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MARQUETTE, MI--   A Menominee County man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a child. 

Patrick Wandahsega, 40, of Wilson was charged in federal court with abusive sexual conduct involving young children and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was accused of molesting a 6-year-old at his home on the Hannahville Indian Reservation in 2015.

Wandahsega was found guilty of the abusive sexual conduct charge following a four-day trial last October. He was sentenced in Marquette Federal Court Tuesday to 24 years in prison.   

 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Eric Ruska has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a woman and repeatedly assaulting her last July. 

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court in November to kidnapping and three counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

He reportedly asked the 28-year-old victim to go fishing with him on Chicago Lake threatened her, then took her hostage. Ruska drove around the Hiawatha National Forest for five days and assaulted the Cooks woman.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls will be confronted again this week by scores of victims.

Larry Nassar faces another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts, this time at an elite Michigan club run by an Olympic coach.

Judge Janice Cunningham set aside three days for roughly 60 people who want to confront Nassar or have their statement read in court. The event could unfold much the same as a hearing last week in another county that ended with Nassar getting sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A seven-day hearing for a Michigan sports doctor ended with tears, hugs and applause after he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molestation allegations. 

Kyle Stephens grew up as a friend of Larry Nassar's family and was the first victim to testify in court last year. She was glad to attend the sentencing and called it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch my monster be put away."

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A judge is poised to send Larry Nassar to prison after listening to days of testimony from women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by the Michigan sports doctor.

More than 150 victims have appeared in court in Lansing, Michigan, or had their statements read by others since last week. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear a few more Wednesday before sentencing Nassar. He worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   A former employee of the Superior Eye Health and Vision Therapy Center in Marquette has been sentenced for embezzlement. 

Jamie Tasson, 39, was initially charged with seven counts of embezzlement over $100,000, possession of a fraudulent financial transaction device, and using a computer to commit a crime. She allegedly took more than $250,000 from center owner, Dr. Heidi Johnson.

Tasson pleaded guilty in November to a reduced embezzlement charge. In return the other charges were dropped.

ANOKA, MN--   A Baraga firefighter charged in the deaths of two people in a rollover crash in Minnesota has been sentenced. 

Michael Johnson, 29, was part of a crew of Beartown Firefighters from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. He was driving in a convoy headed to Utah to fight a wildfire in August of 2016 when the truck hit the median on I35W and rolled.

James Shelifoe and Alan Swartz died in the crash. Seven others were injured.

Johnson told to police he used cocaine and marijuana in the two days before the accident. He said he fell asleep at the wheel.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Forsyth Township man has been sentenced for taking money from an adult placed in his guardianship.

Gary Vadnais, 49, of Gwinn pleaded guilty in September to embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. He was a court-appointed guardian of the victim when he allegedly diverted money for his own use.

Vadnais was sentenced last week to 45 days in jail. He also paid restitution. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Ishpeming man charged in the stabbing death of a Marquette man in June of last year has been sentenced.

Derek Blemke, 25, pleaded no contest earlier this year to second-degree murder. He was arrested after Brandon LaFavre, 21, was found dead in his apartment on the 200 block of Wright Street. Blemke was accused of stabbing LaFavre 24 times while LaFavre slept.

Blemke was sentenced Monday to 20 to 40 years in prison with credit for 479 days already served. 

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   An Iron County man found guilty of shooting and killing his stepdaughter last year has been sentenced. 

Alfred Saario, 66, of Alpha tried to take his own life with the same firearm, but failed. He was convicted by a jury in August of second-degree murder and discharging a firearm indoors resulting in death.

Jamie Lee James, 29, was killed in the incident.

Saario was sentenced Thursday in Iron County Circuit Court to 25 to 40 years in prison.

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