domestic violence

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan legislators are proposing new laws designed to better protect victims of domestic violence and stalking. 

Bills introduced this past week would create an address confidentiality program, which supporters say exists in 37 states. Those subject to personal protection orders would have to relinquish their guns. Other measures are aimed at addressing housing- or job-related factors that keep victims with their abusers.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--    Police have identified a Sugar Island man who was stabbed by a 12-year-old boy for assaulting the boy’s mother. 

Edgardo Acevedo-Silva, 33, is charged with domestic violence, assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm in a building, and felony firearms. He’s accused of firing multiple rounds into the floor of a residence on Labor Day. Fearing for his mother’s life, a boy stabbed Silva four times. He and his mother ran from the house and Silva chased them with the gun.

GWINN, MI--   A Gwinn man is in police custody, following a domestic violence incident in Forsyth 


Township Police say it happened Sunday on the 100 block of Warrior Street.

Andre Moore, 37, was arrested for assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and domestic violence.

He remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail.

Chocolay Township Police and the Michigan State Police assisted at the scene. 

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Iron Mountain Police are searching for a man wanted on a felony warrant.

Officers say Benjamin Martinez, 34, is wanted for aggravated domestic violence, domestic violence—second offense, and habitual offender—fourth notice.

Anyone with information on Martinez’ whereabouts is asked to call the Iron Mountain Police Department at 906-774-1234, or send officers a message through the department’s Facebook page.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two people were arrested in connection with a domestic incident in Marquette early Monday morning. 

City police responded around 12:40 a.m. to the 200 block of Blemhuber Avenue in reference to a possible fight and a subject with a gun. 

Officers arrested Kevin Asgaard, 45, of downstate Caledonia for domestic violence and Gregory Asgaard, 41, of Marquette for possession of a firearm while under the influence.  Both were lodged at the county jail.

Officers say injuries were reported at the scene, but not due to the weapon. 

MARQUETTE, MI--    A Forsyth Township man has been sentenced for domestic violence and hitting a power pole at Sawyer. 

Christian Champion, 21, was arrested last October after he allegedly drove while drunk and struck the pole, triggering an area-wide power outage. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Houghton County man faces drug and domestic violence charges, following a drug bust in Atlantic Mine.

Steven Ruotsala, 47, was taken into custody last Wednesday after Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic complaint.  They executed search warrants at two residences and uncovered a substantial amount of crystal meth. 

Ruotsala is charged with delivery/manufacture of meth and domestic violence – third offense.  The drugs are believed to have come from Wisconsin. 

ADAMS TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person has been arrested in Houghton County on drug charges. 

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office was called in the early morning hours of Wednesday to Adams Township on a domestic violence complaint.  During the course of the investigation deputies secured two residences and obtained search warrants.  Execution of the warrants uncovered a substantial amount of crystal meth. 

Deputies say one man was taken into custody.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A domestic violence victim found safety in a Houghton auto parts store Tuesday 


Houghton Police say around 8:15 a 34-year-old woman who was bleeding from a cut above her eye tried to enter Auto Zone on Memorial Drive.  A man followed the woman and tried to enter the store.  He was stopped at the door by an employee, who locked it, but not before the suspect threw a punch at him. 

Police arrested 37-year-old Jeffery Perala of Painesdale and charged him with aggravated assault and assault and battery. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Victims' rights advocates say Michigan lags behind some other states when it comes to laws meant to keep guns from domestic abusers. 

More than a dozen states have taken steps in the past two years to strengthen laws that would keep guns from domestic abusers. But Michigan State University legal expert April Zeoli says Michigan has no law to ensure those barred by a judge from owning guns in domestic violence cases don't have them.