Eastbound I-94 at Woodward Avenue in Detroit back open after shooting
DETROIT – Eastbound I-94 at Woodward Avenue in Detroit was closed Monday afternoon as the result of a bullet casings search from a shooting, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. MDOT announced the closure and search for the bullet casings around 2 p.m. Monday. Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday the area was back open. A tow truck driver reported he was shot at by the suspect. State police say this was a road rage shooting and the suspect pulled off to the side of the freeway and started firing shots at the tow truck driver.
Detroit couple’s hair care products to be distributed in Walmart stores
DETROIT – A Metro Detroit couple started a business in their basement, worked together for years while traveling a lot and building on their ideas. Their products are about to appear on the shelves of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer. Local 4 business editor Rod Meloni has the story. You can watch his full report in the video player above. Read more: Local and national business headlines
Detroit police seek 44-year-old man missing since Saturday
DETROIT – Detroit police are searching for a missing 44-year-old man named Dwayne Carl. Carl was last seen on Saturday, Sept. 26 around noon at his home in the 7500 block of Rockdale in Detroit. He was last seen wearing a neon green face mask, blue Polo shirt, camouflage pants and light green Nike shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at 1-800-Speak-Up. READ MORE: Missing in Michigan reports
Robber who threatened store employee with box cutter wanted by Detroit police
DETROIT – The Detroit Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted in connection with a robbery that happened on the city’s east side. On Sept. 10 at around 5:20 p.m. in the 14300 block of Harper in Detroit, a 49-year-old store employee witnessed an unknown man attempting to leave the location with merchandise in his pockets. During the situation the robber pulled out a box cutter which led to the employee backing off. The robber is described as a black man in the middle to late 40s, 6 feet tall and weighs 215 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department’s 9th Precinct at 313-596-5940 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.
Local aviation industry taking off again after early pandemic turbulence
DETROIT – Since March the coronavirus pandemic has hurt the American commercial aviation industry. On Monday in Oakland County Local 4 News got a look at the damage to that sector and the recovery process. Pentastar Aviation is on M-59 which is part of the Oakland County International Airport. The Oakland County International Airport is the second busiest in the State of Michigan behind Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Oakland County Executive David Coulter says Michigan’s general aviation business is a quiet giant.
15-year-old Southgate student killed in Traverse City ATV crash
SOUTHGATE, Mich. – Samantha Witechowsky, 15, was killed in a Traverse City ATV crash over the weekend. She has been described as a remarkable student at Southgate Anderson High School. Pictures of memories are all Katie Sarah has of her niece following the tragic ATV crash. “Heard that an animal jumped in front of the ATV, she swerved, misses the animal,” said Sarah. She’s a beautiful, beautiful girl and we’re gonna love her forever,” Sarah said.
Oakland County judge expected to become first Chaldean to serve on federal bench
DETROIT – Oakland County Circuit Judge Hala Jarbou is expected to become the first Chaldean American to serve on a federal bench, according to leaders in the community. On Thursday, the US Senate confirmed her nomination to serve as a federal judge in western Michigan during a 83 to 15 vote. She has an immigrant success story and traces her roots to Telkaif, Iraq. Before that she served in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office, working primarily in the Circuit Court Division. Jarbou earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Wayne State University Law School.
Shooter returns to crime scene and fires shots at officers before fleeing again
Police say a 30-year-old man in a black Dodge Charger allegedly fired shots at several people who were selling food in the area. The shooter fled the scene afterward. When officers responded to the scene to investigate the shooter returned and allegedly started firing shots at officers and others who were present. He fled the scene, which led to a police chase. During the police chase the shooter hit two vehicles before getting out of his car and running away on foot.
Shot fired during police chase on Detroits west side
DETROIT Detroit police are investigating an incident involving gunfire that happened Friday afternoon in the area of Plymouth Road and Wyoming Avenue. Police say a shot was fired around 3 p.m. as officers tried stopping a man. Police say as the man ran from police he pulled out a gun. When officers heard the gun go off they grabbed the man and arrested him. According to police, although the gun went off, the man was not intentionally trying to target officers.
Car damage from tree limb sparks insurance battle with city of Royal Oak
ROYAL OAK, Mich. An issue in Royal Oak involving a falling tree limb that caused serious damage to a parked car is drawing attention. The tree was in distress before the storm brought it down. Now the vehicles owner wants to know why the city isnt helping cover the cost. A fast moving storm packing wild winds brought down part of the tree on Wrights vehicle. Wright was hoping the city would cover some costs, but he was wrong.
Dozens tear-gassed, arrested on Woodward Avenue amid Downtown Detroit protest
DETROIT – More than 40 protesters were taken into custody Saturday night as they blocked off Woodward Avenue between John R. Street and Grand River Avenue. About 100 people gathered on Woodward Avenue in a protest against “Operation Legend” -- an initiative established to address increasing gun and gang violence in cities across the U.S., including in Detroit. The group Detroit Will Breathe has expressed their opposition to the initiative, which brings additional federal agents to Detroit and other participating U.S. cities. Saturday night’s protest in Downtown Detroit went smoothly, for the most part, until about midnight. A Detroit Police Department spokesperson said half of the people arrested were not from the city of Detroit.
42 arrested during Detroit protest against increased presence of federal agents
DETROIT – Several people were arrested during a protest against Operation Legend on Saturday night in Downtown Detroit. According to the Detroit Police Department, a total of 42 protesters were arrested. The group Detroit Will Breathe organized the protest to speak out against federal agents who were sent by President Donald Trump’s administration to assist with increasing gun violence. Detroit Will Breathe is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. today outside Detroit Police Headquarters to discuss last night’s protest and police response. Operation Legend in Detroit
Local leaders weigh in on national debate over defunding police departments
DETROIT Local leaders are weighing in on the national conversation about defunding police departments. Well, Im totally against defunding the police, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. You talk about taking money from police departments, most departments across this country, anywhere between 70 and 80 percent of a departments budget goes to staffing, and so to take funding away means to take away police, added Craig. At its most basic level, defunding police means taking money away from a department to give to another government agency. Dr. Randall Wyatt, a sociology professor at Oakland University, says that if done right, defunding the police would help officers.
State worker accused of bilking Michigan unemployment insurance agency of $2 million
DETROIT – The US Attorney’s office in Detroit has charged 39-year-old Brandi Hawkins of Detroit as a key figure in a scheme to defraud the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency of millions of dollars. Hawkins was hired as a contract worker for the state’s unemployment agency in April 2020. The feds say she used her access to sign off on $2 million in fraudulently filed claims. When federal agents went to her Detroit home they found $200,000 in cash and numerous new high end luxury items. The federal investigation is ongoing in tracking down everybody who received fraudulent funds as part of the scheme.
State worker accused of bilking Michigan unemployment insurance agency of $2 million
State worker accused of bilking Michigan unemployment insurance agency of $2 millionPublished: July 17, 2020, 11:13 pmThe US Attorney’s office in Detroit has charged 39-year-old Brandi Hawkins of Detroit as a key figure in a scheme to defraud the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency of millions of dollars.
Mother and child shot on Detroits west side after family argument
DETROIT Tuesday afternoon police were called out to a home on Rutherford near the intersection of Rutherford and Pembroke following a family argument that could have turned deadly. Both, the woman involved and her baby where taken to the hospital by the alleged shooter believed to be the victims own brother. Right now were looking for the person of interest that is believed to be the shooter, said Commander, Patterson. Patterson says this just echoes the need for people to work their differences out with words and not weapons. Thank God that the baby and the mother are listed as going to be alright.