Companies team up to add EV charging stations in Metro Detroit
Auto-makers have made it clear that electric vehicles are the future. For that to happen, you need places to charge them, and that’s what Kroger, DTE, and a company called Volta Charging are trying to do as they’re looking to bring charging stations to places that don’t have many.
Husband accused of killing wife, moving her body
SOUTHGATE, MI – A man is accused of murdering his wife and then moving her body to hide evidence of the crime, officials said. Ilena Luna, 43, of Southgate, was reported missing after a relative hadn’t heard from her for a couple days, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Southgate police officers were dispatched on Monday morning, Aug. 1, to Luna’s home in the 16850 block of Walter Street where she lived with her husband. Luna’s husband, Gil Vega, 44, of Southgate, was arrested. It is alleged that the defendant shot Luna at their home and moved her body to a location in Washtenaw County.mlive.com
Southgate man confesses to killing wife, trying to hide body in Washtenaw County
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – The body of a Southgate woman reported missing was found in Washtenaw County before her husband confessed to killing her in an act of domestic violence, police say. While investigating this missing person case, the woman’s 44-year-old husband became a person of interest in her disappearance, police said. Investigators located the woman’s body while searching Monday evening in the West Ridge Mobile Homes park in Superior Township, off Ridge Road in Washtenaw County, police said. The woman’s husband later confessed to killing his wife, was arrested and is currently awaiting murder charges from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, police said. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police assisted in the investigation.mlive.com
7 police departments help arrest man who took girlfriend’s child after argument in Lincoln Park
Seven police departments helped arrest a man after he drove off with his girlfriend’s 2-year-old child during an argument in Lincoln Park and fled from officers at high speeds in three different cities, officials said.
Training offers local elected officials tools for police oversight
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, MI – An upcoming training will teach local officials how to provide oversight over their police force. The virtual training from CAUTION Group, based in Southgate, is designed to teach officials about their responsibility to provide oversight of their police force, a news release from the company said. This training will provide that ability for local officials. The training is intended as a primer for mayors, council members, city managers and city attorneys, the release said. The training is only available for local elected officials, the release said.mlive.com
Michigan nurse accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccination cards from hospital, selling online
DETROIT – Two Michigan residents have been charged in separate COVID-19 vaccination card fraud cases. Rapheal Smiley, 32, of Detroit was charged with fraud involving department or agency seals, identity document fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods. Kierczak is accused of stealing or embezzling authentic COVID-19 vaccination record cards from a Veteran’s Administration hospital -- along with vaccine lot numbers necessary to make the cards appear legitimate—and then reselling those cards and information to individuals within Metro Detroit for $150-$200 each through Facebook. Smiley allegedly ordered fake vaccination cards from China which he advertised for sale over social media. We will continue to investigate these crimes and prosecute them accordingly.”The cases are both being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ryan A. Particka.mlive.com
Southgate nurse steals real COVID vaccine cards to sell; Detroit man imports fake ones from China
A Southgate nurse and a Detroit man have been charged in connection with two COVID vaccination card fraud schemes -- one involving the theft of real cards from a hospital and the other dealing in fake imported cards from China, federal officials said.
Home to World’s Largest Burger, Michigan restaurant offering $2k hiring bonus
SOUTHGATE, MI - The Michigan restaurant home to the World’s Largest Burger is offering a whopping $2,000 hiring bonus as it struggles to find employees to fill positions. According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, the restaurant industry across the country is facing staffing shortages. Recently, in this pandemic era, I post and I get zero responses,” Mallie told MLive. Related: Long hours, health risks and ‘ghost applicants’ lead to desperate restaurant staffing situationsMallie says the bonus incentive he posted has drawn some interest. It kind of confirmed the restaurant industry was an unstable industry.”Mallie says now that restaurants in Michigan are at 50% capacity, his business is steady.mlive.com
Southgate man charged in connection with deadly attack on US Capitol
SOUTHGATE, Mich. – The FBI had asked for tips from people to help identify those involved in the deadly Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol Building. Anthony Williams, a man from Southgate, was identified and reported. Police said he likely deleted photos and videos from his Facebook page, but authorities were able to get copies anyway. The tipster even supplied screenshots from William’s Facebook page. The FBI said photos of Williams inside the Capitol Building were deleted and perhaps Williams thought he was in the clear, but investigators were able to retrieve the deleted photos and videos.
Man charged in hit-and-run that killed pregnant woman, unborn child
SOUTHGATE, MI -- A 31-year-old Wyandotte man has been charged in the deaths of a pregnant 35-year-old Southgate woman and her unborn child. A police investigation alleges Alkewich was “intoxicated and driving at a high speed before striking the woman and fleeing” according to a press release from Worthy’s office. Bond was set at $2 million and Alkewich is due back in court on March 26 for a probable cause conference. READ MORE:Argument over stimulus check led to Indianapolis murders of 7-year-old child, 3 others, family saysHolland man threatened to kill President Biden, Gov. Whitmer to start revolution, attorney general saysFormer Iranian prisoner, ex-Marine from Michigan accused by FBI of being a spymlive.com
Suspect in hit-and-run that killed pregnant Southgate mother given $2M bond
SOUTHGATE, Mich. – Raymond John Alkewich, 31, is accused of killing a pregnant Southgate mother in a hit-and-run incident Saturday. He was arraigned Tuesday and was charged with failure to stop at scene of an accident resulting in death. Her family knows the arraignment won’t bring her back, but they’re hoping it’s a step in the right direction for the grieving family. It’s believed that over the weekend, Alkewich ran a light and struck Strother, who was crossing the street, and then kept on driving. The court is going to assess a $2 million bond,” said Judge Elisabeth Mullins.
Candlelight vigil held for pregnant woman killed in Southgate hit-and-run
SOUTHGATE, Mich. – A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night to remember 35-year-old Jessica Strother, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Southgate. “I tried to reach and I couldn’t get her in time and she just got hit. It’s unclear what led to the accident taking place but Johnson said the driver of the vehicle didn’t even try to stop. AdA vigil was held in the exact same place where Jessica was killed, near the intersection of Fort and Superior streets. I didn’t think that it even happened.
‘No shortage of gun violence’: What ATF is doing to combat spike in illegal gun sales in Metro Detroit
But it’s the illegal gun sales in Metro Detroit that are grabbing the attention of ATF agents. Keith Krolczyk is an assistant special agent in charge of ATF Detroit. “There is no shortage of gun violence in Detroit,” Krolczyk said. AdEdwards first got the attention of agents when, according to court documents, he started texting with James Clark from Southgate. Court documents revealed that Clark’s girlfriend would use a Facebook account to post images and short videos to her account showing the different guns for sale.
Michigan man accused of killing wife with shotgun, hiding body
SOUTHGATE, MI – A man is accused of killing his wife and hiding her body before filing a missing persons report earlier this month. The body of 31-year-old Amanda Marie Hilton was found in a field near the Southgate apartment where she lived with her husband, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Ryan Arthur Hilton, 32, is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and felony firearm in the death of his wife. The suspect is accused of then moving the victim’s body to a field with tall grass and leaving her near a dumpster by their apartment. Southgate Police officers located the victim’s body and arrested the suspect on Jan. 5, authorities said.mlive.com
Southgate man charged in shooting death of his wife who was found dead near apartments
SOUTHGATE, Mich. – A 32-year-old man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife in Southgate. Amanda Marie Hilton, 31, was reported missing on New Year’s Day and was found dead in a field behind the La Colonnade Apartments on Tuesday. READ: Woman reported missing on New Year’s Day found dead near Southgate apartmentsThe apartment complex sits along Northline Road near Fordline Street. Ryan Hilton contacted the Southgate police to report that his wife was missing from their apartment and said that she was last seen in their apartment on Dec. 31. Watch the report from Jan. 5, 2021: Woman reported missing on New Year’s Day found dead near Southgate apartments
Body of woman who went missing on New Year’s Eve found in field near apartment complex
SOUTHGATE, MI -- The body of a woman reported missing on New Year’s Eve has been found. WXYZ-TV in Detroit reports that the 31-year-old woman was found in a field near an apartment in Southgate on Tuesday morning. Police are at the scene at Lacolonade Apartments near Northline Road and Fordline Street in the Metro Detroit suburb. The woman was found shot to death, and the Southgate Police Department have a person of interest in custody who they say knew the victim, the TV station reported. The victim and person of interest have not been identified.mlive.com
Michigan high school’s new band trailer stolen from parking lot
SOUTHGATE, MI – A Michigan high school is scrambling after a brand-new trailer was stolen from its marching band. WDIV Local 4 in Detroit reports the Southgate Anderson High School’s storage unit was illegally towed from a school district parking lot. How do you take from kids?” Southgate Anderson Band Booster President Martha Hancock told the TV station. “They’ve been through enough already with the virus, they’ve had their entire season taken away. The district said it will likely take a few years to fundraise enough money to replace the stolen trailer, WDIV reported.mlive.com
April consumer prices post the largest drop since 2008
A Shell gas station is seen with a sign displaying gas for $ 0.99 per gallon on April 24, 2020 in Southgate, Michigan. U.S. consumer prices in April dropped by the most since the Great Recession, weighed down by a plunge in demand for gasoline and services, including airline travel, as people stayed home during the coronavirus crisis. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its consumer price index tumbled 0.8% last month after falling 0.4% last in March. That was the largest decline since December 2008, and marked the second straight monthly decrease in the CPI. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the CPI falling 0.8% in April and rising 0.4% year-on-year.cnbc.com
Teen arrested after Huron school shooting threat
A 15-year-old from Southgate has been arrested after threatening to shoot a student at Huron High School. HURON TOWNSHIP A 15-year-old from Southgate has been arrested after threatening to shoot a student at Huron High School. It was specific to Huron High School and targeted a person that the suspect believed to be a student at the school. The Huron Township Fire Department also was on standby, in the event that medical care would be required during the release process. His name has not been released, but hes not a Huron High Schools student.monroenews.com