Courts

Safe breaker who stole cremation urn faces prison time.

February 9, 2016
Safe breaker who stole cremation urn faces prison time.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor. LUDINGTON — A 19-year-old Ludington man who pleaded guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Feb. 9, to safe breaking and resisting a police officer, faces two-and-a-half to 15 years in prison. Trenton Joseph Espinola, of 222 E. Melendy St., testified that on August 21 he went into a house; opened a safe; and stole $300…

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Woman pleads guilty to prescription drug larceny.

February 9, 2016
Woman pleads guilty to prescription drug larceny.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor. LUDINGTON — A 49-year-old Riverton Township woman pleaded guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Feb. 9, to one felony count of larceny in a building for stealing the prescription drug, Norco, from a home in the 2900 block of Schwass Road. Melissa Anne Brand-Ray, of 2569 W. Kinney Rd., was arrested last December by the…

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Weapons conviction leads to jail term.

February 9, 2016
Weapons conviction leads to jail term.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor. LUDINGTON — A 30-year-old Ludington man who held his mother at knifepoint attempting to acquire drug money last June was sentenced in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Feb. 9, to serve nine months up front of an 11-month discretionary jail sentence, with credit for 248 days served. Howard Mark Larson, of 5607 N. Stiles Rd., initially…

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79th District Court arraignments include strangulation, assaulting police.

February 5, 2016
79th District Court arraignments include strangulation, assaulting police.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor. LUDINGTON — The following were arraigned recently in front of the 79th District Court Magistrate: Felonies – Jarid Hunter Billings, 22, of 214 E. Melendy St., Apt. 4, Ludington, was arrested Jan. 28 by the Ludington Police Department (LPD) for felonies of assault by strangulation, felonious assault and weapons – felony firearm and a misdemeanor…

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Recent court sentencings.

February 5, 2016
Recent court sentencings.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor. LUDINGTON —  Michael Kim Brechtelsbauer, 57, of 5502 Circle Drive, Standish, Michigan, was found guilty Dec. 1 of third-offense operating under the influence of liquor (OUIL). He was sentenced Jan. 19 to serve three months up front of a 270-day jail sentence with credit for two days served; two years probation; $1,208 in fines and…

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