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Sunday, September 4, 2011

[MI] Buena Vista Police Officer Bluew's girlfriend Jennifer Webb and her unborn son Braxton found killed

Jennifer Marie Webb and unborn Braxton James Donald Webb were stolen from life and from the people who love them on August 30, 2011.

[UPDATE: Buena Vista Police Officer Kenneth Blue has been arrested and charged with premeditated murder in the death of Jenny, Intentional Conduct against a Pregnant Individual Resulting in Death and Miscarriage or Stillbirth to a Fetus or Embryo, and Felony Firearm Possession During the Commission of a Felony. Links to newer articles are in the comment section below, with excerpts.]

...Friends of 32-year-old Jennifer Webb say she confided in them about her relationship with a married Buena Vista Township Police Officer [Kenneth "Ken" Bluew]. It is the same officer who found her body... Tuesday night, Webb's body was discovered near the police department's gun range that is frequented by officers...


...Jenny was due to give birth in just a few weeks and had already named her unborn son, Braxton James Donald Webb... Buena Vista Township police officers were first on the scene, reporting a possible suicide, but the investigation was immediately turned over to the Michigan State Police... While authorities are releasing little information at this time, [TV5 reporter Liz] Gelardi reported the incident may have involved two people...




WOMAN'S BODY FOUND AT GUN RANGE: Saginaw Co. prosecutor confirms woman was pregnant
by NBC25 Newsroom
Posted: 08.31.2011
[Excerpts] A Saginaw County woman, who was due to give birth in just a few weeks, was found dead at a police gun range in Buena Vista Township early Wednesday morning. Jenny Webb had already named her unborn son, Braxton James Donald Webb... [Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike] Thomas is not releasing any details except to say the woman was late in pregnancy. In the meantime, NBC25 is learning more about Jenny Webb through her online activity. Before her Facebook page was closed to the public it showed she had more than 300 friends and was expecting the birth of her first child Sept. 23rd... Those very close to the Jenny Webb investigation say they're disgusted and disappointed about what happened but won't get into specifics right now... She most recently worked at P.F. Markey Incorporated and graduated from Bridgeport High in 1997. A cheerleader and life-long resident of the area, Webb had several siblings and spent time at the Candlelite Bowling and Banquet Center in Bridgeport Township. The owner says he can still see Jenny's smiling face... [Full article here]


'WHEN SHE SMILED, THE WHOLE OFFICE SMILED': Employer of pregnant victim found in Buena Vista remembers Bridgeport woman
mlive.com
Thursday, September 01, 2011
[Excerpts] Jenny Webb "never had a down day" and wore a "fabulous smile" that could light up the room, her former boss says. While officials have yet to confirm her identity, media reports indicate Bridgeport Township's Webb was the pregnant woman found dead under "suspicious" circumstances in Buena Vista Township on Wednesday. The day before, she was working as a customer service employee at Saginaw Township’s P.F. Markey Inc., 2880 Universal, the company’s owner said. "She was probably the most energetic, happy employee we had," said Jim Terry... "She had a fabulous smile. When she smiled, the whole office smiled... She was very upbeat about the pregnancy. She was excited to have the baby"... State police investigators are calling the death "suspicious," and Thomas said the woman was in a "late-term pregnancy"... [Full article here]

BODY FOUND NEAR NORTH OUTER IN BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP WAS A PREGNANT WOMAN, PROSECUTOR SAYS
mlive.com
Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2011
[Excerpts] ...No suspect is in custody in connection with the death, according to [Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael] Thomas. who declined to discuss whether investigators have a suspect. When asked if the incident is a homicide, Thomas said "We’re not really sure what we’ve got"... [Buena Vista Township Police Chief Brian] Booker said he could share no further details. The chief said it was a "mutual decision" to have state police handle the investigation, though Buena Vista detectives investigated the township’s last homicide in July. The chief declined to provide further explanation. [Full article here]


POLICE OFFICER WHO FOUND PREGNANT WOMAN'S BODY IDENTIFIED
abc12.com
By Terry Camp
Updated: Sep 01, 2011 2:56 PM PST
[Excerpts] While police are still saying very little about the suspicious death of a pregnant Saginaw County woman, one of the woman's friends talked to ABC12 and gave us possible insight as to why the police and prosecutor's investigation remains shrouded in mystery. Investigators spent several hours near a Saginaw County gun range Wednesday. Friends of 32-year-old Jennifer Webb say she confided in them about her relationship with a married Buena Vista Township Police Officer. It is the same officer who found her body. "She was the happiest person in the world," an unidentified friend said... Webb was found dead near a gun range in Buena Vista Township right around midnight Tuesday night. Buena Vista Township police officers were first on the scene, reporting a possible suicide, but the investigation was immediately turned over to the Michigan State Police. Today, we also spoke to the Buena Vista Police Officer who found her body. Ken Bluew told ABC12 that he in fact found Webb's body, but that's all he wanted to say about the incident. Webb's friends, including the one we spoke to, tell us she and Bluew were romantically involved... Webb told her friend that Bluew was the father of her unborn child. "They met privately, she found she was pregnant, shared it with him," she said. The location where Webb's body was found also played a part in their relationship. "To my knowledge, that's where they met previously and that's where they met and discussed issues like child support and taking care of the baby in the future," the friend said... An autopsy has been done, but a cause of death has not been released... [Full article here]


PREGNANT WOMAN FOUND DEAD NEAR GUN RANGE IN SAGINAW COUNTY
WJBK, myFOXDetroit.com
By Taryn Asher
Thursday, 01 Sep 2011
[Excerpts] The woman, who lived in Saginaw County, was expected to give birth next month. Neighbors said she was very excited about it. That is why what appeared first as a suicide investigators now believe is something now much different. "She was excited she was going to have a baby," said Steve Wobig. He told us his neighbor, Jennifer Webb had recently celebrated her baby shower. She was so thrilled about the arrival of her new baby, she even posted the ultrasound image as her Facebook profile picture... Tuesday night, Webb's body was discovered nearly Freeway and South Outer Drive, a rural area in Saginaw County's Buena Vista Township near the police department's gun range that is frequented by officers. Buena Vista Township Police responded to what at first was a suicide call, but now according to the Saginaw County prosecutor is being looked at as a suspicious death. Investigators from Michigan State Police were called in to take over the case, something that usually happens when a law enforcement officer is involved. Although the prosecutor claims no arrests have been made and refused to comment on a suspect, sources told FOX 2 an officer who worked at the Buena Vista Township Police Department was sent home from work because of his possible connection with the victim... [Full article here]


JENNIFER WEBB MURDER OR SUICIDE?
solariasun.com
09-02-2011
[Excerpt] ...Buena Vista Township police initially responded to a suicide report, but the Saginaw County prosecutor has now classified it as a suspicious death. Compounding the mystery is the prosecutors use of Michigan State Police investigators called in to take over the case from Saginaw deputies, perhaps occuring due to a police officer being involved in the suspicous death. When questioned regarding this change in investigative personnel the prosecutor said no arrests have been made and has refused to comment on possible suspects. MyFoxDetroit.com cited unnamed sources who said a Buena Vista police officer had been sent home from work because of his possible connection with the victim... [Full article here]


JENNIFER WEBB'S DEATH BEING TREATED AS HOMICIDE 'UNTIL WE CAN DETERMINE IT'S SOMETHING ELSE,' PROSECUTOR SAYS
mlive.com
Friday, September 02, 2011
[Excerpts] Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas has identified a woman found deceased Tuesday night in Buena Vista Township as 32-year-old Jennifer M. Webb, saying he’s "treating this as a homicide until we can determine it’s something else"... Thomas said her body was discovered Tuesday night but he declined to say who found her. "We know what the manner of death is, but we’re not releasing that at this time," Thomas said. "We want to make sure, in our witness interviews, that the information we’re getting is based upon facts and evidence and knowledge of the event, and not what they read in The Saginaw News or from watching Channel Whatever."... [Full article here]


FUNERAL SET FOR PREGNANT BRIDGEPORT WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN BUENA VISTA
mlive.com
Published: Friday, September 02, 2011
[Excerpts] Funeral arrangements are set for Jennifer M. Webb, the 32-year-old pregnant woman found dead under "suspicious" circumstances in Buena Vista Township on Wednesday. Family and friends can attend Webb’s funeral at 4 p.m. Saturday at W.L. Case and Co., Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw in Saginaw Township. An obituary for the Bridgeport Township woman describes her as "the type of person who, once you met her, you felt like you knew her all your life"... [Full article here]


CANDLELIGHT VIGIL HELD FOR SAGINAW COUNTY WOMAN AND UNBORN CHILD
WJRT
By Kristen Abraham
Posted: Sep 02, 2011
Friends and family of Jennifer Webb honor her memory Friday with a candlelight vigil. The 32- year-old Saginaw County woman was found dead earlier this week near a Buena Vista Township gun range. Investigators won't release the cause of death but do say it wasn't from natural causes. Webb was eight months pregnant and the baby did not survive. Friends of Webb tell ABC12, she had been in a relationship with married Buena Vista Police officer Ken Bluew. We've learned it is the same officer who found her body early Wednesday morning. Family and friends wanted Friday's vigil for Webb to be a celebration of her life, not how the 32-year-old woman died. Jill Lewis was a former co-worker of Webb's, she said everyone was blessed to have known Jenny. "She was a wonderful person and went out of her way for people." Gene and Jaquelyn Noack are Michigan State Spartan fans but they wore maize and blue for Jenny, who's favorite team was the University of Michigan. "She was like a daughter to me because she was best friends with my daughter, she will be sadly missed," said Gene Noack. "When you talk to Jenny, she always knew how to make you feel better, even if it was the worse day of your life, Jenny could make you happy. We are very broken hearted, but we can't be for her. We have to keep a smile on our face," added Jaquelyn Noack. Webb will be remembered for her smile, her kindness and her love of life, especially the new life she was supposed to bring into the world. Jamie Sedlar graduated with Jenny, she said her high school friend will never be forgotten. "Jenny had a beautiful smile, that's how we need everyone to remember her." The funeral service for Jennifer Webb is Saturday September 3rd. [LINK]

PROSECUTOR LABELS PREGNANT WOMAN'S DEATH A HOMICIDE
WNEM
By Brandon Allendorfer, Tom Plahutnik, Liz Gelardi
Updated: Sep 02, 2011
[Excerpts] TV5 spoke with Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas who said he's treating the death of Jenny Webb as a homicide. Thomas said Friday that police are interviewing more witnesses and authorities are waiting for certain pieces of evidence to be processed before saying anything more... "A lot of the time, with other homicide investigations, we do know more information about the cause of death, about potential suspects," asked TV5 reporter Liz Gelardi. "Why in this case do we not know?" Thomas responded, "Well, because we aren't [to] the point in this investigation where we have anybody charged with anything, so we can't sit there and talk about supposition, possibilities or rumors"... The body was discovered near a private gun range that is frequented by law enforcement officers on Outer Drive... While authorities are releasing little information at this time, Gelardi reported the incident may have involved two people... Buena Vista Township Police Chief Brian Booker says the case has been turned over to Prosecutor Thomas. "I thought it best that [the Michigan State Police] investigate this situation," said Booker. "The prosecutor has been informed; he's been at the scene. Everything else has to come from the prosecutor's office." In many cases, state police troopers are call in to investigate when a law enforcement officer is involved... [Full article here]

COMMENT:
"All of us who were friends and family are still trying to cope with this loss. We all believe the father of that child was at fault. However, we should all understand that it is still wrong to make assumptions. I don't believe for a minute that there is any sort of cover up pending. The case was handed over to the state because it involved a police officer. Everyone is tight lipped because it involved a police officer. Although it is difficult, we all have to be patient and allow the authorities to do the work uncovering the facts. We must remember that there is a proceedure for the handling of this case and it must be followed. One mistake by the prosecution or investigators and the defendant will be set free. We all want the same thing... We want the truth. Justice, no matter what it is, will not help us with this loss."


FAMILY SPEAKS OUT ON PREGNANT WOMAN'S DEATH
WNEM
By Liz Gelardi, Tom Plahutnik
Updated: Sep 03, 2011 5:18 AM PST
[Excerpts] Family and friends are remembering Jenny Webb, the pregnant woman whose body was found outside a police gun range in Buena Vista Township. Visitation was underway most of Friday at a Saginaw Township funeral home. But there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding her death, answers that police aren't giving up... "It's just not the same, it's just not my sister who was always the one that was there and the one that I could talk to and cry to and just sit with, it's just, it's going to be hard," said Angie Webb, Jennifer's sister... Angie Webb tells TV5 her sister was a ray of sunshine, her best friend, and she can't begin to make sense of her sudden death... Police found Jennifer Webb's body early Wednesday morning in Buena Vista Township... Jennifer was at least eight months pregnant, due to give birth to a baby boy she named Braxton in September... "We really, honestly, don't know what happened," said Angie. "We have our ideas of what happened, but we want the MSP and the prosecutor to be able to do their jobs"... Family and friends say they'll wait for the truth to come out. In the meantime, they're remembering a woman who touched their lives and the baby they never had a chance to meet. "It's just so unfair, two wonderful people were taken from us and it's just so unfair," said Angie. A candle light vigil was held Friday night at the Bridgeport Pavilion... [Full article here]

Obituary for
JENNIFER MARIE WEBB
W. L. Case and Company Funeral Homes
[Excerpts] Bridgeport, Michigan - Passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 30, 2011, age 32 years. Jennifer was born in Saginaw, Michigan April 12, 1979 the daughter of Donald and Dawn (Loth) Webb. She graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1997 and had attended Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University. She had been employed at Andersen Logistics and was currently working for P. F. Markey. Jennifer was an avid Michigan football fan. She enjoyed hunting and camping. Jennifer was the type of person who, once you met her, you felt like you knew her all your life. She thoroughly enjoyed being with people. Jennifer's unborn son, Braxton James Donald Webb, is now with her in Heaven. Jennifer is survived by her parents... her grandmother... a brother... a sister... nieces and nephew... Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. [LINK]

BLUEW MISCELLANEOUS:


Ken Bluew, a Buena Vista Township Police officer who left the department to be chief over at another department and came back 15 months later. Officer Bluew's a firearms instructor and member of the Blue Knights, a law enforcement officer's motorcycle group - and a married man. Prayers go out to his family, as well as to Jennifer's.


Detroit's 17th Precinct
Detroit Police Officers...
Present, Former, Retired, and Family members
Kenneth R Bluew ... (Passed away Dec. 19, 2006).
Retired. Heaven

Info: Detroit Police Officers E-Mail Directory
08/04/2011
Family members of DPD Officers
Ken Bluew Jr. tangofam@chartermi.net - Police officer and firearms instructor for the Buena Vista Twp. Police (Saginaw, MI.) My father retired as a Sgt. from #6 in 1997.

Image: Detroit's 17th Precinct
Saginaw Police Chief Jerry Cliff, Jim Arthurs, and Ken Bluew's son Ken who is a Detective.

Image: KEN BLUEW MADE CHIEF OF SAGINAW - Oct 18, 2006
Bluew Appointed Police Chief . Kenneth Bluew, 30-year-old son of Ken and Pat Bluew of Elizabeth, was just recently appointed as Chief of Police for the Saginaw Police department. ...

MMR crew rescues 4-legged animals
The Saginaw News
By Stacey Henson
Thursday, September 27, 2007
...Tittabawassee Township Police Chief Kenneth Bluew and an MMR rig were the first to arrive...

Helmet Law Debate Kicks up Into High Gear
Monday, June 26, 2006 (18:52:14)
...Ken Bluew, a Buena Vista Township Police officer and member of the Blue Knights, a law enforcement officer's motorcycle group...


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34 comments:

  1. “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practice to deceive.”

    ~ Sir Walter Scott

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  2. From Renee's MICHIGAN OFFICER INVOLVED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECT:

    MURDER OF JENNIFER WEBB [AUGUST 31, 2011]
    http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/09/murder-of-jennifer-webb-august-31-2011.html

    and

    MURDER OF JENNIFER WEBB [AUGUST 31, 2011] : VIDEOS
    http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/08/murder-of-jennifer-webb-august-31-2010.html

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  3. Just an FYI, Ken Bluew was never Chief of the Saginaw Police Dept. He was Chief of a 4 Man Dept. in a rural Twp. in Saginaw County.

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  4. I thought that seemed out of place, but just posted what was out there. Why did he leave Buena Vista to go to a 4 man department and back again? There doesn't have to be, but usually IS, something to a move like that.

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  5. IF YOU HEAR ANYTHING PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I EXPECTED, WELL, I EXPECTED THINGS TO NOT FALL SILENT SO QUICKLY.

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  6. We can't know what Phyllis really said because she is murdered, but married officer Jones - once he WAS determined to be the shooter, said that Phyllis said she was pregnant.

    MEMPHIS COP CHARGED WITH MURDER OF ALLEGED MISTRESS POLICE: PAIR HAD BEEN DATING FOR LESS THAN A MONTH
    Wednesday, 10 Sep 2008
    myfoxmemphis.com
    By April Norris
    [Excerpts] ...Police said they heard his victim may have been pregnant, but they're still waiting for the complete autopsy to provide verification.... [Memphis Officer Chancy] Jones is married and has children. However, the victim, Phyllis Malone, was not his wife... Investigators said early Tuesday morning a delivery man called 911 after noticing a woman slumped over in a car outside a Whitten Road gas station. "We only know that they had arranged to meet and that's all pretty much we know," said Godwin. "The investigation will probably reveal more than I can go into right now."...

    Jones ended up sentenced to prison for 24 years. Did he really think he could meet with her, shoot her, and then pretend it didn't happen? It happened. I am thankful to the area police and court systems for acting professionally in putting this killer in jail despite his cop status.

    [Google this case here]

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  7. A comment left on Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence Project's post, "MURDER OF JENNIFER WEBB":

    "attention sag. co. investigators
    look into car fire/suicide in freeland a couple of yrs ago. victim was dating jenny webb at same time as off. bleuw.
    also apparent suicide of woman in robinwood trailer park in east saginaw co about same time,
    victim was dating off. bluew at the time."

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    1. http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2012/07/marchers_want_justice_for_2010.html
      Could this be the girl? Homicide victim Jessica Callan 23 years old found on 7-11-10 with a gunshot to the head in the cemetary on Washington in Bridgeport Twp.

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  8. It looks like stalling. It smells like stalling.

    PROSECUTOR FORCED TO PLAY WAITING GAME IN WEBB CASE
    WNEM
    By Liz Gelardi
    Sep 07, 2011
    [Excerpts] TV5 has learned Saginaw County Prosecutor, Mike Thomas, is waiting on test results in the case of a pregnant Mid-Michigan woman found dead near a shooting range last week. But the prosecutor won't say what the tests are for, or when the results are expected.... It's also not clear when charges will be filed [Full article here]

    SAGINAW PROSECUTOR: NO UPDATES ON PREGNANT BRIDGEPORT WOMAN'S HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
    The Saginaw News
    By Justin L. Engel
    September 07, 2011
    [Excerpts] Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas said he won’t release more information on the homicide of a pregnant 32-year-old Bridgeport Township woman until detectives finish their investigation. “I have no idea when we’re going to have something further to release,” Thomas said this afternoon... [Full article here]

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  9. I would be interested in learning the womans name from the trailer park. The park name is Robin Glenn on M-81/Washington. I lived there and often wondered what ever happened with that as I moved in shortly after it happened and everything was hush-hush.

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  10. Any info would be great - even if it's not related. It's good to rule things out.

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  11. Arrest has been made as of 9/12/11.

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  12. OFFICER BLUEW UNDER ARREST FOR SOMETHING

    OPENED MY EMAIL FROM RENEE' OF MIOIDV, AND IT SAID:

    This is the only information that I have on Bluew's arrest. I do not know what he was arrested for, as I have not been able to find the news video or news articles on the web yet.

    I went on the Vinelink website:
    Offender Name: KENNETH TWYMAN BLUEW
    Offender ID: 152976
    Date of Birth: 01/07/1975
    Age: 36
    Race: White
    Gender: Male

    Custody Status: In Custody
    Location of Offender: Saginaw County Sheriff's Office
    https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/detailsAction.do?siteId=23005&agency=72&id=152976&searchType=offender


    Offender Name: KENNETH TWYMAN BLUEW
    Offender ID: 000076701
    Date of Birth: 01/07/1975
    Age: 36
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Custody Status: In Custody
    Location of Offender: Bay County Sheriff's Office
    https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/detailsAction.do?siteId=23005&agency=9&id=000076701&searchType=offender

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  13. Thank you to anonymous for letting me know too. It helps so much! Everything was happening so fast and there was such a dual sense of sadness and joy to hear that he was in a cage. I'm very careful about saying he DID it but now that he's arrested at least we know that the police have some evidence to back up what I'm sure most of us were already feeling pretty sure of.

    THANK YOU TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALL OTHER OFFICES AND AGENCIES INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION, DECISION TO FILE CHARGES, AND DECISION TO ARREST.

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  14. Buena Vista Police Officer Ken Bluew charged in murder of Jenny Webb. - NBC25
    Allison Hillaker, Internet Managing Editor
    Posted: 09.13.2011 at 6:01 AM
    Updated: 5 mins ago
    ...Kenneth Blue has been issued premeditated murder charges in the death of Jenny Webb... Officer Bluew is expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning. NBC25 will be in Saginaw County, and will have more details on the story as it develops throughout the day...

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  15. someone needs to let the news know about the other victims that he is possably involved in.from the othe blogger

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  16. I apologize to the person whose comment I didn't let through. It was just a little too harsh for this blog - but I understand what you said and probably others feel just as you do.

    I am thinking of what Bluew's family is going through too. What a sad weight. Praying for all.

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  17. BUENA VISTA POLICE OFFICER KEN BLUEW CHARGED IN MURDER OF JENNY WEBB
    NBC25
    Allison Hillaker, Internet Managing Editor
    Posted: 09.13.2011 at 6:01 AM
    Updated: 5 mins ago
    A Buena Vista Police Officer has been charged in the murder of a pregnant woman.
    Kenneth Blue has been issued premeditated murder charges in the death of Jenny Webb... Prosecutor Mike Thomas says the woman was strangled, and that resulted in the death of her unborn baby as well. Webb was eight months pregnant and had already named her child Braxton James... [Full article here]

    POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO MURDER
    WNEM.com
    By Liz Gelardi, TV5 Reporter
    Sep 12, 2011
    [Excerpts] A Buena Vista Township Police officer was arrested in connection to the murder of Jennifer Webb and her unborn child... TV5's Liz Gelardi broke the story of the arrest. Sources told her Michigan State Police took the suspect into custody shortly after 6:00 p.m. Monday. Police took the suspect to the Saginaw County Jail where he was booked and moved to an undisclosed location. The police officer will likely be arraigned Tuesday... Webb's father spoke exclusively to Gelardi. He is relieved police made an arrest. "It can't say it was joy, it was good it means there is things happening because we was having doubts," said Donald Webb... [Full article here]

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  18. BUENA VISTA POLICE OFFICER KEN BLUEW CHARGED IN MURDER OF JENNY WEBB
    connectmidmichigan.com
    by Allison Hillaker
    Posted: 09.13.2011
    [Excerpts] ...[Buena Vista Police Officer] Kenneth Blue has been charged with premeditated murder in the death of Jenny Webb... Officer Bluew has also been charged with Felony Firearm Possession, Intentional Conduct against a Pregnant Individual Resulting in Death and Miscarriage or Stillbirth to a Fetus or Embryo... [Prosecutor Mike Thomas] also says that Bluew was armed and on duty when detectives believe he committed the crime... Officer Bluew is scheduled to have a preliminary court hearing on September 22nd. He is currently being held without bond... [Full article here]

    PROSECUTOR: POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED IN PREGNANT WOMAN'S DEATH WAS 'ARMED,' 'ON DUTY' AT TIME OF INCIDENT
    The Saginaw News
    By Andy Hoag
    Tuesday, September 13, 2011
    [Excerpts] Buena Vista Police Officer Kenneth Bluew “was armed, being a police officer on duty” on Aug. 30 when, investigators believe, he strangled [Jennifer Webb]... Bluew, 36, appeared this morning for arraignment before Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank via video conference from the Saginaw County Jail. Frank arraigned Bluew, who lives in Saginaw Township, on four felony charges, including first-degree premeditated murder in the death of 32-year-old Jennifer M. Webb, who was 8 months pregnant. Frank entered a not guilty plea on Bluew’s behalf and held him without bond. Bluew also is charged with intentional conduct against a pregnant individual resulting in death, miscarriage, or stillbirth to a fetus or embryo and two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony... [Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas] said that county Sheriff William L. Federspiel reposed Bluew in the Bay County Jail on Monday. Thomas said Federspiel will decide where he will house Bluew until Bluew’s Sept. 22 preliminary hearing. Thomas said investigators were awaiting “DNA-related test results” before charging Bluew. The state police, which investigated the death at the request of Buena Vista Police Chief Brian Booker, expedited the analysis of the DNA, Thomas said. The test results came back Monday, and a warrant was issued late Monday, Thomas said.... [Full article here]

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  19. WHO IS KENNETH BLUEW? BUENA VISTA POLICEMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING BRIDGEPORT WOMAN ONCE DESCRIBED AS 'RAMBO-TYPE' LAW ENFORCER
    The Saginaw News
    By Justin L. Engel
    September 13, 2011
    [Excerpts] While former employers of a Buena Vista police officer accused of murdering a 32-year-old pregnant woman are staying mum, Saginaw News archives show the law enforcer’s career arc in recent years includes one official describing him as a “Rambo-type” officer... Bluew, now suspended from the Buena Vista police force, had two stints in the community. Saginaw News files show Bluew spent seven years on the Buena Vista police force before Tittabawassee Township hired him as police chief in October 2006... ... Bluew worked at Tittabawassee for 15 months until he resigned in January 2008 to return to Buena Vista... Tittabawassee officials declined comment about Bluew. [Full article here]

    WEBSITE SPOTLIGHTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY POLICE FEATURES CASE OF BUENA VISTA POLICE OFFICER KENNETH BLUEW, CHARGED WITH KILLING PREGNANT BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP WOMAN
    The Saginaw News
    By Justin L. Engel
    September 13, 2011
    [Excerpts] ...Bluew's name also is linked with Webb’s murder in “Behind The Blue Wall,” a website aimed at spotlighting domestic violence from law enforcers...The site’s web master appeared to react to this morning’s news of charges against Bluew. “... Everything was happening so fast and there was such a dual sense of sadness and joy to hear that he was in a cage,” one message reads. “I'm very careful about saying he DID it but now that he's arrested at least we know that the police have some evidence to back up what I'm sure most of us were already feeling pretty sure of. THANK YOU TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALL OTHER OFFICES AND AGENCIES INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION, DECISION TO FILE CHARGES, AND DECISION TO ARREST”... [Full article here]

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  20. BAY COUNTY JAIL HOUSED BUENA VISTA POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH PREGNANT WOMAN'S DEATH
    The Bay City Times
    By Cole Waterman
    September 13, 2011, 10:48 AM
    [Excerpts] After being arrested in connection with killing a pregnant woman, a Buena Vista Township police officer spent last night in the Bay County Jail. Kenneth Bluew was arrested Monday near Detroit and taken to the Saginaw County Jail, where he was booked. Shortly thereafter, he was transferred to the Bay County Jail. Fellow inmates and guards were kept in the dark as to Bluew's status, said Capt. Troy Stewart, the jail administrator. "We made sure nobody knew he was here," he said.... [Full article here]

    POLICE OFFICER CHARGED IN DEATH OF PREGNANT WOMAN
    WNEM
    By Liz Gelardi, TV5 Reporter
    Updated: Sep 13, 2011
    [Excerpts] ...TV5's Liz Gelardi broke the story of the arrest. Sources told her Michigan State Police took Bluew into custody just after 6 p.m. Monday in the greater Detroit-area... Sources told TV5 Bluew was in a relationship with Webb. She was weeks away from giving birth. The officer is also believed to be the father of that child. [Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike] Thomas said Bluew was at the scene of the crime the following day in an official capacity. "He was acting as part of his duty," said Thomas... Webb's father told Gelardi he is relieved police have made an arrest... TV5 has learned that the Gratiot County Jail will house Bluew until his trial... [Full article here]

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  21. SHERIFF: POLICE OFFICER CHARGED IN PREGNANT WOMAN'S DEATH WILL BE LODGED IN GRATIOT COUNTY
    The Saginaw News
    By Andy Hoag
    September 13, 2011
    [Excerpts] The suspended Buena Vista police officer charged in the Aug. 30 homicide of a pregnant Bridgeport Township woman will be lodged at the Gratiot County Jail, says Saginaw County Sheriff William L. Federspiel. The sheriff said he believed his deputies transported Kenneth T. Bluew, 36, to Gratiot County shortly after his arraignment this morning... Bluew initially was lodged in the Saginaw County Jail on Monday evening, and then transported to the Bay County Jail. Saginaw County deputies transported him back to Saginaw “early this morning” for his arraignment... “It’s our standing policy,” the sheriff said. “It’s not because of Bluew. It has everything to do with the fact that ... because (a police officer) has arrested people who are lodged in our jail, it’s a security factor. It poses a risk for us, it poses a risk for Bluew, and it poses a risk for our inmates... If I stick him in a 28-man cell with other people and he gets hurt, that bill goes to the taxpayers,” the sheriff said. “That’s not a very good decision on my part.” [Full article here]

    WOMAN WHOSE WEBSITE TRACKS POLICE VIOLENCE, INCLUDING THE KENNETH BLUEW CASE: "IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF AFRAID"
    The Saginaw News
    By Kathryn Lynch-Morin
    Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 2:22 PM
    [Excerpts] ...she didn't start blogging about the situation until the police chief in her hometown killed his wife and himself...... Her most recent entries feature Buena Vista Township Police Officer Kenneth Bluew and how he facing charges in the death of an eight-months-pregnant Jennifer Webb. "It's a different kind of afraid, because you can't go to the police," she said from her West Coast home. Since she began the blog, her site has featured nearly 20 fatal cases involving law enforcement officers in Michigan alone... [Full article here]

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  22. BUENA VISTA POLICE OFFICER KEN BLUEW CHARGED IN MURDER OF JENNY WEBB
    connectmidmichigan.com
    by Allison Hillaker
    Posted: 09.13.2011
    [Excerpts] ...Prosecutor Mike Thomas says her body was found by Officer Tim Patterson at a police gun range in Buena Vista just before midnight on August 31, 2011. Prosecutor Thomas says the woman was strangled, and that resulted in the death of her unborn baby, Braxton James, as well. He also says that Bluew was armed and on duty when detectives believe he committed the crime... [Michigan State Police] took several evidence and DNA samples, and as soon as results were completed, the prosecutor says he moved forward with a warrant for Bluew's arrest. The warrant was issued around 4:45 p.m. Monday, and the suspect was arrested shortly after. Officer Bluew has also been charged with Felony Firearm Possession, Intentional Conduct against a Pregnant Individual Resulting in Death and Miscarriage or Stillbirth to a Fetus or Embryo. Prosecutor Thomas says the infant's death, per Michigan law, "is not characterized by murder per se, but it is characterized as death or serious injury to a fetus or embryo, and that's the charge that we have issued"... Prosecutor Thomas says while the allegations against the Buena Vista Police officer are “upsetting, the principal upset in this case is the fact that we lost a 32-year-old citizen and a child that could have been born alive and lost their life experiences also. That’s the tragedy in this case”... [Full article here]

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  23. EXPERT: INVESTIGATORS LIKELY TO PROBE CAREER OF KENNETH BLUEW, BUENA VISTA POLICEMAN ACCUSED OF STRANGLING PREGNANT WOMAN
    The Saginaw News
    By Justin L. Engel
    September 15, 2011
    [Excerpts] ...Robert A. Verry is a New Jersey-based law enforcement consultant who has testified as a police expert in New Jersey’s Superior Court cases. He said an investigation with evidence similar to Bluew’s case — where an officer is accused of committing a crime while on duty and who was one of the first responders to the crime scene — typically would prompt investigators to probe the accused law enforcer’s police record for other abuses... Now detectives and prosecutors working the investigation likely will review Bluew’s record as a law enforcer, Verry said... Verry said the accusations surrounding Bluew mirror a 1995 case where a New Orleans police officer killed three people while on duty and returned to the scene of the crime afterward. Verry, the founding member and president of New Jersey’s Internal Affairs Association, has been involved in more than 1,000 police misconduct investigations during his 23-year law enforcement career... [Full article here]

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  24. 1995 New Orleans killer police account mirrors case against Buena Vista officer charged in pregnant woman's death, official says
    The Saginaw News
    By Justin L. Engel
    Thursday, September 15, 2011
    [Excerpts] Some elements of the case against Buena Vista police officer Kenneth T. Bluew mirror a 1995 triple murder at a New Orleans Vietnamese restaurant that resulted in a police officer and her boyfriend receiving the death sentence, one expert says... Separate juries in 1995 found that New Orleans Police Officer Antoinette Frank and her boyfriend, Rogers J. LaCaze, orchestrated an ambush... the police officer’s career came under scrutiny during the trial... An investigation following the restaurant murders also uncovered human remains buried in her backyard... Verry said, like Frank’s case, Bluew’s charges also could damage the public’s view of his police agency. Buena Vista’s department could perform its own internal investigation as a way of quieting negative public reaction, Verry said — but it’s likely such a campaign would wait until after the case is closed. “It would be far-fetched to believe they would conduct any investigation until everything plays out because what if he’s found not guilty,” Verry said... Verry, the founding member and president of New Jersey’s Internal Affairs Association, has been involved in more than 1,000 police misconduct investigations during his 23-year law enforcement career, his online biography states. He wrote this year’s “Mechanics of a Police Internal Affairs Investigation.” [Full article here]

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  25. Maybe it's just the pictures but to me it looks like Bluew's testosterone level has risen greatly between his earlier photos and the photos of him during his hearing. There is another officer-involved domestic violence wrongful death lawsuit in the news right now where the obvious outgrowing of a deputy's uniforms and his evident change in size should have been noticed by the sheriff.

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  26. PRELIMINARY HEARING POSTPONED FOR SUSPENDED POLICE OFFICER CHARGED IN PREGNANT WOMAN'S DEATH
    The Saginaw News
    By Andy Hoag
    September 19, 2011
    [Excerpts] ...Bluew, who lives in Saginaw Township, hired Saginaw attorney Rod O’Farrell to defend him... [Saginaw County District Judge Christopher] Boyd scheduled a new pre-hearing conference for Oct. 3, at which point O’Farrell and county Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey D. Stroud will meet to determine whether the discovery disclosure process is complete. Boyd then would schedule a preliminary hearing... [Full article here]

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  27. PERSONNEL FILES SHOW PROMISING CAREER START FOR BUENA VISTA POLICEMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING PREGNANT WOMAN
    The Saginaw News
    Jeff Schrier
    Sunday, October 09, 2011
    [Excerpts] Nearly 400 pages from personnel files for a Buena Vista Township police officer trace a 17-year law enforcement career that began with promise and may have ended with the death of a pregnant Bridgeport Township woman [Jennifer M. Webb] in August. The Saginaw News last week, through a Freedom of Information Act request, received Kenneth T. Bluew personnel files from Buena Vista, where he most recently served as a police officer, and Tittabawassee Township, where he spent a shorter stint as police chief... Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas has declined to share whether Bluew was the father of the child, saying it is “not germane to the charges.” Webb was a 1997 Bridgeport High School graduate who worked in customer service at Saginaw Township’s P.F. Markey Inc... [Full article here]

    POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF KILLING PREGNANT WOMAN TOOK PAY CUT TO LEAVE TITTABAWASSEE POLICE CHIEF JOB
    The Saginaw News
    By Justin L. Engel
    Monday, October 10, 2011
    [Excerpts] ...Bluew awaits an Oct. 20 hearing at the Saginaw County Governmental Center, where prosecutors plan to present evidence showing the 36-year-old on-duty officer strangled Jennifer M. Webb, 32... If convicted, he faces life in prison, charged with first-degree premeditated murder, assault against a pregnant individual intentionally causing miscarriage or stillbirth of a fetus or embryo, and two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony... Most of the nearly 400 pages of personnel files The Saginaw News received documented Bluew's two stints in Buena Vista... Then-Tittabawassee Township Supervisor Kenneth A. Kasper in 2008 said the township’s relative lack of crime likely persuaded Bluew to look elsewhere.
    “It was a little slow for him, “ Kasper said. “He’s more of a Rambo-type officer”... Webb’s death sparked extensive media coverage, and Bluew’s arrest brought more. Media venues in Texas, Nevada, New York and Connecticut have picked up the story.
    Bluew is staying in the Gratiot County Jail. [Full article here]

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  28. Oct 21, 2011 Buena Vista Officer Bluew is held over for trial in the death of Jenny Webb and her unborn son, Braxton, Saginaw County, Saginaw, MI. WITHOUT BOND
    Thanks to all involved in the gathering of evidence and to P.A. Mike Thomas for presenting that evidence and convincing the judge that bond was out of the question.

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  29. Revelation that BV Officer Kenneth Bluew fathered Jennifer Webb's unborn child sickened colleague who told her parents she killed herself
    The Saginaw News
    By Tom Gilchrist
    Thursday, October 20, 2011
    [Excerpts] ...Donald Webb, the late Jennifer Webb’s father, took off his glasses and wiped away tears in the front row of the gallery as [Buena Vista Police Department Sgt. Sean] Waterman testified about visiting Jennifer Webb’s room at the Webbs’ home on the night Waterman told them their daughter was dead. Waterman’s voice caught in his throat and he paused as he related how he told the parents about their daughter’s death. “There was baby stuff everywhere in there,” said Waterman, while Dawn Webb softly patted her husband on the back... Valerie Bowman, a forensic scientist at the State Police Crime Laboratory in Bridgeport Township, testified she found a ragged tip of an exam glove among Webb’s clothes, and detected saliva on the outside of the glove tip and human blood on the inside. Bowman also testified she found human blood on the steering wheel of Bluew’s police car and detected human blood in Webb’s Pontiac Aztek on the gear selector, driver’s side door, rear seat and possibly the vehicle exterior...
    [Full article here]

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  30. Friend of late Jennifer Webb on Officer Kenneth Bluew being ordered to stand trial on murder charge: It's 'what we were praying for'
    The Saginaw News
    By Tom Gilchrist
    Friday, October 21, 2011
    SAGINAW — The fact Buena Vista Township Police Department Officer Kenneth T. Bluew has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of murdering pregnant Jennifer M. Webb is “what we were hoping for, what we were praying for,” said Jan Wiles of Spaulding Township, who once babysat Webb... Saginaw County District Judge Christopher S. Boyd found probable cause exists for Bluew, 36, of Saginaw Township to stand trial on the murder charge and on a charge of assault against a pregnant individual intentionally causing miscarriage or stillbirth of a fetus or embryo. The judge also ordered Bluew — who was on duty when Webb, 32, of Bridgeport Township was slain Aug. 30 — to stand trial on two counts of possessing a firearm while committing a felony. “They got a lot more evidence than I thought they had. It’s a pretty strong case,” Donald Webb, the late Jennifer Webb’s father, told The Saginaw News during a break in today’s testimony. “Most of what (prosecutors) presented, I didn’t know about ahead of time,” Webb said... Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Jason Teddy testified today that Bluew eventually admitted in an interview to having sex with Webb after initially “adamantly” denying it... [Forensic pathologist Dr. Kanu] Virani testified Webb died due to “neck compression” and not because of “ligature strangulation” by hanging herself... Virani, who performed the autopsy on Webb, testified Webb had a dislocated right wrist and bruises on both arms in addition to a ligature mark around her neck. The doctor also said he found bleeding underneath Webb’s skin in the area of her chest, consistent with someone applying pressure on her chest while also applying pressure to her neck... [Full article here]

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  31. Waiting for the guilty verdict.
    MLIve is doing an outstanding job.
    Bluew is so evil, what he did was so heinous that I can't read the details. I'm only reading the titles to the articles. Maybe after I hear GUILTY I can go back and get the words of power by family... and acknowledge the work of law enforcement and the DA. We'll see when I start reading. <3
    To the family and friends of all involved I am so sorry that you are having to endure all of this.

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  32. Guilty on all 4 counts...Praise the Lord!

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