ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

Grandmother uses keys to beat 5 pit bull puppies off her granddaughter

A Detroit grandmother said she used her keys to beat five pit bull puppies off her 4-year-old granddaughter on the city's east side.

The attack happened Wednesday afternoon on East Outer Drive near Dickerson Avenue, police said.

Joi Powers said she saw a woman getting chased into the street by five pit bull puppies that were chasing and biting her. Powers said her granddaughter got out of the car and ran toward the dogs, and they attacked the 4-year-old girl.

Detroit grandmother uses keys to beat 5 pit bull puppies off her granddaughter

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Wyandotte school

A parent volunteer has come forward to reveal how much freedom he had at a Wyandotte school amid child sex charges against another former volunteer.

"There was never any supervision with me in those hallways," the volunteer said.

The parent said he was a volunteer at James Monroe Elementary School in Wyandotte. That's where Michael Beebe, 47, volunteered until an investigation was conducted in May.

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Toxic algae

Blue-green algae is a danger that could take the life of your dog, something some local veterinarians have already seen firsthand.

The aquatic plant contains toxins that may be deadly for pets and can be found in some Michigan waterways.

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Rape kit backlog

More than 11,000 untested rape kits were discovered in a Detroit warehouse 10 years ago, but now, almost the entire backlog is gone.

Local 4 Defender Karen Drew has been covering the story for a decade. On Wednesday, she spoke with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who commemorated what her office has accomplished in convicting rapists and leading the nation in how rapes are treated and investigated.

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Critical shooting

A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot near the Cabana Motel on Harper Avenue early Wednesday morning.

According to authorities, the man was driving a gold Buick when a gunman approached, opened fire and took his car.

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