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Michigan couple charged after girl ingests meth, dies

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Two southwestern Michigan residents face charges in northern Indiana in the death of a 10-year-old girl who died after ingesting methamphetamine.

Prosecutors say the girl and her 9-year-old sibling were taken to an Elkhart home last June by her father, 34-year-old Brandon Hobbs, and his 30-year-old girlfriend, Erica Reschke. The girl died at the home. Toxicology tests revealed high levels of the drug in her body.

Hobbs and Reschke are from Cassopolis, north of the Michigan-Indiana state line. They are charged with neglect of a dependent. Reschke also is charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Their trial is scheduled to start May 6 in Goshen, Indiana.

The Associated Press was unable to reach Reschke's attorney Thursday for comment. Court documents did not list a lawyer for Hobbs.


Lawsuit claims man died after 911 calls for help went unanswered

CANTON TOWNSHIP (AP) — The widow of a man who died after suffering a heart attack is suing two suburban Detroit 911 operators after emergency calls were missed because the volume on a 911 line was turned down or off.

Former Canton Township employees Rachel Rowell and Joshua Choroba are named in the suit which seeks $25 million.

It says staff at a health care facility called for an ambulance 13 times on March 1, 2018 for 69-year-old Stephen Greene.

An ambulance was dispatched once the 911 system was turned back on or up and the calls answered. Greene died the next day.

The township’s attorney said Wednesday that the lowered volume caused an 8-minute service delay.

Canton is not named in the lawsuit. Court records do not list attorneys for Rowell or Choroba.


Law firm to present webinar on Intellectual Property developments 

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, will present a webinar on 2019 IP developments, discussing the upcoming issues, implications and trends of intellectual property development in 2019, including:

• 20/20 vision into parallel litigation issues and trends

• USPTO Trends and Developments for Trademark Owners

• Implications of the USPTO’s guidance changes on patent subject matter eligibility

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 27 at 1:00pm EST/12:00pm CT. Presenters include shareholder Jon Beaupré from the Ann Arbor, Michigan office, associate Judy K. He and shareholder Virginia Wolk Marino, both from the  Chicago office, and shareholder Rashad Morgan from the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina office. Brinks’ President, Gustavo Siller, will serve as the moderator.

To register for the 2019 IP Developments webinar, visit the Brinks website.