Nightside Report April 7, 2021: Manager testifies about former employee accused of raping 17-year-old co-worker, Police say baby found abandoned near creek expected to be OK

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Teen says she was sexually assaulted by former co-worker at Jimmy John's in Sterling Heights
Teen says she was sexually assaulted by former co-worker at Jimmy John's in Sterling Heights

Manager testifies about former employee accused of raping 17-year-old co-worker at Sterling Heights Jimmy John’s

DETROIT – A 17-year-old girl said she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker when she worked at Jimmy John’s in Sterling Heights.

The girl, who has a disability, and her family are suing the franchise of the store. Deposition in the case is already underway.

Testimony from the manager of the store said she and the owners of the store knew one of their employees was a convicted sex offender.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 715,478; Death toll now at 16,327

Metro Detroit weather: Chance of thunderstorm with heavy downpours, strong winds

Temperatures have hit their warm limit for the week, but the strongest storms are yet to arrive.

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4 Fast Facts

  • A 4-month-old baby is expected to be OK after he was found lying face down in a wooded area on the banks of an Orion Township creek on Wednesday, police said. Click here to read more.
  • The Detroit Police and Fire departments came together Wednesday to do something to keep Skylar’s memory alive for years to come. Click here to read more.
  • A collision on I-96 Tuesday night in Livingston County has led to an investigation involving state Rep. Jewell Jones. Click here to read more.
  • A Clarkston man is facing charges after a homeowner said she caught him on camera “pleasuring himself” with an Elmo doll, according to police. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Michigan has highest number of COVID cases in the nation

Michigan has the highest number of COVID cases in the nation and the highest case rate in the last seven days.

Michigan also leads the nation when it comes to adults in ICU beds for COVID-19. The numbers continue to trend in the wrong direction.

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Advocacy group pushes for removal of mandatory COVID testing of Michigan student athletes

There’s another issue popping up involving school sports -- this one involves the testing of student athletes.

Two weeks ago, the Michigan Health and Human Services issued an emergency order requiring student athletes in contact sports to be tested regularly for COVID.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.