By Pat Maurer Correspondent Dennis Paul Pratt, 49, of Saginaw was arrested January 14 and arraigned January 17 for stealing more than two tons of batteries from a fenced in area at Walmart in Mt. Pleasant. Pratt faces charges of Larceny $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a felony with a five year maximum penalty and up to a $10,000 fine ; and with Malicious Destruction of a Building – $200 or more but less than $1,000, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year and up to a $2,000 fine. His bond was set at $100,000 ten [...]
By Pat Maurer Correspondent A two-year-long investigation into allegations of CSC led to the arrest of Edward Mitchell, 37, of Mecosta on January 15 on charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the first degree. A multiple count Criminal Sexual Conduct warrant was issued for Mitchell January 13. State Police troopers from the Mt. Pleasant Post arrested Mitchell near his home without incident, they reported. Mitchell was arraigned January 16 in Clare County’s 80th District Court by Magistrate Karen Willing and his bond was set at $300,000. He remains incarcerated at the Clare County Jail.
By Pat Maurer Correspondent Improvements to the Clare Police Department were the highlight of the Clare City Commission meeting Monday evening. Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory announced that the second of two new Ford Explorer SUVs is now in service. The two completely equipped vehicles were funded through a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant. Commissioners had a chance to view the newest of the two vehicles after the meeting. The Commission also approved another USDA Rural Development grant application to fund the purchase of a paperless Citation System software program which will allow officers to issue citations [...]
By Rosemary Horvath Correspondent A pre-trial conference in the murder case of Oanh Kieu Bass took place between attorneys and Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans Dec. 16. The conference was held off the record with no conclusion drawn and no new court date set, according to the circuit court clerk. In November the defense signed a waiver of arraignment with the court to have the case proceed to pre-trial. The Mecosta County woman is charged with the shooting death of Floyd Dennis Jr., 68. He owned Kerns Grocery in Dodge City. He was found murdered the afternoon of Jan. 18, [...]
By Pat Maurer Correspondent Two couples were arraigned in 80th District Court December 13 on charges stemming from two home invasions, one October 16 and the second on October 20 near Old State and Stockwell Roads in Greenwood Township. Officers reported that safes and other personal valuables had been taken from the homes. Police were notified of the break-ins after the residents returned home, Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski reported. After investigating the break-ins, four suspects, all from Harrison, were arrested. Robert Lucas, 28, was charged with two counts of Home Invasion Second Degree, Safe Breaking and Conspiracy to Commit the crimes. [...]