaches that were severe enough to keep her from school.

According to superintendent Wayne Roedel, the high school principal, Bradford Lusk, learned in “casual conversation” with a group of students during lunchtime, that a male student had put Visine in a teacher’s drink. The name of the guilty student was mentioned in the same conversation, and the resulting investigation was concluded that same day. Continue reading

Ionia County Probation Violation

3rd Violation in 1 Year = Prison Time

Adam Sears, one of four people arrested in March 2013 for making meth in an abandoned house in Ionia County, will be going to prison after pleading guilty to his 3rd probation violation in less than a year.

Sears, a 23-year-old resident of Ionia, was sentenced in the Ionia County Circuit Court on July 22nd, by Judge David Hoort, to serve 1 to 2 years in prison. During the hearing Sears’ probation agent recommended he received a sentence of 12 months in the Ionia County Jail with credit for 224 days already served, but Hoort disagreed.

“It just seems like it’s not working, what we’re doing here locally. Two hundred and twenty-four days hasn’t accomplished anything. I’m not seeing a reason why not to send you to prison.” Hoort told Sears in court. Continue reading

McBride Murder Trial Update

What Has Happened So Far

On day one of the Wafer / McBride murder trial, the defense put forward their theory of self-defense to justify the actions of Theodore Wafer, who is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Renisha McBride.

Wafer shot McBride in the face through his screen door after she showed up at his house and pounded repeatedly on his front door at 4 am. Continue reading

Bay County Armed Robbery

Saginaw Teen Gets 20 Years 

The second of four young men charged with armed robbery and assault, following a mini crime spree in Bay City, has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for his part in the criminal exploits.

On Monday, July 21st, Bay County Chief Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Schmidt sentenced Nashawn D. Lane to prison for 126 months to 20 years. He was, however, given credit for 185 days already served in jail. Continue reading

Wayne County: McBride Murder

Detroit Porch Killing Trial Begins

Last Monday jury selection, always the first event in a murder trial, got underway in the Wafer / McBride murder case. In this instance, Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway said that the selection process could take as many as four days before the trial began, but thankfully, it took only two.

The jury of 12 will now hear the prosecution and the defense cases, in a trial that may last up to ten days. It will then be their duty to determine if Theodore Wafer is guilty of murder, or if he acted in self defense. Continue reading

Flint Shooting Jury Verdict: Guilty

Shots Fired at Two Teen Boys

James Kenneth Seeley, a 33-year-old resident of Flint, has been found guilty of shooting at two 14-year-old boys outside his house in September 2013.

According to police records, at 7 pm on Sunday, September 29th, officers were dispatched to the scene of a shooting near Arizona Avenue and Lewis Street in Flint. Flint police, Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police all responded to the alert. They found two young boys, one of whom had been shot in the leg. Continue reading

Traverse City: Soliciting Murder

Former Leelanau Prosecutor Charged

Clarence Gomery, a well-known Traverse City attorney and the man who once served as the Leelanau County prosecutor and also assistant prosecutor in Grand Traverse County, has been arraigned on charges of soliciting murder.

According to police, Gomery attempted to hire someone to murder Christopher Cooke, the attorney who represented Gomery’s ex business partner, Fred Topous, in a 2012 lawsuit against Gomery. Topous sued Gomery for fraud and malpractice over a business deal that went bad. Continue reading