Wednesday Afternoon State News Summary
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:56:34 EDT
Allegan Co-Escaped Inmates Search)
Police in Allegan County are still searching for two northern Michigan jail
escapees who managed to elude officers near Dorr on Monday night.
23-year old Gregory Bradshaw and 32-year old Kenneth Grauman II escaped on
Saturday from the Lake County Residential ReEntry Program in Baldwin and
allegedly stole several cars along the way then eluded capture on foot.
Allegan County Sheriff's Lieutenant Frank Baker says the pair are believed to be
with their girlfriends, 17-year-old Brittany Rector and 29-year-old Laura
Grauman. The latter is the cousin of one of the escapees and is dating
Officials say the suspects will likely continue to attempt to avoid capture
which will be placing the safety of the women at risk.
A reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the apprehension of Grauman
and Bradshaw is offered by federal authorities. Anyone with information is asked
to contact Allegan County authorities.
(Metro Source/WBCH, Hastings)
(Lapeer Co-Elderly Woman Murder)
A man accused in the murder of an 86-year old Lapeer County woman six years ago
will stand trial.
43-year old Frank Choate of Sandusky was bound over to Lapeer County Circuit
Court following his preliminary hearing Tuesday on a felony murder charge.
Authorities believe Marie Warren was killed during a break-in at her Deerfield
Township home on October 1, 2006. Choate was initially arrested in July 2011 on
charges connected to the break-in after authorities matched his DNA which was
already filed in the state system.
Now he's accused of beating Warren to death and then dumping her body in a field
near his house.
Choate is currently jailed in Lapeer County on one million dollars bond. He will
be back in court next week.
(Van Buren Co-Sexting Suspect)
A Southwest Michigan man is facing up to eleven years in prison after being
arrested on charges of sending sexually explicit messages on Facebook to a
27-year old Dustin Carlisle of Hartford has been arraigned on charges of
accosting children for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime.
The victim's family told the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department the girl was
using the phone of a family member to go to the social networking website, and
said the messages from Carlisle to the child were extremely sexual. The two had
been chatting on the website for several months prior to his arrest.
Carlisle will be back in court on October 11 for a preliminary hearing.
(WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)
Federal authorities are asking the public to help find a man they claim is a
terrorist and who has family connections in the Detroit area.
Ahmad Abousamra (ah-BOOS-am-RAH) reportedly left the U.S. in 2006 while living
in Syria and tried to join forces fighting against U.S. troops in Pakistan and
Yemen. Investigators say he has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Syria, speaks
fluent English and has several aliases.
Abousamra is five-feet-eleven inches tall, with a slim build, dark hair brown
eyes and weighs around 170 pounds. A 50-thousand dollar reward is being offered
by federal officials for information leading to his arrest.
(Emmet Co-Suspicious Death)
Police in Northwest Lower Michigan are investigating what they call the
suspicious death of a 58-year old man.
The Emmet County Sheriff's Department says the family of Lyle Kopenkoskey of
Petoskey contacted police after he didn't show up for work on Tuesday and had
not returned home.
Kopenkoskey's car was found on a road in Resort Township and a subsequent search
of the area turned up his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact Emmet County Sheriff's Detective
J.L. Sumpter At 231-439-8901.
The Petoskey Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police Crime Lab
is assisting with the investigation.
(Detroit-Body Parts ID)
The body parts found in a Detroit home this week have been identified as
belonging to a 34-year old Detroit man.
The Wayne County Medical Examiners Office says Casey Durham suffered a gunshot
wound to the head. Durhams remains were discovered Monday night in garbage bags
inside of an abandoned, burned-out home on the citys west side.
Michigan Department of Corrections records show that Durham was paroled in March
after serving time for armed robbery and firearms-related charges.
An investigation is ongoing.
(Flint-Former Mayor Sues)
The former mayor of Flint is suing the city over its demand for him to pay
four-point-five million dollars to police officers who successfully sued the
Don Williamson was mayor when the officers filed a lawsuit claiming race was a
factor in promotions within the Citizens Service Bureau. The unit was dissolved
in March 2008 for budget reasons but 48 officers filed suit in federal court.
The issue went to an arbitrator who awarded the police officers
three-point-eight million dollars which has grown due to interest.
City of Flint lawyers want the suit by Williamson dismissed. The case is
scheduled for an October 15 status conference.
(Marquette Co-Prison Drug Smuggling Attempt)
Authorities say someone apparently tried to get illegal drugs into an Upper
State police and the Michigan Department of Corrections told the Marquette
Mining-Journal that a woman tried to throw the drugs over a fence to an inmate
at the Marquette Branch Prison Monday night.
The failed attempt happened in a wooded area on prison property.
According to the newspaper, the woman was taken into custody along with three
males found nearby. They were later set free as the investigation into the
attempt continues. Names weren't immediately released.
Corrections officials say such an attempt to get drugs into the prison is
unusual and that what appeared to be illegal drugs also were found in a