Reporter charged with capturing footage of wreck
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:51:52 GMT —
A reporter who gathered footage of the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed in Charlevoix County has been charged under a state law that prohibits taking pictures of human remains in a grave.
Two people died in the Jan. 6 crash near Boyne City.
Damien Leist of the Charlevoix County News says no one told him he could not approach the crash site. Undersheriff Chuck Vondra tells The Detroit News that's not the case.
Leist faces up to two years in prison and will be in court for an arraignment on Tuesday.
The Petoskey News-Review reports the 38-year-old Boyne City resident is charged under a law enacted after a film crew captured images from the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the ore-hauling ship that mysteriously sank in Lake Superior in 1975.
The Jan. 6 crash killed two men, Todd Lloyd and Christopher Neumann who were leaving the Boyne City airport and were flying to a Detroit-area airport. Lloyd was the pilot and owner of the plane, which was registered to his company, Chair Cover Holdings in Madison Heights.