(PORT SANILAC) -- A divided Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit against a Thumb community's police chief over an arrest at a beer tent. The court issued a 3-2 ruling Thursday saying that then-Port Sanilac Chief Rodney Jaskowski was immune to a civil suit when he arrested a drummer at a 2008 summer fundraiser for a volunteer fire department. Some people in the beer tent didn't like the music and the event's organizer called off the concert. Tom Petipren sued Jaskowski, saying the chief pushed him off the stage and arrested him. Lower courts said Jaskowski isn't entitled to immunity under Michigan law because he was acting as an officer, not a police administrator, but a high court majority says a chief has absolute immunity.
(AREA) -- A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced a man to 20-years in prison and ordered him to make $2 million in restitution for defrauding the families of inmates with claims he could help them. Thursday's punishment exceeds the 17 1/2 year sentence that prosecutors sought for John Wilson of Yale. Federal prosecutors say the 57-year-old collected $2 million by promoting himself as a law expert who could win freedom for inmates across the country. He pleaded guilty to fraud and a tax crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Resnick Cohen says Wilson was a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who targeted poor, vulnerable families whose loved ones were in prison. Wilson admits duping 2,100 people over a decade.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- The DNR, Michigan State Police, and Lapeer County Sheriff's Department are joining forces to curb illegal shooting activity at the Roods Lake Road "shooting pit" in Lapeer County. The site is currently on the state-managed Lapeer State Game Area. Since mid-April, complaints have been increasing about loud explosions at the pit. Authorities began an investigation and found that illegal firearms, non-conforming targets, and exploding targets are being used at the site. The joint effort will include stepped up patrols. Under a land use order signed by the DNR director in 2012, people may target shoot at the site, but they may only shoot at paper, cardboard or clay targets during regular hunting hours. Target shooting is also allowed a half hour after sunset or before sunrise.
(PORT AUSTIN) -- Two suspects involved in a drug raid that took place May 31 in Port Austin have been arrested. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says officers seized several syringes, meth manufacturing materials, and drug paraphernalia from the home at 298 Washington Street, where the two suspects were living. 37-year old Michael Apley has been charged with felony operating/maintaining a laboratory involving meth. He remains lodged on a $75,000 or 10% cash bond. 33-year old Crystal White was charged with felony operating/maintaining a laboratory and bonded out of jail on a $10,000 or 10% cash bond. Two other search warrants were served May 31 resulting in the seizure of meth manufacturing materials, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana plants. Sheriff Hanson says more arrests are expected.
(AREA) -- Sandusky Police are warning area residents, garage sale goers, and business owners that several incidents of counterfeit money being passed have been reported in recent days. Officers are investigating after $50, $20, and $10 bills were found to be fake. Residents and business owners are asked to look at the bills carefully. According to police, the bills are not perfect copies. If you suspect a bill is counterfeit, contact the Sandusky Police Department at 810-648-4016. There is also a reward available for tips that lead to an arrest. You may remain anonymous.
(FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP) -- An 87-year old Port Huron man was injured after the vehicle he was driving collided with a Fort Gratiot Fire Department rescue truck Wednesday. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the Port Huron man was traveling south on State Road around 5:40 p.m. when witnesses say he failed to yield at the intersection with Keewahdin and was struck by the rescue truck, which was traveling east on Keewahdin. The firefighters were not injured and quickly began treating the man at the scene. He was later transported to Port Huron Hospital by Tri-Hospital EMS with undisclosed injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
(SEBEWAING) -- Victoria Hudgins of Lapeer was crowned the Michigan Sugar Queen during the 49th Annual Sugar Festival in Sebewaing on June 14. Eleven candidates were vying for the honor. Queen Victoria will represent the sugarbeet industry as she visits with public officials, food industry leaders and the general public throughout the year. She will appear in over 20 parades, riding on the Pioneer Sugar floats. Victoria is the daughter of Joseph Hudgins and Molly Boyd, both of Lapeer and is a 2013 graduate of Lapeer East High School. She will attend Ferris State University in the fall, majoring in television and digital media production. Also crowned last Friday was first runner-up 19-year old Sarah Kimble of Owosso, and second runner-up, 18-year old Claire Forrest of Bay City. Michigan Sugar Company sponsors the competition and provides the winner with a $2,000 scholarship. First and second place winners are awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
PICTURED: (Left to right) 1st Runner-up Sarah Kimble, Queen Victoria Hudgins, and 2nd Runner-up Claire Forrest
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - All 83 Michigan counties could choose to allow off-road recreation vehicles on road shoulders under legislation nearing final approval in Lansing. Current law lets eight counties in the Lower Peninsula and every county in Upper Peninsula authorize off-road vehicles on road shoulders. A bill approved 27-11 along party lines Wednesday in the Republican-led Senate could allow the vehicles on more roads if municipalities pass an ordinance. Another bill would let local governments ask the state Department of Transportation for permission to allow off-road vehicles on highway shoulders. Republicans say the legislation would boost tourism and complain that the state's off-road vehicle trail system is fragmented and riders should have more freedom to travel limited distances. Democrats have safety concerns. The bills are expected to reach Gov. Rick Snyder soon.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed a bill giving local governments in Michigan power to restrict the use of fireworks on the day before, during and after a national holiday. After lawmakers legalized louder, more powerful fireworks in Michigan in late 2011, they began hearing from residents and local officials upset about noise and safety issues. Legislation signed by Calley Wednesday lets local governments regulate fireworks use during nighttime hours on holidays and the day before and after. Commercial-grade fireworks all are sold legally in Michigan after lawmakers and Snyder erased a previous ban. A local government could impose a maximum fine of $500 per violation of a fireworks ordinance under the new law. Calley signed the bill because Gov. Rick Snyder is on a trade trip in Israel.
(AREA) -- Federal prosecutors are recommending 17 1/2 years in prison for a Michigan man who collected $2 million by promoting himself as a law expert who could win freedom for inmates across the country. John Wilson of Yale is returning to Detroit federal court Thursday, six months after pleading guilty to fraud and a tax crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Resnick Cohen says Wilson was a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who targeted poor, vulnerable families whose loved ones were in prison. He admits duping 2,100 victims by offering to get inmates released through research and a successful appeal. The 57-year-old Wilson doesn't have a college degree. The scam went on for a decade. Cohen says Wilson also has a history of impersonating a doctor and a sheriff.