Judge appoints self to 'baby kate' trial after dismissing case; prosecutors appeal

Mlive reports. The Michigan Attorney General's office and the Mason County prosecutor have appealed a recent decision by Mason County 79th District Judge Peter Wadel - also the chief judge of all of Mason County courts.

Last year, acting as a district judge, Wadel heard the Phillips murder case in a preliminary examination and dismissed the case. Circuit Judge Richard I. Cooper (since retired) in December overturned Wadel's decision and ordered that the murder case go to trial. Then Wadel, acting as chief judge of Mason County's 51st Circuit Court, appointed himself the trial judge, according to a brief filed by prosecutors Pendergast and Spaniola.

The prosecutors argue that Wadel acting as trial judge would create an "appearance of impropriety" because as district judge had already ruled on the same issues that would arise in the trial.




City of Manistee opens up showers and water due to frozen pipes.

 The City of Manistee will open and make available shower and restroom facilities at the Municipal Marina Facility, 480 River Street beginning Thursday, March 5, 2015 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. until Friday, March 20, 2015.

The City of Manistee and the American Red Cross will have drinking water available for citizens to pick up at no cost, until water is restored to their home. The drinking water can be picked up starting this afternoon at the DPW during normal business hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Mitch Deisch, City Manager at 231-398-2801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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