JACKSON, MI – A woman missing more than a year is believed to have been slain and hidden by her husband, according to a private investigator working with the woman’s family.

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Private investigator believes missing Michigan woman was killed by husband

A private investigator looking into the disappearance of Dee Ann Warner — a woman who vanished from a Lenawee County home more than a year ago — believes her husband killed her then hid the body.

The family of Dee Warner held a press conference Monday, May 9, at Hardy Farms near Tipton in the Irish Hills to announce that investigative attorney Billy Little has recently presented evidence to police indicating Dee Warner’s husband, Dale Warner, killed her in an act of domestic violence and hid her body.

Staff being called Nazis prompts a Jackson department to change its name

A city of Jackson department has been renamed to move away from an offensive abbreviated connotation, while making it easier for community members to access.

The Jackson City Council approved the name change for the city’s Department of Neighborhood and Economic Operations at its Tuesday, May 10 meeting. The name change was prompted by the abbreviation for the department – NEO – gaining a connotation with the term neo-Nazi, city officials said.

Motorcyclist killed trying to avoid fallen tree in roadway near Jackson

A man was killed Wednesday night when his motorcycle was hit by a car while he was trying to avoid a fallen tree, police said.

At about 10:47 p.m. May 11, officers from the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety responded to a crash between a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle on Fox Road near E. Michigan Avenue in Leoni Township, east of Jackson.

Longtime Jackson manufacturing leader departs, but a familiar face will take his place

The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association’s president has stepped down to take on a new role, but a familiar face is stepping in to lead the organization.

Bill Rayl has left his presidency at JAMA to join the Michigan Manufacturers Association as its executive director of workforce solutions. In his nearly 19 years at JAMA, Rayl developed numerous programs and partnerships to help Jackson manufacturers attract, retain and develop a world-class workforce.

Jackson County inmate convicted of sex crimes gets new charge for threatening judge

An inmate at a Michigan prison in Jackson will face a new felony charge after sending a threatening letter to the Ingham County judge who sentenced him.

Christopher Shenberger has been charged with one count of communicating a false threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony, after mailing a threatening letter to Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk. The judge sentenced Shenberger in September 2016 on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in news release Thursday, May 12.

Meticulous, with a good sense of humor: Trustee reflects on 24 years on Jackson College board

John Crist could see the hurt in Ed Mathein’s eyes as they welled up with tears when he explained he couldn’t do another six-year term on the Jackson College Board of Trustees.

While his passion for watching the college grow and evolve has always been apparent, Crist, who has served alongside Mathein for 16 of his 24 years on the board, knew it was time for his colleague to step away and spend more time with his family.

Lumen Christi fires staff member charged with sex crimes

Lumen Christi has fired a staff member who was arrested and charged with multiple counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Ryan Joseph Kloack, 44, was arraigned in Jackson County’s 12th District Court on May 6 on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with multiple variables and three counts of selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor. Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree is a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

Jackson County Poor Farm being recognized with historical marker

It was once home to the indigent and less fortunate for decades, but the Jackson County Poor Farm is all but forgotten to people today.

That will change soon, though, as the poor farm location is receiving a Jackson County historical marker.

The effort is part of a project from the Jackson County Historical Society to place historical markers at more buildings and sites throughout the county, hoping to educate the public on significant Jackson County history, Society President Maurice Imhoff said. The markers come from the Michigan Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security Act.

Jackson man found guilty of sexual assaults dating back to 2014

An initiative aiming to solve older sexual assault cases has led to the conviction of a Jackson man.

Tyrone Demarcus Parker, 26, was found guilty Friday, May 6, of four charges relating to assault and sexual assault. He is set to appear before Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson for sentencing on June 16, according to court records.

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