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Why am I a witness? I didn't see the crime occur. Witnesses are not limited to "eye witness," and may not know they know an important fact. We have help for the Victim and the Witness.
Prevention is Key. From PPOs to Internet safety plans for children, you can take steps to be prepared and prevent crimes from happening to you and your family.
The Foster Care Review Board annually recognizes professionals in the child welfare system for their outstanding work in protecting, advocating, and caring for children and families served by the system. We received notification that our own Scott Moore was nominated for Lawyer-Guardian ad Litem of the Year by two local DHS workers. While he did not ultimately receive the award, it speaks volumes about his reputation as an advocate for the children in the foster care system.
Adult and Family Court Docket for week of December 1, 2014
Kenneth Robert Larman (14-004895-FH): On October 6, 2014, the Defendant entered a guilty plea to Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture 5-45 Kilograms of Marijuana (20-200 plants) and Controlled Substance – Operate/Maintain a Laboratory (Meth). Today, on November 17, 2014, the Defendant was sentenced to prison by Judge Evans. His sentence is as follows:
MDOC 15 months to 10 years on both counts to run concurrently
77 days credit for time already served
$383.94 to Harrison Fire Department joint and several with his co-defendants
$136 state costs, $130 Crime Victim Rights Assessment
Dillon William Cooper (14-0735-SM): The Defendant was charged with Domestic Violence based upon his actions on August 8, 2014, and today (11/13/14) he was found guilty of that charge after a jury trial in District Court. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Traci Akins handled the matter for the people. She did a wonderful job presenting the case to the jury, especially with an uncooperative victim. We thank Deputy Kahsin for his hard work on this case. We also thank Sgt. Garchow and Tom Brubaker of the Clare County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance on this case. The Court sentenced the Defendant immediately following the verdict. He was sentenced to spend 93 days in jail, credit for 20 days already served, and to pay $300 in court appointed attorney fees. The Defendant was represented by attorney Karyn Tomczyk.
(The Defendant currently has felony charges pending against him stemming from this case: Witness Intimidation, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felony Firearm, as a habitual offender. That matter will proceed to a preliminary examination. A date has not yet been provided by the court.)
John Raymond Lacure (14-0452-SD): The Defendant was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle with a High BAC based upon his conduct on May 23, 2014. His blood alcohol content was .216 – which is approximately three times the legal limit. After a jury trial held today (November 6, 2014) in the 80th District Court the Defendant was found guilty by a jury of his peers. Assistant Prosecutor Scott Moore tried the case for the People and Dwight Carpenter represented the defendant. We would like to thank Deputy Sentz of the Clare County Sheriff’s Department for his hard work on this case. We would also like to thank the other witnesses that came forward to testify today. The Defendant was referred for a pre-sentence investigation interview and will be sentenced at a later date.
Daniel Raymond Carlton (14-004790-FC): On October 6, 2014, the defendant entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd Degree. He was sentenced on November 3, 2014, by Judge Evans to the following:
Richard Hunter Thompson (14-004893-FH) heads back to prison
Two people were sentenced to prison this past Monday, September 22, 2014
Clare County Prosecutor’s Office Praises Launch of New Statewide Student Safety Initiative, OK2SAY
Partnership with AG, MSP, State Agencies, Schools and Law Enforcement Creates Comprehensive Safety Initiative for Michigan Kids
Harrison, Mich. – Clare County Prosecutor’s Office today praised the launch of OK2SAY, a new hotline and student safety initiative available to Michigan students beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. OK2SAY enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff or other school employees. The program will operate as an early warning system in our schools to thwart tragedies before they occur. Created as a result of the Student Safety Act (183 PA 2013), OK2SAY’s focus is on early intervention and prevention.
“Keeping our children safe in school is paramount,” said Michelle J. Ambrozaitis, Clare County Prosecuting Attorney. “OK2SAY is a fantastic tool for combating school violence. It empowers children to speak up and fight back against school violence.”
“Our students learn best in a safe environment, but dangerous behaviors threaten to disrupt our schools, and in the worst cases, take the lives of our students,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette. “OK2SAY will create an early warning system in our schools and communities to stop tragedies before they start. We cannot sit and wait for the next Columbine or Sandy Hook. We must be proactive to ensure our kids are safe, both inside and outside the classroom. If even one child is saved, this program will be a success.”
Fighting the Culture of Silence
According to the U.S. Secret Service, for 81% of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it. OK2SAY will discourage the persistent culture of silence among students who fear reporting threatening behavior is
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Michelle J. AmbrozaitisClare County Prosecuting Attorney 225 W. Main, PO Box 586 Harrison, Michigan 48625 Tel: (989) 539-9831Fax: (989) 539-1807
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