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.
Ann Arbor Police Department seeks applicants for police chaplains program
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Those looking to help the community through faith can now volunteer as a police chaplain with the Ann Arbor Police Department. Chaplains will ride along with AAPD officers during patrol shifts to offer support to both community members and officers. That support includes giving advice or referrals, providing comfort during death notifications, offering prayer at ceremonies or special events and attending community events with AAPD personnel. These could range from counseling individuals contemplating suicide or assisting those with a loved one who has killed themselves, answering religious/spiritual questions, and providing encouragement for AAPD personnel and families. Those with questions should contact AAPD Officer Martelle at 734-794-6900 ext.
Grosse Pointe Shores City Hall closing until further notice, officials say
GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. – The Village of Grosse Pointe Shores City Hall is closing until further notice, officials said Saturday. Grosse Pointe Shores residents can continue to contact city administration offices and the public safety department amid the building closure, officials said. The closure comes as Michigan continues to see significant increases in COVID-19 cases each day. On Saturday, the state reported 7,072 new COVID-19 cases and 65 new deaths since Friday. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan has risen to a total 251,813 as of Saturday, including 7,994 total deaths.
Eastpointe City Hall closes after employees test positive for COVID
EASTPOINTE, Mich. – Eastpointe City Hall is closing for more than a week in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Officials said Saturday that the city hall will remain closed through Nov. 22 after several employees tested positive for COVID-19. “All of these folks have been notified of possible exposure and urged to get tested.”Eastpointe City Hall is scheduled to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23. The closure comes as Michigan continues to see significant increases in COVID-19 cases each day. On Saturday, the state reported 7,072 new COVID-19 cases and 65 new deaths since Friday.
Saginaw Valley State University issues public safety alert; police investigate person ‘in distress' on campus
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Saginaw Valley State University police are responding to “an individual in distress” on campus, according to a tweet from the university Thursday night. SVSU Alert: Due to a continuing public safety situation, the SVSU campus is closed for Friday, Nov. 13. Police continue to be on campus, responding to an individual in distress who is isolated in Science West. — SVSU (@SVSU) November 13, 2020SVSU Alert: Due to a public safety emergency, the campus community is instructed to avoid Science West until further notice. — SVSU (@SVSU) November 13, 2020
Detroit Medical Center restricts inpatient visitation due to increased COVID spread
DETROIT – The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) placed temporary restrictions on inpatient visitations on Thursday amid increased coronavirus spread in Michigan. Visiting hours are now between 8 a.m to 6 p.m. daily for patients at the DMC Harper University Hospital, DMC Heart Hospital, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital, DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Officials said Thursday that visitation protocols will remain the same at the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. New COVID-19 cases have been increasing rapidly throughout the state in recent weeks, and virus hospitalizations have risen in response. Testing has increased in recent weeks, with more than 45,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, but the positive rate has increased to above 11% over the last week.
Warren auto workers concerned about coronavirus procedures at FCA plant
WARREN, Mich. – A photo taken at a local automotive plant is raising questions about how coronavirus procedures are being handled, if at all. A concerned worker at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) assembly plant in Warren sent a photo to Local 4 that shows a hallway packed wall-to-wall with employees -- with some shoulder-to-shoulder. The photo clearly shows a lack of social distancing among plant workers. In response, FCA sent a statement to Local 4 to shed light on what occurred inside of the Warren plant Tuesday. "Masks are distributed to plant employees once they have cleared the thermal imaging station to ensure they have the proper protection before entering the plant floor.
List: Michigan counties issue emergency coronavirus orders after state Supreme Court ruling
Some Michigan counties are issuing local emergency orders to ensure coronavirus safety measures continue after the state Supreme Court struck down months of orders made by Gov. This is a public health advisory from the St. Clair County Health Department, not a mandate. Click here to read more about Washtenaw County’s recent emergency public health orders. The county health department issued another emergency order on Oct. 9 clarifying that some of Gov. Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans said the Wayne County Public Health Division and his administration continue to review the state Supreme Court’s ruling.
Ann Arbor Fire Department begins exercises in South University buildings
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Pedestrians walking along South University Avenue shouldn’t be concerned if they see a bit of smoke and firefighters moving in-and-out of buildings over the next few weeks. Starting Tuesday, and continuing through October, Ann Arbor Fire Department will turn the unused buildings between East University Avenue and Church Street into training grounds to practice different exercises. The buildings on that block of South University Avenue will be demolished soon, so they provide a unique opportunity for the fire department to practice, according to Fire Chief Mike Kennedy of the Ann Arbor Fire Department. The block is the former location of a PNC Bank, South U Pizza, several eateries, apartments and other shops. Once the buildings are demolished, Hughs Properties will build Vic Village South, a mixed-use building, on the block.
Pandemic fatigue: What it is and how to cope
According to Bea, one of the best ways to fight pandemic fatigue is to find new ways to stay on track. “Finding a new mask, something that excites you, a new social distancing activity; finding something novel and new is a way we excite our brains and it’s a way we can overcome fatigue,” Bea said. For children experiencing fatigue, it is important to ensure they are staying active and getting as much exercise as possible. While pandemic fatigue is widespread, many people are also experiencing anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. Michigan-Wayne County Crisis and Referral Line: 800-241-4949 24/7 free, confidential crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and information and referral servicesRelated Stories
Protesters demand answers in Priscilla Slaters death at Harper Woods mayors home
HARPER WOODS, Mich. Michigan State Police have launched an investigation into the death of 38-year-old Priscilla Slater. Slater was found unresponsive in a holding cell Wednesday after being arrested in connection with a shooting incident on Tuesday. READ: 38-year-old woman dies in holding cell in Harper Woods; cause unknownPolice said two supervisors and four civilian aids in the Harper Woods Police Department are on administrative leave as MSP launches its investigation. Protesters said the six employees being placed on leave wasnt good enough and that Slaters family deserves answers. Harper Woods officials said the cause of Slaters death wont be known until the autopsy report is completed.
City personnel on administrative leave after woman dies in police custody in Harper Woods
HARPER WOODS, Mich. Director of Public Safety for Harper Woods Vincent Smith announced Sunday that six public safety personnel have been placed on administrative leave following the mysterious death of Priscilla Slater last week. READ: 38-year-old woman dies in holding cell in Harper Woods; cause unknownAccording to officials medics immediately attempted to revive Slater but were unsuccessful. Harper Woods officials say that four civilian aides and two supervisors in the public safety department have been placed on administrative leave as of Sunday afternoon. Protesters gathered around Harper Woods City Hall on Friday to demand answers regarding Slaters death. MORE: Protest held after 38-year-old woman dies in holding cell in Harper WoodsProtesters gathered again on Sunday to demand answers.
Policing alternative: What a community-led public safety system might look like
So now you must be wondering what the U.S. would look like without its traditional policing system: Heres what some researchers and advocates are proposing as an alternative. Community-led safety initiativesAdvocates believe that a new approach to public safety is necessary to ensure the safety of all American lives -- especially Black Americans who are disproportionately arrested, sentenced and killed by police around the country. There has been significant research conducted on potential community-based public safety systems as alternatives to traditional policing for years. It is important not to confuse a community-led public safety initiative with community-oriented policing, as these two practices are actually quite different. The reimagined public safety system is designed to exist apart from the traditional policing system, while community-oriented policing is a practice that works in tandem with traditional policing.
'Defund the police: What it means and why activists are calling for it
Defunding the police means what it says: Divesting funds from police departments and then reallocating them to social services and other community resources where they are needed. According to data compiled by the Urban Institute , state and local governments spend $115 billion on policing in 2017 in the U.S. Though advocates for the movement share a similar goal, the end results of defunding the police looks different to many. Researchers and advocates have suggested reinvesting the funds into housing, education, mental health, homelessness, domestic violence and similar services and programs. In his interview with CBC News, Vitale points out some potential flaws behind the move to reform police instead of defund them.
Michigan marijuana regulations and COVID-19: What to know
The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced Thursday new regulations for marijuana licensees to follow in accordance with the states reopening guidelines and stay-at-home order. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer divided the state into eight regions under her MI Safe Start Plan as the states economy begins to reopen amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Each region will execute a reopening plan tailored to whatever phase of the pandemic they are currently experiencing. Marijuana retail locations and provisioning facilities have remained open amid the pandemic as they have been considered essential under Whitmers executive orders. RELATED: Sales are booming for Michigan marijuana businesses during coronavirus pandemic
New platform to connect reopening Michigan businesses with protective equipment suppliers
A new online portal from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is helping businesses secure personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees as businesses start to reopen around the state amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. MORE: Heres everything thats reopening this week across entire state of MichiganThe free COVID-19 Procurement Platform connects businesses in need of PPE with businesses that have the supplier capacity to meet their demand, officials said. Both businesses who are in need of PPE and those who are able to supply it are encouraged to use the platform. Officials say they are verifying the legitimacy of PPE suppliers requesting to be on the portal. Click here to visit the COVID-19 Procurement Platform.
TSA Coronavirus Changes: What to expect when traveling this summer
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced updated security procedures that will be implemented across the country this summer in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Traveling with foodTravelers are asked to place carry-on food items in a clear plastic bag and place in a bin for x-ray screening. Following TSA packing guidelines will reduce agents need to interact with travelers luggage and reduce the potential for cross-contamination. TSA will now allow travelers to pack hand sanitizer in their carry-on bags in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. TSA officials advise travelers to arrive at the airport earlier than usual as staffing has been affected by the pandemic.
Ingham County reports first COVID-19 death amid coronavirus pandemic
LANSING, Mich. – Ingham County reported their first death related to coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday. Related: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 9,334; Death toll rises to 337“We send our deepest condolences to the grieving family members and friends at this time,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Prevention and TreatmentThere is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Wayne County discloses first potential coronavirus exposure site: AMC Fairlane 21
DEARBORN, Mich. – The Wayne County Public Health Division announced Tuesday that AMC Fairlane 21 theaters in Dearborn is the first potential coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure site in the county. UPDATE: Fairlane Town Center closes for cleaningOfficials say a positive COVID-19 patient attended the movie theater on March 10. The woman is currently being isolated while health officials investigate the case. Any individuals who were present at AMC Fairlane 21 during the time of exposure should watch for COVID-19 symptoms through March 24 including fever, cough and shortness of breath, officials said. Patients with presumptive positive test results are urged to isolate to prevent any spread of COVID-19.
Washtenaw County orders bars, restaurants to limit occupancy to limit COVID-19 spread
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Health Officer issued an emergency order Sunday night to reduce the number of people in local bars, restaurants or entertainment venues. Under the Michigan Public Health Code, MCL 333.2453, the Health Officer has the authority to take action to protect the public’s health and prevent the spread of disease. “This action is not taken lightly,” said Washtenaw County Health Officer Jimena Loveluck. “To slow the impact of COVID-19 in our community and protect everyone’s health, we must take our commitment to prevention seriously. Social distancing is essential now to prevent additional spread as much as possible.”As of Sunday night, Washtenaw County has seven cases of COVID-19 and numerous tests pending.
Legal occupancy to be reduced by half at restaurants, bars, food service establishments in Ingham County
LANSING, Mich. – The Ingham County Health Department ordered the legal occupancy load at licensed food service establishments to be reduced by 50 percent effective 5 p.m. March 16 through 5 p.m. April 5. Whitmer’s executive order to ban events and gatherings exceeding 250 people amid the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns in the state. Whitmer: 12 new COVID-19 cases, 45 total cases in MichiganIngham County law enforcement already committed to enforcing the ban, but Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail takes it a step further by issuing the order of a 50% decrease in occupancy load. We need proactive actions including reductions in occupancy load to stop the spread of COVID-19.”Ingham County food service establishments affected by this order include but are not limited to: restaurants, bars, church dining halls, schools, country clubs, banquet halls, catering and carry out, according to officials. Click here to download a sign from the health department to notify your customers of the new occupancy restriction.