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.

MUNISING, MI--   Officials have not yet released the name of the suspect accused of killing an inmate at the Alger Correctional Facility Thursday.

A spokesman with the Department of Corrections says Rodriguez Montez Burks, 23, was found dead in his cell around 2 p.m. It’s not known how Burks was killed, but officials are treating it as a homicide. They say he died at the hands of his cellmate.

The suspect is being held in isolation until his arraignment.


Jul 21, 2017

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Police aren’t sure if someone was abducted in Marquette Township Wednesday or not.

The county Sheriff’s Office received a report from a witness that two men forced a woman into a vehicle near North Star Academy and drove off. After numerous hours of searching, following up on tips from the public, reviewing video footage, and with no missing person report filed, deputies have been unable to verify that an abduction occurred. They say it’s possible the witness may have misinterpreted what he saw.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man is jailed for breaking into area houses. 

City Police arrested Andrew Bass, 22, Wednesday on three counts of first-degree home invasion and three counts of second-degree home invasion.

The arrest comes after an investigation into the break-ins on or around July 10 of numerous homes in the Sandstone Drive area in South Marquette. Among the items stolen were money and portable solar panels.

Bass is lodged in the Marquette County Jail on a bond of $10,000 for each of the six counts.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible abduction in Marquette Township. 

The incident was reported by a witness around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon in the area of Venture Drive and Wright Street near the North Star Academy.  Two men were believed to be forcing a woman into a vehicle.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man has been arrested on several counts of criminal sexual conduct. 

City Police took Darrell Patterson, Jr., 19, into custody Monday for three counts of third-degree CSC.

The arrest stems from allegations that Patterson engaged in sexual behavior with a 14-year-old.

Patterson remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail on a $3,000 bond.

Each count is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 

ONTONAGON, MI--   The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Dollar Bay man for home invasion and possession of marijuana.

Officials say the arrest initially stemmed from an identity theft complaint.

Deputies found the suspect living in a relative’s unoccupied home in Bruce Crossing. He was arrested outside the home without incident and lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Troopers from the Wakefield and Calumet Michigan State Police Posts assisted in the case. 

UPDATE:  A woman reported missing after she went fishing with a coworker Sunday has been found alive.

LeeAnn Wilmoth, 28, of Cooks went to Chicago Lake with Eric Ruska, 37, of Rumely but never returned. Her truck and his boat were found near the lake.

A Public Radio 90 interview with Michigan State Police 1st Lieutenant Bob Pernaski revealed Ruska stopped at the Shell gas station in Munising around 4:25 Friday morning and was immediately taken into custody by undercover surveillance officers.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A Crystal Falls man already accused of killing a horse has now been charged with attempted murder. 

Luke Wool, 18, is also charged with felony firearms, discharging a firearm in or at a building, and two counts of killing/torturing an animal.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Crystal Falls Township residence March 16 on a report that a horse had been shot and injured.  A couple of bullets also penetrated a house near the horse barn.

Deputies say the incident was connected to the death of a horse on February 24.

GLADSTONE, MI--   A man and a teenaged girl are in custody on a drug charge, following a traffic stop in the city of Gladstone.

Public Safety officers made the stop Saturday around 5:50 p.m. on South Hill Road and discovered inside the vehicle components commonly used to make meth.

A 21-year-old Hermansville man was lodged in the Delta County Jail for purchasing pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine. A 16-year-old girl was lodged at the Bay Pines juvenile facility for violating the conditions of her probation.

The case remains under investigation.