Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

May 21, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 05/21/2014

Reward offered to catch fugitive

DETROIT — The federal government has increased the reward for information that leads to the capture of one of three men who didn’t appear in a Detroit courtroom to hear the verdict in a major drug trial.

Carlos Powell, brother Eric Powell and Earnest Proge Jr. weren’t present when a jury convicted them May 12 in federal court.

The U.S. Marshals Service last week announced an offer of up to $5,000 for each fugitive. The agency raised the top reward for information on Carlos Powell to $7,500 on Tuesday.

The three had been free on bond during the trial. They’re considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities say the drug ring operated from 2006 to 2010. More than $21 million was seized, along with luxury cars.

The men face up to life in prison.

Bill updates foreclosure law

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill bringing Michigan’s foreclosure sales law in line with federal guidelines.

The legislation limits the number of indoor property inspections a purchaser can make in a given period and requires that a purchaser notify the resident who took out the previous mortgage 72 hours before an indoor inspection.

The outgoing residents have to tell purchasers when they will move out after the foreclosure sale.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Callton of Nashville passed unanimously in the Senate and 107-3 in the House.

The Republican governor also signed bills streamlining preliminary hearings in district courts and altering delinquent tax payment options to counties for local taxing units and the state.

Foster worker accused of beating

DETROIT — A 49-year-old a Detroit foster home worker returns to court May 30 for her role in the videotaped beating of a disabled woman with a mop handle and extension cord.

Detroit police arrested Kadia Konate-Dennard after WJBK-TV broadcast a video of the beating of the 24-year-old woman, who’s autistic and can’t speak.

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