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February 2013 Archives

Michigan Legislature votes to expand public sex offender registry

The Michigan State Legislature has voted to have the personal information of more people convicted of sex offenses broadcast to the public. The House approved a Senate bill on Feb. 19 after making minor changes, so it the bill was scheduled to undergo a second vote in the Senate before it could go to the governor for his consideration. If enacted, the bill would have people with a conviction for unlawful imprisonment of a minor or knowing possession of child sexually abusive material put on a list with their names and addresses available for viewing by the public.

Traverse City woman charged with embezzlement

A 21-year-old northern Michigan woman was charged with embezzling nearly $4,500 from Home Depot. The woman worked at Home Depot in Traverse City for about two and a half years, and she stole the money over a period of about three months-spanning from November of last year until early February, when she was caught.

Man convicted of second-degree murder gets sentence reduced

Thirteenth Circuit Judge Thomas Power was recently told by the Michigan Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision that he needed to adequately explain why he sentenced a now 19-year-old man to about twice what was called for under state sentencing guidelines. The judge sentenced the man to a minimum of 40 years in prison, despite state sentencing guidelines that called for a minimum sentence of between 13 and 22 years.

Police claim warrantless search of home justified, court agrees

A 2010 drug arrest in Detroit based on a warrantless search of a man's home was the subject of a recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision. In a split decision, the court ruled that the man's constitutional rights were not violated by the police search, even though the officers did not have a search warrant giving them permission to enter his home.

Michigan lawmaker seeks to raise penalties for minor solicitation

The state of Michigan has taken aggressive action against sex crimes involving human trafficking in recent years. Laws passed by the Legislature that went into effect in 2011 focused on lengthy prison sentences for people convicted of putting other people into involuntary prostitution or other forms of servitude. Now one lawmaker believes that pursuing felony charges against those found guilty of soliciting prostitution will help resolve the problem of human trafficking.

Many of 19 arrested in drug sweep say they are not part of scheme

A task force of Lansing police and federal agents arrested 19 city residents on state or federal drug charges over several days in January. Despite the Lansing police chief's early claim that the 19 suspects "are responsible for a majority of our violent crime in our city," several of those arrested say they do not know each other and that they are not part of any drug dealing conspiracy.

Man charged with nine counts of home invasion in East Lansing

A 24-year-old Dewitt man was arrested and charged in connection with multiple home invasions in the city of East Lansing. On January 17, the police were dispatched to a home where the man was allegedly in the process of committing a home invasion. After being chased for a short time by East Lansing police on foot, the man was subsequently arrested.

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