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Michigan priest guilty of embezzling from 3 other priests

A Lansing-area priest was convicted last week of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from other priests, the Michigan Attorney General's Office said.

David Rosenberg, 72, of DeWitt, was found guilty Friday by a Clinton County jury after a nine-day trial, the office said Monday.

He was convicted of three counts of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult-$100,000 or more, a 20-year felony; a count of false pretenses-$100,000 or more, a 20-year-felony; a count of false pretenses-$20,000 to $50,000, a 15-year felony; a count of perjury, a 15-year-felony; a count of uttering and publishing, a 14-year felony; and a count of larceny $20,000 or more, a 10-year-felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 18.

Authorities accused Rosenberg, the former director of the Lansing Catholic Diocese's St. Francis Retreat Center, of embezzling about $830,000 from three retired priests who lived at the facility from 2018-20. Rosenberg was the director of the center from 2015 until 2021, when he retired.

—The Detroit News

 

Train carrying over 100 tons of coal derails, spills into Northern California’s Feather River

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Union Pacific train carrying 118 tons of coal derailed Sunday due to a track defect and dumped its contents into and around Plumas County’s Feather River, according to railroad officials and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fifteen rail cars chugging west on tracks parallel to the Middle Fork Feather River in Blairsden derailed, spilling the fuel into the river. At least 14 rail cars tipped over or sustained damage, Fish and Wildlife officials said. At least one rail car fell into the water.

“Several cars lost the total payload and some cars partially released,” the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said in a report detailing the incident.

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