Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:34:55 GMT
The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings promises to be a day of tributes to the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were hurt, and the first responders, doctors and nurses who helped them.Full Story >
Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's...Full Story >
A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side.Full Story >
Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two...Full Story >
Police have evacuated the area around the Boston Marathon finish line to investigate two unattended backpacks.Full Story >
A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device,...Full Story >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:11:52 GMT
Temperatures behind the cold front have dropped into the low 30s and the lingering moisture has been transformed into some wet snow. Full Story >
A cold morning commute is ahead throughout the FOX19 viewing area as many rural areas drop to the low 20s and even city centers drop briefly to the upper 20s.Full Story >
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
Legislation passed by the Michigan Senate in Lansing would require registered sex offenders to pay an annual fee to help maintain the state's sex offender registry.
Senate Bill 221's sponsor, state Sen. Rick Jones, said it is ready for the governor's signature.
"These are people who committed crimes," said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. "I do not believe that the hardworking taxpayers in Michigan should foot the bill for a registry of crimes they did not commit."
In a news release on Thursday, Jones cited other states such as Indiana, which charges $50 per year for a similar registry, and Illinois and Ohio, which charge $100 per year.
Currently, Jones stated the cost of maintaining the Sex Offender Registry database in Michigan is funded through a one-time $50 registration fee for offenders, even though the majority of offenders register for 25 years to life.
Jones stated in the release that during the past five years, the money collected from this one-time fee is less than 10 percent of the cost of maintaining the registry. Jones noted that as a result, law enforcement must divert taxpayer dollars that should be spent on putting more police officers on the streets.
"Sex offenders can afford to pay a dollar or two per week to pay for the list," Jones said. "Taxpayers should not have to be burdened with this cost. The offenders should support this list as they do in neighboring states."
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we continue to follow this story.
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Thursday, April 10 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-10 10:53:05 GMT
A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.Full Story >
WLOX News has uncovered new details about what led investigators to arrest a Long Beach Police officer for three counts of sexual battery involving a minor. A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.Full Story >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:55:43 GMT
An artist rendering of a new apartment complex coming to Oakley. Provided drawing.
Construction will start next month on a new apartment complex in Oakley, developer Buckingham Cos. said Tuesday. The development includes seven three-story buildings housing 272 apartments. The apartmentFull Story >
Construction will start next month on a new apartment complex in Oakley, developer Buckingham Cos. said Tuesday.Full Story >
Monday, April 14 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:37:21 GMT
A 7-year-old girl was shot and killed at a birthday party Saturday and deputies say a 5-year-old pulled the trigger. Lexington County Sheriff's Deputies say a 5-year-old accidentally shot the girl at aboutFull Story >
A 7-year-old girl was shot and killed at a birthday party Saturday and deputies say a 5-year-old pulled the trigger.Full Story >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:13:41 GMT
Cincinnati Police investigate a homicide in Price Hill. File photo
More Cincinnati Police officers are headed to the city's streets starting later this summer, Mayor John Cranley announced Tuesday. The officers are members of the city's "lateral transfer" recruit class.Full Story >
More Cincinnati Police officers are headed to the city's streets starting later this summer, Mayor John Cranley announced Tuesday.Full Story >