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November 2011 Archives

Detroit father avoids drunk driving charges; possible child abuse charges

Detroit father elects to avoid potential drunk driving charges, but faces child abuse charges for allegedly having his nine year old daughter drive him around during a night of drinking. Father faces a felony charge of second-degree child abuse, punishable up to four years in prison; fourth-degree child abuse, a misdemeanor; and allowing an unlicensed person to drive, also a misdemeanor. Father was not charged with drunk driving because he was not physically operating the vehicle.

Assault and battery punishment may increase with proposed legislation

On November 10, 2011, various Michigan senators introduced Senate Bill No. 847 to amend Section 81 (MCL 750.81) of the Michigan Penal Code.  As currently written, Section 81(4) states that "an individual who commits an assault or an assault and battery . . . and who has 2 or more previous convictions for assaulting or assaulting and battering his or her spouse or former spouse, an individual with whom he or she has or has had a dating relationship, an individual with whom he or she has had a child in common, or a resident or former resident of his or her household . . ., is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than $2,500.00, or both".  The Michigan Senate proposes enhancing the maximum punishment for a 2-time repeat offender from 2 years to 5 years in prison, and an increase in the maximum fine from $2,500.00 to $5,000.00.

Unusual armed theft of dog leaves unanswered questions

Across the country, about two million animals are stolen each year. Recently, reported that two young men in Michigan face criminal charges for armed robbery after they allegedly stole a dog at gunpoint. Claims by police in the alleged Lansing-area dog theft stand out from common patterns that are usually reported in pet theft. News reports on the incident suggest the story may involve more than what the police have publicly disclosed.

Suspect held in baseball bat killing

A 49-year-old man from Battle Creek, Michigan, was charged with felony murder, home invasion and assault with a dangerous weapon last week. The man is accused of beating his mother-in-law to death with a baseball bat. The woman and her husband were at their daughter's home installing new locks when the alleged assault occurred.

Felonious assault charge is result of family dispute in Bath Township

On the morning of November 3, 2011, a 23-year old Bath Township man was arrested on a felonious assault charge against his 44-year old father.  The father and son were arguing when the dispute turned physical.  According to witnesses, the younger man grabbed a pair of scissors, leaned over his sitting father and made a stabbing motion.  At that point, the father punched his son in the face, and the men fell to the floor fighting.  The police department plans to seek a domestic assault charge against the father.

Buyer beware, keg tags link back to purchaser

A new law took effect November 1, 2011, requiring all kegs sold in the state of Michigan to be tagged, linking it back to its purchaser. The tag's purpose is to assist the police in determining who is responsible for the keg in the event police are called to break up a party, or if underage drinking results from the keg's purchase.

MSU Student Faces CSC Charges; Results in Suspension from Track Team

When a college student faces criminal charges of any kind, there are other punishments that may result besides charges being issued.  Such punishments may include possible suspension and/or expulsion from the University and, if the student is an athlete, potential suspension from the athletic team and loss of scholarship.

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