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54-B District Court closed August 18 from 3-4:30 p.m.

The 54B District Court in East Lansing will be closed to the public on Friday, August 18 from 3-4:30 p.m. for the server migration of their case management system.

Court offices will NOT be open for walk-in arraignments or payments. All in-custody arraignments and emergency matters (including emergency filings) will be conducted while the court’s business offices are closed to the public.

Drop boxes are located at the East Lansing Police Desk, City Hall Parking Lot (north) and the corner of Park Lane and Linden Streets for filings and payments.


Michigan man in 1995 murder case to be released from prison 

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 murder of another man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television is expected to be released from prison.

Jonathan Schmitz was 24 years old when his acquaintance, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, revealed he was romantically interested in him during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show. Schmitz, who said he wasn’t gay, fatally shot Amedure in Lake Orion days after the taping.

Schmitz turned himself in to police, saying he killed Amedure because he was embarrassed on national television. He was sentenced 25 to 50 years for second-degree murder.

Schmitz was granted parole after a March hearing and is scheduled to be released from Parnall Correctional Institution next week.


2-year investigation targets theft ring 

ROSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a two-year investigation has resulted in authorities breaking up a theft ring that operated in at least eight northern Michigan counties.

The Ogemaw County sheriff’s department says it executed a search warrant on Wednesday in Rose Township and seized a semi-truck load of stolen items as well as other stolen property. A 55-year-old man was arrested on charges including conducting a criminal enterprise.

Several other people also are facing charges. The sheriff’s department says the thefts mostly were of tools and sporting goods from homes and storage units. More stolen items were found during a search at the home of the man’s mother in Iosco County.

In addition to Ogemaw and Iosco counties, investigators say the theft ring operated in Alcona, Crawford, Missaukee Montmorency, Oscoda and Roscommon counties.


Sentence next for Chicago activist with U.S. immigration crime 

DETROIT (AP) — A Palestinian activist from Chicago is returning to Detroit for a final court hearing before she’s eventually deported for concealing her convictions in two Jerusalem bombings.

Rasmea Odeh admits that she failed to disclose the convictions when she entered the U.S. and later went through the citizenship process in 2004. She has agreed to be deported to Jordan or elsewhere.

In 1970, Odeh was convicted of two bombings, including one that killed two men at a supermarket in Jerusalem. She insists she was tortured by Israeli military into confessing.

Odeh was released in 1979 as part of a swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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