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Francine Hughes, the Dansville woman who killed her abusive ex-husband 40 years ago in what came to be known as the “Burning Bed” case, has passed away.

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UPDATE: The former Francine Hughes has died in Alabama at the age of 69. See related story.

Forty years ago Thursday, Francine Hughes of Dansville entered the Ingham County Jail and confessed to setting her house on fire with her sleeping ex-husband inside. James “Mickey” Hughes had long abused the mother of three. Asleep in bed when the fire started, he died of smoke inhalation.


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Three MSU football players remain suspended over the possibility of facing criminal charges of sexual assault. The suspensions have dominated talk of Spartan football during recent practices and heading into Saturday’s spring football game at Spartan Stadium.


A suspect is in custody after an alleged armed carjacking Thursday at the Meijer in Bath Township.

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According to the Michigan State Police, there were 516 individual acts of violent crime in Ingham County in 2015.  That’s the most recent year for which there’s available data.  A dozen of those incidents were homicides.

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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison.

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Efforts to build a memorial to fallen law enforcement officers is a step closer to reality with a large corporate donation.

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MA U.S. Attorney's Ofc

US authorities have seized $20m (£16m) in cash discovered in a bed frame under a mattress in a Massachusetts flat.

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office has issued what it calls "numerous" charges against an East Lansing man in last weekend's double homicide in Meridian Township.

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At the end of the year, Ingham’s top cop is calling it a career. Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth has spent 50 years in law enforcement. We’ll talk with him about the changes he’s seen and the challenges he’s faced as he prepares to hand his department over to his son, Sheriff-elect Scott Wriggelsworth.


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There is an area of Yellowstone Park known as the "Zone of Death" because, due to a constitutional loophole, a crime committed there could go unpunished. We talk with the MSU law professor who first published a paper about this loophole.


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Our Election 2016 coverage continues with a look at the race for Sheriff in Eaton County. Both incumbent Democrat Tom Reich and Republican challenger Fred McPhail are facing serious personal problems. We talk with them about those problems and the issues facing crimefighting in the county.


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A conference this week in Ann Arbor aims to fight human trafficking in our state. We talk with the director of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, Jane White, and Judge Michelle Rick, a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.


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Courtesy photo / Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission

Lock them up and throw away the key? A new study shows that may not be the answer victims of crime want.


Ahead of Miller parole hearing, a victim speaks

Aug 29, 2016
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Courtesy photo / Lansing State Journal

This week, serial killer Donald Miller meets with the parole board about a possible release from prison. Miller confessed to killing four people. We talk with Lansing State Journal reporter Beth LeBlanc and with Randy Gilbert, who survived one of the attacks.


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