Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 24, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 02/24/2013

2 men ordered to pay in vandalism

CASSOPOLIS — Two men have been sentenced to jail and ordered to pay nearly $17,000 in restitution for damaging dozens of headstones and monuments at a southwestern Michigan cemetery.

Cass County Circuit Judge Michael Dodge on Friday sentenced 23-year-old Clayton Warren of Marcellus to 270 days in jail, two years of probation and 200 hours of community service, with credit for 69 days already served. Nineteen-year-old Enos Butrick of Dowagiac received the same sentence, with credit for 81 days served.

Both men apologized for vandalizing Riverside Cemetery in Dowagiac in December.

They were ordered to share in $16,984 worth of restitution for the 76 headstones and monuments they damaged.

Dodge told Butrick “it’s difficult for most people to understand why you would do something like this.”

Man to be evaluated in deputy attack

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 74-year-old man charged with stabbing a sheriff’s deputy in the back at an Upper Peninsula ski jump tournament has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

Andrew Michael Bray appeared in Dickinson County District Court on Friday.

The Norway resident faces a charge of assault with intent to murder.

Authorities say Bray attacked a sheriff’s deputy during the Continental Cup Ski Jumping Tournament at Pine Mountain on Feb. 10. The resort is in Breitung Township, near Iron Mountain.

The injured deputy was treated at the scene.

Bray is being held on $1 million bond.

Defense lawyer Dan Jaspen says his client’s history “indicates a long-standing treatment for psychiatric issues.”

The next hearing date hasn’t been scheduled.

‘Repeal right to work’ site launched

LANSING — A Michigan Democratic lawmaker is taking steps aimed at repealing the contentious right-to-work law.

Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor launched a website this week in an effort to drive a take-down of the law signed in December by GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.

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