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By any gauge, 2020 has been a difficult year. But the residents of Sanford can claim they’ve had it tougher than many.

Back in May, many lost their homes as floodwaters swept through the Midland County town.

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A proposed constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot this November. It could limit how law enforcement scans for data on your cell phone.

If you’re stopped by police, there are devices which can scan your cell phone or other electronic devices and download your documents and other information. 

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The Michigan State Police are investigating an alleged bar fight between two Flint city officials.  

The fight between councilman Eric Mays and Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s Deputy Chief of Staff allegedly took place at a Flint bar last week. City police turned the investigation over to the MSP.

Eric Mays told reporters Monday night that he’s scheduled to meet with the state police Tuesday morning. 

Mays accuses the mayor of protecting his aide.

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Update 9:03 a.m. Friday, January 31: Michigan State Police says all 911 dispatch centers across the state are up and running.

A "fiber optic technical issue" affected a number of emergency phone lines early this morning.

MSP says Peninsula Fiber Network, LLC is investigating the cause of the outage.

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Updated January 16 at 4:30 p.m.:

The Michigan State Police has identified at least 52 drunk driving cases that could have been affected by breathalyzers that were not properly maintained. That’s according to testimony Thursday in a state Senate hearing.

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A number of public schools in West Michigan received threats of violence in the past couple of weeks. District leaders in Kalamazoo, Parchment, Portage and Vicksburg canceled classes at some or all of their schools. With each threat comes a police investigation and increased security.

Lt. Michael Shaw of the Michigan State Police spoke with Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about how police respond to school threats.

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The Michigan State Police says it's investigating an incident involving an undercover officer who ran a stop sign, and whose vehicle was hit by a civilian driver on July 3 in Detroit.



MSP spokesman Lieutenant Michael Shaw says they're still investigating what happened 

“If one of our members is in the wrong, we have shown that we're not afraid to send that information to the prosecutor and do criminal charges or administratively look at that as well,” he says.

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A new enforcement campaign by the Michigan State Police will focus on aggressive drivers along I-94 between Jackson and Taylor.

The campaign is called TACT – or Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks.

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More than a million people are expected to take to Michigan’s highways this Memorial Day weekend.  

There will also be plenty of law enforcement officials on the road.

AAA is predicting this will be the busiest Memorial Day Weekend in more than a decade.

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Nearly four years after he was shot by officers trying to arrest him at his father’s Detroit home, Terrance Kellom’s parents say evidence from their federal lawsuit shows the police account of their son’s death doesn’t make sense.

The initial story was that a single federal agent, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Mitchell Quinn, shot and killed Kellom when a multi-agency task force attempted to arrest him on an armed robbery warrant in April 2015.

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The future for some drug detecting police canines is uncertain in Michigan, now that recreational marijuana is legal.

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A jury is now deliberating the fate of former Michigan State Trooper Mark Bessner, who faces murder and manslaughter charges in the August 2017 death of Detroit teen Damon Grimes.

Bessner tasered Grimes from a police car during a chase through an east side Detroit neighborhood. Grimes crashed and flipped the ATV he was driving, and ultimately died of blunt force head trauma.

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A judge has denied the government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Michigan State Police car chase policy. 

The judge’s decision allows the lawsuit to move forward, though the state may appeal the ruling.

The suit seeks damages for the families of innocent bystanders who were seriously injured or killed in accidents involving cars fleeing state troopers in Flint. 

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Wayne County prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that former Michigan State Trooper Mark Bessner action's went “beyond the pale” when he tasered 15-year-old Damon Grimes during a police chase through a Detroit neighborhood in the summer of 2017.

Bessner’s defense attorney countered the trooper “reasonably believed” that Grimes presented a threat, and that he used appropriate force during a “tense, uncertain, rapidly-evolving situation.”

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Jury selection began today in the murder trial of a former Michigan State Police trooper.

Mark Bessner faces second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes in July 2017.

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In Flint Monday, a judge will hear arguments over dismissing a lawsuit concerning police car chases.

In 2014, a state police trooper tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in Flint, which sped away. A high speed chase ensued. It ended when the fleeing vehicle caused a chain reaction crash that left one person dead and another permanently injured.

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Starting July 4th, Michigan law enforcement agencies will be required to use a national database to search for missing persons.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, is a national clearinghouse for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States. NamUs was launched in 2007 by the U.S. Justice Department. 

But some Michigan law enforcement agencies have been slow to use it.

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It will soon be up to a Genesee County judge to decide if a lawsuit challenging the Michigan State Police chase policy will go to trial.

In recent years, state police troopers assigned to patrol Flint were involved in several high-speed chases that ended in serious accidents where people were killed or severely injured.

In the coming weeks, a judge will decide if a lawsuit against the state police will go forward or be dismissed.

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Police say more than a dozen protesters have been arrested after refusing to leave the rotunda of the Michigan Capitol.

Michigan State Police say in a statement about 125 people were on the floor off the Capitol rotunda Tuesday afternoon and were required to leave the building when it closed at 5 p.m. Police say 19 refused and were arrested for trespassing.

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Police in Michigan hope the number of unsolved missing persons will drop thanks to a new law  signed by Governor Rick Snyder recently.

The legislation requires all law enforcement agencies to put missing persons’ information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System – or NamUs.

Law enforcement say Michigan is ranked 3rd in the nation for most missing persons. Experts say requiring law enforcement to put case information into NamUs could help lower the state’s number of missing persons.

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The Michigan State Police says four cars were hit by "projectiles" along I-75 in metro Detroit Sunday afternoon, and they don't think it was an accident.

Drivers told police that something struck the rear windows of their cars while driving along a 10-mile stretch between Troy and Detroit. Police say some windows were shattered, but no one was injured.

Flying road debris has been a problem on some highways this winter, but police have ruled that out. They also don't believe the damage was caused by a gun, but say someone could have used a BB gun or a slingshot.

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Wayne County Prosector Kym Worthy has charged a former Michigan State Police trooper with 2nd degree murder. Last summer, Mark Bessner fired his Taser from a patrol car during a chase in Detroit. The Taser struck a teenager who was fleeing police on an all-terrain vehicle. The 15-year-old crashed the ATV and died. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss the case.

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Murder charges have been filed against a former Michigan State Police trooper who shot his taser at at 15-year-old boy as the teen was fleeing from police on an ATV.


The ATV crashed into a parked truck and killed Damon Grimes.


Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged former trooper Mark Bessner with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter.


That second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged a former Michigan State Police trooper and three Detroit police officers with a slew of serious crimes, including second-degree murder.

Former MSP trooper Mark Bessner faces the murder charge. He’s also charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

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Julia Simonelli says when she walked into the Michigan State Police post in Cadillac and told them she needed addiction treatment, police spent hours trying to find the right rehab center for her.

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If you're planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving, be ready for some extra traffic.

According to AAA Michigan, more than 1.6 million of the state's residents will travel 50 miles or more for a turkey dinner.

AAA says that's a 3.5% increase from last year. It's also the most travelers since 2007.

Along with more traffic, drivers can also expect to see a bigger police presence throughout the state.

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Starting today, law enforcement in five counties are piloting a new roadside drug test that analyzes saliva swabs for marijuana, opioids, meth, and other drugs above a certain threshold.

“When you say ‘roadside drug testing pilot begins,’ everybody thinks that we're setting up checkpoints and putting swabs in everybody's mouth,” says First Lieutenant Michael Shaw, a spokesperson for the state police. “And that's not the case.”

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The director of the Michigan State Police will work five days without pay. That's the penalty Gov. Rick Snyder gave Col. Kriste Etue for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem "degenerates." Snyder also ordered all state departments to ensure their policies promote diversity and inclusiveness. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether the punishment will be enough for those who've called for Etue's resignation.

Detroit NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony led the call for "insitutional" change at MSP.
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The Detroit chapter of the NAACP and other civil rights advocates say the Michigan State Police has a race relations problem, and needs serious institutional change.

Some leaders, including Detroit NAACP leader Rev. Wendell Anthony, called again Tuesday for current MSP Chief Col. Kristy Etue to resign.