crime http://michiganradio.org en Energy giant faces criminal trial on bid-rigging in Michigan lease sale http://michiganradio.org/post/energy-giant-faces-criminal-trial-bid-rigging-michigan-lease-sale <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You might recall that earlier this year</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-unfolds-evidence-against-energy-giants-week-conspiracy-case" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;Michigan’s attorney general filed charges against two energy giants</a>.</p><p>Encana<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oil and Gas USA and </span>Chesapeake<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Energy were accused of colluding to lower the price of land leases for oil and gas exploration.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last Friday, a Michigan&nbsp;</span>Cheboygan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County District Court judge&nbsp;rule</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">d</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that Chesapeake Energy Corp must face a criminal trial, citing evidence of a conspiracy between the companies.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-antitrust-chesapeake-enrgy-idUSKBN0FF1Z020140710">Reuters </a>quoted&nbsp;<span style="font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 23px;">Judge Maria Barton of Michigan’s Cheboygan County District Court:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px;">"The direct and circumsta</span><span style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px;">ntial evidence established that the parties did in fact strike an agreement to bid-rig the State sale."&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>Part of that evidence could have come from&nbsp;Encana<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Oil. That company struck a plea deal with the State of Michigan in exchange for its help in Michigan's anti-trust case&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Chesapeake Energy. Encana&nbsp;also agreed</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;"> to pay a $5 million fine.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">This past May, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/energy-company-agrees-pay-michigan-5-million-anti-trust-fine">MPRN's Rick Pluta&nbsp;reported</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">If Encana lives up to its end of the bargain, the state will drop other criminal charges at a sentencing hearing in 11 months.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chesapeake Energy is the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:18:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18361 at http://michiganradio.org Energy giant faces criminal trial on bid-rigging in Michigan lease sale Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/music-duo-insane-clown-posse-loses-gang-lawsuit <p>DETROIT - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at scrubbing an FBI report that describes fans of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse as a loosely organized gang.</p><p>Detroit federal Judge Robert Cleland says the government isn't responsible for acts by local police agencies that use the 2011 report.</p><p>Fans of Insane Clown Posse are known as Juggalos. The FBI report labels the Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," although that description isn't part of the most recent national report on gangs.</p><p>Juggalos say their reputations have suffered because they have jewelry or tattoos with the group's symbol, a man running with a hatchet.</p><p>The lawsuit was dismissed last week. The Insane Clown Posse is Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18290 at http://michiganradio.org Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-groups-coming-together-improve-lives-young-people-color <p>The city of Lansing is <a href="https://file:///C:/Users/SGCarmod/Downloads/MY_Lansing_June_24_2014_Final%20(1).pdf">launching an effort</a> to coordinate programs aimed at improving the lives of young people, especially children of color.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the community must work together to provide better opportunities for children and young adults.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18144 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color Former Kent County Commissioner reaches plea deal with prosecutors in sex case http://michiganradio.org/post/former-kent-county-commissioner-reaches-plea-deal-prosecutors-sex-case <p>A former Kent County commissioner will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty this week to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.</p><p>As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct against former Kent County Commissioner Gary Rolls. He could’ve faced life in prison if convicted on those more serious charges.</p><p>Instead, Rolls pleaded guilty to a lesser charge plus illegal use of a computer and tampering with evidence.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:16:54 +0000 The Associated Press 17597 at http://michiganradio.org Former Kent County Commissioner reaches plea deal with prosecutors in sex case Criminal conviction check-off box to be removed from Ann Arbor city job applications http://michiganradio.org/post/criminal-conviction-check-box-be-removed-ann-arbor-city-job-applications <div style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="398" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/155118225?et=95aNulT0QVlpK7Pj0zj9-w&amp;sig=A-kOmnk83DzZQzSgP5gdQHxZOdqMl6b69bFkmE2WF8o=" style="display:inline-block;" width="507"></iframe><p style="margin:0;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:36:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17499 at http://michiganradio.org Clinton Township man remains in coma after severe beating http://michiganradio.org/post/clinton-township-man-remains-coma-after-severe-beating <p>A Clinton Township tree trimmer is still in a medically induced coma today. He was beaten by a mob on Detroit's east side after he stopped to help a child who had stepped into the path of his truck.&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit Police say Steve&nbsp;Utash was not at fault, that he'd been obeying the speed limit. And after 10-year-old David Harris stepped out in front of his pickup truck, Utash did the right thing: He got out to help the boy.&nbsp;</p><p>That's when he was attacked by the mob who beat him severely and robbed his truck.&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley joins us now to try to make sense of this seemingly senseless crime.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:43:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 17133 at http://michiganradio.org Clinton Township man remains in coma after severe beating Men busted for trying to 'commercialize' black bear organs http://michiganradio.org/post/men-busted-trying-commercialize-black-bear-organs <p>Two Midland men have been charged with trying to deal in black bear organs.</p><p></p><p>The men allegedly approached hunters offering to buy black bears and parts of bears.</p><p></p><p>It’s against the law to buy and sell certain wildlife organs. There’s concern that demand for animal organs for use in traditional medicines may lead to poachers killing bears and other animals out of their normal hunting seasons.</p><p></p><p>Jason Haines supervises special investigations within the Department of Natural Resources. He says this is not a crime they see a lot.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:28:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16761 at http://michiganradio.org Men busted for trying to 'commercialize' black bear organs Detroit adding cameras to city buses to deter crime http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-adding-cameras-city-buses-deter-crime <p>Detroit buses are being outfitted with new security cameras.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Mike Duggan says the intent is to deter crime against passengers and drivers.</p><p></p><p>“For far too long, our drivers have not been safe driving the buses. And at times our passengers have not been safe riding the buses,” says Duggan.</p><p>Duggan says city bus drivers particularly don’t deserve some of the treatment they’ve been getting.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:41:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 16584 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit adding cameras to city buses to deter crime Detroit to add surveillance cameras to city buses http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-add-surveillance-cameras-city-buses <p>Detroit is installing surveillance cameras on city buses.</p><p>Recent months have seen an increase in fighting and harassment on Detroit Department of Transportation buses, sparking a reaction from city officials and the police department.</p><p>A unit of undercover police officers is now riding some of DDOT's more problematic bus lines, according to Elvin Barren, commander of the Detroit Police Department's Organized Crimes Division.</p><p>He calls the new surveillance cameras a positive development in making Detroit's buses safer.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:21:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16483 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit to add surveillance cameras to city buses Flint's EM wants a consultant to look at the city's public safety department http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-em-wants-consultant-look-citys-public-safety-department <p>A consultant is being brought in to assess what can be done with the city of Flint’s public safety department.</p><p></p><p>Budget cuts and smaller workforces have strained Flint’s police and fire departments in recent years.</p><p></p><p>Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley says efforts to reorganize the city's public safety departments have "really brought into question" their effectiveness.</p><p></p><p>He says the goal of the new study is to translate the city's financial resources into the public safety services the community needs.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16453 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's EM wants a consultant to look at the city's public safety department Murders in Flint down more than 20 percent this year http://michiganradio.org/post/murders-flint-down-more-20-percent-year <p>Flint has seen a drop of more than 20 percent in the number of murders this year compared to last year's all-time high of 67.</p><p>Unless there is a new murder on New Year's Eve, Flint will close 2013 with 52 homicides. That is the lowest number since 2009.</p><p>James Tolbert is Flint's chief of police. He attributed the decrease to increased patrolling, use of data to target hot spots of criminal activity, and increased arrests of those with outstanding warrants.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:03:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15850 at http://michiganradio.org Murders in Flint down more than 20 percent this year State House bill seeks to protect late night gas station and convenience store workers http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-bill-seeks-protect-late-night-gas-station-and-convenience-store-workers <p></p><p>A Michigan lawmaker wants gas stations and convenience stores to improve security for late-night workers.</p><p>State Representative Collene Lamonte (D-Montague) announced today that she had introduced a bill to require gas stations and convenience stores operating between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. to schedule at least two people to work during those hours -- or to install and maintain security cameras.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:52:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15614 at http://michiganradio.org State House bill seeks to protect late night gas station and convenience store workers Stateside for Monday, November 4th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-november-4th-2013 <div><p>Voters in Detroit go to the polls tomorrow, and no matter who gets elected to be that city's next Mayor, crime will be one of the problems they'll have to tackle. On today's show, we looked past the city's financial struggles to curbing the violence in Detroit.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we found out about a "flipped school" - one of the first in the nation. Students watch lectures at night and do homework during the day in class.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, a Grand Rapids park millage will take park funding out of the city's general fund. We spoke with one of the supports of the millage to find out why voters should consider it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, a Canadian photographer found beauty in the ruins of Detroit. He joined us to talk about his exhibit.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>First on the show, o<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ne of the most emotionally charged issues in Michigan in 2013 has been wolves.</span></p><p>After teetering on the brink of extinction, the gray wolf population has rebounded so much so that earlier this year, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that allows a first-ever state wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>That historic hunt begins November 15.</p><p>Forty-three wolves can be shot in three UP zones where officials say they have the most problems.</p><p>During the legislative debate on the wolf hunt, lawmakers from the UP spoke with passion about the "fear" their constituents had of the wolves, worrying for the safety of livestock, pets, even small children.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody spoke with the point man on wolves for the DNR. Adam Bump told Steve that wolves had become very accustomed to life in Ironwood.</p><blockquote><p>"So you have wolves showing up in backyards, wolves showing up on porches, wolves staring at people through their sliding glass doors, while they're pounding on it, exhibiting no fear."</p></blockquote><p>But an&nbsp;MLive investigation into the historic wolf hunt raises some serious questions about the debate, about claims made by opponents, and about the DNR's Bump.</p><p>John Barnes is reporting on this for MLive in a series called "Crying Wolf," and he joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:57:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 15120 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, November 4th, 2013 Detroit Police Department warns about 'Apple picking' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-department-warns-about-apple-picking <p>iPhone thefts are on the rise in Detroit and around the country. The Detroit Police Department is warning residents about "Apple picking."</p><p>Wayne State University is reporting an increase in iPhone thefts over the past year.</p><p>Lieutenant Dave Scott says the Wayne State Police Department is frequently alerting students to iPhone thefts via emails. He says college campuses across the country are popular targets for smart phone thefts.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:42:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14564 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Police Department warns about 'Apple picking' ACLU asks for wider federal probe of Saginaw's police department http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-asks-wider-federal-probe-saginaws-police-department <p>Civil libertarians are calling on the U.S. Justice Department to expand a probe into the Saginaw Police Department.</p><p>The Justice Department has been examining the case of Milton Hall. He's a mentally ill homeless man who was gunned down by six Saginaw police officers as he threatened them with a knife.</p><p>The case has raised questions about how the department deals with African-Americans.</p><p>Mark Fancher is with the American Civil Liberties Union. He says his office has received several allegations that Saginaw police officers operate in a racially biased manner.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:16:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 14505 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU asks for wider federal probe of Saginaw's police department Snyder: FBI crime stats show more work needed in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-fbi-crime-stats-show-more-work-needed-detroit-flint-saginaw <p>Governor Rick Snyder says new FBI crime numbers show there’s still work to be done to make Michigan cities safer.</p><p>Flint and Detroit topped the FBI’s list of most-dangerous cities, which is based on 2011 data.</p><p>But Governor Snyder says the state’s been aggressive about public safety, especially in Detroit, where violent crime rates have improved.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:55:49 +0000 Rick Pluta 14466 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: FBI crime stats show more work needed in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw Police chiefs: spend more money now on early childhood programs & less later on prisons http://michiganradio.org/post/police-chiefs-spend-more-money-now-early-childhood-programs-less-later-prisons <p>A group of police chiefs and district attorneys is asking Congress to invest $75 billion over the next ten years on early childhood programs with proven success. The group says the investment will more than pay for itself in terms of reducing crime and prison costs.</p><p>The group says it’ll save money on prison costs in the long run.</p><p>Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says the State of Michigan and the country is at a fork in the road; spend money now on early childhood development, or spend more money later in the corrections department.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:34:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14447 at http://michiganradio.org Police chiefs: spend more money now on early childhood programs & less later on prisons Study shows African-Americans more likely to be pulled over, searched in Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-african-americans-more-likely-be-pulled-over-searched-kalamazoo <p>African-American drivers are more than twice as likely to get pulled over than Caucasian drivers in the City of Kalamazoo. That’s <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201309/KDPS_Racial_Profiling_Study.pdf">according to a study the city released this week.</a></p><p>The study only looked at how the department deals with traffic stops. The data covers stops between March 2012 and February 2013.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:21:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14274 at http://michiganradio.org Study shows African-Americans more likely to be pulled over, searched in Kalamazoo Michigan's tough sentencing guidelines may need to be reformed http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-tough-sentencing-guidelines-may-need-be-reformed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was 1998 when Michigan's lawmakers voted to approve tougher "lock 'em up policies."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some may argue whether that made Michigan any safer, but one thing cannot be argued: Michigan leads the nation in average time served by inmates: 4.3 years. That's 48% higher than the national average of 2.9 years. That's according to a 2012 national study by the Pew Charitable Trusts.</span></p><p>And these tough sentencing guidelines are exacting a cost from the state's collective "wallet." Michigan's corrections budget currently exceeds $2 billion.</p><p>The state sentencing guidelines have not been reviewed for 15 years.</p><p>In response, the Michigan Law Review Commission has launched a bipartisan review to figure out just where Michigan stands when compared to the rest of the nation, and where reform might be needed.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 13982 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's tough sentencing guidelines may need to be reformed Shots rang out. Three kids were in the line of fire. One woman saved them. http://michiganradio.org/post/shots-rang-out-three-kids-were-line-fire-one-woman-saved-them <p><em>Last month, a disagreement on a residential street in Muskegon turned into a massive gun battle. Six men were armed. Dozens of shots sprayed in all directions.</em></p><p><em>At the house directly behind the gunfight, three children played on a porch.</em></p><p><em>And one woman ran into the line of fire to try to save them.</em></p><p><em>Today we begin a three-part series about the incident, and look at how the dramatic rise of gun crimes in Muskegon is putting more kids at risk.</em></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:29:59 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 13978 at http://michiganradio.org Shots rang out. Three kids were in the line of fire. One woman saved them.