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I-Team uncovers more registered sex offenders on cab driver rolls

Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Among the taxi cab drivers on the roads of Kalamazoo the Newschannel Three I-Team has uncovered more  registered sex offenders. One of them is Thomas Casson, convicted of sexual conduct first degree with someone under 13. He lists his employer as the Bronco Taxi business address on the sex offender registry.

Also Benjamin Pyle, convicted of criminal sexual conduct second degree, Bronco Taxi dispatch confirmed he does drive for them, but company owners would not return our calls.

And as we reported last month Timothy Merrill, convicted of CSC second degree drives for Bigg Baby Car Services.

The I-Team has also found flyers around Kalamazoo, people on their own advertising to pick other people up. It's all part of an unregulated industry in Kalamazoo.

"It's definitely an issue that you probably don't know who's driving you around and with a complete lack of ability to find that out, it's a real concern," says State Representative Sean McCann.

Since our story first aired State Representative Sean McCann says he has been researching what changes can be made.

At the heart of the issue is a loophole in state law that lets the taxi companies avoid strict city laws by claiming to be limousines. They then fall under the less stringent state limo laws.

But now McCann says there could be changes coming.

"I understand it's being drafted right now but it's encouraging someone's working on it and as far as I'm concerned where the solution comes from doesn't worry me as much as that we get the problem addressed."

The I-Team has confirmed that MDOT is going to be working with legislators to make changes in the laws that deal with taxis.

We showed our stories to Saginaw area representative Tim Kelly's office which says it is interested in drafting the new legislation.
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