Allie Gross Detroit Free Press Published 10:31 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 Felicia Anderson shook her head as she looked at an outdated photo of 17529 Kentfield. The gray, ranch-style bungalow was visible from the 59-year-old’s bedroom window. She saw it every day. But it had been years since she glimpsed at it as it once was: well-kept and thoughtfully trimmed. A home. “Eli took care of it. Inside and out,” Anderson said as she looked at the Google Street View image from 2013, back when Eli Brown, her sister’s ex, lived in the northwest Detroit house. “He kept it up.” To a casual observer, the downfall of 17529 Kentfield was a slow unraveling — difficult to diagnose. Brown left in 2014. New people moved in. Then they moved out. At some point, the grass stopped being mowed. Trash and discarded personal belongings started to stack up out front. Pipes, the garage door and a wrought iron gate were scrapped. By May 2018, … [Read more...] about Detroit real estate game creates chaos in neighborhoods
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Robert Snell and Sarah Rahal The Detroit News Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Jul 20, 2018 Dearborn — A Dearborn man captured on an Islamic State battlefield this month was tricked by fellow Muslims into traveling overseas and became trapped in war-torn Syria, his brother said Friday. Relatives, public records and legal experts helped establish a narrative timeline of Ibraheem Musaibli's final months in the United States, his perilous path overseas and potential prosecution in a high-profile criminal case in Detroit. The chronology emerged Friday, one day after it was revealed the Dearborn native had been captured by Coalition-backed forces in Syria while believed to be fighting for the Islamic State. Musaibli, 28, is no terrorist but was lured by fellow Muslims into coming to Syria to study religion and work, younger brother Abdullah Musaibli told The Detroit News on Friday via Facebook Messenger. "My brother is the best person in the world, however he is … [Read more...] about Suspected ISIS soldier tricked into joining fight, family says
Allie Gross Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jun 30, 2018 The City of Detroit is walking back its intentions to possibly condemn a solitary ramshackle house next to Little Caesars Arena, and is now attempting to work with the owners of the pricy two-story duplex. "The good news is since we filed the suit, which we think would make everyone dig in deeper, it’s actually a little opposite," said Lawrence Garcia, a lawyer for the city. Since 2009, the owners of 2712 Cass Ave. have accumulated 50 blight tickets with violations ranging from the unlawful occupation of a rental property without lead clearance (a $4,000 fine) to the allowance of bulk solid waste to lie on or about the property (a $1,000 fine). The house, standing almost defiantly as the Ilitch family develops the area behind Little Caesars, is listed for sale for $4,790,000. In May, the city said it was considering moving to condemn the home because the owners failed to respond to … [Read more...] about City working with owners of dilapidated house near LCA to avoid condemnation
Phoebe Wall Howard and Joe Guillen Detroit Free Press Published 10:58 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018 Ownership of the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station transferred in recent days, from a Moroun family company to a company whose leadership has not been identified or confirmed. However, the Free Press found that the new owner of the train station property is a company whose New York street address is also that of a law firm that has represented Ford Motor Credit in lawsuits for more than a decade. While it is not known what, exactly, this means for Ford Motor, the Free Press has confirmed that ongoing talks about a potential train station acquisition in Corktown have been moving forward. It's a highly sensitive negotiation, according to parties involved. A warranty deed dated May 22 was recorded May 23 by the Wayne County Register of Deeds, transferring ownership from the Moroun-affiliated MCS Crown Land Development Co. LLC to New Investment Properties … [Read more...] about Detroit train depot ownership transferred to company with ties to Ford
Warranty deed recorded May 23 shows ownership transfer of Michigan Central StationFormer Detroit Public Schools book depository building next to depot also transferredProperty transfer comes as Ford Motor Co. is widely expected to buy the train station Kirk Pinho/Crain's Detroit Business The Michigan Central Station has sat vacant since 1988, when Amtrak ended service to the 114-year-old towering train station in Detroit's Corktown neigborhood. One of the Moroun family's real estate companies quietly transferred ownership of the Michigan Central Station to a mystery company last week as all signs point to Ford Motor Co. purchasing Detroit's long-vacant train station in Corktown.A warranty deed dated May 22 was recorded May 23 by the Wayne County Register of Deeds, transferring ownership from the Moroun-owned MCS Crown Land Development Co. LLC to New Investment Properties I LLC, property records obtained by Crain's show.On the same day, the Moroun company also … [Read more...] about Morouns transfer ownership of train station to mystery company
UPDATE: Former high ranking Lake County police commander Daniel Murchek is indicted in the towing bribery scandal CROWN POINT — Dan Murchek, a former high-ranking administrator, is charged and will plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his involvement in the deepening Region towing bribery scandal.The U.S. Attorney's office made public early Friday a one-count indictment against Murchek, shortly after the 24-year veteran of the Lake County police force ended his law enforcement career with an abrupt resignation.U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John E. Martin arraigned Murchek, 57, of Schererville on the felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was freed on bond.Although Murchek pleaded not guilty Friday, attorney Caitlin Padula, who represented Murchek in court, said Murchek already has signed a plea agreement admitting he lied to FBI agents Nov. 14, 2016, when he denied receiving an illegal campaign contribution from an … [Read more...] about A history of corruption in government in Northwest Indiana continues
David A. Lieb, Associated Press Published 3:04 a.m. ET April 11, 2018 Jefferson City, Mo. – Over the past 15 months, dozens of state lawmakers across the nation have been forced from office, removed from leadership roles, reprimanded or publicly accused of sexual misconduct in a mounting backlash against misbehavior by those in power. Yet the majority of state legislative chambers have no publicly available records of any sexual misconduct claims over the past decade. They say no complaints were made, no tally was kept, or they don’t legally have to disclose it, The Associated Press found. Some lawmakers and experts on sexual wrongdoing in the workplace say that suggests politicians are not taking the problem seriously. “There is no good excuse for not making that information available,” said Republican state Sen. Karen McConnaughay of Illinois. “If the voters don’t know these things are going on, then they can’t very well make a judgment … [Read more...] about Legislatures lack public records of misconduct claims
LATEST: Two caught in Portage with BB-style guns near school released by police, charges pending PORTAGE — Two men target shooting with BB-style guns Thursday triggered a district-wide lockdown of the city's public and private schools, Portage police said.The two men were later apprehended near Fegely Middle School, but have been released from police custody.Police Chief Troy Williams said the men were brought back to the station and later released. The reports will be forwarded to the Porter County Prosecutor's office for potential charges. The names of the two men were not released pending the filing of formal charges."It is not a crime to walk on a street with a rifle, but it's not the norm," Williams said.Reports of men with weapons near the school triggered a flood of police response just after 7:30 a.m.Williams said the incident is a reminder of the public safety concern created by people who carry weapons near public school buildings, especially 24 hours after a mass … [Read more...] about 5 important stories you need to know from Thursday: Two caught in Portage with BB-style guns near school released by police, charges pending. Indiana Supreme Court rules Lake Michigan shoreline belongs to all Hoosiers.
UPDATE: South Dakota man ID’d as person shot dead in officer-involved shooting at Merrillville car dealership MERRILLVILLE — A suspect accused of entering a car dealership armed with a knife Wednesday is dead following an officer-involved shooting at Art Hill Ford Lincoln dealership on U.S. 30, authorities have confirmed.The 30-year-old man was identified Wednesday afternoon by the Lake County Coroner's office as Jimmy Terry, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance, a spokesman for the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force, said the task force is investigating the shooting that involved Merrillville police. Merrillville police were called out at 11:38 a.m. to Art Hill Ford Lincoln, 901 W. Lincoln Highway, after receiving a 911 call that a man was armed with a knife and "chasing an employee" inside the dealership, Mance said. As officers arrived, Mance said they received updated information from 911 dispatch that Terry had … [Read more...] about 5 important stories you need to know: South Dakota man ID’d as person shot dead in officer-involved shooting at Merrillville car dealership. 3 Floyds files plans for major expansion that would more than double its size.
The door was locked but the light outside was burning bright, and when the three women arrived for bridge with Mr. Haysom they were puzzled to find no one answering the bell. The cars were in the driveway. Though it was daytime, the porch lamp by the door had been left on. It was April 3, 1985, and the neighborhood was quiet. The women called Annie Massie, a friend who had a spare key, in case something had befallen their bridge partner or his wife. Holcomb Rock Road, where Derek and Nancy Haysom lived, snaked through central Virginia and into the hilly deep woods around Lynchburg. Derek, seventy-two, was a South African engineer. He had met Nancy, an American, known as Cita, in Johannesburg when they were both divorced. They’d joined their families, and, in 1964, they had their only child together, Elizabeth, raised in Nova Scotia, where Derek ran a steel mill. The house on Holcomb Rock Road, which they’d bought a few years earlier for retirement, was modest, but it had a … [Read more...] about A College Romance That Led to Murder