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Top Michigan GOP official misses court appearance in Green Bay

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A top Republican official in Michigan missed a court hearing on Wisconsin criminal charges Tuesday, because he was in jail in Michigan on other charges.  

51-year-old Doug Sedenquist of Escanaba was arrested last week. The Michigan GOP Central Committee member was later charged with extortion, using a computer in a crime, stalking, and possessing a drug similar to a controlled substance.  

Details of those crimes were not immediately available.  

Tuesday, Sedenquist was supposed to appear in Brown County Circuit Court, where he was charged in March for not obeying a police order to drop a gun when he apparently threatened to kill himself in his vehicle. He's charged in Brown County with failing to obey a police order, disorderly conduct, and making a threat with a computer. Online court records do not list a new court date in that case.  

The Detroit Free Press said all the charges are connected in some way to Sedenquist's estranged wife.

He was the vice chairman of the Delta County Republican Party in Escanaba, and he continues to hold his state committee post for now.  

His status could be discussed at the panel's next meeting December 14th. Sedenquist is also a talk radio personality.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)