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Grand Rapids police open investigation after 11-year-old girl held at gunpoint

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:47am

A Michigan police department has opened an internal investigation after officers held an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint, handcuffed her and put her in the back of a cruiser.

The incident happened Wednesday as the girl, Honestie Hodges, was leaving her Grand Rapids home to go to a store, according to WOOD-TV.

Police say they were at the home looking for the girl's 40-year-old aunt, who had allegedly stabbed a relative nearby.

Grand Rapids police also detained two other women who exited the house with the girl.

The girl says the incident has left her scared.

"I'm afraid to open or go near my back door," Hodges said. "It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong."

Police issued a statement Monday saying officers detained the women and the girl because they hadn't determined if they were the suspect. Police say neither the woman nor the girl was armed.

Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky said the body cam video made him "nauseous."

"Listening to the 11-year-old's response makes my stomach turn," Rahinsky said.

LIVE STREAM: Deputy AG Rosenstein testifies before House Committee on Mueller investigation

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:28am

Deputy AG Rosenstein will testify before the House Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing that'll focus on the Mueller investigation.

You can watch the hearing live at 10 a.m. ET right here on FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday.

One of the officials said in an election night text that the prospect of a Trump victory was "terrifying."

Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent, was removed over the summer from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of text messages exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was also detailed this year to the group of agents and prosecutors investigating potential coordination between Russia and Trump's Republican campaign.

Hundreds of the messages, which surfaced in a Justice Department inspector general investigation of the FBI's inquiry into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, were being provided to congressional committees, which had requested copies, and were reviewed by The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

The existence of the text messages, disclosed in news reports earlier this month, provided a line of attack for Trump, who used the revelation to disparage FBI leadership as politically tainted. Republicans have also seized on the exchange of texts between two officials who worked for Mueller to suggest that the team is biased against Trump and its conclusions can't be trusted.

The issue is likely to be a focus of a congressional hearing Wednesday involving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel in May and oversees his team's work.

A spokesman for Mueller has said Strzok was removed from the Mueller team as soon as the allegations were brought to the office's attention, and that Page had already concluded her detail by that time anyway and returned to the FBI. Strzok has been reassigned within the FBI.

Working telephone numbers for Strzok and Page could not immediately be found.

Strzok had been deeply involved in the Clinton inquiry and was in the room when she was interviewed by the FBI. He later helped investigate whether the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The texts seen by the AP began in the summer of 2015, soon after the FBI launched its email server investigation, and continued over the next year and a half as the presidential race was in full swing and as Trump and Clinton were looking to defeat their primary challengers and head toward the general election.

The messages -- 375 were released Tuesday evening -- cover a broad range of political topics and include an exchange of news articles about the race, often alongside their own commentaries.

There are some derogatory comments about Democratic officials, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former Attorney General Eric Holder, but some of the harshest comments are reserved for Trump.

In a March 4, 2016, back-and-forth provided to Congress, Page refers to Trump as a "loathsome human" and Strzok responds, "Yet he may win." After Strzok asks whether she thinks Trump would be a worse president than fellow Republican Ted Cruz, Page says, "Yes, I think so."

The two then use words like "idiot" and "awful" to characterize Trump, with Strzok saying, "America will get what the voting public deserves."

In another exchange, on Oct. 18, 2016, Strzok writes to Page and says: "I am riled up. Trump is an (expletive) idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer. I CAN'T PULL AWAY. WHAT THE (expletive) HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY??!?!"

Weeks later, on election day, as it seemed to become clearer that Trump could defeat Clinton, he says, "OMG THIS IS (expletive) TERRIFYING: A victory by Mr. Trump remains possible..."

Page replies, "Yeah, that's not good."

In August 2016, Strzok responded to a New York Times story that carried the headline of "Donald Trump is Making America Meaner" by saying, "I am worried about what Trump is encouraging in our behavior."

But he also adds, "I'm worried about what happens if HRC is elected," using the initials for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

People close to Michael Flynn are describing the emotional pressures he faced this past year as special counsel Robert Mueller closed in on him and also investigated his son.

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser pleaded guilty this month to making false statements to the FBI.

Friends and others close to Flynn say he was weary of the allegations and all the attention that had swirled around him for months.

Also, the single charge he pleaded guilty to was probably the best possible outcome for him. That's because the aggressive nature of Mueller's investigation made some type of criminal prosecution a near-inevitability.

Mueller is investigating possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign in last year's election.

More than 6,200 water pipes replaced so far in Flint

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:24am

The mayor of Flint says more than 6,200 water pipes have been replaced as the result of the city's lead crisis.

Mayor Karen Weaver gave an update Tuesday. The city and the state of Michigan agreed earlier this year to replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020.

Weaver says "significant progress" is being made. Michael McDaniel, who is overseeing the program, says crews are finding some homes have copper service lines that don't need to be replaced.

Flint's water system was contaminated by lead because corrosive water from the Flint River wasn't properly treated in 2014 and 2015, causing lead to break off inside old pipes.

Flint now gets its water from a different source, although residents still are encouraged to use filters.

LIVE: 2 Detroit men due in court for robbery, shooting of transgender woman on Woodward Avenue

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:07am

Two Detroit men are due in court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing in connection with the shooting and robbery of a transgender woman on Woodward Avenue.

[The preliminary hearing will be live streamed on]

Charles Marion Brown, 21, was charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, armed robbery resulting in serious injury, armed robbery, fleeing and eluding felon in possession of a firearm, second offense habitual offender, and felony firearms violations.

Jujuan Alexon Williams, 19, was charged with armed robbery resulting in serious injury, armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, fourth offense habitual offender and felony firearms violations.

The shooting happened Nov. 17 at about 1:50 a.m. in the 17800 block of Woodward Avenue.

Authorities say Brown and Williams pulled up in a red GMC Yukon and pulled a gun on a transgender woman, telling her to drop everything and run. She dropped her purse and began to run.

The gunman fired five shots. The victim was struck three times.

One of the men picked up the purse and fled the scene.

Officers later located the vehicle and a brief pursuit ensued. Williams was taken into custody and Brown escaped on foot. He was found Nov. 18.

The victim was hospitalized and is in stable condition.

Snow day? Dozens of Metro Detroit schools closing due to wintry weather

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:45am

Thousands of kids in Metro Detroit will be celebrating their first snow day of the season on Wednesday.

That's due to the threat of several inches of snow Wednesday afternoon in which has dozens of schools announcing closures.

Check the full school closings list here.

More than 100 school are closed before a Winter Storm Warning goes into affect for the region at 10 a.m. The Local 4Casters expect 5-8 inches of snow will fall in the heart of Metro Detroit through the afternoon and evening.

The afternoon and evening commute is expected to feature some of the heaviest snowfall. Snow could be falling at a rate of 1-2 inches an hour for 2-3 hours during the late afternoon and early evening. Temps stay in the low and mid 20s.

FULL FORECAST: 5-8 inches of snow expected in Metro Detroit

Threat of snow closes dozens of schools in Metro Detroit -- check list here

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:35am

The threat of several inches of snow Wednesday afternoon in Metro Detroit has dozens of schools announcing closures.

Check the full school closings list here.

More than 100 school are closed before a Winter Storm Warning goes into affect for the region at 10 a.m. The Local 4Casters expect 5-8 inches of snow will fall in the heart of Metro Detroit through the afternoon and evening.

The afternoon and evening commute is expected to feature some of the heaviest snowfall. Snow could be falling at a rate of 1-2 inches an hour for 2-3 hours during the late afternoon and early evening. Temps stay in the low and mid 20s.

FULL FORECAST: 5-8 inches of snow expected in Metro Detroit

Detroit Public Schools Community District to dismiss 2 hours early Wednesday due to snow

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:30am

The Detroit Public Schools Community District will be dismissing students two hours early Wednesday due to the threat of several inches of snow.

All K-12 schools will dismiss 2 hours early based on its normal bell schedule, and All after school and CTC classes will be canceled. Check the full school closings list here.

More than 100 school are closed before a Winter Storm Warning goes into affect for the region at 10 a.m. The Local 4Casters expect 5-8 inches of snow will fall in the heart of Metro Detroit through the afternoon and evening.

The afternoon and evening commute is expected to feature some of the heaviest snowfall. Snow could be falling at a rate of 1-2 inches an hour for 2-3 hours during the late afternoon and early evening. Temps stay in the low and mid 20s.

FULL FORECAST: 5-8 inches of snow expected in Metro Detroit

GOP tax plan trims top rate for wealthy, cuts corporate rate

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:15am

A massive Republican tax package swiftly taking shape would pull down the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the tax rate for corporations to a level slightly above what businesses and conservatives wanted.

Republicans in Congress rushed Tuesday toward a deal. Lawmakers and aides labored at a fevered pace to blend separate tax bills that were passed recently by the House and Senate. The Republican goal is to deliver to President Donald Trump the first major rewrite of the U.S. tax system in more than three decades.

GOP lawmakers hope to finalize blended legislation no later than Friday, vote next week and deliver the package of steep tax cuts for corporations and more modest cuts for families to the president before Christmas.

Trump pitch Wednesday

Trump was making a pitch Wednesday for the tax plan, which is unpopular with many. He will offer what aides called a "closing argument to the American people." Trump planned to deliver the speech from the Grand Foyer, the entrance of the White House mansion, laying out how the tax changes would specifically benefit the middle-class families in attendance from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Washington state.

Trump was to note how the tax plan would save the families money, place them in lower tax brackets and help them pay for their children's education, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the speech.

White House advisers said Trump will assert that the plan would deliver meaningful middle-income tax cuts and help young people benefit from a stronger economy.

The speech comes as the White House has sought to push back against polling suggesting the public views the plan as heavily tilted toward corporations and wealthy Americans. Trump has asserted that the plan will lower tax rates for individuals and spur job growth, helping American families.

Adding billions to deficit

The total amount of tax breaks in the legislation cannot exceed $1.5 trillion over the next decade, under budget rules adopted by the House and Senate. The legislation would add billions to the $20 trillion deficit.

Once the plan is signed into law, workers could start seeing changes in the amount of taxes withheld from their paychecks early next year, lawmakers said -- though taxpayers won't file their 2018 returns until the following year.

In a flurry of last-minute changes that could profoundly affect the finances of millions of Americans, House and Senate negotiators agreed to expand a deduction for state and local taxes to allow individuals to deduct income taxes as well as property taxes. The deduction is valuable to residents in high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California.

Negotiators also agreed to set the corporate income tax rate at 21 percent, said two congressional aides who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private negotiations. Both the House bill and the Senate bill would have lowered the corporate rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

Business and conservative groups lobbied hard for the 20 percent corporate rate. Negotiators agreed to bump it up to 21 percent to help offset revenue losses from other tax breaks, the aides said.

As the final parameters of the bill took shape, negotiators agreed to cut the top tax rate for individuals from 39.6 percent to 37 percent in a windfall for the richest Americans. The reduction is certain to provide ammunition for Democrats who complain that the tax package is a massive giveaway to corporations and the rich.

The top tax rate currently applies to income above $470,000 for married couples, though lawmakers are completely reworking the tax brackets.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has previously expressed opposition to reducing the rate for the wealthiest earners, acknowledged Tuesday that the negotiators appear to have agreed on the move. "I don't think lowering the top rate is a good idea," Collins said.

She didn't threaten to vote against the final bill, however, if it included a lower rate, saying "I'm going to wait and look at the entire conference report and see what all the provisions are."

Among the other tax breaks, negotiators agreed to eliminate the alternative minimum tax for corporations, a big sticking point for the business community, the aides said. They also agreed to let homeowners deduct interest on the first $750,000 of a new mortgage, down from the current limit of $1 million.

Both the House and Senate bills would scale back the deduction for state and local taxes, limiting it to $10,000 in property taxes. California Republicans have pushed to amend the bill to enable individuals to deduct state and local income taxes as well as property taxes. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee, said there is an agreement on how to address the issue, though he wasn't specific.

The House bill would limit the mortgage interest deduction to the first $500,000 of a new mortgage, while the Senate bill would keep the current limit of $1 million. Two congressional aides said negotiators have agreed to split the difference.

The provision would not affect current mortgages.

The housing industry lobbied hard against changes to the deduction, arguing it would hurt home property values.

For corporations, the House-passed bill would eliminate the alternative minimum tax, but the Senate bill would retain it. The tax, currently levied on both corporations and wealthy individuals, is intended to ensure that they pay at least some tax.

Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate said retaining the tax would limit the ability of corporations to take advantage of popular tax credits, including one for research and development.
Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report.
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"Dream on Me" Toddler Bed Mattresses Recalled

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:03am

The U.S. Product Safety Commission has issued a massive recall for certain crib and toddler bed mattresses.

The "Dream on Me" spring and foam crib mattresses reportedly fail to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard for mattresses, therefore posing a fire hazard.

More than 23,000 items have been recalled, sold from Amazon, Kohl's, Toys'R'Us, Walmart and Wayfair.

No injuries have been reported.

Owners of the affected products should return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.

Drunken driver accused of backing into officials, leading police on wild chase in Livingston County

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:36pm

A firefighter and an emergency medical official were hit by a drunken driver who was passed out in a running car, but then woke up and took off from a Livingston County gas station.

The man drove into the Mobil gas station in Fowlerville and passed out in his car, so people there called for help, police said. Officials showed up, but when they tried to wake him up, he became enraged.

Video shows the man backing up in his red Grand Am, hitting a Fowlerville firefighter and Livingston County EMS worker before taking off with the driver's door still open.

The car tore out of the gas station at a high speed, nearly hitting other vehicles and people at the scene.

Moments later, Livingston County sheriff's deputies intercepted the car on Fowlerville Road. Video shows a deputy use a PIT maneuver, or Pursuit Intervention Technique, but the driver maintained control, flashed his middle finger at the deputy and kept going.

Up the road, a dashcam captured video of deputies laying down stop sticks near Grand River and Burkhart roads. Seconds later, the Grand Am flies through, blowing out the driver's tires.

The car spun out farther up the road, and another boxed in the driver once and for all. The driver again flashed his middle finger at the deputies.

Police said Brian Cremeans, 25, of Leslie, was arrested. He was arraigned Monday on several charges, including operating while intoxicated, felonious assault with a vehicle and fleeing/eluding/resisting arrest.

Cremeans is being held on $50,000 bail.

The firefighter and EMS worker suffered some bruises but are expected to be OK.

You can see surveillance video from the gas station below.

Here's a closer look at the collision:

Tenants being removed from Ypsilanti group home at center of death investigation

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:29pm

Ambulances have arrived to move tenants out of an Ypsilanti group home at the center of a death investigation.

Local 4 has learned up to seven people called the house their home, but many who lived there are being removed from the facility because the entire operation appears to have been unlicensed.

Ypsilanti police returned to the home, where a tenant died two days ago. Police searched inside with flashlights, while outside, the tenant's family members brought out belongings and eventually took their loved one's body from the group home.

Police said a house on Monroe Street is where the 64-year-old tenant died, but when they received the 911 call to check on him, they found him a block away at a duplex on Madison Street.

Someone moved the dead man's body, and investigators said it was the owner of the group home, who was arrested.

The group home owner has not been charged. Her name doesn't appear in any state database for licensed group home facilities.

Ypsilanti police confirmed they are investigating why and how the group home was able to operate.

You can watch Jermont Terry's full story in the video posted above.

Super-cold Tuesday night, more snow Wednesday

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:11pm

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from 10:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday to 1:00 a.m. ET, Thursday for Detroit and all of Southeast Michigan except Sanilac County.

Here we go, again! The Motor City area is bracing for another Alberta clipper bringing snow and treacherous conditions Wednesday.

Please join me on Twitter (@AndrewHumphrey) for regular weather updates.

Tuesday night will be frigid. Bone-chilling air is over the region with temperatures plunging to 10 degrees overnight. Skies will be mostly clear to partly cloudy allowing plenty of heat to radiate to space. With the wind blowing 6 to 14 mph, wind chills will be near zero or below in the wee hours of Wednesday and at dawn.

Wednesday morning will start with partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies. The commute to work and school will be relatively dry, but scattered light snow arrives shortly after the drive. Light snow will fall through lunchtime, and many neighborhoods will receive at least an inch of new snow by 1:00 p.m. ET.

Heavier, steadier, more widespread snow arrives after 1:00 p.m. ET for the afternoon commute and Wednesday evening. Highways and streets become much more hazardous to drive on, and sidewalks will be very tricky for pedestrians. Visibility lowers quickly and some neighborhoods could experience power outages.

By the end of Wednesday night, a solid 3 to 7 inches will fall over much of Southeast Michigan with isolated spots receiving 8 inches. Areas south of I-94 (Lenawee and Monroe Counties) will get 3 to 5 inches. Towns between I-94 to the south and M-59/Hall Road to the north will receive 4 to 8 inches. 3 to 6 inches is possible north of M-59/Hall Road.

It remains frigid Wednesday night and Thursday. Temps in the teens by morning and in the low 20s in the afternoon. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny with scattered flurries.

Friday will have snow showers and highs in the upper 20s.

Saturday will be partly sunny and not as cold. Highs in the low 30s.

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Powerful men accused of sexual misconduct: A running list

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:15pm

Just in the past month or so alone, allegations against "The Chew" co-host Mario Batali, "Today" show host Matt Lauer and humorist Garrison Keillor led to their prompt dismissals or suspensions, while music mogul Russell Simmons stepped down from the companies he founded after a second allegation of sexual misconduct surfaced.

And the list keeps growing.

Yes, prominent men have faced sexual misconduct claims before.

But the accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have opened a floodgate, sparked an international conversation and put new pressure on companies, industries, and political leaders to respond. President Donald Trump has condemned some of the accused, been more muted about others, and found himself again being asked about sexual harassment and misconduct allegations leveled against him during last year's presidential campaign. The Republican says they're fake.

The #Metoo moment is also prompting re-examination of past sexual misconduct claims against powerful men, as well. Check out the graphic below for a running list.

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Brightmoor Aldersgate United Methodist Church burgled

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:14pm

Police are trying to track down thieves who broke into a church in the Brightmoor community on Detroit's west side.

The Brightmoore Aldersgate United Methodist Church is a lifeline in the community, but Tuesday morning, the church fell victim to vandals.

"There is not a one square inch of this space in this church that is not used to give to the community," said the Rev. Jonathan Combs, pastor of the church.

The damage will not stop the church from holding their holiday concert this weekend.

Combs says the thieves broke in through the youth room downstairs and made their way into the building. They made their way to a television, but ultimately ended up breaking it. It's the second time thieves have attempted to take a television from the church.

Combs knows the church is important to the Brightmoor neighborhood.

"It means a lot to me to bring the good news of peace, joy, hope, grace, mercy and love to a community," Combs said. "It means everything to me."

A few broken windows and doors won't break their spirit or their desire to help the community in need. The pastor is considering getting security cameras to deter criminals from breaking in again.

Police are investigating and have taken fingerprints and DNA from the crime scene.

Surveillance video shows man lose pants in attempted Waterford burglarly

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:13pm

Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a breaking and entering offense that occurred on Dec. 4.

At approximately 11:58 p.m. on Dec. 4, an unknown man gained access to the Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Center at 180 Telegraph Rd. after breaking a window with a flowerpot, surveillance footage shows. Once inside, he stumbled after his sweatpants dropped from his waist to his feet. The suspect rummaged through the business and left on foot without taking anything.

He is described as 245 pounds, 5 feet 10 inch tall, wearing a black coat with red on the sleeves, torn pants and a black hat. He was barefoot.

Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Waterford Police at 248-618-6077 or call in anonymously to 248-674-2677.

Surveillance footage of the break-in is available below.

[video hasn't been uploaded yet because they're currently blurring out the man's butt]

Dearborn Heights man pleads guilty to bribing Garden City officials

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:03pm

In federal court Tuesday, a Dearborn Heights man pleaded guilty on charges of bribing officials from Garden City.

According to authorities, from September to December 2016, Ali Baydoun conspired with others to bribe officials in order to obtain authorization to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Garden City and a medical marijuana plant grow.

Information presented at the time of the plea showed that on Dec. 2, 2016, Baydoun, along with his co-defendants Mike Baydoun and Jalal Baydoun, delivered to a Garden City official an envelope containing $15,000 cash, representing three individual bribes in the amount of $5,000 each for three Garden City Council members. Unbehnownst to the Baydouns, the official was working in an undercover capacity. Additionally, Baydoun had placed $150,000 in an account as escrow to fund future bribes of officials.

A sentencing date was set for April 10, 2018. Ali Baydoun faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

Video shows chaotic struggle between Macomb County deputy, 4 suspects

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 5:45pm

Chaotic police body camera footage shows a fight between a group of people and a Macomb County deputy who was trying to make an arrest.

The video is expected to play a major role in court as four people face charges in the case.

Officials with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office released the video from Mount Clemens, where a deputy was allegedly beaten.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham held a news conference during which a 29-minute video was shown to the media. The incident happened Dec. 6 when a Macomb County deputy was investigating a possible drug situation in Mt. Clemens.

The deputy was watching a suspicious vehicle around 7:40 p.m. Dec. 6 near North Walnut and Jones streets. He saw something thrown out of a black 2007 Chevy Cobalt and believed it might have been drug related. There was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car, he said.

Jonathan Hadley, 22, got out of the car and started walking away despite the deputy telling him to stop several times, officials said. When the deputy tried to physically stop Hadley, he began to run toward a home.

The deputy stopped Hadley near the home and tried to place him in handcuffs. Hadley resisted, and the driver of the car, Yahaira Elisea-Moreno, 19, ran up to the pair and attacked the deputy, police said.

As the deputy tried to control both attackers, Jordan Herrod, 20, came out of the home and ran toward the deputy, striking him and pushing him into some shrubbery, police said.

Herrod allegedly got on top of the deputy and continued to hit him.

A second deputy arrived and tired to help arrest the three attackers. Several more people came out of nearby homes and started yelling obscenities at the deputies, police said.

Herrod was still striking the deputy, who said he used his Taser to gain control of him.

More deputies arrived and Hadley, Elisea-Moreno and Herrod were all taken into custody.

Diamond Smith, 22, tried to remove items from the car, but was ordered to drop them and step away from the car, police said. She refused and was taken into custody.

Multiple people from the home and surrounding residences approached the scene and yelled obscenities and threats at law enforcement officers, police said.

All four individuals were taken to the Macomb County Jail.

Herrod and Elisea-Moreno are charged with assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer causing injury -- a four-year felony. They are being held on $10,000 bail.

Hadley and Smith are charged with two-year felonies of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. Hadley is being held on $5,000 bail and Smith is being held on $2,000 bail.

All four people are from Mt. Clemens and were arraigned Thursday in Clinton Township. They are scheduled to return to court Dec. 20 for probable-cause hearings.

The deputy was treated for his injuries and released.

Third Street overpass above I-94 in Detroit to close

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 5:35pm

A recent bridge inspection on the Third Street overpass above I-94 revealed structural deficiencies requiring a full closure.

All southbound traffic on the one-way road will be diverted to Second Avenue for the time being.

There are no impacts to the I-94 freeway.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival holding holiday open house Wednesday

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 5:20pm

It's not summer, but there are big changes happening at Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

The public is invited on Wednesday, Dec 13, to its Holiday Open House to see to its new office at 201 Huronview Blvd., Suite 1, to meet its staff and the festival's new executive director, Mike Michelon.

Read: Ann Arbor Summer Festival appoints new executive director

Visitors are welcome anytime from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Guests can enjoy coffee, sweets and champagne throughout the day and can enter to win a holiday gift basket, "complete with a pair of Mainstage tickets and other generously donated gifts from your favorite community organizations," says the website.

On June 8, 2018, the festival will celebrate its 38th year as it kicks off Top of the Park.

Happy holidays!

Buy local: Ann Arbor's Restaurant Week 2018 takes a new direction

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:07pm

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is around the corner as the new year fast approaches.

This year, January's Restaurant Week is trying something completely different. It has partnered with Taste the Local Difference, a social enterprise based in Traverse City that acts as Michigan's local food marketing agency. By 2020, it aims to have 20% of all food sold in Michigan be sourced from Michigan farms and food businesses.

On Monday, Dec. 11, it held a special wholesale event downtown at The Celtic Room at Conor O'Neill's on Main St., where chefs could buy directly from local farmers.

Restaurants that participated in the market committed to purchasing $500 of produce from select local farms. To distinguish participating businesses, Restaurant Week customers will find a special Taste the Local Difference logo next to participating restaurant's names on its website.

The concept was the brainchild of Jae Gerhart and Maura Thomson. Gerhart, Washtenaw County's local food coordinator, and Thomson, executive director of the Main Street Area Association, were discussing Restaurant Week, and Gerhart suggested sourcing from local farms.

"As we talked, we realized that Restaurant Week was the perfect fit," Thomson said. "We thought, what better way to introduce our chefs to our local farmers in January?"

"This is a pilot, and we hope to grow (it)," Thomson explained. "The long-term goal of this is to, hopefully, connect farmers with chefs and for long-term relationships to be established."

Seeley Farm's produce on display

"We wanted to market to local chefs who sometimes buy from local farms but aren't always on the scene," Gerhart said. "We call them our 'second-tier local shoppers.' And I think we're achieving that goal. (It's about) getting farmers connected to chefs and having sales. They're really making a connection over a product that's going to be a transaction and that, to me, is a stronger relationship than just, 'Hi, here's my business card.'"

Kelly Wilson, Taste the Local Difference's local food coordinator for southeast Michigan, expressed her excitement to be taking part in the event.

"We're really excited to partner with Maura and everyone at Ann Arbor Restaurant Week," she said. "We are working to be that recognizable local food brand, so that when people see it, they know there's a third-party behind (it) that has verified the purchasing, and that there really are local ingredients going into that food."

Chefs meet with local farmers at a popup wholesale market

Laura Wanke, director of operations at Melange, said once her team heard about the initiative, they were on board. "We love what they're doing this year with the farmers market. It's a great opportunity to connect (with) local farmers that maybe we hadn't been aware of, and a lot of the different offerings that they may have throughout the year, instead of us buying from the normal suppliers," she said.

"This is a great opportunity for us to get to know people, to see their faces," Wanke said. "We've already talked to a couple people and we're very excited to get their price list and have some of their offerings in our restaurant, and not just during Restaurant Week; we want to have it throughout the year."

It's farmer Malaika Whitney's first year participating in Restaurant Week. "It's something we've never done," she said. "We've always done all of our sales direct with consumers, so we just wanted to learn about that process. It was an interesting process to come up with wholesale prices and really think about what that means to sell wholesale."

Farmer Malaika Whitney of Whitney Farmstead

She works on her family's fifth-generation farm, Whitney Farmstead, in Webster Township, and raises pastured pork, beef, lamb, chicken and also makes maple syrup. They sell at Argus Farm Stop, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and also run a meat CSA.

As for her personal background, she was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and her family can trace their roots to the area all the way back to 1900.

"All of my grandparents and my father, we all went to Ann Arbor Public Schools, which was 10 minutes from our house, but we live on a farm," Whitney said. "So I think that aspect of having a really lively community base downtown and then having rural areas 10 minutes away is a really nice part of living here."

Restaurants supporting the local initiative include:

Aventura Guy Hollerin's Jolly Pumpkin Melange Miss Kim Pacific Rim Real Seafood Company Seva Vinology

See the complete Restaurant Week list here.

Diners enjoy a meal at Aventura (Photo: Aventura)

About Ann Arbor Restaurant Week:

The event takes place twice a year in January and June. This year, the dates are:

Jan. 14-19 June 10-15

According to the event's website:

"Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great Ann Arbor restaurants as your schedule allows for one incredibly low fixed price. $15 for lunch and $28 for a three course dinner with many restaurants offering 2 for 1 pricing!"

Tickets are not required for the event. Simply make reservations at the restaurants you would like to try. Most participating restaurants take reservations, but some don't so be sure to call ahead of time.

For more information and FAQs, visit Restaurant Week's website.

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