Nightside Report June 8, 2021: Tipsters come forward in JoAnn Matouk Romain death case, Kwame Kilpatrick set to make public appearance at Detroit church

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Tipsters come forward as JoAnn Matouk Romain death case sees renewed interest

DETROIT – It’s been less than a month since Dateline Detroit focused on the death of JoAnn Matouk Romain and the family said people unwilling to talk in the past are starting to come forward.

The case is complicated. The family is now offering $200,000 in reward money in hopes of finding out what happened to JoAnn Matouk Romain.

“I think that people have been scared for a long time to come forward and I do think that with this reward people might be more open to coming forward,” JoAnn Matouk Romain’s daughter, Michelle Romain, said.

Tipsters are starting to respond to the offer of a reward. Information has been sent to the Local 4 Defenders and to the Romain family.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 891,057; Death toll now at 19,432

Metro Detroit weather: Storms, humidity and heat in the forecast

Summer wants to start. The calendar says no, but the temperatures, humidity and storm chances are vetoing that decision.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Since his release from prison in January, we’ve heard very little from ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Click here to read more.
  • A former high school teacher from Berkley is accused of grooming students for sex. Click here to read more.
  • Justin Dorsey was 14 years old when he saw his mother take her last breath. Click here to read more.
  • Video posted to Facebook showed six cars blowing past a red light. It’s captioned, Sunday Funday. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Michigan’s vaccine data reveals large differences by age, location

Michigan has been transparent about sharing how many vaccinations have been administered in the state, the number of residents in each county and even the demographics of those vaccinated.

More than 70% of those with the highest risk for developing severe illness -- people over 50 -- have received at least one shot. We’ve already seen the benefit during the last wave with a lower percentage of hospitalizations in older ages. Unfortunately, that’s not the situation for most of the state.

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Michigan liquidating state surplus of Personal Protection Equipment

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there were calls for donations and fundraisers for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to protect frontline workers against coronavirus.

In August, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services received a grant that provided millions of dollars to help facilities with the increased costs of PPE.

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Michigan secretary of state adds 350K appointments, ramps up operations

Michigan’s secretary of state offices are ramping up operations to help serve more residents over the next several months, according to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

On Tuesday, Benson announced that branches across the state will be adding 350,000 additional appointment slots between now and September in an effort to serve more Michiganders.

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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.