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Bipartisan Michigan bill would mandate lockable vials for opioids

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:30pm

To deter opioid abuse, Michigan lawmakers say it's time to rethink the child-resistant prescription vial.

In a Tuesday press conference, Republican and Democratic state representatives unveiled a bill requiring opioids and other Schedule II drugs to be dispensed in lockable vials. Patients would only be able to open the caps through a combination code or biometric recognition system.

The legislation mainly targets teenagers, who most commonly abuse opioids through "pilfering," or sneaking pills from a friend or relative's bottle. Under the bill, drug manufacturers would be responsible for reimbursing pharmacies for the costs of the lockable vials.

Other schedule II drugs in the state include medical marijuana, ADHD medication and morphine.

Last year, Michigan was ranked 10th for its number of opioid prescriptions per capita.

Protests planned during President Trump's rally Saturday in Michigan's Macomb County

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:21pm

Protesters of President Donald Trump are expected to gather Saturday afternoon outside a rally in Macomb County.

The rally is scheduled to be held April 28 at Total Sports Park on Powell Road in Washington Township. The event is expected to begin around the same time as the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Organizers of the "Protest Trump: No Hate In Our State" Facebook group are calling for a protest outside Total Sports Park. The group posted the following statement:

"Trump is coming to Michigan. Macomb County is once again being targeted as the GOP turning point for Michigan. We all will be showing up in demonstration that most in our state do NOT support the Trump agenda. All decent people regardless of political affiliation have reason to attend and speak out with a unifying voice: NO HATE IN OUR STATE!"

BAMN (The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary) also is organizing a protest outside the rally titled "Shut Down Trump in Michigan! Trump must resign or be removed!"

This will be the second second straight year President Trump plans to hold a rally instead of attending the Correspondents Dinner.

Instead the President will visit a county where he received 54 percent of the vote in the 2016 General Election. Macomb County helped him become the first Republican presidential candidate to win in the state of Michigan since 1988.

During a rally in Warren on Oct. 31, 2016, Trump declared he would win in Michigan as he campaigned against Obamacare. He promised changes to the national healthcare law.

"We are going to win back the White House. Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing Obamacare," he said. "It's just been announced that Michigan residents are going to experience a massive double-digit premium hike in Obamacare."

The rally was held at the Macomb Community College campus in Warren. Several thousand people attended. Hundreds were turned away at the door because the venue was filled to capacity.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

I-696 construction: Westbound closure to start Friday, April 27

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:10pm

A $90 million construction project will shut down westbound I-696 between I-94 and I-75.

That stretch of the interstate will be closed to traffic beginning 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced last week. The closure will start with closing eastbound and westbound I-94 ramps to westbound I-696.

"The closure will take the better part of that night and into Saturday morning, and will be fully closed by Saturday at 5 a.m.," said MDOT project manager Alan Ostrowski.

MDOT called this construction project a "total rebuild." Crews have been prepping the freeway for closure. Work that started Monday did not involve a freeway closure.

WB I-696 won't reopen until November

Once closed, westbound I-696 is not expected to reopen until November. MDOT already was busy this year making emergency repairs to potholes on eastbound I-696.

"We had to make sure eastbound could last until late July," said MDOT's Diane Cross. "That's why we weren't really doing pothole filling on the westbound side ... again, eastbound will always be able to go east even when we rebuild the westbound first, then we switch the eastbound traffic onto this new concrete -- westbound always closed, eastbound always open."

That means eastbound traffic won't stop, but it will technically be traveling on the "westbound" side of the interstate at one point.

I-696 construction details

MDOT first announced the massive interstate construction project in October, saying due to poor condition the freeway must undergo concrete replacement on this stretch in Macomb County. Some bridges over I-696 will undergo maintenance work, too.

MDOT said this project, nicknamed "Restore the Reuther," must be completed while funding remains available and before the nearby I-75 modernization project gets underway. The transportation department fears a delay in action would push the start of this I-696 construction project to 2024.

According to MDOT, I-696 carries about 150,000 vehicles a day through Macomb County.

In Macomb County, $78 million will be invested to remove and replace all the concrete on both eastbound and westbound I-696 from I-94 to I-75. Only westbound I-696 will be closed (from I-94 to I-75), with traffic detoured throughout the entire project. Eastbound I-696 traffic will always have access, although traffic will be shifted throughout the project. The closing of one direction of the freeway will provide a safer work zone for construction crews and drivers.

In Oakland County, $12 million will be invested to perform major maintenance, with pavement and joint repairs and drainage improvements.

This map shows the project plans:

How this affects drivers

For starters, forget traveling on westbound I-696 between I-94 and I-75 this summer. The suggested freeway detour for westbound I-94 traffic which normally would merge onto westbound I-696 is for traffic to remain on westbound I-94 until reaching I-75 in Detroit. Then drivers can travel northbound on I-75 until it hooks up with westbound I-696.

Eastbound I-696 will remain open between I-75 and I-94 for the duration of construction.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

President Trump set to speak at rally Saturday night in Michigan's Macomb County

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:55pm

President Donald Trump is set to speak at a rally Saturday night in Washington Township.

The rally is scheduled to be held April 28 at Total Sports Park on Powell Road. The event is expected to begin around the same time as the White House Correspondents Dinner.

TIME: 7 p.m.
WATCH: ClickOnDetroit plans to stream it live here

This will be the second second straight year President Trump plans to hold a rally instead of attending the Correspondents Dinner.

RELATED: Protests planned during President Trump's rally Saturday in Michigan

Instead the President will visit a county where he received 54 percent of the vote in the 2016 General Election. Macomb County helped him become the first Republican presidential candidate to win in the state of Michigan since 1988.

During a rally in Warren on Oct. 31, 2016, Trump declared he would win in Michigan as he campaigned against Obamacare. He promised changes to the national healthcare law.

"We are going to win back the White House. Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing Obamacare," he said. "It's just been announced that Michigan residents are going to experience a massive double-digit premium hike in Obamacare."

The rally was held at the Macomb Community College campus in Warren. Several thousand people attended. Hundreds were turned away at the door because the venue was filled to capacity.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

Michigan Legislature bans sale of 'whip-its' to minors

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:37pm

Kids hoping to get high off laughing gas would have a harder time under a bill that is headed toward Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

The Michigan Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to prohibit the sale or distribution of devices intended to hold nitrous oxide to minors. Commonly known by the street name "whip-its," these containers have surged in popularity due to the temporary buzz produced from inhaling the gas.

Those who fail to adhere to the sales ban would face a maximum $500 civil fine under the House-sponsored bills.

The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police testified in support of the bills, citing abuse of laughing gas as the root of multiple injuries and at least one death in the state.

1920s Ann Arbor Hills Tudor listed for $1.3 million

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:12pm

This five-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home at 2023 Seneca-Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, is on the market for $1,300,000.

The property is also available to purchase with an additional lot for $1,600,000.

Set in a prime location, this gorgeous property still has many of its original features, adding to the character of the home.


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Listing: Anne Harlow, Reinhart Realtors

This grand Ann Arbor Hills Tudor home was built in 1924. It's been lovingly cared for and updated to provide functional flow and utility while preserving original style. Feel the grace and elegance as you enter the spacious foyer with barreled ceiling. Delight in the brightness of this home as you take in the natural light through its exquisite windows. This home of distinction showcases rarely-seen fixtures and moldings, railings and doors, built-ins and other features that are nothing short of enchanting. One-year HMS Home Warranty provided by seller.

See the full listing here.

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For more information, contact Anne Harlow at 734-846-0316.

Do you know of another interesting home for sale in Ann Arbor? Send an email to Hot Props at allaboutannarbor@wdiv.com.

Semi trucks line up under I-696 overpass after man threatens to jump

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:00am

All eastbound and westbound lanes of I-696 are back open at Woodward following a police situation.

The closures began shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday and lasted several hours.

Michigan State Police said a suicidal man was threatening to jump. A photo shows several semi trucks lined up under the overpass to prevent the man from injuring himself.

"This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to serve the public. But also in that photo is a man struggling with the decision to take his own life. Please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255," MSP tweeted.

This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to serve the public. But also in that photo is a man struggling with the decision to take his own life. Please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. pic.twitter.com/RBAlCIXT1o

-- MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) April 24, 2018

Rochester Hills man accused of firing shotgun at teen asking for directions due in court

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:51am

A Rochester Hills man is due in court Tuesday for a probably cause conference in connection with accusations that he chased a 14-year-old boy away from his porch and fired a shotgun toward him after the teen knocked on his door to ask for directions to school.

Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, is charged with assault with intent to murder and felony firearms violations.

Deputies responded about 8:20 a.m. Thursday to the home in the 2200 block of South Christian Hills Drive after a caller said someone was trying to break into her home.

"The caller reported that a black male was trying to break into her house and her husband chased after him into the yard. Upon deputies' arrival, it was determined that the husband chased after the male with a 12 gauge shotgun and fired a round toward the fleeing male. No injuries were reported," reads a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are reviewing home security cameras as they investigate the shooting.

Court records show Zeigler was charged with felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, aiming without malice and felony firearms in 2006. He was found guilty of three counts of aiming without malice and sentenced to one year of probation.

"There's a lot more to this story than what is being told and I believe that will all come out in court," Zeigler said at the arraignment. "I was in bed yesterday morning when my wife started screaming and crying…"

The judge interrupted Zeigler so he wouldn't inadvertently incriminate himself.

Zeigler is a retired Detroit firefighter. He was given a $50,000 bond, no 10 percent, and will have to wear a GPS tether upon release.

A preliminary exam is scheduled for May 1.

Teen says he got lost on walk to school

Brennan Walker, 14, said he woke up late Thursday morning and missed the school bus. He decided to walk to Rochester High School instead. However, he started to lose his way and needed help.

Brennan knocked on the door to a house on South Christian Hills Drive to ask for directions.

"I knocked on the door, stepped back, knocked, stepped back, and then a lady came downstairs yelling at me," he said. "She asked me, 'Why are you trying to break into my house?' and I told her I was just looking for directions to Rochester High," he said.

Then a man came downstairs armed with a gun and Brennan started running.

"I turned back and I saw him aiming at me," said Brennan.

Police said the man had the safety on the gun at first, but then he took aim a second time.

"I was running away ... I was trying to run away faster and I heard a gunshot," said Brennan.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard believes there is no way to justify what happened.

"That's just completely unacceptable on every level. I don't know how you would justify it, but it certainly doesn't pass the muster," said Bouchard.

Brennan's mother, Lisa Wright, wants the man to face serious charges.

"I want to see this pushed to the fullest extent. It definitely was a hate crime," she said.

Watch an interview with Brennan and his mother here:

Teen didn't have cellphone

Brennan did not have a cellphone at the time because he was on punishment. His mother took the phone. His mother works the overnight shift and doesn't get off until 8 a.m. So Brennan is responsible for getting on the bus each morning.

He actually went to two houses to ask for directions. He was trying to find a short cut to get to school and went through nearby neighborhoods after getting lost. He went to one house first and was given directions by a homeowner, but got lost again. It was the second house he went to where the man met him with the gun.

Mayor sickened by initial reports

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"Over the last 24 hours I've been working with the leadership of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and Rochester Community Schools and have been kept apprised of the terrible incident which occurred yesterday in one of our neighborhoods. While the City cannot officially comment on matters under investigation, I am personally sickened by the initial reports and they suggest behavior completely unacceptable and inconsistent with the character and values of our community. Our city has a strong and unwavering policy when it comes to acts of hatred. The key excerpt of that policy is referenced below and I've asked for it to be placed prominently on the City website as well. We stand by this position wholeheartedly and look forward to justice in this case."

Statement from NAACP

Here is a statement from the NAACP about the incident:

"50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. diagnosed for the nation its most dangerous and deadly spiritual ulcer. Yet today, there are still too many in our communities who have failed to heed his prescription to see our character because they are too blinded by our color.

"America still suffers from an illness rooted in an assumption fueled by a false perception and sustained by our racial condition. The recent shooting at 14-year old Brennan Walker, at a home in Rochester Hills, while simply trying to find his way to school, by a white homeowner, is another case-in-point. According to young Mr. Walker, after he knocked on the door for directions, he stepped back, a lady came to the door and started yelling, "Why are you trying to break into my house?" He indicated he was simply asking for directions. Herein lies the assumption. He is a black youth, at a white door, in a suburban neighborhood, therefore he must be trying to break in. Immediate reaction: grab your gun, shoot first, ask questions later.

"The perception for many is very simply, if you see one of them - Philando Castile, Stephon Clark, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others - they must be up to no good so shoot. It is sustained, as evidenced by recent studies reflecting patterns and practices, as reported in the New York Times special article When Black Children Are Targeted for Punishment by Derrick Darby and John L. Rury, dated September 25, 2017. In a study from the Arkansas school system, the state ranks 13th in the out-of-school suspension gap between black and white students. In the 2012 school year, black students were suspended five times as often as whites with little having changed as of today. The same report finds several northern states including Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin that rank above Arkansas in the white and black suspension gap. The Department of Education reports that black students nationally were three times more likely to be suspended than whites in 2012. These suspensions occur most often in secondary schools, but black children were more than twice as likely to be suspended from preschools as well.

"Harsher discipline for blacks is not a southern or state level problem. It is a national crisis. These issues regarding racial differences in conduct and character have long and tragic histories in America. In 1891, the southern educator J.L.M. Curry proclaimed that "blacks displayed a lack of self-restraint and didn't obey moral law." Today, these views are maintained by some in policing, from various police departments. They are not willing to prosecute illegal or abusive behavior. Too many have refused to make cultural changes within their own departments.

"Very often, black youth are viewed as adults with threatening or deadly behavior. It makes it easy then for one to justify taking them down, shooting them, or treating elementary school children, in some cases, as one might treat an adult. It is a blatant disregard for the personhood of the individual. It provides an excuse for some to be judge, jury, and executioner without any thoughtful or careful analysis. These are perceptions that are enhanced by some in leadership who often pit one group against the other. They are inspired by leaders who identify certain groups of people as rapists, murderers, terrorists and less than human. It is often exacerbated when the leader of the nation describes certain people of color, blacks in particular, as not wanting to go back to their huts and shacks and coming from "shithole countries." These racist attitudes sustain and give permission for shooting down black youth with impunity, after all, who really cares.

"These assumptions and attitudes are further magnified in a report by Badger, Miller, Pearce, and Quealy, dated March 14, 2018, entitled Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism of Black Boys. The study reflects the great gap between black boys raised in America, even in families living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods. These young boys, later as men, still earn less in adulthood than white boys in a study that traces the lives of millions of children. According to Dr. Ibram Kendi, a Professor and Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University, "One of the most popular, liberal, post-racial ideas is the idea that the fundamental problem is class and not race, and clearly this study explodes this idea. But, for whatever reason we are unwilling to stare racism in the face." Again, these issues continue to be fed and nurtured quite consistently in the response to black life by many in our society.

"We must be very clear. Whether or not it was Brennan Walker, age 14, knocking on the door in the daylight in Rochester asking for help, he was still shot at for his efforts. In case you forgot, Renisha McBride, age 19, was shot in the face at midnight and killed in Dearborn Heights as she asked for help for her efforts. Until our society has a heart and a head transformation, we will continue to see not our God given humanity but our contagious racial insanity. Face it America, we have a problem. It's called racism. Until we own it, we cannot cure it. What are you going to do about it?"

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

A Rochester Hills man on Thursday shot at a teenager who was knocking on his door to ask for directions.

Toronto van attack: Suspect faces 10 counts of murder, 13 counts of attempted murder

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:29am

A 25-year-old man faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder after a van plowed into a crowd of pedestrians Monday in Toronto.

Alek Minassian is accused of driving 50 mph down the sidewalk on Yonge Street before police caught up to him blocks away. Officials said 10 people were killed and 15 were injured in the attack Monday afternoon.

A mile-long stretch of Yonge Street remains covered in police barricades and crime scene tape as police continue to investigate. It is considered an active crime scene.

The deadly van attack in Toronto is not being considered a national security issue by Canadian officials. Officials do believe this was an intentional attack by the driver on pedestrians. That still leaves the door open for terrorism but officials are not convinced about a motive.

As he was taken into custody, Minassian asked officers to shoot him, pretending to pull out a gun, police said. Toronto officers didn't shoot him, and he is in custody. Minassian did not have a gun.

Toronto busy on first spring-like day

The weather in Toronto is just starting to break away from winter and enter warmer temperatures. Monday was a pleasant spring day with even unseasonably warm temperatures. Pedestrians packed the city's streets, and Yonge Street was especially busy at the time of the attack.

Minassian took advantage of the busy sidewalks and intentionally drove the van over a curb and into the pedestrians, authorities said. Video of his arrest shows him begging police officers to kill him.

Minassian appeared in court Tuesday morning. He is charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 attempted murder charges. He needs time to obtain attorney and is being held in jail.

More about suspect

Minassian lives just a few short miles from the crime scene. He goes to school nearby. His family is Armenian.

Police said there is no sense that Minassian was radicalized in any way. What they do say is he is socially awkward.

Officials know he was researching and chatting online about the Isla Vista massacre. Elliot Rodger killed six and injured 14 in a drive-by shooting and vehicle ramming attack near the UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista, California in 2014.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

Mara MacDonald reports from Toronto.

Man shot while playing basketball at Adams-Butzel Recreation Complex on Detroit's west side

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:02am

A 28-year-old man was shot Monday night at a recreation center in Detroit.

The shooting happened at about 9 p.m. at the Adams-Butzel Recreation Complex.

Police said the victim was playing basketball and shots were fired.

The man was listed in temporary serious condition.

No other information was made available.

Stay with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit for updates.

VIEW HERE: Wayne County road construction projects planned for 2018 season

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:50am

Wayne County's Department of Public Services announced Tuesday its list of capital improvement road projects for the 2018 season.

The county will start 32 road construction projects and conduct 34 maintenance projects covering primary and local roads, totaling just less than $60 million.

That's up from the $30 million the county planned to spend last year.

Major work outlined includes:

Resurfacing of West Outer Drive in Detroit from McNichols to Schaefer Resurfacing on Warren Road at Beck and Canton Center Concrete pavement reconstruction job at Sibley Road at Telegraph to Racho roads

The county said motorists will be alerted of each road improvement project with new stationed signage and the full list on the Wayne County website.

"It's been a tough and frustrating winter, particularly for motorists. Now that temperatures are starting to warm, we are eager to get construction season projects underway to improve our roads and parks," said Beverly Watts, Wayne County Department of Public Services Director. "We will continue to work hard and maximize the dollars provided to improve our county's infrastructure."

Mowing, sweeping, tree removal

The county also will announce the heavy road maintenance projects and mowing, sweeping and tree removal schedules which are expected to begin in early May and conclude by October. The road maintenance projects are expected to impact 20 communities throughout Wayne County. The Roads Division said it will have 60 seasonal workers to support the completion of the maintenance work.

Capital improvement projects

The Wayne County Parks division will have 13 capital improvement projects this year including in Trenton's Elizabeth Park Greenway a new paved pathway, fishing platforms, ADA accessible kayak launch and shoreline restoration. Also in Hines Park at Hawthorn Ridge, a bike park is planned to serve as an extension of the recently constructed bike trails. The projects will total nearly $6 million.

Wayne County's construction season runs through the end of November.

Here's the full Wayne County Construction Season 2018 Guide:

Iconic morning radio host Tom Joyner prepares to retire, reflects on legacy

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:50am

For years, Tom Joyner was known as the "Fly Jock" because of his daily flights to do radio shows thousands of miles apart.

Now, he's preparing to retire, leaving a morning drive vacuum in urban radio.

Local 4's Paula Tutman talked to Joyner about the next chapter of his life. Watch the interview in the video player above or below.

"The Tom Joyner Morning Show" currently airs in the Detroit area on 105.9 KISS FM.

TOP STORIES Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:36am

Here are the top stories:

4 TO KNOW: Toronto: Van strikes pedestrians in Toronto, leaving 10 dead, 15 injured, police say; driver in custody. Washtenaw County: More than a dozen dogs, birds, ponies living in 'squalor' rescued from home. Weather: 70 degrees expected today, changes tomorrow. Royal Family: UK's Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy. TORONTO VAN ATTACK: Toronto: Van strikes pedestrians in Toronto, leaving 10 dead, 15 injured, police say; driver in custody. Alek Minassian: 25-year-old Toronto native accused of intentionally ramming van into pedestrians. Michigan State University: MSU kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse. George H.W. Bush: Former President in intensive care. LOCAL: Washtenaw County: More than a dozen dogs, birds, ponies living in 'squalor' rescued from home. Michigan State University: MSU kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse. Detroit: Exel Taylor due in court for charges in 3-year-old girl's shooting. Dearborn Heights: Preschool teacher's assistant accused of taping 5-year-old boy's mouth shut. Marijuana: Enough signatures collected for pot legalization, wage measures in Michigan. Detroit's West Side: 18-year-old woman shot in shoulder following argument. Weather: April showers and temps in the 50s. SUBMIT A NEWS TIP (click here)

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Toronto: Van strikes pedestrians in Toronto, leaving 10 dead, 15 injured, police say; driver in custody. Travis Reinking: Waffle House shooting suspect asks for lawyer as he's arrested. George H.W. Bush: Former President in intensive care. Hart Family: Oregon knew of abuse case against family. Google: Profit and sales surge as tax rate falls. POLITICS: George H.W. Bush: Former President in intensive care. Iran Deal: Macron faces uphill struggle to save Iran deal. Travel Ban: Supreme Court hears from all corners ahead of travel ban case. Arizona: Democrats test strength in deep-red special election. Texas: Supreme Court looks at Texas district maps. ENTERTAINMENT: Eminem: How the Detroit rapper has changed the selfie game. Dwayne Johnson: Actor is now a dad of 3 girls. Benedict Cumberbatch: Actor 'fine' shelving Weinstein-produced project. SPORTS: NHL Draft Lottery: Here are the Red Wings' draft odds. NHL: Andersen helps Maple Leafs beat Bruins 3-1 to force Game 7. Detroit Lions: The case for a running back. ALL 4 PETS: Bark at the Park: Bring your dog to Comerica Park for 2 Tigers games in 2018. Stress: Warning Signs Your Pet Is Stressed. Dog Food: Best brands on the market. Travel: How to travel with your cat.

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Ann Arbor police: Armed suspect robbed Buffalo Wild Wings on State Street

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:31am

An armed suspect robbed the Buffalo Wild Wings in Ann Arbor early Friday morning, police said.

Police said the suspect was armed with a handgun when he entered the restaurant about 2:42 a.m. He then fled the area in an unknown direction, police said. The Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 205 South State Street.

Police did not say what the man stole from the restaurant.

No injuries were reported .

The suspect was described as a black male standing between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact the Ann Arbor Police Department at 734-794-6939 or email tips@a2gov.org.

Stay with All About Ann Arbor for updates.

You can now binge full podcast on unsolved case of missing Michigan Skelton brothers

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:27am

Andrew, 9 years old, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5, disappear. The boys' father, John Skelton, is the main suspect. Almost a decade later, the mystery of what happened to the boys remains open, with their small Michigan hometown wondering - could a father have committed an unimaginable crime?

This year, Local 4 launched a podcast series to take a deep dive into the case of the missing Skelton brothers. In 12 episodes, host Jeremy Allen talks to the Skelton family, neighbors, detectives and even John Skelton himself.

The 12-episode podcast is now available for free on all major podcast platforms. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Play. If you have any information about this case call lead investigator Jeremy Brewer at (517) 636-0689.

Here's a quick look at each episode:

Episode 1 - 'Shattered' What happened to Andrew, Alexander and tanner Skelton? The 3 young boys from the small town of Morenci, Michigan. They vanished, but how?

Episode 2 - 'Irreversible' We talk to tanner, Andrew and Alexander's mother, Tanya. She tells us what happened before the boys went missing. John, the boys' father, plans an unannounced vacation, a mystery woman is introduced and the beginning of the end.

Episode 3 - 'Maze Runners' The boys are missing, and everyone is looking for them. The FBI and police are leading the charge. John Skelton, the boys' father sits in prison, holding onto the truth of what he did with the boys. Lead investigators run the maze John Skelton has placed before them.

Episode 4 - 'A family thing' A trip to Morenci was scheduled, but this time the plan was to talk with john's cousin. Once she canceled our interview, we switched gears and met with Tanya, the boys' mom, face-to-face. John Skelton claims she was abusing their children, she answers that claim.

Episode 5 - 'Me, Myself and John' years pass and John Skelton sits in prison. His claims remain the same … saying he gave his kids to a secret group, which is connected to the Amish. He remains quiet, but he did speak to WDIV back in 2011. Hear John in his own words for the first time.

Episode 6 - 'A Simpler Story' John Skelton's story that he gave Tanner, Andrew and Alexander to an underground group has been vetted, but so far police have found no evidence to support this claim. We travel into Amish country in search of more answers.

Episode 7 - 'Holiday Road' November 26, 2010 - 4:29 a.m.: John's cell phone registers with a tower in Morenci, Michigan. From there it leaves a cellular trail to the area of Holiday City, Ohio. Lead Investigator Jeremy Brewer takes us along the path John Skelton may have traveled black Friday 2010.

Episode 8 - 'Southern Discomfort' So far, Tanya, her friends and police have supplied the voices connected to this story. We've tried reaching John Skelton's family, but they've declined to speak. In this episode we travel to Jacksonville, Florida, looking for a new perspective and some clarity. What we find is surprising.

Episode 9 - 'Missoula' A major development out of Missoula, Montana. The remains of 3 children are found in a shed, the ages of those remains match the ages of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.

Episode 10 - 'Dear John' the one thing that's been clear since the beginning -- John Skelton holds the keys needed to solve this case. We sent John letters, email and phone calls and finally we set up a meeting behind prison walls. In the meantime, police bring a person named Mose in to confront John in prison. This 'Mose' guy is supposed to be the key to reuniting John and the boys.

Related: John Skelton's story challenged, but he maintains he gave away missing sons

Episode 11 - 'Inmate #812593' After a meeting inside prison, John calls us. For the first time since 2011, we hear John's voice. He answers questions about the mysterious Mose and how their meeting left him excited, but also dismayed. John also addresses internet searches found on his computer after the boys went missing. Searches related to neck breaking and poison.

Episode 12 - 'Getting to the Point' John Skelton called back. This time the questions were tougher and more direct. This might be our last shot with him! For the first time John reveals he made mistakes. He says he would change the past if he could and he also revealed, he still loves his ex-wife Tanya. The woman he was trying to keep his kids away from.

Key Figures

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton - Brothers who disappeared from their home in Morenci, Mich. on Nov. 26, 2010.

Tanya Zuvers - Mother of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner

John Skelton - Father of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner. He's serving prison time for unlawful imprisonment of the boys

Jeremy Brewer - Michigan State Police investigator overseeing the investigation

Larry Weeks - former Morenci police chief who oversaw the initial investigation into the Skelton boys' disappearance

Sanda Ali - WDIV-TV anchor who covered the boys' disappearance in 2010 and reported for the Shattered: Black Friday podcast

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About Shattered: Black Friday

For past episodes to and to learn more about Shattered: Black Friday at: https://www.shatteredpodcast.com. If you have any information about this case please call the Morenci Police Department at (517) 458-7104. You can reach Jeremy and the staff at Shattered at: shatteredpodcast@wdiv.com

Shattered: Black Friday is produced and hosted by Jeremy Allen with support producer Zak Rosen, the WDIV Local 4 newsroom and Graham Media Group.

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18-year-old woman shot in shoulder following argument on Detroit's west side

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:42am

An 18-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder following an argument Tuesday morning on Detroit's west side.

The shooting happened at about 3:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of Sturtevant Street.

Police said the woman was shot in the shoulder after an argument with a man armed with a handgun. Authorities said the shooter is known to the victim.

The woman was taken to the hospital and is listed in temporary serious condition.

Police said no spent casings were found at the scene.

Stay with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit for updates.

Hepatitis A outbreak: Wayne County is offering free vaccination clinics

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:08am

The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness (HVCW) will host free five vaccination clinics targeting high risk populations as part of a larger "Don't Play with Hep A" campaign designed to combat the spread of hepatitis A.

The county's health department explains hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

"HAV is found in the feces of people with hepatitis A and spread by eating contaminated food or water, during sex or by living with an infected person," reads a statement from the health department.

HVCW has coordinated the five clinics to focus on groups considered at a greater risk of contracting the disease, including: people with a history of injection and non-injection drug use, homelessness or transient housing, incarceration, men who have sex with men, and those with underlying liver disease.

"The hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in protecting someone who may be exposed to the disease," said Dr. Ruta Sharangpani, medical director of HVCW. "Community-based clinics help us reach out to high-risk populations. Local access increases the opportunities for people to be vaccinated against this highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease."

Hepatitis A vaccines will be available to all patrons, 19 years and older, at the following community-based clinics:

Tuesday, April 17 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ford Community & Performing Arts Center - 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, 48126 Tuesday, April 24 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Civic Park Senior Center - 15218 Farmington Road - Livonia - 48154 Wednesday, April 25 - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lincoln Park Library - 1381 Southfield Road - Lincoln Park - 48146 Monday, April 30 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ford Senior Center - 6750 Troy Street - Taylor - 48180 Wednesday, May 2 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Canton Twp. Administration Bldg. - 1150 S. Canton Center Rd - Canton - 48188

The "Don't Play with Hep A" campaign will focus on raising awareness about methods of prevention such as the importance of getting vaccinated, practicing good hand washing, and avoiding sex with infected partners. The effort is a result of a $203,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as part of a $7.1 million statewide appropriation approved by the State Legislature in late 2017 to address the hepatitis A outbreak.

Hepatitis A symptoms can include: Nausea and vomiting Belly pain Feeling tired Fever Loss of appetite Yellowing of the skin and eyes Dark urine Pale-colored feces Joint pain

HVCW urges all residents to get vaccinated for hepatitis A. Vaccine is available at many clinics and pharmacies. If you have any other questions about hepatitis A go to www.cdc.gov/hepatitis, or call HVCW at 734-727-7078.

RELATED: Michigan health officials open 24/7 hepatitis A helpline to fight outbreak

Hepatitis A outbreak strikes in Michigan

Last week the Department of Health said significant outbreaks of hepatitis A virus have been reported in Kentucky and Michigan. The agency said Michigan has had more than 800 cases, including 25 deaths.

The AP reported state Epidemiologist Pam Pontones said getting vaccinated for hepatitis A and thoroughly washing hands when preparing food are "simple, safe and effective ways" to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.

You can now have Amazon packages delivered to your Chevrolet vehicle by using Amazon Key app

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:54am

If you own a 2015 or newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle, you can now have a package from Amazon delivered straight to your vehicle.

This feature is on the new Amazon Key app and it is available in 37 U.S. cities and surrounding areas. More cities will be included soon. There is no extra cost for in-car delivery for Amazon Prime members with an active OnStar account.

"Partnering with Amazon to leverage our embedded in-vehicle connectivity gives Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners the option to conveniently receive deliveries inside their vehicle parked at home, work or near other locations in their Amazon address book," said President of General Motors North America Alan Batey. "This is another example of how we provide customers with technologies that add value and enhance the ownership experience."

To set up Amazon Key in-car delivery, you must download the Amazon Key app and opt in to link your Amazon and OnStar accounts. Once the delivery location is registered (you can add more addresses at any time), you can shop on Amazon and select the "In-Car" delivery option at checkout.

You will receive notifications on the Amazon Key app once your package is in the delivery process, and once the delivery is complete and the vehicle is relocked. Deliveries are made to a stationary car parked in a publicly accessible area, like your home driveway, on the street in front of your home or at a workplace parking lot.

"At Amazon, we are always working to make our customers' lives easier and starting today, we're excited to bring in-car delivery to Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners," said Amazon Vice President of Delivery Technology Peter Larsen. "(Amazon) Prime members now have another way to ensure their packages are safe and secure -- all for no additional cost."

You can see if you are eligible for in-car deliveries by visiting www.amazon.com/keyincar.

UPDATE: Volvo Cars announced a partnership with Amazon on Tuesday to allow in-car delivery to Volvo vehicle owners.

Dig it: Detroit sets goal to plant 1M daffodils by 2020

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:41am

Detroit may soon warrant a new nickname: Daffodil City.

Officials say they have set a goal of planting 1 million daffodils by fall 2020. The effort already has blossomed, as 265,000 bulbs planted over the past few years have begun to bloom near parks and on medians.

This year, they aim to plant roughly 210,000 bulbs in parks and elsewhere across the city.

Many bulbs have been donated by Michigan Division of the Woman's National Farm & Garden Association.

Brad Dick, who leads the city's General Services Department, says it's gratifying to work on programs that beautify the city, where much of the focus has been on fighting blight.

He adds the choice of daffodils is not only pretty but also pragmatic: Squirrels leave them alone.

Michigan's elections bureau: Enough signatures collected for pot legalization, wage measures

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:36am

Michigan's elections bureau says enough signatures have been gathered for ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use and repeal a law requiring higher wages on state construction projects.

The Board of State Canvassers will meet Thursday to consider certifying the petitions after the bureau released staff reports Monday. If the bipartisan board agrees with the findings, the proposed legislation will go to the Republican-led Legislature.

If legislators do not act within 40 days, the proposals will get a statewide vote in November.

After the elections bureau pulled a larger sample of the anti-"prevailing" wage initiative petitions, it determined that roughly 277,000 of 362,000 signatures are valid. That is about 25,000 more than is needed.

The bureau also estimates that marijuana legalization proponents turned in 277,000 valid signatures.

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