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​​Posted March 31 2017

New York man sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking count 

    LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Friday that a man from Bronx, New York, has been been given 3–10 years in prison after entering a guilty plea earlier this month to one felony count of Human Trafficking for running an online “escort” operation in Southeast Michigan.  
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Posted April 3, 2017

AG reveals Sterling Heights man pleads guilty to felony on minor being recruited for sex trafficking

   LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Monday that a 35-year-old Sterling Heights man has pleaded guilty to a felony count for recruiting a minor to be used for prostitution. Click Here to Read More


Posted April 3 2017

Attorney General Bill Schuette recognizes crime victims during week designated nationally  

    LANSING —Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has recognized the week of April 2-8 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The theme of this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Week is "strength, resilience and justice." AG Schuette issued a press release with a statement as follows: “Giving victims a voice has long been my mission. I thank the selfless women and men dedicated to victim services, helping victims or their families to find the strength to keep going, to be resilient every day and helping work toward justice for them. As Attorney General, I promise to never give up on the fight to strengthen public safety and protect Michigan families and be the voice for victims.”

​​Posted April 4 2017

Two informational meetings to be held by state on Consumers for early termination on Palisades 

    LANSING — The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has scheduled two informational public meetings on Consumers Energy’s proposal for an early termination of its Palisades power purchase agreement.  
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Posted May 1, 2017

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   DETROIT — WXYZ TV reported in a breaking news segment shortly after midnight that a 14-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department was shot in the line of duty when responding to a domestic violence call Sunday night. The Detroit TV station interviewed Detroit Police Chief James Craig who said the officer was in critical condition. His name was not released.

   The veteran officer's partner when responding to the call had only been on the force for six months, according to Chief Craig.

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   The Detroit Free reported Sunday that the federal government may soon be seeking to seize the $2.5 million luxury home of embattled former trash hauling empire leader Chuck Rizzo.

   Rizzo is at the center of a public corruption case that has so far resulted in five indictments against elected officials in Macomb County. Rizzo's company, Rizzo Environmental Services, was sold to a Toronto firm shortly before an investigation by the FBI became public last October. Rizzo has not been charged, but indictment filings with the federal court revealed that an undercover investigation had featured a top company executive who cooperated to tape record suspects targeted in the case. The company was not identified but the high dollar amounts of the contracts indicated that Rizzo Environmental Services was the only possible player in the public corruption probe.

  Rizzo had landed contracts for his company with 32 Detroit area communities before the sale, and Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver briefly switched to his company before the indictments were revealed.

   The Flint City Council voted 8-1 to stay with Republic Services and went to court in a dispute with Flint's mayor over her decision to give Rizzo Environmental Services a five-year contract. She argued that the deal would save the city more than $1 million.

   The garbage contract issue is cited in recall language filed by Arthur Woodson who was cleared last week to begin gathering signatures in his bid to remove Flint's mayor from office. Rizzo has not yet been charged with any crime, but Woodson told The Morning Gazette Radio Show last week that he had been told by authorities that Rizzo will receive a two-year prison sentence in exchange for his cooperation with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office. The deal has not been confirmed by authorities.

   Sunday's Detroit Free Press story indicated, however, that a notice has been filed with the Oakland County Register of Deeds that was signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrianna Dydell. The Free Press said the notice indicated the government is aware of "certain facts, conditions and events proscribed" by federal laws "which may terminate an estate or an interest in real property." The story said the notice listed the legal citations for laws against fraud, wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.

  Rizzo, who resigned as  President & CEO of Rizzo Environmental Services days after the initial indictments were revealed in October, bought the 7,700-square-foot mansion in Bloomfield Township in 2013, according to online tax records. The luxury home sits on 2.1 acres and includes nine bathrooms and five fireplaces.


Rizzo has never been charged with a crime, though federal prosecutors have charged five local government officials of taking bribes related to trash-hauling contracts with Rizzo's firm.

In February, government lawyers filed notice that the home could be subject to forfeiture, a move that would make it difficult for Rizzo to sell it.



"That's really a signal to the title insurance company," said Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches law at Wayne State University. "He may look for a buyer, but no buyer is going to take it. They won't insure the title."

Last year, sources told the Free Press that Rizzo was cooperating with the government's investigation and it's unclear whether he will be charged.

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“There’s no requirement that he be charged,” Henning said. “Typically, the bribe payer is charged, but it’s not required, especially if the government needs his cooperation to get the elected officials. The elected officials are the real targets because they are entrusted with the public trust.”

Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade told the Free Press in March   that the Rizzo investigation continues, but she wouldn't comment on whether he might eventually face charges.

The Kwame Kilpatrick Detroit corruption case showed that vendors accused of bribery can help their own cases by cooperating in efforts to catch government officials. Longtime Cobo Center vendor Karl Kado admitted bribing city officials to protect his lucrative contracts but ultimately pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

The government acknowledged that Kado "profited handsomely from his corrupt contracts," but asked for leniency nonetheless, noting that without Kado's cooperation "the government would not be able to hold certain public officials accountable for their illegal conduct."

Kado ultimately avoided jail time altogether, served three years on probation and paid $146,874 in restitution.

Whether Rizzo has negotiated a similar deal is unclear at this point, though any such deal would have to be disclosed in court if he is going to testify against any of the elected officials.

Efforts by the Free Press to reach Rizzo through intermediaries were not successful. A reporter was turned away from the home on Friday.

Guilty pleas

Two elected officials from New Haven Village in Northern Macomb County pleaded guilty in February the scandal. Former Trustee Christopher Craigmiles and former Trustee Brett Harris pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery after accepting cash from an undercover FBI agent they believed was working for Rizzo.

Craigmiles — a former police officer —  admitted taking a $5,000 bribe from an undercover agent in exchange for his vote on what he thought was a future Rizzo trash contract. Under the terms of his plea deal, he faces 18-24 months in federal prison, though he is cooperating and prosecutors have agreed to seek a potentially lighter sentence if his cooperation is substantial.

Harris also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, but he faces a stiffer penalty because he admitted to take more money than Craigmiles. Harris said he took four bribes totaling more than $11,000 from the same undercover agent who was posing as a Rizzo official. Under the terms of his plea deal, Harris faces 33-41 months in prison, though he is cooperating and could get a more lenient sentence.

Three other officials, former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds, former Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas, and former Chesterfield Township Supervisor Michael Lovelock are all awaiting trial on charges they took bribes from Rizzo.

Neighboring mansions

Rizzo continues to call the mansion home. Last year, he won approval from Bloomfield Township to build a gated front entrance, a stone wall to conceal the motor court and a bluestone stairway out back leading to an outdoor entertainment area with a fire pit.

The plans also call for a recessed equipment well, 56 feet long and 14 feet wide, to contain pool equipment, gas and electrical meters, a standby generator, a transformer, 10 condensing units, and a rain water sump.

Construction crews continue to work on the house and a Rizzo-branded Dumpster sits in the driveway.

In October, Rizzo sold his company to Toronto-based Green for Life, for an undisclosed sum. The sale came just weeks before the first bribery charges were announced and Green for Life officials insist they knew nothing of the scheme.

That same month, Rizzo paid $2.4 million for the mansion next door to his. That house is 6,900 square feet with seven bathrooms.

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Auburn Hills police chief saying it is a waste of time to continue investigating rumors of human trafficking at Great Lakes Mall

 Indictments for doctors on genital mutilation

State Senate voted unanimously the police officers are not allowed to have sex during prostitution stings… Michigan is the only state in the nation that still didn't have that law on the books ....The bill now goes to the house and would need to be signed into law by the governor if the house approve it

Study released says eight out of 10 police officers in America are overweight… Tuscola County Sheriff ran a 5K in challenged his deputies to be this time three of them did


14-year-old Saginaw teen home safe after Wisconsin man talk to her after meeting on social media


Lieutenant governor Brian Kelly without a second amendment rally in front of the capital yesterday my gun owners want to protect their rights for open carry in Michigan

Operation ghost writer will of state police to crack down on distracted driving five for distracted driving start at 250 for first offenses




Michigan Parole Board votes in closed session to award first parole hearing in 15 years for ex drug kingpin White Boy Rick

    LANSING — The most famous drug dealer in state history is getting a chance at parole. Richard Wershe Jr., the former Detroit drug dealer who became known in media reports as White Boy Rick, has been incarcerated longer than any non-violent juvenile offender ever convicted in America and he will get a chance to walk free this summer.


Posted April 15, 2017 

Democrats take part in Lansing for first forum as 2018 race for governor's primary race kicks off

   LANSING — Four Democrats got together at a Lansing bar Saturday for the first forum of the 2018 campaign season for Michigan governor. The Progressive Caucus of Mid Michigan sponsored the event which attracted candidates Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Abdul El-Sayed of Detroit, William Cobbs of Farmington Hills and Kentiel White of Southgate. Click Here to Read More


Posted April 14, 2017

Saginaw woman dies after falling beneath Amtrak train in Lansing

     ​EAST LANSING — The 66-year-old Saginaw woman who became trapped beneath a train at the East Lansing Amtrak station on April 5 has died from her injuries. A family member told the Lansing State Journal that Sue Watrous, 66, died Monday afternoon at Sparrow Hospital where she had been since the incident. Watrous fell into the tracks after getting off the train when returning from a conference in Chicago.


Posted April 14, 2017

Stolen photos, videos of Chad Carr recovered by police; 2 suspects arrested in break-in

​   PITTSFIELD TWP. — Stolen photos and videos of 5-year-old Chad Carr have been found by police in Pittsfield Township who announced in a press release that two suspects have been arrested in the case. They are in custody and awaiting arraignment, according to police. Carr's battle of a rare pediatric cancer made national headlines after his parents created the ChadTough Foundation to raise money for research to find a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Young Chad, who lost his battle on Nov. 23, 2015, was the grandson of former Michigan Wolverines football Coach Lloyd Carr and Chad's father (Jason) is a former UM quarterback. His other grandfather was former All-American defensive back Tom Curtis who also played for the Wolverines.  Click Here to Read More


Posted on April 3, 2017

Public meeting set for updates about water contamination problems near Oscoda's former Wurtsmith Air Force Base 

   OSCODA TWP. — A public meeting has been set by state officials for April 25 in Oscoda Township to provide updates about perfluorinated compound contamination in groundwater and drinking water wells at and near the community's former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Click Here to Read More


Posted on April 3, 2017

Sex trafficking ring's 'Dragon Lady' ordered held with no bond

   DETROIT — The Detroit Free Press reports in its online edition this morning that a 40-year-old motel manager from Macomb Township was ordered to be held without bond on sex trafficking charges during a federal court hearing Monday. Click Here to Read More


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Posted April 14, 2017

Stolen photos, videos of Chad Carr recovered by police; 2 suspects arrested in break-in

​   PITTSFIELD TWP. — Stolen photos and videos of 5-year-old Chad Carr have been found by police in Pittsfield Township who announced in a press release that two suspects have been arrested in the case. They are in custody and awaiting arraignment, according to police. Carr's battle of a rare pediatric cancer made national headlines after his parents created the ChadTough Foundation to raise money for research to find a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Young Chad, who lost his battle on Nov. 23, 2015, was the grandson of former Michigan Wolverines football Coach Lloyd Carr and Chad's father (Jason) is a former UM quarterback. His other grandfather was former All-American defensive back Tom Curtis who also played for the Wolverines.  Click Here to Read More


Posted on April 3, 2017

Public meeting set for updates about water contamination problems near Oscoda's former Wurtsmith Air Force Base 

   OSCODA TWP. — A public meeting has been set by state officials for April 25 in Oscoda Township to provide updates about perfluorinated compound contamination in groundwater and drinking water wells at and near the community's former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Click Here to Read More


Posted on April 3, 2017

Sex trafficking ring's 'Dragon Lady' ordered held with no bond

   DETROIT — The Detroit Free Press reports in its online edition this morning that a 40-year-old motel manager from Macomb Township was ordered to be held without bond on sex trafficking charges during a federal court hearing Monday. Click Here to Read More


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