Man faces charges after bank robbery, crash on US-23 in Ann Arbor during police chase
ANN ARBOR – Ken Kenyatta Wilson was charged on Friday with a slew of felonies by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. Wilson fled police officers on Tuesday afternoon after robbing the Chase Bank at 4101 E. Ellsworth Road in Pittsfield Township, leading to a chase when the suspect crashed his vehicle in the area of US-23 and Washtenaw Ave. Wilson was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital with serious injuries, but was reported to be in stable condition. (Pittsfield Charter Township Department of Public Safety)Officers recovered stolen money, several firearms and ammunition from inside his vehicle and the scene of the crash. Investigations at both the bank and the crash site were conducted by detectives, Pittsfield officers and evidence technicians.
Washtenaw County receives extra 2,500 COVID vaccine doses for most vulnerable residents
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn, FILE)YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Health Department has announced a new pilot project as a result of receiving 2,500 additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Department applied for the extra vaccines through the MDHHS’ Community Outreach COVID-19 Pilot Project. With the help of local partners and leaders, the Health Department will host several pop-ups in areas with high Social Vulnerability Index. AdPriority areas include the east side of Washtenaw County as well as areas of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township including the zip codes 48197, 48198, 48108, and 48105. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us, but some areas and communities within Washtenaw County have been more severely impacted,” health officer with Washtenaw County Health Department Jimena Loveluck said in a news release.
TheRide, Washtenaw County partner to provide shuttles to mass COVID vaccination site
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) has partnered with the Washtenaw County Health Department to provide transportation to and from the county’s mass COVID vaccination site at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Service began on Wednesday and anyone who has a scheduled appointment at the EMU site can use the shuttles. “This is an important step in making our mass vaccination site at EMU more accessible. We’re thankful to the TheRide for working with us to provide transportation at no cost to riders,” Loveluck said in a news release. The shuttles operate every 30 minutesThe shuttles are limited to 20 individuals per vehicle.
Yo-Yo Ma serenades newly-vaccinated at inoculation clinic
This photo provided by Berkshire Community College shows cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing at Berkshire Community Colleges second dose Pfizer vaccination clinic in the Paterson Field House on Saturday, March 13, 2021 in Pittsfield, Mass. Newly vaccinated Massachusetts residents were treated to a mini concert when the famed cellist brought out his instrument after getting his second shot. (Jonah Sykes/Berkshire Community College via AP)PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Newly vaccinated Massachusetts residents were treated to a mini concert over the weekend when famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought out his instrument after getting his second coronavirus shot. A masked-up Ma took a seat along the wall of the observation area Saturday at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield and played for about 15 minutes to applause from the other attendees.
Howell man charged in connection with Pittsfield Township murder, shooting in Ypsilanti
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Roger Lee Pierce Jr., a 50-year-old man from Howell, was arraigned Saturday in connection with a Pittsfield Township homicide and a shooting in Ypsilanti. Police said they found the body of Marcus McMullan, a 39-year-old man from Ypsilanti, with a gunshot wound to the head. Police, joined by officers with the Detroit DEA office and Michigan State Police, took Pierce into custody on an arrest warrant for felonious assault. Police said during the interview with Pierce, additional search warrants led to charges being authorized for open murder and six other firearm related counts. Pierce was arraigned Saturday and is being held without bond.
Recreational pot laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say
Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. If every state legalized recreational marijuana sales, an extra 6,800 people would die each year in traffic accidents, the researchers calculated. Variations in sales taxes, purchase limits and other aspects of marijuana laws in each state could play a role in any impact on traffic deaths. But the authors said other factors they did not consider could have influenced traffic deaths.
Seven events at the Ann Arbor District Library to spice up your October
A look inside the Pittsfield branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. Phot | Sarah M. ParletteANN ARBOR, Mich. - This month the Ann Arbor District Library is offering some "spooktacular" programming and fun community finds. Photo | Ann Arbor District LibraryAuthor Event | Garth Nix: 'Angel Mage'Oct. 7 -- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The author event with Jon Milan and Gail Offen will be on Oct. 14 in Ann Arbor. Participants need to be seen by the judges between 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the award ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. Target gift cards will be awarded for best kids costume, best teen costume, best adult costume and best family costume.