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      Bowling event planned to support local agencies

      The rights of crime victims have improved over the years, and now there are many crime victims' rights laws, as well as compensation funds that have been established for them.

      On Sunday, April 14, there will be a free bowling event at Bowl-A-Rama in Escanaba. The first two bowling games will be free as a way to support local agencies as well as these crime victims. The Delta County Sheriff says a Michigan State Police trooper from the Gladstone Post will be awarded a special recognition for the help they've done.

      "But if a person is a victim and they need special help, like financial or counseling services, the officer does have a card or a sheet of paper that they would hand out to the victim," said Sheriff Gary Ballweg.

      Police also filed a report and conduct an investigation after they meet with a victim.

      The bowling event will help recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which is April 21 through April 27. Bowling will be from 6 to 8 p.m.