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Local Crimes in Northern Michigan

No part of the United States is immune from crime, including Northern Michigan. Crime in that part of the state has centered around such activities as child abuse and injury, armed robbery and assault. If you live in Michigan and have local channels from, you might have seen these stories on the news.

In Cheboygan County, 23-year-old Sean Bauers was charged and convicted of first-degree child abuse after being found guilty of shaking a one-year-old boy so severely he suffered broken ribs, bleeding on the brain and severe bruising. Bauers received a minimum sentence of 7.5 years and a maximum of 30 years, which pleased prosecutors involved with the case. The child, who has been recovering in a local hospital for over five months, is doing well but is expected to have some long-term complications as a result of his injuries.

Meanwhile in Gladwin County, police are on the lookout for a person of interest in the robbery of a gun store. Police are looking to speak with 25-year-old Charles Rowan regarding the robbery of the Guns and Stuff shop in Sage Township. The store’s 70-year-old owner, Robert Robinette, was suffering from head trauma when police arrived on scene. He was taken to a local hospital, received treatment and is expected to recover. A witness to the crime, 30-year-old Rosalinda Martinez, is also wanted by police for interviewing. However, she has recently become uncooperative and difficult to locate. Citizens with any pertinent information should contact the Gladwin County Sheriff’s Department.

A home invasion also took place recently. Police say 24-year-old Robert Smith was charged with attempted murder and armed robbery after he and three others broke into the home of a 55-year-old man. During the invasion a fight broke out and the victim was shot in the leg, but is expected to make a complete recovery.

To help combat crime in the area, the Motmorency County Sheriff’s Department has received help from taxpayers by receiving enough money to hire five deputies. These additional officers will now allow for 24-hour coverage of the area, letting residents and business owners feel safer about themselves and their property. With taxpayer help, the crime rate in Northern Michigan should see a significant drop.