Sean Michael Phillips Prelim Recessed

It will be two weeks before it's determined if Sean Michael Phillips will face open murder charges against his daughter, Baby Kate. Phillips appeared in court this morning for a preliminary hearing. Judge Wadel informed the court that he will review the exhibits and arguments presented to him, before making a final decision on whether or not there is sufficient evidence to charge Phillips with open murder. The prosecution argued that there were three pieces of evidence to charge Phillips... but the totality of the note, written to Kate's mother, Ariel Courtland, is proof he committed a crime. The letter states that he can't explain much but Kate is "somewhere peaceful." Michigan Assistant Attorney General Donna Pendergrast also said DNA testing done by the FBI and an independent forensic lab confirm the letter was written by Phillips, while serving time in prison. defense attorney, David Glancy, argues that the evidence presented by the prosecution doesn't prove Phillips was acting with criminal intent or that the crime was premeditated. Glancy says there is only enough to charge him with manslaughter and not first- or second-degree murder.


GLE Utility Scam

July 28, 2014

A Great Lakes Energy Cooperative member was contacted today by scammers attempting to collect money. The electric member, a local business in Gaylord, was contacted by phone by a person posing to be with Great Lakes Energy. The caller had an accent and threatened to shut off the member’s electric service if the account was not paid immediately.

The GLE member wisely hung up and called his electric cooperative to report the incident. The member received confirmation from Great Lakes Energy that the call requesting payment was a scam.

This is the same scam that was reported in June by another GLE member. Other utility customers across the country have also been targets of similar scams.

Any GLE member who receives a call from someone claiming to be from Great Lakes Energy and feels pressured for immediate payment or personal information is advised to hang up the phone and call their electric cooperative. Great Lakes Energy members can call 1-888-485-2537 and speak to any GLE member service representative. Co-op members, or any consumer, should never give out personal information, including financial account numbers or social security numbers, over the phone or internet to someone they do not know.

Great Lakes Energy is a member-owned electric cooperative utility serving more than 125,000 members in 26 counties.

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