|Flint, metro Detroit municipalities get state loans for water infrastructure improvementsCrain's Detroit Business / 3 min. ago more|
Tyler Clifford - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality awarded more than $160 million in low-interest loans to address a reported $800 million gap in funding for projects around the state.
|AP Source: Suspended Elliott Getting Emergency Hearing In NYCBSlocal.com / 4 min. ago more|
By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer
Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are set for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York as they try again to stop the running back’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night.
Elliott’s legal team filed a request for a temporary restraining order Monday and will get a hearing Tuesday in the Southern District of New York, the person told the AP on condition of anonymity because the filing hadn’t been made public.
Last year’s NFL rushing leader is suspended for Sunday’s game at San Francisco after a federal appeals court overturned an injunction that had allowed him to play this season.
The case is shifting to New York because the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ordered the dismissal of Elliott’s lawsuit in Texas. Elliott’s attorneys have indicated they are still pursuing the case with the New Orleans court.
The person told the AP that U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty would hear arguments Tuesday in New York because the presiding judge, Katherine Polk Fialla, is out of town.
Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.
Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence.
NFL Players Association attorneys, working on Elliott’s behalf, indicated in an earlier filing Monday that they intended to seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction through the New York court.
A three-judge panel on the appeals court ruled by a 2-1 vote last week that Elliott’s attorneys filed the Texas lawsuit prematurely because an arbitrator had yet to decide on the running back’s appeal through the NFL. Because the lawsuit was premature, the court vacated the injunction and tossed the lawsuit.
Elliott’s attorneys have argued in subsequent filings that the dissenting judge in New Orleans agreed with the Texas judge’s findings that the NFL appeal was unfair to Elliott.
NFLPA lawyers contended that league investigators withheld key evidence from Goodell and said the hearing was unfair because arbitrator Harold Henderson refused to call Goodell and Thompson as witnesses.
In successfully arguing the case in Texas, Elliott’s attorneys contended that he would suffer irreparable harm, one of the requirements for an injunction, because the suspension couldn’t be undone even if he only served one game without a proper hearing of the entire case in federal court.
NFL attorneys countered that they followed the rules of the labor agreement in suspending Elliott, and that labor laws backed Goodell’s power to suspend him. After Henderson rejected Elliott’s appeal, the league filed a lawsuit with the Southern District of New York, asking it to confirm Henderson’s ruling.
The Southern District was the venue for the “Deflategate” case that ended with New England quarterback Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension at the start of last season, more than a year after it was imposed. Brady won a preliminary ruling from a federal judge, just as Elliott did, before losing on appeal.
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|Domestic dispute leads to false barricaded situation at Detroit motorcycle club - Fox 2 DetroitGoogle News / 5 min. ago more|
Fox 2 DetroitDomestic dispute leads to false barricaded situation at Detroit motorcycle clubFox 2 DetroitDETROIT (WJBK) - A situation at a motorcycle club on the city's west side has been cleared, according to police. Detroit police thought a 35-year-old man had barricaded himself with guns inside the Soul Devils Motorcycle Club early Tuesday morning.Police: No barricaded gunman at Detroit motorcycle clubWXYZReports: Gunman barricaded in Detroit biker club; bullet grazed woman's faceDetroit Free PressSuspect In Custody Following Police Standoff At Detroit Motorcycle ClubCBS DetroitWDIV Detroitall 8 news articles »
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|Suspect In Custody Following Police Standoff At Detroit Motorcycle ClubCBSlocal.com / 27 min. ago more|
DETROIT (WWJ) – Police say a suspect has been taken into custody following an hours-long standoff at a motorcycle clubhouse on Detroit’s west side.
The incident began early Tuesday morning at the Soul Devils Motorcycle Club along Plymouth Road just east of Schaefer Highway.
Deputy Police Chief Elvin Barren said the club was hosting an overnight party when a fight escalated into gunshots.
“It appears that the suspect and the victim exchanged gunfire. He’s shot in the arm, he’s at one of the local hospitals in custody, and she’s at a separate hospital undergoing treatment,” said Barren.
Barren said the suspect, a 35-year-old man, managed to get himself to the hospital after the shooting. At the same time, the woman called police saying the suspect had actually retreated into the clubhouse. As a result, responding law enforcement treated the scene as an armed standoff situation with a barricaded gunman. This went on for a few hours, until the suspect was located.
The woman received a graze wound to the face and is expected to recover.
Detroit Police setting up barricade on west side. Barricaded gunman; shots fired. @WWJ950 @Fox2Detroit pic.twitter.com/yYQ3ZqkEoE
— Charlie Langton (@charlielangton) October 17, 2017
Barren said alcohol appears to be a factor in the shooting, which remains under investigation.
Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for the latest.
|Report: Gunman barricaded inside motorcycle club, woman grazed in face by bulletMLive.com / 33 min. ago more|
Police say the man fired at least one shot, which grazed a woman in the face.
|Jury Selection Marks Start Of Trial In Jogger’s DeathCBSlocal.com / 34 min. ago more|
MUSKEGON (WWJ/AP) – Jury selection is starting in the trial of a western Michigan man who is charged with killing a jogger, one of two homicides pinned on him in the Muskegon area.
Jeffrey Willis is accused of shooting Rebekah Bletsch in 2014 in Muskegon County’s Dalton Township. Investigators say bullets in the body matched a gun found in his vehicle.
Jeffrey Willis (photo: Muskegon County Jail)
Because of widespread publicity, hundreds of people could be screened as potential jurors, starting Tuesday.
Willis was arrested in 2016 after a teenager said he tried to kidnap her. That arrest led to charges in Bletsch’s death as well as the death of gas station clerk Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared in 2013. Her body hasn’t been found.
Willis has pleaded not guilty.
Heeringa’s disappearance received nationwide attention. She hasn’t been seen since just before she was closing up an Exxon Station where she worked in Norton Shores on April 26, 2013. Her body has not been found, but investigators believe she was killed within 24 to 48 hours of her abduction. Willis was formally tied to the case in May 2016.
Investigators have said they think Heeringa was taken against her will by someone she likely knew. There was no indication of a robbery, as her purse, vehicle and other items were left behind at the scene. DNA testing showed a small amount of blood found outside the gas station belonged to Heeringa.
Investigators have said Willis’ van resembles a vehicle seen by witnesses parked behind the gas station on the night Heeringa went missing. Hilson said Willis’ van was even searched in the days following Heeringa’s disappearance, but “there was nothing at that point in time to suggest at all that he was involved in any criminal activity.”
When Willis’ van was searched again following his arrest in Bletsch’s death, investigators found a pistol, ammunition, syringes with liquid, a ball gag, chains, a mask and a bar with wrist restraints inside the vehicle. Child pornography and videos of bound women were also found in his home.
|15-Year-Old Detroit Girl Missing For DaysCBSlocal.com / 1 h. 12 min. ago more|
DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police are asking the public for help locating a 15-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen in days.
Skylar Magnum was reported missing in Detroit on Oct. 14, 2017 (police handout)
Police say Skylar Magnum was last seen on Saturday, Oct. 14 walking away from the 1700 block of Strathcona, near Woodward and State Fair avenues.
Magnum is described as a black female, 5’4″ tall and 150 lbs.
Anyone who sees Magnum or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact police at 313-596-1240 or 313-596-1616.
|NFL power rankings, Week 7: Detroit Lions take a tumble - Detroit Free PressGoogle News / 1 h. 45 min. ago more|
Detroit Free PressNFL power rankings, Week 7: Detroit Lions take a tumbleDetroit Free PressThe Miami Dolphins beating the Atlanta Falcons on the road after trailing 17-0 at halftime? The Chicago Bears winning in Baltimore? Aaron Rodgers likely out for the season with a broken collarbone? The Detroit Lions down 45-10 in the third quarter in ...Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate dealing with AC joint sprain, per reportMLive.comall 37 news articles »
|Chad Livengood on 910AM: Auto insurance reform has cracks | How Pure Michigan started | Detroit's shot at AmazonCrain's Detroit Business / 1 h. 53 min. ago more|
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|Falling listings continue to drive up metro Detroit home sale pricesCrain's Detroit Business / 2 h. 58 min. ago more|
Kurt Nagl - Sales were off nearly 2 percent in September from a year ago, while the average median sales price rose 3.2 percent.
|Bill Extends Statute Of Limitations In Sex Assault CasesCBSlocal.com / 3 h. 8 min. ago more|
LANSING (AP) – Legislation up for a vote in the Michigan Senate would eliminate or lengthen the statute of limitations for filing charges in cases of sexual assault.
The legislation before the chamber Tuesday would allow a prosecution at any time for second-degree sexual conduct if the victim was younger than 16. In cases of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the statute of limitations would rise to 20 years after the offense or the victim’s 31st birthday, whichever is later.
That’s 10 years longer than now.
The bill sponsor, Democratic Sen. Steve Bieda of Warren, says there should be no “expiration date” for reporting crimes against children.
There’s already no statute of limitations for first-degree criminal sexual conduct or in situations in which DNA evidence is obtained later.
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|Judge To Revisit Sex Offender Child Custody CaseCBSlocal.com / 3 h. 30 min. ago more|
SANDUSKY, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A hearing is scheduled in Michigan on a judge’s order that initially gave a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12.
Attorneys representing the woman and 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo are to appear Tuesday afternoon before Judge Gregory Ross in Sanilac County.
In September, Ross granted the woman sole physical custody and Mirasolo joint legal custody after DNA tests showed he was the child’s father. But a court spokesman has said the judge didn’t know Mirasolo had two criminal sexual conduct convictions, including one concerning the woman.
In Michigan, joint legal custody enables both parents to share decision-making authority about a child’s welfare.
The case started when the 21-year-old mother sought state assistance for the boy. Mirasolo has been ordered to pay $316 in monthly child support.
Mirasolo’s lawyer, Barbara Yockey, says he didn’t initiate the case. She said both sides have now reached an agreement in which Mirasolo will give up custody, adding that Mirasolo won’t seek a relationship with the child nor have any contact the mother, who is now 21.
“He is complying with the order, because he’s paying child support,” Yockey added. “I will tell you that the matter is in the process is being resolved privately, which is exactly how it should’ve been resolved from the very beginning because there is a child involved here. It should’ve never been in the press.”
The victim’s attorney Rebecca Kiessling says her client was a child herself when she was raped by Mirasolo, who was 18 at the time. Kiessling called the judge’s decision last week “insane,” noting that the judge disclosed the rape victim’s home address to her rapist, and ordered his name on the child’s birth certificate — all without the mother’s consent.
Rape victim, Tiffany, writes to Judge in ‘08, she is pregnant; defendant knew she was 12. Today custody hearing. @WWJ950 @Fox2Detroit. pic.twitter.com/qDfTJVGNry
— Charlie Langton (@charlielangton) October 17, 2017
© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
|Another Tannery Waste Dump Site Found In Western MichiganCBSlocal.com / 3 h. 46 min. ago more|
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) – Another leather tannery waste dump site has been found in western Michigan, prompting worries that chemical-laced debris may be in a wider area than previously known.
Tedd Ryfiak, who lives near a former Wolverine World Wide dump site in the Belmont area, says he’s found waste including two rusty metal drums on his property and he’s concerned there may be more.
Wolverine said Monday it wasn’t aware of the waste at Ryfiak’s property but the company would remove it.
The waste is in addition to two already-known illegal dump sites in the area.
Waste sludge from the Rockford-based global footwear company’s tannery was dumped into unlined trenches and lagoons during the 1960s. The waste is blamed for high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in area groundwater.
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|The Detroit Lions don't have to worry about Darius Slay's bounce back - MLive.comGoogle News / 3 h. 51 min. ago more|
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Today’s Family Feud question of the day.
|Jocelyn Benson to make another run for Michigan secretary of stateCrain's Detroit Business / 9 h. 15 min. ago more|
Associated Press - The former dean of the Wayne State University Law School and current CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality will announce her political plans Tuesday with stops in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing.
|New fusion restaurant Cork and Gabel planned for CorktownCrain's Detroit Business / 9 h. 46 min. ago more|
Kurt Nagl - Owners of the Irish, Italian and German eatery aim to open in April in a 4,450-square-foot space on Michigan Avenue.
|Detroit bus accidents cripple victims, cost city millions in payouts - WXYZGoogle News / 10 h. 13 min. ago more|
WXYZDetroit bus accidents cripple victims, cost city millions in payoutsWXYZ“If there was anything that I could do to take some of the pain away, I would,” Payne said. Her golden years have been anything but since the day a City of Detroit bus driver didn't see the 71-year-old walking through a mall parking lot. “I was hit and ...and more »
|Kucherov Scores Twice, Lightning Beat Red Wings 3-2CBSlocal.com / 10 h. 20 min. ago more|
By Noah Trister
DETROIT (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 18:13 remaining in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who now have the NHL’s top record after winning their fourth game in a row. Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green scored in the second period to help Detroit erase a 2-0 deficit, but Kucherov broke the tie early in the third with his seventh goal of the season.
Kucherov reached out with one hand on his stick and barely got a piece of a loose puck in front of the net, deflecting it under Jimmy Howard and slowly into the net.
Kucherov had exactly one goal in each of Tampa Bay’s first five games this season, and he added two more Monday. He’s now second in the league in goals, two behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
Johnson opened the scoring with a short-handed goal in the first period, collecting the puck near his own blue line and outskating Trevor Daley the other way before beating Howard. Kucherov scored on a power play 101 seconds later with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Abdelkader’s goal came after some extensive deliberation by the officials. He was hooked from behind by Victor Hedman on a breakaway, but he was able to get a shot off. Andrei Vasilevskiy made the save, and Abdelkader went sliding into him. Detroit’s Darren Helm, who was trailing the play, put the rebound into the net.
After a review, officials took the goal away, ruling that Abdelkader had interfered with the goalie and Hedman was guilty of a hooking penalty. After additional discussion, Abdelkader was given a penalty shot, which he converted.
Green’s tying goal was set up by Tomas Tatar, who started a rush with some impressive stickhandling in his own zone, and then eventually passed to Green, who followed his own shot and scored on the rebound.
Lightning: Visit New Jersey on Tuesday night.
Red Wings: Visit Toronto on Wednesday night.
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|Superintendent Addresses Fordson Hazing, Alleged Assault; ‘We Are Taking This Seriously’CBSlocal.com / 10 h. 38 min. ago more|
DEARBORN (WWJ) — One week after the alleged assault of a freshman student at Dearborn Fordson High School — an attack that was reportedly captured on video and shared on social media — Dearborn Public School administrators say the case is now in the hands of police.
In what was first described as a hazing incident, a freshman student was allegedly assaulted one week ago on school property by multiple members of the Dearborn Fordson High School junior varsity football team. Glenn Maleyko, superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, spoke tonight at a school board meeting, and said this type of behavior is unacceptable.
“We are taking this seriously and we need to be proactive,” Maleyko said on Monday night. “There was a situation that occurred, behavior that we do not tolerate and we don’t want to see happening anymore.”
The alleged assault — which has been considered a “rogue hazing incident” — is now in the hands of the police who will be investigating the incident. Further details on what exactly happened have not been released at this time.
Between 20 and 30 students, alumni and parents came out to protest the school’s handling of this incident last night. The protest included chants and signs, with many showcasing their outrage about how the school tried to supposedly cover this up.
A student at nearby Dearborn High School was equally upset about this incident and was in attendance of Monday’s meeting at Henry Ford Community College. She said this sounds like a “horrible” incident that no one should ever have to go through.
“I’m personally horrified for this kid. First you’re assaulted and now you have to go back to school and be bullied for it. It’s horrible.”
Although, the district stopped short of saving the alleged perpetrators have been suspended those students have not returned to school since the alleged assault.
“We had a situation with behavior that we won’t tolerate and the students that were involved were immediately removed from the school as we were investigating,” Maleyko said. “We are going to protect the interest of the victim as we would with all of our students.”
|Detroit police find 6-year-old girl missing since Sunday evening - WXYZGoogle News / 10 h. 49 min. ago more|
WXYZDetroit police find 6-year-old girl missing since Sunday eveningWXYZDETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit Police Department says they have found a missing 6-year-old girl. Honesty Hinton was last seen Sunday at around 7:00 p.m. in the 15800 block of Stout. That's near Grand River and Evergreen. Hinton has black hair and brown ...and more »
|Indiana Man Sentenced In Attack On Michigan State TrooperCBSlocal.com / 11 h. 46 min. ago more|
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — An Indiana man accused in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper has been sentenced to 15 to 50 years in prison.
WSBT-TV reports that 19-year-old Travis Wise, of Middlebury, appeared Monday in a Berrien County court on a charge of assault with intent to murder.
Police say Trooper Garry Guild was chasing a stolen motorcycle Feb. 20 in Berrien County near the Indiana state line. Wise’s half brother, Michael Barber, of Mishawaka, Indiana, charged Guild after crashing the motorcycle. Police say Wise then pulled up and joined in attacking Guild.
Two motorists stopped the men, allowing the officer to arrest his attackers. Barber was earlier convicted and sentenced to at least 14 years behind bars.
Wise pleaded no contest last month.
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|Suspect who promised doughnuts to cops turns himself inMLive.com / 11 h. 51 min. ago more|
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|Rehab services provider to close, lay off 113 as contract with Beaumont terminatedCrain's Detroit Business / 11 h. 55 min. ago more|
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|‘Hogwarts Express’ Rescues Stranded FamilyCBSlocal.com / 12 h. 6 min. ago more|
CBS Local — A family of six who were stranded in the Scottish Highlands is thanking the wizarding world of Harry Potter for their rescue. The family was saved from along a hike over rough terrain by the same train seen in the popular film series, the “Hogwarts Express.”
According to reports, Jon and Helen Cluett and their four young children were staying in a cottage after a canoe trip to the remote area of Lochabar. After a night of bad weather, their canoe was swept away by the swollen river.
The Cluetts were left with a journey of several miles over marshland to get back to their car. Given the age of their children — six, eight, 10, and 12 — the parents decided the trek back was too dangerous and called police.
“In the end I decided the only option was to phone the police and mountain rescue, ask if they have any local knowledge that could help us out,” Jon Cluett said, via the BBC.
Police conjured up a magical solution to the family’s problem. They signaled for the next train traveling down the nearby railway system to make an unscheduled pickup in Lochabar.
“The amazing thing was it wasn’t just any train. The next train that was passing was the Jacobite steam train,” the father added.
Merlin's beard! Hogwarts Express rescued a stranded family in Scotland, recently: https://t.co/FJIwVcBcPQ pic.twitter.com/7TvUFtvgM8
— The Independent (@theindependent) October 16, 2017
The Jacobite is the real-life name of the steam engine better known as the Hogwarts Express seen in every “Harry Potter” film.
“They know the Harry Potter films and they know that they are filmed in the Highlands. But they hadn’t put all of that together in their heads until they saw the train,” Mr. Cluett told reporters.
The father of four added that although they were upset over losing their boat, the Hogwarts-sized surprise quickly changed his children’s mood.
“When they saw the steam train coming, all sadness left their little faces and was replaced by excitement and fun – just the real joy of having an adventure and having the train stop right next to them,” Cluett told the BBC.
The Cluetts were safely delivered to the next stop in Lochailort, where they were able to get a lift to their car. Police were not able to cast a spell to find the family’s missing boat but Mr. Cluett added that he’s not worried about it.
“It’s got to turn up at some point. The thing is 16-foot-long, red and floats.”
|Police Find Missing Girl, Hadn’t Been Seen Since Sunday EveningCBSlocal.com / 12 h. 32 min. ago more|
DETROIT (WWJ) — Detroit Police have found a 6-year-old girl, who had been missing since yesterday evening.
(Photo: Detroit Police)
Investigators say that Honesty Hinton was last seen Sunday around 7 p.m. on Stout Street, near Grand River and Evergreen on the city’s west side.
However, authorities confirmed at 10 p.m. on Monday that she had been safely found. The details of where she was located have not been announced at this time.
She’s thought to be with her non-custodial mother, 27-year-old Anira Ready. Hinton is a black female with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about her is asked to call Detroit Police at 313-596-1616.
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Luckily for us Detroiters, Noah is coming to the Fox Theatre on Friday, February 23 for a night of big laughs and hopefully some decent jabs at Trump.…
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|Eastern Market's new brewery will be pet-friendlyMetro Times / 22 h. 40 min. ago more|
While we've been counting down the days until the Eastern Market Brewing Company officially opens up their doors (Friday, October 20 in case you were wondering) we got news that the brewery is going to allow your four-legged best friend to join you for a beer.
MLive reports that the brewery will be a pet-friendly establishment, which is a blessing for dog owners everywhere.…
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Ford is offering free inspection and repairs for more than 1.3 million of its Explorer SUV models due to concerns over exhaust fumes leaking into the cabin.
|Detroit among the worst cities to deal with rats in America, study says - Detroit Free PressGoogle News / 23 h. 52 min. ago more|
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The 28-foot vessel was hard aground with five adults and two children aboard, the Coast Guard Sector Detroit learned about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14
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|Learn how Lamborghini helped engineer the Dodge Viper's V-10Detroit News / 2 d. 7 h. 52 min. ago more|
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|Man arrested after carjacking attempt thwarted by gas station customersDetroit News / 2 d. 11 h. 56 min. ago more|
Earl Joseph Larche, whose efforts to take a vehicle Thursday were thwarted by the owner and a tanker truck driver, was expected to be arraigned Saturday, Oct. 14, on a charge of carjacking, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office reported. Police arrested Larche, 37, of Allen Park on Friday in Detroit, a little more than 24 hours after authorities released security footage of Larche getting into a car while the driver was pumping gas after 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at a BP station on Southfield Road, south of Detroit.
|Detroiter aims to document every mural in the cityDetroit News / 2 d. 16 h. 3 min. ago more|
Detroiter aims to document every mural in the city Viranel Clerard spends 40 hours a week photographing murals downtown and in the neighborhoods of Detroit Check out this story on detroitnews.com: http://detne.ws/2xEcnqs Viranel Clerard, 24, of Corktown, poses in front of his favorite art mural on the ninth floor of the Z parking structure in Detroit. This mural, called "Endless Frontier," by Gaia of New York City is one of 1,500 street art murals Clerard has documented on his online mural guide clerard.com This is a photo from clerard.com -- muralist Michael Olszewski's work in progress at 4756 Grand River in Detroit.
|Did your favorite Italian restaurant make our final list of nominees?MLive Entertainment / 2 d. 23 h. 17 min. ago more|
More than 150 restaurants were nominated for Michigan's Best Italian Restaurant. Polls will open Oct. 16, 2017.
|Bizarre shorts of the Druid Underground Film Festival screen in Hamtramck on SundayMetro Times / 2 d. 23 h. 39 min. ago more|
The traveling show of "bizarre and provocative" shorts that is this year's 10th Annual Druid Underground Film Festival will screen at The Painted Lady In Hamtramck on Sunday.
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WXYZ's Syma Chowdhry followed the Motor City Ghost Hunters as they investigated the Westland Historic Village and what they found may send chills down your spine. The Motor City Ghost Hunters are trying to communicate with the dead, and sometimes they use electronic equipment such as the Ovilus, a ghost box, broken radios and sometimes, the old, turn on the light trick.
|Detroit's Most Wanted: Matthew ChappellDetroit News / 3 d. 9 h. 59 min. ago more|
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|Michigan governor swears he didn't mislead Congress on the Flint water crisisDetroit News / 3 d. 14 h. 58 min. ago more|
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|Could Trump's UNESCO withdrawal affect Detroit's 'City of Design' designation?Metro Times / 3 d. 18 h. 25 min. ago more|
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|Bob Seger's new album: Release date, songs, album cover and pre-orderMLive Entertainment / 3 d. 23 h. 6 min. ago more|
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|BMW recalls 85K older SUVs due to risk of passenger air bag failureMLive Business / 3 d. 23 h. 26 min. ago more|
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|As opioid deaths rise, Wayne and Oakland County join forces to battle drug companiesThe Michigan Chronicle / 4 d. 16 h. 6 min. ago more|
(l-r) Lead Counsel E. Powell Miller of The Miller Law Firm, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. PHOTOS: Keith A. Owens
Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Drug Companies Accountable for Deceptive Marketing Practices
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced a joint lawsuit against multiple drug manufacturers and distributors alleging the deceptive marketing and sale of opioids – a dangerous, highly addictive and often lethal class of painkillers, including OxyContin and Fentanyl. The lawsuit, the first such suit filed in Michigan, comes as opioid-related deaths continue to climb and opioid-related addiction continues to devastate communities across the country.
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans
“This is a full-blown health crisis from which the drug companies made billions,” Executive Evans said. “People are dying and lives are being ruined by addiction as this horrible tragedy unfolds. We see the devastation every day in our hospitals, in our jails and at the morgue, and it’s getting worse. There has to be a price to be paid when corporations show such disregard for human life.”
The lawsuit alleges that one of the main drivers of the catastrophic nationwide opioid epidemic is drug manufacturers’ deceptive marketing and sale of opioids to treat chronic pain, including their concerted, coordinated strategy to shift the way in which doctors and patients think about pain and to encourage the widespread prescribing and use of opioids.
The complaint alleges that defendants intentionally misled doctors and patients about the appropriate uses, risks, safety, and efficacy of prescription opioids while downplaying the risks of addiction. The defendants in the case are Purdue Pharma, L.P., Cephalon, Inc., Endo International, PLC, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc., Insys Therapeutics, Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., McKesson Corporation, Mallinckrodt PLC and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson
“The opioid industry has taken a page out of big tobacco’s playbook,” Executive Patterson said. “They utilized misleading information, marketing campaigns, and studies to convince the public that their product was safe. They put profits over people and now people are paying the price, some with their lives.”
In all, more than 183,000 people died in the United States between 1999 and 2015 from overdoses directly related to prescription opioids. In 2016, opioid-related deaths in Wayne County alone totaled 817, up from 506 in 2015, a 61% increase. Opioid related deaths in Oakland County increased 267% from 9 deaths in 2009 to 33 deaths in 2015.
Wayne and Oakland Counties have also suffered significant financial consequences that continue to grow as a result of opioid over-prescription and addiction, including increased costs for law enforcement, courts, jails, emergency and medical care services, public works, and substance abuse treatment and diversion plans.
Lead Counsel E. Powell Miller of The Miller Law Firm, and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans
“There was a concerted, and tragically successful effort to get more doctors to prescribe these drugs while distorting the conversation about addiction,” said Lead Counsel E. Powell Miller of The Miller Law Firm, which is representing both Wayne and Oakland counties. “As communities like Oakland and Wayne County continue to shoulder the burden of this epidemic, justice demands that the companies responsible pay for the tragedy they’ve created.”
The complaint alleges that defendants, including McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health which are each among the top 15 companies in the Fortune 500, have reaped tremendous profits from these practices. In 2011, pharmaceutical companies generated revenues of $11 billion from opioid sales alone.
The complaint was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Plaintiffs Wayne and Oakland counties are represented by The Miller Law Firm, P.C. and Robbins, Geller, Rudman & Dowd LLP. In order to have the strongest legal team representation, the Corporation Counsels of Wayne County Zenna Elhasan and Oakland County Keith Lerminiaux sought out the most highly qualified firms to pursue this litigation.
Lawsuit official documents can be found at Millerlawpc.com/opioid
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|World Conference of Mayors coming to DetroitThe Michigan Chronicle / 6 d. 13 h. 21 min. ago more|
Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria, will be keynote speaker at the World Conference of Mayors in Detroit later this month.
Representatives from 17 countries expected to attend Oct. 23-27 at MGM Grand
Those of us who live and work in Detroit know that, despite the positive and encouraging signs that things just might be getting better, we cannot by any means legitimately say that we have turned the corner just yet. No need to repeat the statistics for the umpteenth time. We just know the full story, and are doing our best to remain cautiously optimistic.
That said, those who don’t live here are checking out Detroit from a distance and, more and more frequently, are gleefully drinking the Kool Aid and comparing the design of each other’s rose-colored glasses as they spread the news that Detroit is all revitalized and back with a vengeance. But that kind of partially uninformed enthusiasm may actually be a good thing, because perception often leads to reality. And if the bright and shiny narrative that Detroit is now Bright and Shiny is becoming contagious, then perhaps that improves the odds that this will actually come to pass for the entire city.
Which brings me to this: the World Conference of Mayors is coming to Detroit in a little less than two weeks. They chose Detroit because – you guessed it – the conference organizers sincerely believe Detroit’s comeback is the real deal, and they want to highlight Detroit’s progress in a way that will help to attract not only international investment, from African countries in particular, but to provide business expansion opportunities for local Detroit black businesses and entrepreneurs in Africa and elsewhere around the world.
In short, hosting this conference could quite possibly open the door to the Next Big Step for Detroit’s black business community, which consequently has the potential to dramatically uplift Detroit’s black community as a whole via a strengthened black Detroit economy.
“The [black] community doesn’t have access to capital. And if I can bring capital to the community, we might have a shot at this,” said Rev. Jim Holley, who has traveled back and forth to several African countries meeting with various leaders to encourage participation in the conference. His company, Cognos Marketing LLC, has worked together with the World Conference of Mayors to convene the event in Detroit.
“Everything is happening downtown, and around downtown, but it’s the community. We do feel like if the people in the City of Detroit don’t have access to capital, they can’t help the community. Also, it’s an opportunity for these businesses in the City of Detroit also to do work in Africa. We’ve got to explore beyond the horizon. It means that we are so much in our comfort zone, that we basically are losing opportunities because we don’t want to explore. And there’s not enough work in Detroit. We’ve got more construction companies than we have work.”
The theme of the conference, which will be held October 23-27 at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel, is Sustaining Economic Growth and Development in 21st Century Cities Detroit: The City that Never Surrendered. The Conference will bring together more than 250 mayors, investors and trade specialists from around the world to address the challenges and prospects of sustaining growth and development in 21st Century Cities. The Honorable Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, will be the keynote speaker.
“The World Conference of Mayors was created with specific goals of instrumenting exemplary leadership by individuals entrusted with the management of nations’ cities and towns. The primary objective of the World Conference of Mayors is to stimulate positive and constructive relations among mayors internationally,” according to press materials provided for the conference, which was also strongly complimentary toward Mayor Mike Duggan. “The World Conference of Mayors-United Nations of Cities has chosen to team with the Mayor and the City to create exciting opportunities for investments in Detroit by hosting this Landmark Conference in the City.
The World Conference of Mayors was created in April 1984 by Johnny Ford, who at the time was President of the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. (NCBM). In 1984, Ford convened mayors from cities around the world to the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Black Mayors in St. Louis, Missouri. They included mayors from the United States, Asia, the Caribbean Islands and the African continent.The birth of The World Conference of Mayors was launched during that meeting. By consensus, the Missouri conference conferred the founding membership of WCM on the National Conference of Black Mayors in the United States and the Union Des Villes Africains (UVA), the Organization of African Mayors. Both organizations automatically became members of the World Conference of Mayors. From that organizational meeting, Ford was elected Founding President of WCM, along with a Board of Directors.
“There’s a whole world out there, and African Americans have not explored it,” said Holley. “We’ve got to find a way to get businesses in Detroit to do business in Africa. Import, export. We need to do that. …The whole idea is people want to do business with us. We’ve [black Americans] got $1.9 trillion in disposable income. Why wouldn’t they want to do business with us? If we (black people) were a country we’d be the 9th largest country in the world.
“African Americans need to get a little smarter and understand that the world is getting so small. It is so small.”
The following is a list of the countries confirmed to participate in the World Conference of Mayors as of today:
|Detroit NAACP calls for resignation of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP directorThe Michigan Chronicle / 6 d. 16 h. 41 min. ago more|
By Alisha Dixon
On Tuesday, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, president, Detroit Branch NAACP, was joined by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and other leaders for a press conference to call for the resignation of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director, Michigan State Police and a review of departmental policies.
The call for Etue’s resignation comes just days after the MSP director made derogatory comments on her personal Facebook page where she expressed disproval of recent protests during the National Anthem at NFL games, a direct, yet peaceful response to rampant police brutality.
In the now infamous post, Etue wrote, “Who wins a football game has ZERO impact on our lives. Who fights for and defends our nation has every impact on our lives. We stand with the heroes, not a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American denigrates. Signed, We the People.”
While many have responded by questioning Etue’s professionalism, morality and commitment to diversity, others have expressed support for her and believe she was well within her constitutional rights when she made the post. While, this is true, the issue, Rev. Anthony said, is that Etue’s comments, whether public or private, violate Michigan State Police policy which she is required to uphold.
As stated in Section 4.5 of MSP’s Code of Conduct, “Members shall maintain a level of conduct in their personal and business affairs which is in keeping with the highest standards of the law enforcement profession. Members shall conduct themselves at all times, both on and off duty, in a manner that will reflect favorably upon the department. Conduct unbecoming a member shall include that which brings the department into disrepute or reflects discredit on the individual as a member of the department or that which impairs the efficiency of the department.”
Section 4.5a continues, “Members shall not make public statements on or off duty which show a reckless disregard for the truth.”
Etue’s gross violation of MSP policy didn’t stop there.
In Michigan State Police Order 12, Section 2, Discriminatory Harassment, Part C, Prohibited Conduct, it further indicates that the director’s behavior was in direct violation of agency guidelines.
“No employee shall either explicitly or implicitly ridicule, mock, deride or belittle, intimidate, threaten verbally or physically, or bully any person.”
“Employee shall not make offensive or derogatory comments to any person, either directly or indirectly, based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, partisan consideration, disability, genetic information, or other characteristics. Such harassment may be a prohibited form of discrimination under state and federal law and is considered misconduct subject to disciplinary action by the agency.”
Appointed in 2011 by Gov. Rick Snyder, Etue became the first woman to lead MSP after almost a century of male leadership. This, for many, was a step in the right direction with regard to diversity.
In an official letter sent to Gov. Snyder, Rev. Anthony requested to meet with the governor to discuss Etue’s conduct as he believes her behavior is merely a symptom of MSP departmental policy issues that are the result of discriminatory practices, such biased testing practices, that have contributed heavily to a lack of diversity within the department.
In the letter, he said, “The subsequent so-called apology by Col. Etue is in fact no apology at all. When one takes an in-depth look at the demographics of the department, the promotional policies, and the lack of equitable racial representation of the state police of Michigan, it is indeed, reprehensible.”
Rev. Anthony also asked the governor to provide statistical data that shows the number of people of color and women within MSP’s senior ranks, which has shown a significant decline since the removal of the 1993 federal consent decree.
“The issue is bigger than Col. Etue. The head of the Michigan State Police does not seem to understand that in order to serve the people, you must work with and respect the people. You must also have a proportionate representation of the people, as troopers and staff members, throughout your department,” Rev. Anthony said.
Gov. Snyder has yet to respond.
In all fairness, Col. Etue did issue what she considered to be an apology, but only after public outcry.
“It was a mistake to share this message on Facebook and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended. I will continue my focus on the unity at the Michigan State Police and in communities across Michigan,” Etue said in her apology.
Although apologetic, the MSP director refuses to resign and the governor has said he will not fire Etue or issue a request for her resignation.
“At the request of the governor, Col. Etue will remain as director of the Michigan State Police until after the 2018 gubernatorial election,” said Shanon Banner, public affairs director, Michigan State Police.
Etue is set to retire early next year, according to the terms of MSP’s Deferred Retirement Option Program that gives troopers the option to retire later in order to receive a larger pension. What’s worse is that even after retiring, Gov. Snyder said he will reappoint Etue, allowing her to serve through December 2018, the end of the governor’s last term. As a result, she will collect both her salary and pension, a controversial practice called “double dipping.” Public records reveal Etue currently earns $165,000 annually. Upon retirement, she will receive a pension of $84,000 per year.
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This article by Steve Neavling first appeared on Motor City Muckraker.
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A probationary Detroit firefighter was terminated for wrapping a pink bow on a watermelon and giving it to a predominately black fire station as a gift.
This article by Steve Neavling first appeared on Motor City Muckraker.
|Gov. Snyder faces mounting pressure to fire state police boss over tiradeMotor City Muckraker / 18 d. 13 h. 20 min. ago more|
The state police boss is hanging onto her job – for now – after an insult-laced tirade against predominately black NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
This article by Steve Neavling first appeared on Motor City Muckraker.
|State police director: National anthem demonstrators are ‘anti-American degenerates’Motor City Muckraker / 20 d. 11 h. 33 min. ago more|
NFL players who are participating in the national anthem demonstrations over racial inequality are “ungrateful, anti-American degenerates,” the director of the Michigan State Police said on social media.
This article by Steve Neavling first appeared on Motor City Muckraker.
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Thousands of people turned out this weekend for the annual Dlectricity, a series of impressive light exhibits that included massive bunnies and a psychedelic display on the facade of the Detroit Public Library in Midtown.
This article by Steve Neavling first appeared on Motor City Muckraker.
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Race opponents dominated two hours of comments with impassioned statements about how the beloved park should not remain a billionaire’s private racetrack.
This article by Michael Betzold first appeared on Motor City Muckraker.
|Tax foreclosures of owner-occupied homes in Detroit down 88% over past two yearsThe Michigan Chronicle / 27 d. 17 h. 57 min. ago more|
Officials credit Interest Rate Reduction program and army of committed community volunteers for success
786 owner occupants foreclosed in 2017 compared to 6,408 in 2015
Overall tax foreclosures down in 2017 lowest since 2008 crash
(l-r) mayor Mike Duggan, Denise Tank, Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree, Department of Neighborhoods head Charlie Beckham. Tank is a Detroiter with an autistic child whose landlord was foreclosed on for non payment of taxes. The property was held back from the auction and she is now purchasing it.
Tax foreclosures in the city of Detroit dropped this year to their lowest levels since the housing market collapsed in October 2008, city and county officials announced today.Specifically, foreclosures of owner-occupied properties have plummeted by 88% over the past two years.
This year, there were 786 tax foreclosures involving homes that were occupied by the owner, compared to 6,408 just two years ago.Overall, tax foreclosures in Detroit – including vacant abandoned properties – were down 70% from 24,793 two years ago to 6,315 in 2017.The last time the foreclosure numbers in Detroit were lower was 2008, just prior to the mortgage industry collapse, when there were 4,392.
Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, shared the positive news at an event today where they thanked dozens of community volunteers who went door-to-door to let at-risk homeowners know about assistance programs available to help them keep their homes.
“We are pleased to reduce foreclosures in Detroit to the lowest level in nearly a decade,” said Sabree. “Working as a team we have fought hard to reduce foreclosures throughout Wayne County and have reduced that number by 72-percent in just the last two years. Of the 43 municipalities within the county, 12 had zero foreclosures this year and 15 others had 10 or less.”
The city and county leaders also credit the Michigan legislature and Governor Snyder, who approved critical legislation that allowed Wayne County to create the Interest Reduction Program.Under the program, homeowners are eligible to enter into payment plans at a reduced interest rate of 6% — compared to the usual 18% — and pay delinquent taxes.
The result has been a more reasonable monthly payment that thousands of homeowners have been able to afford.Since the program began in 2015, more than 50,000 families in Detroit that faced foreclosures were able to avoid it and keep their homes.
Thousands of homeowners found out about the program thanks to their own neighbors. More than 15 neighborhood groups spread out across the city to knock on doors of those at risk of foreclosure to educate them about their options.Among them were the United Community Housing Coalition, WACO, Focus Hope, Marygrove College, Osborn Alliance, East English Village Community Association, Grandmont-Rosedale Development Corporation and more.
Wayne County also played a critical role in helping to get the word out to residents facing foreclosure to get them connected with assistance programs.Officials also pointed out that the number of properties at risk fell as well, from 53,685 in 2016 to 36,804 in 2017.Overall, more than 30,000 properties were saved from foreclosure this year.
“I’d like to thank everyone who helped spread the word to their neighbors about foreclosure assistance and ways to stay in their homes,” Evans said. “Today’s numbers are an improvement. I hope we can continue to reduce these numbers even further. We’re all better off with people in their homes, strengthening our neighborhoods and anchoring our communities.”
Mayor Duggan pointed out that the steep decline in foreclosures is another indicator of steady progress being made in the city.Last week, newly released census numbers showed the poverty rate also dropped to its lowest levels since before the Great Recession and household incomes increased in Detroit at a rate twice the national average and four times the statewide average.
“We are seeing real progress in areas that impact all of our neighborhoods,” Mayor Duggan said.
“There are still more foreclosures than we want, but we never would have made this level of progress without the hard work of Treasurer Sabree’s office and the dozens of volunteers who organized to help these families stay in their homes.”
2014-17 Foreclosure Reduction
|Counter-protesters at Kid Rock show fooled by false rumors of Antifa in DetroitMotor City Muckraker / 34 d. 1 h. 13 min. ago more|
Numerous biker groups, white supremacists and militia members came to Detroit ready for war – all thanks to alt-right propaganda.
This article by Steve Neavling first appeared on Motor City Muckraker.
|Heaster Wheeler urges supporters to vote for Garlin Gilchrist for City ClerkThe Michigan Chronicle / 35 d. 12 h. 26 min. ago more|
“Today, I am endorsing the dramatic change and transformative leadership that’s needed in the clerk’s office,” said Wheeler. “The turnout for our last primary election was abysmal, and I hold our current clerk responsible for the office’s persistent lack of engagement with our community and consistent disrespect for the duties of the office. Therefore, I support Garlin Gilchrist to be Detroit’s next city clerk.”
Wheeler added: “I believe the clerk’s office should be a bully pulpit for voter engagement, increased access and fighting for more protections – We don’t have that now! I believe Mr. Gilchrist will bring that new energy and deep engagement that our community deserves. I urge those voters who supported my candidacy to give Mr. Gilchrist a fresh look and extra consideration.”
Gilchrist is focused on bringing major changes to the clerk’s office including the opening of new polling places, recasting and training poll workers, and infusing the clerk’s office with new digital age and public involvement processes that allow every Detroiter to be heard, respected, and responded to.
“I’m honored to have the support of Heaster Wheeler. He’s been a strong and vocal advocate for the community throughout his life and I look forward to working with him to make Detroiters’ voices heard,” said Gilchrist. “Every Detroit voter needs to be confident their vote is counted and that barriers to voting are removed. It’s time to fix the broken system.”
|One school at a time, one neighborhood at a timeThe Michigan Chronicle / 80 d. 16 h. 42 min. ago more|
Just one example of what Life Remodeled has done for Detroit neighborhoods
Life Remodeled redevelops neighborhoods, rebuilds communities, using neighborhood schools
If you live anywhere near the Durfee Elementary School building and Central High School on the city’s west side, then you already see it happening. Because you really can’t miss it. It’s kinda big.
Beginning on July 31, 12,000 volunteers descended upon Durfee and the surrounding neighborhood for a six-day whirlwind transformation/overhaul/cleanup designed to remove blight on 300 city blocks, board up 300 vacant houses, and perform essential home repairs for 50 homeowners in the area.
“We invite students from school, we invite community residents, churches, mosques, synagogues, businesses, people from every walk of life that you can imagine,” said Chris Lambert, CEO of Life Remodeled which is spearheading the project.
Lambert said he and his team typically spend at least a year working with the community figuring out what the community wants. Then they work together with that community to plan the blight removal project.
And that’s just for starters.
The initial whirlwind is really the kickoff of what will be at least a two-year effort spearheaded by Life Remodeled to transform the Durfee building into what will be known as a Community Innovation Center, and thereby transform an entire neighborhood in the process. And in case you’re wondering, this isn’t the first time Lambert has managed to pull this off. Life Remodeled, founded in 2011, is already developing a respectable track record of transforming neighborhood schools in troubled areas as a means of upgrading the entire neighborhood.
The organization’s first school-based project, costing roughly $5.5 million, was in 2014 at Cody High School. In 2015, Life Remodeled stepped it up a bit and took on Osborne High School. That project cost approximately $5.7 million. Both of these projects were a long way from the initial project in 2011, which involved pulling together 500 volunteers to build a home for a single mother and her four children in Westland. In six days.
“The process evolved from a vision that was big at the time but miniscule compared to what we’re doing right now. …It’s evolved from focusing on building a house that benefited one family at a time, to now benefiting a community asset that benefits the entire community,” said Lambert.
“This one is very different from what we’ve done in the past. In the past we’ve worked in existing schools that are still operating today. …This one’s very different because we’re working in a vacant school now. The former Durfee Elementary Middle School.”
In addition to other benefits, Lambert said that there has been a noticeable positive impact on crime in the neighborhoods surrounding their earlier school-based projects.
According to Lambert, the Detroit Police Department measured crime stats on the blocks where they worked, both before and after the project, “And it actually dropped in 10 out of 11 categories, “including 47 percent reduction in homicides.”
From the website:
“The Community Innovation Center will operate in collaboration with Central High School and the Detroit Public Schools Community District to provide hands-on education to students. Entrepreneurs will guest lecture in classrooms and students will have the opportunity to learn subjects, like math and finance, with real examples from case studies of business ventures taking place within the center. Community members of all ages will have access to resources and space in order to learn about entrepreneurship and how to start or grow their own businesses. The center will also serve as valuable community and recreational space for families and their kids.”
“As 2017 marks the 50th year anniversary of the 1967 Detroit uprising, Life Remodeled and our partners will invest in the neighborhood surrounding Central High School, the city’s first public high school, in the community where Detroit’s civil unrest began. This year’s project will serve not only as a powerful commemoration of the progress that has been made, but also the progress we continue to strive toward.
We are proud to announce Life Remodeled’s first two-year commitment to Central High School and the surrounding neighborhood as we take on our largest project to date.”
So why did Lambert and crew decide on Durfee for this year’s project?
“We really chose Durfee the same way we chose every other neighborhood. There’s really two things that we look for; significant need, and radical hope. And when we say ‘significant need, what we’re looking for is neighborhoods that have high levels of crime and high levels of blight. And we’re looking for schools that have academic challenges that can be addressed with a construction/renovation project. When it comes to radical hope, we’re looking for a neighborhood that already has a foundation of sustainability in place or in process,” said Lambert.
What the community surrounding Central High does have “is a very rich history of resilience. And it is geographically located in close proximity to downtown and Midtown. And a tremendous amount of development is coming this way. And so what we want to do is help create more equity and inclusivity in the community so the community will have more power to shape the development that’s coming.”
Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, this is the kind of impact that will result in all future developments as well. Using schools as anchors to rescue communities.
“We haven’t decided what neighborhood we’re going to next, but what we’d like to do is to prove that this model of repurposing vacant schools can be of great benefit to the city and continue to do it in other Detroit neighborhoods.”
It’s an idea that definitely beats shutting them all down.
|City-supported projects to preserve and build affordable housing unitsThe Michigan Chronicle / 96 d. 0 h. 29 min. ago more|
Four major housing projects in the City of Detroit have been selected by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to receive a limited number of 9% low income housing tax credits (LIHTC) that will help create or preserve 385 units of affordable housing across the city, Mayor Mike Duggan announced today.
The four developments, which represent a combined investment of $110 million, are receiving $4.4 million in tax credits from MSHDA.
In total, 271 units of existing affordable housing that were set to expire soon will be renovated and will keep their affordable status for another 30 years. Another 114 new affordable units, nearly half of which will be for families earning less than 30% of the area’s average Median Income (AMI), will be built.
“What makes this so important is that we will be able to guarantee that 271 existing affordable housing units will keep their status for another 30 years,” said Mayor Duggan. “That represents 271 families that know they will be able to afford to stay in their homes and take part in the recovery they have waited so long to see.”
To accomplish this, developers working with the City’s Department of Housing & Revitalization applied for and were awarded a series of 9% LIHTCs. The 9% LIHTC award is the most valuable and competitive affordable housing tool in the country, because it leverages up to 90% in equity to build affordable housing units. It also gives developers the ability to serve families and individuals who are at the lower end of the economic spectrum (below 30% AMI), including those who have experienced homelessness.
The four developments are spread across several Detroit neighborhoods, including Brush Park, Midtown, Oakman Boulevard Community and Core City Neighborhoods.
The selected projects are:
Roberts III – All 197 units in this building will be preserved as affordable housing for the next 30 years for the senior citizens who occupy this complex. Incomes at this complex range from 60% of AMI to less than 30 percent AMI. The project has support from the Detroit Housing Commission in the form of project based vouchers to support lower income units. Total Project Cost: $16.4M
Ryan Court II – All 74 units will be preserved as affordable housing. Incomes at this complex also range from 60% of AMI to less than 30% AMI. The development, which spans several blocks near Oakman and Livernois is a mix of new construction and rehabilitation of older buildings. Total Project Cost: $9M (Phase 2 Only). Ryan Court Phase 1 is one of only a few projects nationally to preserve existing affordable housing units through new construction with an additional investment of $16M.
Peterboro – Renovations proposed at the property will result in 56 units (42 two-bedroom units and 14 three-bedroom units) of Permanent Supportive Housing that will be targeted to homeless families who meet MSHDA’s criteria for Permanent Supportive Housing. In order to assist the families that will reside at the building, COTS will be requesting 38 project based vouchers from MSHDA and has received conditional awards for 9 project based vouchers from the Detroit Housing Commission and project rental assistance for 9 units through the HUD Section 811 program. Total Project Cost: $14.5M
Brush Park South – 58 (20%) of the 287 units in this new mixed-income construction development will be reserved for residents earning 60% AMI or less. This project, which will revitalize 19 vacant city-owned parcels, is being supported by $2.3 million in HOME funds. The project also has support from the Detroit Housing Commission in the form of project based vouchers to support lower income units. Total Project Cost: $70M (estimated)
Collectively, these awards to the city of Detroit represent approximately 40% of the total available 9% LIHTCs statewide in this round of applications. Director of Housing & Revitalization Arthur Jemison, thanked MSHDA for recognizing the significance of each project and putting its most valuable resources where they are most needed.
“After many months of work to shape a project pipeline with MSHDA that reflects both state and city investment priorities, this set of project awards is real progress,” said Jemison. “It includes projects in our target areas for residential density; creates mixed-income in downtown midtown; addresses family homelessness; and preserves key assets threatened with expiration and obsolescence.”
About the LIHTC Program
The low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program is one of the federal government’s primary policy tools for encouraging the development and preservation of affordable rental housing. These federal tax credits are awarded to Developers of affordable housing via a competitive application process administered by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) on a biannual basis. Once awarded, developers typically sell these tax credits to outside investors in exchange for equity to develop affordable housing.