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December 2011 Archives

Suspected drug overdose in Michigan evolves into murder charge

What authorities initially believed was a drug overdose turned out to be a shooting that led to a second-degree murder charge for a Michigan man. A 19-year-old man was charged after a series of events that began when emergency responders picked up his 18-year-old roommate, whom they thought was experiencing an overdose of synthetic marijuana. A friend had stopped by the men's residence and called 911 because he suspected a drug overdose. The 18-year-old died en route to the hospital in the ambulance, and it was presumed that the death was attributable to a drug overdose.

Armed Robbery; Lansing woman robbed in home at gun point

Monday night, a Lansing woman claimed that she was robbed in her home at gun point. Police were dispatched to the 4500 block of Lowcroft Avenue at 8:45 p.m. because a resident reportedly heard a woman screaming. Upon arrival police found no one at the scene; however, received a call at 10:40 p.m. by a 39 year-old woman claiming she was robbed in her home at gun point. The woman informed police that her assailants were two masked men; one with a gun that demanded money. After her assailants left with her money, the woman dropped her children off at her mother's home and then called the police.

Habitual offender arraigned on felony murder and gun charges

On Thursday, December 21, 2011, Eaton County District Court Judge Harvey Hoffman arraigned Christopher Allen Perrien on two counts of felony murder and two gun charges in relation to the shooting deaths of Michael and Terri Greene on September 22, 2011. 

Uh-oh, where's my oleo? Thieves swipe trailer full of margarine

A semitrailer full of $50,000 worth of margarine was stolen earlier this month from an Iowa truck stop where it was parked. The perpetrators absconded with their golden bounty but left the trailer behind. It was found abandoned near Lansing, Michigan, the following week, its 500-mile journey shrouded in mystery. So far, police have no suspects in the case. If and when police do make an arrest, the criminal defense case will undoubtedly be entertaining.

Ex-militia member pleads guilty to weapons crime in Michigan

A former Michigan man connected to a militia group pleaded guilty last week to use of a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence. The man was the first of the nine alleged militia members accused by the government who entered a plea. The other eight defendants are set for a trial in February.

Additional sex abuse charges against former Penn State assistant football coach

We have watched the sex abuse scandal unfold over the past few weeks against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.  On November 5, 2011, Mr. Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child molestation.  On December 7, 2011, he was arrested and arraigned on new charges, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.  If convicted on some or all of these charges, it is probable that Mr. Sandusky will receive a lengthy prison sentence, probably spending the remainder of his life in jail.

Police break up stolen auto parts ring in Michigan

Several people, including a Detroit, Michigan, business owner, could soon be facing charges in connection with a stolen auto-parts operation. Police say they have been investigating the alleged fraud and theft for about a year, and four people were arrested during the course of the investigation.

Six charged with crimes linked to drugs, mortgage fraud

Six Michigan residents were in federal court recently as they faced an indictment in connection with mortgage fraud, money laundering and drug charges. These individuals allegedly participated in an elaborate scheme that encompassed several illegal enterprises, all intertwined with each other. The criminal proceedings resulted from a two-year investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

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