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A federal judge has ruled that prosecutors have provided enough evidence to move toward trial for five Michigan men accused of plotting to kidnap the state's governor. A two-day preliminary hearing this week featured testimony by one of the FBI agents who ran the investigation, relying on confidential informants and undercover agents to thwart the purported scheme. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Berens said Friday that the five men's cases can go to a grand jury, which will determine whether to issue indictments. That is required for them to face trial.

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Five of the men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will return to federal court Friday as a hearing on whether there is enough evidence to charge them continues.

A federal judge also plans to consider whether two of the men, including the Michigan man described by federal authorities as the ringleader of the effort, should remain in jail before trial.

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Five men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will appear in federal court Tuesday for a hearing on whether they should be detained before trial.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Berens will oversee the bail and detention proceeding in Grand Rapids for Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta — all Michigan residents. A sixth man, Barry Croft, was being held in Delaware.

State and federal authorities have charged a group of suspected terrorists with a plot that included kidnapping Governor Gretchen Whitmer and storming the state Capitol.
 

The Michigan State Police and the FBI say the plotters also staked out Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s vacation home and planned to kidnap her, bring her to a remote location, and charge put her on trial for “treason.”
                US Attorney Matthew Schneider said this appeared to be a militia operation with the goal of toppling Michigan’s government, and attracting anti-government supporters.

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The Michigan State Police is looking at its Detroit-area towing contracts after an FBI agent suggested contractors were getting inside help.

State police spokeswoman Lori Dougovito declined to offer details Tuesday but said it's an "open internal investigation."

Court documents that were briefly unsealed quote an FBI agent as saying two towing contractors were invited to meet troopers at a Royal Oak bar in 2016.

One of them was Gasper Fiore, who has pleaded guilty to corruption in Macomb County.

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Fans of rap-metal music group Insane Clown Posse have lost an appeal to have an FBI report scrubbed of language referring to them as a gang.

The group's fans are known as Juggalos. They're upset that a 2011 report given to Congress describes Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang." The fans filed a lawsuit in Detroit, blaming the report for harassment by police.

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A judge ignored the terms of a plea agreement and sentenced a former FBI agent to jail for shooting at a police officer outside a Michigan fitness club.

Judge Dennis Leiber told 35-year-old Ruben Hernandez of North Las Vegas, Nevada, that anyone who shoots at a law enforcement officer is going to jail. He sentenced Hernandez Thursday to 135 days.

Hernandez pleaded no contest to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as one in sentencing.

Prosecutors recommended no jail time.

Michigan State Police say the office and home of state Sen. Bert Johnson are being searched as part of a joint investigation involving the FBI.

State police spokeswoman Shanon Banner says in an email search warrants were served Monday morning at Johnson's Lansing office and his Highland Park home.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Monday from Johnson.

The Democrat represents the state's Second District, which includes Highland Park, Hamtramck, northeast Detroit, Harper Woods and the five Grosse Pointe communities.

An FBI agent who was arrested in western Michigan for shooting at a police officer outside a fitness club could avoid jail under a plea agreement. Thirty-five-year-old Ruben Hernandez pleaded no contest Friday to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. Under the plea deal, prosecutors will recommend that Hernandez avoid jail.

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An FBI agent who was arrested in western Michigan for shooting at a police officer outside a fitness club could avoid jail under a plea agreement.

Thirty-five-year-old Ruben Hernandez pleaded no contest Friday to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. Under the plea deal, prosecutors will recommend that Hernandez avoid jail.

No one was injured in the December shooting outside the Planet Fitness in Grand Rapids, and Hernandez was quickly arrested. Police fired no shots.

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