Posted on March 20, 2018​​

Live video on Facebook page of radio show host attracts more than 20,000 viewers who watch police shoot down bank robber

   FLINT (CCN) — More than 20,000 viewers watched a video of police shooting and killing a suspected bank robber after a standoff Friday morning at the intersection of Center Road and Richfield Road in Genesee Township. The intersection is near the borders of the City of Flint and the City of Burton, and a 90-minute standoff ended in a barrage of gun fire that resulted in the death of ex-con Kevin Hall.

   The video was shared to the Facebook page of 
Morning Gazette Radio Show host Mike Killbreath while he was on the air during his 90-minute weekday program on CCN Radio.

   Hall, 40, had been out of state prison only since September after serving more than eight years for an armed robbery charge, according to online records of the Michigan Department of Corrections.  
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Financial planner charged with conducting criminal enterprise and embezzlement for allegedly stealing $700k in Jackson case

   JACKSON (CCN) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced the arrest and arraignment a Jackson financial planner for an alleged $700,000 scam against a client. Robert Morley, Jr., 69, has been charged with one felony count of conducting a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and 29 felony counts of Embezzlement Over $1,000.

   Attorney General Schuette said in a press release that the charges stem from an alleged conversion of cash from clients whose investments Morley was managing. “Stealing from someone who has entrusted you with their life savings for any reason is beyond the pale,” Schuette said. “I want to thank my Corporate Oversight Team and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services for diligently working to protect Michigan citizens from these kinds of criminals.”

   Schuette also revealed that Morley left the state after an arrest warrant was filed, saying the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police Fugitive Team and TSA assisted special agents of the Attorney General’s Office in locating Morley last week on March 23 at Detroit Metro Airport. Morley was arrested and arraigned before Jackson County District Court Magistrate Bishop via video. Bond was set at $500,000 cash/surety. His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 am.

   Schuette said trustees of estates have been attempting to secure the alleged stolen funds from clients of Morley who had died. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs took action by revoking Morely's license after complaints which led to the criminal investigation.

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​​New chief deputy director named by Michigan's Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

   LANSING (CCN) — A new deputy director has been named for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Director Gordon Wenk announced the selection of Ken McFarlane, effective on Monday.

   McFarlane began working at MDARD in June 2014 as Director of Strategy and Business Performance. He has been overseeing the administration and operation of the department’s Food & Dairy Division, Laboratory Division and the Office of Organizational since February of 2016.

   McFarlane worked in the private sector as a civil engineering consultant on public infrastructure and large land development projects in the midwest and western United States prior to joining MDARD. He's a graduate of Trine University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in both Michigan and Nevada.

   “Ken has been integral in multiple enterprise-wide strategic planning and implementation efforts involving service delivery, employee engagement, sustainable operations, and information technology,” Wenk said.

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Posted on March 22, 2018​​

​​​​​MDEQ reports good news on latest testing of water samples from 9 Flint school buildings

​   FLINT (CCN) — A Thursday afternoon press release by a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) revealed that a third round of water testing samples collected from buildings of the Flint school district are within the federal lead requirement of 15 parts per billion.

   The latest test results were from samples taken last weekend from nine buildings in the district and they have not yet been analyzed, according to Tiffany Brown who issued the press release on behalf of the MDEQ. Testing began in January and the previous round of testing showed lead hot spots in 28 samples that were higher than the 15 parts per billion level after 20 were revealed in the first round.

​   Good news with the latest test results could impact state-funded bottled water currently being supplied for students in the district.

​​MSU players get break on plea deal for felony counts to 'seduce and debauch' unmarried woman; Check of Webster's worries this columnist!

   Three former football players for the Michigan State Spartans have pleaded guilty to an obscure state law that makes it a felony crime to "seduce and debauch any unmarried woman." The penalty is five years in prison, and I'm on my way to turn myself in for questioning before word gets out that this columnist / radio show host could be on a post office wanted list.

   I'm pretty good with words, but I had to check Websters for a definition of "debauch." Websters says the verb means to "destroy or debase the moral purity of or to corrupt." The statute of limitations has me covered on bothering any unmarried women because I've been a happily married guy for some time.

   The noun usage of "debauch" has me concerned, however, because it's defined as a "bout of excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures, especially eating and drinking." My wife and my daughter each have some unmarried female friends who have fed me within the past seven years, so I could be in some trouble because I've been known to seduce a good meal or two out of them..
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Posted on March 27, 2018​​

Nassar's former boss at MSU charged with multiple felony counts by state attorney general

   LANSING (CCN) — The first man let go by new Michigan State University President John Engler has now been charged with multiple felony counts related to the Larry Nassar scandal.

   Nassar's old boss, William Strampel, was Dean of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine until fired by Engler shortly after he was named to lead MSU after the retirement of former President Lou Anna Simon. 

  Strampel was arraigned Tuesday before Judge Richard Ball in the 54-B District Court in East Lansing. Bond was set at $25,000 personal recognizance and Strampel is prohibited from having contact with victims, witnesses or any current or former MSU medical students. In addition, he is not allowed to travel outside the state. If he violates any condition of the bond, Judge Ball could revoke the bond.

   Strampel is scheduled to appear in court on April 27 for a preliminary exam conference and on May 3 for a preliminary exam.


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