Grand Blanc Twp. chiropractor charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct against patient

GRAND BLANC TWP. (CCN) — A long-time Grand Blanc Township chiropractor  was charged Friday with two counts of criminal sexual conduct related to accusations by one of his female patients. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton's office filed charges Friday, according to a press release from Chief Deputy Assistant Prosecutor John Potbury.


Two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct were filed against Charles Jackson Jr., of Davison. The 61-year-old Jackson has operated from an office on Hill Road in Grand Blanc Township for many years.


Potbury said that based on evidence from an investigation by the Grand Blanc Township Police Department, Jackson was charged after accusations that he inappropriately made physical contact with a female patient while the patient was receiving a chiropractic examination. The victim alleges that Jackson inappropriately massaged her and groped her during two separate appointments. between December of last year and February of this year.


Jackson is expected to be arraigned Friday in Genesee County 67th District Court. Each count carries a penalty of up to two years in prison, if convicted. Fourth degree criminal sexual conduct is defined as sexual contact with someone  at least 13 years old but under age 16 years with the accused being at least five years older than the victim.



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GRAND BLANC TWP. (CCN) — A long-time Grand Blanc Township chiropractor  was charged Friday with two counts of criminal sexual conduct related to accusations by one of his female patients. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton's office filed charges Friday, according to a press release from Chief Deputy Assistant Prosecutor John Potbury.


Two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct were filed against Charles Jackson Jr., of Davison. The 61-year-old Jackson has operated from an office on Hill Road in Grand Blanc Township for many years.


Potbury said that based on evidence from an investigation by the Grand Blanc Township Police Department, Jackson was charged after accusations that he inappropriately made physical contact with a female patient while the patient was receiving a chiropractic examination. The victim alleges that Jackson inappropriately massaged her and groped her during two separate appointments. between December of last year and February of this year.


Jackson is expected to be arraigned Friday in Genesee County 67th District Court. Each count carries a penalty of up to two years in prison, if convicted. Fourth degree criminal sexual conduct is defined as sexual contact with someone  at least 13 years old but under age 16 years with the accused being at least five years older than the victim.



Attorney General Dana Nessel pulls Michigan out of federal lawsuit to reduce number of protected bodies

LANSING (CCN) — Newly-elected Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel withdrew the state from an environmental case seeking to reduce the number of bodies of water protected under the federal Clean Water Act. Wednesday's action marked the sixth federal environmental case that the state has withdrawn from since Nessel took office on January 1.


The lawsuit, originally filed by AG Nessel’s predecessor, is an effort to block a joint EPA and Army Corps of Engineers rule which clarifies which bodies of water fall under federal oversight. The 2015 rule is in effect for 22 states, including Michigan.


“As Michiganders, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the Great Lakes and all our waterways and wetlands,” AG Nessel said. “While Michigan has protective regulations in place, this lawsuit sought to weaken the federal law which establishes minimum nationwide standards for protecting our shared water resources, including the Great Lakes. This was a compelling reason for us to withdraw. Michigan won’t be party to a lawsuit that could jeopardize the nation’s largest freshwater shoreline and all waters we’re entrusted to protect and we certainly won’t stand a watered-down policy.”

Embattled ex Macomb County clerk in trouble again; This time it's embezzlement, domestic violence

WARREN (CCN) — The former Macomb County clerk is in trouble again. The Warren Police Department arrested Karen Spranger on embezzlement and domestic violence charges on Thursday, according to a Detroit Free Press story posted on its online edition.

Spranger was removed as Macomb County's clerk in March of last year when court proceedings determined she had lied about her residency when filing to run for office in 2016.

Spranger was arrested, according to the Free Press, on charges of assaulting a 78-year-old Warren woman and stealing from her. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told the Free Press that a warrant had been requested from the office of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith for embezzlement of a vulnerable adult, $1,000 to $20,000 and domestic violence. The embezzlement count is a felony that could bring five years in prison, if convicted. The domestic violence charge would have Spranger facing up to 93 days in county jail on a misdemeanor.

32-year-old with drunken driving conviction arraigned in fatal pedestrian crash in Shelby Twp.

SHELBY TWP. (CCN) — A 32-year-old man with a prior conviction for drunken driving was charged Thursday in the crash that killed a 15-year-old child as he walked on a Shelby Township street last month. 


Albert Donadio was arraigned in a Macomb County District court on one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs causing death and one count of reckless driving causing death. Both are felonies punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. Donadio was also charged with a moving violation causing death, a misdemeanor. Bond was set at $20,000 and a judge ordered Donadio to wear a blood-alcohol-monitoring tether and to undergo drug testing at least four times a month. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary exam on March 12.


Authorities said he  hit the child at about 6:10 pm on Jan. 5 on 25 Mile Road, west of Hayes Road.


Macomb County officials again eyeing new jail facility: Price tag to be at least $370 million

MOUNT CLEMENS  (CCN) — Some Macomb County are again talking about building a new jail in the City of Mount Clemens, according to a story published by the Detroit Free Press in its online edition.


The renewed push to build a new nine-story facility on property next to the current jail comes nearly two years after a study recommended a new facility or major renovations. The Free Press put the proposed price tag to be recommended by Macomb County Sheriff's Department officials at between $370 million and $390 million for a new facility to be built. 


The measure would need a millage or bond request to be approved by voters, according to a proposal presented for the first time Thursday to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. The proposal given to commissioners would leave enough space for another tower to be added at a future date, if needed, to add at least 300 more beds for potential inmates.


Genesee Twp resident arrested for child sexually abusive activity and using computer for crime

GENESEE TWP. (CCN) — A 41-year-old Genesee Township man has been arrested by State Police for allegedly sharing child sexually abusive materials on the internet.  The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force announcing the arrest of Christopher Lee Champagne in a press release after an investigation in which digital evidence was seized from his home. 


Following a forensic examination of the digital evidence, Champagne was charged with five counts of child sexually abusive activity, five counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and 10 counts of using a computer to commit a crime.


Champagne was arraigned in Genesee County 67th District Court on Monday by Judge Christopher Odette. A personal bond of $10,000 was set on each of the 20 counts filed in the case by the office of Genesee County Prosecuting Attorney David Leyton.


Attorney General Dana Nessel steps in to protect UP customers from exorbitant electric rate hikes

LANSING  (CCN) — Newly-elected Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is going to bat for Upper Peninsula residents in their battle to stop the Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) from exorbitant rate increases. Her office filed testimony in the UPPCO's rate case by opposing most of the power company's request to increase electricity rates by nearly $10 million. AG Nessel urged the Michigan Public Service Commission to grant no more than $3.5 million of the $10 million, saying, “UPPCO’s customers have been burdened by extremely high electric rates —some of the highest in Michigan. UPPCO’s case to increase rates by nearly $10 million is simply unsupportable. As our state’s chief consumer advocate, I plan to make affordable energy prices for consumers and businesses a priority while ensuring our office continues to champion energy programs that achieve reliability and sustainability for everyone in our state.” UPPCO provides electricity to 54,000 retail customers in 118 UP communities, including cities, villages and townships located in the counties of Alger, Baraga, Delta, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft.

New AG moves to drop charges against four defendants in marijuana cases pending in her office

 LANSING  (CCN) — Citing weak cases and changing laws, newly-elected Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced in a press release that her office will move this week to dismiss all the charges against four defendants in two of the three marijuana cases pending in her office’s Criminal Division. 


AG Nessel said plea offers will be made to reduce charges to most of the remaining defendants in all three cases. “We are focusing all of our efforts and resources on the truly bad actors and those who have non-marijuana related charges,” AG Nessel said. “They will be held accountable and we will pursue them. Juries don’t want to convict people on charges concerning something that is now legal. The dismissals against some of the defendants in these cases also reflect that they either were not major players in these marijuana cases or that the evidence is simply insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they committed the charged crimes.”


Cases will be dismissed, according to the press release, in two St. Clair County Circuit Court felony cases while reduced plea deals will be offered in additional felony cases filed in Genesee County Circuit Court and Livingston County Circuit Court.


 

Oscoda Twp resident arrested for child sexually abusive activity, distributing child porn photos

OSCODA TWP.  (CCN) —  A 39-year-old Oscoda Township man has been arrested by State Police for alleged child sexually abusive activity and the distribution of child sexually abusive material. The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force announcing the arrest of Charles Williams in a press release after an investigation in which digital evidence was seized from his home.  State Police say the investigation was initiated when it was learned that Williams was allegedly uploading child sexually abusive material to the internet. Following a forensic examination of the digital evidence, Williams was charged with two felony counts of child sexually abusive activity, two felony counts of distributing child sexually abusive material and one felony count of possession of child sexually abusive material. Williams was arraigned in Iosco County 81st District Court.

Former Lansing State Police post commander named as new fraud investigation unit manager

 LANSING  (CCN) — Michigan's director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has announced the appointment of a new fraud investigation unit manager.  DIFS Director Anita G. Fox made the announcement in a press release that Joseph Thomas has been named to the position.


"Joe Thomas brings 31 years of law enforcement experience to the department’s anti-fraud efforts," Fox said. "I’m confident his background will be beneficial in helping the department combat fraud.”


Thomas is a retired First Lieutenant who most recently served as Michigan State Police Post Commander in Lansing from 2014 until his retirement in 2018. 


State Police arrest Owosso man after obtaining search warrant for his computer on contact with minor

 OWOSSO (CCN) —  A 45-year-old Owosso man has been arrested by State Police on charges of allegedly accosting a minor for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime. 


The arrest was announced in a press release after an investigation by the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Chad Michael Stiff was arraigned in Shiawassee County 66th District Court after a forensic examination of digital evidence seized at his home in a surprise visit after State Police obtained a search warrant. 


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