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3 arraigned in lower Michigan after crime spree across UP

 

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FROM LEFT, Rachel Greenwood, of Park Falls, Wis.; Kensey Kaseno, of Mellen, Wis.; and Norman Kastan, of Mellen, have been charged in lower Michigan after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Mellen and fleeing across the Upper Peninsula.

By RALPH ANSAMI

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CHEBOYGAN - The three people apprehended Thursday following a crime spree across the Upper Peninsula have been charged in Cheboygan County Court with numerous felonies.

Their trip across the U.P. began after the trio stole a vehicle in Mellen, Wis., according to authorities.

Arraigned Friday were Norman Kastan, 44, and Kensey Kaseno, 28, both of Mellen, and Rachel Greenwood, 21, of Park Falls.

A be on the lookout warning was issued by police Wednesday at 7:37 p.m. for the U.P. and Lower Peninsula for the stolen vehicle.

Across the U.P., a camp was broken into near Ewen, in Ontonagon County. Firearms and other valuables were stolen.

The suspects' vehicle was spotted crossing the Mackinaw Bridge, heading south into Cheboygan County. A high-speed chase then ended at Mullet Lake, where the three suspects ran out onto the ice.

Two were apprehended, but the third ran off, along with a German shepherd from the truck, to a nearby house. He was apprehended with the use of a hovercraft.

Charges will likely be filed in other counties as the investigations continue.

The Cheboygan County charges filed Friday against Kaseno, the driver of the vehicle, include two counts of operating or maintaining a methamphetamine lab; operating or maintaining a meth lab involving hazardous waste; receiving and concealing stolen firearms; motor vehicle theft; fleeing a police officer and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Kaseno's bond has been set at $500,000.

Kastan has been charged with two counts of operating or maintaining a meth lab involving a firearm; operating or maintaining a meth lab with hazardous waste; receiving and concealing stolen firearms; motor vehicle theft, felony firearms and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Kastan's bond is set at $1 million cash. 

Greenwood faces similar charges. Her bond is also set at $1 million cash.

Law enforcement reports indicated both Kastan and Greenwood were wanted for parole violations at the time of their apprehension.

All three suspects are scheduled for more lower Michigan court appearances on Thursday.

Ontonagon County Sheriff Dale Rantala on Friday urged residents of that county to check their camps for other possible break-ins.

 
 
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