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Baby Kate’s mother testifies in trial.

September 29, 2016
Baby Kate’s mother testifies in trial.

#MasonCountyNews #BabyKate By Allison Scarbrough. Editor. LUDINGTON — Katherine Phillips’ mother, Ariel Courtland, 24, was called to the stand in 51st Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 29, as the first of 60 witnesses slated to testify in the three-week murder trial of the baby’s father, Sean Phillips. Courtland’s testimony followed opening statements by Prosecutor Donna Pendergast of the Michigan Attorney General’s…

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Jury seated in Baby Kate case.

September 28, 2016
Jury seated in Baby Kate case.

#BabyKate #MasonCountyNews By MCP’s Rob Alway and Allison Scarbrough. LUDINGTON — A jury of seven men and seven women were selected during the third day of jury selection Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 28, in the 51st Circuit Court during the murder trial of Sean Michael Phillips. At the end of the trial, two of the jurors will be dismissed. Opening arguments…

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Domestic violence, OWI among arraignments.

September 23, 2016
Domestic violence, OWI among arraignments.

#MasonCountyNews #MasonCountyCourtNews By Alan Neushwander, Contributing Writer. LUDINGTON — The following were recently arraigned in 79th District Court: Misdemeanors -Janyl Sylvia Breitfeld; 24, 4851 N. Cleveland St., Fountain; September 15; Mason County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO); domestic violence. Pretrial: October 3 at 2 p.m. Bail: $2,500/10 percent. -Brennan Nicole Verhoeven; 45, 8955 E. Ehler Rd., Sheridan Township; September 17; MCSO; operating…

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79th District Court sentencings.

September 23, 2016
79th District Court sentencings.

#MasonCountyNews #MasonCountyCourtNews By Alan Neushwander. Contributing Writer. LUDINGTON — The following were recently sentenced in 79th District Court: -Rion Christopher White, 22, 8943 S. Bonney Rd., Chase, Michigan, pleaded guilty on September 13 to third-degree retail fraud (shoplifting) and was sentenced to 18 days in jail with credit for 18 days already served, 93 days discretionary jail for one year,…

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Arraignments include assaulting police, stolen firearms.

September 16, 2016
Arraignments include assaulting police, stolen firearms.

#MasonCountyNews #MasonCountyCourtNews. By Alan Neushwander. Contributing Writer. LUDINGTON — The following were recently arraigned in 79th District Court: Felonies Lloyd Joseph Burden, 23, 3612 N. Stiles Rd., Victory Township, was arrested September 10 by MCSO on felony charges of assault/resisting/obstructing police and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) second-offense. Preliminary hearing: September 28 at 11:15 a.m. Bail: $7,500/10 percent. Jerry…

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