Jackson County

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Two jail inmates have attempted an escape by ramming a stolen service van into an interior fence at the facility in Jackson County's Blackman Township.

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The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a deadly fight that resulted in a teenager's death and two others injured. The suspect has not been arrested.

Sackrider Hill in Jackson County
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A large white cross that's been in Jackson County for nearly 70 years has been taken down after a complaint over the religious symbol standing on state-owned land.

Jackson mayor Derek Dobies
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For the March 26, 2018 edition of Mondays with the Mayor, Jackson mayor Derek Dobies talked with WKAR's Reginald Hardwick. Mayor Dobies did not hold back his criticism of Jackson county sheriff Steve Rand. He also talked about attracting apartments to the downtown area, a former mayor who is now the city's treasurer and why he started a book club in hopes of raising understanding in the city. 

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A former financial adviser has been arrested in Michigan in connection with the theft of more than $700,000 from now-deceased clients whose investments he managed.

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Authorities say an armed robbery suspect has died after being shot by police in southern Michigan.


Earlier this month, Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand came under fire for alleged discriminatory remarks he made against black people, women and Hispanic people. Following a request from The Jackson County Board of Commissioners to have Rand removed from his position, The Attorney General's office has started an investigation into the matter. As WKAR's Karel Vega and Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta discuss, the case shares similarities with another investigation that occurred under Jennifer Granholm.

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Officials in Jackson County are asking Gov. Rick Snyder to remove their sheriff from office over insulting remarks about women and minorities.

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A Michigan sheriff has apologized for his offensive remarks but intends to remain in his position.

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The mayor of Jackson and three members of the city council are calling for the resignation of Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand.  Their demand follows reports of racist and discriminatory remarks by the sheriff.


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Officials say a mother and her two young children have died after the vehicle they were riding in collided with a pickup truck in southern Michigan.

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A federal appeals court is backing a Michigan county in a dispute over Christian prayers at public meetings. 

East Lansing voters photo
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Only a small fraction of registered voters voted in yesterday’s primary elections, either by going to the polls or voting absentee.



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Votes are rolling in during today’s primary elections, but how is voter turnout?