Sean Michael Phillips Appeals Reinstatement of Murder Charges

Sean Michael Phillips appeals the reinstatement of murder charges against him in the Baby Kate case. Mlive reports an appeal was filed on Tuesday. In September, of last year, Judge Peter Wadel said there wasn't enough evidence to go to trial. Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and the Attorney General's Office appealed the ruling and in December, Judge Richard Cooper, overturned the original ruling... allowing them to continue to pursue charges of open murder against Phillips. Phillips has been serving his prison sentence of unlawful imprisonment of his daughter, since 2012.  

Miss America Visits Ludington

Miss America will visit Ludington to help launch COVE's new facility. KiraKazantsev  is in Ludington today for the grand opening of COVE’s new facility for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

This will be Kazantsev's first time in Michigan.  Her platform, “Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence,” fits right in with COVE’s mission.  Carrie Kosla, Miss Ludington Area board member and COVE’s outreach and fundraising coordinator helped COVE invite Kazantsev to be here for the special grand opening. A fundraising dinner will be held Tuesday night at Lincoln Hills Golf Club. 

Man Faces Charges in Oceana County for Arson

The man accused of burning a building in Mears before attacking the Grand Haven Coast Guard Station, will be arraigned on four charges in Oceana County. 33-year-old Matthew Lawrence Krueger is currently residing in the Ottawa County Jail on two felony charges. According to the Oceana County Press, Krueger will be arraigned via video conference on the following charges: first and second-degree arson... preparation to burn property of value of $20,000 or more... and preparation to burn real insured property. Between charges from both counties, Krueger faces life in prison. Both cases are still under investigation.


Whitehall Teen Sentenced for Car Crash that Killed Two People

A Whitehall teen gets a year in the Muskegon County Jail for a crash that killed two people. Mlive reports 18-year-old Jordyn Alexander Garza was given the sentence, yesterday, plus five years probation. Garza pled no contest to the accident which occurred this past August in Whitehall. Garza was driving at fast speeds, with two teenage passengers, through an alley between Mears Avenue and Division Street. Garza ran through a stop sign before losing control and crashing into a power pole and tree. The accident killed his 15-year-old cousin and gravely injured the other 16-year-old passenger... who eventually died in October from injuries sustained. Speed was the only factor in the crash.

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