Thursday, December 22, 2011

Judge Lynda Tolen - Berrien County [retired]





Retired Berrien County Judge Lynda Tolen:

2010: Arrested and charged for drunk driving. Placed on probation.

2010: Arrested for a second drunk driving charge while on probation for first DUI. Setenced to 20 days in jail.

November 30, 2010: State of Michigan suspended Tolen's license to practice law for 180 days [due to her DUI convictions].

December 22, 2011: Arrested for domestic violence.






Retired Judge Arrested

Joe Garber Reporting
WSJM News
Posted: Saturday, 31 December 2011 10:40AM
http://mobile.wsjm.com/content_page.php?contentType=4&contentId=9675164

A former Berrien County judge with a troubled past is once again in trouble. Lynda Tolen faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. Tolen was arrested December 22nd after a complaint was filed by a woman. The 60 year old Tolen served 20 days in jail last year for drunk driving offenses.







Former judge in front of bench again
Lynda Tolen arraigned on domestic violence charge
Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 12:00 am
Herald Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/former-judge-in-front-of-bench-again/article_4aa0a047-5eb1-5bac-b81c-aa597392e046.html

ST. JOSEPH - Retired Berrien County Trial Court Judge Lynda Tolen, who has faced drunk driving charges in the past, was back in court this week on charges of domestic violence.

Tolen, 60, of Stevensville, who retired in 2008 after 21 years as a judge, was arraigned Tuesday on the misdemeanor charge, according to a report from WNDU-TV.

The complaint, which Chief Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sepic showed to The Herald-Palladium, stated that Tolen had assaulted a woman named Lisa Brasseur.

The complaint lists Brasseur as a resident or former resident of the same household as Tolen.

Tolen was arrested Dec. 22 and released the next day on a $1,500 bond. On conviction, the charge carries a sentence of up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500,000 fine.

In 2010, while she was on probation for impaired driving in Leelanau County, Tolen was arrested in St. Joseph for drinking and driving.

Police reported she had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.

That case was moved to St. Joseph County, and Tolen served 20 days in jail after being convicted on the charge.

Sepic told WNDU-TV that he has petitioned the state attorney general's office to disqualify his office from the most recent case because of Tolen's previous position with the court.









Southwest Michigan Links:
Retired Berrien County judge back in court on domestic violence charges
Published: Friday, December 30, 2011, 2:51 PM
Updated: Friday, December 30, 2011, 2:51 PM
By Brad Devereaux
The Kalamazoo Gazette
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/12/southwest_michigan_links_retir.html

Here's a look at some noteworthy stories from other media in southwest Michigan today:

• A retired Berrien County Trial Court judge who has been charged with drunk driving in the past was in court this week being charged with domestic violence. [Herald Palladium]













Former Berrien Co. judge arraigned on domestic violence charges
Posted: Wed 4:07 PM, Dec 28, 2011
Reporter: Newscenter 16
WNDU News
Updated: Wed 4:25 PM, Dec 28, 2011
http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Former_Berrien_Co_judge_arraigned_on_domestic_violence_charges_136332373.html

A former Berrien County judge who has been in trouble with the law before, was on the other side of the bench again Tuesday.

Retired trial court judge Lynda Tolen was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

Tolen was arrested December 22 and bonded out the next day.

A copy of the complaint against Tolen obtained by Newscenter 16 says there was an assault against a woman named Lisa Brasseur. The complaint also listed two witnesses.

Tolen was previously arrested and served 20 days behind bars for a 2010 drunk driving charge.

Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mike Sepic told Newscenter 16 on Wednesday that he has petitioned the State Attorney General's office to disqualify Berrien County from the case because of Tolen's past affiliation with the court. If approved, another county will hear the case.

Judge Tolen was also married to former Prosecutor Jim Cherry, who died in 2007.











Warren attorney reprimanded, Stevensville attorney suspended
December 4, 2010
Margaret Lucas Agius

ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #106 reprimanded Warren attorney Sophie Modelski effective Dec. 1, 2010, the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board reported this week.

Modelski, licensed to practice law in Michigan in 1982, entered a plea of no contest to allegations that she neglected a bankruptcy matter, failed to seek the lawful objectives of her client, failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness, and failed to keep her client reasonably informed of the status of the matter. Based upon the stipulation of the parties, the panel reprimanded Modelski and assessed costs of $767.26.

In another recent Attorney Discipline Board action, Kalamazoo County Hearing Panel #4 suspended Stevensville attorney and former Fifth District Court Judge Lynda A. Tolen from the practice of law in Michigan for a period of 180 days effective Nov. 30, 2010.

Tolen’s misdemeanor conviction for operating while intoxicated formed the basis for the disciplinary action. Based upon the stipulation of the parties, the panel suspended Tolen for 180 days, imposed conditions relevant to the established misconduct, and assessed costs of $755.71.










Judicial Vacancy—5th District Court
July 28, 2008
http://www.michbar.org/news/releases/archives08/judicialvacancy_5district.cfm

7/28/08
Court: 5th District Court
Location: Berrien County
Judge Vacating: Hon. Lynda A. Tolen
Application Submission Deadline: August 8, 2008

Any State Bar member interested in applying for a judgeship in their area may refer to the Governor's website or contact Erik Wilford in the Governor's Appointments Office to receive a judicial application:

Office of the Governor
Appointments Division
George W. Romney Building
111 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48909
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Judicial trailblazer
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 12:00 am
By SCOTT AIKEN, H-P Staff Writer
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/judicial-trailblazer/article_adda0405-f1b2-5de5-a900-4207f2e8f3f8.html

ST. JOSEPH — For more than 21 years Judge Lynda Tolen has been an important part of a court system known around the state for breaking new ground.

During her years on the bench, Berrien County was a leader in trial court consolidation, first to form a Drug Court, and tried a fresh approach in dealing with domestic violence.

Tolen, who is retiring Aug. 1, has been the only presiding judge of the civil division of Berrien County Trial Court since its inception in 1996."We've always tried to be on the cutting edge of justice programs," she said.An attorney in a successful private practice before being appointed judge in 1987, Tolen said she has always preferred working on the civil side of the system over handling criminal matters.

"From a judge's standpoint, it's much broader," she said.While civil cases may not get the publicity of criminal cases, they sometimes involve matters that greatly affect communities.

Civil cases can range from property line issues to zoning disputes, utility fights between municipalities or disputes among businesses where tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Lawyers who practice in Berrien County say Tolen is a quick study, able to get to the heart of complex matters.St. Joseph attorney Carl Burdick has served as a local counsel in Tolen's court with lawyers from around the state and nation. They have been "almost universally impressed with her ability to grasp intricacies," he said."There aren't a whole lot of judges like that."

Tolen also has the judicial demeanor to tame the hostility that lawyers sometimes bring into the courtroom, Burdick said.Attorney Leonard "Arnie" White said Tolen presided over a complicated commercial litigation case a few years ago that involved the theft of proprietary information from National Standard Co. of Niles.

Lawyers from Los Angeles and Chicago represented parties in the case. Tolen handled the complex legal issues and lawyers with aplomb, White said. The case was eventually settled."I'm sorry to see her retire," White said.

Trial Court Judge Thomas Nelson, who presides over the court's Family Division, said Tolen provided continuity in the civil division, carrying the case burden alone at times when vacancies occurred on the bench."She has a keen intellect and real drive to serve the citizens of Berrien County," Nelson said.

An avid runner and cyclist, the 57-year-old Tolen announced earlier this month she would step down to spend more time with her two daughters and other family members. She said she plans to divide her time between Michigan and Florida.

Last year, her husband of nearly 15 years, longtime Berrien County Prosecutor James Cherry, died after a long battle with cancer.

Tolen grew up in Detroit, obtained her bachelor's and law degrees at the University of Michigan and was in private practice for 10 years before being appointed by then-Gov. James Blanchard to fill a vacancy in Berrien County Fifth District Court.She was elected to six-year terms in 1988, 1994, 2000 and 2006.Tolen was the first woman to be appointed district judge in Berrien County. In 1994 she became the first woman president of the Berrien County Bar Association.Tolen was appointed presiding judge of the civil division of trial court at its inception in October 1996.

Initially a Michigan Supreme Court experiment, the trial court consolidated district, circuit and probate courts into a single entity.The new court was divided into civil, criminal and family divisions, and judges were allowed to work in any of the three. The arrangement gave the court a lot of flexibility in assigning judges where they were needed. Supporters said it improved efficiency.The arrangement allowed district court judges to hear cases that formerly would have been in circuit court, such as civil disputes with high damage claims.Tolen said the state Legislature later made the trial court permanent.The arrangement has led to a "high degree of collegiality," Tolen said, eliminating separate courts fighting for funding and other resources.

Also, with a separate civil division, civil cases no longer take a back seat to criminal cases. Under the old system, Tolen said, civil and family matters "got jettisoned when there was a big criminal trial."

In 1990, she helped former Judge Ronald Taylor form Berrien County Drug Court, set up to quickly adjudicate felony narcotics cases. People charged with drug offenses were placed on tracks on the basis of their involvement as users, small-time sellers or major traffickers. Drug users could then be sent into treatment programs while those convicted of selling were sentenced to jail or prison.

Tolen worked with Judge Scott Schofield to create the Domestic Violence Court in 1999. With Judge Paul Maloney, now a judge in U.S. District Court, she formed the Community Court in 2002.The next goal is forming a specialized problem-solving court to deal with people with mental health problems who end up in the court system. Active in a long list of community and professional organizations, Tolen said she had to let go of those affiliations while her husband fought cancer. She worked in the Benton Harbor Area Schools Host Mentor Program, the Literacy Council, Twin City NAACP, and served n the boards of Benton Harbor Salvation Army and the YMCA of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor.Contact Scott Aiken at: saiken@TheH-P.com.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

River Rouge Firefighter - CSC

RIVER ROUGE FIREFIGHTER CHARGED WITH SIX COUNTS OF CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN CONNECTION WITH HIS ABUSE OF HIS TEENAGE DAUGHTER

"I hope to God this man never gets out of jail, " says Romulus Police Chief Robert Dickerson...26-years on the force and Dickerson says he has never seen anything so horrific.

















Briefs: Ex-River Rouge firefighter faces 25-38 years for child sex abuse
March 31, 2012 at 1:00 am
The Detroit News
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120331/METRO/203310338

A former River Rouge firefighter will serve at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to charges he sexually abused his teenage daughter. Officials with the 3rd Circuit Court said the 48-year-old man from Romulus entered the plea on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13 and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child 13-15, and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material. He'll be sentenced by Judge Lawrence S. Talon on April 13 to a term of 25-38 years. The man's name is not being released because The Detroit News doesn't identify victims of sexual abuse.








Ex-firefighter to get at least 25 years in sex abuse case
By Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News
March 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120330/METRO01/203300451/1361/Ex-firefighter-to-get-at-least-25-years-in-sex-abuse-case

Detroit— A former River Rouge firefighter will serve at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to allegations he sexually abused his teenage daughter.

Officials with the Third Circuit Court said the 48-year-old man from Romulus entered the plea Friday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13 and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child 13-15, and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material.

He'll be sentenced by Circuit Judge Lawrence S. Talon on April 13 to a term of 25 to 38 years in prison, court officials said.

The man's name is not being released because The Detroit News doesn't identify victims of sexual abuse.

Ronald French, the Ecorse-based attorney representing the firefighter, could not be immediately reached Friday for comment.

He previously told The News that his client had no criminal history.

The man was charged in January after prosecutors said his daughter reported in December that her father allegedly took nude photographs of her and forced her to engage in sex acts, including intercourse. The incidents are alleged to have occurred over the course of several years.

River Rouge Police and Fire Chief Jeffrey Harris declined comment Friday, but did confirm the man was a firefighter with the department for 16 years and is no longer employed with the department.

The man was remanded to Wayne County Jail pending sentencing.








DETROIT: Former firefighter pleads guilty to sexual assault of daughter
Published: Friday, March 30, 2012
By Alan Burdziak
The News Herald
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/03/30/news/doc4f761f505fc1e890265037.txt

DETROIT— A former River Rouge firefighter accused of sexually assaulting his teenage daughter pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court today.

He faces between 25 and 38 years in prison. He was taken to the Wayne County Jail pending sentencing April 13.

The 48-year-old Romulus resident pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material.

He had previously waived his right to a preliminary examination of the evidence against him in 34th District Court.

The man’s daughter walked into the Romulus Police Department on Dec. 21 to report the assault. The man was arrested later that day.

The News-Herald does not publish the names of victims of sexual assault. Also to protect the girl’s identity, her age and her father’s name are not being released.

During a search of the man’s house and his work locker, detectives said they found evidence that supports the girl’s accusations. Police said they also have received video and written statements from the man admitting to some of the crimes. The man reportedly began to assault his daughter when she was 13.

He is a 16-year veteran of the River Rouge Fire Department.








ROMULUS: Firefighter accused of sexual assaulting daughter bound over for trial
Published: Friday, January 27, 2012
By Alan Burdziak
The News Herald
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/01/27/news/doc4f2341e950674590431493.txt

ROMULUS — A River Rouge firefighter accused of sexually assaulting his teenage daughter was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

He waived his right to a preliminary examination of the evidence against him. He is to be arraigned in circuit court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Thirty-fourth District Judge Brian Oakley ordered him to stay on a tether between court dates.

Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney Kinga Gorzelewski asked Oakley to reinstate the man’s bond of $250,000, which he denied.

The man, 48, is a 16-year veteran of the River Rouge Fire Department. He is charged with numerous crimes, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

To protect the identity of the girl, The News-Herald Newspapers is not publishing the name of the suspect or the victim’s current age. Police said the man had forced the girl into sexual acts for years, beginning when she was 13.

He was arrested Dec. 21 after the girl went to the Romulus Police Department.

During a search of the man’s home and his work locker, detectives said they found evidence that supports the girl’s accusations.

Police said they also have received video and written statements from him admitting to some of the crimes.

He was suspended from his job without pay pending a termination hearing.







River Rouge firefighter to be arraigned on charges of sexual abuse of daughter
By Candice Williams
The Detroit News
January 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120125/METRO01/201250436

Romulus— A Downriver firefighter accused of sexually abusing his teenage daughter was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

The man, 48, of Romulus, waived his rights to an exam Wednesday afternoon before 34th District Court Judge Brian Oakley in Romulus.

The 16-year veteran of the River Rouge Fire Department has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under age 13, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim 13-15 years of age, and one count of child sexually abusive material.

The man's name isn't being released because The News doesn't identify sexual abuse victims. Police said the man's daughter reported in December that her father allegedly forced her to engage in sex acts, including intercourse. The girl also reported her father took nude photos of her.

The suspect is free on a GPS tether and will appear for an arraignment Feb. 1 at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.







ROMULUS: Examination adjourned for firefighter accused of incest
Published: Thursday, January 05, 2012
By Alan Burdziak
The News Herald
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/01/05/news/doc4f047a2f02afd776031073.txt

Thirty-fourth District Judge Brian Oakley will preside over a preliminary examination of the evidence against a River Rouge firefighter who is accused in the sexual assault of his teenage daughter.


ROMULUS — A preliminary examination of the evidence against a River Rouge firefighter accused of sexually assaulting his teenage daughter was adjourned Wednesday in 34th District Court.

The exam will resume at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Defense attorney Ronald French said he received a discovery packet from police yesterday that he still needs to review with his client for additional evidence.

To protect the identity of the girl, The News-Herald Newspapers is not publishing the name of the suspect. Police said he forced the girl into sexual acts for years, beginning when she was 13

Also to protect the girl, The News-Herald is not publishing her current age.

The man, 48, is a 16-year veteran of the River Rouge Fire Department. He was charged with numerous crimes including first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

At French’s request, Judge Brian Oakley set the man’s bond at $250,000/10 percent provided that he wear a tether at all times and not leave the state of Michigan.

He also had to surrender his passport.

“He’s not a flight risk,” French said. “He’s completely cooperated with police in this matter.”

Wayne County assistant prosecutor Kinga Gorzelewski argued to keep the man in custody, saying that he is a danger to himself and that he has confessed to everything in the case.

He was arrested Dec. 21 after the girl went to the Romulus police station to file a report. He was arrested a short time later without incident.

The man allegedly also took explicit photos and videos of the teen.

Police found evidence supporting the girl’s claims after they searched the man’s home and his locker at work.

Detectives also received a video and a written statement from him admitting to some of the acts the girl described.

He has been suspended from his job without pay pending a termination hearing.






Bond Reduced For Downriver Firefighter In Sex Abuse Case
January 4, 2012 1:05 PM
CBS, Detroit
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/01/04/bond-reduced-for-downriver-firefighter-in-sex-abuse-case/



ROMULUS (WWJ) - The preliminary examination for a River Rouge firefighter accused of sexually abusing his daughter has been postponed until later this month.

Defense attorney Ronald French was successful in 34th District Court on Wednesday in getting the bond for the 48-year-old Romulus man reduced from $250,000 cash to 10 percent of that and a GPS tether.

The man’s 16-year-old daughter has accused him abusing her since she was 13 years old.

He’s been charged with two counts of CSC 1st degree (victim under 13 years of age), three counts of CSC 1st (victim 13-15 years of age) and one count of Child Sexually Abusive Material.

Prosecutors said the man, whose name is being withheld her to protect the alleged victim’s anonymity, confessed to all of the charges and that he has told police he is a danger to himself.

The complaint was reported to the police on December 21, 2011.

He’s expected back in court next month.





Veteran Firefighter Arrested, Charged With Vile Sex Crimes
Fire Geezer
December 30, 2011
http://firegeezer.com/2011/12/30/veteran-firefighter-arrested-charged-with-vile-sex-crimes/

An Absolutely Disgusting Human Being
A 16-YR. VETERAN FIREFIGHTER WITH THE RIVER ROUGE, Michigan, Fire Department was arrested last week and arraigned Monday on charges including first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The unnamed firefighter is being accused by his 15-yr.-old daughter of using her as his sex slave, keeping her at home when not in school and performing sexual intercourse and other deviancies.

He also took explicit pornographic photos of her and required her to raise her young siblings in the absence of their mother. All the while she was going to school and pretending that everything was ok.

Earlier this month she finally "had enough" and ran away, going to her mother and telling her what was happening.

The mother and daughter then went immediately to the Romulus, Michigan, Police Dept. where they lived and filed the initial complaint.

Detectives tracked the man down and found him while he was driving his car and stopped him on the street. He was wearing his FD uniform at the time and was arrested without incident.

Acquiring search warrants, the investigators went to the man's home and seized his computers, cameras, photographs and computer disks. The also raided his locker at the fire station. The initial seizures apparently contained a large quantity of incriminating evidence.

Detectives also say that they have obtained a video tape and a written statement by the man admitting to several of the acts.















Report: River Rouge firefighter arraigned for sexually abusing teen daughter
Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 2:31 PM
By Aaron Foley
MLive.com MLive.com
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/12/report_river_rouge_firefighter.html

The News-Herald is reporting that a River Rouge firefighter has been arraigned on criminal sexual conduct charges for repeatedly assaulting his teenage daughter, as well has being suspended from his job without pay.

Neither the man's name nor his daughter's name have been released to protect the girl's identity.

News-Herald: Police said she walked into the police station last Wednesday evening and reported that her father had forced her into numerous sex acts since she was 13 years old. The girl told officers that her father also had taken numerous nude and explicit photos of her.

As previously reported, the 48-year-old man used the girl, now 15, as a sex slave. The girl was also forced to raise her younger siblings during the ordeal.










ROMULUS: River Rouge firefighter arraigned on sexual assault of teenage daughter
 (UPDATED)
Published: Monday, December 26, 2011
By David Komer
The News Herald
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2011/12/26/news/doc4ef4f76f0af9e603460426.txt

ROMULUS — A River Rouge firefighter was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly engaging in a long-term sexual relationship with his teenage daughter.

He was arraigned earlier today in 34th District Court on charges including first degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Romulus Police Department. Bail has been set at $250,000. A preliminary examination of the evidenceday against hinmy in 34th District Court has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 4.

Police said the girl walked into the police station Wednesday evening to report that her father had forced her into numerous sex acts, including sexual intercourse with him, since she was 13 years old. Her current age is not being released by police.

The girl told officers that her father also had taken and stored numerous nude and explicit photos of her.

Shortly afterward, police located the firefighter driving near his house and arrested him without incident.

The man is a 16-year veteran of the River Rouge Fire Department. He was wearing his uniform when he was arrested.

Police obtained search warrants for his residence and for his personal locker at his fire station.

During the execution of the search warrants, detectives seized evidence supporting the allegations made by the girl.

Detectives also received a videotaped and written statement from the man admitting to many of the sex acts as described by the teen.

Police Chief Robert Dickerson said: “Although I’m pleased that this defendant is in police custody, no longer be able to prey on any other innocent children, as a parent I’m deeply saddened that this teenager was violated for years and her innocence forcibly taken from her by her own father."






Police: Firefighter Arrested For Sexual Realtionship With Teen Daughter
December 24, 2011 11:01 AM
CBS, Detroit
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/12/24/downriver-firefighter-arrested-for-long-term-sexual-realtionship-with-teen-daughter/



ROMULUS (WWJ) - A Downriver Firefighter was arrested earlier this week after his teenage daughter told police she was forced into a sexual relationship with her father which lasted several years.

Police say the girl walked into Romulus police headquarters on Wednesday and reported that while living with her father over the past few years, she was forced into performing numerous sex acts with him, including sexual intercourse, starting when she was 13-years-old. The teen also reported that her father had taken and stored numerous nude and explicit photos of her.

Shortly after the report, Romulus police located the suspect driving his vehicle near his home and arrested him without incident. The suspect – a 16-year veteran firefighter of a Downriver fire department – was wearing his firefighter uniform when taken into custody.

Romulus police obtained search warrants for the suspect’s residence and for his personal locker at his fire department. During the search, detectives seized evidence supporting the allegations made by the victim. Detectives also received a video-taped and written statement from the suspect admitting to many of the sexual acts as described by the teen.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is in the process of reviewing the warrant request. Multiple charges are expected to be filed in the 34th District Court.

The firefighter’s name is not being released pending his arraignment on the charges.

The girl’s current age is not being released by police.












Report: Police say firefighter used daughter as sex slave in Romulus
Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011, 9:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 7:15 AM
By Michael Wayland MLive.com MLive.com
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/12/report_police_say_firefighter.html

Police say a 48-year-old firefighter was arrested in Romulus for allegedly holding his daughter captive and using her as a sex slave.

Dec. 23, Fox 2: “The 48-year-old father is accused of sexual abuse, is a trusted public servant --a firefighter with an unnamed downriver fire department for more than16 years. He was arrested near his Romulus home, still in his firefighter uniform at the time.”

According to the television station, the 15-year-old girl says she was forced to sleep with her father, raise her younger siblings and pose for pornographic photos.

Police confiscated the man’s computers, cameras and disks after searching his home and locker at the fire station.

The girl, who said the alleged abuse started when she was 13 years old, ran away to her mother, who took her to the police.

The father, whose name has not been released, could be arraigned as early as today.









Firefighter Accused of Enslaving His Daughter and Sexually Abusing Her
Updated: Friday, 23 Dec 2011, 6:59 PM EST
Published : Friday, 23 Dec 2011, 6:33 PM EST
FOX News, Detroit
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/firefighter-accused-of-enslaving-his-daughter-and-sexually-abusing-her-20111223-dk

myFOXdetroit.com - After two years of being held captive, used as a sex slave by her own father, a 15-year old girl walks into the Romulus Police station to get help. Police say she escaped. Now her father, a firefighter, could spend the rest of his life behind bars.





"I hope to God this man never gets out of jail, " says Romulus Police Chief Robert Dickerson.

26-years on the force and Dickerson says he has never seen anything so horrific.

The 48-year-old father is accused of sexual abuse, is a trusted public servant --a firefighter with an unnamed downriver fire department for more than16 years. He was arrested near his Romulus home, still in his firefighter uniform at the time.

The 15-year-old claims the sexual abuse started when she was just 13. Police say the man also took pornographic photos of her. They confiscated his computers, cameras, disks when they searched his home and his locker at the fire station. Lange was told he even admitted to some of what's being alleged against him.

Police say the girl had to sleep with her father , raise her younger siblings, all while going to school each day, pretending she was ok . But she had enough. She ran away to her mother, who took her to the police.

The man may be arraigned as soon as Saturday.

Chief Dickerson is urging all parents to talk to their children over this Holiday break to ind out what's really going on in their lives --at home, at school - everywhere.

And kids speak up. Dickerson says if you need to, call 911 and the police will come pick you up.




Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chief Gary Bucholtz - Suicide - Bad Axe

Also See:
Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Kidnapped ex-wife

Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Murdered ex-wife

Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Committed suicide after killing ex-wife http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/11/chief-gary-bucholtz-bad-axe-suicide.html






Mason police discover murder-suicide
Former police chief abducted his wife and put her in restraints in Port Hope
Written by Laura Misjak
Lansing State Journal
Dec. 4, 2011
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111204/INGHAM01/112040428/Mason-police-discover-murder-suicide?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs

MASON - The Huron County sheriff and Mason investigators say a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and secured her with restraints and drove her to a Mason motel, where he fatally shot her and himself.

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope in a Mason motel while conducting a welfare check Nov. 29. Rhonda Bucholtz had several gunshots to the face and her estranged husband had a single shotgun would to his head.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in the Thumb region.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared on Nov. 28.

A minivan belonging to the couple was parked outside the motel room where a man and woman were found shot to death, officials said.

Mason police last week ruled the deaths a murder- suicide, and in a prepared statement last Thursday revealed that a variety of restraints were used on Mrs. Bucholtz.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," said Mason police Chief John Stressman. "We are still processing the evidence."

Family members reported that the couple had been having marital difficulties and they were concerned for their well-being, according to the sheriff's office.

On Nov. 29, Mason police contacted the Huron County sheriff's office, saying that the murder-suicide possibly involved the missing Huron County couple.

The couple checked into a room at Heb's Inn and Motel, on North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at 3 a.m. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman said.

At about 2:30 p.m., police were called to the motel for a welfare check, where they found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Chief Gary Bucholtz - Kidnapped ex-wife - Bad Axe

Also See:
Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Kidnapped ex-wife
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/11/chief-gary-bucholtz-kidnapped-ex-wife.html

Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Murdered ex-wife
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/11/chief-gary-bucholtz-bad-axe-mi-murder.html

Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Committed suicide after killing ex-wife http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/11/chief-gary-bucholtz-bad-axe-suicide.html





Mason police discover murder-suicide
Former police chief abducted his wife and put her in restraints in Port Hope
Written by Laura Misjak
Lansing State Journal
Dec. 4, 2011
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111204/INGHAM01/112040428/Mason-police-discover-murder-suicide?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs

MASON - The Huron County sheriff and Mason investigators say a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and secured her with restraints and drove her to a Mason motel, where he fatally shot her and himself.

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope in a Mason motel while conducting a welfare check Nov. 29. Rhonda Bucholtz had several gunshots to the face and her estranged husband had a single shotgun would to his head.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in the Thumb region.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared on Nov. 28.

A minivan belonging to the couple was parked outside the motel room where a man and woman were found shot to death, officials said.

Mason police last week ruled the deaths a murder- suicide, and in a prepared statement last Thursday revealed that a variety of restraints were used on Mrs. Bucholtz.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," said Mason police Chief John Stressman. "We are still processing the evidence."

Family members reported that the couple had been having marital difficulties and they were concerned for their well-being, according to the sheriff's office.

On Nov. 29, Mason police contacted the Huron County sheriff's office, saying that the murder-suicide possibly involved the missing Huron County couple.

The couple checked into a room at Heb's Inn and Motel, on North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at 3 a.m. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman said.

At about 2:30 p.m., police were called to the motel for a welfare check, where they found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Chief Gary Bucholtz - Murdered ex- wife Rhonda - Bad Axe

Also See:
Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Kidnapped ex-wife

Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Murdered ex-wife

Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Committed suicide after killing ex-wife http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/11/chief-gary-bucholtz-bad-axe-suicide.html






On the evening of November 29th, former Police Chief Gary Bucholtz kidnapped his ex-wife, Rhonda Bucholtz. Police discovered the bodies of Gary and Rhonda in Heb's Inn and Hotel [Mason, MI], the following day. Chief Bucholtz had murdered / shot his wife and then committed suicide.



Police are uncertain as to why Bucholtz drove Rhonda all the way from their hometown of Port Hope...



...to the town of Mason [almost two hundred miles away].



The Michigan State Police are involved in the ongoing investigation.



Sadly, this is not the first tragedy Rhonda's family has recently faced. On November 20th, Rhonda's nephew Brent Tinsley [Ubly, MI], was murdered. The case is still under investigation.[See news articles below].









Mason police discover murder-suicide
Former police chief abducted his wife and put her in restraints in Port Hope
Written by Laura Misjak
Lansing State Journal
Dec. 4, 2011
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111204/INGHAM01/112040428/Mason-police-discover-murder-suicide?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs

MASON - The Huron County sheriff and Mason investigators say a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and secured her with restraints and drove her to a Mason motel, where he fatally shot her and himself.

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope in a Mason motel while conducting a welfare check Nov. 29. Rhonda Bucholtz had several gunshots to the face and her estranged husband had a single shotgun would to his head.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in the Thumb region.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared on Nov. 28.

A minivan belonging to the couple was parked outside the motel room where a man and woman were found shot to death, officials said.

Mason police last week ruled the deaths a murder- suicide, and in a prepared statement last Thursday revealed that a variety of restraints were used on Mrs. Bucholtz.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," said Mason police Chief John Stressman. "We are still processing the evidence."

Family members reported that the couple had been having marital difficulties and they were concerned for their well-being, according to the sheriff's office.

On Nov. 29, Mason police contacted the Huron County sheriff's office, saying that the murder-suicide possibly involved the missing Huron County couple.

The couple checked into a room at Heb's Inn and Motel, on North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at 3 a.m. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman said.

At about 2:30 p.m., police were called to the motel for a welfare check, where they found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.












Police say former Bad Axe police chief shot wife in face multiple times at Mason motel
12:07 AM, Dec. 2, 2011
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111202/NEWS03/312020012/Police-say-former-Bad-Axe-police-chief-shot-wife-face-multiple-times-Mason-motel?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CBusiness%7Cs

MASON — The former Huron County police chief who authorities say shot and killed his wife before killing himself inside a motel room had abducted her using “a variety of implements of restraint,” officials said.

The bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope were found Tuesday inside a room at Heb’s Inn and Motel.

Rhonda Bucholtz died from multiple handgun wounds to her face, according to a news release from Mason police.

Gary Bucholtz, who was a police chief in Bad Axe for about 10 years, died from a single shotgun wound to his head, police said.

Several “implements of restraint” were found inside the couple’s minivan and in the motel room, police said. Rhonda Bucholtz was found with an ankle restraint secured to one leg with the other end lying unsecured, police said.

Investigators believe Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted inside her Port Hope home. There was evidence she was restrained and concealed inside the minivan, police said.

How and why the couple ended up in Mason may never be known, the news release said.

He then turned the gun on himself.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said they may never know why the couple ended up in Mason.











Mason police discover murder-suicide
Former police chief abducted his wife and put her in restraints in Port Hope
Written by Laura Misjak
Lansing State Journal
Dec. 4, 2011
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111204/INGHAM01/112040428/Mason-police-discover-murder-suicide?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs

MASON - The Huron County sheriff and Mason investigators say a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and secured her with restraints and drove her to a Mason motel, where he fatally shot her and himself.

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope in a Mason motel while conducting a welfare check Nov. 29. Rhonda Bucholtz had several gunshots to the face and her estranged husband had a single shotgun would to his head.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in the Thumb region.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared on Nov. 28.

A minivan belonging to the couple was parked outside the motel room where a man and woman were found shot to death, officials said.

Mason police last week ruled the deaths a murder- suicide, and in a prepared statement last Thursday revealed that a variety of restraints were used on Mrs. Bucholtz.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," said Mason police Chief John Stressman. "We are still processing the evidence."

Family members reported that the couple had been having marital difficulties and they were concerned for their well-being, according to the sheriff's office.

On Nov. 29, Mason police contacted the Huron County sheriff's office, saying that the murder-suicide possibly involved the missing Huron County couple.

The couple checked into a room at Heb's Inn & Motel, on North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at 3 a.m. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman said.

At about 2:30 p.m., police were called to the motel for a welfare check, where they found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 
 
 


 
 
 
Police say bodies are former Bad Axe police chief and wife
Posted: Dec 03, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Updated: Dec 03, 2011 10:43 AM CST
By Kim Yonick
WNEM News
http://www.wnem.com/story/16179700/police-say-bodies-are

MASON, MI (WNEM) - Police said the bodies found inside a motel room are that of a former Bad Axe police chief and his wife.

Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz were found shot to death at a Mason Motel room.

Police said Gary Bucholtz took his wife from their home, restrained her in the car and shot her several times in that motel.

He then turned the gun on himself.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said they may never know why the couple ended up in Mason.

 
 
 
 




 
 
Police say former Bad Axe police chief shot wife in face multiple times at Mason motel
12:07 AM, Dec. 2, 2011
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111202/NEWS03/312020012/Police-say-former-Bad-Axe-police-chief-shot-wife-face-multiple-times-Mason-motel?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CBusiness%7Cs

MASON — The former Huron County police chief who authorities say shot and killed his wife before killing himself inside a motel room had abducted her using “a variety of implements of restraint,” officials said.

The bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope were found Tuesday inside a room at Heb’s Inn & Motel.

Rhonda Bucholtz died from multiple handgun wounds to her face, according to a news release from Mason police.

Gary Bucholtz, who was a police chief in Bad Axe for about 10 years, died from a single shotgun wound to his head, police said.

Several “implements of restraint” were found inside the couple’s minivan and in the motel room, police said. Rhonda Bucholtz was found with an ankle restraint secured to one leg with the other end lying unsecured, police said.

Investigators believe Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted inside her Port Hope home. There was evidence she was restrained and concealed inside the minivan, police said.

How and why the couple ended up in Mason may never be known, the news release said.










Police release more details in Mason murder-suicide
5:58 PM, Dec. 1, 2011
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111201/NEWS01/312010009/Police-release-more-details-in-Mason-murder-suicide?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

MASON — The former Huron County police chief who authorities say shot and killed his wife before killing himself inside a motel room had abducted her using “a variety of implements of restraint,” officials said today.

The bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope were found Tuesday inside a room at Heb’s Inn & Motel. Rhonda Bucholtz died from multiple handgun wounds to her face, according to a news release from Mason police.

Gary Bucholtz, who was a police chief in Bad Axe for about 10 years, died from a single shotgun wound to his head, police said.

Several “implements of restraint” were found inside the couple’s minivan and in the motel room, police said. Rhonda Bucholtz was found with an ankle restraint secured to one leg with the other end lying unsecured, police said.

Investigators believe Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted inside her Port Hope home. There was evidence she was restrained and concealed inside the minivan, police said.

How and why the couple ended up in Mason may never be known, the news release said.
















Police Believe Man Who Shot Wife and Then Himself is Former Police Chief
Posted On: 12/1/2011
9 and 10 News
http://www.9and10news.com/Category/Story/?id=312318&cID=1





A Michigan Sheriff says investigators suspect that a former police chief abducted his estranged wife, then shot and killed her before killing himself.

Mason Police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz in a Lansing area hotel while conducting a welfare check on Tuesday.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, the couple lived in Port Hope.

Family members called police after the couple went missing on Monday night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ex-Bad Axe Police Chief Gary Bucholtz Killed Self, Estranged Wife: Huron County Police Say
First Posted: 12/ 1/11 12:51 PM ET
Updated: 12/ 1/11 01:49 PM ET
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/01/bucholtz-murder-suicide_n_1122969.html






Authorities in Michigan are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a former local police official and his estranged ex-wife.

Mason police say that they discovered two bodies late Tuesday night in a Lansing-area motel room, one allegedly belonging to retired Bad Axe police chief Gary Bucholtz and the other to his former spouse, Rhonda Bucholtz, according to a press release obtained by the Huffington Post.

Authorities began searching for the pair late Monday night after Bucholtz family members contacted the Huron County Sheriff's office.

"Apparently, they had not been heard from since approximately 9 p.m. on Monday," Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson told the Huron Daily Tribune. "Family members were very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months. They were worried about the couple's well-being."

Hanson alerted regional law enforcement agencies to that the couple was missing.

Around 11:00 pm, Tuesday, Hanson received notification from Mason Police Department officials of a shooting incident approximately 110 miles southeast of Bad Axe, possibly involving the missing divorced couple.

"They stated they had a deceased male and female in a local motel room and the Port Hope couple’s Uplander van was in the parking lot," Hanson said.

Gary, 58, and Rhonda, 38, were parents of a five-year-old child, according to Bay City Times.

Police believe that Gary Bucholtz shot his ex-wife before killing himself, according to ABC-12.

As of Wednesday evening, the Ingham County Medical Examiner was still processing evidence and completing the identification process.















Current Bad Axe Police chief addresses apparent murder-suicide of predecessor, wife
Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 12:00 PM
By Cole Waterman
The Bay City Times
http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2011/12/current_bad_axe_police_chief_a.html

BAD AXE — The current chief of the Bad Axe Police Department has issued a brief statement regarding the apparent murder-suicide of former chief Gary E. Bucholtz and wife Rhonda L. Bucholtz.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Gary and Rhonda and we will support them during their time of grieving," Chief David Rothe said in the release. "We respect the family's privacy and will have no further comment at this time."

Bodies believed to be the Bucholtzes' were found in Heb's Inn in Mason Tuesday afternoon. Relatives reported they had not seen the Port Hope couple since around 9 p.m. Monday night.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson has said it appeared the couple died in their motel room from gunshot wounds. Evidence indicated Gary Bucholtz, 58, kidnapped his 38-year-old wife from Huron County, Hanson said.

The Mason Police Department is handling the investigation. Confirmation of the bodies' identities is to be released later today, pending the completion of autopsies.

 
 
 



 
 
 
 
Ex-Bad Axe police chief suspected of killing wife, self
December 01, 2011 7:49 AM
WWMT News
http://www.wwmt.com/news/police-1398966-self-axe.html





Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope while conducting a welfare check Tuesday.

MASON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan sheriff says investigators suspect that a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and drove her to a Lansing-area motel, where he fatally shot her and

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope while conducting a welfare check Tuesday.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in Michigan's rural Thumb region.

The motel is about 10 miles south-southeast of Lansing.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared Monday night.

Hanson tells the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe that investigators suspect Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted from Huron County and taken to the motel.

 
 
 
 
 



 
 
Report: Police say Huron County husband kidnapped wife before murder-suicide in Mason
Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 7:34 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 11:13 AM
By Brandon Howell
MLive.com
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2011/12/report_police_say_huron_county.html





UPDATE: Police believe the pair is former Bad Axe police chief Gary Bucholtz and his wife Rhonda.

Police say a husband and wife found dead in what's been ruled a murder-suicide Tuesday in Mason were from Port Hope in Huron County.

WILX reports Mason police, who have been working with the Huron County Sheriff's Office, believe the man kidnapped his wife. They were both reported missing by their family Tuesday afternoon.

The pair was found dead at Herb's Inn along Cedar Street. WLIX reports the couple had been having marital problems.

It was the second murder-suicide in Mason in just a matter of days.

A man and woman were found dead on Thanksgiving at their home in the 400 block of Hanna Road. In that case, authorities said Timothy Hendricks, 53, used a pistol to shoot and kill his ex-wife, Deborah Hendricks, 62, before killing himself.

Both were found dead in a home in the 400 block of Hanna Road late Thursday.

WLIX reports the Ingham County Medical Examiner has yet to positively identify the victims of Tuesday's murder-suicide. Positive identification is expected on Thursday or Friday




















Ex-Police Chief Suspected Of Killing Wife, Self
December 1, 2011 7:26 AM
CBS, Detroit
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/12/01/former-police-chief-suspected-of-killing-wife-self/





MASON (AP) - Investigators suspect that a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and drove her to a Lansing-area motel, where he fatally shot her and himself, a sheriff said Wednesday.

Mason police found bodies believed to be those of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope while conducting a welfare check Tuesday.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief in Bad Axe for about 10 years. The city has about 3,500 residents and is county seat of Huron County at the tip of Michigan’s heavily agricultural Thumb region. The motel is about 10 miles south-southeast of Lansing and about 110 miles southeast of Bad Axe.

The Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe reported that Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared. He said they had apparently not been heard from since about 9 p.m. Monday.

“Family members were very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months,” Hanson said. “They were worried about the couple’s well-being.”

The sheriff said Mason police contacted him late Tuesday.

“They advised they were working on an incident that possibly involved our missing couple,” Hanson said.

“They stated they had a deceased male and female in a local motel room and the Port Hope couple’s Uplander van was in the parking lot.”

He said the investigation produced evidence “suggesting the female may have been abducted” from Huron County and that it appeared both died in the Mason motel room from gunshot wounds in a possible murder-suicide.

Mason Police Chief John Stressman said the room at Heb’s Inn & Motel was booked at 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman told the Lansing State Journal.

Stressman said investigators will confirm the man and woman’s identities through dental records and DNA tests. They will look at autopsy results to confirm they died of gunshot wounds, he said.

“It’s still an open investigation and we’ve still got a lot of legwork to do,” Stressman said.













Mason Motel Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide
Thursday, December 01, 2011 5:58 a.m. EST
http://big921.com/news/articles/2011/dec/01/mason-motel-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide/

MASON, Mich (WLMI) Police in Mason have confirmed the bodies of a man and woman found Tuesday in a motel died in a murder-suicide.

Officials say it appears the former police chief of Bad Axe—in Michigan’s Thumb—abducted his estranged wife and drove her to Heb’s Inn on North Cedar and shot her, then himself.

Officials in Huron County say family members contacted the Sheriff’s Department after Gary Bucholz and his wife, Rhonda, disappeared Monday night.








Police rule deaths murder-suicide
Former Bad Axe police chief suspected of killing wife, self
11:13 PM
Nov. 30, 2011
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111201/NEWS01/112010311/Police-rule-deaths-murder-suicide?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

MASON - The Huron County sheriff said that investigators suspect that a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and drove her to a Mason motel, where he fatally shot her and himself.

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope while conducting a welfare check Tuesday.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in the Thumb region.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared on Monday night.

A minivan belonging to the couple was parked outside the Mason motel room where a man and woman were found Tuesday shot to death, officials said.

Hanson told the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe that investigators suspect that

Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted from Huron County and taken to the Mason motel.

Mason police have ruled the deaths a murder- suicide.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," said Mason police Chief John Stressman. "We are still processing the evidence."

Family members reported that the couple had been having marital difficulties and they were concerned for their well-being, according to the sheriff's office.

On Tuesday night, Mason police contacted the Huron County sheriff's office, saying that the murder-suicide possibly involved the missing Huron County couple.

The couple checked into a room at Heb's Inn & Motel, on North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman said.

At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the motel for a welfare check, where they found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.













Missing persons case could have ties to a murder-suicide
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 10:52 PM CST
Updated: Dec 01, 2011 10:16 AM CST
By ABC12 News Team
http://www.abc12.com/story/16160902/missing-person-case-could-have-ties-to-a-murder-suicide




HURON COUNTY (WJRT) -(11/30/11) - A missing persons search out of Huron County could be linked to what investigators are calling a suspected murder-suicide case in Ingham County.

The Huron County Sheriff's Department says Gary Bucholtz and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope were last seen Monday evening. Family members reported them missing Tuesday afternoon, expressing concern over marital issues between the couple.

Detectives were contacted by the Mason Police Department, south of Lansing, about two people found dead in a motel room. A van belonging to the Bucholtz's was parked in the lot.

Both victims died from gunshot wounds and a positive identification is pending.

Mason Police say it appears the man shot the woman and them himself







More details emerge regarding apparent murder-suicide involving former Bad Axe Police chief, wife
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 7:13 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 9:28 PM
By LaNia Coleman
The Bay City Times
http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2011/11/more_details_emerge_regarding.html




BAD AXE — Huron County investigators say they believe a man and woman found dead in an Ingham County motel room are a former Bad Axe Police chief and his wife.

Gary E. Bucholtz, 58, and his 38-year-old wife, Rhonda L. Bucholtz, were reported missing by family members who were “very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months,” said Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson.

The couple, from Huron Township, are parents of a 5-year-old child.

Hanson could not comment on the nature of the nature of the couple’s troubles.

Local authorities were searching for the couple Tuesday when police in Mason, a town about 14 miles south of Lansing and 180 miles southwest of Port Hope, notified Hanson that they’d found the Bucholtz’s Chevrolet Uplander minivan in the parking lot of a motel where an apparent murder-suicide had occurred.

According to reports, Mason police suspect that Gary Bucholtz kidnapped his wife from somewhere in Huron County.

The couple reportedly checked into Heb’s Inn about 3 a.m. and were found dead of gunshot wounds about 12 hours later.

The Ingham County medical examiner has yet to make a positive identification.

Rhonda Bucholtz is an aunt of Brent Tinsey, the 20-year-old Ubly man who was found shot to death Nov. 20 in Sanilac County. The investigation into Tinsey's death is ongoing.

Gary Bucholtz’s brother is Gagetown Police Chief Gene Bucholtz.


















BREAKING: Former Bad Axe Police Chief dies in what’s believed to be murder/suicide
By STACY LANGLEY
Huron Daily Tribune
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:24 PM EST
http://www.michigansthumb.com/articles/2011/11/30/news/local_news/doc4ed6bb39d3c17439737926.txt

MASON — Police are investigating a possible abduction that ended in a murder/suicide involving former Bad Axe Police Chief Gary E. Bucholtz and his estranged wife.

Bucholtz, who served as Bad Axe Police Chief for 10 years, and his wife, Rhonda, were found dead inside a motel room in Mason just southeast of Lansing on Tuesday afternoon. The Mason Police Department is handling the investigation, which is still on-going as of press time.

What is known at this time is a search for the couple began earlier this week by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson said Undersheriff Ron Roberts was contacted by family who reported the couple had been missing since Monday.

“Apparently, they had not been heard from since approximately 9 p.m. on Monday. Family members were very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months. They were worried about the couple’s well-being,” said Hanson.

Police began following up on leads in an effort to attempt to track down the couple Tuesday afternoon.

“Leads were also followed up by the Bad Axe City Police Department, the Port Austin Village Police Department, the Michigan State Police in Sandusky and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office,“ Hanson said about their attempts to locate the couple. “We were able to uncover some new information, but nothing led to the whereabouts of the missing couple.”

At approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Hanson said he updated the ‘Be on the Look-out’ B.O.L (LEIN Broadcast), which was asking for law enforcement agencies in the state for information about Bucholtz and his wife.

“At 11:20 p.m., I was contacted by the Mason Police Department. They advised they were working on an incident that possibly involved our missing couple. They stated they had a deceased male and female in a local motel room and the Port Hope couple’s Uplander van was in the parking lot,” said Hanson, who added Mason police had been working this incident since roughly 3 p.m. Tuesday and they were processing the scene and attempting to positively identify the deceased.

“Mason police advised the investigation into the couple’s death was suggesting the female may have been abducted from our county,” said Hanson.

“It appeared both died in the Mason motel room from gunshot wounds, possibly the result of a murder/suicide. Due to those wounds, the Ingham County Medical Examiner’s Office may need another day to wrap up the identification process.”

Hanson said the matter remains under investigation.















Mason Murder-Suicide Followed Kidnapping
Missing couple from Port Hope in Huron County believed to be victims in a murder-suicide Tuesday in Mason. Man was former police chief.
Posted: 5:58 PM Nov 30, 2011
Updated: 10:03 AM Dec 1, 2011
Reporter: Jason Colthorp
WILX News
http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Mason_Murder-Suicide_Followed_Kidnapping_134787333.html






The victims in Tuesday's murder-suicide in Mason appear to be a married couple from Port Hope, a city right on Lake Huron in the thumb.

The Mason Police Department has been working with the Huron County Sheriff's Office and they believe the woman was kidnapped by her husband.

Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz-- who were having marital problems-- were reported missing by family Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. At the same time, 180 miles away, Mason police were discovering the bodies at Heb's Inn on Cedar Street.

Investigators discovered the Uplander mini-van in the parking lot belonged to the couple reported missing via a statewide alert system.

Gary Bucholtz was the former police chief in Bad Axe for 10 years.

Police say they checked in at 3 a.m. that morning and were found at 2:30 p.m. when no one answered the door.

The Ingham County Medical Examiner still has to positively identify the victims. That should be done Thursday or Friday.

 
 
 
 
 





 
 
Missing Port Hope couple believed dead in Mason motel room
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 5:32 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 5:34 PM
By LaNia Coleman
The Bay City Times
http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2011/11/missing_port_hope_couple_belie.html

BAD AXE — Huron County investigators say they believe a man and woman found dead in a Mason motel room are a Port Hope-area couple reportedly missing since Monday.

Gary E. and Rhonda L. Bucholtz of Huron Township were reported missing by family members who were “very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months,” said Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson.

Undersheriff Ron Roberts, six deputies and Hanson began following leads, as did police in Bad Axe and Port Austin, state police from the Sandusky Detachment and St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies.

“We were able to uncover some new information but nothing lead to the whereabouts of our missing couple,” said Hanson.

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, deputies put out a statewide be-on-the-lookout alert for the couple, said the sheriff.

Roughly 20 minutes later, police in Mason, located southeast of Lansing, advised that they found the couple’s Chevrolet Uplander van in the parking lot of a motel where an apparent murder-suicide had occurred earlier that day, said Hanson.

Mason police had been investigating the deaths since about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

As of this morning, positive identification still had not been made.

Mason investigators believe the woman was abducted from Huron County, said Hanson.

Both people died of gunshot wounds, he said.

 
 
 
 

 










Mason deaths ruled murder-suicide
4:48 PM, Nov. 30, 2011
Updated 4:41 p.m.
Written by Laura Misjak
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111130/NEWS01/111300332/Mason-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE




Police and investigators are on the scene Tuesday night in the driving snow in Mason at the site of the shooting deaths of a man and woman. The deaths are being investigated as homicides. Rod Sanford Lansing State Journal.


MASON -- Police have ruled the deaths of a man and woman found at a Mason motel Tuesday afternoon as a murder-suicide.

Both died of gunshot wounds, said Chief John Stressman.

Preliminary autopsy results could not confirm the identity of the couple, Stressman said, and dental records or DNA will be examined tomorrow to determine their identities.

The two checked into Heb's Inn and Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Street, at 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. check-out time, Stressman said.

MASON - Police continue today to investigate the suspicious deaths of a man and woman who were found at a Mason motel Tuesday afternoon.

Mason police Chief John Stressman said police are still trying to confirm the identities of the two and the deaths are being investigated as suspicious. An autopsy is scheduled but Stressman didn't know if it would be completed today.

Police were called to Heb's Inn & Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at about 2:32 p.m. for a welfare check, and found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," Stressman said. "We are still processing the evidence and trying to get in touch with the family members if they are who we think they are."

Police believe the two died of gunshot wounds, but are waiting on autopsy results to confirm that, Stressman said.

"It's still an open investigation and we've still got a lot of legwork to do," he said.












Authorities treating 2 deaths at Mason motel as homicides
12:43 AM, Nov. 30, 2011
Written by Kevin Grasha
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111130/NEWS01/111300318/Authorities-treating-2-deaths-at-Mason-motel-as-homicides?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE


Police and investigators are on the scene Tuesday night in the driving snow in Mason at the site of the shooting deaths of a man and woman. The deaths are being investigated as homicides. / ROD SANFORD/Lansing State Journal.


MASON - Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Tuesday afternoon in a motel room.

Mason police Sgt. Ed Hude said the deaths were being treated as homicides, although investigators were still trying to sort out what happened.

The victims, a white man and white woman, were found after police were called about 2:32 p.m. for a welfare check at Heb's Inn & Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Street near U.S. 127.

Employees at the motel declined to comment.

The motel is made up of two buildings.

Police tape Tuesday surrounded a section of the second building.

A parked minivan was backed up at an angle to one room.

The Michigan State Police crime scene investigators were called in to assist.












Man, woman found fatally shot at motel in Mason
Posted On: 11/29/2011
9 and 10 News
http://www.9and10news.com/Category/Story/?id=312111&cID=2



MASON, Mich. (AP) — Police say they're investigating the fatal shootings of a man and a woman at a Lansing-area motel.

Police didn't immediately release the names of the victims, who were found dead about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Lansing State Journal says (http://on.lsj.com/rGxdBu ) officers discovered the bodies when they conducted a welfare check at Heb's Inn & Motel. It's about 10 miles south-southeast of Lansing.

A state police crime scene investigation unit is assisting local authorities.










Mason police investigate deaths of 2 gunshot victims
6:20 PM, Nov. 29, 2011
Written by Kevin Grasha
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111129/NEWS01/311290004/1002/NEWS01?odyssey=obinsite

UPDATED 5:14 P.M. MASON -- Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman found this afternoon as suspicious.

"We are treating it as a homicide until we know differently," said Sgt. Ed Hude.

The victims, a white man and white woman, were found after police were called about 2:32 p.m. for a welfare check at Heb's Inn & Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Street near U.S. 127.

Police on scene are waiting on a search warrant and the Michigan State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit.














Report: Police investigating another murder-suicide in Mason
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 4:51 PM
By Angela Wittrock
MLive
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2011/11/report_police_investigating_an.html



Television station WILX reported that the victims were found dead in a room at Herb's Inn on Cedar Street. The ages and genders weren't released.

A man and woman were found dead Thursday at their home in Mason. Ingham County Sheriff's authorities ruled it a murder-suicide.

In that case, authorities said Timothy Hendricks, 53, used a pistol to shoot and kill his ex-wife, Deborah Hendricks, 62, before killing himself.

Both were found dead in a home in the 400 block of Hanna Road late Thursday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MURDER OF BRENT TINLEY [RHONDA'S NEPHEW]: NOVEMBER 20, 2011.
 





UPDATE: Police release name of shooting victim
Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 10:08 AM EST
By STACY LANGLEY
Tribune Staff Writer
http://www.michigansthumb.com/articles/2011/11/23/news/local_news/doc4ecd0c2c9e06d202862217.txt

AUSTIN TOWNSHIP — Police have released the name of the 20-year-old former Bad Axe High School student who was shot Sunday, but they are not releasing the details surrounding the shooting.

When troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Caro were dispatched to a location on Spencer Road in Sanilac County, they found Brent Michael Tinsey dead from a gunshot wound, according to F./Lt. Mitch Krugielki.

Police initially reported that Tinsey was from Argyle, but in a follow-up news release to the Tribune they reported Tinsey had an Ubly address.

“The matter remains under investigation. We have been in contact with the prosecutor’s office in Sanilac County, but the final report has not yet been submitted,” said Krugielki who added additional information will not be released until the matter has been further investigated.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Sanilac County Sheriff Office, Michigan State Police-Bridgeport Crime Laboratory and Sanilac County EMS.











Name of man fatally shot in Sanilac County released
9:30 AM, Nov. 23, 2011
The Times Herald
http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20111123/NEWS05/111123008/Name-man-fatally-shot-Sanilac-County-released-?odyssey=nav%7Chead

The Michigan State Police has released the name of a man fatally shot Sunday in Austin Township but haven’t released any other details about the incident.

Rescue crews responded to a shooting on Spencer Road about 6:30 p.m. where Brent Michael Tinsey, 20, of Ubly was pronounced dead.

Michigan State Police Sgt. Jeff Hook at the Caro post said no other details were being released, including the nature of the shooting or if a suspect was in custody or being sought.

Police originally said Tinsey was from Argyle.

A message was left for MSP Detective Brian Ferguson.












Authorities investigate Sanilac shooting
Submitted by Compmanager
November 23, 2011 – 9:30 am
Tuscola Today
http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2011/11/23/authorities-investigate-sanilac-shooting/



AUSTIN TOWNSHIP — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Caro post are investigating a shooting that killed a 20- year-old Ubly man.

Troopers were dispatched to an unknown shooting on Spencer Road in Austin Township, Sanilac County. Brent Tinsey, who has a listed Ubly address, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting is still under investigation by Michigan State Police.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Sanilac County Sheriff Office, Michigan State Police – Bridgeport Crime Laboratory and Sanilac County EMS.










State police release ID of man, 20, fatally shot in Sanilac County; investigation continues
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: November 23, 2011 - 7:04 am
Last Updated: November 23, 2011 - 7:04 am
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/dc51d6ea9520457c8273ed684c8e0e76/MI--Sanilac-County-Killing/

AUSTIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities in Michigan's Thumb have released the name of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot over the weekend.

WLEW-AM reports (http://bit.ly/uXqvuC ) that Michigan State Police have identified the man killed Sunday as Brent Tinsey of the unincorporated community of Argyle.

Police say he was killed in Sanilac County's Austin Township, about 45 miles east of Bay City. The investigation into his death was ongoing.





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