Two Michigan prosecutors say they’ll enforce 1931 abortion ban despite injunction
“If a case is brought in front of our clients, at least, they’ve indicated to us and the media that they’ll look at it,” said David Kallman, a lawyer with the conservative Great Lakes Justice Center. “And if the facts are there, they’ll charge, because the law is the law and it’s in effect.”washingtonpost.com
A military vet with a Purple Heart got a MS Coast girl pregnant. He was 40. She was 14.
Jacob Blair Scott, who faked his own death before being arrested on multiple child sex crimes charges, bought multiple morning after pills after the child told him the news, according to testimony. Here’s more from court.news.yahoo.com
Driver faces federal charges after dozens of immigrants found in 18-wheeler
Federal charges have been filed against the driver of an 18-wheeler that is at the center of an immigrant smuggling investigation. Codi Denise Hartman is accused of transporting the immigrants from Donna to Jackson County, where the rig ran out of gas.
‘Texas is in trouble’: 61 migrants apprehended, several still on loose after being found in disabled 18-wheeler in Jackson Co., sheriff says
Authorities are investigating after at least 80 migrants were found inside a disabled 18-wheeler in Jackson County Friday morning, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed.
Will Kevin Strickland, imprisoned 43 years for murders he and others say he didn’t commit, be exonerated?
If he is exonerated, Strickland’s four decades behind bars would be the longest confirmed wrongful conviction in Missouri’s history — and one of the longest in the nation’s history.washingtonpost.com
Legal pot growers frustrated by illegal operations in Oregon
Amanda Metzler, a licensed cannabis grower, has beefed up security around her property and no longer dares to go out after dark because she's afraid of armed cartel members who run illegal marijuana farms in her region — even directly across the street. Elin Miller, a vineyard owner, said the illegal sites have lured away so many field workers that grape growers and wineries are suffering labor shortages, particularly at harvest time. Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler says the crime rate, associated with the thousands of illegal marijuana farms that have sprung up this year in southern Oregon, has gone through the roof.news.yahoo.com
Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard
On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about two tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that the proliferation of industrial-scale marijuana farms has gotten so bad and so brazen that Jackson County Commissioners asked Gov. Kate Brown to send in the Oregon National Guard “to assist, as able, in the enforcement of laws related to the production of cannabis.” During last Wednesday's raid in Medford, Oregon, police found a vast outdoor growing operation, plus harvested plants hanging upside down on drying racks and 3,900 pounds (1,800 kilograms) of resinous buds stashed in huge bags and in stacks of plastic storage containers.news.yahoo.com
Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency
A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, appealing to the governor and the Legislature's leaders for help. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners said law enforcement officers and county and state regulators and code enforcers are overwhelmed and warned of an “imminent threat to the public health and safety of our citizens from the illegal production of cannabis in our county.” Illegal marijuana grows have been a persistent problem throughout the West, even in states like California that have legalized pot.news.yahoo.com
Sheriff IDs woman found in 1977 as victim of serial killer
A Mississippi sheriff's department said Tuesday that it has identified the skeletal remains of a woman found nearly 44 years ago, and investigators believe she was a victim of the now-deceased Samuel Little, the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. Hunters found the woman's remains in December 1977 in the small community of Escatawpa in coastal Jackson County, Mississippi, and investigators had referred to her since then as “Escatawpa Jane Doe.” Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a news release Tuesday that investigators used DNA to identify the remains as those of Clara Birdlong, who was born in 1933 in Leflore County, Mississippi, which is nearly 300 miles (483 kilometers) northwest of Jackson County.news.yahoo.com
Ex-Florida deputy gets 12 years for planting drugs
A former Florida sheriff's deputy received a 12-year prison sentence for planting drugs inside drivers' cars during traffic stops and then arresting them. Former Jackson County deputy Zachary Wester, 28, did not speak at Tuesday's hearing. Internal affairs investigators found the drugs hidden inside Wester’s patrol car in the summer of 2018, shortly before he was suspended.news.yahoo.com
2 charged in Michigan plots served in US Marines
This photo provided by the Jackson County Sheriffs Office shows Joseph Morrison. Agents foiled a stunning plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch her from her vacation home. According to an FBI affidavit, Morrison is one of the founding members of the Wolverine Watchmen, which authorities described as an anti-government, anti-law enforcement militia group. (Jackson County Sheriffs Office via AP)
2 charged in Michigan plots served in US Marines
Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch her from her vacation home. (Jackson County Sheriffs Office via AP)DETROIT – The U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Saturday that two men charged in plots against Michigan's government spent time in the military. Harris is one of six men charged federally with conspiring to kidnap Democratic Gov. Morrison was a lance corporal and served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2015 until Thursday, the day he was arraigned on state charges. The Marine Corps said his departure from the reserves is “unrelated to (his) current situation.”Morrison’s last assignment was with the 4th Marine Logistics Group in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Former Jackson County Treasurer Sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft and Wire Fraud Scheme
The former treasurer of Jackson County, Kentucky, was sentenced today to 45 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Claria Horn Boom sentenced Beth N. Sallee, 39, of McKee, Kentucky, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Sallee was also ordered to pay $161,808.23 in restitution for devising a multi-year scheme to defraud the Jackson County Fiscal Court of over $160,000 and for misusing the identity of a Jackson County employee to facilitate her theft. The unauthorized checks drew on various Jackson County Fiscal Court accounts, including the Department of Emergency Services grant, payroll and general fund accounts. To enable her scheme, Sallee forged the signature of other Jackson County employees on unauthorized checks without their knowledge or permission.justice.gov
The 2020 presidential race already in full swing in Wisconsin
Its more than a year before the presidential election, but across the state of Wisconsin it could be fall 2020. We have to do everything we can to reelect him.Most voters across the country are not yet giving much thought to the 2020 presidential election. But in Wisconsin, a state that strategists on both sides think could decide the 2020 race, the parties are arming to the teeth earlier than ever. The Trump campaign last summer named its Wisconsin state director, months earlier than is typical. Andrew Hitt, chairman of the Wisconsin GOP, said he hears the same refrain as he travels the state.latimes.com
All of Mississippi's beaches have been closed for swimming due to toxic algae
Every beach along Mississippi's Gulf Coast is closed for swimming as the entire shoreline is now under the same water warning tied to a blue-green algae bloom. CBS Biloxi affiliate WLOX-TV reported that Pascagoula's two beach testing sites on the east and west stations joined a list of 19 other beaches Sunday morning. Experts believe its closure will prompt the algae bloom to quickly dissipate. Harmful agal bloom is when algae grows quickly on the surface of the water. Warmer waters that experience increases in sea surface temperature or a change in sea currents are susceptible to the bloom.cbsnews.com
Tropical Depression Bill causes flooding, power outages in Wharton County
WHARTON COUNTY, Texas – Tropical Depression Bill is causing problems for Wharton County, according to the Precinct 2 Wharton County Constable's Office. All lanes of Highway 59 at the Wharton County/Jackson County line are closed in both directions due to high water. The flooding that shut down Highway 59 also caused concerns in the city of Wharton Wednesday. The University Place Apartments in the 300 block of University lost power before midnight and a resident smelled electric lines smoldering. "Even though the water wasn't that high when they would drive thru the high water it would push it into peoples homes and businesses causing serious problems," Stanphill said.