Josh Champlin

Staff Writer

"Tell the truth and run."
-George Seldes

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Sandiegoreader
12/30/2015
My sister is gay

Lindsay having a beer in University Heights I remember how she came out. I was hung over as hell. It was the last time I visited Michigan, July 2013. I'd gone out with some friends the night before. We'd consumed every drink that came within arm's reach.

Sandiegoreader
04/28/2015
Shane held a machete and walked in circles around the living room

His grip on the handle was so tight that I could see the veins popping from his forearm. Sweat collected on his brow. His long red hair was ragged, and his chest moved in and out in fitful starts. He handed me the machete. "Isn't this weighted perfectly to lop someone's head off?"

Mesapress
A $15,967 tab in Del Mar - and you picked it up

Josh Champlin, Staff WriterNovember 12, 2013 Filed under News, Top Stories Whether it's the federal government spending hundreds of millions to bankroll green energy firms that go bankrupt, the State of California dropping billions on a high-speed rail system, or the City of San Diego contributing to a defense fund to cover legal expenses for disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, the examples of questionable government spending are all too common.

The Argus-Press
05/23/2019
Waiting on new developments

DIMONDALE - Owosso native Bob Neil doesn't remember the January 2018 assault that left him with numerous broken bones and a fractured skull, and in a coma in Sparrow hospital for two months. But he says everything that has happened since is worse than the injuries he suffered in the Lansing mugging.

The Argus-Press
04/30/2019
Former employee allegedly embezzled from SRI

OWOSSO - Mary Lombardo, the former finance director of the Steam Railroading Institute, has been accused of embezzling approximately $200,000 from the nonprofit organization over a period of nearly two years, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the SRI.

The Argus-Press
07/03/2019
Tow operator sues over sheriff's treatment

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY - Numerous towing company operators in Shiawassee County say they're being cut out of the lucrative on-call towing rotation in favor of a single operator whom they claim isn't playing by the same rules as everyone else, and one has now filed a federal lawsuit seeking relief.

The Argus-Press
12/12/2018
Family conflict

OWOSSO - A couple who own a home in the Osburn Lakes subdivision say the homeowners association (HOA) is threatening them with legal action if they don't force their adult daughter's family to move out of their home within a month.

The Argus-Press
07/03/2019
Sheriff's Office corrections deputy resigns over inappropriate relationship with female inmate

CORUNNA - A Shiawassee County corrections deputy resigned Friday after officials learned he allegedly engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 36-year-old Perry female trusty at the jail. Undersheriff Robert Brancheau confirmed today a corrections officer had resigned, but declined to comment further, citing personnel privacy matters, as well as inmate and corrections officer safety concerns.

The Argus-Press
03/08/2019
Chilling last words

SAGINAW - A Saginaw County police officer Thursday said his alleged assailant spoke to him before firing a shot into his face at point-blank range. In a courtroom packed with mostly friends and family members, officer Jeff Koenig told the court suspect Joshua Rosebush said "nighty-night," before shooting him in the face and shoulder during a traffic stop Jan.

The Argus-Press
05/14/2019
Offering a West Coast crunch

OWOSSO - For foodies looking for authentic West Coast Mexican fare, a popular local food truck serves up chorizo, carnitas, tacos, breakfast burritos, nachos and more Saturday mornings during the Downtown Farmers Market. Rose Curnutt was born and raised in San Diego, and husband Jim Curnutt is from Zilwaukee, but now they're both proud Owosso locals.

The Argus-Press
02/25/2019
Life-saving lesson

OWOSSO TWP. - Firefighters received what some might consider unusual training at the Owosso Township Fire Hall Saturday - learning how to perform first aid, CPR and use specialty oxygen masks to save pets in need of help.

The Argus-Press
03/05/2019
Owosso man who sought out girl for sex sentenced to prison

FLINT - An Owosso man was sentenced Feb. 28 in federal court to 15 years, three months to 30 years in prison on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography in connection with a Macomb County sting operation last year. According to documents filed in Michigan's Eastern District of the United States District Court, Christopher D.

The Argus-Press
12/08/2018
Baker College to sell several local properties

OWOSSO - Baker College of Owosso is selling as a group the former home of James Oliver Curwood and George Hoddy, as well as several other homes on the same block Hoddy donated to Baker in 2009. The properties are being auctioned online by Sheridan Realty & Auction as a group and are listed on the company's website.

AP NEWS
Baker College selling 5 homes donated by motor entrepreneur

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan college is selling five homes that were donated by a philanthropist who was a successful maker of electric motors. Baker College of Owosso is selling a block of houses through an online auction on Jan. 8. The houses were formerly owned by George Hoddy, an Owosso businessman who co-founded Universal Electric.

The Argus-Press
10/07/2018
Owosso resident claims meter error caused $1,100 water bill

OWOSSO - Robert Findley, of Owosso, recently opened a water bill from the city, and received an unwelcome shock - his bill had increased more than tenfold, to more than $1,000, and now he wants some answers from City Hall. "I was flabbergasted," Findley said, "I thought it was a mistake, maybe someone moved a decimal point or something.

The Argus-Press
12/21/2018
Court withdraws guilty pleas, finds man incompetent

CORUNNA - A Lennon man withdrew his guilty pleas to several felonies Wednesday in 35th Circuit Court, after a state psychiatrist found he is not mentally competent to stand trial. Levi Walker, 18, was charged with three counts of assault of a jail employee, assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of indecency between males.

The Argus-Press
12/20/2018
Judge sends attempted murder case to circuit court for trial

SAGINAW - An Owosso woman accused of shooting her estranged wife and the woman's new girlfriend at a home in Chesaning earlier this month will stand trial in Saginaw County for attempted murder. Defendant Sherry Mandel, 56, of Owosso, is accused of going to a home inthe 800 block of South Front Street the night of Dec.

The Argus-Press
12/07/2018
Court delays sentencing for child abuse suspect

CORUNNA - Judge Matt Stewart Tuesday delayed sentencing for a local man accused of child abuse and lying to investigators to hear arguments about punishment guidelines. Thomas Rowell, 30, of Owosso, is accused of first-degree child abuse in connection with an investigation that found two children had suffered broken bones after their mother, Tiffany Wilson, took them to Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

The Argus-Press
12/07/2018
Judge revokes man's bond when he fails drug test

CORUNNA - Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart Tuesday revoked a suspect's bond and sent him to jail after the man failed a drug test prior to sentencing. Allen Sanders, 26, of Owosso, was scheduled for sentencing in 35th Circuit Court, and was expected to be placed in an intensive drug rehabilitation program after agreeing to a plea deal with prosecutors.

The Argus-Press
12/11/2018
Dispute over cash, drugs leads to home invasion arrest

CORUNNA - Eric Weber, 44, of Owosso was charged Monday with first-degree home invasion following a dispute with a neighbor that occurred Friday. According to Owosso Public Safety Director Kevin Lenkart, Weber allegedly discovered there was money and marijuana missing from his residence in the 500 block of North Adams Street.

The Argus-Press
12/13/2018
More to come

BENNINGTON TWP. - The Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce Wednesday named Fortitude Outdoor Fitness as its 2019 Ambassador Rising Star Recipient during a surprise ceremony at the Bennington Township business. Fortitude Outdoor Fitness, 4377 S. M-52, is owned by Owosso native Alec Faber. "I'm speechless," Faber said.

The Argus-Press
12/09/2018
Helping families in need

OVID - Two local families had prematurely-born children, and thanks to the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan charity, they were able to have lodging in Lansing when the kids were in the neo-natal intensive care unit, and their kids are now healthy and growing like other children.

The Argus-Press
12/18/2018
Owosso man arraigned on CSC charges

CORUNNA - An Owosso man is facing the possibility of life in prison for allegedly molesting a 5-year-old in 2012 and 2013. Nathan Lott, 30, was arraigned Monday on two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes, both of which are felonies.

The Argus-Press
10/25/2018
Man charged with multiple felonies

CORUNNA - Cody Clark, 24, of Owosso, was charged this week with multiple counts of home invasion and unlawful imprisonment, as well as assault with a dangerous weapon, all felonies. Clark was arraigned Tuesday in 66th District Court by Judge Ward Clarkson. He pleaded not guilty. Court records indicate bond was set at $50,000.

The Argus-Press
10/19/2018
Child molester sentenced to 10 years in prison

CORUNNA - Mark Gates, 31, of Owosso was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct by Judge Matthew Stewart Thursday in 35th Circuit Court. Stewart told Gates that even though he had sentenced Gates to prison, Gates had "sentenced" his victim, now 14, "to a lifetime of trauma," after subjecting her to sexual abuse over a period of nine years.

The Argus-Press
12/06/2018
Owosso woman charged in Chesaning shooting

CHESANING - An Owosso woman was charged Wednesday by Saginaw County prosecutors with two counts of assault with intent to murder and two counts of felony firearms following a Tuesday night shooting in Chesaning. Sherry Mandel, 56, of Owosso, was arraigned Wednesday in 70th District Court, where a plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf.

The Argus-Press
10/29/2018
Durand man receives prison sentence for eighth OWI

CORUNNA - Darrold Allen Hilgendorf, 62, of Durand, was sentenced to prison Friday by Judge Matthew Stewart in 35th Circuit Court for his eighth drunk driving conviction. Hilgendorf was charged with a third offense as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, although this conviction is actually his eighth.

The Argus-Press
11/09/2018
Man accused in CSC, meth case rejects plea deal, will go to trial

CORUNNA - Todd Linnartz turned down a plea offer in 35th Circuit Court Thursday morning that would have allowed him to serve 72 to 180 months in prison for criminal sexual conduct and multiple drug-related charges. Linnartz chose to take his case to a jury in a trial scheduled for 8 a.m.

The Argus-Press
11/29/2018
Accused meth cook takes stand in own defense

CORUNNA - Todd Linnartz's meth trial took an unexpected turn Wednesday afternoon in 35th Circuit Court when his attorney, Justin English, told the jury his client wanted to take the stand and testify. Defendents don't often testify on their own behalf, and they are not required to do so.

The Argus-Press
12/03/2018
Army promotes Owosso native to lieutenant colonel

OWOSSO - Owosso native Jamie (Clayton) Peer isn't quite ready to celebrate her silver anniversary with the Army, but she is celebrating a matching set of silver oak leaves. Peer, on Dec. 22, officially will be promoted to lieutenant colonel during a ceremony with family and friends - highlighting a career that has seen her stationed around the globe.

The Argus-Press
11/21/2018
It's time for Michigan to win 'The Game'

Finally! After what seems like an eternity, the season has run its course and we've made it to Michigan-Ohio State week. For the Wolverines, this year represents the opportunity to exact a measure of revenge on the hated Buckeyes. It's no secret the Bucks have had the better of this rivalry, winning all but three games in the series since 2000.

The Argus-Press
10/21/2018
CHAMPLIN: Michigan State gambit backfires

Two hours before kickoff, Michigan State poked the bear, with their players playing mind games with Michigan linebackers Devin Bush and Khaleke Hudson. They should have left well enough alone. Bush tore up the Spartan "S" at midfield. And then he and the rest of the Wolverines tore up the Spartans on the field, winning at Spartan Stadium 21-7.

The Argus-Press
10/29/2018
Trial delayed in car crash death

CORUNNA - Doran Duncan, 28, of Lansing, was in 35th Circuit Court Friday with Judge Matthew Stewart for a hearing on a proposed no contact order, after allegedly writing a letter from jail to the widow of the man he is accused of killing in a car crash.

The Argus-Press
11/08/2018
Marijuana business puts down roots

CHESANING - It didn't take long for the passage of Proposal 1 to provide an economic boost to the village. Organizers Wednesday conducted a groundbreaking ceremony at a lot that will eventually house a marijuana growing facility. The facility will encompass seven current lots at 700 N.

The Argus-Press
11/28/2018
Trial underway for man accused in meth case

CORUNNA - Police say an Bennington Township man on trial this week operated a meth lab in his Morrice Road home, but his lawyer counters there isn't enough evidence to prove any of the charges he faces. Todd Linnartz, 58, is on trial in 35th Circuit Court for allegedly maintaining a meth lab at his 6666 S.

The Argus-Press
11/30/2018
Man convicted of drug charges after jury trial

CORUNNA - After about three hours of deliberations Thursday, a jury found Todd Linnartz guilty of maintaining a meth lab at his 6666 Morrice Road residence in 35th Circuit Court. Linnartz was found guilty of manufacturing meth, maintaining a meth lab, tampering with evidence, purchasing pseudoephedrine to make meth, felonious assault and resisting/obstructing police officers.

The Argus-Press
10/17/2018
Restoring Gould's glory

OWOSSO - The Owosso Historical Commission says it needs the public's help to complete repairs to the historic Gould House at the corner of Washington and Oliver streets. The commission is hosting an event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 515 N. Washington St.

The Argus-Press
11/23/2018
FOC calls amnesty offer a success

CORUNNA - Shiawassee County officials said this week a recent child support amnesty program brought in about $9,000 in back payments and cleared 24 bench warrants from the system. The Shiawassee County Friend of the Court offered an amnesty program Nov. 5-9 - the first offered by the county.

The Argus-Press
10/25/2018
Man's death in motorcycle crash results in $500,000 settlement

CORUNNA - The family of Kenneth Bowen, who was killed in a motorcycle crash in July 2017, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash that killed him for half a million dollars. A hearing is scheduled at 1:15 p.m.

The Argus-Press
12/05/2018
Man who assaulted jail officers sent to prison

CORUNNA - Phillip Jamal Johnson, 29, of Detroit, was sentenced Tuesday to at least two years in prison for assaulting deputy corrections officers. Johnson was being held in the Shiawassee County Jail at the time of the assault Sept. 20. At his arraignment Sept. 21, Johnson pleaded not guilty.

The Argus-Press
10/20/2018
Shoplifter receives prison time

CORUNNA - Jasen Ford, 35, of Flint, was sentenced to prison for retail fraud Thursday in 35th Circuit Court by Judge Matthew Stewart. Ford had pleaded guilty to first degree retail fraud in September 2014, but absconded shortly after being given a bond. Stewart sentenced Ford to 48 to 240 months in prison.

The Argus-Press
11/15/2018
Man relinquishes animals in cruelty case, charges dismissed

CORUNNA - Animal cruelty charges against a New Lothrop area man have been dropped as part of an agreement that saw him give up nearly two dozen cows. Raymond Jacobs, 53, of New Lothrop, was charged with animal cruelty/neglect in May, but the charges were dropped recently as part of an agreement.

The Argus-Press
10/12/2018
Circuit Court jury struggles to reach CSC verdict

CORUNNA - A 35th Circuit Court jury appeared deadlocked late Thursday after more than a day of deliberations in a sexual assault case. The jury, which sent a note Thursday afternoon to Judge Matthew Stewart telling him it was deadlocked, was sent back to deliberate further and was set to return this morning for more discussion.

The Argus-Press
11/21/2018
PIGSKIN PICKS: Champlin looks to pry away second place

Well, it's all come down to this. Jerome Murphy is eight games clear of Ryan Weiss and me, who are tied for second place. For all intents and purposes, this competition is over. That's not to say I haven't experienced a great year in the picks competition.

The Argus-Press
11/16/2018
Fire chief honored, laid to rest

LAINGSBURG - Longtime Laingsburg-Sciota-Woodhull Fire Department Chief Larry L. Sparkes was remembered Thursday by his family, friends and community members Thursday during a funeral service as they talked about how much he meant to all of them. Sparkes' funeral, officiated by Rev.

The Argus-Press
11/04/2018
Helping homeless pets

OWOSSO - Allie Phillips, who was born and raised in Owosso, was honored with a national award from the Urban Resource Institute at an award ceremony in New York City Oct. 24 for her work helping to house pets.

The Argus-Press
10/13/2018
Man found guilty in lengthy CSC case

CORUNNA - After several days of drama, delays, and what Judge Matthew Stewart called "the most intense jury I think I've seen in my career," Michael Brooks was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct Friday. On their third day of deliberations Friday, shortly before 11 a.m., jurors sent Stewart a note, informing him they had reached a verdict.

The Argus-Press
11/05/2018
MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Longtime deputy still enjoys work

CORUNNA - Deputy Sgt. Brian Smith has worked for the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office nearly 20 years and still finds himself as motivated as he was his first day. But some of the things he's seen have certainly stayed with him since he first began his career in law enforcement in Linden, where he grew up.

The Argus-Press
11/20/2018
Judge orders probation in resisting/obstructing case

CORUNNA - James Eckmyre, 26, of Owosso, was sentenced Friday to probation by Judge Matthew Stewart in 35th Circuit Court for assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. Eckmyre originally was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 9, and had agreed to a plea with prosecutors that would guarantee a sentence of probation with no additional jail time.

The Argus-Press
10/21/2018
CHAMPLIN: Michigan State gambit backfires

Two hours before kickoff, Michigan State poked the bear, with their players playing mind games with Michigan linebackers Devin Bush and Khaleke Hudson. They should have left well enough alone. Bush tore up the Spartan "S" at midfield. And then he and the rest of the Wolverines tore up the Spartans on the field, winning at Spartan Stadium 21-7.

The Argus-Press
09/18/2018
CHAMPLIN: Despite rout of SMU, Michigan has glaring issues

Michigan fans are a restive sort. Even after a 45-20 win Saturday over Southern Methodist University, many questions remain. Most fanbases would be completely fine with that score line. Michigan fans are anything but typical. And this team's weaknesses are glaring, even in a lopsided win against an out-of-conference opponent.

The Argus-Press
10/13/2018
Man found guilty in lengthy CSC case

CORUNNA - After several days of drama, delays, and what Judge Matthew Stewart called "the most intense jury I think I've seen in my career," Michael Brooks was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct Friday. On their third day of deliberations Friday, shortly before 11 a.m., jurors sent Stewart a note, informing him they had reached a verdict.

The Argus-Press
10/19/2018
Man sent to prison in CSC case

CORUNNA - David Kersjes, 33, of Owosso, was sentenced to prison Thursday for Criminal Sexual Conduct by Judge Matthew Stewart in 35th Circuit Court. Kersjes was charged with three counts of second degree CSC in April for abusing a 14-year-old victim, and he pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to two counts of fourth degree CSC.

The Argus-Press
09/25/2018
Owosso couple charged after robbery attempt

CORUNNA - Charles Allen, 25, and Kristin Moiles, 24, both of Owosso, were charged Monday with felony armed robbery in 66th District Court. According to Owosso Director of Public Safety Kevin Lenkart, a group of children was walking home from school Friday when Allen allegedly approached them.

The Argus-Press
10/01/2018
MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Happy to be benched

CORUNNA - Judge Matthew Stewart has been the 35th Circuit Court Judge for Shiawassee County in Corunna since Jan 1, 2015, but his path to the judgeship began years before then. Stewart is one of four judges in Shiawassee County, joining Chief Judge Ward Clarkson (who leads the 66th District Court), 66th District Court Judge Terrance Dignan and Probate/Family Court Judge Thomas Dignan.

The Argus-Press
08/01/2018
Look who's talking

Alexa Ross, 20, of Perry recently won the 2018 Clinton Detweiler Scholarship, a ventriloquism competition organized by Terry Fator, the winner of Season 2 of "America's Got Talent."

The Argus-Press
09/22/2018
Off the wall

OWOSSO - Odds are, if you were a boy growing up in the 1980s, you had a poster of a Lamborghini Countach hanging on your bedroom wall. For most though, the poster was as close as millions of boys ever get to seeing a real-life Lamborghini, let alone owning one.

The Argus-Press
09/17/2018
Hoping business takes off

OWOSSO - Mindy Baker used to fly UH-60 Blackhawks, OH-58 Kiowas and LUH-72a helicopters in Kuwait for the U.S. Army. Now she runs her own business, and is hoping to be as successful as she was in her military career.

The Argus-Press
07/18/2018
Doggone thankful

OWOSSO - A local woman whose shih tzu was injured when it bit an electrical cord July 3 credits Owosso Public Safety firefighters for saving her beloved dog. "I called 911 first," Buddy's owner Ann Mabry said, "But that's for humans only, not animals, they said.

The Argus-Press
08/21/2018
Profit in the pastime

VERNON - Bruce Haist has a world-class collection of thousands of pieces of paper money. While showing off four notebooks he removed from his bank safe deposit boxes, he expressed the regret he could display all of his collection - he has dozens more binders still in the bank.

The Argus-Press
10/03/2018
Drug, CSC charges could send man to prison for life

CORUNNA - Todd Linnartz, 58, of Owosso, who is facing multiple felonies, appeared in 35th Circuit Court Tuesday to challenge several prosecution efforts in the case. Justin English, Linnartz's attorney, had filed motions to deny the use of a screen (for privacy) by a witness, deny a motion to supress, and to prohibit the use of a comfort animal by a witness.

The Argus-Press
10/19/2018
Child molester sentenced to 10 years in prison

CORUNNA - Mark Gates, 31, of Owosso was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct by Judge Matthew Stewart Thursday in 35th Circuit Court. Stewart told Gates that even though he had sentenced Gates to prison, Gates had "sentenced" his victim, now 14, "to a lifetime of trauma," after subjecting her to sexual abuse over a period of nine years.

The Argus-Press
09/12/2018
County to create mental health court

CORUNNA - The 35th Circuit Court received $18,142 from the Michigan Mental Health Court Grant Program to establish a new Mental Health Court in Shiawassee County. The grant through the state court administator's office is for Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2019.

The Argus-Press
09/08/2018
Man who fled police, had drugs sent to jail

CORUNNA - David Flagg, 47, of Owosso, was sentenced Friday in 35th Circuit Court to eight months in the Shiawassee County Jail by Judge Matthew Stewart on felony charges of drug possession, fleeing and eluding a police officer, and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Argus-Press
09/28/2018
PIGSKIN PICKS: Champlin ready for perfection in Week 6

There's a movie you may have seen, called "Friday Night Lights." In the opening scenes, a high school football team is preparing for the start of the season, and Billy Bob Thornton's character, the head coach, is dodging questions about whether or not his team can win the state title.

The Argus-Press
10/04/2018
Meth relapse nearly ends woman's probation

CORUNNA - Laura Grow, 52, of Owosso, appeared in 35th Circuit Court Wednesday, where she pleaded guilty to a probation violation for using methamphetamines. Grow was given a "Section 7411" sentence for the original charge, possession of methamphetamines. A 7411 sentence generally means a conviction will be stricken from the defendant's record upon the successful completion of probation or other court-ordered program.

The Argus-Press
09/28/2018
Flushing man pleads to felonies, faces prison

CORUNNA - Levi Walker, 18, of Flushing, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of assaulting a prison employee, domestic violence, and gross indecency between males in 35th Circuit Court Thursday. Walker was originally charged with two counts of assaulting a prison employee, assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of gross indecency, all felonies.

The Argus-Press
09/10/2018
Downtown Diner opens doors in Perry

PERRY - The sign in front of the new Downtown Diner on Main Street says, "Go big or go home," in red capital letters. It's not just a catch phrase or a gimmick to attract tourists: It's the real thing, - home made comfort food - and plenty of it.

The Argus-Press
09/14/2018
Sheriff's Office offers jail tours to deter kids from trouble

CORUNNA - The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office gave a group of children an "inside view" of the jail Wednesday as a way to discourage potential illegal behavior. Lt. Tamie Willson organized the event, which drew about 13 children and their parents. "We started this back last winter," she said.

The Argus-Press
09/13/2018
Voris' bail increased to $250,000

CORUNNA - An Owosso man has been bound over to 35th Circuit Court after being charged in July by prosecutors with attempted murder. The charges stem from a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Douglas Voris, 39, was arraigned July 23, after being charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, and domestic violence (third offense).

The Argus-Press
08/12/2018
County considers audit of 911 books over MERS payments

CORUNNA - The Shiawassee County Central Dispatch has been mistakenly paying into the Municipal Employees' Retirement System for Sheriff's Office employees, and is requesting an audit to clarify the situation, officials said Friday. It is unclear how much 911 revenue has been used to pay into the MERS fund for non-911 employees, or for how long.

The Argus-Press
08/30/2018
Man charged after toddler dies in bathtub

CORUNNA - Justin Councilor, 32, of Corunna, was arraigned Wednesday morning on a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the March drowning death of 1-year-old Makayla Latoski. Prosecutors say he is at fault for the March drowning death of the girl, whose mother was dating Councilor.

The Argus-Press
09/19/2018
Signs rile neighbors

OWOSSO - Longtime Corunna residents are familiar with the "cat house" building near downtown, which has been a thorn in the side of city officials for years, an eyesore for some residents, and a unique oddity for others.

The Argus-Press
09/19/2018
Officials share dangers of drug use

OWOSSO - More than 100 area residents listened Tuesday night as the Alliance for a Drug-Free Shiawassee hosted an event at Owosso High School about the dangers of drugs, the warning signs of drug use, and the consequences for teens and others.

The Argus-Press
09/07/2018
Man in prison for CSC pleads to new assault charge

FLINT - Thomas Barkman, 54, formerly of Durand, who was sentenced to prison in February 2017 for criminal sexual conduct (victim under 13) for molesting a young family member, has been charged with three additional counts of CSC (incest) in 7th Circuit Court in Genessee County.

The Argus-Press
08/23/2018
Man waives exam in poisoning case

CORUNNA - A former Laingsburg man accused of trying to poison his wife waived a preliminary exam Wednesday in 66th District Court and was bound over to 35th Circuit Court on a poisoning charge.

The Argus-Press
09/01/2018
Woman sent home because of attire receives probation second time around

CORUNNA - Sheila Lewis, who was originally scheduled to be sentenced last week for falsely reporting a felony to police, appeared in 35th Circuit court Friday where Judge Matthew Stewart gave her probation. Stewart postponed her sentencing hearing last week because she showed up for court in what he called unacceptable attire - sweat pants and a T-shirt.

The Argus-Press
07/28/2018
Corunna man receives prison sentence for domestic assault

CORUNNA - Brian Edick, 40, of Corunna, was sentenced Friday to serve at least 47 months in prison by Judge Matthew Stewart for felony assault charges stemming from a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend. Edick's attorney Christopher Johnson and Shiawassee County Prosecutor Deana Finnegan squabbled over one of the variables used in determining the sentencing.

The Argus-Press
08/30/2018
PIGSKIN PICKS: Champlin seeks to root out Picks corruption

Rarely does the worm turn. Seldom do the oppressed get the opportunity for revenge. Almost never do the downtrodden have a chance to get even. So you have to take these chances when you get them, especially when it's your boss, who has a tendency to get overly confident.

The Argus-Press
08/29/2018
Police make arrest in drowning

CORUNNA - Shiawassee County prosecutors have filed involuntary manslaughter charges against a Corunna man in the March drowning death of 1-year-old Makalia Latoski . Following a joint investigation by the Owosso Department of Public Safety and Corunna Police, the boyfriend of the child's mother was arrested Tuesday night.

The Argus-Press
09/05/2018
Alleged fugitive meth distributor arrested

CORUNNA - James Bradley, 26, of Owosso, was arrested in Lansing last week on an outstanding warrant related to possession of methamphetamine, and arraigned Friday in 66th District Court by Judge Ward Clarkson. A warrant was issued for Bradley in May after police found nearly a quarter-pound of meth during a traffic stop in Bennington Township.

The Argus-Press
08/05/2018
Showcasing the big and small of it all

SHIAWASSEE TWP. - Gene Maynard of Elsie has put a lot of time and money into his hobby - or maybe it's hobbies. Displaying his two matching trucks as part of the Shiawassee County Fair truck show that took place Saturday morning, his rebuilt 2005 Peterbilt full-size semitruck is an eye-grabber all on its own.

The Argus-Press
07/26/2018
State takes most of former priest's pension

CORUNNA - A former priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso has been ordered to surrender nearly his entire pension to the state treasurer to help pay for the costs of his incarceration. Retired priest David Ernest Fisher, 71, pleaded guilty in July 2017 to a single count of embezzling more than $50,000 and less than $100,000 from the church and a related charity, St.

The Argus-Press
08/24/2018
Woman accused of possessing jail contraband fails to appear in court

CORUNNA - An Owosso woman who failed to appear in court Thursday for a hearing may be facing another charge. Angel Potter, 34, of Owosso, was due in 35th Circuit Court for a pre-trial hearing Thursday in front of Judge Matthew Stewart, but did not make an appearance.

The Argus-Press
08/27/2018
Drug court participant receives prison time for car theft

CORUNNA - Alexis Poggiali, 37, of Owosso, was sentenced Friday on a charge of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle (third offense) to 25 to 48 months in prison by Judge Matthew Stewart. Poggiali is already serving a prison sentence for drug-related offenses, and additional time will be added to her current sentence.

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08/27/2018
Court adds jail time to man's sentence

CORUNNA - Justin Campbell, 28, of Owosso, was sentenced Friday to an additional 12 months in jail for possession of a controlled substance (suboxone) by Judge Matthew Stewart in 35th Circuit Court. Campbell had about a year to go on his current sentence for a previous felony larceny conviction.

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08/29/2018
Four charged with passing counterfeit bills in area

CORUNNA - Prosecutors in Shiawassee County have charged four men for passing counterfeit money at several locations in Owosso. Jaylen Shanks, 20; Malik Taylor, 18; Anthony Shanks, 17, of Inkster; and Michael Brown, 20, of Detroit, were arrested after allegedly passing counterfeit $20 bills at Taco Bell and Rich gas station in Owosso, and Arby's in Caledonia Township.

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08/27/2018
Man who spit at jail employee receives prison time

CORUNNA - Steven McMurray, 27, of Owosso, was sentenced Friday to 16 to 24 months in prison by 35th Circuit Court by Judge Matthew Stewart for assaulting a prison employee for spitting on a Shiawassee County jail records employee. McMurray is already serving a prison sentence for a previous felony larceny conviction, and had about 12 months remaining on that sentence.

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08/25/2018
Church secretary's embezzlement charge dismissed during sentencing

CORUNNA -An Owosso woman who pleaded guilty in 2017 to embezzling from a local business appeared in 35th Circuit Court and had her record cleared as part of the deal. Nancy DeFrenn, 57, of Owosso, was in 35th Circuit Court Friday for a delayed sentencing in front of Judge Matthew Stewart.

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07/23/2018
Inclusive Eagle effort

OWOSSO - A local teen is building handicap-accessible tables for Owosso's Bryant Elementary School as part of his quest to become an Eagle Scout, the highest attainable Boy Scout rank. Steven Davis II, 17, of Owosso, plans to donate six finished pieces to the school to complete the Eagle Scout service project, a requisite to achieving the rank.

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08/12/2018
County considers audit of 911 books over MERS payments

CORUNNA - The Shiawassee County Central Dispatch has been mistakenly paying into the Municipal Employees' Retirement System for Sheriff's Office employees, and is requesting an audit to clarify the situation, officials said Friday. It is unclear how much 911 revenue has been used to pay into the MERS fund for non-911 employees, or for how long.

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08/15/2018
Chesaning man allegedly watched women at stores

SAGINAW - Kurt Fulton, 43, of Chesaning has been charged with aggravated stalking after being identified in a surveillance video allegedly committing the crime, a Saginaw County sheriff's official said Tuesday. Lt. Mike Gomez, of the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office, said Fulton allegedly placed objects behind the tires of parked vehicles and watching female drivers with binoculars get out when they noticed something wrong.

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08/04/2018
Convicted sex offender sent back to prison on new charges

CORUNNA - Ronald James Cabay, 40, of Corunna, was sentenced to at least 28 months with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) for attempting to contact a minor via Facebook, after pleading guilty for failing to register as a sex offender (habitual offender second notice) Friday in 35th Circuit Court in Corunna.

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08/04/2018
Stewart gives probation to man who 'didn't take proceedings seriously'

CORUNNA - The last time Timothy Meador was in 35th Circuit Court, Judge Matthew Stewart postponed his sentencing so Meador could "improve his attitude" with a bit of jail time. Friday, Meador, 24, of Owosso, was given another chance by Stewart, and made the most of it, pleading guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge that will disappear from his record if he successfully completes 12 months of probation.

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08/12/2018
Elsie Ambulance loses license; meeting set for Monday

ELSIE - Elsie's ambulance service has lost its state license, and will not be providing transport, and ambulance transportation will have to be handled by St. Johns or Owosso, officials said Saturday. Elsie Area Ambulance Service had been scheduled to cease operations in 2019, but the license loss accelerated that.

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08/03/2018
Couple arrested on multiple charges, may have run false biz in Shiawassee area

CHIPPEWA COUNTY - Roger "Lee" Carter and Dana Royal (also known as Marie Carter) were arrested recently on outstanding warrants in the Upper Peninsula after fleeing police in Chippewa County. Chippewa County sheriff's deputies received an anonymous tip that the couple were living on Sugar Island in Chippewa County in a fifth-wheel RV.

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08/01/2018
Downtown Vernon building destroyed in fire

VERNON - A Sunday afternoon fire destroyed a downtown home and damaged the adjacent building on Main Street in Vernon, before several fire crews from Shiawassee and Genessee counties were able to get it under control. Vernon Township Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hart said he was concerned the fire would spread to neighboring buildings and damage the entire downtown.

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07/28/2018
Judge sends 'career criminal' to prison

CORUNNA - Judge Matthew Stewart called Lorenzo Childs a "career criminal" as he sentenced Childs in 35th Circuit Court Friday to 50 to 90 months in prison on organized shoplifting charges. Childs, 54, of Flint, was released from prison in October 2017 after serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for retail fraud.

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08/11/2018
Trial delayed for woman accused of smuggling drugs

CORUNNA - The trial for an Owosso woman charged with smuggling drugs into the Shiawassee County Jail has been delayed. Angel Potter, 34, of Owosso, was in court Wednesday for a hearing in connection with charges of prisoner possessing contraband and furnishing contraband to others.

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07/11/2018
Rugged Liner ordered to pay workers back wages

OWOSSO - Local manufacturer Rugged Liner Inc. has been ordered to pay $308,811 in unpaid wages to 134 employees, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The violations cited occurred over a two-year period, according to Scott Allen, a Labor Department representative, and "affected several departments."

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07/11/2018
Crash suspect waives exam

CORUNNA - A Lansing man accused of killing 84-year-old George Ramos of Owosso in a traffic crash while fleeing police in May was bound over Tuesday to 35th Circuit Court for trial on felony charges.

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07/21/2018
Perry man sentenced for sexual assault

OWOSSO - A 37-year-old Perry man was sentenced Friday more than 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a female relative. Joshua Cramer, 37, of Perry, was sentenced to 15 years to 221/2 years in prison by 35th Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart.

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07/11/2018
Corunna's Cavalier Bar destroyed in afternoon blaze

CORUNNA - A large fire destroyed the popular downtown Corunna Cavalier Bar Wednesday afternoon, requiring several fire departments to finally bring it under control after power was cut and people were evacuated from the area. The building was completely destroyed; the facade collapsed into the street while firefighters were battling the flames.

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07/21/2018
Judge sends man to jail to 'improve attitude'

OWOSSO - Timothy Meador, 24, of Owosso, arrived at 35th Circuit Court Friday expecting to be sentenced for delivery/manufacture of marijuana. Instead, Judge Matthew Stewart revoked Meador's bond and ordered him held in jail for two weeks until his attitude improves.

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Book review: "Ask the Dust"

Josh Champlin, Staff writerFebruary 5, 2014 Filed under Entertainment, Features, Top Stories "Ask the Dust"is a novel by American writer John Fante, originally published in 1939. Set in Los Angeles, it is a story of desperation, unrequited love, success, failure and insanity.

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Buy insurance - or go to jail

Josh Champlin, Staff writerFebruary 8, 2014 Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial The "Affordable Care Act," also known as "Obamacare," has rolled out and is an unmitigated disaster. More people have had their insurance cancelled than have enrolled in the federal insurance exchange.

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Does a transparent administration lie to the public?

Josh Champlin, Staff writerMay 8, 2014 Filed under Opinion Republicans in the House of Representatives have announced their intention to form a select committee to investigate the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on Sep. 11 th, 2012.

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Mesa State of the Students

Josh Champlin, Staff writerMarch 24, 2014 Filed under News Mesa's Associated Student Government (ASG) held an event highlighting and detailing their accomplishments thus far for the 2013-2014 school year. ASG President Jay Walker and Senator Jaime Paredes spoke to the assembled students, including representatives from various clubs, and covered a wide array topics of interest to students at Mesa College.

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Putin defies West, moves on Ukraine

Josh Champlin, Staff writerMarch 11, 2014 Filed under Opinion, Top Stories Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again embarrassed the United States, this time by sending troops into the Crimean Peninsula despite warnings from President Barack Obama. Putin has ignored the exhortations of the president and the international community, and flaunted it in front of the world.

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2014 or 1984?

Josh Champlin, Staff writerFebruary 25, 2014 Filed under Opinion, Top Stories The Federal Communications Commission has temporarily halted plans to install monitors in TV, radio and newspaper rooms due to public backlash. The justification for the plans was to better understand the public's "critical information needs," and to study how editorial decisions are made.

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Sam announcement baffling

Josh Champlin, Staff writerFebruary 12, 2014 Filed under Opinion, Sports Michael Sam, a standout defensive end for Missouri, publicly announced that he is gay, and it is causing a firestorm. The timing of this announcement is curious, as he is expected to be selected in the upcoming NFL draft.

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Poor service at Mesa

Josh Champlin, Sports EditorOctober 3, 2013 Filed under Column, Opinion, Staff Editorial At Mesa College, the student bookstore, the Mesa Cafe, and the C-Store all have a well- deserved reputation for terrible customer service.

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Smoking ban not necessary

Josh Champlin, Sports EditorDecember 5, 2013 Filed under Opinion, Staff By now, all San Diego Community College District students have received an ominous email from the Vice Chancellor of Student Services, warning of dire consequences for anyone caught smoking on district premises.

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"Knockout game" sign of deeper societal problems

Josh Champlin, Sports EditorDecember 5, 2013 Filed under Opinion Every now and again, there's some new craze that teenagers start, and it usually spreads across the country thanks to social media sites and media coverage. Not all of these fads or trends are positive, however.

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Home teams hard to follow for some San Diegans

Josh Champlin, Sports EditorSeptember 19, 2013 Filed under Opinion, Sports, Uncategorized Many San Diego residents are people who are from, or used to live, somewhere else. San Diego has the largest concentration of military personnel in the country, and a large number of former and retired military personnel.

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Filner Resigns, But At What Cost?

Josh Champlin, Sports EditorSeptember 5, 2013 Filed under Opinion, Top Stories After multiple accusations of sexual harrassment, San Diego mayor Bob Filner has resigned, effective August 30 th. Nineteen women have come forward thus far with allegations, which is impressive, considering that Filner has only been in office for 9 months.

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Fantasy football futility

Josh Champlin, Sports EditorOctober 17, 2013 Filed under Entertainment, Opinion, Sports, Staff Fantasy football always seems like a good idea before the season actually begins. Whether I get into a league with friends, co-workers, or complete strangers online, it's hard not to feel optimistic about a new year of fantasy football.

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Fantasy football not so futile?

Josh Champlin, Sports EditorDecember 5, 2013 Filed under Opinion, Sports In an article earlier this semester, I gave a detailed, week-by-week breakdown of how terribly my fantasy football team was performing. When that article was published, I had 2 wins, 4 losses, and was in last place in my division, and also in last place overall in the league.

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Women's Volleyball Goes for Conference Three-Peat

Josh Champlin, Sports EditorSeptember 5, 2013 Filed under Sports The 2013 Mesa women's volleyball kicked off the defense of their 2011 and 2012 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships this weekend. The Lady Olympians defeated Bakersifield, 3-1, and lost to Santa Barbara in straight sets.