scrap metal http://michiganradio.org en Bill to fight scrap metal theft signed into law http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-fight-scrap-metal-theft-signed-law <p>Michigan now has tougher laws on the books meant to crack down on scrap metal theft.</p><p></p><p>Under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday, people can no longer get instant cash when they sell commonly stolen items for $25 or more.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say mailing payments for those items will help law enforcement by creating a paper trail. They say communities all over the state have been literally ripped apart by illegal scrapping.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:39:48 +0000 Jake Neher 17196 at http://michiganradio.org Bill to fight scrap metal theft signed into law New rules for scrapyards head to governor for signature http://michiganradio.org/post/new-rules-scrapyards-head-governor-signature <p>New rules that are supposed to reduce the sale of stolen metal and car parts cleared are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. “Scrapping” is a big obstacle to Detroit’s redevelopment.</p><p>Critics say the measure has too many loopholes. Democratic State Sen. Coleman Young of Detroit says the new rules aren’t perfect, but they will help solve the problem.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:40:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 16927 at http://michiganradio.org New rules for scrapyards head to governor for signature Lawmakers revive talks about scrap metal theft http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-revive-talks-about-scrap-metal-theft <p>There’s a new push in Lansing to pass legislation meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan. Votes in the House and Senate could come as soon as this week.</p><p></p><p>Supporters of House Bills 4593 and 4595 say the state must require a paper trail whenever someone sells commonly stolen items to a scrap yard.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:13:02 +0000 Jake Neher 16880 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers revive talks about scrap metal theft Metal theft bill hung up despite push by legislative leaders http://michiganradio.org/post/metal-theft-bill-hung-despite-push-legislative-leaders <p> LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Five years after Michigan targeted copper thefts plaguing cities like Detroit and disrupting railroads and utilities, plans to better restrict sales of stolen scrap metal are caught in a legislative fight.<br /><br />Lawmakers are generally in agreement over giving law enforcement more tools to crack down on the problem.<br /><br />But a provision to make people wait three days for payment for copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic converters is angering scrap buyers and dividing legislators.<br /> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16860 at http://michiganradio.org Metal theft bill hung up despite push by legislative leaders Detroit mayor steps up pressure on scrap metal bills http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-steps-pressure-scrap-metal-bills <p>Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan hopes to renew state lawmakers’ interest in curbing scrap metal theft across the state. Duggan met with Democrats and Republicans in the state House on Wednesday.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>He wants to make sure the House does not approve a Senate version of legislation that he says does not go far enough to crack down on illegal scrap metal sales.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:06:24 +0000 Jake Neher 16737 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit mayor steps up pressure on scrap metal bills Flint taking a look at pawn shops and scrap yards http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-taking-look-pawn-shops-and-scrap-yards <p>The city of Flint may soon propose new regulations on pawn shops and scrap yards.</p><p></p><p>Flint police chief James Tolbert says he’s concerned about “the crime behind the crime” of burglaries in the city.</p><p></p><p>He’s looking at a new ordinance for city pawn shops and scrap yards.</p><p></p><p>“We’re working on a way where we can better monitor what goes in and goes out,” says Tolbert, though he declined to say exactly how that would be done.</p><p></p><p>Tolbert says he’s also been talking with other Genesee County chiefs of police about the problem.</p><p></p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16082 at http://michiganradio.org Flint taking a look at pawn shops and scrap yards Michigan Senate didn’t do anything to bust scrap metal thieves http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-didn-t-do-anything-bust-scrap-metal-thieves <p></p><p>The Michigan Legislature passed some dramatic bills before adjourning for the year last week, bills that got a lot of attention.</p><p>There was the so-called “rape insurance” law, which prevents health insurance from automatically covering abortion even in cases of rape, incest or the mother’s health.</p><p>There was also a highly controversial campaign finance bill that doubles the amount the rich are allowed to give to political candidates, and allows special interest groups to spend vast amounts on so-called ‘issue ads” without disclosing the source of their funding.</p><p>But there were also things the lawmakers did that got lost in the shuffle. And the state senate did something guaranteed to help criminals in Detroit, and keep destroying the buildings that are left. They destroyed a bill that would go a long way to thwart scrap metal thieves, who are an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/scrap-metal-theft-huge-problem-some-cities-michigan">immense problem</a>.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:15:10 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15703 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate didn’t do anything to bust scrap metal thieves Scrap metal theft is a huge problem for some cities in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/scrap-metal-theft-huge-problem-some-cities-michigan <p>Imagine this: you go to open the doors of your church one bright morning and realize something is missing, something big. The statue of the crucified Christ has been stripped right off the outside wall.</p><p>Or you&#39;re driving along a street and you have to navigate your way around big open holes in the street because the manhole covers have been stolen.</p><p>Or how about this: the catalytic converter is stripped right out from under the hood of your parked car.</p><p>Welcome to the world of scrap-metal theft in Michigan cities.</p><p>Nancy Derringer reported on the problem for <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/07/metal-pirates-strip-too-much-of-whats-left-from-michigan-cities-lawmakers-grope-for-answers/">Bridge Magazine</a> and she joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:24:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 14694 at http://michiganradio.org Scrap metal theft is a huge problem for some cities in Michigan Stateside for Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-october-2nd-2013 <p>Some thirty years after the County Jail Overcrowding Act was passed, Michigan is still dealing with overcrowding emergencies in jails across the state. On today&#39;s show: How do we fix the problem of jails filled to the brim? Do we reduce bonds? Increase rates of early release?</p><p>And, when it comes to scrap metal theft, anything goes, from manhole covers to copper Jesus statues. What can Michigan lawmakers do to crack down on these thefts?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, Michigan writer&nbsp;Natalie Burg joined us to talk about her new book. It&#39;s a memoir of her experience living on a Swedish farm.</span></p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t&rsquo;s day two of the government shutdown.</span></p><p>Democratic Congressman Gary Peters joined us today. He represents Michigan&#39;s 14th Congressional district.&nbsp;</p><p>And former Congressman Joe Schwarz joined us to give us his perspective on the issue as well.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:20:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 14695 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 New regulations to crack down on scrap metal theft face uphill battle in the Michigan legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/new-regulations-crack-down-scrap-metal-theft-face-uphill-battle-michigan-legislature <p>State lawmakers will hold another hearing tomorrow on legislation intended to crack down on scrap metal theft in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The legislation would require scrap yards to keep better records and ban cash transactions for commonly stolen items, like catalytic converters and copper wire.</p><p></p><p>Police, prosecutors and larger industries often victimized by scrap metal thieves support the legislation.</p><p></p><p>But not scrap metal dealers and recyclers, who complain the new regulations would be a burden.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:30:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 13072 at http://michiganradio.org New regulations to crack down on scrap metal theft face uphill battle in the Michigan legislature House bills aim to crack down on illegal scrapping http://michiganradio.org/post/house-bills-aim-crack-down-illegal-scrapping-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Michigan State House held its first hearing Monday on <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130605/NEWS06/306050038/House-takes-testimony-toughen-rules-metal-thieves-scrap-yards">bills to crack down on scrap metal theft</a>.</p><p>The scrap metal theft reform package “provides stronger tools for our local law enforcement and prosecutors, as well as theft protections for residents, businesses and farmers,” says Detroit state representative Rashida Tlaib, a co-sponsor.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:45:01 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12894 at http://michiganradio.org House bills aim to crack down on illegal scrapping Flint will try new approach to stop metal thieves http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-will-try-new-approach-stop-metal-thieves <p>The city of Flint will soon launch a new crackdown on illegal metal scrappers.</p><p></p><p>Like many Michigan cities, Flint has been plagued by thieves illegally stripping metal from homes and other sources, and trying to sell the metal to scrap dealers.</p><p></p><p>Beginning in December, Flint will require people trying to sell scrap metal to get a permit from the city.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:37:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 9091 at http://michiganradio.org Flint will try new approach to stop metal thieves