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A woman who reached a plea deal after being accused of making threats outside a western Michigan mosque has been sentenced to three years of probation. Thirty-four-year-old Kari Moss of Ada learned her punishment Tuesday. She earlier pleaded no contest to making a false bomb threat. A stiffer charge of making a false threat of terrorism was dismissed under the agreement. 

A Michigan man who authorities say gave the opioid-withdrawal medication methadone to fellow jail inmate who died of a drug overdose is expected to get a plea deal in the case. The Lansing State Journal reports 33-year-old Andrew Dwayne Navarre of Big Rapids waived his right to a preliminary review of the evidence Thursday in 55th District Court.

A judge has ordered a 62-year-old hunter safety instructor to stand trial on a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy who was squirrel hunting in western Michigan. Roger Hoeker of Jenison was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but 78th District Court Judge H. Kevin Drake this week sent the case to circuit court on a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. 

A woman who entered a plea agreement in the death of an 85-year-old woman who was found in cold weather outside an assisted living center in western Michigan has received a delayed jail sentence. A Kent County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday sentenced Denise Filcek to six months in jail, but agreed to delay the jail term for an appeal.

A cousin of a man charged in the slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk is expected to avoid additional jail time for helping him afterward. Kevin Bluhm pleaded no contest Monday to being an accessory after the fact of murder. He's been jailed since September 2016 on the charge. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing, which is scheduled Jan. 9. 

Judge hears arguments over bottled water permit dispute

Nov 17, 2017

A judge is promising a decision in the weeks ahead after hearing arguments in a dispute over a company's bid to pump more water for the Ice Mountain brand. Nestle Waters North America sued after Osceola Township rejected a permit in Osceola County in western Michigan. 

A 22-year-old bakery employee has pleaded no contest after being accused of putting pieces of a metal cooling rack into bread in western Michigan.  Muskegon County court records show Adam Brooks' plea to placing harmful objects in food came during a pretrial hearing Monday. A poisoning food charge was dropped. 

Brooks was arrested in March after other employees at R.W. Bakers in Norton Shores notified management. Authorities have said none of the bread ended up available for purchase or consumption.

Police say the recent death of a vehicle passenger after teenagers allegedly threw rocks from a Flint area overpass is just one of many cases in the past four decades where people hurl debris from area bridges. Five teenagers have been charged with second-degree murder in connection to throwing rocks off the Interstate 75 overpass that led to 32-year-old Kenneth White's death this month. 

Two men have been convicted of murder in the January shooting deaths of two men outside a mid-Michigan Walmart store. Otis Smith Jr. and Anthony Holloway, both of Grand Rapids, were convicted Monday in Shiawassee County Circuit Court in the deaths of 31-year-old Joseph Michael Carson and 39-year-old Anthony Lee Hammond, both of Flint. 

Liberal critics of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have cleared a procedural hurdle in a lawsuit seeking emails from the private accounts of key members of his staff. A group called Progress Michigan believes Schuette and 20 staffers for years used private email to discuss public business. The group filed a lawsuit after the attorney general's office responded to a public records request by saying it possessed only one record and it was exempt. 

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