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Michael L. Jackson

October 23, 2009 - 12:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Oakfield, Bethany, Michael L. Jackson.

Michael L. Jackson -- who is charged with a count of burglary in the third degree, two counts of grand larceny in the third degree, and two counts criminal mischief in the second degree -- was back in Genesee County Superior Court this morning.

He appeared before Judge Robert Noonan, who set a hearing for his case at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18.

Jackson, who lives in Oakfield, is accused breaking into Holland High Lift, 10033 East Road, Bethany. He allegedly stole a 42-inch Viewsonic flatscreen television, a Samsung 22-inch flatscreen television and a Sony digital camera. He also allegedly stole a 2005 Ford Supercab 250.

Jackson also allegedly damaged an office window, a display case, light fixtures, drywall, a motorcycle, computer equipment and an overhead door. He also allegedly damaged the Ford truck. He was one of a group of people alleged to have committed the crimes, although no others have been arrested due to insufficient evidence.

He is also accused of tampering with a witness in the fourth degree after he allegedly went to the home of one of the witnesses and attempted to induce her not to testify before the Grand Jury.

On Sept. 3, Jackson posted a $10,000 bond and is now free awaiting trial.

September 9, 2009 - 3:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield, Bethany, Michael L. Jackson.

Han Bakker is following the case of Oakfield resident Michael L. Jackson with keen interest.

Jackson is accused of breaking into Holland High Lift, 10033 East Road, Bethany, and causing a great deal of property damage and stealing equipment and a truck.

Bakker owns Holland High Lift.

"We estimate (the alleged burglar) did about $60,000 in damage," Bakker said.

And according to Bakker, chief suspect Jackson wasn't working alone. One other possible suspect left a cell phone under a desk and two women were captured on video tape.

Bakker doesn't understand why the District Attorney's office isn't prosecuting the other suspects. He said he was told the D.A.'s office doesn't think there is enough evidence against the other three suspects to charge them.

The Batavian left a message this afternoon with an Assistant D.A. seeking comment.

The group of people, according to Bakker, broke into his office building on April 11 and trashed the place. They broke glass windows in doors, apparently to help them gain entry into other rooms, even though the doors were unlocked.

Apparently, they used their own bodies to break the window. Investigators, according to Bakker, found a good deal of blood in the building.

One of the reasons the D.A.'s office was apparently slow to seek an indictment against Jackson was investigators were awaiting the results of DNA tests from a Monroe County lab. No word on whether the lab results are in yet.

Jackson is accused of stealing a 2005 Ford Supercab 250. Bakker claims that Jackson drove the truck out on South Swan, striking a tree before trying to run it into the creek. 

Jackson is currently out of jail on $10,000 bond.

Bakker is concerned that Jackson, who reportedly left the state after the investigation into the break-in began, will not consider the bond sufficient inducement to stay in the area while awaiting trial.

"I doubt will ever get repaid," Bakker said.

September 8, 2009 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield, Bethany, Michael L. Jackson.

mug-Jackson-Michael.jpgMichael L. Jackson, accused of burglary and grand larceny, got a "get out of jail" free card when the District Attorney's office did not seek a grand jury indictment within the prescribed 45 days.

Last week, an indictment was handed down and Jackson was taken into custody again. On Sept. 3, Jackson posted a $10,000 bond and is now free awaiting trial.

According to the indictment, Jackson is charged with a count of burglary in the third degree, two counts of grand larceny in the third degree, and two counts criminal mischief in the second degree.

A new charge also pops up: tampering with a witness in the fourth degree. Jackson allegedly went to the home of one of the witnesses and attempted to induce her not to testify before the Grand Jury.

Jackson, now an Oakfield resident, is accused breaking into Holland High Lift, 10033 East Road, Bethany. He allegedly stole a 42-inch Viewsonic flatscreen television, a Samsung 22-inch flatscreen television and a Sony digital camera. He also allegedly stole a 2005 Ford Supercab 250. Jackson also allegedly damaged an office window, a display case, light fixtures, drywall, a motorcycle, computer equipment and an overhead door. He also allegedly damaged the Ford truck.

August 28, 2009 - 5:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield, Bethany, Michael L. Jackson.

In a rare turn of events, a man charged with multiple felonies is being released from jail today because the District Attorney's office did not bring his case to the Grand Jury in a timely manner.

Michael L. Jackson, Jr. still faces two counts of grand larceny, a count of burglary and a count of criminal mischief stemming from an alleged break-in at Holland High Lift building in Bethany on April 11, but Judge Robert Noonan released him this afternoon from Genesee County Jail, where he was held on $25,000 bail.

The D.A.'s office had 45 days to seek an indictment from the Grand Jury, but as Asst. D.A. Will Zickl explained to Noonan, the D.A.'s office has been waiting for DNA-match results from a Monroe County criminal lab.

Zickl argued that the DNA evidence could potentially make for a stronger case to bring to the grand jury, but it also could be exculpatory and be "to the defendant's benefit."  There have been requests sent to the lab to quickly finish the tests, but to date, no results have been received.

(Presumably, there was DNA evidence collected at the scene of the alleged crime. Zickl said Jackson submitted to a mouth swab at the time of his arrest.)

There were also ongoing negotiations for a plea bargain, Zickl said, which kept open the possibility of a plea without the necessity of a Grand Jury indictment.

Defense Attorney Gary Horton said he was aware of only one plea bargain offer from the D.A.'s office, and that offer was immediately rejected by Jackson.

Horton contended that there was nothing preventing the D.A.'s office from presenting the case to the Grand Jury at any time.

"There was probable cause for an arrest," Horton said. "If that probable cause appears sufficient for an arrest, then presumably it rises to the same level of proof for a Grand Jury."

Zickl also argued that Jackson is a significant flight risk. He allegedly left the state immediately after the alleged crime was committed, but Horton countered that Jackson didn't know he was a suspect in the case at the time and that he returned to New York voluntarily.

Noonan said the issue before him wasn't about DNA, it was whether the people could have presented the case, and he saw no reason the people couldn't have proceeded.

Jackson indicated that upon release he had a place to stay in Oakfield.

Jackson is accused of damaging parts worth $1,500 and stealing items worth at least $8,000 and a pickup truck valued at $19,000.

June 10, 2009 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, Bethany, Michael L. Jackson.

mug-Jackson-Michael.jpgMichael L. Jackson, Jr. 28, of 1 Seneca Ave., Batavia (pictured), is being held in Genesee County Jail on $25,000 on felony grand larceny and burglary charges. Jackson is accused of breaking into the Holland High Lift building in Bethany on April 11 and damaging parts worth $1,500 and stealing items worth at least $8,000 and a pick up truck valued at $19,000. The charges filed against him are criminal mischief in the second degree, grand larceny in the third degree, burglary in the third degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree.

Jeffrey Vanslyke, 27, of 20 Mechanic St., Elba, is charged with a felony DWI count and driving with a BAC of .08 or more as well as unlawful possession of marijuana. Vanslyke reported failed to dim his headlines on Chapel Street in the Village of Elba. When a patrol attempted to stop Vanslyke's car, Vansylke reportedly kept driving on Route 98, leading patrol units on a low speed chase that ended on Graham Road in Elba. He was also charged with failure to yield to emergency vehicles.

Stephen Mullen, 19, of 71 S. Main St., Oakfield, is charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. The details of the incident leading to his arrest were not released by the Sheriff's Office.

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