Category: News Briefs Written by WDIV
Michigan Lt. governor, federal highway administrator to attend ceremony
The $230-million Gateway Project in Detroit is set to open to traffic on Friday.
The project will allow traffic from the Ambassador Bridge to merge straight into nearby freeways once it is completed.
MDOT hired a private construction company to do the work after the Detroit International Bridge Company lost control of the contract for failing to meet court orders in March.
In January, Wayne County Judge Prentis Edwards briefly put 84-year-old billionaire bridge owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun and his top executive in jail for contempt of court.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:28
Category: Breaking News Written by Christy Strawser, WWJ
Photo Credit: Google Street View
Detroit (CBS Detroit) Google’s mapping truck caught a disturbing image at what appears to be the same home where a 1-year-old girl was found dead inside a closet at her grandmother’s house in July.
No one’s been charged in that case.
But the same distinctive yellow brick house with the green porch is featured in a Google maps image of a Detroit neighborhood.
Only in the Google image, a group of young men stand ominously on the porch, one clutching what appears to be a shotgun. One of the men appears to point the gun at the Google truck in the final shot.
Maryland meteorologist Jacob Wykoff, who was recently in Detroit on a business trip, spotted the Google maps image, and said he could hardly believe it.
“I was actually just there in July,” Wykoff said. “It’s certainly uneasy to see that type of stuff, I guess it happens in any major city, but Detroit sort of has a reputation now … That he actually points the gun at him?”
If the gunman was ever identified, is this a crime? Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said not necessarily.
Worthy said a lot of questions would need to be answered.”Was it this person’s home? Because you do have a right to bear arms in your home. Certainly it looks like he’s on a porch that’s attached to a home, so that would not be a legal issue. Is this person an adult or a juvenile?”
Worthy said, in certain circumstances, even pointing a gun at someone is not illegal, if you feel threatened.
Google has a distinctively decorated mapping truck heading through metro Detroit with a camera mounted on top to perfect its satellite maps, with the goal of creating a 3-D map of every place in the world.
In this case, the truck was at Brinker and Robinwood in Detroit when the camera captured the young people with the weapon. The gun holder appears to follow the driver with the weapon — and points it at the truck in the final shot.
The home is identical to the place where baby Zyia Turner was discovered dead in a closet, with her cause of death undetermined. At the time, her father said his brother was watching several children Friday at the home near 7 Mile Road and Conant when she went missing.
There have been no arrests in connection with Zyia’s death. Police said family members have been cooperative.
But will this image available to anyone trying to plot out a route in Detroit put another black eye on the city?
Worthy said the image just “adds another layer” to the poor opinion many already have.
Marc Hoffman wrote on Facebook, “If I was the driver, I would refuse to drive down any of those streets.”
Merry Campbell hopes Google re-shoots the image for the sake of the city. “It’s a shame the image is being shown,” she wrote on Facebook. “It gives a terrible impression of the city, which already has a bad reputation, as it is. I hope that whoever is in charge at Google maps will reshoot it!”
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:06
Category: Breaking News Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
The hearing to request a change of venue for the Kilpatrick corruption trial is scheduled for today at 2p.m. before U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds. Judge Edmunds stated that she thought the motion was premature, however, she would still hear the case.
Attorney John Shea, who represents contractor Bobby Ferguson, says recent media coverage is to blame for the request. “That went into jurors’ background and jurors in past cases and their families causes us to be very concerned that jurors may feel intimidated. It’s a jury intimidation issue more than anything else,” says Shea.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:25
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit police confirmed the man suspected of fatally stabbing a worker Thursday morning at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant has taken his own life — dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Belle Isle.
The plant has reportedly been idled following the deadly attack.
One Chrysler employee, who did not want to give his name, told WWJ Newsradio 950 a fight broke out between a line worker and a material handler a few days ago. He said things escalated on Thursday, and one worker slit the other worker’s throat as he sat in a break room shortly after 8 a.m.
Police said the suspect immediately fled the scene. The plant was put on lockdown, and later idled.
The worker said, as you would imagine, everyone is very distraught.
“They have grief counselors in here; they have Detroit’s version of CSIs in here right now, detectives, FBI, everybody,” he said. “They’re letting everbody go home. Now that they found out that the gentleman did kill himself at Belle Isle they’re letting us all go home.”
The employee described the alleged stabber as a hard worker who pretty much stayed to himself.
The factory, which opened in 1991 and was recently upgraded, occupies 2.7 million square feet, and produces the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Durango. The plant has about 2,890 workers, with plans to add 1,100 early next year when a third shift will be added.
“This is a very large facility, it employs a lot of people,” WWJ Auto Beat Reporter Jeff Gilbert said. “It’s the kind of facility that, if something happened and they were to put it on lockdown, it would take a very long time to do a search for anybody in there because there are obviously a lot of places people can hide — especially somebody who knows the facility.”
Chrysler officials said they would decide later whether or not the plant would reopen in the afternoon.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:02
Category: Breaking News Written by WDIV
DETROIT - Attorneys in the Kwame Kilpatrick trial have filed a request to have the trial moved out of Detroit.
The paperwork for a change of venue was filed Thursday morning, a judge is expected to rule on the request later in the day.
According to the official request:
"No longer can the Defendants receive a fair trial here in the Eastern District of Michigan. The media’s targeted effort towards that end has flipped the notion of due process on its head. Rather than simply confronting an overwhelming amount of publicity (which this case has certainly received), recent developments have caused a significantly more distressful problem of Constitutional dimensions: jurors who hold out, or find for the Defendants will most certainly be subjected to intense post-trial scrutiny of themselves and anyone around them (family, friends, co-workers and neighbors). This Court, despite its best efforts, cannot protect the jurors from this invasion of privacy."
In addition to the change of venue request, lawyers representing the defendants in the trial presented 3 exhibits as to why the trial should not be held in Detroit.
If the change of venue request is approved, the entire jury selection process will have to start over. A jury was selected Wednesday for a Detroit trial. The 12 jurors include four African-American women, one African-American man, one Hispanic woman, two white men and four white women.
Alternates include: two white men, one white woman, two African-American women and one African-American man.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:00
Category: News Briefs Written by SB Nation Detroit
Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a fifth inning home run with Miguel Cabrera #24 while playing the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on September 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:37
Category: News Briefs Written by WDIV
Photo Credit: WDIV
Students walking to Northwestern High School in Detroit Thursday morning stumbled upon a homicide.
Police said a man in his 30s was found with a gunshot wound to the stomach just after 7 a.m. on Lawton Street near West Grand Boulevard.
Police said the body may have dumped out of a car.
No other details on the victim’s identity were immediately released.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:50
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
Photo Credit: WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - While Detroit City Council members continue to mull a proposed plan by the state to lease Belle Isle, the issue of the park’s shuttered restroom facilities has been raised.
Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting, Belle Isle Conservancy Board Chair and President Sarah Early said that, over the past five years, Detroit’s General Services Budget has been severely slashed.
Early said that’s fund that used to pay for staffers to mow lawns, pick up trash and clean bathrooms — bathrooms that can no longer be maintained.
“You may notice in the park today there are port-a-potties outside every single comfort station, because the comfort stations have been closed because there aren’t building attendants budgeted to clean the bathrooms,” said Early. “You know, that’s just not acceptable! It’s not a park experience that you want anyone to have.”
The Belle Isle Conservancy Wednesday held their 8th annual “Polish the Jewel” hat luncheon at the Belle Isle Casino. It was expected to raise nearly $300,000 for improvement projects at the 985-acre park that has been owned by the city of Detroit since 1879.
Early, who made her comments at the fundraiser, said the reality is that the city does not have the funding to put into the park and the state has access to resources the city does not — including state park endowment funds.
“We think that the park management team is incredible. The city people we work with do the best they can with the resources they’re given,” said Early. “The reality is that the General Services Department budget has been cut 76 percent!”
Detroit City Council were expected to re-address the Belle Isle issue at a meeting tentatively set for next Tuesday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:38
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) – Toledo Police may be poaching some of Detroit’s finest.
A day after their 10-percent pay cut was upheld in court, at least nine Detroit Police officers either expressed interest or applied for positions with recruiters from the Toledo Police Department.
The head of the Detroit Police Officers Association says get used to seeing this, as the better officers on the force look for better pay. And he added that he’s not going to stop them.
The union put the word about the recruiters out on their website. After the pay cut, a cop’s top salary in Detroit is $47,000 a year… that’s just three thousand more than the starting pay in Toledo.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:17
Category: Breaking News Written by myfoxdetroit
(MyFox Detroit) -
Kroger is recalling certain spinach packages sold at grocery stores in Michigan and 14 other states because they may be contaminated by a strain of Listeria.
The recall involves The Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach which were sold in 10-ounze bags and had a "best if used by" date of Sept. 16. It has a universal product code, or UPC, of 011110916495.
Kroger said if customers did buy the recalled product, they should return it to stores for a full refund or replacement.
No illnesses have been reported. Listeria can lead to severe illness for women who are pregnant or people who have a weakened immune system.
Kroger says the product was sold in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.
The recall involves Kroger stores and the following supermarkets in selected states: Jay C, Owen's, Pay Less, Scott's, Food 4 Less, Dillons, Baker's and Gerbes.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:00
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