Brothers Arrested After Family Fight

A rather strange and unfortunate series of events has resulted in two teenaged brothers facing charges for a fight they were involved in a family fight with each other and their mother’s boyfriend.

According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Department, they were dispatched to a residence at the Shady Rest Trailer Park in Bangor Township after a woman there called 911 to report that her grandsons had attacked each other, and that a butcher knife was involved. Continue reading

Michigan Medical Marijuana User Commits Suicide

After being found guilty in a case related to butter infused with marijuana, a former corrections officer committed suicide this past weekend.

Timothy Bernhardt, along with three other Kent County officers, was criminally charged earlier in the year for making marijuana butter. All of the men held medical marijuana cards. However, the law does not really protect those who use marijuana edibles like brownies or pot butter. Continue reading

Physician pleads guilty to Medicare Fraud

Dr. Rajesh Doshi, a 59-year-old physician in Bloomfield Hills, recently pled guilty in U.S. District Court to single counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, and health care fraud.

According to prosecutor Niall M. O’Donnell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Fraud Section, Doshi admitted to having conspired with others by referring Medicare patients for home health care which was not medically necessary. He also submitted false claims for these services to receive reimbursement from Medicare. Continue reading

Police Brutality: ACLU Releases Video

Last month, the ACLU released a video featuring the police execution of Milton Hall, which occurred in 2012. Hall was a black, homeless, mentally ill man from Saginaw, Michigan. He was shot at 46 times and hit 14 times by eight white police officers for holding a pen knife in a parking lot. Police previously claimed that he made an aggressive movement; however, the footage paints a different picture. Continue reading

MSU Second-Degree Murder: Saline Teen Gets 25-38 Years in Prison

On Monday, November 10th, 18-year-old Tyrel Bredernitz, who is one of the three teens involved in the murder of MSU student, Dustyn Frolka, was sentenced to spend decades in prison by Clinton County Circuit Judge Randy Tahvonen.

During an emotional plea hearing on September 8th, Bredernitz pled guilty to second-degree murder. At his sentencing, Judge Tahvonen ordered him to serve a maximum of 38 years in prison, with the minimum being 25 years. Continue reading

Leader of Major Pot Operation Pleads Guilty

When the state of Michigan legalized marijuana, it was for the express purpose of getting a highly effective medicine into the hands of those who needed it most. But the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) was also very specific about how this process was to take place. And in these turbulent times, when the state and federal laws don’t line up, people who overstep the legal boundaries are likely to face very severe penalties.

30-year-old Shawn Andrew Taylor is one of them. He was the head of a major, multi-county marijuana production operation. Taylor, and the other people involved in his pot operation, bought and sold marijuana in very large quantities. Also, marijuana related products like hashish. Continue reading