PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – An 89-year-old Ann Arbor woman was living in filthy conditions while being taken care of by a woman now charged with scamming her of at least $50,000, according to testimony given Thursday, March 16. “Amy Smith and her family have a clear agenda due to litigation they have pending against Cheryl in Livingston County,” Amadeo wrote The News in an email Thursday night. “If Cheryl Smith is convicted it benefits them financially. Cheryl was never the caregiver for Ms. Jamieson but instead a friend that took care of her until she herself got sick. As for Doug Small, we have nothing against the man but it was clear from his testimony that he was not aware of the facts to the case.”
Sami Hammoud of Dearborn was placed on probation related to a case of stealing credit cards from customer lockers at the Canton Lifetime Fitness. He also was ordered by Hathaway to pay $100 in restitution and $1,300 in court costs, Amadeo said. Hammoud’s sentencing came as a relief to him and family members who initially worried he could face jail. Amadeo has described Hammoud as having “a very clean record” and said he is a man “who made a mistake and he is redeeming himself for that mistake.”
Walls acknowledges he was unfamiliar with the law, but was educated on it during a second meeting at the end of July with Marchant, who was joined by attorney Bill Amadeo and Barbara Robertson, owner of the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. Marchant said she was concerned, however, that church staff seemed more focused on continuing to use the word “immodest” and whether she planned to sue than on addressing the issue. She said she has no intention of filing a lawsuit, but wanted a public apology and amendment to church policies and procedures about the “appropriate way to handle breastfeeding mothers and what to do and not do.” Walls said he mailed on Thursday a written apology to Marchant’s friend. He also said church officials are writing a new policy that will ask staff, greeters and ushers not to approach a woman who is breastfeeding, and only tell them where a private room is if they ask. He said there is a plan to train staff on the new policy.
Former members question Mich. church’s mission Little was known about the Church at Carson City. But after some Halloween vandalism, former members accused the church of covering up sexual abuse. Check out this story on detroitnews.com: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/01/13/former-members-accuse-michigan-church-cult/2497779002/
CORUNNA — A 19-year-old Gaines man faces the possibility of a 15-year prison sentence after being charged with sexually assaulting an underage female friend while she was drunk. Ryan Christopher Lott Wednesday morning was arraigned by 66th District Court Judge Terrance Dignan on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with an incapacitated victim.
Whether you’re guilty or innocent (especially if you’re innocent) you should have a basic understanding of your rights. Particularly your Miranda Rights or the Miranda warning. This is an extension of your Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate yourself, as well as your Sixth Amendment right to legal representation. Since nobody wants or plans to be arrested, we often don’t have our attorney with us at all times as that would be impractical and we’re not mentally prepared to speak on our own behalf to the authorities with a guarantee of not incriminating ourselves (which can happen even if you didn’t actually commit the crime you’re being arrested for).