Detroit police say trucking company responsible for demolition of house meant for needy family

Owner of Gipson Brother's Trucking facing charges

DETROIT – A prescription bottle left at the scene of a demolished house in Detroit led police to the company responsible for tearing down the home meant for a needy family.

Police say Gipson Brother's Trucking, a Detroit company that also does demolitions, tore down the house that Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo was rehabbing.

The company's owner, Sherman Gipson, is charged with malicious destruction of property worth more than $20,000 for tearing down the house.

According to Gay-Dagnogo, a fire damaged the home over the summer. She was considering having the home torn down, so she put out bids to vet demolition. Gipson's bid was $7,000, an offer Gay-Dagnogo acknowledged through an email, but never gave the company permission to demolish the house.

Police say if Gay-Dagnogo would have initially disclosed she was considering demolition, the investigation would have concluded quicker.

Gay-Dagnogo disputes that claim.


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