No Charges In Frozen Elderly Man Case

No criminal charges will be filed in the death of a Michigan man who froze inside his home after an electric utility installed a power-limiting device because of unpaid bills.

Bay County Prosecutor Kurt Asbury calls the death of 93-year-old Marvin Schur a "terrible tragedy" but says no crimes were committed.

Asbury cites inconsistencies about the policies and practices of Bay City Electric Light & Power regarding the installation of limiter devices but finds no evidence of gross negligence.

Michigan's state-regulated utilities are not allowed to shut off power to senior citizens in the winter, but the state doesn't oversee smaller municipal utilities, including Bay City.

Schur's death led the state House to pass a plan banning the use of limiters for elderly customers. The plan is under consideration in the state Senate.


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  • by Ashley Location: Washington on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    This is just sick...makes me feel so bad for this man and his family, all over this stupid company cares more about money, i hope these people will NEVER stop thinking about what they have done and i hope it worry's them to death
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    It just makes me sick when a Light Co. cares more about money than they do a life. All of them should be shut down and go back to oil lamps.Someone please tell me ,,,,HOW MUCH IS A LIFE WORTH?
  • by Dave Location: Man Cave on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    This story is quite chilling.
  • by William Location: ENC on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    This story gives me CHILLS.
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