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A Guardian is a person who is given Probate Court authority to be responsible for the personal and physical well-being of an adult who is called a Legally Incapacitated Individual (LII). The Guardian has the same powers and duties over that LII as parents have over their children. A prospective Guardian may be nominated by petition (filed with the Probate Court) or may be named in a will. A Conservator is a person who is given Probate Court authority to be responsible for the assets (called an "estate") of an adult, who is called a Protected Individual (PI). A Conservator may be nominated by a petition filed with the Probate Court.
When the individual is unable to manage his or her property or business affairs effectively because of either:
(note) If the individual joins in the request for a conservator's appointment and, proper management is required because of either of the following:
A hearing date will be set in approximately 3 to 4 weeks
(note) Exception: If the individual has chosen counsel or the alleged PI is mentally competent but aged or physically infirm.
The Crime Victim's Rights Act, P.A. 87 of 1985, as amended, provides certain rights to victims of crimes. The prosecuting attorney is required by law to inform the victim of his or her rights under the terms of the Crime Victim's Rights Act during the pre-conviction process.
Victims are required to be notified and consulted during the various steps of the criminal justice process. The victim can also submit a written or oral impact statement to the probation officer preparing the presentence investigation report.
In accordance with the act, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), upon the written request of a victim, must provide notification to victims regarding a prisoner's status during their incarceration.
An individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, financial or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime is considered a "victim." Other persons such as the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent or guardian may also qualify as a victim if the victim is deceased or is physically unable to exercise the privileges and rights of the victim under the Crime Victim's Rights Act.
Under special circumstances, individuals that do not qualify under the definition of a "victim," may receive some notifications outlined in the Crime Victim Rights Act. You may contact the MDOC Crime Victim Notification Unit at 517-373-4467 or toll free at 877-886-5401 to determine if you qualify.
You may request notification by completing a MDOC Crime Victim Notification Form.
Yes. Victim names and addresses are exempt from disclosure under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.
Probably not. You should first contact the Monroe County Road Commission at 734-240-5102. Most road drainage is under their jurisdiction.
Call the Drain Commissioner's Office and request a petition for drain cleanout.
Yes. Call and express your concerns. The Drain Commissioner's staff will look into the problem.
No. Flood Plains are under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Contact their Jackson, Michigan office at 517-780-7915 or you may view the FEMA Flood Plain Maps.
No. Wet lands are under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
No. The Drain Commissioner only maintains Dedicated Drains. It is the responsibility of the property owner to drain his/her water to our public outlet.
No. If your sump pump is running it is doing what it is suppose to do.
Contact the Drain Commissioner's Office at 734-240-3101. We will be glad to help.
A flood is the inundation of a normally dry area caused by an increased water level in an established watercourse, such as a river, stream, or drainage ditch, or ponding of water at or near the point where the rain fell. Flooding can occur anytime during the year. However, many occur seasonally after winter snow melts or heavy spring rains.
Flash floods occur suddenly, usually within 6 hours of the rain event, and result from heavy localized rainfall or levee failures. Flash floods can begin before the rain stops. Water level on small streams may rise quickly in heavy rainstorms, especially near the headwaters of river basins. Heavy rains can also cause flash flooding in areas where the floodplain has been urbanized.
Ice jams and dam failures can also cause both flooding and flash flooding.
Many people are killed by flash floods when driving or walking on roads and bridges that are covered by water. In fact, flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Even 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your feet, and a depth of only 2 feet of water will float many of today's automobiles. If you are in a car and water starts rising, get out and move to higher ground.
A flash flood or flood warning indicates that flash flooding or flooding is already occurring or imminent within the designated warning area - take necessary precautions at once. When a flash flood or flood warning is issued for your area, act quickly! Get out of areas subject to flooding and avoid areas where flooding has already occurred.
A flash flood or flood statement is used for follow-up information regarding a flash flood or flood event.
To judge how long you can store food supplies, look for an "expiration date" or "best if used by" date on the product. If you can not find a date on the product, then the general recommendation is to store food products for six months and then replace them.
Some households find it helpful to pull food products for their regular meals from their disaster supplies kit and replace them immediately on an ongoing basis, so the food supplies are always fresh.
Try to avoid foods that are high in fat and protein, and don't stock salty foods, since they will make you thirsty. Familiar foods can lift morale and give a feeling of security in time of stress. Also, canned foods won't require cooking, water or special preparation. Take into account your family's unique needs and tastes. Try to include foods that they will enjoy and that are also high in calories and nutrition.
Store supplies of non-perishable foods and water in one handy place. You need to have these items packed and ready in case there is no time to gather food from the kitchen when disaster strikes. Sufficient supplies to last several days to a week are recommended.
Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. Foods that are compact and lightweight are easy to store and carry.
Try to eat salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned food with high liquid content.
Recommended foods include:
Also consider having:
Foods to avoid:
Monroe County Chapter of the Red Cross recommendations to have food, water, and other emergency supplies on hand are not new, and are considered reasonable in case of any disaster. Our recommendations are to have supplies to last several days to a week. Most reasonable people would not consider such quantities of supplies as a "stockpile" or "hoarding".
Some families may choose to store supplies to last several weeks or more. Certainly, if they wish to do so, they may. It is always wise to have sufficient food and water supplies on hand in case access to such supplies may be disrupted by disaster.
For more information, please contact our local Emergency Services Department at the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 734-289-1481 or 800-391-8668, ext. 11. Ask for a copy of the following brochures: "Your Family disaster Plan" (A4466); "Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit" (A4463) and "Food and Water in an Emergency (A5055).
The above information provided compliments of:
The Monroe County Chapter, American Red Cross1645 N Dixie HighwayMonroe, MI 48161
Department of Human services or file an application through the Friend of the Court.
Michigan Works Agency (MWA) will notify the Friend of the Court Office and further action will be taken.
Notify the Friend of the Court office in writing with the name, address, and telephone number of the new employer.
It is the law in Michigan that all support is paid through payroll deductions unless expressly excluded by the court.
The court orders the support for your share of your child’s / children’s livelihood. Parenting Time and Child Support are separate issues and are enforced that way through the Friend of the Court.
You may petition the court for modification of the support order based on your income. The motion is available at the Friend of the Court front desk.
If you choose to hire an attorney you may, if not the paperwork is available to do it on your own at the Friend of the Court front desk.
It is possible that a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest for failure to appear.
You may be found in contempt of court. A contempt finding could require a lump sum payment or a jail sentence.
You may file a complaint. These forms are available at the Friend of the Court front desk or on the website.
There is a Friend of the Court Grievance for available at the front desk of the Monroe County Friend of the Court office or you can request that one be mailed to you. You may ask a staff member for the procedure in filing the paperwork.
To become a guardian, you must file a petition, pay the filing fee, serve interested persons, and appear at a hearing. Generally, anyone may petition to become guardian.
An emergency guardianship hearing would be warranted when medical decisions are immediately necessary to save the ward from serious injury, illness, or death. Use this form (PDF) to help guide you in determining whether this situation would be considered an emergency.
In a minor guardianship, the petitioner would file in the county where the minor resides or is present at the time the proceeding is commenced.
In a guardianship for an incapacitated individual, the petitioner would file in the county where the incapacitated individual resides or is present. If the incapacitated individual is admitted to an institution by court order, the petitioner would file in the county in which that court is located.
We are one mile West of Telegraph on M-50 (South Custer), located on the south side of the street next to the Rupp Funeral Home.
No, we do not have a doctor on staff and do not take walk-in emergencies. If you are in an emergency medical situation, please call 911.
No, we do not offer school/sports physicals at our location.
The Groundwater Quality Control Act, Part 127, 1978 PA 368 defines an abandoned water well as a well which:
The act defines a temporarily abandoned well as a well which:
To be classified as temporarily abandoned, a well casing must:
Farms often have associated, but not necessarily contiguous, properties that have structures served by water wells. These outlying farm wells are considered the same as the farmer's residential well and may be plugged by the owner.
Begin by searching for water well drilling logs or old billing statements that show well depth and well location. This information may be available from the following sources:
For locating buried wells:
Although the beach is not closed, this office highly recommends not swimming at a beach that has an advisory issued.
Yes and no. If the only concern is E.coli contamination, yes, as long as the fish is thoroughly cooked to a temperature that meets or exceeds the requirements set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food code which is cooked above 145 degrees Fahrenheit. If the concern is toxins or other chemical constituents, then we recommend that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (PDF) be followed, which in some cases would be no.
Yes, a water sample could be taken to a Certified Laboratory (PDF). Please contact the laboratory that you want to use to obtain sample bottles, cost quotation and times that they will accept samples.
Call the Environmental Health Division at 734-240-7900. A sanitarian will investigate the complaint and determine what action must be taken.
Spa water is at a much higher temperature than pool water. Spa water is 104ºF. Also there is a much smaller volume of water in a spa than a pool. The low volume and higher water temperature require very close monitoring of the chemical and pH balance in a spa.
Chlorine and bromine are the most common chemicals used to sanitize pool water. All public pools are required to submit to the Monroe County Health Department monthly operational reports which list the pH and sanitizing levels present in the pool each day of the month.
Yes - COVID-19 vaccines are now recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive the vaccine.
Please note: No vaccines are authorized at this time for individuals under 6 months of age. Please do not schedule an individual until your child has reached 6 months of age or later. We will provide updates for the public as soon as vaccine eligibility opens to additional age groups.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and adolescents, please see this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Yes - Minors who are eligible for vaccination will need a parent and/or legal guardian to accompany them to their appointment in order to provide consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you need to cancel you appointment with us after confirming an appointment elsewhere, please call 734-240-7830 to let us know.
If we need to contact an individual via phone, our phone number will show up as "COUNTY OF MONROE 734-240-7000."
We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. Safety is the first priority. The process used to authorize the COVID-19 vaccines is the same proven process that was used to create safe and effective vaccines for the flu, polio, measles, whooping cough and more. While the COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine authorized for use.
This vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. This vaccine gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so your body can fight it off in the future. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
More information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) website:
Yes - We have wheelchairs available for use as well as staff and volunteers happy to be of assistance for any individuals with mobility limitations.
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
No - If you are currently in your quarantine period as a close contact of a COVID case, call 734-240-7830 to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
No - If you are currently in isolation after testing positive OR awaiting test results, call 734-240-7830 to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
There can be several symptoms of food-borne illness that may also be related to other illnesses, which is why it is important for you to see a health care professional as soon as possible to determine what is causing your symptoms and to treat the symptoms in a manner consistent with the diagnosis. Some symptoms that people may experience, that may be caused by food-borne illness are:
Typically, food-borne illnesses are caused by one of three major factors which introduce or allow potentially hazardous bacteria, viruses, toxins or other substances to be in the food we eat. The three main factors are:
The majority of food-borne illnesses reported and verified each year are caused by the following bacteria or viruses:
You may contact the Environmental Health Division office and file a complaint of the alleged food-borne illness. Upon consultation with your physician they may contact our office requesting an investigation.
An outbreak is an incident where two or more persons, not of the same household, have ingested a common food and have a similar illness, similar symptoms, and there is a time, place or person association between these persons. A single person complaint implicating a food with a food-borne illness is only considered an outbreak for a few specific diseases.
All efforts are made to keep names of complainants confidential but all reports submitted to the Environmental Health Division are subject to Freedom of Information requests. The department does need a name and phone number of those exhibiting symptoms in order to conduct a thorough investigation.
To prove what organism caused the illness, there must be clinical specimens from the person who is ill and food specimens of what was eaten. If samples are available, laboratory tests can be conducted on both the food and clinical samples to determine what caused the illness.
The Environmental Health Division (EHD) does not routinely supply inspection records to the public. However, as a public institution, this information is available through the legal provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA Form is available online. You must be very specific as to the information requested. There is a fee for copying and faxing the information. You are best served by filling out the form online, printing and calling 734-240-7900, to find more information in regard to your inquiry. You may then mail in payment along with completed FOIA form to receive your records, or visit the EHD office.
Either visit the Temporary Food site or start by printing out the Application for Temporary Food Services (PDF) from the State of Michigan website. Call Environmental Health Division (EHD) for payment submittal requirements and return to the:Environmental Health Division2353 S Custer RoadMonroe MI 48161
HABs can cause illness and death in humans, pets, and wildlife. Symptoms include:
Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, can contribute to blooms. Sources of nutrients include agricultural activities, application of lawn fertilizers, wastewater treatment facilities, septic tanks, sewer overflows, and runoff. Warm surface water temperatures can also contribute to blooms.
Yes. The Great Lakes have a history of HABs, particularly in warm, shallow areas such as Saginaw Bay and western Lake Erie. Scientists have attributed this latest resurgence of HABs to the invasion of zebra and quagga mussels.
Appointments are required for your child to be screened.
There is no charge, it is a free service.
Yes, the State of Michigan requires all children entering kindergarten to have their hearing and vision screened before starting school.
No, we don't have a doctor to give you a prescription.
Technicians trained by the State of Michigan administer all screenings.
You may come into the Health Department and complete the permit application and pay the permit application fee and associated lab fees (PDF). The water sample will be collected by a sanitarian and analyzed at the accredited water laboratory that the Health Department. Your well permit will be given a final approval by the Environmental Health Division once a safe water sample is obtained and a satisfactory construction inspection has taken place.
From time to time property owners may want to sample their wells to ensure there has not been any contamination of the water supply. You may obtain a sterile sample bottle from an accredited water laboratory or from the Monroe County Health Department Environmental Health Division if you plan to use us for your analysis. From the water tap closest to the raw water inlet of your home, prior to any water treatment, you may have installed on your water system, turn on the water and allow the water to run for approximately 5 five minutes. If there is a filter screen installed on the end of the faucet, remove it before running the water. After the 5 minutes, fill the sterile bottle and return it to the lab within the specified time that the laboratory indicates to you. The water samples should be refrigerated and then kept on ice during transport.
If you have questions about the water sample results and the laboratory is unable to assist you, a sanitarian may be able help to explain those. Contact our office at 734-240-7900.
First, contact a licensed well driller in the State of Michigan (PDF). The driller will help you troubleshoot the problem and supply your home with a safe water supply as soon as possible. Then, prior to commencing work on the well, contact the Monroe County Health Department to secure the proper water supply permits.
In the meantime, do not attempt to use the well in hope that the water has somehow returned. This can cause problems with mechanical equipment that is used in the water supply and can ultimately cost you money. You will have to utilize bottled water for drinking and cooking until you have a safe water supply. And, depending on the problem, the existing well may be upgraded or a new well may have to be drilled.
Refer to Site Plan Proposed On-Site Water Supply (PDF).
Refer to the Chlorination page.
If the well is not going to be used it should be sealed rather than capped. The term "sealed" means to be filled up with an impervious material. You will need to contact a licensed well driller to have the well properly sealed or abandoned. The sealing material or grout should be pumped into the well from the bottom up under constant pressure to ensure complete sealing of the hole.
You may contact the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and file a groundwater dispute complaint. The hotline number for the MDEQ to file a complaint is 866-662-9278. A staff person from the MDEQ should contact you within five days of the complaint being filed.
Refer to Application to Install Water Supply Facility (PDF) - For informational purposes, triplicate form available at the Monroe County Health Department.
The Monroe County Water Lab is available to test well water samples for coliform bacteria. If coliform is detected in a water sample a confirmatory test is conducted to verify the original test result. Please refer to the Environmental Health Division Fee Schedule (PDF) for the cost.
Refer to the Department of Environmental Quality for information on groundwater disputes.
Refer to the Hauled Water page for holding tank permit information.
Plastic bags, rope, electrical cords, string lights and clothing are all examples of "tanglers" - long or stretchy items that get tangled up in the gears of the machinery that sorts recyclables.
When plastic bags and other items get tangled in the machinery staff must shut down sorting and cut them off the gears, one-by-one. This is dangerous for staff and shuts down the facility and sorting process, making it slower and more expensive to sort recyclables and get them ready for the next leg in their journey. Films and flexible packaging, wreak havoc on waste management systems. They are difficult to sort, contaminate high-value loads, and jam systems, which leads to significant downtime. This downtime drives up operational costs and leads to higher service fees to municipalities.
To apply for a license, please refer to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development website.
A Temporary Food Service Establishment License application (PDF) is available at Michigan Department of Agriculture.
For the most current fees please refer to the fee schedule (PDF).
If you are planning to buy/operate an existing fixed food service establishment, you must apply for a change of ownership at least 30 days prior to the transition. The following items are required to be submitted with the change of ownership application:
We will review all required documentation and approve or request changes as necessary. Please note that filling documents out thoroughly will help the transition be smooth and relatively quick. If we have to request several changes, the process can be time consuming and you may be delayed in the opening of your establishment.
If you are starting a new restaurant, special transitory food unit (STFU) or mobile unit, a plan review must be completed prior to the start of construction. If you are making any changes to an existing restaurant, or purchasing/becoming new operator or an existing STFU or mobile unit, a plan review is also necessary. You must fill out the necessary forms. Following thorough completion of the forms, submit forms and applicable fees to the Monroe County Health Department Environmental Health Division located at:2353 S Custer RoadMonroe, MI 48161
A review of the packet will take place and staff will return the forms if there is any missing information or changes that are necessary. Once all requirements are satisfied approvals will be given by this office. Do not start construction until you have received approvals from this office. At times, there are changes that must be made to the plans.
For newly constructed restaurants it is imperative that all the information is filled in and any changes in existing restaurants must be noted in the change of ownership inspection. Please call the Environmental Health Division at 734-240-7900 to set up an appointment for change of ownership inspection.
Plan review information for Special transitory food units (DOCX) can be found at Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The P.A. 92 of 2000 Michigan Food Law (PDF), as amended is available through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) website.
Pieces of floating ice carried with a stream's current can accumulate at any obstruction to the stream flow. These ice jams can develop near river bends, mouths of tributaries, points where the river slope decreases, downstream of dams and upstream of bridges or obstructions. The water held back can cause flooding upstream, and if the obstruction suddenly breaks, flash flooding can then occur downstream as well.
An ice jam can occur anytime from early winter to late spring in Michigan, depending upon changes in temperatures that cause alternate freezing and melting of water surfaces. The most likely times are early winter before the surfaces are completely frozen and early spring when the ice cover begins to break up due to melting.
When the snow melts, it adds water to the ground that drains away in the same way as water from rainfall. On average, one inch of fresh snowfall contains about a tenth of an inch of water. However, as snow accumulates and becomes compacted during the winter, the ratio of snow to water decreases. Thus, ten inches of snow remaining on the ground into early spring may contain as much as five inches of water.
Three days with the maximum temperature of about 50 degrees would create enough melting to cause ice breakup on small streams. That amount of warming could also melt two inches of snow.
Air temperature is still the most important factor in melting snow. Rain will usually not add much heat to the process. At 40 degrees, one inch of rain will only produce a tenth of an inch of added water from snow melt. At the same time, frozen ground will result in more of the available water running off directly to streams.
The Spring Snowmelt Flood potential Outlook defines the flood potential from snowmelt based on normal precipitation and rate of melt projected through the normal snowmelt period. If the actual conditions bring more rapid melt or heavier rains than normal, or if ice jams occur, the flood threat would increase substantially. On the other hand, a gradual or intermittent melt, with minimal additional precipitation, would decrease the flood threat.
Outlooks are based on calculations of existing conditions (snow cover, soil conditions, and stream flow) together with predicted future weather conditions. Normal precipitation and snowmelt rates for the future period are presumed in making these projections. An earlier melt than expected may reduce flood potential. Alternatively, if snow persists into late March, the flood potential increases.
The river crest stage values given in the outlooks are only an indication of potential stream crests rather than specific forecasts. An increase in the potential can be expected if above normal precipitation and/or rapid melting develops. Likewise, the potential will decrease if below precipitation and/or more gradual melting occurs.
The main factors contributing to spring snowmelt flooding are:
A general term indicating minimal or no property damage but possibly some public inconvenience.
The inundation of secondary roads; transfer to higher elevation necessary to save property, some evacuation may be required.
A general term including extensive inundation and property damage (usually characterized by the evacuation of people and livestock and the closure of both primary and secondary roads).
Large-scale inundation, requiring substantial resources from outside the local communities; record or near record flooding.
The 2001 Spring snowmelt Flood Potential Outlooks are tentatively scheduled to be issued February 9 and 23 and March 9 and 23.
The Constitution of the United States guarantees rights to those accused of a crime. Criminal rights include:
There are three types of offenses that bring people to court in Michigan. A civil infraction is the least severe and is usually something like a speeding ticket or traffic ticket. Civil infractions are civil matters, and admitting responsibility to one does not result in a criminal record or conviction. It may, however, result in an increase in insurance premiums.
Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by up to one year in jail and/or 2 years of probation.
Felonies are punishable by more than one year of incarceration and/ or up-to 5 years of probation. Felonies are the only crimes where a person could be sent to prison.
A sub-category of felonies is a high court misdemeanor. This crime is punishable by up to 2 years in prison and/or 5 years of probation. A high court misdemeanor is considered a felony for criminal justice purposes but a misdemeanor for civil purposes. If convicted of a high-court misdemeanor, a person does not have to state they have been convicted of a felony on job applications or other questionnaires but the conviction is otherwise treated as a felony.
In Michigan, all criminal cases start in the District Court. The first step is the arraignment. At the arraignment, the defendant hears the specific charges against him or her, has the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty, have a bond set, and have the next hearing scheduled. If the crime you are charged with is a misdemeanor, the next hearing will be a pretrial, followed by a trial if you do not enter a plea.
If you have been charged with a felony, the hearing after the arraignment is called a probable cause conference. That is followed by a preliminary exam. This is where the prosecution must prove that there is probable cause to believe that a crime was committed and that you committed the crime. If the prosecution can meet that burden, the case is bound over to the Circuit Court.
The first hearing at the Circuit Court is another arraignment. The vast majority of Circuit Court arraignments are either waived or held without the defendant being present. After the arraignment, the case is set for a pretrial, and if it cannot be resolved, it will be set for a second pre-trial, then a trial.
If you are charged with a crime and faced with the possibility of jail time or prison, you are entitled to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you after a judge rules that you qualify. In Monroe County, anyone who desires an attorney present at arraignment is given one. That attorney is known as the Counsel at First Appearance (CAFA). That attorney will be with you for your arraignment, but may not be your attorney for the length of the case. At your arraignment, you will be asked to fill out a form that details your financial situation. You must answer these questions truthfully. If you are deemed indigent or unable to afford an attorney, the judge will approve your request and an attorney will be appointed for you.
If you are in jail, your appointed attorneys must meet with you within 3 business days of the appointment. If you are not in jail, your attorney should make first contact with you within the first 3 business days of the appointment.
No. Court-appointed attorneys cannot accept payment from indigent clients. The attorney appointed to your case is prohibited from taking any form of compensation from you in exchange for handling your case. The court-appointed attorneys will always work hard on your case. Offering to pay your attorney will not in any way impact how your case is handled.
Your attorney should review and discuss any relevant information, including evidence and reports from your case. The prosecutors will likely only provide one set of reports to your attorney and some of those cannot be kept in jail. Some copies of reports may be given to you. Your attorney will educate you on which documents are important to your case.
If an attorney wants to do some investigation or use an expert, they will typically have to file a motion and ask for money for that purpose. If an attorney has no other option, they might ask your family to pay. If your family can’t pay, your attorney is required to take steps to ask the court for more court funding to prepare your defense.
You would have to ask the trial court for substitute counsel to be appointed for your case. The court will have to find that there is an appropriate basis for granting your request. Not liking your attorney is not considered adequate grounds for new counsel. If you can't work with your attorney and have a breakdown of the attorney-client relationship, you can ask the court to assign another attorney.
Yes, the attorney assigned to your case is a real, licensed attorney. All of the attorneys working as Court Appointed Attorneys in Monroe County are competent and dedicated trial lawyers that have the experience, skills, and passion for indigent defense.
It is important to dress appropriately when appearing before a judge. If you are able, business attire is preferred. The clothing you wear should be clean and without rips or stains and in a conservative style. It is not advisable to wear clothing with foul language, rude slogans, or inappropriate images.
Referees are judicial officers who preside over hearings, consider testimony, and enter recommendations or adjudications. All referees are appointed (as opposed to judges, who are elected). Referees are attorneys (unless grandfathered in prior to 1993) who are in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan. A referee is considered a "judge" for purposes of the Judicial Canons, Rule 9.201. Juvenile Court referees preside over hearings designed to protect children at abuse and neglect" hearings. Children may be protected by being placed into foster homes. Juvenile referees also hear "juvenile delinquency" cases when minors violate criminal statutes. Juvenile referees make adjudications that become the order of the court.
This is the process used in a probate court to help a person who may be mentally ill and harmful to self or others and refuses to seek treatment or whose judgment is so imparted that they do understand the need for treatment.
First, watch the person's behavior carefully. If the behavior only occurs when the person has been taking drugs or using alcohol, the problem could be substance abuse, not mental illness.
However, if the behavior is continuous, and if the person threatens or actually harms him/herself or others, or whose judgment is so impaired that they do not understand their need for treatment, you may contact the Probate Court where the person resides or is found.
If you have been unable to get treatment for the person at a clinic or agency with a mental health professional, you may call the Monroe County Probate Court at Phone: 734-240-7353 between 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Court staff will verify that you personally observed the behavior and that it happened recently. You will be asked to describe the behavior in detail.
Court staff will also want to know the individual's substance abuse habits. If the problem is determined to be substance abuse related, you will be referred to an agency in your area.
You will also be asked whether every effort has been made to get the person to voluntarily seek help.
Court staff will tell you to come in person to the courthouse - 106 E First Street (2nd floor) to fill out a petition. You will need to describe in writing:
Petitions can be filed between 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, except on holidays.
You will be asked to complete a Petition for Mental Health Treatment There is no fee.
Court staff will prepare an Order for Examination \ Transport. You will then be sent to a Probate Judge (in the same building) where your petition will be heard. If the Judge signs the Order to authorize a psychiatric evaluation, you will then return to the probate court office where you will receive all of the completed paperwork to take with you.
The police will take the person to Promedica Monroe Regional.
The hospital will perform a psychiatric evaluation and will decide whether the person needs treatment.
If the person does not require hospitalization or is diagnosed as having a substance abuse problem, the hospital will release the person. Sometimes the hospital will recommend outpatient treatment.
Then the person will be sent to a designated hospital for necessary care.
The Court may order up to 60 days of treatment on the initial admission order, but the hospital makes the final decision.
Yes. The hospital may petition the Court for continued treatment. The Court will then hold a hearing to decide whether to grant the petition or discharge the patient.
NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information direct from a nearby National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.
Working the Federal Communications Commission's new Emergency Alert System (EAS), NWR is an "all hazards" radio network, making it the single source for the most comprehensive weather and emergency information available to the public. NWR now broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards - both natural (such as earthquake and volcano activity) and technological (such as chemical releases or oil spills).
Known as the "Voice of the National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NWR network has more the 450 transmitters, covering the 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the public service band between 162.400 and 162.550 megahertz (MHz).
NOAA Weather Radio receivers come in a variety of sizes, styles and prices and can usually be found in electronics stores across the country.
NOAA Weather Radios range in cost from $25 up to $100 or more depending on the quality of the receiver and number of features.
NOAA Weather Radio receivers come in many sizes and with a variety of functions. many radios can receive an alarm tone, triggered when the NWS issues severe weather announcements or emergency information. Most NOAA Weather Radio receivers are either battery-operated portables or AC-powered desktop models with battery backup, so they can be used in many different situations. Some CB radios, scanners, short wave and AM/FM radios are also capable of receiving NWR transmissions.
The seven NWR broadcast frequencies are: 162.400 MHz, 162.425 MHz, 162.450 MHz, 162.450 MHz, 162.475 MHz, 162.500 MHz, 162.525 MHz, and 162.550 MHz. NWR coverage is expanding through NWS partnership programs with local communities. Monroe County is served by the White Lake Forecast Office on KEC63 at 162.550 MHz.
Broadcast range from the weather radio transmitter is approximately 40 miles. The effective range depends on terrain, quality of the receiver, and indoor/outdoor antennas. Before you buy a receiver, make sure your area is covered by one of the transmitters.
There are several features to for in a NOAA Weather Radio. The most desirable feature is an alarm tone. This allows you to have the radio turned on but quiet, listening for a special tone that is broadcast before watch and warning messages. During an emergency, National Weather Service Forecasters will interrupt routine weather radio programming and send out a special tone that activates the NOAA Weather Radios in the listening area.
A new generation of NWR receiver allows you to pre-select the National Weather Service alerts you want to receive according to local geographic areas (counties or in some cases portions of counties). Look for NWR receivers with the SAME feature (Specific Area Message Encoding) which means that the receiver is capable of turning itself on from a silent mode when the digital code is broadcast before the alarm tone is sounded for the geographic area which you have pre-selected.
In addition, a good receiver should be able to operate on batteries during times when electrical services may be interrupted. Look for radios with an AC adapter and battery compartment. The radio should be tunable or switchable to all seven NWR frequencies. Some older models receiver only three frequencies which will not work in all locations.
The national Weather Service will offer a list of the SAME codes available on the NWS website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. A toll-free number (1-888-NWR-SAME or 888-697-7263 can also be used by 4radio owners to get the SAME codes needed.
Several automobile manufacturers (BMW, Mercedes, Range Rover and Saab) equip their cars with radios capable of receiving NWR broadcasts. Several manufacturers of car radios (Audiovox, Clarion, and Panasonic) sell in-dash units capable of receiving NWR broadcasts. Manufacturers of citizen band (CB) radios with NWR channels include Cobra, Maxon, Midland, Radio Shack (Realistic) and Uniden.
The National Weather Service works in partnership with media outlets across the country to get the most current and accurate weather information to the public. Tune in to your local radio and television stations for the latest weather forecasts, watches and warnings. NWS products and services are also available on the internet at http://www.nws.noaa.gov. Delivery of data across the internet, however, cannot be guaranteed because of potential interruption of service.
The goal of the National Weather Service and emergency preparedness agencies is to expand the reach of weather radio broadcasts to cover 95% of the U.S. population. Innovative partnerships between the NWS, private industry, and state and local governments are fueling this expansion. You can help foster such partnerships in your community. For more information concerning developing a partnership with the NWS, contact your local weather service office.
With the addition of the Specific Area Message Encoding technology, life-saving messages broadcast on NWR can now be targeted to a more specific area, like a county or portion of a county, to bring more hazard-specific information to the listening audience. While older models of weather radio receivers will continue to work, to take full advantage of the specific area warning technologies, you will need to get a state-of-the-art receiver with digital SAME capabilities for receiving geographically specific warnings.
The capability to program the SAME-capable NOAA Weather Radio receivers for multiple counties is available on some NWR models. If this feature is important, be sure to check for its available in whatever brand of SAME-capable receiver you look at.
The hearing and visually impaired can also get these warnings by connecting a specially-designed weather radio to other kinds of attention-getting devices like strobe lights, bed-shakers, personal computers and text printers. Many pager companies now offer alerting pagers that provide the latest weather information.
Some NWR receivers have a connector on the back to control all sorts of remote control devices such as flashing lights, bed shakers or other attention-getting devices. Check with electronics stores, electronics catalogs or conduct an internet search for more details. Paging companies can give you information on weather-related information products.
No. However, should a person or group who has purchased a permit for a reservation arrive they will have the right to utilize the pavilion for their exclusive use. Reservations made are for the full day.
The cost per pavilion is $30. Loranger Square is $50.
Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. The reservations are made when payment has been received. The reservations system opens March 1 of every year. You may reserve park pavilions online by visiting the Online Services page. Please visit the Park Rules page for reservation rules.
The parks are open daily at 8 am (including Saturdays and Sundays) and close at dusk but no later than 10 pm. Parks are open April 1 through October 31.
This is not a permitted activity in County Parks. Special Event permits are available to request permission from the County Parks and Recreation Commission for unique events including the use of inflatable bouncing play equipment. This use will also require a special use permit along with appropriate insurance. See the full set of rules for the park under the park rules posting.
The Special Event Permit Application Form is available to fill out and submit to the County for consideration. Click on the Special Event Use Form (PDF) to access the form The form will need to be emailed to Joshua Thomas.
Any comments or suggestions about the parks you may email Joshua Thomas.
When a young person is accused of committing a crime or a status offense (something that would not be illegal if done by adults such as school truancy, running away from home, curfew violations, and incorrigibility) they must appear in juvenile court for an initial or preliminary hearing.
During that hearing, the judge will review the information presented to him and then he or she will do one or more of the following things:
In juvenile court, a referee is like a magistrate in adult court. A referee has the authority to make dispositional decisions and performs most of the functions of the judge, with the exception of hearing jury trials. You will have an opportunity to ask that your child's case be heard before a judge instead of the referee.
The youth is free to go and there is no other formal court process to follow.
This means that the court referee 'diverts' or moves the case from the formal court system to a less formal process. This will keep the offense from being part of the youth's criminal record.
Several factors are taken into account when considering whether a case should be considered for diversion, including the nature of the offense, the youth's age, any background problems leading to the offense, the youth's character and conduct, and behavior in family and school settings.
Options for diversion can range from a warning from the court, requiring the youth to write an apology letter, requiring the youth participate in community service, having to pay restitution to the victim of the crime, or being required to attend behavioral counseling, as some examples.
If your child is formally charged with the crime and they will have to go through the formal court process.
Once your child is charged with an offense they have an opportunity to admit or deny the charges. A youth denying the charges against them is presumed innocent and may request a trial before a judge or jury.
At trial, youth have the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, the right to confront witnesses testifying against them, the right to call witnesses, and the right to testify.
If a youth is found guilty at trial or admits to a crime, the court will then prepare to enter a "disposition," which is like the sentencing stage in the adult court system.
The judge (or referee) can require a youth to do a variety of things as a part of the disposition, including requiring that the young person:
Before the disposition hearing, a probation officer will be assigned who will conduct an in-depth interview with the young person and at least one parent or guardian. This is a very important meeting because it gathers a lot of information that will be used to decide what is best for the youth. This is also a critical time for you as a parent to share information so the court can assist you in addressing the issues that your child is having.
After the initial interview is held, a report will be written by the probation officer that will make a recommendation to the judge about what should happen to the youth. You will be provided a copy of this report prior to the hearing and your input will be considered in the probation officer's recommendation. During the dispositional hearing, the judge (or referee) will determine what should happen to the youth as a result of their delinquent behavior.
Effective October 1, 2016 in the State of Michigan.
The recording fee for a deed, mortgage, lis pendens or any other real estate instrument is $30.
Regardless of the number of pages, all documents will cost $30 to record, this cost is inclusive of Michigan Remonumentation and Register of Deeds Automation fees.
For a document that assigns or discharges more than 1 instrument $3 for each instrument assigned or discharged (in addition to the $30 flat fee). The only exception is if a document is from the State of Michigan or a political subdivision of the State to a Land Bank Authority.
To certify a recorded document $5; copies remain at $1 per page.
If you have any questions, please contact your local Register of Deeds or refer to MCL 600.2567.
If you do not know the property owner's name, you may contact the County Equalization Department or City Assessor's Office. These offices will provide you with the name(s) that appear on the tax roll, which may or may not be the owner(s). With these names, you can then search our office for any recorded information. If you have a name and approximate year to search, our office may provide you with recorded information.
You need a grantor or grantee name to search any land record information and you should have an approximate year to search. Our office cannot search ownership by address.
The office is open Monday Through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4 pm real property documents presented after 3:00 pm will be recorded or filed on the following working day.
It is a column of violently rotating winds extending down from a thunderstorm cloud and touching the surface of the earth.
A funnel cloud is also a column of violently rotating winds extending down from a thunderstorm; however, it does not touch the earth.
An average of 18 tornadoes occur in Michigan each year. Since 1950, 239 persons have been killed due to tornadoes. during this same time, Michigan has experienced 782 tornadoes.
Most tornadoes occur during the months for June, July and August in the late afternoon and evening hours. However, tornadoes can occur anytime of the day or night in almost any month during the year.
Tornadoes generally travel from the southwest and at an average speed of 30 miles per hour. However, some tornadoes have very erratic paths, with speeds approaching 70 mph.
The average Michigan tornado is on the ground for less than 10 minutes and travels a distance of about 5 miles. However, they do not always follow the norm, and have been known to stay on the ground for more than an hour and travel more than 100 miles.
A tornado / severe thunderstorm watch is issued whenever conditions exist for severe weather to develop. Watches are usually for large areas about two-thirds the size of lower Michigan and are usually two-to-six hours long. Watches give you time to prepare.
A tornado warning is issued by the local National Weather Service (NWS) office whenever a tornado has been sighted or NWS Doppler Radar indicates a thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. A severe thunderstorm warning is issued whenever a severe thunderstorm is observed or NWS Doppler Radar indicates a thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds or large hail. Warnings are for smaller areas, such as counties, and are usually 30 minutes to one hour in length. You must act immediately when you first hear the warning. If severe weather is reported near you, seek shelter immediately. If not, keep a constant lookout for severe weather and stay near a shelter.
In some areas, civil emergency sirens will be your first official warning. However, you may also receive warnings directly from the National Weather Service broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio, as long as you have a model with a battery backup.
The Michigan Crime Victim Compensation Fund was established to provide financial help to crime victims who suffer personal injury (bodily harm) or lose earnings or support because of the crime. Our Victim Assistance Coordinator will be able to help with any questions you might have.
The actual amount of compensation, if any, depends upon the facts of each case. Do not try to decide for yourself whether you are eligible. If you have any doubt, file a claim and the Board will decide.
Compensation to crime victims is limited in many ways, including:
Note: The minimum loss requirements will be waived for persons retired by reason of age or disability, and for the expense of forensic medical exams for sexual assault victims.
Note: These losses might be recoverable through court-ordered restitution as part of a convicted perpetrator's criminal sentence, or through the enforcement of a judgment obtained in a civil lawsuit against the wrongdoer.
Money to support the Crime Victim Compensation Fund is paid by criminal defendants convicted in Michigan's courts, plus from some criminal fines in Michigan's federal courts.
The Crime Victim Services Commission will consider you to be a "crime victim" if you:
Note: The Prosecuting Attorney does not represent the Crime Victim Services Commission. The Prosecuting Attorney cannot waive any requirement of the law or rules of the Commission.
Obtain and completely fill out an application form. Forms are available from the Crime Victim Services Commission, our office, police or sheriff's departments, and victim assistance agencies. Your claim must be filed with the Commission not later than 1 year after the occurrence of the crime.
File the claim by mailing it to:
Crime Victim Services Commission320 South WalnutLansing, Michigan 48913Phone: 517-373-7373
Note: Do not submit false information! Doing so to get money from the State is a crime. Plus, those who receive money to which they are not entitled, cheat legitimate crime victims by depleting the limited resources the State of Michigan has available for crime victim compensation.
Except in unusual circumstances, you do not need an attorney but you always have the right to hire or consult with one. The Commission investigates each claim and is willing to deal directly with you without an attorney. You can hire an attorney at any stage of the process. However, any attorney fee must be paid by you, and Commission rules do not limit the amount that an attorney might charge you.
Yes. The Commission is the payor of last resort. Payments from insurance or public funds for out-of-pocket expenses, lost earnings or support (except disability or death benefits paid to a peace officer) are primary resources, and must paid and reported to the program before any award for remaining compensation is considered by the Commission. The claimant must repay the State of Michigan out of any later insurance settlement or court-ordered restitution covering a loss reimbursed by the Commission.
Your application will be reviewed by Commission staff for completeness. An incomplete form will be returned to you with a list of the information or additional paperwork that are needed. Your claim is assigned a claim number. The Commission will notify the Prosecuting Attorney that a claim for compensation is pending. A claim specialist will conduct an investigation to verify the validity of the claim and the extent of any compensable loss. The claimant may be requested to provide documentation if the Commission is otherwise unable to verify the claim.
This depends on the accuracy and completeness of your application, and how long it takes to get additional information the Commission needs to investigate. You will be notified in writing with the record and findings of your claim. If it is approved, the decision will show itemized payments, which will be made within a few days; if you owe money to your medical providers, the Commission will pay the providers.
If your claim is denied, the Commission will notify you in writing, and the legal reasons will be explained. If you are dissatisfied, you have 30 days to appeal the individual Commission member's decision to the full Crime Victim Services Commission. You may request an evidentiary hearing. The decision of the full Commission is final. If still dissatisfied, you may filed a request for leave to appeal with the Court of Appeals within 30 days after the Crime Victim Services Commission's final decision.
A person's papers and testimony before the Commission are private. The Commission may tell only whether a person's claim was approved or denied. Any other information will only be released by a court order.
Wind chill is the perceived temperature resulting front he effect of wind, in combination with cold air, which incr3eases the rate of heat loss from the human body.
Frostbite is damage to body tissue caused by that tissue being frozen. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling of a white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toe, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose. Frostbite varies in severity from frost-nip to deep frostbite, depending on the length of exposure, temperature to which the skin is exposed and wind speed. For frost-nip, place firm, steady pressure from a warm hand against the area. Also, blow on the surface holding the frost-nipped area against the body. Do not rub the area, apply snow or plunge it into very hot or cold water. Victims of severe frostbite must receive prompt medical attention.
Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops to 95 degrees F or lower. It can develop whenever body heat loss exceeds heat gain. Hypothermia is not exclusive to winter. It can occur during the wind and rain of spring and summer. Hypothermia is often mistaken for fatigue, irritability, or dehydration, and may include some of these signs: abnormal decision making; improper response to cold; apathy; lethargy; decreased cooperation; slurred speech; disorientation; shivering; stumbling; and stiffness progressing to inability to move.
Mild to moderate hypothermia (body temperature is greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, conscious, shivering, able to walk):
Severe hypothermia (body temperature is less than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, unconscious, not shivering):
Visitation is held every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 pm, Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm and on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Only parents or legal guardians are allowed to attend visitation. Visitors must bring photo identification with them. If there are some special circumstances in the family, exceptions to the visitation policy can be discussed with the youth's Probation Officer and/or the Director of the Youth Center to arrange special visitation privileges.
The length of stay in the treatment program is dependent on several factors such as a youth's current offense, any prior history with court-ordered interventions, progress made toward the established treatment plan and goals, and overall behavior and cooperation in the program. Most youth stay between 30 and 90 days.
The Monroe County Youth Center contracts with a correctional healthcare company to provide a full continuum of medical services. Our licensed nurse is on-site 25 hours per week and on-call medical consultation is available 24 hours a day. Our licensed physician is on site once a week to see youth, review medical charts and provide oversight of the medical program. Youth are provided a medical exam and assessment within 72 hours of arrival in the program. If youth are prescribed medication, they will continue to receive their medication during their stay.
Additional medical services such as psychiatric medication reviews, dental services and emergency services are provided by other contracted medical providers on an as-needed basis.
Yes. The Monroe County Intermediate School District (ISD) is contracted to provide the educational program at the Youth Center. The teaching staff at the Youth Center make sure that school work is an appropriate education level for each individual youth. Additionally, if a youth has an IEP (individualized educational program), our teachers work closely with the youth and family to meet these individualized needs. The school curriculum follows the Michigan core curriculum and formal report cards are given to youth and their families to take to their home school district upon the youth's release.
The treatment program incorporates a core competency model that serves as the basis for all treatment interventions. This model focuses on three core competencies: Healthy Relationships, Responsible Decision Making, and Educational Growth. Each treatment plan involves creating individualized goals based around the core competencies and developing a re-entry plan that will help youth maintain sustainable changes to their behavior when they re-enter the community. The core competency model also has a heavy emphasis on involving the youth's family and the community in the treatment process.
The Youth Center has scheduled activities for every part of the day. These activities include attending school and after-school tutoring, recreation/physical education activities, individual and group therapy opportunities, and reflection time. We have several additional programming opportunities such as a once a week book club, community service projects, the Youth Art Alliance program, as well as many other activities and presentations.
Yes. All religious activities are strictly voluntary for youth and religious programming is available once a week for youth who are interested in participating.
All religious programming providers are expected to present religious messages in a manner that fosters an open and accepting atmosphere for all youth, regardless of their religious background, race, religion, sexual orientation or identity, offense history, disability, gender or creed.