Pontiac man denied bond, charged with open murder in stabbing death
PONTIAC, MI -- A 62-year-old Pontiac man is being held at the Oakland County Jail without bond after he was arraigned on a charge of open murder Tuesday in 50th District Court. According to WDIV-Detroit, Maurice Rushton was arrested at his home roughly 30 minutes after he allegedly stabbed 36-year-old Larry James Lewis-Lefler of Waterford Township. Police say Rushton and Lewis-Lefler got into some sort of an argument in the 600 block of West Huron Street around 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. Rushton is accused of pulling out a knife during the altercation and stabbing the victim in the chest before fleeing the scene. Lewis-Lefler attempted to leave the scene as well, but collapsed about 50 yards away from where he was stabbed.mlive.com
Murder charge dismissed against 1 of 2 suspects in Flint New Year’s Day homicide
FLINT, MI – A Genesee County District Court judge on Monday ruled there was enough evidence to bind one man over to circuit court on a first-degree premeditated murder charge in the Jan. 1 death of Benjamin Thomas Boyd. But evidence connecting a second suspect to Boyd’s death was lacking, the judge determined, opting to dismiss the murder charge, but binding him over to circuit court on other felony counts. In addition to the murder charge, the McClains, who attorneys previously said were related, were charged with four counts of felony firearm, two counts of assault with intent to murder, and a single count of felon in possession of a firearm. The judge dismissed the murder charge against Jerry McClain but bound him over on charges of felon in possession and felony firearm. Now that the defendants are being bound over to circuit court, they can either plead as charged, proceed to trial, or accept any potential plea agreement offered to them.mlive.com
Michigan woman accused of impersonating therapist, treating children with autism
OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – A Michigan woman is accused of posing as a certified therapist and treating children diagnosed with autism at a recovery center in Brighton. It is also alleged that Coden-Diskin never obtained licensing required by the state of Michigan. Coden-Diskin allegedly presented herself as a certified and licensed behavioral analyst through business cards, verbal statements and written documents. She allegedly used the certification number of a state certified person to forge a certificate under her own name to present herself as a legitimate behavioral analyst. It is alleged she worked with children diagnosed with autism and their parents, which requires the certification and license that she allegedly forged.mlive.com
Man arraigned on murder charges in shooting death of Grand Blanc grad
DETROIT – A Wayne County man has been arraigned on multiple murder charges in connection with the death of a recent Grand Blanc High School graduate. Sanders stood mute and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by the court, according to Wayne County District Court records. He is accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Jacob Hills, who had recently graduated with honors from Grand Blanc High School. Related: Man accused of fatally shooting Grand Blanc teen, stealing rifleHills was found dead shortly after 1 a.m. July 25 at a residence in the 22330 block of West Warren Avenue in Detroit. Read more at The Flint Journal:Man accused of fatally shooting Grand Blanc teen, stealing rifleNo suspects yet in Grand Blanc teen’s homicide, Detroit police sayFormer Grand Blanc student killed, body found in Detroit, police saymlive.com
Two candidates leading in race for Kalamazoo County District Court
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI – Less than 700 votes separate the first and third place candidate for a seat on Kalamazoo County District Court late Tuesday, though absentee ballots were not fully counted. The two candidates with the most votes get on the nonpartisan ballot in the Nov. 2 general election, when voters will elect one candidate as a Kalamazoo County District Court judge. Absentee ballots for the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage had not been counted at the time of publication. Allen, 41, of Comstock Township; Escamilla, 43, of Kalamazoo; and Jones, 39, of Portage, all work as attorneys in Kalamazoo County. More from MLive:Kalamazoo County election results for Aug. 2, 2022Kalamazoo County still intends to condemn family property inside park, despite dismissal of lawsuitMichigan State House districts election results for Aug. 2, 2022mlive.com
The shameful U.N. “List of Shame”: Equating between the Israeli perpetrator and the Palestinian victim
His case is a representation of Israel’s overall inhumane treatment of Palestinian children. This includes “2,934 grave violations against 1,208 Palestinian children” in the year 2021 alone. However, the report breaks down these murders in such a way that conflates Palestinian and Israeli children as if purposely trying to confuse the reader. As many as 15 Palestinian children were killed by Israeli forces in the first six months of 2022, almost the same number killed in the same regions throughout the entirety of the previous year. DCIP confirmed that as many as 15 Palestinian children were killed by Israeli forces in the first six months of 2022, almost the same number killed in the same regions throughout the entirety of the previous year.arabamericannews.com
Michigan man accused of making up story to cover up attempt to kill wife bound over for trial
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI – A St. Clair County man accused of trying to shoot his wife and making up a story about an intruder to allegedly cover up the crime has been bound over to circuit court for trial. Deputies from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office responded around 3 a.m. on March 29 to Ringel’s Casco Township home following reports of a home invasion, police previously said. When the man tried to shoot the woman but missed, she was able to shut the door on the gun barrel, keeping the man from entering the room. Now that his case is headed to circuit court, Ringel can either plea as charged, proceed to trial or accept potential plea agreements offered by prosecutors. Read more at The Flint Journal:St. Clair County man accused of fabricating story about home intruder, trying to kill wife faces examinationMichigan man allegedly tried to kill wife, made up story about intruder when plan failed2 dead, 2 young children in critical condition after traffic crash in St. Clair County, police saymlive.com
Genesee County Prosecutor plans to re-file criminal charges against defendants indicted through one-person grand jury
Instead, the prosecutor used a one-person grand jury. Newblatt served as the one-person grand jury on the matters, hearing evidence behind closed doors and then issuing indictments against the defendants. Grand juries are rarely utilized in Michigan and the use of a one-person grand jury rather than a citizen grand jury is even rarer. “The grand jury process – the one-person grand jury process – gave them some cover so that they could testify about the perpetrators of the crime, the facts of the crime, and still have some safety, still have some modicum of privacy,” Leyton said previously. Michael Ewing, a Flint-area attorney who represents defendants in six of the cases charged through the one-person grand jury said he’s concerned about how much time has been wasted now that the cases will be refiled as if the one-person grand jury was never used.mlive.com
Teen accused of killing father, then fighting with police over gun, to get competency exam
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- An 18-year-old accused of killing his father, then firing a rifle during a struggle with police, will receive a competency evaluation. An attorney for Htet Tun requested the evaluation Friday, June 24 in during a hearing in 63rd District Court.mlive.com
21-year-old man accused of accosting child at motel near Traverse City
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI -- A 21-year-old Rochester, Michigan man was arrested earlier this month following an eight-month investigation into allegations that he accosted a child at a motel in Traverse City. Michigan State Police say Paul Pavliscak was arrested on May 5 and arraigned recently on charges of accosting a child for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime. The lengthy investigation began in August 2021 when the guardian of a child contacted police about nude photos that were found on the child’s cell phone. Interviews were conducted and a search warrant was conducted on Pavliscak’s home leading to the seizure of his cell phone. Analysis of the phone was conducted and eventually a two-count warrant for Pavliscak’s arrest was issued in April.mlive.com
Leader of U.P. town’s DDA charged with criminal sexual conduct
Marie Downtown Development Authority was arraigned Tuesday on two charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to UpNorthLive, Tony Cutler is free on $20,000 bond after he was arraigned in 90th District Court, where he pleaded not guilty. As part of his bond conditions, Cutler -- who lives in Boyne City -- is forbidden from possessing firearms and cannot have contact with any minors. Public records show Cutler was appointed to his role as DDA director in November 2021 by the DDA Board. According to 9&10 News, the Charlevoix County Prosecutor’s Office turned the case over to the Emmet County Prosecutor.mlive.com
5-year-old boy shot 9 times, killed because he ‘was going to snitch,’ witness testifies
DETROIT – A 5-year-old boy was killed in February because the person who killed his mother and her boyfriend believed the child “was going to snitch,” a witness testified in 36th District Court on Thursday. Harris and Benson were each shot nine times and Marshall was shot four times. Judge Kenneth King heard from three witnesses, including a friend of defendant Malcolm Ray Hardy, 16, of Detroit, the report said. The only other person in the home was Harris, and the witness said Hardy believed the child “was going to snitch,” so Hardy shot him in the leg and then fatally shot him in the head. He was bound over on all charges and will be arraigned in the 3rd Circuit Court on May 19, FOX 2 reports.mlive.com
Genesee judges disqualify themselves from hearing criminal case against county clerk
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- Every Genesee District Court judge in the county has disqualified him or herself from hearing a criminal case against Clerk-Register John Gleason. Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene, who is prosecuting the case against Gleason, said a court hearing scheduled for next week will likely be rescheduled once the new venue has been established. Reene was assigned the task of reviewing a Genesee County Sheriff’s Office investigation of Gleason after Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton also recused himself from the case. A spokesman for the SCAO said Wednesday that the Gleason case has not yet been resigned to another county. Read more at The Flint Journal:Genesee County Clerk-Register John Gleason facing witness intimidation, neglect of duty chargesGleason could remain clerk-register if he avoids felony convictionStay out of coming elections, state tells accused Genesee County clerk-registermlive.com
Referee accused of on-court assault of West Michigan basketball coach found not guilty
MUSKEGON, MI -- A referee accused of an on-court assault of a Muskegon High School basketball coach more than a year ago has been found not guilty. A Muskegon County District Court judge made the ruling Wednesday, May 4 following a one-day bench trial, acquitting 70-year-old William Ripple. Ripple was refereeing a game between the Muskegon High School and Zeeland East High School on March 19. He also had coached high school sports in the past. She said he may referee high school basketball again, but not with Muskegon High School as a participant.mlive.com
Former assistant prosecutor in Shiawassee County pleads guilty to impaired driving, firearm charge
CORUNNA, MI – A former Shiawassee County assistant prosecutor accused of coming to work while under the influence of alcohol has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in 66th District Court. Christopher Brown appeared before Shiawassee County District Court Judge Ward Clarkson on Monday, May 2, and pleaded guilty to impaired driving and possession of a firearm while under the influence. Clarkson sentenced Brown to pay $1,000 for the impaired driving charge and $500 for possessing a firearm while under the influence, according to online court records. Calls to Shiawassee County Prosecutor Scott Koerner and Doug Corwin, an attorney with Shiawassee County’s public defender’s office, weren’t immediately returned. Read more at The Flint Journal:Michigan Court of Appeals to decide whether Owosso murder suspect’s statements should be suppressed2 Shiawassee County men sentenced to prison in trafficking case of 14-year-old girlAccused Shiawassee County cannibal found competent in latest evaluation, prosecutor saysmlive.com
Two men arrested in Kalamazoo County sex sting heading toward jury trial
KALAMAZOO, MI – Two of the three men accused of soliciting a minor are heading toward a jury trial. He was working as a Western Michigan University police officer at the time of his arrest. Related: Police officer arrested in sex sting sent inappropriate texts to WMU student, personnel file saysHohnke was employed as a police officer for Western Michigan University at the time he was arrested. He had previously inappropriately texted a Western Michigan University student, records show. Bower-Guimond and Ruzick posted $5,000 personal recognizance bonds.mlive.com
Okemos man charged with possession of child pornography
INGHAM COUNTY, MI -- A 27-year-old Okemos man was arrested and charged with several counts relating to the possession child sexually abusive material this week. Michael Thomas Luckie, of Okemos, was arraigned Friday in the 55th District Court on one count of child sexually abusive activity, three counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material and four counts of using a computer to commit a crime, according to a Michigan State Police news release.mlive.com
Ann Arbor City Hall evacuated after smoke from controlled burn wafts into building
ANN ARBOR, MI – The Larcom City Hall, Justice Center and 15th District Court building in downtown Ann Arbor was briefly evacuated when a strong odor of smoke was detected inside on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters arrived, but there was no fire to be found — inside the building anyway.mlive.com
Flint school board member arraigned on assault, disorderly charges
FLINT, MI – A Flint school board member has appeared before a Genesee County District Court judge for arraignment on two charges stemming from her alleged assault of another school board member at a March meeting. Green is accused of attacking fellow board member Laura MacIntyre, who has since filed a personal protection order against Green. Read more: Alleged assault of Flint school board member turned over to prosecutor, additional investigation necessaryThe alleged attack took place at a finance committee meeting on the morning of March 23 in the district’s administration building. Flint school board members held an emergency meeting later that day to strip Green of her board presidency and elect new board officers. More: Victim of alleged assault on Flint school board files protection orders against fellow member, activistDuring the emergency meeting, board members unanimously voted to bring police or security to every future board meeting.mlive.com
Homeowner watched via trail cam as man broke into hunting camp in Northern Michigan, stole several items
ALPENA, MI – The owner of a Northern Michigan hunting camp watched via trail camera as a man broke into the cabin and stole several items before he was arrested. Donald Jordan Williams, 25, of Detroit was arraigned in 88th District Court for second-degree home invasion and larceny of a building on Monday. The charges stem from a March 27 incident in Alpena County.mlive.com
Grand Rapids attorney appointed to replace retiring District Court Judge David J. Buter
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Angela T. Ross has been appointed to replace retiring Grand Rapids District Court Judge David J. Buter. “I am so pleased to appoint these five Michiganders to the courts in Wayne, Macomb, and Grand Rapids,” Whitmer said. “I am truly honored to have been appointed to the 61st District Court by Governor Whitmer. Buter has served on the 61st District Court bench since 1995, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy as well. Ross lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Darel, and their three children, Erykah, Darel III and Jayden.mlive.com
Flint man accused in shooting, chase to face examination
FLINT, MI—A Flint man charged with more than a dozen felony counts after being accused of shooting a 44-year-old man and leading police on a chase is scheduled to return to 67th District Court in April for a preliminary examination. Once in Circuit Court, Harper could plead guilty, accept a plea agreement with prosecutors or proceed to trial. Police believe Harper shot a man who was in a house on Averill after getting into an argument with a woman in a vehicle parked outside the home. Related: 1 in custody after leading police on chase after Flint shootingAfter the shooting, police said, Harper told the woman to drive off while pointing the gun at her. Police said Harper threw a gun from the vehicle during the chase, which ended when he crashed.mlive.com
Sex abuse in the Boy Scouts: First charges filed in Michigan’s investigation
ROSEVILLE, MI – The first criminal charges have been filed in the state’s ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct related to the Boy Scouts of America, officials announced today. The charges stem from alleged abuse against two victims when Chapman was involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Boy Scouts, officials said. The second case accounts for both counts of first-degree CSC and two remaining counts of second-degree CSC, officials said. The AG’s office is examining 5,000 claims sent from Boy Scouts’ national office. Anyone with information about the Boy Scouts of America that could be helpful to the investigation is asked to call 844-324-3374 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.mlive.com
Michigan teen threatened to blow up school, officials say
DETROIT – A Michigan teen has been charged after allegedly threatening to blow up a school building earlier this week, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced. The incident happened around 10 a.m. on Monday, March 7, at the Taylor Career Center on Westlake Street in Detroit. Malik Eugene Adams, 19, of Detroit, was removed from class for bbeing disruptive and then allegedly made a bomb threat. Taylor Police officers were dispatched to the school at 10:08 a.m.Adams was arraigned on Tuesday, March 8, in 23rd District Court on one count of false report or threat of a bomb/harmful device. Judge Geno Salomone set his bond at $1,000.mlive.com
Western Michigan hockey captain charged with criminal sexual conduct, remains ‘suspended indefinitely’
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Western Michigan University Hockey Captain Paul Washe was arraigned Friday on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, Kalamazoo County District Court records show. Washe has not played in WMU hockey games since he played against Michigan State on Dec. 29. “We are aware of the charges, and Paul will remain suspended indefinitely, and we will have no further comment,” WMU Hockey Sports Information Director Adam Bodnar said, when reached by phone Friday, Feb. 25. Washe, of Beverly Hills, Michigan, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, by force or coercion, on Friday in Kalamazoo County District Court, records show. A cash or surety bond of $500 was set Friday in District Court.mlive.com
Girl, 14, seriously injured after multi-vehicle crash in Lapeer County
MAYFIELD TWP., MICH – A 67-year-old Lapeer County man faces several charges in connection with a pair of crashes over the weekend, including one that seriously injured two people. Authorities from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies were called out around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, to a non-injury crash near the intersection of Fish Lake and Byers Road in Mayfield Township. During the crash, the Lincoln launched forward and hit the back of a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, police said. He remains lodged in the Lapeer County Jail on a $500,000 cash/surety bond. The crash remains under investigation by Lapeer County Sheriff’s deputies.mlive.com
Officials debate future of Chelsea courthouse in 120-year-old bank building
CHELSEA, MI - Is a 120-year-old downtown building in Chelsea designed as a bank fit to hold court hearings and other legal proceedings? The future of the ornate, fieldstone bank-turned-courthouse at 122 South Main St. in Chelsea sparked debate at a Monday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Chelsea City Council, where county officials briefed the city on the building. The stakes of that conversation are high for Jason Maciejewski, the county commissioner representing District 1, a large northwestern swath of Washtenaw County. Old bank building ‘not suitable for a courthouse’The Chelsea courthouse, once the Chelsea Savings Bank, dates back to 1901, when it was then called “the finest bank building between Chicago and Detroit” in media reports. “The future of the Chelsea courthouse is somewhat independent of what happens in Saline,” DeLeeuw said.mlive.com
Jackson County man faces child pornography charges
JACKSON COUNTY, MI -- A Brooklyn man has been charged with possessing child pornography and accosting a minor online, police said. William Scott Canup was arraigned in the 12th District Court on Jan. 24 by Jackson District Judge Michael Klaeren, records show. Canup, 30, is charged with aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, using a computer to commit a crime and accosting a child for immoral purposes. The investigation began when it was learned that Canup was accosting a child for immoral purposes over the internet, police said. More from the Jackson Citizen Patriot:What the United Way merger means for Jackson CountyWhere to find free KN95 masks in Jackson County‘IGNITE’ prisoner education program could be coming to Jackson County, officials sayLumen Christi, Jackson United looking for socksExpanded menu, dine-in available as Ray Robs Wingity Ann’s moves into Westwood Mallmlive.com
Fatal shooting in parking lot near Rapid Central Station happened after gun snatched: testimony
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A fatal shooting at a parking lot near Rapid Central Station happened after one man snatched another man’s handgun, court testimony showed. A 61st District Court judge listened to testimony from 12 witnesses Friday, Jan. 14 before ordering 26-year-old Harold Martell Brewer II to stand trial for open murder.mlive.com
Aide to Flint mayor waives preliminary exam, faces drunk driving and resisting arrest charges
FLINT, MI -- A top aide to Mayor Sheldon Neeley has waived a preliminary Genesee District Court exam on charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest tied to a September traffic stop in Flint Township. The prosecutor has said Murdock became confrontational during his arrest, leading to the resisting charge. A city spokeswoman has also said Murdock was not driving a city-owned vehicle when he was arrested. Earlier this year, Neeley announced a new campaign to help fight blight in Flint, an effort that was to be overseen by Murdock. Read more:Aide to Flint mayor suspended, faces drunk driving and resisting arrest charges in Flint TownshipCouncilman Eric Mays and Flint’s deputy chief of staff involved in bar fightClaims period starts Jan. 12 for $626-million Flint water crisis settlementmlive.com
Genesee County District Court will limit access to in-person proceedings Dec. 13 after COVID-19 case spike
FLINT, MI - The 67th District Court of Genesee County is limiting in-person access to its proceedings starting Monday, Dec. 13, according to a news release from Chief Judge Christopher Odette. In-person access will be limited to staff, security, plaintiffs, defendants, attorneys, witnesses and other necessary persons, according to the release. Though in-person public access is restricted, the court will stream all its proceedings live on YouTube. The court made the decision after consulting with the Genesee County Health Department, according to the release. Read more:Michigan State Police hosting civilian response to active shooter training in Bay CityFlint activates police mini stations for COVID-19 vaccinationsMichigan’s public colleges and universities struggle to find answers as enrollment takes a nose divemlive.com
Man charged after allegedly masturbating in front of 11-year-old at laundromat
VAN BUREN COUNTY, MI – A man accused of exposing himself to a daughter and mother was arraigned this week. William Husenita, 60, from the Sister Lakes area, was arraigned on one charge of aggravated indecent exposure Dec. 6 in Van Buren County District Court, according to a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.mlive.com
Dearborn trash collection delayed for Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 25
Most city buildings closed Thursday and FridayDEARBORN – The city of Dearborn is reminding residents are that trash, recycling and curbside waste pickup will be interrupted due to Thanksgiving and that most city buildings will be closed for the Thursday, Nov. 25 holiday. Trash, recycling and curbside waste collection will be delayed by one day for the Thursday and Friday trash districts. The Friday trash pickup will take place on Saturday, Nov. 27. Loose leaf collection will not take place on Thursday, Nov. 25. The Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC), the 19th District Court, all Dearborn Public Library locations, the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center and the Dearborn Ice Skating Center (DISC) will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.arabamericannews.com
Police arrest suspect in attempted homicide in Saginaw
SAGINAW, MI — A suspect is in police custody following a woman’s shooting in Saginaw early this morning. About 6 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, Michigan State Police and Saginaw Police Department units responded to a reported shooting at 2470 Kensington Drive on the city’s East Side. Police at 9:03 a.m. issued an advisory describing the suspect as armed and dangerous. As of 9:56 a.m., the suspect was in police custody, having been located during a traffic stop. Read more:Saginaw Township man charged with murder in wife’s fatal shootingSaginaw Township woman’s death a homicide, husband in police custodyPolice investigating apparent murder-suicide of Saginaw County mother and her sonmlive.com
Saginaw probationer charged in connection with drive-by shooting of West Side café
SAGINAW, MI — The second of two Saginaw men accused of a daytime drive-by shooting of a West Side café has been criminally charged. The charges stem from a shooting that occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. A male inside the café suffered a gunshot wound to his foot and was taken to Covenant HealthCare for treatment. The Michigan Department of Corrections discharged Lyles on the felony firearm-related sentence in June of this year. Read more:Saginaw teen charged with assault with intent to murder in daytime restaurant shooting‘These windows are replaceable, but a life is not’ Saginaw business owner says after drive-by shootingDaytime shooting of Saginaw café leaves one man injured, two suspects in police custodymlive.com
Abducted Saginaw Township women found alive, suspect in police custody
SAGINAW TWP, MI — Police have found two women allegedly abducted from Saginaw Township and arrested the man they say kidnapped them. Police said a relative reported Bryant had kidnapped them about 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, from Bluemlein’s Saginaw Township home. On June 16, Bryant’s bond was amended and he was freed on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. A condition of Bryant’s bond was that he have no contact whatsoever with Bluemlein. Read more:Police looking for missing Saginaw Township women believed to be held against their willSaginaw man federally charged with trying to buy 37 pounds of cocaine from MexicoLeader in busted $500K marijuana operation gets 6-plus years in prison; third man released from jailmlive.com
Police looking for missing Saginaw Township women believed to be held against their will
SAGINAW TWP, MI — Police are looking for two missing women believed to be held against their will by a man already charged with assaulting and kidnapping one of them. They were last seen at Bluemlein’s house in the 2200 block of Mackinaw Road in Saginaw Township on Thursday night. Bluemlein is described as standing 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 148 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Dubay is described as standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 198 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Police described Bryant as standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and numerous tattoos on his arms and chest.mlive.com
Woman accused of making death threats to Genesee County health officials appears in court
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- A Genesee District Court judge has scheduled a Sept. 22 preliminary examination for a Grand Blanc Township woman accused of making death threats made against two top officials at the Genesee County Health Department. Helaina M. Burt, 42, appeared in a virtual probable cause conference on Thursday, Sept. 9, before Judge Jennifer Manley. She said “we’re going to kill you,” Leyton has said of the content of the unrecorded telephone call. “Leave our children alone.”Norwood has called Burt “a quintessential American mom” who is opposed to the county mask requirement for children, including her two daughters. Read more:Grand Blanc woman says she never threatened to kill health officials who issued mask orderGrand Blanc woman jailed for death threat against Genesee County health officerPush won’t let up for Genesee County to end K-6 mask mandatemlive.com
Detroit mother charged with child abuse in non-fatal shooting of 13-year-old son
The suspect was expected to be arraigned in the 34th District Court after 11 a.m. on Saturday. DETROIT – A Detroit mother has been charged in connection with the non-fatal shooting of her 13-year-old son who was shot by his 10-year-old cousin. Brianna Williams, 30, is charged with second degree child abuse. Allegedly, the 10-year-old found an unsecured handgun that belonged to a relative of the suspect and shot his cousin in the head. AdNew Today: Detroit parents charged in non-fatal shooting of 3-year-old sonRelated: Detroit police giving free gun locks to residents to prevent accidental shootings involving children“This case came to our office on the same day as another child shooting case, as a result of unsafe storage of a weapon,“ said Wayne County Prosecutor, Kim Worthy.
Prosecutors seek fine for Russian opposition leader Navalny
In this photo taken from a footage provided by the Babuskinsky District Court Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures during a hearing on his charges for defamation in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia. (Babuskinsky District Court Press Service via AP)MOSCOW – Prosecutors on Tuesday asked a Moscow court to fine jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on charges of defaming a World War II veteran, maintaining pressure on the top Kremlin foe. Earlier this month, a Moscow court sentenced Navalny to two years and eight months in prison for violating terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany. The sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that Navalny has rejected as fabricated and the European Court of Human Rights has ruled to be unlawful. AdDuring Tuesday's hearings at Moscow's Babushkinsky District Court, prosecutors asked the judge to order Navalny to pay a fine of 950,000 rubles (about $13,000) for slandering the 94-year-old veteran.
Metro Detroit woman first in nation charged with stealing COVID aid money designated for medical providers
DETROIT – A Metro Detroit woman has been indicted after she was accused of misappropriating government money designated to aid medical providers in treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19 and instead using it for personal use. While the company was not operational during the pandemic, it did receive $37,656 for medical treatment and care for COVID-19 patients. Officials said Abbas misappropriated that money, issuing checks to her family members for personal use. The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General and the FBI. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted in March 2020, manages the Provider Relief Fund, which assigns money for medical providers’ COVID response.
Holocaust scholars ordered to apologize in Polish libel case
The case was watched as a test case for the future of independent Holocaust research in Poland. The case has been closely watched because it was expected to set a precedent in the field of Holocaust research. AdAt stake in the case was Polish national pride, according to the plaintiffs, and according to the defendants, the future independent research into an extremely sensitive issue. Grabowski, a Polish-Canadian history professor at the University of Ottawa, and Engelking, founder and director of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw, are among Poland's most prominent Holocaust researchers. AdThe libel case has raised concerns internationally because it comes amid a broader state-backed historical offensive that critics say largely whitewashes wrongdoing by Poles.
Attorneys: Ex-governor charged in wrong county over Flint
Attorneys for Snyder are telling prosecutors that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. (67th District Court in Flint via AP)LANSING, Mich. – Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder,” Lennon told the judge. Snyder was one of nine people charged in a new investigation of the Flint water crisis, including former state health department director Nick Lyon.
Federal judge rejects lawsuit seeking to decertify Michigan’s 2020 election results
A federal judge in Michigan has denied a lawsuit seeking to decertify the state’s Nov. 3, 2020 General Election results based on claims of widespread fraud in the distribution, collection, and counting of ballots. The election results were certified in Michigan on Nov. 23. Read the full opinion here:Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers voted Nov. 23 certify the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election results. The vote to certify Michigan’s election results officially awards the state’s 16 electoral votes to Joe Biden in the presidential election. Board member Norman D. Shinkle (R) abstained from voting after questioning the balance of votes in certain precincts, specifically in Detroit.
Warren City Hall closes temporarily due to COVID-19 spike
WARREN, Mich. – A rise in COVID-19 cases among city hall employees has led to the temporary closure of Warren City Hall. According to city officials Sunday, a department administrator is currently on a ventilator and sedated until his oxygen levels go up. City officials said Warren Police Department and District Court also have experienced significant spikes. All city employees will be tested and the court, city hall and police department will be disinfected. It is currently unknown when Warren City Hall will reopen.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020
DETROIT – Timothy Eugene Moore, a 34-year-old man from Toledo, was arraigned Sunday afternoon on one count of homicide at the 34th District Court in Romulus. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Nice and sunny fall day with highs in the low 70sMostly clear Sunday night, with milder lows near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius). Mostly sunny and warm once again on Monday, with highs in the low 70s (22 degrees Celsius). We likely won’t break Monday’s record high of 75 degrees (24 degrees Celsius), set in 1999. 4 Fast FactsSaturday, Nov. 7, 2020 -- Monday, Nov. 9, 2020
Ohio man arraigned in connection with the murder of Egypt Covington
ROMULUS, Mich. – At least one of the two people Michigan State Police have in custody in connection with the death of Egypt Covington was arraigned Sunday. According to authorities, Timothy Eugene Moore, a 34-year-old man from Toledo, was arraigned Sunday afternoon on one count of homicide at the 34th District Court in Romulus. Covington, 27, was shot and killed inside her Van Buren Township home on June 23, 2017. When her body was found, her hands were bound with Christmas lights and she had been shot in the head. UPDATE: Timothy Eugene Moore, 34 years old from Toledo, Ohio was arraigned this afternoon on one count of Homicide in the 34th District Court for the murder of Egypt Covington.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE REPORT -- Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020
Concerned residents have contacted Local 4, questioning why a city that’s less that three square miles is home to 36 marijuana business licenses. Be InformedWhen Michigan’s chief medical executive offered new advice for restaurant customers on Wednesday, it came as a surprise -- especially for restaurant owners. The Drug Enforcement Administration laid out reasons for all of us to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24. Researchers have discovered much shorter exposures can also spread the virus, especially if those exposures are repeated. Read MoreWednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 -- Friday, Oct. 23, 2020
Rise in COVID-19 cases put jury trials on hold again
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said there have been three people in the office that tested positive for COVID-19, they were not in courtrooms and they have been quarantined. Jury trials just resumed at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, but this week brought mass courtroom confusion. One attorney writing the presiding judge about trials put on hold: “I understand jury trials have been suspended for the time being (or that’s the talk around FMHJ).”The presiding judge responded: "Yes, jury trials have been halted due to an increase in COVID cases and positive case in the WCPO.”The first case to be put on hold was Trevaun Pearson. Pearson doesn’t have the $200,000 bond and has to wait inside the Wayne County Jail. McConico said the court has not conducted any jury trials since March, and no summons were sent this month.
U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan launches live chat service to help the public during COVID-19 pandemic
The U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan has launched an online help desk to offer the public and lawyers quick access to live assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clerk’s Office and Jury staff can answer questions through the help desk’s chat icon. The icon is located in the lower right corner of the court’s website. Chat is available from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, except on holidays.
Michigan AG: Burkman, Wohl arraigned on voter intimidation charges
DETROIT – Two right-wing political operatives accused of voter intimidation in Michigan have turned themselves in to authorities in Detroit, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday. Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl appeared virtually for arraignment on multiple felony charges in the 36th District Court in Detroit. Burkman’s probable cause conference is scheduled for Oct. 15 and his preliminary exam is scheduled for Oct. 21 in front of Judge Roberta Archer. Wohl’s probable cause conference is scheduled for Oct. 15 and his preliminary exam is scheduled for Oct. 20 in front of Judge Kenneth King. Arraignments begin at 10:30 a.m., but Burkman and Wohl will be called to appear in order of the court’s established list of cases.
2 conservative operatives charged with intimidating Michigan voters in robocall investigation
According to Nessel, 12,000 people with 313 area codes received the robocall in late August. The two men are each charged with four felonies for breaking election laws. “These robocalls alone could impact who our next president is.”Burkman, who is from Virgina is a conservative lobbyist. Wohl, who is from Los Angeles, is known for promoting right-wing conspiracy theories and trying to smear prominent Democrats. “We absolutely intend to defend voters in this state and to enforce the laws,” Nessel said.
36th District Court in Detroit extends moratorium on evictions
DETROIT – The 36th District Court in Detroit is extending its period of limited operations previously announced on March 13 to coincide with the extension of Michigan Gov. On Friday, Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until June 12 and the state of emergency until June 19. Both executive orders were previously set to expire after May 28. The court’s moratorium on evictions will also be extended through June 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan. RELATED: 36th District Court in Detroit extends moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19
36th District Court in Detroit extends moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19
DETROIT – The 36th District Court previously issued a moratorium on evictions March 13. According to a news release, the court has now extended the moratorium to coincide with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-85. The temporary suspension regarding evictions will continue through June 11, 2020. During this time, as stated in the order, “this extension includes a new provision prohibiting any demand for the payment of rent that includes a demand for possession, or other threat of eviction, based on the nonpayment of rent.”Please visit, 36thdistrictcourt.org for further information and updates concerning operational changes due to COVID-19.
Attorney who recently visited 36th District Court in Detroit tests positive for coronavirus
DETROIT – An attorney who recently visited 36th District Court in Detroit has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said. Chief Judge William C. McConico learned an attorney who visited the court March 16 has since tested positive for the virus. “Part of our preparedness plan for the coronavirus has been to schedule additional, regular deep cleanings of our building," McConico said. Anyone who worked or appeared at 36th District Court on March 16 should contact a doctor and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol regarding exposure. Officials at 36th District Court say they have created a coronavirus contingency plan and taken steps to address the threat.
Detroit 36th District Court issues moratorium on evictions due to coronavirus
DETROIT – Effective immediately, the 36th District Court has issued a moratorium on evictions due to the coronavirus. “This is a difficult period for our entire community, and in an effort to avoid any additional hardship for those affected, it is important that we halt residential evictions at this time. As everyone is strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and, if applicable, self-quarantine, during this period, it would be unwise and mean-spirited to remove people from their homes until this threat has passed,” said Chief Judge William C. McConico. The court had previously announced further measures to address the threat of coronavirus. For more information on the court’s coronavirus contingency plan, please visit https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/.
Detroit’s 36th District Court will change some proceedings to limit coronavirus exposure
DETROIT – Some proceedings at the 36th District Court in Detroit will be changed to limit people’s exposure to coronavirus. MORE: Here’s which Michigan counties have confirmed cases of coronavirusBeginning Monday, dockets will be limited to only include certain cases. See the changes being made below:Since the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Michigan on Tuesday, many events have been canceled or postponed, including concerts and college graduations. See all the changes that have been made here.
Northville High School teacher charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct
NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Northville High School teacher was in court Wednesday after he was arrested on sexual misconduct allegations, officials said. UPDATE: Northville teacher accused of having sex with girl in classroom, on airplane, 30 times at secret apartmentDean was arrested by police and charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct -- penetration. Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher told parents in a letter that there’s no reason to believe the allegations involve a Northville High School student. District officials are working with police to determine if there are any other victims inside or outside the district, authorities said. The following letter was sent to Northville Public Schools families on Wednesday evening:Previous coverage
Two arrested, charged in Canton Township salon break-in
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with a Canton Township salon break in, police say. On Thursday, Benjamin James Timmer and Katelyn Marie Howard were arraigned in the 35th District Court on charges of breaking and entering into Tina’s Nail Salon on Ford Road. Timmer, 49, was charged with charged with breaking and entering a building, a 10-year felony; possession of burglary tools, a 10-year felony; and habitual offender fourth offense. Howard, 22, was charged with breaking and entering a building, a 10-year-felony. A judge set Timmer’s bond at $10,000 (10%) with a GPS tether, and Howard’s bond at $5,000 (10%).
Highland Park City Hall to be closed Thursday due to building problem
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – The Highland Park City Hall will be closed again Thursday due to a building problem. City Hall and the 30th District Court were both closed Wednesday. Court cases that were initially scheduled for Wednesday will go forward Thursday as scheduled, but at the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center. The center is at 10 Pitkin Street, between 3rd and Hamilton streets. NEW: Highland Park City Hall to be closed Friday due to building maintenance
Highland Park City Hall, 30th District Court closed due to building problems
Published: January 8, 2020, 8:43 am Updated: January 9, 2020, 6:14 amHIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – The Highland Park City Hall and 30th District Court are closed Wednesday due to building problems. City officials said rescheduled court dates will be posted on the front door of the City Hall. Officials also said they expect this problem to be fixed by Thursday. UPDATE: Highland Park City Hall to be closed Thursday due to building problem
Detroits 36th District Court expands online ticket resolution program
DETROIT 36th District Court in Detroit is expanding its online ticket resolution program. The Online Ticket Resolution Program offers a quicker route to resolve eligible traffic civil infractions online rather than making a trip downtown, paying for parking and passing through security screening to appear for a court date. More of our Court users will now be afforded with the time-saving and convenient alternative of online resolution versus making an in-person court appearance.Our team has worked diligently with DPD to get the program expanded. Online Ticket Resolution is mutually beneficial to the public, our justice system partners, law enforcement agencies and the Court as a whole. Please visit https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/ to resolve your ticket online.
Hamtramck man charged with criminal sexual conduct involving 18-year-old victim
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. - A Hamtramck man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in a case that involved an 18-year-old victim, according to authorities. Ibrahim Algahim, 34, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct. Algahim was arraigned Wednesday at 34th District Court in Romulus. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Oct. 31 at 31st District Court in Hamtramck, authorities said. Ibrahim Algahim (WDIV)Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.