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2 face violent crimes charges after shooting

Two Michigan residents were arrested on the morning of Jan. 14 in response to crimes that police say took place the previous Saturday. The defendants are suspected of violent crimes that allegedly  resulted in the deaths of two others. They are currently awaiting charges.

Authorities responded to reports of gunshots on Saturday evening around 10:30 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, police discovered two individuals who appeared to be the victims of a shooting. The responding paramedics were unable to revive the gunshot victims. However, three people, one man and two children were also found in the home, uninjured.

Caregiver vindicated after criminal appeals

Debates about marijuana are constantly changing because of the introduction of new information. A former caregiver in Michigan was finally justified after five years of criminal appeals. The Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed her case after determining that the un-dried marijuana seized during a raid could not have been used.

The original raid took place in Sept. 2012. During this raid, authorities found 34 marijuana plants and nearly six pounds of partially dried harvested marijuana. As a licensed caregiver, the defendant was allowed to have up to two and a half ounces of medicinal marijuana per patient. The defendant had five registered patients, four of which were being provided with medicinal marijuana. 

2 charged for their alleged involvement in violent crimes

Michigan authorities responded to a shooting on Dec 21 involving what they suspect was a drug deal gone wrong. Two individuals turned themselves in on the following day. One has been charged with the murder of the victim and the second was charged with lying to police during a violent crimes investigation.

When authorities arrived on the scene they saw what seemed to be evidence of a violent struggle. They also discovered two victims, one who had suffered facial injuries and the second who had been shot to death. Police say that the shooting victim was able to run across the street before his injuries caused him to collapse. 

Violent crimes charges filed against suspected shooter

Arguments in bars are not necessarily uncommon. Individuals who have had more than their fair share to drink may find themselves more likely to share their thoughts and feelings with those around them. However, patrons of a bar in Michigan recently saw and, in one case, videoed one such argument between two groups of people dissolve into something much worse. One of the two men arrested is facing multiple violent crimes charges.

Authorities were given a video shot on a cell phone that supposedly showed part of an altercation between the two groups of people at a Southfield bar. At some point during the argument, the defendant supposedly pulled out a handgun and began shooting, which can supposedly be heard on the video. Four people had been shot by the time authorities arrived, including one of the suspected shooters.

Domestic violence charge: Your defense strategy

A charge of domestic violence is every bit as serious as it sounds, as this can have a major impact on both your personal and professional life.

If you find yourself in this position, you don't want to do anything that could make things worse. For example, now's not the time to contact the other person to discuss what went wrong or to attempt to explain yourself.

Bank fraud and other white collar crimes committed in Michigan

A man originally from another state has been charged by Michigan authorities with multiple counts of conspiracy, fraud and identity theft. There are a total of 17 charges. The defendant could possibly serve up to 30 years in prison and be given a $1 million fine for these alleged white collar crimes.

These crimes were supposedly committed by the defendant, and possibly others, in 2015.  Authorities allege that the defendant traveled to Michigan and broke into vehicles and homes. Supposedly, he did this in order to obtain the owners' identification documents. This included checks for personal accounts and other transaction devices, like bank cards or credit cards.

8 people arrested for drug crimes in Kalamazoo

Michigan residents may have heard about the recent arrests made in relation to a drug bust in the counties of Kalamazoo and Van Buren. There were eight individuals arrested and each is being charged with drug crimes that could carry a sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a large fine up to $10 million, in addition to five years of supervised release. These charges include conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine.

Two of the eight defendants are suspected of being the leaders of the drug ring and among the largest meth dealers in the area. An informant claims to have purchased more than two pounds of meth from the defendants over the course of the investigation. Another told authorities that he owed one of the defendants $2,000 and that the defendant took possession of his vehicle until the debt was paid.

Woman arrested for OWI after colliding with patrol car

Driving under the influence is never a good choice, especially if the driver is under 21. Unfortunately, lapses in judgment do occur and the result is often an OWI charge. One young woman was arrested for impaired driving after she struck a Michigan State Police trooper's patrol car.

The 19-year-old was allegedly pulled over around 1:30 a.m. for a traffic violation. She initially stopped on the left-hand side of the road where there was no shoulder. The officer said that he asked her to wait for traffic to pass and then follow him to the right shoulder. He also says he asked her to pull her car in front of his patrol car. 

Criminal appeals court tosses out marijuana case

Two former corrections officers in Michigan were charged with possession of marijuana and fired from their jobs. However, after reviewing the evidence and the means by which it was obtained, their case was thrown out of criminal appeals court. The men were originally charged in 2014.

Authorities performed searches of each of the defendants' homes early one morning in 2014. They did not have a warrant to search either home, only the defendants' verbal consent. In the homes, the authorities found marijuana-infused butter, which both defendants were registered under the medical marijuana law to use. However, authorities claimed that their use of the butter did not comply with the law. 

What to do if you are accused of fraud

Fraud charges are a serious matter, and may result in heavy fines or even years of jail time. However, many fraud allegations are not as simple as they seem. In many cases, individuals accused of fraud have not actually broken the law, or perhaps they simply have a misunderstanding about some particular aspect of financial regulations.

In other instances, some party may accuse another party of fraud to redirect attention from their own misdeeds. When it comes to large sums of money, human beings are often capable of awful things.

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