Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 19, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 07/19/2013

ED WHITE
Associated Press

---- — Police find body of abducted woman

DEARBORN — Police investigating the abduction of a 20-year-old woman from a discount store found her body Thursday in a wooded area in suburban Detroit, less than 2 miles away.

Brenna Machus, an assistant manager, was last seen Monday night at a Family Dollar store in Dearborn. A co-worker, Joseph Orlando, 20, was found fatally shot when other employees arrived for work Tuesday morning. He had been hired just last week.

The identity of the body was confirmed as Machus, said Nancy Hamood Strutz, assistant to Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad.

Boy, 14, drowns in Lake Michigan

ESCANABA — Authorities in the Upper Peninsula said a 14-year-old boy has drowned in northern Lake Michigan off Escanaba.

The Daily Press said the Escanaba teen was reported missing, and several agencies joined a search Wednesday.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was part of the search, and Escanaba police say the boy’s body was found about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Two U.P. men face trial for torture, rape

ISHPEMING — A judge has ordered that two Upper Peninsula men stand trial in the abduction, torture and rape of two women in the basement of a business.

Ishpeming police said one of the women was able to get a cellphone and call 911, and officers found the women duct-taped to support posts in the basement of a business July 2.

Forty-three-year-old Jason Sadowski and 65-year-old Charles Cope are charged with torture and kidnapping. Sadowski also is charged with criminal sexual conduct and solicitation to murder.

The Mining Journal of Marquette said the 44- and 30-year-old women met Sadowski at a bar and agreed to accompany him.

Police said Sadowski later asked one woman to kill the other.

Sadowski remains jailed without bond, while Cope is in jail with a $500,000 bond.

Two inmates charged in fatal prison beating

MARESNISCO TOWNSHIP — State police said two inmates have been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal beating of a third prisoner at the Ojibway Correctional Facility in the western Upper Peninsula.

Randolph Conner died Jan. 9 of a brain injury. The prison is in Gogebic County’s Marenisco Township, 20 miles east-southeast of Ironwood.

State police Detective Sgt. Russell Larson told the Mining Journal of Marquette that 25-year-old Delorean S. Henderson and 32-year-old Michael Smith were arraigned in Gogebic County District Court.

Larson said the Henderson and Smith attacked Conner in a common area of the prison. The detective isn’t commenting on a motive for the attack, which didn’t involve weapons.

The suspects are being held at the Baraga Correctional Facility and return to court July 29 for a preliminary examination.