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MICHIGAN News: MARQUETTE, Jason Harry Bishop, Man Who Carried Child Pornography Across U.S.-Canada Border Sentenced To 20 Years In Federal Prison

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — Unites States Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Jason Harry Bishop was sentenced to 240 months (20 years) in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker for transporting child pornography from Sault St. Marie, Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Judge Jonker also sentenced Bishop to serve 10 … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: MARQUETTE, Jason Harry Bishop, Man Who Carried Child Pornography Across U.S.-Canada Border Sentenced To 20 Years In Federal Prison

MICHIGAN News: Lansing Man, Oghenevwakpo Igboba Sentenced To More Than 13 Years In Prison For International Identity Theft And Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker sentenced Oghenevwakpo Igboba to a total of 162 months’ in federal prison to be followed by three years’ supervised release, $514,823 in restitution, a money judgment of $48,205, and $1800 in court assessments. In September 2018, a jury found … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: Lansing Man, Oghenevwakpo Igboba Sentenced To More Than 13 Years In Prison For International Identity Theft And Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

Michigan News: Medical Marijuana Patients Protected Under LARA Recommendation Regarding Temporary Operating Facilities

LANSING, MI – Jan. 15, 2019 – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will recommend tomorrow that the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (MMLB) adopt a resolution which will help maintain patient access to medical marijuana.  LARA’s recommendation will allow temporarily operating facilities to reopen without it being an impediment to future licensure and … Continue reading Michigan News: Medical Marijuana Patients Protected Under LARA Recommendation Regarding Temporary Operating Facilities

Michigan News: Medical Marijuana Facility Temporary Operation Set to End on December 31, 2018

LANSING, MI – Judge Stephen L. Borrello today dismissed the last pending court case concerning temporary operation of unlicensed medical marijuana facilities.  In his order, Judge Borrello noted that his temporary restraining order – which prohibited the State of Michigan and Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) from imposing any new deadline for temporary … Continue reading Michigan News: Medical Marijuana Facility Temporary Operation Set to End on December 31, 2018

MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, Joseph Lee King Sentenced To 48 Months In Federal Prison For Domestic Violence

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Joseph Lee King, 59, from Peshawbestown (Leelanau County), Michigan, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison for Domestic Assault – Habitual Offender, U.S. Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney imposed a 2-year term of supervised release that will … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, Joseph Lee King Sentenced To 48 Months In Federal Prison For Domestic Violence

MICHIGAN News: Grand Ledge Man, Kevin Scott Konen Pleads Guilty To Producing Child Pornography

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Kevin Scott Konen, 52, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of children, and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge Gordon J. Quist has yet to be scheduled. At sentencing, Konen will face a mandatory minimum … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: Grand Ledge Man, Kevin Scott Konen Pleads Guilty To Producing Child Pornography

Michigan News: DETROIT, New DEA Office in Traverse City, Michigan

Partnership with the Michigan State DETROIT, Mn. – On Monday, November 19, 2018, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Detroit Field Division, announced the opening of the Traverse City Post of Duty. This new post of duty will allow the DEA to better serve Michigan by identifying, disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations and their … Continue reading Michigan News: DETROIT, New DEA Office in Traverse City, Michigan

MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, Marvin David Ramirez, Final Defendant In Staged Automobile Accident Insurance Fraud Conspiracy Sentenced

Marvin David Ramirez Sent to Prison for his Role in the Fraud at the Primary Rehab Center in Wyoming, Michigan GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Marvin David Ramirez, 45, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced to prison in federal court yesterday. Ramirez pled guilty in June of this year to conspiracy to commit mail fraud related … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, Marvin David Ramirez, Final Defendant In Staged Automobile Accident Insurance Fraud Conspiracy Sentenced

MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, Dog-Fighter Damiane Buehrer Gets 46 Months In Federal Prison

Buehrer, A West Michigan Resident, Continued to Participate in Underground Pit Bull Terrier Fighting Even After Serving State Prison Time for Dog-Fighting Offense GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Damiane Buehrer, 40, of Jonesville, Michigan, was sentenced yesterday to serve 46 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for participating in a dog-fighting conspiracy between November 2016 … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, Dog-Fighter Damiane Buehrer Gets 46 Months In Federal Prison

MICHIGAN News: Two Ohio Men Plead Guilty To Conspiring To Unlawfully Export Firearms To Lebanon

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Abdul Majid Saidi, 42, and Walid Mounir Chehade, 38, both of metro Cleveland, Ohio, each pleaded guilty before a U.S. Magistrate Judge pursuant to a plea agreement to one count of conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act. The guilty pleas were accepted … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: Two Ohio Men Plead Guilty To Conspiring To Unlawfully Export Firearms To Lebanon

MICHIGAN News: Battle Creek Man, Michael Clayton Known As “Rodeo Loco” Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Sexually Exploiting Three High School Girls

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff sentenced Michael Clayton (a.k.a. “Rodeo Loco”) to life in prison for sexually exploiting three girls, each about half Clayton’s age. The sentence follows a three-day trial, where a jury found Clayton guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms, conspiring to distribute cocaine, producing … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: Battle Creek Man, Michael Clayton Known As “Rodeo Loco” Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Sexually Exploiting Three High School Girls

MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, United States Attorney’s Office For The Western District Of Michigan Honored By Department Of Defense For Support Of Employees Serving In The Guard And Reserve

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Michigan Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, joined U.S. Attorney Andrew B. Birge in announcing today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of its extraordinary support of its employees serving in … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, United States Attorney’s Office For The Western District Of Michigan Honored By Department Of Defense For Support Of Employees Serving In The Guard And Reserve

MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, Kenneth Nickerson Sentenced To 57 Months For Threatening To Assault A Social Security Administration Employee

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew B. Birge announced today that Kenneth L. Nickerson, 53, of Ludington, Michigan, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for threatening to assault a Social Security Administration employee. U.S District Judge Janet T. Neff imposed the sentence. On June 6, 2017, Mr. Nickerson, who was upset about … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, Kenneth Nickerson Sentenced To 57 Months For Threatening To Assault A Social Security Administration Employee

Michigan News: Michigan man, Riley Thomas Griffin indicted for attempting to engage in sex acts with a child

Monroe, Michigan – A Michigan man was indicted for attempting to engage in sex acts with a child. Riley Thomas Griffin, 21, of Monroe, Michigan, was indicted on one count of traveling with intent to engage in sexual conduct with a minor and one count of receiving and distributing child pornography. Griffin received and distributed … Continue reading Michigan News: Michigan man, Riley Thomas Griffin indicted for attempting to engage in sex acts with a child

MICHIGAN News: Kalamazoo Man, Michael Donnell Neeley Sentenced To Over Nineteen Years For Methamphetamine Trafficking

Sentence concludes investigation and prosecution of nine-member methamphetamine distribution ring operating in Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge announced today that Michael Donnell Neeley, age 39, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff to 235 months in prison for participating in a … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: Kalamazoo Man, Michael Donnell Neeley Sentenced To Over Nineteen Years For Methamphetamine Trafficking

Michigan News: Former MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages Charged with Two Counts of Lying to Investigators

LANSING, MI – Special Independent Counsel Bill Forsyth Thursday announced that the Michigan Department of Attorney General has charged former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages with two counts of lying to a peace officer.  While investigating how Larry Nassar was able to get away with sexually assaulting hundreds of individuals on and … Continue reading Michigan News: Former MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages Charged with Two Counts of Lying to Investigators

Pennsylvania News: Michigan Man, Kavon Dawkins Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Role in Painkiller Distribution Ring

PITTSBURGH, PA – A Michigan resident has been sentenced in federal court to 72 months of incarceration and four years of supervised release on his conviction of conspiring to possess and distribute opiate pain killers, oxycodone and oxymorphone, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Michigan Man, Kavon Dawkins Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Role in Painkiller Distribution Ring

MICHIGAN News: Allegan Online Child Predator, James Theodore Pyle Sentenced To Over 20 Years

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – United States Attorney Andrew Birge announced that James Theodore Pyle, 27, of Allegan, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 245 months’ imprisonment for sexual exploitation of a minor. The Court also ordered that he spend ten years on supervised release and pay a fine of $2,500. In 2014, Pyle posed … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: Allegan Online Child Predator, James Theodore Pyle Sentenced To Over 20 Years

LANSING, Mich | Democratic stalwart, Trump ally in Michigan governor fights

LANSING, Mich — A former legislative leader with the establishment’s backing is hoping to fend off two political newcomers who have staked out positions to her left in the race to be the Democratic nominee for Michigan governor. On the Republican side in Tuesday’s state primary, Michigan’s conservative attorney general is touting his tax cut … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Democratic stalwart, Trump ally in Michigan governor fights

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | University of Michigan gets Jonathan Demme’s archive

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich— The archive of the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme is being donated to the University of Michigan Library . The donation by Demme’s family was announced Friday at the Traverse City Film Festival ahead of a screening of “Swimming to Cambodia,” a 1987 film he directed. The collection includes photographs, scripts, correspondence, personal … Continue reading TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | University of Michigan gets Jonathan Demme’s archive

Michigan News: Michigan Agency for Energy warns of dangers of free ‘farm tap’ natural gas service, offers rebate for switching providers

LANSING, MI – Farmers and rural property owners may qualify for incentives under the new Farm Tap Appliance Rebate Program by the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) if they stop using farm taps for free natural gas service. Farm taps are individual service lines that are connected to natural gas pipelines, equipment, or wells. If … Continue reading Michigan News: Michigan Agency for Energy warns of dangers of free ‘farm tap’ natural gas service, offers rebate for switching providers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | Jane Fonda honored at Michigan film festival amid protests

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich — Jane Fonda has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. The actress, author and political activist accepted the award Wednesday at the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival, where she screened her HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” … Continue reading TRAVERSE CITY, Mich | Jane Fonda honored at Michigan film festival amid protests

LANSING, Mich | Michigan Democratic candidates spar over corporate donations

LANSING, Mich. — Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. The state bans corporations from giving money directly to candidates but Democratic hopefuls Shri Thanedar and Abdul El-Sayed have gone a step further … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Michigan Democratic candidates spar over corporate donations

LANSING, Mich | Michigan Democrats hope pot measure brings out youth vote

LANSING, Mich. — As both parties continue pumping money into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats are hoping to cash in on another kind of green. A proposal to legalize marijuana has sprouted on Michigan’s November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational use of the drug for those 21 and older. It … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Michigan Democrats hope pot measure brings out youth vote

SODUS TOWNSHIP, Michigan | 5 kids and their mom die in Michigan motel fire

SODUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A fire that swept through a southwestern Michigan motel early Saturday killed five children and their mother, authorities said. The Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus Township was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after receiving a 1:45 a.m. 911 call, the Berrien County sheriff’s office said. Kiarre Samuel, … Continue reading SODUS TOWNSHIP, Michigan | 5 kids and their mom die in Michigan motel fire

Michigan News: South Rockwood Man, Zachary Schossau Arrested for Climbing Mount Rushmore

South Rockwood, Michigan – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a South Rockwood, Michigan, man was arrested for climbing Mount Rushmore. Zachary Schossau, 19, was arrested on July 22, 2018, by U.S. Park Rangers. Schossau appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on July 23, 2018, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine … Continue reading Michigan News: South Rockwood Man, Zachary Schossau Arrested for Climbing Mount Rushmore

LANSING, Michigan | Pfizer to build new facility, add 450 jobs in Michigan

LANSING, Mich.  — Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. plans to expand manufacturing in Michigan and add 450 jobs under an incentives deal approved Tuesday by the state’s economic development arm. The company is expected to spend $465 million building a new facility in Portage near Kalamazoo, with production starting in 2024. The Michigan Strategic Fund Board approved … Continue reading LANSING, Michigan | Pfizer to build new facility, add 450 jobs in Michigan

WEST VIRGINIA News: Michigan residents, Darmatrice Love and Kenyata Boudreaux sentenced for roles in oxycodone distribution operation

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Darmatrice Love and Kenyata Boudreaux, both of Detroit Michigan, have been sentenced for their roles in a drug distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Love, age 33, was sentenced today to 135 months incarceration. Boudreaux, age 42, was sentenced today to 24 months probation. Love and Boudreaux each pled … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Michigan residents, Darmatrice Love and Kenyata Boudreaux sentenced for roles in oxycodone distribution operation