Barricaded gunman situation in Pittsfield Township ends in arrest 14 hours later
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A barricaded gunman situation in Pittsfield Township that started early Tuesday morning ended 14 hours later with one man in custody. The standoff, which began at 1:56 a.m., Jan. 18, at the Glencoe Hills Apartment Complex east of Ann Arbor, ended at 3:36 p.m., according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. Police on scene at barricaded gunman situation in Pittsfield TownshipWitness reports were confirmed by officers arriving at the scene who also heard several shots coming from the apartment, police said. The case will be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review and charges, police said. Anyone who witnessed anything in the area leading up to the incident, or who has information about the incident, are asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4958, or 734-822-4911.mlive.com
Police on scene at barricaded gunman situation in Pittsfield Township
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Police are on scene at a barricaded gunman situation in Pittsfield Township early Tuesday morning, after responding to reports of multiple shots fired in the area. Police were called at 1:56 a.m. Jan. 18, to the 2200 block of Glencoe Hills Drive for a report of shots fired in the Glencoe Hills Apartment Complex, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. Callers reported hearing multiple shots coming from inside one apartment which were confirmed by officers arriving at the scene who also heard several shots coming from the apartment, police said. Police ask everyone to avoid the area while officers are on scene which remains active as of 7:30 a.m. Anyone who witnessed anything in the area leading up to the incident, or who has information about the incident, are asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4958, or 734-822-4911.mlive.com
MDOT to hold virtual Q&A on Michigan Avenue overhaul project south of Ann Arbor
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI - Michigan transportation officials are holding a virtual public meeting on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. to address the $30 million overhaul of Michigan Avenue and U.S. 23 in Pittsfield Township. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will present a traffic noise analysis and technical report on the project south of Ann Arbor, scheduled to begin construction this year, then take questions. The long-awaited road project will widen Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12), intending to ease congestion and make turning safer while adding an auxiliary lane to U.S. 23 north to I-94. The MDOT report considered the impact on neighboring subdivisions and other areas of traffic noise generated by the project. New ramps are being added at the U.S. 23 interchange, and acceleration/de-acceleration lanes are being extended on the highway south of Michigan Avenue.mlive.com
Planned affordable housing complex slated to bring 295 rent-capped units near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Affordable apartments are slipping away from suburban Ann Arbor areas serving the “missing middle” of mid-range family dwellings, Pittsfield Township officials said. That’s one reason they’re enthusiastic about plans for a multi-family housing complex promising to bring 295 new apartment units to the intersection of Clark and Golfside roads, across from Washtenaw Community College.mlive.com
Dense ‘new urban’ development near Ann Arbor can move forward after township OK
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI - A dense, mixed-use development combining several types of housing and a walkable, city neighborhood-like feel — hailed by some as an innovative take on what a suburban Ann Arbor community could look like — is moving forward. Pittsfield Township’s elected leaders, by a 5-1 vote, approved a second reading of plans for Sutherland Square, the 22.5-acre development proposed along State Street south of West Textile Road.mlive.com
77-acre Ann Arbor community solar project gets key township OK
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI - A 77-acre solar project in Pittsfield Township, just outside Ann Arbor, promises to bring local officials across the finish line on one of their long-held goals: a municipality that runs completely on green energy. “It will be absolutely 100% from renewables,” township Supervisor Mandy Grewal pledged of the power supply for public buildings at an October meeting. And on Wednesday, Dec. 8, township leaders brought that promise one step closer to a reality.mlive.com
1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Washtenaw County mobile home park
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI -- A 26-year-old Pittsfield Township man was killed in a shooting at a mobile home park Thursday morning, according to police. Police were dispatched to a report of shots fired at the 5200 block of West Michigan Ave. within the Arbor Meadows Mobile Home Community in Pittsfield Township at 6:11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, according to a Pittsfield Township Police Department news release. Officers located the driver of the Malibu, a 26-year-old Pittsfield Township man. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. A 30-year-old Ypsilanti Township man who was a passenger of the vehicle was also located nearby suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to police.mlive.com
Police investigate Washtenaw County shooting
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Two Ypsilanti Township men were shot at Wednesday morning, leaving their vehicle disabled on a Pittsfield Township street, police say. Police were called at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, to a report of multiple shots fired in the 4000 block of Silverleaf Lane, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. The initial investigation indicates the Malibu pulled in front of a white SUV moments before the shooting took place with the SUV fleeing the scene prior to police arrival, police said. At this time, the shooting appears to be an isolated incident as it is believed the victims and the shooter knew one another, police said. Police are still actively investigating the shooting and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has a recording of it to contact the Pittsfield Township Detective Bureau at 734-822-4958.mlive.com
184-unit development with townhomes, duplexes and office space near Ann Arbor gets first OK
Plans show the layout of the proposed Inglewood Park West development by Pulte Homes slated for Pittsfield Township. On Nov. 18, 2021, the township Planning Commission gave an initial OK to preliminary plans for the 70-acre site, sending them to the Board of Commissioners for review.Captured from Pittsfield Township Planning Commission meeting packetmlive.com
Plans for dense, mixed-use development near Ann Arbor get first OK
WASTHENAW COUNTY, MI - A proposal for a dense development combining five types of units and a walkable, neighborhood-like feel that developers say hits the “sweet spot between luxury housing and entry-level housing” got a first OK in Pittsfield Township on Wednesday. The preliminary plans will still be back before the township’s Board of Trustees for a second reading and public hearing on Dec. 8, where residents can weigh in on the proposal for Sutherland Square, the 22.5-acre development proposed along State Street south of West Textile Road.mlive.com
Police bodycam footage shows Pittsfield Township officer briefly point gun at 10-year-old boy
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Footage from a Pittsfield Township police officer’s body camera shows the officer briefly pointing his gun at and handcuffing a 10-year-old boy during an April incident. The footage, obtained by MLive/The Ann Arbor News through a Freedom of Information Act request, was recorded April 16 by the officer when police stopped a vehicle being driven by the boy’s father near Briarwood Mall after a shooting.mlive.com
Second time’s the charm: Pittsfield Township voters OK public safety tax increase
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - After nixing a similar measure at the ballot box in May, Pittsfield Township voters OK’d a revised tax increase for police and fire services on Nov. 2. It will increase the tax rate from 1.95 to 2.95 mills, or $2.95 on each $1,000 of taxable value, for five years. That’s a more modest ask than the 2-mill increase voters shot down in the spring. Township leaders also dodged a budgetary bullet. Officials made their case to voters in a series of town halls, attended by more than 50 residents, Grewal said.mlive.com
Pittsfield Township police officer pointed gun at 10-year-old, federal lawsuit says
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Attorney Dionne Webster-Cox asked the following question at a Tuesday protest in Pittsfield Township: How could an unarmed boy necessitate a police officer handcuffing and pointing a gun at him? Webster-Cox represents Markia Dixson, the mother of an 11-year-old Black boy who experienced this interaction with a Pittsfield Township police officer in April. Webster-Cox filed a lawsuit on Oct. 5 in U.S. District Court against the officer, requesting $400,000 for causing “emotional injury” to the boy.mlive.com
Polls open for voting in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR, MI — Election Day is here and polls are now open for voting in Ann Arbor and other parts of Washtenaw County. While there are no county, state or federal races or issues to decide, there are some local ballot proposals and contested local races. That includes four city ballot proposals in Ann Arbor, a tax proposal in Pittsfield Township, mayoral races in Chelsea and Milan, and City Council races in Chelsea, Milan and Saline. Read election reminders and tips from the Ann Arbor city clerk’s office here and view Ann Arbor’s Election Day line tracker here. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor voters to decide election reform proposal in NovemberAnn Arbor officials have mixed feelings about upcoming city electionPittsfield Township asking voters again for public safety tax increaseHow they voted: Ann Arbor City Council vote breakdown for October 2021Ann Arbor spent over $10M on city employee overtime in last three yearsmlive.com
Milan teen killed in head-on crash near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - A 17-year-old driver died early Saturday in a Pittsfield Township crash, police said. Officers responded to reports of a traffic crash at 12:07 a.m., Oct. 30 on Michigan Avenue just east of Campbell Road in the township just south of Ann Arbor, said the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety in a release. Investigators determined that a vehicle traveling quickly eastbound on Michigan Avenue crossed over the centerline into westbound traffic lanes, police said. Anyone with information on the crash, including witnesses, may contact Pittsfield Township police at the confidential tip line by phone at 734-822-4958. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:Teen arrested after bringing loaded gun to Addison Community SchoolsMan given 15-year prison sentence for armed robbery of Ann Arbor burrito shopSuspect in custody after man shot in Ypsilanti Township neighborhoodmlive.com
What’s on the Nov. 2 election ballot in Washtenaw County? Here’s your complete guide
There are no candidates on the ballot in Ann Arbor, but city voters will decide four ballot proposals. In Saline, a city council race laden with incumbents will gauge whether residents want a newcomer or are satisfied with their current local leaders. Here’s what’s on the ballot:In Ann Arbor, voters to decide four ballot proposalsAnn Arbor's city hall on July 17, 2021. Meet the candidatesIs Chelsea City Council headed for a shake-up? Current Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Kolar faces long-time City Council Member Doug Gilson in the Nov. 2 election.mlive.com
After 7 years, developer revives plans for 243-unit development on farmland near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - It’s been seven years, but plans for a 243-unit single-family housing development on farmland next to U.S. 23 in Pittsfield Township south of Ann Arbor are back. The rezoning is contingent on the simultaneously approval of the new site plan. Commissioners will see a “take two” sometime in the future, Planning Commission Chair Matthew Payne said. “Is that the price of a new starter home these days?” Payne, the planning commission chair, asked. As the planning commission transitioned into another topic, Payne, its chair, addressed the audience.mlive.com
Pittsfield Township leaders have $4M in federal COVID stimulus. Here’s how they’ll spend it
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Sewer line improvements and upgrades to township buildings are the major winners in how Pittsfield Township leaders are choosing to spent roughly $4 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus funds, according to a budget approved Wednesday, Oct. 13. The largest of Pittsfield’s commitments with the federal dollars is $2.5 million to upgrade a major artery of the township’s sewer system, carrying 60% of the municipality’s wastewater, according to officials. Municipalities across the county are eligible for the federal COVID stimulus money based on their population and most recent budget. At the Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously approved the budget with little discussion. Grewal responded that those programs didn’t fall under the allowable spending categories, but that the township would budget for those trainings in the coming year.mlive.com
1 adult, 3 children treated for smoke inhalation after kitchen fire near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – One adult and three children were treated for smoke inhalation when fire broke out in their Pittsfield Township apartment. Arriving crews could smell smoke in the area, leading them to an apartment where an active smoke alarm could be heard, officials said. Fire crews forced the door open after receiving no response from anyone inside and saw smoke billowing to the floor, officialsFirefighters searched the apartment and found the adult and children, who were evacuated from the building and treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, officials said. The fire was discovered to be coming from the kitchen stove and was quickly put out, officials said, adding that the apartment sustained only minor smoke and physical damage. More from MLive:Police searching for missing Ann Arbor teenAnn Arbor releases 19-page legal defense of city’s COVID vaccine mandateEastern Michigan University fraternity under fire in sexual assault case files to dismiss lawsuitmlive.com
Driver killed in U.S. 23 crash near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – At least one person died in a crash on southbound U.S. 23 outside Ann Arbor Tuesday morning, snarling the morning commute. Police are on scene on southbound U.S. 23 near Michigan Avenue in Pittsfield Township, east of Ann Arbor, investigating the crash that occurred at about 6:55 a.m. on Oct. 12, according to Michigan State Police. Southbound U.S. 23 is restricted to a single lane causing traffic to back up in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area while police continue to investigate the crash for several hours. Check back later with MLive/The Ann Arbor News as this story develops.mlive.com
63-year-old bicyclist fatally hit by car in Washtenaw County
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A bicyclist was killed in Pittsfield Township late Tuesday night, police said on Wednesday. Johnny Lavern James, 63, was killed when he was hit by a car while riding along Carpenter Road, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. Emergency crews were called at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, to Carpenter Road south of I-94 for a report of a crash involving a car and bicyclist, police said. Investigators determined James was riding north on Carpenter Road when he was struck from behind by a 22-year-old Ypsilanti man who was also going north, police said. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4958.mlive.com
3 charged after man found dead, 45 pets neglected inside filthy Pittsfield Township home
A woman has been charged with murder and two others face charges after a man was found dead and 45 dogs and cats were neglected inside a filthy <a href="https://www.clickondetroit.com/topic/Pittsfield_Township/" target="_blank"><b>Pittsfield Township</b></a> home, officials said.
Westbound lanes of Packard Road closed after water main break near U.S. 23 underpass
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - A water main break has closed the westbound lanes of Packard Road in Pittsfield Township. The road is closed Monday Oct. 4, at the intersection with Carpenter Road near the U.S. 23 underpass. Crews are on site at this time, township officials said. Lane restrictions are also being put in place on Tuesday, Oct. 5, as crews work to replace the road surface, officials said. More from The Ann Arbor News:Ann Arbor community solar project to begin generating energy in 2023, DTE saysLooking for a place to take in fall foliage?mlive.com
Ann Arbor community solar project to begin generating energy in 2023, DTE says
ANN ARBOR, MI — DTE Energy is moving ahead with a long-discussed community solar project outside Ann Arbor. It’s a first-of-its-kind community solar project for DTE and the company’s first MIGreenPower project in Washtenaw County allowing DTE customers to subscribe to it. “With this project, DTE is bringing a large-scale community solar installation to the residents of Washtenaw County,” Trevor Lauer, president of DTE’s electric company, said in a statement. It’s also designed to support Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township with achieving renewable energy goals. DTE’s announcement of the Ann Arbor community solar project comes as some local officials and residents are criticizing the company for not investing enough in renewable energy.mlive.com
Pittsfield Township invites residents to town halls on proposed public safety tax hike
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Pittsfield Township officials are inviting residents to a series of public town halls to discuss a proposed tax increase for police and fire services, their second attempt to raise revenue for public safety in less than a year. If passed, it would increase the tax rate from 1.95 to 2.95 mills, or $2.95 on each $1,000 of taxable value, for five years. For a home with a $200,000 market value, the public safety tax hike would translate into an $8 monthly increase in residents’ tax bills, officials said. The case for the public safety tax increasePittsfield Township taxes have remained unchanged since 2011, when residents approved the public safety rate that’s currently in place but will expire this year. The increase on the November ballot, which would replace the old one, will allow public safety officials to hire more police and fire personnel to service a growing population.mlive.com
Walking, biking pathway added to Michigan Avenue overhaul near Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Officials in Pittsfield Township, south of Ann Arbor, have persuaded Michigan’s Department of Transportation to modify plans for a $30 million overhaul of a stretch of road where Michigan Avenue meets U.S. 23 to include a 1.2-mile multi-use pathway. Previously plans called for 8-foot paved shoulders on each side of what is slated to become a five-lane section Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12). The proposed 10-foot wide pathway will run along the south side of Michigan Avenue between Platt and Carpenter Roads, the entire length of the project. The Michigan Avenue corridor project also includes a bridge replacement at the U.S. 23 interchange and is intended to reduce congestion at the intersection. More from The Ann Arbor News:Ann Arbor aims to correct ‘troubling power imbalance’ between renters and landlordsDeveloper pulls plans for sprawling project near Ann Arbor.mlive.com
Public meetings set on potential traffic noise concerns for U.S. 23, U.S. 12 projects
MDOT is hosting the virtual meetings on the noise analysis reports at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10. The meeting will cover MDOT analysis conducted on improvement projects on U.S. 23 and U.S. 12, also known as Michigan Avenue. At the U.S. 23 and U.S. 12 interchange, there will be new loop ramps in the northwest and southeast quadrants to eliminate left-turn movements onto U.S. 23, MDOT officials said. The traffic noise analysis predicts eight locations which will see exposure to noise due to traffic layout of the area, as well as traffic volume, mix and speed. Concerns and comments regarding the noise analysis may be sent before the meeting using MDOT’s online comment form.mlive.com
Scooter driver seriously injured in Pittsfield Township collision, police say
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI -- The driver of a motorized scooter is in the hospital for serious injuries following a vehicle collision Saturday afternoon. At about 5:30 p.m. on July 17, Pittsfield Township police responded to a vehicle crash causing injuries on Carpenter Road south of Packard Road. A vehicle entering the roadway hit a motorized scooter as it crossed through a private driveway, police said. The Pittsfield Township Police department Accident Investigations Team is investigating the incident. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to reach out to Matthew Harshberger, Pittsfield Township director of Public Safety, at 734-822-4921.mlive.com
Ann Arbor OKs plan for 77-acre community solar project
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor is advancing plans for a 24-megawatt solar farm in Pittsfield Township under a “community solar” model allowing community members to buy into it to support renewable energy. The plan includes 65 acres of ground-mounted solar panels and 12 acres of floating panels on a pond behind the facility. Under a deal the city worked out with DTE Energy, it would be a community solar pilot program available to DTE customers under the company’s MIGreenPower program, Deputy City Attorney Tim Wilhelm told council. Ann Arbor mayor proposes 20-year tax to fight climate changeIt’s absolutely critical for Ann Arbor to expand its creation of solar energy to meet its A2Zero goals, which include powering the community with 100% renewable energy by 2030, and the Wheeler Center solar energy installation will be a direct benefit to residents, Taylor said. “Hopefully we can make beautiful solar energy together,” he said.mlive.com
Man shot multiple times outside restaurant dies after driving himself to hospital
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – A Romulus man shot outside a Pittsfield Township restaurant Wednesday afternoon drove himself to the hospital where he later died, police say. Despite significant medical treatment, Banks succumbed to his injuries having suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Police are searching for two suspects, one driving a red SUV and the other driving a silver or gold sedan seen leaving the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Detective confidential tip line at 734-8224958. Mott Children’s Hospital top children’s hospital in Michigan, No.mlive.com
Maintenance work will cause road closures near Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Preventative chip seal work will cause road closures in Ypsilanti and Pittsfield townships beginning Tuesday, June 1, the Washtenaw County Road Commission announced. The road commission begins preventative maintenance chip seal projects on Stony Creek Road between Bemis Road and Textile Road in Ypsilanti Township, and on Crane Rd between Textile Rd and US-12 in Pittsfield Township. The chip seal work is done under lane restrictions with a flagging crew at each end of the work area regulating traffic. In Pittsfield Township, the road will reopen at the end of each day and remain open until work resumes the following morning. Once the work is completed, the road commission will advise drivers to lower their speeds to 35 mph while the stone settles.mlive.com
Brood X emerges, Art Fair is a full-go: Ann Arbor headlines May 22-27
ANN ARBOR, MI – Brood X cicadas have begun emerging from their long hibernation underground throughout Ann Arbor. First Brood X cicadas begin to emerge near Ann Arbor -- millions more expectedBrood X cicadas have begun to emerge in Michigan -- and Ann Arbor is at the epicenter. Ann Arbor Art Fair is full-go for 2021, organizers sayAfter an announcement earlier this week that at least part of the Ann Arbor Art Fair would be returning this summer, organizers confirmed the event is full-go. The directors of the Ann Arbor Street Fair, The Original, the Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair and the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair announced the return of the downtown Ann Arbor tradition Thursday, May 27, in a joint announcement. Large crowds gather, march in downtown Ann Arbor to support people of PalestineThousands of protesters were in downtown Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon to rally and march in solidarity and support for the people of Palestine.mlive.com
Activists march down Washtenaw Avenue in memory of George Floyd
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI — A fired up crowd of about 50 people marched down Washtenaw Avenue in Pittsfield Township Wednesday evening to recognize the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. The event, organized by Survivors Speak and Value Black Lives LLC, brought activists and community members down Washtenaw Avenue from the parking lot outside of Flagstar Bank, to Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office, where Trische Duckworth, executive director of Survivors Speak, spoke to the crowd. Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit, who made an appearance at the event, told the crowd that it’s imperative people continue fighting for an equitable justice system. The march was escorted down Washtenaw Avenue by Pittsfield Township and Eastern Michigan University police squad vehicles, which blocked off the intersection during the demonstration. Hershberger exchanged fist and elbow bumps with Duckworth and other organizers following the eight minute and 46 second moment of silence before the march restarted down Washtenaw Avenue.mlive.com
Man repeatedly stabbed during fight in Ann Arbor-area business
PITTSFIELD TWP., MI – An Ypsilanti Township man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times in a Pittsfield Township business Saturday night. Police were called at 6:33 p.m. Saturday, May 22, to a business in the 3100 block of Ann Arbor-Saline Road for a reported stabbing that had just occurred, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. Officers found the victim, 22, stabbed multiple times and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The stabbing suspect, a 38-year-old Pittsfield Township man, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail, police said. A second victim, a 53-year-old Ypsilanti Township man, suffered minor injuries while trying to intervene between the two men.mlive.com
Police determine Washtenaw County man was shot in Detroit
PITTSFIELD TWP., MI – Police investigating a shooting originally believed to have occurred at a Pittsfield Township apartment complex discovered the victim was actually shot in Detroit. The victim, a 25-year-old Pittsfield Township man, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm that was not considered life threatening, police said. The shooting was originally believed to have occurred in the 2100 block of Glencoe Hills Drive, police said. After investigating the scene throughout the night and conducting numerous witness interviews, police determined the shooting had not occurred in Pittsfield Township but in Detroit instead, police said. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Redford Police Department assisted in the investigation.mlive.com
Construction truck snags power lines, crashes into pole closing intersection overnight
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A Pittsfield Township intersection remains closed Thursday morning after a Wednesday afternoon crash caused extensive damage to power lines and a utility pole. At about 2:10 p.m. May 12, a construction truck with a boom and bucket entered the intersection of Textile Road and State Street where it snagged a power line and then struck a utility pole, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. The crash resulted in a power outage in the area and the closing of the intersection. The Washtenaw County Road Commission is working with DTE Energy to repair the damage which was described as “extensive,” officials said. More from MLive:Jeff Hayner not backing down from debate over offensive language as recall petition moves forwardHome weatherization program aims to lower utility bills for Washtenaw County residentsWho knew?mlive.com
Pittsfield Township to reassess strategy after public safety tax increase fails
Public safety tax increase voted down in Pittsfield Township“Obviously, folks here at public safety are a little bit disappointed, but we certainly are respectful of the voters decision,” Public Safety Director Matthew Hershberger said. Had the public safety tax passed, Pittsfield Township residents would have seen a tax increase of $30 per month for the median household. The cameras were part of the township’s pitch to residents to vote for the public safety tax. The biggest obstacle the department will face should it fail to increase its revenue is staffing, township officials have said. While community policing efforts are already underway in Pittsfield Township, Hershberger said officers can’t conduct community-centric practices without adequate staffing.mlive.com
Public safety tax increase voted down in Pittsfield Township
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Pittsfield Township residents on Tuesday voted down a request for a tax increase that would have gone toward public safety services. Approximately 18% of Washtenaw County voters participated in Tuesday’s election, according to the unofficial election results. The Pittsfield Township millage called for an increase from 1.95 to 3.95 mills, which translates to an additional $30 per month for the median household in Pittsfield Township. Township taxes have remained unchanged since November 2009, with the exception of the increase in public safety millage residents approved in 2011. Unofficial county election results for those proposals can be found here and here.mlive.com
Parts of Bemis Road near Ann Arbor to close for six weeks
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Bemis Road between Platt Road and Carpenter Road on the border of Pittsfield and York townships will close for repairs Tuesday, April 27, officials said. The road will be closed to through traffic for a resurfacing project for approximately six weeks, according to the Washtenaw County Road Commission. A posted detour will take motorists from Carpenter Road to E. Willis Road, and then to Platt Road back onto Bemis Road. Later this summer, the road commission will install a traffic signal at the intersection of Bemis Rd and Carpenter Rd. READ MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:University of Michigan warns it may ‘seek recourse’ against Ann Arbor developmentAnn Arbor comes to agreement with DTE over carbon neutrality programsSidewalk construction will create better pedestrian access along Ann Arbor roadmlive.com
Two vehicles, one building damaged after shots fired at Pittsfield apartment complex
Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image. PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Shots were fired on Saturday night after 10 p.m. at the Lynden Parke Apartments in Pittsfield Township. Pittsfield Police Officers and Washtenaw County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the complex at 2224 Golfside Road after receiving reports of shots fired and a report of a shooting directed at a subject. According to reports, an unknown person fired multiple rounds from a vehicle parked at Lynden Parke Apartments on the victim’s vehicle, and struck it several times. The gunfire also struck another vehicle and one of the apartment buildings.
Shooting damages two cars, apartment building, but no injuries
PITTSFIELD TWP., MI – A shooting at a Pittsfield Township apartment complex Saturday left two vehicles and one apartment damaged by gunfire, but no reported injuries. Officers arrived at the scene to discover an occupied vehicle parked outside an apartment had been shot by an unknown person who fled the scene prior to police arrival, police said. The vehicle was struck multiple times along with an adjacent vehicle and a nearby apartment which was also struck by gunfire, police said. No injuries were reported and police are still investigating the shooting. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department Detective Bureau at 734-822-4958.mlive.com
Missing 93-year-old woman found dead near Ann Arbor, police say
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Pittsfield Township resident Xing Pan was discovered on Sunday by a volunteer who had joined efforts to locate her after her family reported her missing. Pan, who suffered from dementia, was found deceased by a volunteer who joined the search party. According to authorities, she was known to frequently walk in the area of Carpenter Road and Packard Road. The Pittsfield Township Police Department conducted surveillance video checks, area searches, K9 searches, helicopter aerial searches, drone flights, used FLIR technology and more to locate Pan. Ad“Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers,” the Pittsfield Township Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.
Missing 93-year-old woman found dead outside of Ann Arbor
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI -- A woman reported missing Friday was found dead Sunday afternoon, police confirmed on Monday. The 93-year-old woman was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. Friday by her family. The Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety later put out a media release seeking help finding the missing woman. Pittsfield police and fire were assisted by Michigan State Police, Green Oak Township. Read more:Ann Arbor gets pushback from landlords on banning criminal background checksMajor apartment landlord raises issues with Ann Arbor’s new fair housing ordinanceDeath threats, dried pig fetus among concerns Ann Arbor officials reported to policemlive.com
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.
Public safety tax increase on May ballot in Pittsfield Township
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Pittsfield Township officials are asking voters to approve a public safety tax increase in a special election on Tuesday, May 4,The money from the increase would go to things like buying new body cams and hiring more officers to keep pace with the township’s growth, officials said. The Public Safety Millage calls for a mill increase from 1.95 to 3.95, which translates to an additional $60 per month for the median household in Pittsfield Township. “Our Pittsfield Township public safety team is committed to providing transparent, respectful and efficient customer service to all residents all the time,” Grewal said. Officials say it wants to increase its public safety department’s interactions and engagement with minority populations by participating in cultural events or educational institutions, as well as inviting faith-based and other leaders to public forums with the goal of providing equitable public safety services. Township taxes have remained unchanged since November 2009, with the exception of the increase in public safety millage residents approved in 2011.mlive.com
Bank robbery suspect who crashed on U.S. 23 was wearing body armor, police say
PITTSFIELD TWP., MI – A man suspected of robbing a bank then crashing on U.S. 23 while fleeing from police was found armed and wearing body armor when he was taken out of his wrecked vehicle, police say. Police responded to a reported bank robbery at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the Chase Bank branch in Pittsfield Township when they spotted the male suspect and attempted to pull him over, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. Bank robbery suspect fleeing police crashes on U.S. 23, closing freewayThe suspect was the only person injured in the crash. He was wearing body armor and clothing matching witness descriptions of what the bank robbery suspect was wearing at the time of the robbery, police said. The Michigan State Police, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Ypsilanti Police Department, Ann Arbor Police Department, Pittsfield Fire department and Huron Valley Ambulance assisted at the scene.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office begins vaccinating Washtenaw County Jail population
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – On Monday, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced it is now vaccinating incarcerated individuals at Washtenaw County Jail against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Due to their close quarters, those within the jail are susceptible to outbreaks and have the potential to become “community spreaders”, officials said. In a statement, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton highlighted steps WCSO and its partners have taken during the pandemic to reduce the risk of spreading the virus within the jail. Those entering the jail can receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. WCSO also has an online tracking COVID-19 data within Washtenaw County Jail.
Tens of millions of dollars in stimulus money expected to pour into Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR, MI — Tens of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money are expected to pour into local government coffers in Washtenaw County under the American Rescue Plan. That could translate into nearly $2 billion in direct federal aid to Michigan’s 83 county governments, including nearly $72 million for Washtenaw County, said County Treasurer Catherine McClary, citing preliminary estimates shared by the Michigan Association of Counties. “Something seems way off,” said Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, calling the city’s amount proportionately inadequate. Dingell said she’s working closely with the Department of Treasury to ensure Ann Arbor and other 12th District communities receive equitable funding. Should Ann Arbor cut $30M police budget to fund mental health crisis responders?mlive.com
Expect traffic delays on Ann Arbor-Saline Road due to construction
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI -- Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes while traveling on Ann Arbor-Saline Road this week. A private company began fiber installation, with the Washtenaw County Road Commission’s approval, on Monday, Jan. 18 and will continue work throughout the week, according to a news release. Traffic between Lohr Road and Oak Valley Drive will be delayed due to lane restrictions. The road commission is inviting residents to a weekly virtual chat to discuss projects and funding with the community. Participants are asked to RSVP online through the road commission’s calendar or by phone at 734-761-1500.mlive.com
Passenger killed, driver seriously injured after crashing into trees near Ann Arbor
PITTSFIELD TWP., MI – A woman is dead, and a man was seriously injured in a crash with several trees along Michigan Avenue in Pittsfield Township south of Ann Arbor. Joni Schanck, 20, of Ypsilanti Township, was killed early Wednesday morning, Jan. 13. She was the passenger in a vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. Emergency crews were called at 3:34 a.m. to the area of Michigan Avenue and Sauk Trail near Platt Road for a reported single vehicle crash, police said. Schanck succumbed to critical injuries suffered in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.mlive.com
Howell man booked in connection with Pittsfield Township homicide of Ypsilanti man
PITTSFIELD TWP., MI - Police arrested a suspect they link to the homicide of an Ypsilanti man in Pittsfield Township late last month. Roger Lee Pierce Jr., a 50-year-old Howell man, was arraigned Saturday on felony assault and weapons charges in connection with the death of 39-year-old Marcus McMullan of Ypsilanti on Nov. 28. Pierce faces one felony charge for assault, one each for firearm and ammunition possession, one for concealed carry and three general firearm felony charges, according to Washtenaw County court records. Pierce does not currently face a murder charge, though he does face a misdemeanor charge for reckless use of a firearm, court records show. 29 at the 14A-1 District Courthouse in Pittsfield Township in front of Judge Cedric Simpson.mlive.com
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.
Armed man robs Ann Arbor-area Burger King at gunpoint
WASHTENAW COUNTY., MI – Police are searching for a man who robbed a Pittsfield Township Burger King restaurant at gunpoint Friday night. Officers were called at 8:20 p.m. Dec. 11, to the Burger King at 6190 W. Michigan Ave., less than a quarter mile from the township’s police department, for a reported armed robbery that had just occurred, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department. An unknown man entered the restaurant armed with a handgun and, while holding several employees at gunpoint, forced staff to open a safe and turn over the cash inside, police said. The man then fled, running north through the tree line where a witness saw him get into a parked getaway vehicle which headed west on Textile road, police said. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4911 or leave a message on the departments confidential tip line at 734-822-4958.mlive.com
Police investigating armed robbery at Pittsfield Township Burger King
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday night at a Pittsfield Township Burger King. According to authorities, it happened at about 8:20 p.m. at the Burger King located near the intersection of Platt Road and Michigan Avenue. Police said employees told them they were held at gunpoint and forced to hand over money from the safe. The culprit fled from the location north through a lot and a witness observed the getaway vehicle free westbound on Textile Road. The suspected robber is described as a tall thin Black man wearing a blue coat, khaki pants and dress shoesAnyone with information is asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4958.
Pittsfield Township police: suspicious death now investigated as a homicide
Published: November 29, 2020, 12:29 am Updated: December 1, 2020, 1:05 amPITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police investigating a suspicious death in Pittsfield Township determined the incident to be a homicide as a result of a shooting. Police and fire departments were dispatched in the 3200 block of Randolph Court Drive at about 10:43 a.m. on Saturday. Investigators located a deceased man, later identified as 39-year-old Marcus McMullan from Ypsilanti, with a head wound. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4911. More: Washtenaw County news
Michigan General Election Results for Pittsfield Township on Nov. 3, 2020
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17-year-old girl sexually assaulted inside Walmart store in Saline, police say
SALINE, Mich. – Police in Pittsfield Township are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl inside a Walmart store. Police said officers were flagged down by employees of the store to report that the girl had been assaulted by an unknown suspect. He’s accused of approaching the 17-year-old Monroe girl inside the store, grabbing her and sexually assaulting her. The suspect fled the store and the girl sought help from employees, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department.
Washtenaw County courts offering amnesty program for outstanding traffic tickets
ANN ARBOR – The 14A, 14B and 15th District Courts are offering an amnesty program for outstanding traffic civil infractions through Oct. 30. The program aims to help those who have outstanding tickets or suspensions get a valid license by potentially reducing their ticket rates. Anyone who was issued a traffic civil infraction prior to Dec. 31, 2018 under the following jurisdictions:14A District Courts: 14A-1 Pittsfield, 14A-2 Ypsilanti, 14A-3 Chelsea or 14A-4 SalineThe 14B District Court Ypsilanti TownshipThe 15th District Court City of Ann ArborHow does it work? To find out if your tickets are eligible for the amnesty program, check the following websites or call the court:✉ Like what you’re reading? Here are the numbers for each court:14A-1: 734-971-605014A-4: 734-429-250414A-2: 734-484-669014B: 734-483-530014A-3: 734-475-860615th: 734-794-6750It is important to note that the 14A, 14B and the 15th District Courts are separate District Courts and payments must be made to your specific court location.
Tip leads to rescue of about 4 dozen dogs, cats from Washtenaw County home
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. About four dozen dogs and cats have been rescued from a Pittsfield Township home. A tip led investigators Friday to the home where they found 31 dogs and 14 cats, the Humane Society of Huron Valley said Tuesday. Many thanks to the community members who saw animals in dire need and spoke out on their behalf, says Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHVs CEO. Its also important to remember when animals are in danger, there are often vulnerable humans in danger as well. Community members can report suspected animal abuse to HSHV at 734-661-3512 or hshv.org/report.
Aug. 4 primary: Whos running in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR With the Aug. 4 primary just over a week away, Ann Arbor voters are looking to see who will represent them locally, statewide and beyond. Although many residents may have voted absentee already, many are still in the process of reviewing candidates and making decisions. 3rd District county commissionerJacob Ehrman (R)Ken Siler (R)4th District county commissionerDarcy Berwick (D)Daryl Campbell (D)Adam Cecil (D)Paul Jakabcsin (D)Caroline Sanders (D)5th District county commissionerJustin Hodge (D)Denise Kirchoff (D)Karen Lovejoy Roe (D)Michael White (D)Pittsfield Charter Township borders the southern part of Ann Arbor. Some parts have an Ann Arbor address and some students in the area are serviced by Ann Arbor Public Schools. PittsfieldTownship supervisorMandy Grewal (D)Christina Lirones (D)Pittsfield Township treasurerFeliziana Meyer (D)Patricia Tupacz Scribner (D)Pittsfield Township trustee (four seats available)Jonas Berzanskis (D)Linda Edwards-Brown (D)Yameen Jaffer (D)Gerald Krone (D)Jason Meier (D)Janet Nevaux (D)George Ralph (D)Andrea Urda-Thompson (D)Sean Zera (D)Pittsfield Township park commissioner (five seats available)
Where to find farmers markets and farm stops around Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Getting food fresh from local producers not only helps you learn where your food comes from, it puts money back into the local economy by supporting local farmers. Luckily for Ann Arborites, the city and the surrounding area is full of farmers markets and farm stops that work with farmers and vendors to fairly sell their goods. Heres a list of farmers markets and farm stops around Ann Arbor:Each location has its own rules and accepts different food assistance programs, including SNAP/PEBT card and Double Up Food Bucks. Ann ArborAnn Arbor Farmers MarketWhere: 315 Detroit St. When: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays, SaturdaysOpen twice a week in the Kerrytown District, many of the vendors at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market accept pre-orders for pick-up.
Ann Arbors GrieveWell to host 4th annual Kite Festival on Saturday
ANN ARBOR Local nonprofit GrieveWell will host its annual Kite Festival on Saturday on the grounds of Lillie Park Central from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.GrieveWell supports adults in grief through workshops, peer support and educational resources. The 4th annual Kite Festival offers participants of all ages the chance to celebrate life, honor the memory of loved ones, and enjoy the uplift and whimsy of kites, Carol Lessure, Executive Director of GrieveWell said in a statement. Fly your own kite and watch professional kite flyers demonstrate their skills at the event, in partnership with Pittsfield Township and Kites and Things Store in Plymouth. Winners will be chosen by the Kite Festivals participants and one winner will have their design printed onto a real kite. GrieveWell and Pittsfield Township ask that all participants at Lillie Park South adhere to state and CDC recommended guidelines including wearing a mask and practicing safe physical distancing.
Pittsfield Township police seek 19-year-old who went missing after being released from jail
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. The Pittsfield Township Police Department is searching for a 19-year-old woman who was released from the Washtenaw County Jail around 3:40 p.m. on May 24. Police say Junisha Johnson is legally incapacitated due to a traumatic brain injury and a client of the Eisenhower Center. She used to live in the Muskegon area where she has family and friends. Johnson is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Pittsfield Township police at 734-822-4958
Southeast Michigan to develop multiple walking, biking projects
Published: March 22, 2020, 11:40 am Updated: March 22, 2020, 11:51 amDETROIT – A dozen walking and biking projects in southeastern Michigan will share $6.5 million in funding. The southeast Michigan Council of Governments says funding will come from the Transportation Alternatives Program. Projects include more than $1 million for a greenway shared-use trail in Washtenaw County’s Pittsfield Township and $1 million for an Island Lake State Recreation Area trail connection in Livingston County’s Green Oak Township. The council supports coordinated local planning with technical, data and intergovernmental resources. It serves Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
Woman charged with stealing purse from 93-year-old in Pittsfield Township parking lot
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Garden City woman has been charged with stealing a purse from a 93-year-old woman in a Pittsfield Township parking lot, according to authorities. Police said the incident happened at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the 3000 block of Packard Road in Pittsfield Township. The 93-year-old woman was in the parking lot of a business when Alyssa Schmidt, 31, of Garden City, approached and pulled her purse off her shoulder, officials said. Schmidt got in a vehicle and fled the parking lot, according to authorities. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Pittsfield Township police at 734-822-4911.
17-year-old arrested after items stolen from vehicles in Pittsfield Township
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of stealing items, including a handgun, from vehicles in Pittsfield Township, police said. The 17-year-old from Ypsilanti is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail pending a review of charges, officials said. Police collected evidence that might have identified a second person involved in the case, according to authorities. Residents should lock their vehicles and avoid leaving valuables inside, police said. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4958.
FBI, ATF investigate fire at Islamic Center of Ypsilanti
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Crews put out a fire Saturday afternoon at the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti in Pittsfield Township. Matt Harshberger, director at the Department of Public Safety, said the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The FBI released this statement:"The FBI is currently working with the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety and the ATF to determine the cause of fire that occurred at the Islamic Community Center. The public safety supervisor, Many Grewal, said it's because of the city's diverse nature that folks like the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti choose to locate themselves in Pittsfield. The Pittsfield Township Fire Department and the FBI are investigating the cause of the fire.