Crime

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9:15 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Fish sales made by undercover agents in U.P.

Peterson's Fish Market in Hancock
Credit exploringthenorth.com

L'ANSE, MI (AP)--   Agents working undercover ran a fish business in the Upper Peninsula while investigating illegal catches of lake trout.  

The disclosure is in a document unsealed in Marquette federal court.

Since 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it's been investigating illegal catches of lake trout in the upper Great Lakes. The population has been affected by sea lampreys and excessive fishing.

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Crime
11:16 am
Thu November 20, 2014

WI dealing with phone scam

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin consumer protection officials are warning people to be on the lookout for a government imposter phone scam. 

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says residents around the state have been getting pre-recorded calls from a Steven Martin from the U.S. Treasury. The recording warns that the treasury has launched an enforcement action against the person who answers. The recording provides a number he or she should call to avoid appearing before a judge or grand jury for a federal criminal offense.

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Crime
9:27 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Delta County woman charged with taking funds from vulnerable veteran

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba woman has been arrested for embezzling money from a vulnerable adult. 

Detectives from the Escanaba Department of Public Safety took the 37-year-old woman into custody Wednesday morning following a several-month-long investigation.  They say the case involves missing funds from a resident of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

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Crime
11:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

State wants to stop the selling of winning lottery tickets to retailers

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State auditors are urging the Lottery Bureau to crack down on stores that buy winning tickets from players at a discount. 

The practice is illegal. Players apparently are willing to sell a winning ticket at a discount because they don't want the state to learn their identity. They might owe back taxes or other debts.

An audit released Tuesday says 37 store owners turned in winning tickets worth at least $3.6 million in 2012 and 2013. One retailer collected $346,000 last year.

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Crime
10:27 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Downstate boy pleads to gun charge

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI (AP)--   An 11-year-old boy accused of bringing a loaded gun to school in northern Michigan has pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. 

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop two charges Tuesday in Grand Traverse County court.

The boy was in fifth grade in September when another student at Kingsley Middle School told a teacher about the weapon. The pistol had one bullet. No one was hurt at the school, southeast of Traverse City.

The boy will return on Dec. 19 for his sentence. He's been expelled from Kingsley Middle School.

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