Attorney General Bill Schuette

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Houghton Police Department are warning about disaster scammers. 

Schuette toured flood damage in the Copper Country Friday. WLUC-TV reports Schuette says scammers are always looking for a way to make money. Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly says residents should especially watch out for those who want to quick seal damaged basements. He says steer clear of anyone who says it has to be done immediately.

Residents should also be careful of so-called contractors going door-to-door to sell their services.

IRON RIVER, MI--   The license of a U.P. psychologist has been suspended for alleged sexual misconduct with patients.

Schuette says tugboat caused straits damage

Apr 19, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that he’s filing a lawsuit against a shipping company allegedly responsible for the break of two power lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

In a written press release the AG says Escanaba-based VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc. dragged an anchor across the bottom of the straits, causing dents in the Line 5 pipeline and rupturing two power lines owned by American Transmission Company.

Andrea Bitely is a spokesperson for the AG. She says the company could face a $25,000 fine.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A federal judge says the Michigan Department of Corrections cannot deny good conduct credits to former juvenile lifers who are now entitled to parole hearings. 

The decision revokes part of a state law adopted to comply with a 2012 U-S Supreme Court decision. That decision said automatic life without parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

Deborah LaBelle is an attorney with the ACLU. She says the state is making it too hard for this group of Michigan inmates to win their freedom.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Legislature cannot fund projects from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have not been recommended by the fund.

In an opinion released Monday and dated Nov. 3, Schuette also says lawmakers lack the authority to require the fund to spend a mandated amount of development funds on a specific type of development.

The opinion was issued in response to questions from a state senator and the director of the state Department of Natural Resources.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. 

That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them.  

The charges allege the former employees filled out logs to show they visited patient rooms and responded to alerts that patients had left their beds and risked injury, even though video evidence showed they had not.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Michigan school superintendent doesn't have authority to cut off tax dollars to districts with American Indian mascots or logos. 

Schuette's opinion was sought by state Rep. Tim Kelly, a Republican from Saginaw County.

Critics of schools with Indian mascots say they create a hostile environment and are culturally insensitive. But supporters say they're signs of respect.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he has "no reason to be concerned" about being charged in the Flint water investigation.  

Snyder's comments to the Detroit Free Press occurred as the bill for his legal fees reached $4.9 million — all paid by taxpayers. The governor says much of the money has been spent on producing documents requested by Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigators.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A federal appeals court appears to be moving quickly in a dispute over Michigan's ban on straight-party voting. 

A judge in Detroit suspended the law, saying it violates the rights of black voters. Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency appeal Wednesday to try to freeze that decision.

Critics who won the injunction have been ordered by the court to respond by Monday. Ballots for the fall election must be printed soon.