Category: Breaking News Written by Ashley Woods and Kate Abbey-Lambertz, huffingtonpost
DETROIT -- The lens that magnified Detroit's critical tax crisis has sharpened its focus.
Loveland Technologies, the firm that mapped the city of Detroit's foreclosure crisis in stunning detail as thousands of land parcels were auctioned off by Wayne County, introduced a sophisticated update to the Why Don't We Own This? website on Friday.
WDWOT 2.0 is the result of four months of development, design time, "soul-searching and talking," said Loveland's founder, Jerry Paffendorf.
The updated site features even more detailed property information, including land parcels owned by the city of Detroit, homes that are at risk for foreclosure and the tax status of properties.
Scroll down to see a slideshow of new features in WDWOT 2.0.
Detroiters can check the tax status of their property online, and those in trouble are automatically presented with options that can help them prevent foreclosure. The site has also been made more accessible from a mobile browser.
One of the biggest changes to WDWOT is a new premium section, which for a $25 annual fee offers select features like the ability to save maps and searches. Premium members can also make private comments only available to other premium members and access an alert system that notifies members when a property's status changes.
In what might be a nod to one of Paffendorf's first efforts in the city, the land ownership project Detroit Inches, premium members are assigned a "Pet Block" -- that is, a randomly selected 1/4 mile of Detroit.
"We match you with a part of the city that you might not know," Paffendorf said. Loveland employee Alex Alsup added, "It's a quick way to get beyond the overwhelming-ness of the full city map and get back to the local area."
These changes represent the evolution of WDWOT, which now counts four full-time employees. Paffendorf said that although they first built the site just to improve the process for people who wanted to buy property in the city's foreclosure auctions, the Loveland team has since expanded their outlook to take a broader view of property and ownership in the city -- "four-dimensionally," according to Paffendorf.
"The auction is happening every day," said Paffendorf. "It's just leading up to it right now."
It's leading up to what can only be described as a citywide financial disaster. The Loveland data indicate more than 59,000 properties in the city are delinquent on their taxes. The city is owed more than $440 million in back taxes and penalties, though it has acknowledged possible flaws in its records.
In 2007, Detroit had topped the nation in foreclosures, with nearly 5 percent of its homes in some stage of the process. Though 2012 saw a 26 percent decline in foreclosures across Metro Detroit, more than 75,000 foreclosure filings were still processed in the metropolitan area. According to RealtyTrac, one in every 391 housing units in Detroit received a foreclosure filing in December -- compared to one in every 436 units in Wayne County and one in every 810 housing units in the U.S. as a whole. And last year's foreclosure auction saw the sale of nearly 8,000 properties, some for as little as $500.
Alsup and Paffendorf said there are many possible uses for their improved site. Detroiters could visualize the privately created Detroit Future City framework, which provides a road map for city development over the next four decades, using WDWOT's data. Community organizations could build private maps to keep track of abandoned lots in their neighborhood. Organizations working on foreclosure prevention may find the data to be more proactive.
But not everyone sees the open access to information as a good thing. When WDWOT first made information from the massive county foreclosure auction readily available online, some wondered if the site would just help out-of-state speculators to buy up property on the cheap -- with no intention of ever improving it.
Ted Phillips, executive director of Detroit's United Community Housing Coalition, told the Detroit News that the new information available could make it easier for scam artists to target individuals who are facing foreclosure.
Alsup and Paffendorf acknowledge that the information could be used in ways that won't help the city. But they believe their site is still an improvement on the existing system because it democratizes access to information that had primarily been available only to government agencies and those with funds and connections. Their main vision for WDWOT, they said, is to give citizens agency and access to information, rather than to advance any particular goal or mission for the city.
"It's just a pair of glasses to look at this blurry world," Paffendorf said. "We have a digital tool that's super powerful, but it needs the street teams to do that work."
They also see a future for Loveland Technologies in expanding this project to other cities. They say it would be relatively easy for the firm, which has not made money on the site before the recent addition of the premium option, to implement similar data mapping elsewhere.
While the project reveals his San Francisco Bay-area roots in its assumption that there's an online solution for every problem -- even one as large as property ownership in Detroit -- Paffendorf said he thinks the genesis of WDWOT is quite specific to its location.
"It takes the scale and the kind of problems Detroit has to think about why you’d create this," said Alsup. "The questions are a lot more urgent [here]."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:22
Category: Breaking News Written by Ed Payne, CNN
Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama rolls into Las Vegas on Tuesday, ready to double down on immigration reform.
After failing to press the issue during his first four years in office, he has made it a top legislative priority of his second term.
While the president will highlight immigration proposals in a speech at 2:55 p.m. ET, senior administration officials say, he will not introduce new legislation, at least not now.
Obama came under criticism from Latino activists for failing to deliver on a 2008 campaign promise to make immigration reform a priority of his first term.
Last year, as Obama's re-election campaign heated up, his administration announced a halt to deportations of some young undocumented immigrants in a move that delighted the Latino community.
Exit polls in November indicated that Latino voters gave overwhelming support to Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney, who had advocated a policy that amounted to forcing undocumented immigrants to deport themselves.
While in Nevada, Obama will press for quick action on immigration reform and share more details about his immigration proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Senate lays out blueprint
Obama heads west a day after a bipartisan group of eight senators laid out their blueprint for immigration reform.
The White House may consider introducing its own legislation should the Senate plan fall apart, administration officials said.
Under the compromise plan by the senators, known as the "gang of eight," millions of undocumented immigrants would get immediate but provisional status to live and work in the United States.
The Democratic sources say the president will praise the Senate for the bipartisan blueprint outlined Monday, while stressing that the issue must not get bogged down in the kind of political fights that derailed past bipartisan policy battles. According to sources, he will say there have been bipartisan "gangs" before, and they don't always lead to results.
The senators' outline also called for strengthening border controls, improved monitoring of visitors and cracking down on hiring undocumented workers.
Only after those steps occurred could the undocumented immigrants already in the country begin the process of getting permanent residence -- green cards -- as a step toward citizenship, the senators said at a news conference.
Conservatives split on reform
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a tea party-backed conservative considered a rising star in the Republican Party, said the goal was to create a "modern immigration system" that treated everyone fairly, both the undocumented and those waiting to come to America legally.
"None of this is possible if we don't address the reality there are 11 million people in this country who are undocumented," Rubio said.
However, another tea party-backed Republican, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, objected to the framework by his colleagues, saying the guidelines "contemplate a policy that will grant special benefits to undocumented immigrants based on their unlawful presence in the country."
Other conservatives immediately voiced their opposition to what they called amnesty, a code word on the political right for providing undocumented immigrants a path to legal status.
"When you legalize those who are in the country illegally, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, costs American workers thousands of jobs and encourages more illegal immigration," said Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who serves on the immigration subcommittee in the House. "By granting amnesty, the Senate proposal actually compounds the problem by encouraging more illegal immigration."
A litany of left-leaning advocacy groups spoke out on the senators' plan, praising it as a good first step but cautioning against harming the rights of workers.
"The people of this country are ready for us to be one country again without second-class people being mistreated simply because they lack paper, even though they are already contributing to our economy and our tax system," NAACP President Ben Jealous said.
Democratic senators backing the plan include Chuck Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado. On the Republican side were Rubio, John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
Durbin said Tuesday that immigration reform must have bipartisan support to work, so it won't include everything everyone wants.
"It's going to look different than what I might write, or the president might write," he said.
House works on own plan
A similar effort on immigration is said to be under way in the House, involving a group of Republicans and Democrats.
Two senior House Democratic sources briefed on the effort told CNN the group was working to release some sort of outline of its plan soon, possibly as early as this week, but concede "they are not as far along as the Senate."
Like the Senate framework, the House plan will include a path to citizenship, but details of how that will work are still being discussed.
The Senate proposal is a good starting point, Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Florida, said Tuesday on CNN.
"I think it puts us in a very good place," he said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:03
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Members of Southfield City Council with a hot-button issue on their hands Monday night.
They’re set to decide the fate of a proposed Walmart store at 12 Mile and Southfield roads.
Roughly 40 community members are present– and most of them oppose the plan.
Pamela Gerald is one of the Southfield residents who doesn’t want the major retailer in her neighborhood.
“We’re saying to the city of Southfield, “For once do the right thing” we don’t want such a big-box retailer there, it’s not a good fit for the community as far as being in that location,” said Gerald.
Others have expressed concern about increased traffic in the area.
In contrast, Walmart officials say they’ve worked with the Road Commission and plan to add turn lanes and install new traffic signal systems at the intersection.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:37
Category: Breaking News Written by Minehaha Forman
It’s a proposal that has ruffled the feathers of almost everyone who has read about it: Sell Belle Isle to a group of private developers so they can secede the island from the U.S. and make it an elite tax haven for the rich? How bizarre.
But that’s not the whole story. One developer who is part of the group offering to shell out $1 billion to buy Detroit’s 985-acre island park is Larry Mongo, a lifelong Detroit businessman who says media coverage of the plan has been lacking.
Mongo says reports that he and his colleagues plan to buy Belle Isle and secede it from the United States are untrue. The offer of turning Belle Isle into an exclusive commonwealth is more of a negotiating tactic than anything else, Mongo suggests.
“We don’t want to secede,” Mongo told michronicle.com “We just want certain tax autonomy. And all that can be negotiated. You know, you put everything on the table that you want and you see what happens.”
He said the plan is still in the introductory phase and the futuristic fiction book his collogue Rod Lockwood wrote about the idea is a sort of attention-getter forerunning a more formal proposal. Lockwood, who spearheaded the idea, presented it before a group of business leaders and elected officials last week to a lukewarm reaction.
But supporters of the plan say every new idea is going to get some kickback at first.
“We are not spoiled children. We are mature enough to know that not everything is going to be agreed on,” Mongo said. “But if we can compromise to the point where we can move forward, we will.”
Mongo, who worked with Lockwood and others to shape the plan over the past four years says his role is to answer a question many have been asking since its debut: What’s in it for Detroiters? The answer, he says, is jobs, jobs, jobs.
“Detroit’s problems are nothing that jobs can’t solve for the most part,” he said. “ But it has to be a special type of employment.”
Mongo said he is putting together a organization strategy aimed at small churches in the city. He plans to mobilize Detroit churchgoers and ministers who “never had a microphone put in their face.”
The idea is to gather residents with felony records looking for work with odds stacked against them and pitch the Belle Isle development plan by offering them a job. Mongo says most job postings exclude convicted felons, a portion of the population that is high in Detroit. Unemployment among felons leads to recidivism and more crime in the city Mongo says.
“I said, ‘Rod, we have thousands of kids who will never take advantage of the American dream simply because of a thing called a felony record,” Mongo said. “Most of them work two steps above slavery in the underground economy meaning they get paid under the table and employers know they are trapped under the table.”
Mongo’s agenda this year is to go to small storefront churches and organize Detroit’s returning citizens to get them to apply for constriction jobs to build projects proposed in their Belle Isle development plan for a minimum of $12.50/hour.
The end goal is a massive job fair on Belle Isle where job seekers can apply in person, a move that Mongo expects to draw out thousands of “Detroit’s poor” in support of the Belle Isle sale proposal Mongo says. There will be no Internet application for these proposed job posts, just newspaper and radio adds promoting the fair.
“That way the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan, and all the naysayers who say nobody wants to do this would see the number of people that come in to apply for jobs.” Mongo said. “A lot of people can sit at a typewriter and say what the people don’t want.”
Mongo said the job fair could happen as early as May. The plan won’t be extinguished by a lease agreement between the City and the State.
Mongo says the idea stems from an altruistic core: to help people who are struggling to live the American dream.
“Rodney Lockwood is a very successful man who made two mistakes,” Mongo said. “He got involved in Detroit, saw a lot of hurt, and he cared.”
Mongo scoffed at the class warfare, especially in Detroit, that often pits the poor against the rich. He says that unless the rich invest in Detroit, the city will continue to spiral downward into debt and insolvency.
“You think downtown would have the energy it has it wasn’t for Dan Gilbert?” Mongo asks. “He’s going to be losing money for years. So it has to be more than money. It has to be a social consciousness in us. If we were poor people no one would read this.”
Critics of the plan call it a corporate fantasy, a place where there are little to no taxes, people travel by helicopter to land on the top of a Four Seasons Hotel on the island and where the only cars allowed are Formula 1 racecars.
But Mongo doesn’t see what’s wrong with dreaming big. “Think about this: electricity was a fantasy. Penicillin was a fantasy. Everything that started that was great for human kind was a fantasy of someone’s,” he says.
He also disputes the criticism that the plan only creates low-wage jobs such as chauffeurs, waiters, and construction workers arguing, “you gotta start somewhere.”
Mongo touted a free market capitalist idea that it’s wealth that builds society. He compared Lockwood and his colleagues to families like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. “We’re still benefiting from the things the Rockefellers did for us.” Mongo said.
Why Belle Isle and not another tract of vacant land in a city that is known for its wide-open spaces?
There’s no other place in the city where one can snap up a mile and a half of contiguous city-owned property, something that is crucial to the development plan, Mongo said.
Despite any decisions the city council makes to lease the island to the State of Michigan, Mongo is still going to carry out his plan to organize a summer job fair to show how many people are looking for the kind of work he believes the island sale would provide.
“I will be on the radio, in the paper, knocking on minister’s doors—organizing the unheard of ministers and churches. That’s who $12.50 an hour will [appeal] to. I guarantee you it will stop thousands of people from doing ten in a Midwest penn. because they’ll have a job.”
Mongo said the building on Belle Isle would start immediately after approval of the sale, something that could happen more easily if the city goes bankrupt.
He said it’s a serious proposal that won’t be taken off the table because of pushback from critics and naysayers.
“Let’s create something called Solutionists. We don’t care if you black, white, gay or a cross dresser—let’s participate in a solution,” Mongo said, referring to Lockwood’s fiction book Belle Isle in which the political party is called the Solutionists.
But they’ll know when to throw in the towel. Mongo said he is afraid that if Detroit rejects the plan it will be passing up on a game changing opportunity. He said Lockwood is prepared to bring the plan to other parts of the state and the country where he expects it to be welcomed and to jump-start the local economy. In fact he said if he and his colleagues carry out the plan elsewhere, Detroit leaders will wish they had accepted the offer.
“Why do Detroiters like to be in second or third place?” Mongo said. “It’s the same mentality [that] chased Motown out. Trust me.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:58
Category: Breaking News Written by Amber Bogins
The North American International Auto wrapped up yesterday with its highest attendance numbers since 2004. 795,000 general attendees and 55,000 journalists from over 60 countries showed up to make the NAIAS a success. Those numbers are up 25,000 from last year.
The American people or at the very least Mid-westerners can take this a sign that economy is creeping back. More Americans are willing and able to spend money on non-essentials. In an interview with WWJ, Jim Seavitt and this year’s show chairman sited more reasons why attendance was so high.
“I think the economy is back, number one. Number two, every manufacturer is down here and they all brought their A-game; with the enthusiasm of manufacturers that spread to the journalists, but then spread to a lot of the TV and radio stations – I think excited the public to come down here.”
The public had a lot to be excited about. The technological advances being made in car engineering are astounding. The Auto Industry really showed out, debuting cars with vehicle to vehicle communication, night vision driving, massaging seats and let’s not forget, sleek exteriors. The biggest draw: the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
The North American International Auto Show gave us a glimpse into the not so distant future.
Congratulations NAIAS on a job well done. Here’s to next year being bigger and better.
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 01:31
Category: Breaking News Written by Shasta Darlington, Marilia Brocchetto and Dana Ford, CNN
Santa Maria, Brazil (CNN) -- Workers combing through the charred wreckage of Kiss nightclub in southern Brazil on Sunday encountered the eerie sound of ringing cell phones.
Glauber Fernandes, a reporter from CNN affiliate Band News, explains.
"It was a really complicated scene. A lot of smoke, a lot of shoes that was left, cell phones, because everybody tried to get out of there running," he said. "While we were there, we saw the cell phones were ringing. It was parents, friends, trying to know about what was happening and nobody was answering."
A fire swept through the packed, popular nightclub in Santa Maria early Sunday, killing at least 233 people -- enough to fill a large plane -- Brazilian Health Minister Alexandro Padilha told reporters. Of those, 185 have been identified so far.
Many apparently died from smoke inhalation. Others were trampled in the rush for the exits, one security guard told Band News.
More than 90 people were hospitalized, Padilha said, including 14 patients with severe burns.
About 2,000 people were inside the club when the fire broke out -- double the maximum capacity of 1,000, said Guido de Melo, a state fire official.
Investigators have received preliminary information that security guards stopped people from exiting the club, he told Globo TV.
"People who were inside the facility informed us ... that security guards blocked the exit to prevent people there from leaving, and that's when the crowd starting panicking, and the tragedy grew worse," he said.
The fire started "from out of nowhere" on a stage at the club and quickly spread to the ceiling, witness Jairo Vieira told Band News.
"People started running," survivor Luana Santos Silva told Globo TV. "I fell on the floor."
There was a pyrotechnics show going on inside the club when the fire started. Authorities stopped short of blaming it for the blaze, saying the cause was still under investigation.
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The Kiss nightclub is popular with young people in Santa Maria, which is home to a number of universities and colleges, including the Federal University of Santa Maria. At least 80 of those killed Sunday were students at that school, it said.
The blaze broke out during a weekend when students were celebrating the end of summer. Many universities are set to resume classes on Monday.
Video from the scene showed firefighters shooting streams of water at the club and shirtless men trying to break down a wall with axes.
Smoke billowed outside the front of the building as the stench of fire filled the air, said Max Muller, who was riding by on his motorbike when he saw the blaze.
Muller recorded video of a chaotic scene outside the club, which showed emergency crews tending to victims and dazed clubgoers standing in the street. Bodies lay on the ground beside ambulances.
Friends who were inside the club told him that many struggled to find the exits in the dark. Muller, who was not inside the club Sunday morning but has been there twice before, said there were no exit signs over the doors. It is rare to see such signs in Brazilian clubs.
Valderci Oliveira, a state lawmaker, told Band News that he saw piles of bodies in the club's bathroom when he arrived at the scene hours after the blaze. It looked "like a war zone," he said.
Police told Band News that 90% of the victims were found in that part of the club.
The roof collapsed in several parts of the building, trapping many inside, said Fernandes, the reporter from Band News.
For others, escaping was complicated by the fact that guards initially stopped people from leaving, he said, echoing comments from the state fire official.
"Some guards thought at first that it was a fight, a huge fight that happened inside the club and closed the doors so that the people could not leave without paying their bills from the club," Fernandes said.
The deadly fire is sure to shine a spotlight on safety in Brazil, which is set to host the World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2016.
Many wept as they searched for information outside a local gymnasium where bodies were taken for identification later Sunday. Inside, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met with family members and friends as they waited on bleachers for word of their loved ones.
Rousseff became teary-eyed as she spoke of the fire to reporters in Chile earlier Sunday. She had been attending a regional summit there, but cut short the trip and returned to Brazil early to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy.
"The Brazilian people are the ones who need me today," she said. "I want to tell the people of Santa Maria in this time of sadness that we are all together."
The fire started around 2 a.m. after the acoustic insulation in the Kiss nightclub caught fire, said Civil Defense Col. Adilomar Silva.
An accordionist who had been performing onstage with a band when the blaze broke out was among the dead, drummer Eliel de Lima told Globo TV.
Police were questioning the club's owner and interviewing witnesses as part of an investigation into what caused the blaze, state-run Agencia Brasil reported.
The club's license had expired in August and had not been renewed, local fire official Moises da Silva Fuchs told Globo TV.
The incident called to mind a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island where pyrotechnics used by the heavy metal band Great White ignited a blaze that killed 100 people.
Pyrotechnics were also involved in a 2004 nightclub fire in Argentina that killed 194 people and a 2009 explosion at a nightclub in Russia that left more than 100 dead.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 01:09
Category: Breaking News Written by Britney Spear
A job well done. At least that’s President Barack Obama’s opinion when it concerns the work of Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State. The relationship between the two, once at each other’s throats for the democratic nomination during the 2008 Presidential Election, has evolved into quite a dynamic partnership over the past four years.
Last night, Obama sat down with CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ alongside Clinton for an interview to close out her work as one of his most key figures of his first-term cabinet. He reflected on how great of a collaboration the two have become. Obama also expressed that though he will miss her, he is happy to see she will take a much needed break from politics.
Clinton’s position as Secretary of State is one that has taken her ‘nearly one million miles and 112 countries’ across the world, as she noted during her testimony to the congressional committee about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Arguably the single most controversial point of her position, it is a moment that has cast an undeniable cloud upon her legacy. That and her recent health scare has caused many to question whether it’s all been ‘too much’ for the former first lady and NY Senator. All things considered, her work has set a new standard of excellence, warranting a sincere and heartfelt ‘thank you’ from President Obama.
The big question: what will the future hold for this political titan? Given her track record, one cannot help but wonder whether Clinton will again endeavor to make history as the first female ‘POTUS’ in 2016. For now, she intends to rest. An extended hiatus will come in handy if she decides to go after the Democratic ticket four years from now.
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Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 00:50
Category: Breaking News Written by the Grio
Atlanta-based megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar is no longer facing assault charges stemming from a domestic dispute with his daughter, according to NBC’s WXIA affiliate.
Late June Dollar was arrested after an altercation with his 15-year-old daughter. Initial reports suggested that Dollar choked and punched his child, a charge the minister vehemently denied.
“I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said in his first public appearance two days after police charged him with misdemeanor counts of battery and cruelty to children.
He went on to call the accusations against him “exaggeration and sensationalism.”
The Fayette County Citizen reports that prosecutors “allowed Dollar to participate in an pre-trial intervention program which requires him to complete an anger management program and pay $1,072 in fees and court costs.”
Allegedly the entire incident between Dollar and his daughter stemmed from her being “disrepectful” after the pastor told her she couldn’t attend a party.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 10:05
Category: Breaking News Written by Britney Spear
Bringing a week of history-making moments to a close is yet another landmark decision made this time by our US military.
It was announced on Thursday that the Pentagon has decided to remove the military’s ban on women serving in combat. This decision ends a ruling made over ten years ago by armed forces to keep women from from serving in front-line and potentially elite commando positions. It will open up the opportunity for them to take on hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
The military seeks to formulate a plan that allows women to obtain combat positions, and they might be available as soon as mid 2013. Just a year ago, the Pentagon opened up thousands of combat positions to women in the Army. In the coming months, those opportunities will extend to Army and Marine infantry units. The necessities of war have increased over time and as a result, women have been propelled into jobs like medics, military police, and intelligence officers. In the past, women were not formally assigned to the front line. That fact is soon to change.
Women’s roles in the military have grown tremendously over the past few years, with them now making up a significant portion of active personnel. This latest action extends further opportunities to them that they were once denied. It is a firm step toward equality; yet, does that make it a good thing?
Another important question as related to this recent decision is whether or not there are some aspects of life that must be reserved for a man. Yet, it is arguable that women have proven they can take on the harshest elements of war. If that is the case, the Pentagon’s latest move will simply make official what work has already been taking place off the books.
2013, a year already full of historic relevance, is sure to ring heavy with monumental firsts. This is just the beginning of much more to come.
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Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2013 09:39
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) – Kwame Kilpatrick is headed back to jail.
The Michigan Department of Corrections said Kilpatrick was served Thursday night with 14 parole violation charges.
When Kilpatrick was served with the charges, his parole officer offered him the opportunity to waive the formal parole violation process and serve an immediate sanction of three days in custody at the Detroit Reentry Center — to which Kilpatrick agreed.
Kilpatrick is expected to report to jail Friday afternoon and will be released from custody early Monday morning.
The charges are another bump on the former Detroit mayor’s long road of restitution to the city as part of a conviction for lying under oath in a police whistleblower case. He subsequently served 14 months in prison for violating his probation in that case.
The following are the parole violation charges against Kilpatrick:
Count 1 – Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 10/19/2012, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by failing to report a money transfer of $500.00 to Carlita Kilpatrick on 09/24/2012 by Money Gram International, in which, he paid $37.00 for services rendered.
Count 2 – Violation of Condition 10 and Special Condition 99.3, Unique Condition:
On or about 10/19/2012, Kilpatrick failed to comply with the written Order of Parole Board by not fully disclosing a complete account of his monthly household expenditures and income for the month of September in 2012.
Count 3 – Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 10/31/2012, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by failing to report a money transfer of $700.00 to Carlita Kilpatrick on 10/19/2012 by Money Gram International, in which, he paid $50.00 for services rendered.
Count 4 — Violation of Condition 10 and Special Condition 99.3, Unique Condition:
On or about 10/31/2012, Kilpatrick failed to comply with the written Order of Parole Board by not fully disclosing a complete account of his monthly household expenditures and income for the month of October in 2012.
Count 5 – Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 11/28/2012, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by failing to report that he received two separate transactions of $899.99 from Erik Rayford on 11/09/2012 by Money Gram International for the total sum of $1,799.98.
Count 6 – Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 11/28/2012, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by failing to report a money transfer of $650.00 to Carlita Kilpatrick on 11/14/2012 by Money Gram International, in which, he paid $50.00 for services rendered.
Count 7 – Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 11/28/2012, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by failing to report a money transfer of $450.00 to Carlita Kilpatrick on 11/15/2012 by Money Gram International, in which, he paid $37.00 for services rendered.
Count 8 – Violation of Condition 10 and Special Condition 99.3, Unique Condition:
On or about 11/28/2012, Kilpatrick failed to comply with the written Order of Parole Board by not fully disclosing a complete account of his monthly household expenditures and income for the month of November in 2012.
Count 9 – Violation of Condition 10 and Special Condition 99.3, Unique Condition:
On or about 12/11/2012, Kilpatrick failed to comply with the written Order of Parole Board by not fully disclosing a complete account of his monthly household expenditures and income for the month of September, October and November in 2012.
Count 10 – Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 12/11/2012, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by not fully disclosing a complete account of his monthly household expenditures and income for the month of September 2012, October 2012 and November in 2012.
Count 11 — Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 01/04/2013, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by failing to report he received $2,000.00 from Corey B. Brooks on 12/11/2012 by Money Gram International.
Count 12 – Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 01/04/2013, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by failing to report he received $250.00 from Natashia Dooley on 12/26/2012 by Money Gram International.
Count 13 – Violation of Condition 10 and Special Condition 99.3, Unique Condition:
On or about 01/04/2013, Kilpatrick failed to comply with the written Order of Parole Board by not fully disclosing a complete account of his monthly household expenditures and income for the month of September 2012, October 2012, November 2012 and December in 2012.
Count 14 – Violation of Condition 01, Contact field agent:
On or about 01/04/2013, Kilpatrick submitted a false and inaccurate report by not fully disclosing a complete account of his monthly household expenditures and income for the month of September 2012, October 2012, November 2012 and December in 2012..
Kilpatrick, who currently on trial for public corruption in federal court, is under house arrest in Detroit after he admitted getting more than $6,000 in cash from several wire transfers last month.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2013 07:58
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