When authority figures are charged with sex crimes, it can have a devastating effect on the community. Last summer, a Michigan ex-pastor resigned from his positions at two ministry organizations in the wake of a criminal investigation. Now he has been officially charged in the case and members of the community is left to make sense of everything. One woman says a "dark shadow" has been placed over the church he preached for.
Off duty Michigan State Trooper was sentenced last week for hitting two pedestrians on an Ionia County road in August of 2011. The State Trooper was originally charged with Manslaughter, a felony; and two misdemeanors: two counts of Moving Violation Causing Death or Serious Impairment of Bodily Function. The State Trooper admits that the accident was caused by distracted driving. The Trooper stated that he looked down from the road and reached for his cell phone which had fallen to the floor. One of the victims died as a result of the accident. The Trooper later pled guilty to attempted Manslaughter.
A confrontation last week in the parking lot of a vacant gas station in Lansing, Michigan, led to the shooting of a toddler inside an SUV driven by his mother. But it's the mother of the boy who is now charged with child abuse and related crimes for allegedly deliberately ramming the shooting suspect's car with her SUV before the shooting.
While many cases of alleged white collar crime go unnoticed or undetected for long periods of time, sometimes incidents occur that are in near-public view. This appears to be the case for a longtime Michigan judge who now not only finds himself out of a job because of allegations of misconduct, but now faces criminal charges over the same allegations.
A man from Fowlerville, Michigan, was arrested over the weekend and charged with multiple felony counts for allegedly threatening to kill a teenager over $500. The man allegedly met the teen for a drug deal and showed up wearing a mask and carrying a gun, demanding money. The man was jailed on a $1 million bond on three charges: armed robbery, kidnapping, and malicious use of a telecommunications device.