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Engineer who got stung by feds pleads guilty to bribery in Macomb County scandal

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Doctor: Change in Flint's water most likely explanation for Legionnaire' disease outbreak

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Man who mistook Detroit police for intruders cries as he apologizes during sentencing

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Woman gets 14 years for 2000 kidnapping of Allen Park woman

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Life sentence for killer 'doesn't bring my brother back'
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Life sentence for killer 'doesn't bring my brother back' Valencia Warren- Gibbs, 48 talks about Bobby Hines who was 15-year-old when he was sentenced to life without parole after killing Warren's brother James Warren on May 1, 1989. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed   Read More ...
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Getaway driver sentenced in killings outside Walmart
Corunna, Mich. – A woman who served as a getaway driver following the January shooting deaths of two men outside a mid-Michigan Walmart store has been sentenced to prison. The Argus-Press of Owosso reports a judge on Friday gave 35-year-old Erin Marie Mongar of Grand Rapids 35 to 60 years for second-degree murder. That’s the maximum under an agreement reached between prosecutors and Mongar’s lawyer   Read More ...
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Mich. teen pleads guilty to threatening school violence
Lapeer – A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to charges that he threatened acts of violence at a Michigan middle school. The teen, who’s charged as an adult, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lapeer County to one count each of making a false terrorist threat and using a computer to commit a crime. He’s among three teens who were charged with multiple felonies in April for allegedly exchanging text messages threatening to commit “mass murder” at Mayfield Township’s Zemmer Middle School   Read More ...
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Woman sentenced in death of nursing home resident, 85, left outside
GRAND RAPIDS — A caregiver has been sentenced to six months behind bars in the death of an 85-year-old woman who was found in cold weather outside an assisted living center in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports Yahira Zamora learned her punishment at a Tuesday hearing. She earlier pleaded no contest to second-degree vulnerable adult abuse. Authorities say she reset a door alarm without determining whether anyone was outside Crystal Springs Assisted Living Center in Kent County's Gaines Township   Read More ...
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Caregiver sentenced in death outside nursing home
Grand Rapids – A caregiver has been sentenced to six months behind bars in the death of an 85-year-old woman who was found in cold weather outside an assisted living center in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports Yahira Zamora learned her punishment at a Tuesday hearing. She earlier pleaded no contest to second-degree vulnerable adult abuse. Authorities say she reset a door alarm without determining whether anyone was outside Crystal Springs Assisted Living Center in Kent County’s Gaines Township   Read More ...
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Woman blamed for explosion at motel sentenced to prison
Cadillac, Mich. – A woman who authorities say caused an explosion and fire in a northern Michigan motel room that injured her two children has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. Authorities say Amanda Lynn Skardoutos was trying to make butane hash oil on May 17 when she was injured in the explosion at Green Mill Motel in Manton   Read More ...
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Dearborn Heights officer pleads not guilty in fatal crash
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Dearborn Heights officer pleads not guilty in fatal crash Prosecutors say Dearborn Heights officer Larry Little was traveling 81 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone when his police cruiser struck another vehicle. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Oakland County Jail inmate facing life sentence hangs himself, authorities say
Authorities are investigating the suicide of an Oakland County Jail inmate who was hours away from being sentenced to life in prison. Kevin Jermaine Wiley, 35, of Pontiac was found at 12:24 a.m. Monday hanging in his cell, according to a news release from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe. He did not display any unusual behavior beforehand but did leave behind a note, McCabe said   Read More ...
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Ex-drill instructor sentenced to 10 years
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix Jr. was sentenced Friday to 10 years in military prison for abusing three Muslim recruits during boot camp at Parris Island, including Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, among other charges. The 34-year-old Iraq veteran also received a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of his salary and a reduction in his rank to the lowest rank, private, according the U   Read More ...
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Marine Corps jury finds drill instructor guilty of mistreating Taylor recruit Siddiqui
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Marine Corps jury finds drill instructor guilty of mistreating Taylor recruit Siddiqui The jury found Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix not guilty of abusing Raheel Siddiqui by calling him a terrorist, but found him guilty of mistreating Siddiqui for slapping him and forcing him to run laps in the barracks just before his death   Read More ...
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Ex-drill instructor found guilty of abuse
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina — A military jury has found a former drill instructor at Parris Island guilty of abusing three Muslim recruits including Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, who fell to his death at the Parris Island boot camp last year. The jury next will consider sentencing for Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix Jr., a 34-year-old Iraq veteran, who could face time in military prison, forfeiture of pay, a reduction in rank or a dishonorable discharge   Read More ...
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Trash giant Rizzo pleads guilty to bribery
Buy Photo. Port Huron — Trash titan Chuck Rizzo faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday, admitting he bribed Macomb County politicians and stole money from his trash-hauling company while building Rizzo Environmental Services into a regional powerhouse. Rizzo, 47, of Bloomfield Township, also will forfeit $4 million and help the government prosecute others ensnared in a wide-ranging public corruption scandal   Read More ...
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Neighbor accused of attacking Sen. Rand Paul in court
Bowling Green, Ky. — A longtime neighbor accused of assaulting U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and breaking six of his ribs pleaded not guilty to assault in court in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge Thursday in connection with the attack as Paul mowed his lawn in the neighborhood where they both live. Boucher was wearing a suit and barely spoke in the courtroom, only saying “yes sir” to a judge   Read More ...
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Testimony ends in trial of Marine Corps instructor
Camp Lejeune, N.C. — Testimony has ended in the military trial of a Marine Corps drill instructor accused of punching, choking and kicking recruits, and particularly targeting Muslim trainees for abuse. Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the court martial of Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He is charged with three counts of maltreatment toward three Muslim recruits   Read More ...
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Genesee Co. official: State didn’t take warnings seriously
Flint — A Genesee County environmental health director excoriated state health officials in court testimony Tuesday for declaring in 2015 the Legionella outbreak in the Flint region was over when more people were getting sick with the deadly disease. James Henry, the Genesee County environmental health director, testified in the preliminary exam hearing on state medical director Eden Wells that he was “aggressive” in trying to get the state to not only further investigate an uptick in Legionella cases but bring in the Centers for Disease Control — which he said state officials were slow in doing   Read More ...
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Baltimore van driver in Freddie Gray case not guilty
Baltimore — A disciplinary panel has found a Baltimore police van driver not guilty on all administrative charges related to his transportation of Freddie Gray, the black man whose death in custody sparked riots in the city. The three-member board said Tuesday that Officer Caesar Goodson did not violate any department policies the day Gray was fatally injured in police custody   Read More ...
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Cub Scout embezzler gets 10 days in jail
A woman accused of stealing from a local Cub Scout pack has been sentenced to 10 days in jail. Shannon Fox was also sentenced to a year of probation, 30 hours of community service and to pay back the money she stole. Officials said Fox, 32, of Kimball Township was treasurer of Pack 201 when she embezzled $1,998.62 from its checking account   Read More ...
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Man gets prison time for illegally harvesting Va. eels
Norfolk, Va. — A New York seafood dealer has been sentenced to 1 ½ years behind bars for illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels from Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 42-year-old Tommy Zhou of Brooklyn was sentenced Friday in a federal Virginia court after he pleaded guilty in April. Called elvers, baby eels are valuable because they are sold to Asian aquaculture companies so they can be raised to maturity and used as food   Read More ...
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Casey Anthony’s ex-lawyer is convicted in NY drug case
New York — A disbarred lawyer who once represented Casey Anthony has been convicted of conspiring to fly a plane filled with $13 million worth of cocaine from Ecuador to Honduras. The office of U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers says Todd Macaluso was found guilty last Friday in Brooklyn of international cocaine distribution conspiracy. He could get 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on Feb   Read More ...
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Man found guilty of fatally shooting jogger Rebekah Bletsch in western Michigan in 2014
MUSKEGON, Mich. - Jurors on Thursday quickly convicted a man of fatally shooting a woman who was jogging in 2014, one of two murder cases filed against him in western Michigan. Jeffrey Willis denied any role in Rebekah Bletsch's death in Muskegon County's Dalton Township, but jurors determined the evidence against him was strong. The jury met for less than two hours before returning a guilty verdict   Read More ...
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Jeffrey Willis convicted in 2014 murder of jogger in Muskegon County
MUSKEGON, Mich. — Jurors quickly convicted a man Thursday of fatally shooting a woman who was jogging in 2014, one of two murder cases filed against him in Muskegon County. Jeffrey Willis denied any role in Rebekah Bletsch’s death in Dalton Township, but jurors determined the evidence against him was strong. The jury met for less than two hours before returning a guilty verdict on the charge of first-degree murder   Read More ...
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Feds armed with secret video, wiretaps in tow scandal
Detroit — Federal corruption prosecutors are armed with secret video recordings, a “significant number” of wiretaps, text messages and other evidence against a former deputy Detroit Police chief accused of pocketing bribes. Prosecutors described the types of evidence against Celia Washington in a court filing Thursday, explaining her defense lawyer needs additional time to review extensive discovery materials collected during a complex criminal case   Read More ...
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WSU prof testifying in Legionnaires’ case
Buy Photo. Flint — A Wayne State University associate professor seeking to study the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Flint said Thursday that the state Health and Human Services director didn’t seemed concerned about saving lives amid the crisis. The testimony came on the sixth day of the preliminary exam for HHS chief Nick Lyon, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office for allegedly trying to cover up the 2014-15 Legionnaires’ outbreak that killed 12 and sickened 79 Flint area residents   Read More ...
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Bergdahl judge begins deliberating on sentence
Fort Bragg, N.C. — A military judge on Thursday began deliberating the punishment for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after defense attorneys asked for no prison time while prosecutors sought more than a decade behind bars. Army Col. Jeffery Nance said he planned to spend the afternoon considering evidence and would open court again Friday morning to continue deliberating then. It wasn’t clear when he would deliver the sentence   Read More ...
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Grosse Pointe Park insurance agent pleads guilty to scamming seniors in Ponzi scheme
State prosecutors say Paul Garceau embezzled more than $800,000 from a dozen victims, mostly seniors. An insurance agent from Grosse Pointe Park who ran a wealth management firm pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from senior citizens who trusted him with their money but got scammed instead, the Michigan Attorney General's office announced Wednesday. Paul Garceau Jr., 51, is a insurance agent who was charged six months ago with running a Ponzi scheme through his Harrison Township based agency, Apex Wealth Management   Read More ...
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Grand Rapids teen gets up to 100 years for murder of half-sister
GRAND RAPIDS — A 17-year-old Grand Rapids-area youth has been sentenced to 40 to 100 years in prison in the strangulation death of his 18-year-old half-sister. Savon Schmus learned his sentence Monday after pleading guilty earlier this month to murder in the death of McKenna Hilton. Her body was found Aug. 18, 2016, in a wooded area near Emerald Lake in Grand Rapids Township   Read More ...
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Bergdahl testifies about Taliban captivity
Fort Bragg, N.C. — Gut-wrenching testimony at the sentencing hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will likely continue Tuesday as the deserter’s defense team questions officials who treated and debriefed the soldier following his brutal five years of captivity by Taliban allies. The defense presentation began Monday in North Carolina with Bergdahl himself describing his experience in enemy hands. And that served as a dramatic counterpoint to the emotional testimony of the final prosecution witness, Shannon Allen, whose husband is unable to speak and needs help with everyday tasks after being shot in the head while searching for Bergdahl in Afghanistan   Read More ...
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17-year-old gets 40-100 years for murder of half-sister
Grand Rapids, Mich. — A 17-year-old Grand Rapids-area youth has been sentenced to 40 to 100 years in prison in the strangulation death of his 18-year-old half-sister. Seventeen-year-old Savon Schmus learned his sentence Monday after pleading guilty earlier this month to murder in the death of McKenna Hilton. Her body was found Aug. 18, 2016, in a wooded area near Emerald Lake in Grand Rapids Township   Read More ...
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Lawyer: Prosecutor created ‘sideshow’ to malign Snyder
Lansing — Defense attorneys for Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon are accusing special prosecutor Todd Flood of intentionally creating a political “sideshow” to publicly malign Gov. Rick Snyder. The attorneys are asking Genesee County Judge David Goggins to strike video of Snyder’s congressional committee testimony on the Flint water crisis from the court record in Lyon’s manslaughter trial, calling it “irrelevant” to the case   Read More ...
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Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving, avoids jail
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Superstar golfer Tiger Woods pleaded guilty Friday to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion program to settle a charge of driving under the influence that began when he was found passed out in his Mercedes. Woods, 41, spoke only briefly during a hearing at a Palm Beach County, Florida, courthouse that coincidentally is on PGA Boulevard   Read More ...
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Woman sentenced in 2014 slayings of son, granddaughter
OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan woman has been ordered to spend 25 to 50 years in prison in the slayings of her adult son and her 7-month-old granddaughter. WDIV-TV reports that Sylvia Majewska was sentenced Thursday. Majewska, of Addison Township, pleaded no contest earlier this month to second-degree murder charges. She initially was charged with first-degree murder. Oakland County sheriff's deputies found the bodies of 29-year-old Daryne Gailey and his daughter, Charley Hendrick, in November 2014 at his home in Oxford Township, about 45 miles north of Detroit   Read More ...
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Woman sentenced in 2014 slayings of son, granddaughter
Oxford Township — A woman has been ordered to spend 25 to 50 years in prison in the slayings of her adult son and her 7-month-old granddaughter. WDIV-TV reports that Sylvia Majewska was sentenced Thursday. Majewska, of Addison Township, pleaded no contest earlier this month to second-degree murder charges. She initially was charged with first-degree murder. Oakland County sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of 29-year-old Daryne Gailey and his daughter, Charley Hendrick, in November 2014 at his home in Oxford Township, about 45 miles north of Detroit   Read More ...
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Shelby man gets 15 years for mortgage assistance fraud
Lansing — A man who earlier was jailed in a Michigan mortgage assistance fraud case has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison after authorities say he tried to get out of paying restitution. Fifty-four-year-old Steven Barry Ruza of Shelby Township learned his punishment Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court. Attorney General Bill Schuette says Ruza committed identity theft in an effort to hide assets   Read More ...
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Michigan teens face murder charges after thrown rock kills man in car
FLINT, Mich. (NEWS 8/AP) — A judge on Tuesday declined to set a bond and release five Michigan teenagers charged with second-degree murder after a rock thrown from an overpass on Interstate 75 killed a man. Not-guilty pleas were entered in a Genesee County court, six days after Ken White, a 32-year-old father of four, was killed by a 6-pound rock   Read More ...
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Ex-lawyer sentenced to 15 years in fraud cases
A disbarred Shelby Township attorney has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Wednesday in a press release. Steven Ruza, 54, was sentenced by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in the 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County for falsely certifying a driver's license. He was sentenced as a repeat offender, according to the press release   Read More ...
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Bergdahl due in court as Trump talk looms over case
Raleigh, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to a military courtroom at Fort Bragg Wednesday for his sentencing hearing, where prosecutors plan to present evidence that fellow service members were seriously wounded in a fruitless search for him after he abandoned his post in Afghanistan. Prosecutors are expected to start calling witnesses to discuss these search missions and resulting wounds to multiple soldiers and a Navy SEAL, which the judge ruled would not have happened had Bergdahl not endangered his comrades in 2009   Read More ...
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Michigan teens in death linked to rock throwing held with no bond
FLINT, Mich. — A judge has denied bond to five Michigan teenagers who are charged with second-degree murder in a rock-throwing incident on Interstate 75. Not-guilty pleas were entered Tuesday in a Genesee County court. Ken White was a passenger in a van when a 6-pound rock thrown from an overpass crashed through the windshield and killed the 32-year-old last week   Read More ...
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Lawyer: Towing scandal suspect not guilty
The attorney for a former Detroit police legal adviser who was indicted in federal court as part of an ongoing towing scandal insists his client is not guilty. Celia Washington was indicted Oct. 11 on federal conspiracy and bribery charges. The government accused her of taking cash bribes in exchange for helping an unnamed towing magnate circumvent rules that prohibit towing firms from having more than one company on the police towing rotation   Read More ...
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Prosecutor: Bletsch's DNA profile found inside Willis' van
Thursday during opening statements at the Jeffrey Willis trial Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson told jurors that a DNA profile matching Rebekah Bletsch on the outside of a baseball style glove found in Willis' van. WZZM. MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Thursday during opening statements at the Jeffrey Willis trial Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson told jurors that a DNA profile matching Rebekah Bletsch on the outside of a baseball style glove found in Willis' van   Read More ...
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Oakland Co. eatery owners plead guilty to tax charges
Pontiac – The owners of the Orchard Lake Sushi Samari restaurant pleaded guilty to 64 tax embezzlement counts this week and must pay almost $1 million in sales and income tax, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Friday. Owners Dong Hyun Chang, 46, and Christina Chang, 51, entered pleas Thursday before Oakland Circuit Judge Phyllis McMillen and will return to court for sentencing on Nov   Read More ...
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