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Ypsilanti group home owner arrested after tenant's death

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:13pm

Officials were dispatched to the group home located in the 500 block of Madison Street on an ambulance request at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Authorities said that an unresponsive resident prompted the call, and on arrival, it was determined that Everett Junior Thompson, a 64-year-old man, was deceased.

Police officials initially spoke with the group home's owner, Annie Walls, who stated that she was at the location and found Thompson unresponsive on the bed.

Authorities said the investigation revealed that Thompson actually lived in the group home in the 500 block of Monroe Street. It was revealed that Walls was called to his room after other clients had found him unresponsive and had allegedly moved Thompson's body from one location to another, according to police.

Ms. Walls was arrested and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail and is awaiting arraignment.

Royal Oak man dies after clearing snow from his driveway

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:16pm

A Royal Oak man died Tuesday morning after clearing snow from his driveway.

Police were called to the 49-year-old man's home about 6:50 a.m. He was found unconscious inside the home in the 1100 block of Millard.

A family member found the man, called 911 and tried to revive him by performing CPR. However, first responders pronounced him dead at the home.

Royal Oak police said the man had a history of health concerns.

"Residents are reminded that snow removal is considered a strenuous activity and those with
health concerns should be mindful when shoveling snow or seek assistance," reads a statement from the Royal Oak Police Department.

LIVE STREAM: White House press briefing with Sarah Sanders (12/12/17)

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:48pm

The White House will hold a press briefing Tuesday afternoon with press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The briefing is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., EST - you can watch it LIVE here on

Here are some other headlines from around Washington: Prosecutors say suspect taunted Trump before subway bombing

A Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a New York subway bombing mocked President Donald Trump on social media while on his way to carry out the botched suicide mission, authorities said as they brought federal charges against him Tuesday.

Akayed Ullah posted a statement on his Facebook account just before the Monday morning attack, stating: "Trump you failed to protect your nation," the criminal complaint said. He also told law enforcement officers at the hospital where he was taken with burn injuries to the body and hands: "I did it for the Islamic State," according to the complaint.

His rush-hour attack fizzled in a long walkway used by commuters moving between trains in the city's busiest subway station at Times Square. Three pedestrians complained of harmed hearing and headaches after the bomb went off.

Ullah, 27, was expected to appear before a magistrate judge, though it was not immediately clear if he was well enough to go to court.

During a search of his Brooklyn apartment, investigators recovered a passport with the words "O America, die in rage" scrawled in it, the complaint says.

He hoped to "terrorize as many people as possible" with a bomb filled with metal screws that he believed would cause maximum damage, the complaint said.

Dems say Trump's tweets about Gillibrand sexist, unsavory

Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "do anything" to get them. Democrats accused the president of making unsavory insinuations.

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who had called for Trump's resignation a day earlier because of allegations of sexual misconduct, called Trump's attack a "sexist smear attempting to silence my voice."

"I will not be silenced on this issue," Gillibrand insisted. "Neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday," referring to women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct.

Standing up for Gillibrand, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted to the president: "Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted."

The phrase "she persisted" went viral earlier this year after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Warren as she tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King about then-attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.

Michigan police: Driver traveling wrong way in deadly I-275 crash had open alcohol in vehicle

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:32pm

A man who drove a vehicle into oncoming traffic Tuesday morning on I-275, hitting and killing two people in another vehicle, had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, Michigan State Police said.

A man and a woman were killed when their vehicle was struck in the northbound lanes of I-275 near Palmer Road in Canton Township. State police said their vehicle was struck by another vehicle traveling the wrong way on the interstate. The 59-year-old man driving that vehicle was transported to a hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

The northbound lanes of I-275 were shut down at Michigan Avenue.

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State police said the wrong-way driver is a 59-year-old man from Wolverine Lake, Mich. An open container of alcohol was found inside his vehicle.

An investigation into what caused the wrong-way crash continues.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

.UPDATE: A Male and Female have been killed by the wrong way driver. The suspect, a 59 year old male from Wolverine Lk has been transported to local hospital. Open alcohol found in vehicle. Investigation continues.

-- MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) December 12, 2017

2 Michigan men charged in sex-trafficking case involving minors

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:26pm

Josheph McGough and Robert Standfield, both of Port Huron, have been charged with multiple felonies on suspicion of sex trafficking a minor victim.

Authorities said an investigation into McGough and Standfield was initiated by the Warren Police Department in collaboration with the FBI-led Macomb County Child Exploitation Task Force after an alleged victim came forward in September. The victim is a minor, police said.

The girl said McGough was trafficking her and her friends out of hotels in Macomb and Oakland Counties between April and September, police said.

According to authorities, the girl said she and her friends were recruited and encouraged to engage in sex work by McGough and Standfield after being she was from her hometown.

Police said McGough informed the girls how to use classified ads online for massage services under a pseudonym. McGough also allegedly took all the earnings the victims made from the sex work, urging them to go on multiple "dates" a day, authorities said. According to police, Standfield allegedly took control over the operation when McGough was out of town.

"The charges filed by the state's Human Trafficking Unit against these subjects for the shameful commercial sexual exploitation of minors soundly demonstrates how the FBI-led Macomb County Child Exploitation Task Force can and will continue to partner with the Attorney General's Office to protect vulnerable youth against sexual predators," said David P. Gelios, special agent in charge at the Detroit division of the FBI.

McGough has been charged with minor sex trafficking, two counts of prostitution/accepting earnings, conducting a criminal enterprise and prostitution/transporting female.

Standfield has been charged with minor sex trafficking, prostitution/accepting earnings, prostitution/transporting female and conducting a criminal enterprise.

All charges for both men are felony offenses.

McGough's next court appearance is Dec. 14, and Standfield's is Dec. 21.

"Individuals who exploit vulnerable minors are some of the worst criminals we see," Michigan Attorney General Bill Scheutte said. "These charges take two more of these alleged predators off the street and demonstrates the teamwork and commitment of law enforcement at state, local and federals levels on this case is an example of how the crime of sex trafficking is being tackled in Michigan. I look forward to continuing this partnership as we continue to confront this crime."

Foxtown Grille in Detroit will close at the end of 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:37am

Detroit's Foxtown Grille, which has been open since 2001, will close at the end of 2017.

The restaurant, which is located inside the Fox Theatre, opened in Downtown Detroit in 2001, right along Woodward Avenue.

The restaurant will close at the end of the year after failing to agree to an extension of their lease.

"It's a very unfortunate thing. I've always had a good relationship with the Ilitch family, but it's a completely different culture with Chris Ilitch. It's disheartening to think you would be good enough to be in their building for so long ... and now they will dismiss someone and not show any loyalty to a longtime tenant," restaurant owner Barbieri Kolinski told the Metro Times.

The Grille was a popular spot for people to have lunch or dinner before attending a show at the Fox or Fillmore, or attending a Tigers, Lions or Red Wings game.

Also see: Former Roma Cafe reopening as Amore da Roma this weekend in Detroit's Eastern Market

Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille is one of the Barbieri family's four Michigan restaurants and is owned and operated by brother and sister, Ed Barbieri and Ann Barbieri Kolinski.

The new was first reported by the Metro Times.

Ann Arbor home with sweeping forest views listed for $1,075,000

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:07am

This three-bedroom, 4 ½-bath home at 1932 Valleyview Drive, Ann Arbor, is on the market for $1,075,000.

Tucked into the woods, this home features beautiful forest views, an impressive kitchen and plenty of space for entertaining.

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Property details

Listing: Tracey Roy, Reinhart Realtors

Imagine being within a 10-minute drive to St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital, U of M hospitals and campus and a quick commute to major cities. This custom ranch was designed to entertain. Sitting high in the treetops, it offers 5,379 square feet of private living space and is ideal for observing wildlife from walls of windows in every room. The grand kitchen is designed to entertain, with cherrywood cabinets, a large granite island, high-end appliances, a pantry, desk and a breakfast nook. The great room and living-dining area have soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling fireplaces and hardwood floors. A spacious master suite features a wet bar, walk-in closet and access to the deck. The first floor includes two additional bedroom suites, a powder room, a laundry-work room and a four-season sun room. The walkout lower level has a chef's kitchen, a full bath, living area, library with built-ins, a fireplace and storage. The home also features an elevator, whole-house generator, zoned heating and security system with four cameras.

See the full listing here.

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For more information, contact Tracey Roy at 734-417-5827.

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Northbound I-275 closed at Michigan Avenue due to deadly wrong-way driver crash

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:53am

Northbound I-275 is closed at Michigan Avenue after a deadly crash caused by a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the interstate.

The crash happened near Palmer Road in Canton Township. Michigan State Police said the driver and a passenger of the vehicle which was traveling in the right direction were killed.

A vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes struck a vehicle traveling northbound, killing the driver of that vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle is a 59-year-old man from Wolverine Lake, Mich. He was transported to a hospital. His condition is not known.

State police said open alcohol was found in the man's vehicle.

Traffic has started to get by on the right shoulder.

State police are investigating what may have caused the driver to travel in the wrong direction on the interstate.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

Check: Traffic Map Heads up-NB 275 after Michigan Ave, a wrong way driver crash blocking left lane. Another of many reasons to keep both eyes on the road because you never know...

-- MDOT - Metro Detroit (@MDOT_MetroDet) December 12, 2017 MSP Metro South is working a fatal wrong way driver crash 275/Palmer. Driver heading southbound in northbound. Fatal victim was the innocent driver. More to follow.

-- MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) December 12, 2017

Police investigate after officers hold Grand Rapids girl, 11, at gunpoint

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:44am

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.

WOOD-TV reports the incident happened Wednesday as the girl leaving her Grand Rapids home to go to a store. Police say they were at the home looking for the girl's 40-year-old aunt, who had allegedly stabbed a relative nearby.

The girl said the incident has left her scared.

"It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong," 11-year-old Honestie Hodges told WOOD-TV.

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

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.

Former Roma Cafe reopening as Amore da Roma this weekend in Detroit's Eastern Market

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:28am

A former Italian restaurant is opening as a new Italian restaurant this weekend in Detroit.

Roma Cafe closed earlier this year after decades in Eastern Market, but the Italian eatery will reopen this weekend with a refreshed look and a new name.

Amore da Roma will open its doors on Saturday, December 16, 2017. It's located at 3401 Riopelle, right off of Russel Street in Detroit's Historic Eastern Market.

Related: Eater Awards 2017: Detroit restaurant winners announced

The restaurant itself will serve much of the same food with a refreshed approach and a new wine menu.

Roma Cafe announced it would close back in July. It had been open since 1890 and claimed to be the oldest Italian spot in Detroit.

Chef Guy Pelino is leading the kitchen. Reservations will be accepted starting this weekend.

Jam with musicians from Ann Arbor's tech scene this Friday

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:05am

Who said tech was only about Python, caffeine and working "founder's hours"?

On Friday, catch some of the most innovative members of A2's tech community and Southeast Michigan at TechCity Jam, a live open mic night celebrating Bank of Ann Arbor Technology Industry Group's 15-year anniversary.


The Neutral Zone
310 E Washington St.


7-10 p.m.

Performers include:

The TechCity players, who are the open mic house band: Jason Magee, Ben Lorenz, Erik Santos Alan Harris Bill Mayer Chief Blues Officers -- Mark Brode, Michael Cole, Dallas Dort, Dave Hartmann David Bloom Hal Davis Jeff Stanton Jeffrey McKelvey Jim Price John Younger Marisa Smith Mark Forchette Michael Godwin Phillip Coleman Terry Weadock Wayne Brannon

This event is for adults only.

Admission is free. Register here.

Visit the event's Facebook page.

About Bank of Ann Arbor's Technology Industry Group

"Provides a full range of banking and investment management products to emerging and later-stage technology and life sciences companies, venture capital firms, angel investors and entrepreneurs. We are working to build Michigan's 21st century economy by providing banking products and services to help innovation-based businesses succeed and by partnering with like-minded individuals, businesses, organizations, and universities." - Bank of Ann Arbor

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TOP STORIES Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:04am

Here are the top stories:

4 TO KNOW: Macomb County: Sheriff to release video of 4 suspects allegedly attacking deputy in Mt. Clemens. Weather: More snow expected Wednesday. New York: Suspect in Port Authority explosion charged with supporting terrorism. Alabama: Roy Moore, Doug Jones battle for seat in U.S. Senate. LOCAL: Macomb County: Sheriff to release video of 4 suspects allegedly attacking deputy in Mt. Clemens. Detroit Metro Airport: Delta plane damaged prior to takeoff due to slippery conditions. Detroit: 16-year-old suspect in Noel Night shooting due in court for preliminary hearing. Michigan: 80 parcels of public land going up for bids Tuesday. Detroit's East Side: Man killed after explosion at marijuana grow operation. Sterling Heights: Police search for clues after string of killings. Livonia: Ladywood High School is closing in 2018. Weather: More snow expected Wednesday. SUBMIT A NEWS TIP (click here)

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: New York: Suspect in Port Authority explosion charged with supporting terrorism. Southern California: Wildfires have destroyed 1,000 structures and counting. Forbes: Richest billionaires of 2017. Nintendo: Switch scores 10 million units sold. New York: The officers who stopped the New York pipe bomb suspect. Spirit Airlines: Airline boots breast-feeding woman from plane. POLITICS: Alabama: Roy Moore, Doug Jones battle for seat in U.S. Senate. Trump: President dismisses accusations of sexual misconduct as 'fake news'. Roy Moore: Republicans in the Senate have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from the candidate accused of sexual misconduct. San Francisco: Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65. Kayla Moore: Wife of Senate candidate defends against claims of bigotry, saying 'One of our attorneys is a Jew'. Sean Spicer: Former press secretary announces he's writing a book. ENTERTAINMENT: Jimmy Kimmel: Late night host brings out his son to talk about health care. Ryan Lizza: New Yorker fires star political reporter over alleged 'improper sexual conduct'. Shazam: Apple buys music recognition app. Mario Batali: Celebrity chef steps away from business, TV show amid sexual misconduct allegations. SPORTS: Red Wings: Panthers come back late, beat Red Wings in overtime, 2-1. Doping: Russia backs Winter Olympics athletes. Jim Harbaugh: Former Michigan star slams coach, says Wolverines are 'mired in mediocrity'. Verizon: Service provider will stream NFL games on any network next year. ALL 4 PETS: Health: 4 signs your dog is healthy. Exams: Why are pet annual exams important? Dog Food: Best brands on the market. Allergies: Is your pet suffering from seasonal allergies?

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Should Michigan counties keep windfalls in tax foreclosures?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 9:47am

The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to look at the windfalls enjoyed by counties when they sell a property because of unpaid taxes.

Local governments are keeping the cash -- even if a sale exceeds the taxes and penalties owed.
Because of a mistake, Uri Rafaeli owed $8.41 on a rental property in Southfield. The bill grew to $285 with penalties and interest. Rafaeli says Oakland County sold the house for $24,500 and kept the balance.

The Pacific Legal Foundation calls it an unconstitutional taking, even if Michigan law allows it. The foundation is asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal, although the court could say no. The group says thousands of people have been affected.

Oakland County says Rafaeli forfeited the house by not paying his bill.