MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan State Police officials are conducting an investigationinto the Muskegon Heights Police Department, 24 Hour News 8confirmed Tuesday.
State police said it would be releasing information about thecase on Wednesday in a news release. The detective in charge of thecase said he would ask the city not to comment on thesituation.
Although it's not clear if it's related to the investigation,MSP confirms it has been conducting an audit of the evidence roomat the department for the past few weeks. The audit was requestedby the Muskegon Heights Police Department.
State police say officers were helping with an overflow ofevidence and working with the prosecutor's office and the policedepartment to determine what evidence was on record compared towhat was being stored.
Police say they were also looking to dispose of evidence that nolonger needed to be kept.
Interim Chief Lynne Gill said he requested help from MSP for an"administrative" issue, but he wouldn't confirm an ongoinginvestigation.
Gill was appointed interim chief about three weeks ago, he says,and expects to be named chief in the coming weeks.
He replaced former Interim Chief Ron Rake who was appointed tothe position after the sudden death of Chief Clifton Johnson lastyear.
Gill says no officers are on leave or suspended at thistime.
Around a half dozen uniformed state police officers were at thepolice department Monday afternoon and observed by a 24 Hour News 8crew that was in the area working on another story.
Later that afternoon, a state police officer was also seenmeeting with Muskegon Heights City Manager Natasha Henderson. OnTuesday, Henderson would not comment on the investigation and saidshe did not recall a meeting with an MSP officer. She said themeeting was not on her calendar.
Henderson said any information that needed to be publicizedwould be released by the Michigan State Police.
An official source close to the investigation says state policeofficials are conducting an investigation into the department, butcould not discuss details.
Former interim Chief Ron Rake also said he was aware of butcould not comment on the investigation as part of his resignationagreement. He said he would cooperate if he is subpoenaed. Rakesaid the situation is "political" but is not the reason heresigned.
Calls were placed to several city employees seeking comment.Although some said they were aware of the situation, none of themwould confirm any details.
On Tuesday, Mayor Darrell Paige did not return requests forreturn calls from 24 Hour News 8 reporters who left messages on hisvoice mail, with the city clerk, and with a family member at hishome. But Paige did respond Wednesday morning, only saying therewas an "investigation." He said he will meet with us later in theday to discuss the case.
Councilmember Dorothy Scott said she was not aware of thesituation and said it was not brought up in past boardmeetings.
City Councilmember Keith Guy said he is aware of theinvestigation, but he wouldn't discuss it.
24 Hour News 8 will continue to follow this case and reportdetails as they become available.
24 Hour News 8 Reporter Marc Thompson contributed to this report.
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