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Violent Crime:15,245
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:344
Forcible Rape:427
Aggravated Assault:9,512
Property Crime:43,818
Larceny Theft:16,456
Motor Vehicle Theft:11,368
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Total population of residents713,777
White resident population recorded75,758
Black or African American resident population recorded590,226
American Indian and Alaska native resident population recorded2,636
Asian resident population recorded7,559
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander resident population recorded129
Hispanic or Latino of any race resident population recorded48,679
Resident population of some other race recorded21,569
Resident population of two or more races recorded15,900
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HANAN AL-NAHARDY, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/11/2011. Missing From DETROIT, MI. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Detroit Police Department (Michigan) 1-313-596-5300.
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DETROIT: Pension ‘Swaps’ Settlement is Significant Step Forward in Plan of Adjustment Process
4/11/2014 – Kevyn Orr, the Emergency Manager for the City of Detroit (“Detroit” or “the City”), said today’s approval by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes of a $85 million settlement with two banks related to interest rate ‘swaps’ arrangements made in connection with a 2005 and 2006 pension funding scheme will save Detroit’s residents and taxpayers more than $200 million. These savings will be dedicated to improving basic municipal services in Detroit such as public safety, transportation and sanitation.
Happening April 20 2014 - Source:

AT&T upgrades 4G network in Jackson, Calhoun counties for faster downloads, data sharing
The company has upgraded four mobile Internet cell sites for area residents and business, AT&T announced this week. JACKSON, MI – AT&T has enhanced its 4G service throughout Jackson and Calhoun counties, upping the speed on downloads and data-sharing for customers. The company has upgraded four mobile Internet cell sites for area residents and business, AT&T announced this week. Those living and working in Calhoun County should notice faster mobile speeds in Albion, especially along Michigan Avenue and northwest M-99, according to a news release. In Jackson County, improved service can be found in Grass Lake and surrounding areas, including along I-94, north of Greenwood Road and west of Willis Road. “Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience, and they’ll be able to download, upload, stream and game faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network,” Jim Murray, president AT&T Michigan, said in a statement. “As part of the Jackson and Calhoun communities, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is another way we’re accomplishing that.”AT&T announced in January the launch of its 4G Long Term Evolution network to the Jackson community, as well as the Battle Creek area. The company also announced plans to expand its mobile Internet coverage in the Metro Detroit area and along I-96 from Grand Rapids to Lansing. The 4G launch is part of the company’s three-year investment to expand its broadband networks and meet customer demand for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, application and cloud-based services. The AT&T network allow businesses and residents to use their 4G-enabled devices to download and share data at speeds up to 10 times faster than customers on 3G networks.
Happening April 20 2014 - Source:

Update: Decorated Bay City soldier says he's on the cusp of putting opiate addiction behind him
It's been a long four years, but through many trials and tribulations, decorated veteran Benjamin O. Green says he is almost free of his addiction to prescription painkillers and opiates and he's ready to start a new chapter in his life. BAY CITY, MI — It's been a long four years, but through many trials and tribulations, decorated veteran Benjamin O. Green says he is almost free of his addiction to prescription painkillers and opiates and he's ready to start a new chapter in his life.Green, a 30-year-old Clare native who has lived in Bay City with his wife Jennifer since 2009, served three tours in the Middle East with both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. During his service, he acquired his addiction. In January 2010, he started taking methadone six days a week at a clinic in Saginaw County's Carrollton Township, hoping to get control of, and then exorcise, his addiction. He's also a medical marijuana patient and says pot has aided him in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and some physical pain.By the end of May, Green hopes to be finally free of methadone. 'It's liberating, man,' Green said. 'I feel like I've accomplished something.'Kicking his habitAfter starting at 120 milligrams of methadone a day, Green has been titrating down 2 milligrams per week since the fall of 2012. Green is blind-dosing now, meaning he doesn't know precisely what his current dosage is, but he figures it's around 10 milligrams.'I paused a few times when I really felt a lot of withdrawal symptoms,' he said. 'I would pause for a week at a time to let me stabilize where I was at. Ever since I started on methadone over four years ago, I haven't gone back to opiates at all. It helped stabilize my life.'Methadone is synthetic opioid intended to relieve addicts of withdrawal symptoms without getting them high. It is classified as a Schedule II substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration, alongside other drugs like opium, morphine and codeine. Rather than going six times a week, Green now visits the clinic only two days a week and soon, he'll be putting the dosing behind him altogether.'When I first started going, my only goal was to not take drugs any longer,' Green said. 'Now that I've come this far, it's changed more than just the not-taking-drugs aspect of my life, the way it used to be. It's changed a lot. I have a whole different outlook.'Green enlisted in the Marines in January 2001 at age 17. He was first stationed at Camp Coyote in Kuwait from Feb. 14, 2003, through July 1, 2003. His second tour lasted from Aug. 23, 2004, through April 1, 2005, during which time he was stationed in Iraq. He was honorably discharged from the Marines at the rank of sergeant on Jan. 26, 2006.Green then enlisted in the Army in February 2007 and was deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, serving there from September 2007 through January 2008 before being honorably discharged. During his years of service, he received the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Rifle Expert Badge, the Pistol Expert Badge and a Certificate of Appreciation, his discharge paperwork shows.While with the Marines in 2002, Green developed a painful dental condition requiring the extraction of one of his front teeth. Five years later, he was plagued by severe root pain in another tooth.Military doctors prescribed Green painkillers including Tylenol 3, Vicodin and Percocet. Over time, Green developed an addiction to the substances, saying that not only did they reduce the physical pain, but also numbed him to his post-traumatic stress disorder and nightmares.Three days before Green left the Army, a dentist pulled his second tooth and ended the flow of painkillers. Back in Michigan, he obtained medication and mood stabilizers from a Veterans Administration hospital, and he eventually turned to buying pills on the street.In an effort to get clean, Green turned to methadone to wean himself from the prescription pill addiction. For two years, though, he faced a conundrum — he could pay $80 per week out of pocket to obtain methadone from the Carrollton Township clinic or drive to a Veterans Administration hospital in Detroit six times a week to get his dosage for free. For income, Green receives $3,100 per month from the military.In October 2012, little more than a month after a series of MLive articles were published documenting his plight, Green received a check for $9,550 from the VA, reimbursing him for the funds he personally spent for his methadone treatments. They VA also started paying 100 percent of his continued visits to the Carrollton Township clinic. Though it's taken four years for him to get this far and he expected to have kicked methadone in just one year, Green said the value he's gleaned from the experience is incalculable.'I realized that I can't heal my body without healing my mind first,' he said. 'The changes are not overnight; they take a long time. You have to change your entire life. I'm not gonna stand here and say that I've been drug free, because obviously methadone is an opiate, but it's been an opiate that I've only needed to take one time a day, and in not having to take drugs all the time on a regimen, I learned to not think about it.'Dealing with PTSDGreen says he also largely has his post-traumatic stress disorder — or PTSD — under control, something he attributes to medical marijuana, which he began using in March 2011. He grows his own plants and is also a caregiver, providing for three patients.'I didn't expect it to be what it is,' he said. 'What it's done is let me have more good days than bad days, psychologically. And then eventually, when you have enough good days, you start measuring them as good weeks. It's safe, and there's no side effects. I've taken a whole different outlook on life since I've been introduced to it. I like my life now. Before, I wanted to die.'Before using medical marijuana, Green was on a multitude of prescribed medications for his mental health and physical pain. Now, he's off of those as well, he said.'With pot, I could go out and talk to people and not be afraid. I didn't always look at shadows. In doing that, I've become a better husband, a better parent, to be able to have patience and not just be a zombie like the psychological medications, the pharmaceuticals, I would take. It would numb me to the point that I wouldn't feel anything. I wouldn't even feel happiness. I feel finding that happiness is the key to beating a life-changing event, like beating addiction. It's not just a habit change, it's a life change.'Some are not of convinced marijuana is all that better an alternative to methadone, though.“I am not a real advocate for medical marijuana,” said Goldie Wood, director of the Neighborhood Resource Center, a Bay City nonprofit dedicated to providing substance abuse prevention services, education, early intervention and programming. “My beliefs are there are alternatives. However, it does help a very small percentage of people who have cards for legitimate reasons. 'I think he’s going down a very slippery slope, because it depends on how much he’s using, how frequent, and the grade. He could become very addicted to marijuana and just switch drugs and marijuana use can be just as devastating as other drug use and cause consequences in his life. I’m hoping that he is under a doctor’s care and a mental health worker is helping him with his PTSD.”According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research indicates about 9 percent of marijuana users become dependent on it. The same source indicates about 23 percent of those who use heroin become addicted. Those figures come from a 1994 study led by epidemiologist Dr. James Anthony, in which he and his colleagues surveyed 8,098 people between the ages of 15 and 54 on their use of various substances. In addition to the figures on marijuana and heroin dependence listed above, the results indicated the following percentage of users became addicted to specific drugs — 15 percent to alcohol, 17 percent to cocaine and 32 percent to nicotine. Also, a study by Yu-Wei Luke Chu of Michigan State University, published in May 2013, concluded that since medical marijuana laws have been enacted, treatment for heroin addiction has decreased by 20 percent while marijuana use has increased by the same amount, challenging the notion that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder substances. Green himself stressed that medical marijuana is not a cure for PTSD, but it helps him significantly.'I still have bad days now and again,' he said. 'I still have nightmares. I still have panic attacks. But I can use cannabis and it puts it in perspective.'Ready for next chapterGreen's path to getting off methadone has not been without its hiccups, though.In October 2013, the VA ceased paying for the dosages, which he believes occurred because he did not get clean within one year. After the new year, he received a letter from the VA notifying him they had canceled his payments, though he accrued about $700 in debt to the clinic since October. While Green must pay that debt himself, Access Alliance of Michigan, a division of Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health, stepped in and began paying for his dosages until his completion. Staff at Access Alliance declined to comment on the matter. That bump in the road and intervention on Access Alliance's part aside, Green says he's optimistic about the future with his wife and his four daughters, ages 19 months and 4, 7, and 9 years old. As an example of how much his predicament has changed, Green said in December his wife had back surgery and thereafter, he administered her pain medication as she was laid up at home for a time. At one point, he placed one of her pills between his teeth so he could free his hands to grab something. He then removed the pill and gave it to his wife, without a thought of ingesting it himself.'That confirmed for me that I made the right choice in coming down,' he said. 'Pretty much all it is for me now is a medical process. I'm ready to start this new chapter in my life.'Jennifer Green is weeks away from graduating from Davenport University with a master's degree in accouonting, Benjamin Green said.'(My wife and I) are both real excited in taking this next step.'
Happening April 19 2014 - Source:

(UPDATED) Taylor woman arraigned on charges of robbing eight banks
DETROIT — A 44-year-old Taylor woman was arraigned Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court on charges of bank robbery in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and three Downriver communities.
Happening April 18 2014 - Source:

New University of Michigan-Flint chancellor hopes to see partnership between community, university
University of Michigan-Flint's new chancellor is ready to embrace Flint's college town aspiration and see the university and the community flourish. The eight-member University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the appointment of Susan Borrego during a public meeting Thursday and UM-Flint eighth leader starting Aug. 1. Susan BorregoFLINT, MI – University of Michigan-Flint's new chancellor says she is ready to embrace Flint's college town aspiration and see the university and the community flourish. The eight-member University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the appointment of Susan Borrego during a public meeting Thursday. UM-Flint's eighth leader starts Aug. 1. 'I think I would like to see the partnerships, the exchange between the community and the university, continue to get richer,' Borrego said. 'I would like to see a vibrant downtown that is really college town oriented. Those two things (are important). I would like to make certain that the faculty have the resources to continue the great work they are doing between service learning and community-based research and work with student groups in the community. 'I would like to see a place where the constituents of Flint and the university felt like they were being well served.' Borrego, currently serving as vice president for enrollment management, planning, and student affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, was one of three finalists that visited the Flint campus in February. University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman recommended Monday that Borrego be approved as the chancellor. 'There were certainly a lot of strong qualities that she brought to the position,' said Susan Gano-Phillips, chairwoman of the chancellor search committee and interim associate dean in the college of arts and sciences at UM-Flint. 'The most standout (qualities) are her ability to form partnerships and collaborate with others to promote student success.' UM-Flint Chancellor Ruth Person announced last January that she is stepping down in August. She will be returning to the faculty in the School of Management in January 2015.Person's salary was set at $273,255. Borrego's incoming salary will be $300,000, according to a UM-Flint spokeswoman.  Borrego will be one of three new leaders in the Flint college scene, all coming in around the same time. Baker College President Julianne Princinsky will retire Aug. 31. Her replacement, Wendy Hemingway, was named the next president in December and has been on board at Baker since Jan. 2 as chief operating officer during the transition. Mott Community College President Richard Shaink announced his retirement in January and will leave his position in about six months. The presidential search committee is in the process of narrowing down candidates. The hope is to have a replacement chosen by Aug. 1. 'It's been an honor to serve as chancellor at the University of Michigan-Flint for the past six years. I have enjoyed my time here and have met many wonderful colleagues and supporters of the campus,' said Person in a written statement. 'This is an extraordinary time for the higher education community in Flint and the surrounding area, with changes in leadership not only at UM-Flint, but at Mott Community College, Baker College of Flint and Kettering University.  I look forward to assisting in the transition as the campus welcomes Dr. Borrego.' Where being a new leader among other new leaders can be a challenge, Borrego said it can also be a good opportunity for the new leaders to learn and grow together. It's always nice to relay on the history and experience of veteran leaders, but Borrego said she's excited to see what the future will hold. 'I think there's a positive new synergy between the leaders. It's not the first time I've been part of a new team,' Borrego said. 'I think the people who've been there have also had good ideas and I also think it's a good opportunity to come in at the same time.' Borrego, 55, said she didn't plan on coming back to Michigan but when she saw the job description and learned more about what was going on at the university and in Flint, she felt like it was a good fit. 'I think that there's a strong institution situated in a community where the work of the university matters,' Borrego said, adding that you don't often get that. '(The community and university) are so interdependent. I think that's what a regional comprehensive university is at its core.' Borrego said she is looking forward to learning more about all the community groups and organizations and becoming part of the environment. She plans to move to the area in July and jump right into getting to the know the university community as well as the Flint community as a whole. 'I think the first thing is listen, listen, listen,' Borrego said. 'I have several weeks to ask for some briefings. I think when I hit the ground first I will have a lot of meetings with constituents. There's great work going in in the university.' She wants to make sure that great work continues and that she helps promote positive stories going on in Flint. 'I want the other stories to come up also about all the good things going on,' she said. Nakshidil Sadien, newly elected UM-Flint Student Government president, said there is a lot that students are hoping for from the new chancellor. 'But first and foremost ... really just promoting student centeredness and focusing on students creating an interaction and bond of students and correctly addressing needs of students,' said Sadien, a 22-year-old international student. Sadien said Borrego simply making herself more available around campus, going to events and walking around campus will make a difference. And Sadien said it seems like that is something Borrego already plans on doing. 'I'm personally extremely excited about her appointment. Creating more inclusive learning environments, I would love to see,' Sadien said. 'Our campus is extremely diverse, but the work she has done in regards to addressing students' needs in terms of background and social economic status is something that hasn't been done in the past. With her background in that she can definitely push initiatives that will help and promote improvement in students' time here at the university.' Throughout her extensive career in higher education, Borrego, has been credited as a leader in the areas of enrollment management, diversity, marketing and student affairs. In her most recent role at California State University, Dominguez Hill, Borrego led the campus through a variety of initiatives that strengthened the campus. She was an integral part of developing a new strategic plan, rebranding and marketing the university, as well as developing and implementing a strategic enrollment plan, according to a press release. Borrego also was charged with oversight of student affairs and intercollegiate athletics, and coordinated the development of a veterans' services office for the campus. Raised in Detroit, Borrego received her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and communication from Northwest Nazarene College. She went on to achieve a Master of arts in social science: Student Development from Azusa Pacific University, and her Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate School. Being from Michigan definitely doesn't hurt, Gano-Phillips said. It will help Borrego to better understand the culture. 'The campus that she comes from is an urban campus so she understands some of the issue of an urban life and the challenges that presents,' Gano-Phillips said. Borrego said she's excited for this new opportunity and learn more about the community. She's interested in learning more the Crim Festival of Races coming up in August, the transition of the Flint Farmers Market to downtown and seeing what there is to see in Flint. She also understands the challenges of an area like Flint, she said. 'I mostly have worked at places with challenges. I'm not naïve. But I do believe challenges bring opportunity,' Borrego said. She wants to be able to continue a partnership between the university and the local schools but also make sure there's a balance of drawing in students from other areas. Sitting down with leaders about the strategic plan will also be an important first step, along with learning what the university's capacity for enrollment is and how to best utilize resources. Gano-Phillips said Borrego will help UM-Flint move forward in a positive way. Borrego listens and communicates well with others to engage with the campus and the community where she's worked and sees successful results for students, Gano-Phillips said. 'Her history suggests to us that she has the strong collaborative skills and finds ways to work with others to benefit all and I think that will benefit the education community and the Flint area as a whole,' she said. 'I think people found her very approachable very down to earth and open (when she visited the Flint campus). She had a very high energy level and very passionate about her work to promote student learning 'If we were to sum it up in one word ... enthusiastic would be the word I would use.'
Happening April 18 2014 - Source:

By the numbers: A look at some of the figures associated with Flint water switch
So what happens if there's an environmental disaster on the Flint River? Read more to find out how the city would get its water. FLINT, MI – When the valve to allow the Flint River to flow into the city’s water treatment plant opened on Thursday, April 17, it was marked as a historic day by city officials.That valve isn’t expected to close until sometime in 2016 when the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline from Lake Huron to Genesee County is complete.Flint plans to use river water as its primary drinking water source during that time, ending a nearly 50-year relationship of buying treated water from Detroit.The public also had an opportunity to ask questions on Thursday about the switch and discus a rate study from a consultant hired by Emergency Manager Darnell Earley that suggested increasing water and sewer rates.Here is a look at some numbers associated with Flint’s water system:$200 million: That’s how much Finance Director Jerry Ambrose said it will cost the city to complete all the needed infrastructure upgrades needed to Flint’s aging water and sewer system.250: That’s about how many water main breaks so far this year. The city only has two repair crews to fix the breaks because of budget constraints. There have been seven breaks on the Genesee County-controlled water system, according to Deputy Drain Commissioner John O’Brien.8: That’s how many new workers will start work at the city’s water treatment plant on Monday, April 21.12 million: That’s how many gallons of water the city will use per day from the river. 7 billion: That’s how much water is available as a backup at the Holloway Reservoir. If there was an environmental mishap or an issue that could contaminate the Flint River, city officials said they’d close the river intake valve at the water plant and use the reservoir.300:  That’s the parts per million level for the hardness of Flint River water. The World Health Organization defines water hardness as its ability to react with soap into a lather. Utilities Director Daughtery Johnson said there is no drinking water standard for hardness. Flint will soften the river water to 150 PPM – 50 PPM more than the hardness of Detroit water.Dominic Adams is a reporter for The Flint Journal. Contact him at or 810-241-8803. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
Happening April 18 2014 - Source:

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April 19 2014 - Source:

Alleged getaway driver killed after Detroit home invasion identified as Robert King, 29, of Detroit
A gunfight ensued after two men broke into a home on Glastonbury in Detroit shortly after midnight Thursday. DETROIT, MI -- A gunfight ensued after two men broke into a home on Glastonbury in Detroit shortly after midnight Thursday. The exchange continued outside the home and a getaway driver was shot. He crashed the car into a nearby home and died. Two other men fled on foot. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy the identified the man as 29-year-old Robert King of Detroit. He died of a gunshot to the chest and on Friday was identified by his uncle and father. Police say they are treating the shooting as a homicide at this time and the investigation will be forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office upon completion. The homeowner who killed King was questioned and released. 'What we have is two suspects who had broken into a home at that location' through a side window, Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said Thursday. They were 'walking though the house and the homeowner and a brother were in the basement playing video games' and 'heard the people inside the home. 'There was some sort of confrontation inside the home and the homeowner fired rounds at the suspects.' Woody said the suspects found themselves trapped inside the house blocked by a locked security door, which they kicked down to escape. The homeowner followed the suspects outside and saw them heading for a getaway vehicle parked in the driveway. Woody says one of the suspects fired at the homeowner as he entered the vehicle. The homeowner returned fire striking the driver, who at the time was reversing, which caused him to driver straight back over the median and into the neighboring house. According to information provided to MLive Detroit by the Detroit Police Department last week, the city has recorded 10 justifiable shootings that resulted in the deaths of eight suspected criminals this year.
April 18 2014 - Source:

Dearborn Heights doctor convicted of illegally prescribing 3.7 million pain pills in two years
The Centers for disease control says pain killers like OxyContin are responsible for more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. DETROIT, MI -- The Centers for disease control says pain killers like OxyContin are responsible for more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. Although pills are sold illegally on the streets, a single 80 mg OxyContin pill fetching up to $80 according to law enforcement, the main suppliers are doctors. Dr. Basil Qandil of Dearborn Heights is one of these prescription pill drug kingpins, the U.S. Attorneys Office says. He's been convicted after a two-week trial of 34 federal crimes in connection with his issuance of 3.7 million 'dosage units' between 2011 and 2013. 'He wrote unlawful prescriptions for narcotic drugs including Oxycodone and Vicodin, which were resold on the street market or used by addicted patients,' the office says. In addition to prescribing highly addictive opiod pain pills, which affect the brain in a way similar to heroin, with only 'cursory' or no examination at all, the U.S. Attorneys Office says Qandil committed Medicare fraud. He conducted unnecessary pulmonary exams for which he then billed Medicare, reaping nearly $1.5 million that he stashed in an Amman, Jordan bank account. “Diversion of prescription drugs causes significant harm,' U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said in a prepared statement Friday. 'The number of fatal overdoses from prescription drugs in the United States last year was more than six times the number of fatal overdoses from all other illegal drugs combined.”
April 18 2014 - Source:

Edgar, dog abandoned in and rescued from garbage can in Detroit, finds a new home
Edgar, as he was named after being rescued, might have died inside the garbage can someone trapped him in had a passerby not heard his whimpers. DETROIT, MI -- Edgar, the name provided him after the rescue, might have died inside the garbage can someone trapped him in had a passerby not heard his whimpers. Now the Michigan Humane Society in Detroit says Edgar, who was treated for urine burns and an upper respiratory infection, has recovered and found a new home. He found a 'forever home' on Wednesday, the Michigan Humane Society says. A man walking his own dog about 11 a.m. on March 9 discovered the 4-year-old Maltese-mix after hearing it whimper from within a trashcan in a Detroit alley. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the ID and conviction of the person or persons responsible for putting the dog in the trashcan. Anyone with information potentially useful in the investigation may call the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Hotline, 313-872-3401. 'The MHS rescue driver found that Edgar had the handle of a bag twisted around his neck and was covered in severe urine burns,' the Humane Society said in a statement after Edga's rescue. 'It appears that Edgar had been confined at another location for a long time before being put in the garbage can.'
April 18 2014 - Source:

Man accused of knocking out, driving over repeatedly and killing Eric L. Miles at Detroit gas stati
What began as a fight about 2:30 p.m. on April 5 at a Valero gas station in Detroit ended in death, Wayne County prosecutors say. DETROIT, MI -- What began as a fight about 2:30 p.m. on April 5 at a Valero gas station in Detroit ended in death, Wayne County prosecutors say. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Friday charged 24-year-old Napoleon Turner III with first-degree murder in the killing of 39-year-old Eric L. Miles of Detroit. 'It is alleged that Turner knocked Miles down and while he laid motionless on the ground Turner ran over him in a car,' the Prosecutor's Office said. 'Once he struck Miles with the car it is alleged that Turner backed the car up and then pulled forward striking Miles again before driving away from the scene.' Turner is expected to be arraigned today.
April 18 2014 - Source:

Police Chief James Craig: 'The things I've seen in Detroit I have not seen in other places'
Detroit Police Chief James Craig, on a day when another citizen -- it appears -- shot and killed a criminal in the act of breaking into their home, addressed criticism that his support for armed citizens constitutes advocacy of vigilantism. DETROIT, MI -- Detroit Police Chief James Craig, on a day when another citizen -- it appears -- shot and killed a criminal in the act of breaking into their home, addressed criticism that his support for armed citizens constitutes advocacy of vigilantism. One of his critics, Ron Scott, founder of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, didn't like the use of Craig's language identifying 'good' versus 'bad' citizens, which he believes creates unnecessary divisiveness. Scott also condemned what he believes are situations in which police come to conclusions of self-defense prematurely and publicly before completion of a full investigation. Detroit police on Thursday said a homeowner exchanged gunfire with three individuals who tried to break into his home. A getaway driver was fatally shot. As of last week, based on information provided to MLive by the Detroit Police Department, Police have recorded 10 justifiable shootings resulting in the deaths of eight suspected criminals. Craig addressed some of the criticism he's heard at Thursday's Detroit Police Commission meeting: Last week, the issue of vigilantism, as I've publicly said and I'll say it again: I do not promote vigilantism. In fact, I vehemently object, It's cowardly. Vigilantism is self-appointed law enforcement. They're not authorized to engage in law enforcement activities and when they do engage in that they should be punished. However, I do support the Constitution of this United States. I didn't write the laws or write the Second Amendment but I happen to be an advocate of self defense. Self defense when someone's faced with imminent, the emphasis on imminent threat to their life or someone else, they have the right to protect one's self. My critics have taken my words out of context ... this is in now way saying the police can't do their jobs. Realistically police officers, I don't care what city in American, cannot be on at every corner at every moment of the day. And when an individual, a community member, is faced with a threat, they sometimes have to react to that threat ... The whole business of good Americans, good Detroiters, I think there are many more good Detroiters than bad Detroiters, and I'll give you an example, the 19-year-old young man who was fatally killed last week ... by gang members. I describe them as cowards, they're violent and they are not good Detroiters. It's just that simple. I make no apologies for that statement ... My position is based on 37 years of experience ... The things I've seen here in Detroit I've not seen in other places. There is certainly a culture of violence that many Detroiter have become numb to or desensitized to. I'll give you a great example: An elderly woman, 70 years old at home, home invasion, suspect comes in and the suspect beats her with a 2-by-4. Hr robs her of $70 and then he continues to beat her ... These crimes in other places would create a serious outcry that this is just not acceptable and it's almost like some of this is the norm.
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