It was like a scene from a movie. A gunman behind a barricade, the street crawling with police, roads closed to civilians, a terrified hostage….. But this was no movie. And unlike what would have been the Hollywood finale to this scary scene, the situation has since been resolved without anyone getting shot or blown up. But someone is very likely to spend a good deal of time behind bars as a result. Continue reading
One Missing Infant, One Dead Baby Boy
When Melissa Mitin, the young Okemos woman accused of murdering her newborn infant last year, testified in court recently to the fact that she had given birth again just weeks ago but didn’t know where her baby was, the state held their breath.
Somewhere out there was a baby, possibly alive, more likely not. No one was certain. Continue reading
Arson Plea Results in Prison Time
Pretty much anyone would agree that bed bugs are awful and that, given half a chance, they would do whatever was necessary to get rid of them. But as it turns out, some of the more…. extreme bed bug removal methods may actually be criminal, as was the case for an Ann Arbor man who was recently sentenced for arson. Continue reading
CSC Charges Stem From Alleged Sexual Abuse of Students
On January 12th, 74-year-old James Francis Rapp’s life took a turn for the worse. The former Jackson Lumen Christi High School priest, who during his time at the high school had served as a maintenance man, wrestling coach and a teacher, was charged with 13 criminal sexual conduct charges.
Two Facing Animal Cruelty Charges After Videos Posted on Youtube
Animal cruelty, like child abuse, can be a very volatile subject that elicits very strong emotional reactions in people. So it is likely that the two men from northern Michigan who are accused of videotaping the mauling death of a coyote and posting it online will be prosecuted for animal cruelty in the court of public opinion as well as the Gogebic County Court.
State Supreme Court To Rule on Three Medical Marijuana Cases
Last week, justices from the state Supreme Court listened to oral arguments from three medical marijuana cases that started out in Oakland County. The three cases were People v. Hartwick, People v. Tuttle, and People v. Mazur. Continue reading
Bay County Man Gets 210 Days
Chad A. Monroe was very frustrated when his girlfriend of three years broke up with him last year, and he made sure she knew it by harassing her with an almost endless slew of vengeful texts and Facebook messages, posting naked pictures of her online, and creating false “sex-for-hire” ads in her name which offered sex in return for crack cocaine. All of this, he claimed, was in the hopes of driving her to commit suicide. Continue reading
Flint man gets 10 to 20 years
Sometimes things break around the house, and need to get fixed, but not everyone is a skilled plumber, drywall finisher, or tile setter. This, of course, means you’ll need to hire a handyman, which can be costly. However, one man’s solution to this was to pay his handyman in crack cocaine which, as you can imagine, led to a rather disastrous end.
According to court records, 33-year-old Joseph Dante Lee was just sentenced to prison for 10 to 20 years after jurors decided he was guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. And what caused the jury to decide this about Mr. Lee? Well, it’s an interesting story….. Continue reading
The people of Cheboygan are most likely rather grateful to see the end to a wave of thefts – items stolen from vehicles around the city, that were apparently the work of one man who was recently arraigned on nine felony counts and one misdemeanor. Continue reading
Is a Second Chance a Terrible Idea?
Michigan’s “second chance” bill unanimously passed both the state House and Senate last December. Just days ago it also received the governor’s signature and passed into law. But for all the wide support this bill has received, both in government and by a number of legal groups, including the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Judges Association, there are those who feel that it’s a terrible idea. Continue reading