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March 2014 Archives

Scrap metal theft epidemic leads to legal crackdown

Scrap metal theft has been a significant problem in Michigan in recent years. In fact, Detroit administrators are calling the issue a million-dollar problem, with vandals and illegal scrappers targeting HVAC systems on public school buildings and other critical systems. Now, a new theft law designed to prevent scrap metal theft has been approved in the state House, with the Senate almost certain to follow.

Underage drinking and driving depends on friends' actions

Most of us have heard the old adage, "Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas." Is there any truth to the idea that people adopt the bad habits of those in their immediate vicinity? National statistics show that the principle may hold true in at least one situation: Teens in Michigan and other states are far more likely to participate in underage drinking and driving if they have ridden with someone else who has engaged in the same behavior.

Michigan woman arrested on misdemeanor charge for squatting

A Michigan woman has been arrested after reportedly illegally moving into a home she believed to have been abandoned. The woman, age 27, was arrested because of a trespassing complaint that was entered in February. She said she decided to move into the Bolles Harbor home after noticing that no one was living inside the building. She argues that she is protected by a squatter's rights law.

Man with history of petty larceny sentenced for cattle theft

Although you might think of cattle rustling as a hanging offense from the Old West, the crime apparently still occurs in modern times. A Michigan man has been sentenced to two to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to allegations that he stole dozens of cows from a Kent County farm. He will also be required to pay restitution in the amount of $78,000. The man, age 54, reportedly had a history of petty larceny and other similar crimes. He pleaded guilty to the theft crimes in mid-January after his November arrest.