MANISTEE COUNTY, MI. On Monday, August 7, 2023, a husband and wife stopped at the Michigan
State Police (MSP) Kaleva Detachment to report a threat made to their family. The family, who are Amish,
recently moved to Michigan and were on their way home from church on Sunday with their baby. They
were informed by a fellow church member of a shorter route home by taking Healy Lake Road. Though
they’d never been down Healy Lake Road before, they decided to use the suggested route. As the were
traveling in their buggy, a man came from somewhere off the roadway waving a large knife trying to get
them to stop. The husband stopped the buggy, not thinking Sensing was going to threaten them.
Sensing then told the Amish family if they ever traveled this road again, there would be big problems.
The victim said that he’s learned that Sensing has threatened other Amish people in the area as well.
The trooper interviewed Sensing at the end of his driveway near the road. Sensing told the trooper about
his hatred of the Amish and made remarks as to what he would do if they didn’t stay away from him.
A report was turned over to the Manistee County Prosecutor’s Office and an arrest warrant was
authorized on December 28, 2023. Sensing was informed of the warrant and an arraignment was
scheduled on January 17, 2024.
On Monday, November 20, 2023, a trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Cadillac Post received call from a maintenance crew supervisor alleging 47-year-old Charles Rogers Sensing from Clare had threatened his crew working at a facility on Lahti Road in Maple Grove Township.
Several of the workers were interviewed. Sensing had allegedly come over to the work site
with a rifle slung over his shoulder. Sensing was upset and claimed someone had defecated on his side
of the property line next to the work site. Sensing told them he would shoot every one of them and burn
their rig down. It was later discovered the property Sensing claimed was his, belonged to someone else.
Sensing was interviewed and a report turned over to the Manistee County Prosecutor’s Office.
An arrest warrant was authorized on December 28, 2023. Sensing was informed of the warrant and an
arraignment was scheduled on January 17, 2024.
Sensing was arraigned yesterday in the 85th District Court in Manistee County for one count Ethnic
Intimidation and one count Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. His bond was set at $10,000 10%.
Sensing was unable to post bond and was lodged in the Manistee County Jail.
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