FULTON (CCN) — The mystery of a Fulton woman's disappearance eight years ago is officially over. The Sturgis Journal reported Tuesday that authorities say Doug Stewart led them to his wife's body in exchange for an Xbox game system to enjoy while in prison. He is serving a life sentence in the murder of Venus Stewart after testimony by a man who say he had helped cover it up. Detectives were led to a wooded area Monday in Kalamazoo County where they dug up what are believed to be the remains of Stewart's wife. He had long maintained he was not guilty despite the conviction.
LANSING (CCN) — A 27-year-old woman who worked as a long-term substitute and as a girls' soccer coach at Stockbridge High School pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge against an under-aged male student. The guilty plea was entered on Thursday, according to the Lansing State Journal. Allyson Moran admitted inviting the student to her house when her husband was out of town, asked him to park his car down the street away from her house, greeted him with an open robe wearing only a bra and panties, took him to a bedroom, began kissing him and then had sex with him. The student testified at a preliminary exam last year that after the initial meeting at Moran's house, she invited him back several days later and again engaged in sex with him. Moran will be sentenced on Dec. 5. She originally faced up to 15 years in prison, but the plea deal means she faces 15 to 25 months in prison.
AUBURN HILLS (CCN) — Oakland University is in serious talks to buy the Palace of Auburn Hills from billionaire Tom Gores, according to a story published Friday morning by the Detroit Free Press. The story quoted multiple anonymous sources about the talks by the university which is located five miles away in Rochester Hills. The facility hosted the Detroit Pistons for 29 years until they moved last season to the new Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit. The Palace of Auburn Hills closed after a Bob Seger concert there in October 2017. Oakland has a Division 1 men's basketball program with an arena that seats more than 5,000 fans. The Palace of Auburn Hills seats 20,000 for sporting events and has luxury suites.
FLINT (CCN) — A former police chief in the City of Flint is scheduled to be arraigned on multiple felony charges in front of Genesee County 67th District Court Judge David Guinn, according to a story earlier today on The Morning Gazette Radio Show. Court records indicate that a warrant request was made for Bradford Barksdale on felony counts for illegal gambling and weapons charges after an investigation by State Police. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said Wednesday morning that he was unaware of any pending actions agaisnt Barksdale and added that the former police chief is not lodged at the Genesee County Jail. "If he is in custody, it's my guess he may have been taken to Shiawassee County or Lapeer County for his own safety because they wouldn't want to lodge him with people he may have arrested," Sheriff Pickell said.
GOODRICH (CCN) — A Goodrich man has reached a plea deal with the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office in one of the worst elder abuse cases Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell says he has ever seen. Sheriff Pickell originally called it a "Bernie Madoff type ponzi scheme" after a raid on Atlas Valley Country Club last year led to multiple felony charges against Jason Bescoe. The Goodrich man was a Grand Blanc Township financial planner who admitted in court Monday to stealing funds from three of his elderly clients to buy expensive cars, fund lavish vacations and to finance his purchases of a luxury home, race horses and two country clubs. READ MORE
PORT HURON (CCN) — An Ontario man was arrested at the border after 280 pounds of cocaine was found with a truck load of berries he was trying to take over the border at the Blue Water Bridge crossing in Port Huron, according to a story by the Port Huron TImes Herald. The story quoted a statement by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as saying an xray exam of the commercial truck shipment led to the discovery in the truck that was driven by Dario Grujic of Guelph, Ontario. They say he had made 25 recent trips across the border with his truck during the past six months. Grujic was turned over to Homeland Security investigators and appeared Monday in federal court when arraigned on felony charges that could land him in prison for up to 10 years, if convicted.
CARO (CCN) — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for a new state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital in Caro. The facility will provide patients with improved recovery outcomes in a more welcoming and safer environment, according to state officials who were on hand at the event. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was at the event with other state officials and said: “The new Caro Psychiatric Hospital will help meet the long-term psychiatric care needs in Michigan. The existing Caro Center has served its patients well, but it’s an aging facility, and the time has come for it to be replaced with a modern facility that can provide a better environment for patient care.” The new, 225,000 square-foot Caro Psychiatric Hospital is scheduled to be completed in 2021 and will be able to serve 200 adults — an increase of 50 beds from the existing facility. READ MORE
MOUNT CLEMENS (CCN) — A doctor at the Macomb County Jail has been arrested and arraigned on second degree criminal sexual conduct charges after being accused of engaging in sexual activity with three inmates there. A news conference was held Friday in Mount Clemens by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wikersham to reveal that Dr. Steven Cogswell, 53, of Waterford Township had been arraigned on six felony counts, including second degree criminal sexual conduct that is punishable by 15 years in prison, if convicted. Sheriff Wickersham said the allegations came to his attention on Sept. 18. Dr. Cogswell is accused of sexual activity with women who include a 27-year-old woman from Port Huron, a 29-year-old from Roseville and a 31-year-old from Sterling Heights. Dr. Cogswell is accused of trading candy and tobacco in exchange for sex acts. Macomb County 41B Magistrate Ryan Zemke arraigned the doctor on six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Judge Zemke ordered Dr. Cogswell to be held on a $250,000 cash/surety only bond. If he posts bail, Dr. Cogswell must remain under house arrest and wear a tether.
PONTIAC (CCN) — Detroit rock star Kid Rock has offered his endorsement for Republican candidate John James in his campaign to unseat Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow, saying, "I'm endorsing John James for the U.S. Senate because I'm sick and tired of the people in Washington and the foolish games they play. " Rock performed at an event Wednesday when appearing with President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., at a rally in Pontiac for James and other Republican candidates in Michigan. Former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating Trump's son, also endorsed James at the event, saying, "John James has a slogan that says battled tested, and he is indeed ready to lead. He's a rising star for the country; you guys get the opportunity to have him with you." James told supporters: " "The American Dream not just about economic prosperity. This government is by the people for the people. Both political parties have failed the United States of America. Both parties have failed Michigan. We need to take our state back. We need to take our government back."
DETROIT (CCN) — A Great Lakes Water Authority employee was rescued after getting trapped in an east Detroit manhole Monday, near the city's border with Grosee Pointe. Firefighters from the City of Detroit Fire Department worked to free the 62-year-old man who slipped into the 40-foot hole.
HOWELL (CCN) — A Livingston County judge came down hard Friday on a 23-year-old Fenton man who pleaded guilty to a drunken driving crash that killed a State Correction Department employee and four others in Livingston County. Matthew Carrier was sentenced to spend 32 1/2 years to 60 years in state prison. Carrier had pleaded guilty to five counts of second degree murder in August. READ MORE
OSCODA TWP. (CCN) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory Friday for deer taken within approximately five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Northern Michigan's Oscoda Township. The advisory is due to high levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) found in a single deer taken about two miles from Clark’s Marsh which borders the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. PFOS is one type of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemical. READ MORE
EAST LANSING (CCN) — Multiple media outlets have reported that East Lansing police have confirmed a Michigan State University student was shot and killed early Friday during a fight at an off-campus student apartment complex. Lansing police identified the victim as a student from Texas. The 22-year-old lived at the apartment complex two miles from campus where the shooting took place, according to police. The Lansing State Journal reported that East Lansing police responded to a call about shots fired and people fighting at the apartment complex early Friday at about 2:44 a.m.
OWOSSO (CCN) — The Argus-Press of Owosso has reported that remains of two fetuses were found by workers at a former funeral home located at 409 W. Main Street in the City of Owosso. Police are now investigating after the remains were discovered inside an apartment on the second floor of the building which formerly served as a funeral home under the names of Scarlett's Funeral Home and Mowen Funeral Home. The discoveries follow two funeral home discoveries in the Detroit area earlier this month where remains of fetuses were found.
DETROIT (CCN) — A Detroit charter school's authorizer has filed court action to keep former Detroit City Councilwoman Sharon McPhail off its premises. McPhail was fired as the school's chief administrative officer last week by Bay Mills Community College on Monday, but she refused to leave her job at Detroit Community Schools. A restraining order has now been sought in Wayne County Circuit Court to keep McPhail off the school's property and a lawsuit was filed to prevern McPhail from accessing information and financial systems of the charter school. The court actions were filed by Nancy Berkompas who has taken over as the school's new conservator.
HARPER WOODS (CCN) — The Eastland Center mall was sold for $3.125 million during an online auction Thursday. The identity of the winning bidder was not disclosed, pending delivery of the payment. All of the complex was sold except for the former Macy's and Target stores. A Maryland company known as CWCapital held the auction after serving as the mall's "special servicer" since 2016 when New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition was foreclosed on by a bank after falling behind on mortgage payments. Sears and Burlington had joined Macy's and Target in closing stores at the Harper Woods mall in recent years. The facility was built in 1957 but the downward spiral in the past decade has left Shoppers World and K&G Fashion Superstore as the only remaining major tenants. The other stores are lower-end national retailers or local independnet small business operators.
BIRMINGHAM (CCN) — A Boston-based restaurateur is expanding his chain to Birmingham. Michael Schlow, who has 11 restaurants in the Boston and Washington D.C. areas, is launching a modern Japanese restaurant at Birmingham's historic Ford-Peabody mansion with partners Clint Mansour and Kenny Koza. Mansour is a real estate developer and Koza is a hotel owner. Day-to-day kitchen operations will be led by Jamaican-born chef Lloyd Roberts. Schlow won the Food & Wine Best New Chef award in 1996 and won the Best Chef: Northeast James Beard Award in 2000. He has appeared on TV shows known as Top Chef Masters, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Rachel Ray Show.
EAST LANSING (CCN) — A pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing has resigned amidst allegations of sexual harassment by a co-worker. The Diocese of Lansing announced that an investigation into child sex abuse had been launched on the same day that the allegations against Rev. Mark Inglot surfaced last month. Rev. Inglot resigned Thursday to continue with therapy, according to a post on the church's web site.