Crime

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting nine young gymnasts is a "monster." 

Schuette spoke to reporters Wednesday after filing 22 charges against Dr. Larry Nassar, a former doctor at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics.

Schuette replied "absolutely" when asked if more charges are coming.

Schuette says the victims were girls or teens who were molested at Nassar's home, his Michigan State clinic or a gymnastics club in Eaton County.

ROGERS CITY, MI (AP)--   A Roman Catholic priest in northern Michigan has been charged with sexually assaulting a man. 

The Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka appeared in court Tuesday in Presque Isle County and was returned to jail without bond. He's charged with first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

ONTONAGON COUNTY, MI--   A Petoskey man was arrested on marijuana charges in Ontonagon County Sunday. 

The Sheriff’s Office says a traffic stop was conducted on the 24-year-old suspect around 3:45 p.m.  He was taken into custody on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

The suspect was lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail and later released on 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. 

His arraignment is set for March 6.  

ROGERS CITY, MI (AP)--   A Roman Catholic priest is in jail in northern Michigan in a sexual misconduct investigation. 

The Presque Isle County prosecutor says he won't comment until after an arraignment Tuesday. But radio station WHSB says Bishop Steven Raica discussed the matter Sunday night with members of St. Ignatius Church in Rogers City.

Raica says the Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka denies the allegations. Raica says he's "searching for the truth."

Obwaka, a native of Kenya, has been pastor at St. Ignatius since July 2013. He's been a priest since 2010.

ANOKA, MN--   A Baraga firefighter charged in the deaths of two people in an Anoka, Minnesota traffic accident is facing eight additional charges.

Michael Allen Johnson, 28, was part of a crew of Beartown Firefighters headed to Utah to fight a wildfire August 27, 2016.  Johnson was driving when the vehicle hit the median on I35W and rolled.  James Shelifoe and Alan Swartz died in the crash. Seven others were injured. 

Johnson was originally charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide (gross negligence).  WLUC-TV says he has also been charged with:

Drug arrest in Ahmeek

Feb 15, 2017

AHMEEK, MI--   A Keweenaw County man has been arrested on drug charges by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. 

On Monday UPSET West executed a search warrant at a home on Bollman Avenue in Ahmeek.  They found marijuana, a scale, packaging, and $2,000 in cash. 

Eric Pushee, 52, was arrested on two counts of delivery of marijuana.

UPSET was assisted by the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Department and State Police from the Calumet Post.  

ST. IGNACE, MI--   Another arrest has been made in connection with a drug bust in South Range on Tuesday.  

UPSET executed a search warrant in a residence on Stanton Avenue and found pills, suspected heroin, and crystal meth.  Charles Knuckles, 24, was arraigned on several counts of delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance.

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FLINT, MI (AP)--   Mott Community College in Michigan says it's closing for the day after a threat was made related to the school. 

College spokeswoman Dawn Hibbard says the "active shooter threat" was made Monday morning and all of the Flint-based community college's locations were closed as authorities investigated. The school has several satellite campuses around the state.

Hibbard says the college's public safety department contacted the school's president about the threat and the decision was made to shut down the campuses.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Grand Rapids man has been arrested for selling illegal drugs in Houghton County.

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team-West conducted a month-long investigation that led to the arrest of the 19-year-old Thursday. Detectives obtained information that the suspect was selling 

marijuana, acid, and prescription medication in Houghton County.

UPSET-West executed two search warrants in the City of Houghton and seized marijuana packaged for distribution and prescription medication suspected of being altered with acid.

IRON RIVER, MI--   An Iron River man has been arrested in connection with an alleged grow operation seized from a residence on December 23.  

The Iron River Police Department took the 53-year-old suspect into custody Wednesday. They’re seeking charges of delivery/manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana—2nd offense, and being a habitual offender—4th offense.

The suspect’s name has not been released, pending arraignment. 

The Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Capian-Gaastra Police Department assisted in the case.

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