Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

3 men charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot allegedly planned to blow up bridge

BY: - April 30, 2021

Three of the men accused of plotting to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last fall are now additionally being charged for “knowingly conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction against persons or property,” according to a newly released indictment.  Six men, who were involved with self-proclaimed militias, were charged in December by a federal […]

Slotkin vows bipartisan conversation on ‘tough and complicated’ issue of domestic terrorism

BY: - February 5, 2021

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) is bringing her years of experience evaluating intelligence on the growth of extremism and militias in Iraq to bear on a national conversation about confronting homegrown terror.  The second-term lawmaker representing the 8th District was just appointed as chair of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence […]

State, federal law enforcement plan increased Capitol activity through Mid-February

BY: - January 15, 2021

In light of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, local, state and federal law enforcement officials announced Friday there will be significant increases in the number of police officers around the state Capitol building for the next week.  As the Advance first reported Friday morning, Gov Gretchen Whitmer has also activated some Michigan […]

Breaking: Whitmer activates Michigan National Guard in advance of Sunday protest

BY: - January 15, 2021

A spokeswoman for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed Friday morning the Michigan National Guard has been activated in advance of expected right-wing protests in downtown Lansing this weekend. Tiffany Brown, the governor’s communications director, confirmed the Guard’s activation in a text message, and referred questions about the number of troops called up and other operational details […]

Militia group bows out, right-wing extremist groups gear up for Sunday in Lansing

BY: - January 15, 2021

With images of thousands of Americans overrunning the U.S. Capitol just over a week ago fresh in mind, Lansing is bracing for potential violent, armed protests this weekend through Wednesday, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in in Washington, D.C. Experts have warned that a coalition of militias, right-wing activist groups, white supremacists and others […]

Shirkey: FBI warning of violence at planned right-wing Capitol protests is ‘not necessary’

BY: - January 14, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) on Tuesday seemed to downplay credible threats of planned right-wing violence at every state capitol, telling radio host Paul W. Smith that he does not believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) bulletin sent out Monday warning of the protests was necessary. “I think that the entire nation is […]

More than 170 cases opened in federal probe of U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Almost a week after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice held their first press conference on Tuesday to announce that they are directing prosecutors to issue a slew of sedition and conspiracy charges against pro-Trump insurrectionists. More than 170 cases have been opened […]

Chatfield blames Whitmer for partisanship in wake of terrorist plot against her

BY: - October 12, 2020

In an open letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Saturday, state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) blamed Whitmer for “partisan rhetoric” against state Republicans and President Donald Trump after a plot to kidnap and kill Whitmer was quashed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  “Hatred and violence are wrong, and that’s why I’ve continually denounced […]

Law enforcement uncover militia plot to kidnap and possibly kill Whitmer, storm Capitol, incite civil war

BY: - October 8, 2020

A militia plot to violently overthrow the Michigan government, kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and subdue members of state law enforcement before Nov. 3 were foiled Wednesday evening, thanks to a massive joint effort between state and federal law enforcement. Details of the elaborate plot were announced Thursday at a press conference with Attorney General Dana […]

Liuzzo family pushes to strike Hoover name from FBI building

BY: - July 16, 2020

The mere mention of his name evokes a range of emotion that includes sorrow and rage. “It was horrible what he did to people,” Sally Liuzzo-Prado said about former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, in a voice that trembles today as much as it did 55 years ago. In an interview with Advance, Liuzzo-Prado declared […]

FBI agent: Inman was ‘untruthful’ in interviews

BY: - December 5, 2019

State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) “was untruthful” with federal law enforcement in at least two interviews prior to his May indictment.  That’s according to the Thursday testimony of FBI Special Agent Jeremy Ashcroft, who investigated the allegations that Inman sought to sell his vote on prevailing wage in exchange for campaign contributions from labor unions.  […]