Need, opportunity focus of first day of MSP embezzlement trial


The case has been a huge embarrassment to the Michigan State Police because money was taken from the Cadillac Post's property room and he will show the post was unsecured, which gave people who shouldn't have the opportunity to be in the property room a chance to enter it. August 17, 2017 CADILLAC — The embezzlement case against retired Michigan St...
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MSP missing cash trial begins


The key used to get into the evidence room was in the hands of at least 12 people." August 16, 2017 CADILLAC — Detective Trooper Greg Hubers knew it was problematic when thousands of dollars went missing from a Michigan State Police evidence room. But he began to suspect something aside from the missing cash might have been "amiss" after the money ...
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Putnam: County officials want missing evidence story to go away but should it?


At a March news conference, the sheriff called it a "colossal failure of leadership" on the part of his predecessor. August 12, 2017 LANSING – Few of us would want the assignment facing the new Ingham County sheriff last spring. A review of the sheriff office's evidence room showed widespread problems affecting 1,700 pieces of evidence. Sheriff Sco...
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Second Harper Woods police officer faces drug charge


It is alleged that Lynch stole various items from the Harper Woods Police Department property room between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10. August 11, 2017 HARPER WOODS, Mich. - A Harper Woods police officer has been charged with using a controlled substance, Judge Daniel Palmer announced. Officer John Biernat was arraigned Friday on a misdemeanor charge of con...
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Trial underway in 1994 Pontiac murder-rape ‘cold case’ - DNA


DNA evidence was linked to a Pontiac native currently serving time for his involvement in a similar crime. June 6, 2017 Testimony began Thursday in a 1994 homicide-criminal sexual conduct case, brought to trial in Oakland County Circuit Court after DNA evidence was linked to a Pontiac native currently serving time for his involvement in a similar c...
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Ingham evidence room investigation turned over to prosecutor


An audit by Ingham County found 1,758 cases were improperly tracked over the years. April 26, 2017 The Michigan State Police have completed their investigation into the mishandling of evidence by the Ingham County Sheriff's Office and they've turned the report over the prosecutor. The previous prosecutor, Gretchen Whitmer, asked the troopers to inv...
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Second Untested Rape Kit Backlog Found In Detroit


Prosecutors say another 555 rape kits languished in police storage after the 2009 discovery of 11,341 abandoned sexual assault kits. March 27, 2017 DETROIT, MI — Problems with forgotten rape kits persisted in Detroit after public outcry over more than 11,000 — some of them dating back 30 years — found languishing in a police warehouse in 2009, acco...
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UPDATE: Sex assault kits part of missing evidence


An audit revealed that nearly 1,800 cases had missing evidence April 3, 2017 The Ingham County Sheriff's Office is now saying it's lost track of seven sexual-assault kits. The department announced Monday those seven kits are part of the 1,756 cases in which evidence was lost dating back to the year 2000.  Prosecutor Carol Siemon is not happy. ...
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