Cops facing cuts, too

Republican lawmakers are carrying an axe and targeting cops. It appears there will be fewer state police troopers in Michigan, if the current version of a state budget bill gains final approval in the Michigan legislature. Under the bill that cleared the senate this week, the state will lose 60 to 100 troopers due to attrition. Chris Luty, the president of State Trooper's Association, says they are already at a 40 year low. The Michigan Sheriff's Association claims fewer state troopers means a greater burden on local police and that will have an impact on crime.

Terror suspect released

A fourth suspected domestic terrorist and member of the Michigan-based Hutaree militia has been released from jail. 27-year old Christopher Sickles of Ohio was released Wednesday after appearing in federal court in Detroit. He will be electronically monitored 24 hours a day. Three other members were released Tuesday. The other five members of the militia are still jailed. All nine are charged with conspiring to commit sedition. The group is accused of plotting to kill a police officer and then opening fire at that officer's funeral.

Cops honored at FSU

Ferris State University will be holding the Central West Michigan police memorial ceremony tomorrow at 9 a.m. in front of the university’s Flite building in recognition of Police Memorial Week. FSU Public Safety Chief Marty Bledsoe says the ceremony will honor those officers who’ve given their lives in the line of duty and give the public time to meet police officers. Law enforcement from Big Rapids, Ferris, Mecosta County, the Michigan State Police, and other university public safety departments will participate in the event.

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