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Mom apparently well enough now to face super drunk OWI charges

Authorities in Bay County, Michigan, say an arrest is now imminent in connection with a single-vehicle car accident that occurred back in May. The suspect in the matter is 29-year-old Midland woman and prosecutors say they expect to charge her with three criminal charges involving alleged drunk driving.

It's not clear why it has taken this long for authorities to take action, but it may be because the defendant suffered significant injuries in the crash and required a long stay in the hospital. Police say she broke multiple bones and suffered a number of internal injuries that left her in critical condition. Meanwhile, the woman's infant daughter, who was in the vehicle, escaped serious injury.

DUI suspected in Ada SUV-bike crash, felony homicide charged

The brother of a Bitely man suspected of impaired driving related to fatal crash in Ada Township says his sibling is no stranger to the trauma of drunk driving. He says that only makes the tragedy that left a 52-year-old Grand Rapids man that much harder to deal with. He says he's sure his brother is just devastated by the whole matter.

The events about which we write reportedly happened on the evening of July 9 on Egypt Valley Avenue between 3 Mile and 4 Mile roads. Authorities say that the victim was riding up a steep hill when he was struck from behind by an SUV being driven by the suspect. Despite rescue efforts, the bicyclist died at the scene.

OWI charge may be least of Central Michigan man's worries

A charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Michigan is serious business no matter what the circumstances may be. Sometimes, though, a charge of drunk driving may be only one of several that a person is facing. That doesn't diminish the gravity of the OWI allegation, but its significance could wind up being overshadowed depending on the severity of the other charges.

This is something that may well be on the mind of a West Branch, Michigan, man after a reported weekend altercation. 

Holiday may test awareness levels about drunk boating in Michigan

Last weekend, Michigan police and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted the annual Operation Dry Water weekend. This weekend, we might find out if the effort achieved its objective -- to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence.

The yearly ODW weekend is a joint effort of federal, state and local officials. This year it was held over the June 28-29 time frame. Authorities were reportedly out in force on the Great Lakes and inland lakes enforcing BUI laws. Under Michigan law, it is illegal to operate a vessel of any kind on the water if your blood alcohol content is 0.10 percent or more. Drug impairment is outlawed, as well.

Eased marijuana laws may not relieve domestic abuse concerns

It would seem fair to say that, generally speaking, Michigan law allowing the use and regulated dispensing of medical marijuana has won social acceptance. Some might even say that the law has been quite successful. However, it is equally clear that not all the glitches have been worked out.

While those with permission to grow, dispense and use medicinal marijuana may feel a more secure that they won't likely face criminal charges. Some still do find themselves being busted. And then, there's are the problems that can arise in the context of family law, such as when concerns are raised that medical marijuana use occurs in a home where there are children.

Drug crime plea yields probation for former Mi. sheriff's deputy

Her career in law enforcement is over, but a 36-year-old Genesee County woman has a shot at a new life and career after accepting a plea deal in a drug case.

The 36-year-old former Genesee County Sheriff's deputy had been facing more than 24 drug-related crime allegations in the wake of an investigation last year. Those charges included a number of counts of drug possession, obtaining controlled substances by fraud and health care fraud. 

Under a deal worked out by her attorney and the prosecutor, the woman pleaded guilty to just two charges -- possession of cocaine in an amount less than 25 grams and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. 

Defense in Michigan marijuana case files constitutional challenge

The attorney for a West Michigan man facing federal charges in connection with an alleged marijuana growing operation is looking to challenge whether the case should even be prosecuted. Readers may be familiar with the case in question. We've written about it a couple of times already.

The defendant is one of 37 people who were arrested in a multi-county sting operation last October. At one point, charges were withdrawn in the case. Then, this past April, federal prosecutors brought it back to life. The heart of the drug charge is that the individuals allegedly conspired to use Michigan's medical marijuana law as a shield to produce and traffic in illegal marijuana. 

Drunk boating among concerns for Grand Rapids' river rescuers

Why some people do what they do can be the source of unending puzzlement. This may be particularly true where the Grand River in Grand Rapids is concerned. As a report on MLive shared recently, members of the water rescue crew of the city's fire department have seen some pretty strange things.

A check of records reveals the case of a drunk driver who took to the water from a bridge to avoid a charge of driving under the influence. When rescuers tried to pull him to safety, he refused to leave the frigid waters.

Then there was the case of a personal watercraft rider who got into trouble when he tried to recover his machine from the churning water at the base of the Sixth Street Dam. And, how about the guy who tied a rope to his ankles and jumped off a bridge to impress his girlfriend?

May encounter between police and rifle-toting man sparks debate

The comments are flying fast and furious on MLive.com today. The trigger is an in-depth story about how Kalamazoo police handled a tense situation with a rifle-toting man back on May 4.

Questions being bandied back and forth among readers include whether the armed man broke any laws or not and whether police should have charged him with something. Opinions are clearly split on the subject but in the end police opted not to seek any criminal charge.  

Very often when weapons are involved, authorities do pursue charges. Felony charges that are known to be common include carrying a concealed weapon or assault with a deadly weapon. Obviously, such accusations are serious and anyone facing them should know the importance of contacting an attorney to protect their rights.

Battle Creek police make big heroin haul in traffic stop search

An anti-drug police task force operating in the Battle Creek area is claiming a major score in action this week. A news release from the Battle Creek Police Department says officers confiscated what is described as a large quantity of heroin Monday night.

How much of the suspected drug was seized exactly wasn't reported. Nor did the news release say that anyone had been arrested. It would come as a surprise if police didn't arrest someone in connection with the case, though. And it would seem likely that the events could result in the filing of drug charges related to possession, trafficking and possibly distribution. 

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