See a sneak peek inside the Ypsilanti area’s newest library as opening week approaches
An Ypsilanti District Library flag flies out front. “We had one closet that was a combined staff lounge, cleaning closet, server room and supply closet,” said Mary Garboden, Superior branch manager. The results of their perseverance are evident inside the new Superior branch. The library’s collection has ballooned significantly from what fit in the little Superior location, and YDL has purchased almost 10,000 new items. The Superior branch brings new tricks, like polka dots etched into the windows, designed to protect birds from diving into the glass and injuring themselves.mlive.com
See aerial photos of human chain moving 2K+ books to new Ypsilanti-area library
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - When the Ypsilanti District Library’s newest branch opens in November, hundreds of hands will have helped stock its shelves. “(It was) kind of a leap of faith because you need a certain amount of people to make it happen,” said Superior Branch Manager Mary Garboden. “But our community showed up, like Ypsilanti does.”Library officials were inspired by similar “book brigade” events put on at other libraries and bookstores. “It’s unheard of that anyone would walk into the library and handle 2,000 books,” Garboden said, referencing the rough number of items moved on Saturday. The program requires its own room, a luxury not provided by the little Superior branch.mlive.com
Interactive mural planned for new Superior Township library
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI -- Although Ypsilanti District Library’s newest Superior Township branch has yet to open, officials are already planning a mural project. With the help of a local artist, Yen Azzaro, a 650-foot ground mural is set to come to the new branch at 1900 Harris Road in Superior Township. Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) hopes to have this interactive mural complete in April or May 2023. “I hope that (this mural project is) a reminder that we deserve beautiful things (and) we deserve nice, new things,” Azzaro said. “I think that ... the entire team at the Ypsilanti District Library has just shown so much perseverance to fundraise ... to make this library a reality.mlive.com
Rash of arsons under investigation at mobile home park outside Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Police are investigating a rash of arsons and attempted arsons committed in Superior Township within the last month. A total of seven suspicious fires deemed arson have been recorded in the Arbor Woods Mobile Home Park located in Superior Township northeast of Ann Arbor since Aug. 11, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The fires first started Aug. 11 when a home in the 1900 block of Ridgeview caught fire. Later that same day a trash can was found on fire near a home in the 1900 block of Evergreen Lane, police said. A joint investigation with Superior Township Fire Department, the Michigan State Police Fire Marshall and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing, police said.mlive.com
Hyundai investing $50 million to create safety lab north of Ypsilanti
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, MI – Hyundai broke ground on a new Safety Test and Investigation Laboratory (STIL) north of Ypsilanti on Monday, June 27 -- a $51.6 million investment with plans to generate more than 150 jobs. Garlin Gilchrist II and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, at Hyundai American Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI), 6800 Geddes Road, in Superior Township for the groundbreaking. “We’ll have ability to move engineers across the different buildings and have different focuses,” Brian Latouf, chief safety officer of Hyundai Motor North America, said. Gilchrist II recognized the efforts of both Hyundai and the Superior Township leaders who helped facilitate the expansion. Construction for safety lab will begin July 7 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.mlive.com
Proposed Superior Township board seat swap fails amid claims of ‘political musical chairs’
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A plan for two Superior Township elected leaders to effectively swap positions has failed amid accusations it amounted to “political musical chairs” and a “backroom” arrangement lacking transparency. On Tuesday, May 31, the township board gathered at noon to consider a short agenda, including three items that would have shuffled the elected body. A motion to accept McKinney’s resignation, put forward by Lewis, failed to get a second, dooming the rest of the agenda. The debate had nothing to do with McKinney or Lewis’ qualifications, McGill continued, saying the proposed appointment process simply lacked fairness and transparency. Township board declines to make ‘eleventh hour’ decisionAt the Tuesday township meeting, some residents defended McKinney’s decades of public service, advocating for her continued presence on the board, while others claimed the proposed seat switch gave the appearance of a “backroom” deal.mlive.com
Longtime Superior Township treasurer’s retirement sets off debate over picking successor
That included words of thanks from county Sheriff Jerry Clayton, county Commissioners Jason Morgan and Caroline Sanders, as well as Superior Township officials past and present, according to meeting minutes. But while there’s little doubt among officials McKinney’s decades of public service deserve recognition, there’s also a potential storm brewing behind the scenes over what happens next on the township board. It outlines a proposed swap of sorts between McKinney and Lewis for their township positions. That stinks,” said township Trustee Bernice Lindke, a relative newcomer to the board, elected in 2020. That’s what some township board members advocate.mlive.com
Man sent back to prison after crashing car during police chase
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A man accused of leading police on a brief chase in Superior Township and crashing into several parked cars outside an apartment complex is going back to prison. Gabriel Alexander Smith was sentenced by Washtenaw County Trial Judge Carol Kuhnke on Tuesday, May 10 to serve 14 months to four years in prison for his role in leading police in a brief chase and crashing. Pair charged with multiple felonies for fleeing police, crashing into parked carsSmith fled police and hit several parked cars making his escape, officials said. His additional counts of carrying a concealed weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, drug possession and third-degree child abuse were dismissed at sentencing. The passenger in the car and codefendant in the case, David Tyrone Epps, is still awaiting trial.mlive.com
Here’s who’s running for Washtenaw County board, township and city offices in 2022
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Are Washtenaw County voters satisfied with their elected leadership? Here’s a round-up of names headed for Washtenaw County ballots this year. Washtenaw County Board of CommissionersEach of the nine seats on county body that holds the purse strings to some $131 million in general fund dollars is up for grabs this year, with county commissioners serving two-year terms. This map of Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners electoral districts was adopted by the county Apportionment Commission on Nov. 8, 2021. Those tweaks create more of a center-city than the map adopted 10 years ago.Captured from Washtenaw County Apportionment CommissionHere’s who is running.mlive.com
Man accused of fleeing police, crashing into parked cars takes plea
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A man accused of leading police on a brief chase in Superior Township and crashing into several parked cars outside an apartment complex has taken a plea offer. Gabriel Alexander Smith pleaded no contest Tuesday, April 12, to one felony count of third-degree fleeing and eluding as well as two counts of resisting officers causing injury, court records show. Deputies on patrol at 9:19 p.m., Feb. 25, in Superior Township spotted a vehicle without its lights on and attempted to make a traffic stop, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Pair charged with multiple felonies for fleeing police, crashing into parked carsThe vehicle, driven by Smith, fled police and hit several parked cars making its escape, officials said. Smith, 37, was arrested and charged in the case where he later waived preliminary examination then pleaded no contest.mlive.com
Man accused of fleeing police, crashing into parked cars heads to trial
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A man accused of leading police on a brief chase in Superior Township with another man that started with the pair crashing into several parked cars outside an apartment complex is heading to trial. Gabriel Alexander Smith waived preliminary examination Thursday, March 24, sending his case to the Washtenaw County Trial court for further proceedings, court records show. Pair charged with multiple felonies for fleeing police, crashing into parked carsThe vehicle, driven by Smith, fled the traffic stop and hit several parked cars making its escape, police said. Smith is scheduled for a pretrial hearing April 5 before Washtenaw County Trial Judge Carol Kuhnke. More from MLive:Tour this local hardware store loved by its Ann Arbor community for 50 yearsSee inside Ann Arbor’s new recycling plant after $7.25M overhaul150-year-old Washtenaw County farmhouse being restored, given new purposemlive.com
Help shape the future of 198-year-old historic Dixboro Village near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - As Dixboro Village, a historic unincorporated community near Ann Arbor, nears its 200th birthday, officials are inviting residents to help shape its future. Superior Township is hosting two community input sessions as it works to update two key planning documents. Read more: Sava’s owner launches The Boro takeout cafe in Dixboro VillageJohn Dix, a retired sea captain, established the village in 1824, the same year Ann Arbor was founded, according to township documents. Similar community sessions will take place in different areas of the township as the planning process moves forward, Bennett said. More from The Ann Arbor News:Owner selling Dimo’s Deli & Donuts in Ann Arbor for $1 millionStudents save $9M using digital textbooks at Washtenaw Community CollegeParent group’s lawsuit takes aim at lifted Washtenaw County mask order‘We are losing all of these children’: Inside the push for an Ypsilanti-area community centermlive.com
Pair charged with multiple felonies for fleeing police, crashing into parked cars
WASHTNEAW COUNTY, MI – Two men were arrested Friday night after leading police on a brief chase in Superior Township that started with the pair crashing into several parked cars outside an apartment complex and later spinning out. Deputies on patrol in Superior Township spotted a vehicle without its lights on and attempted to make a traffic stop, police said. The vehicle, driven by Smith, fled the traffic stop and hit several parked cars making its escape, police said. Smith, 37, is charged with one count each of third-degree fleeing an eluding, carrying a concealed weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, drug possession, third-degree child abuse and two counts of resisting arrest, court records show. Epps, 34, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, felon in possession of ammunition and resisting arrest, records show.mlive.com
Rider thrown from sled, run over in U.P. snowmobile crash
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, MI – A rider was thrown from his sled and then run over, causing “devastating” injuries, during a three-snowmobile crash in the Upper Peninsula on Thursday, Feb. 24, police said. The driver was a 30-year-old Indiana man. The next snowmobile in the group was unable to stop and the rider attempted to go around the stopped sled but hit it, causing the Indiana man to be thrown off his sled onto the trail. The third snowmobile was also unable to stop and ran over the Indiana man, resulting in “devastating injuries,” police said. Assisting with this incident were Bay Mills Emergency Connection EMS, Superior Township Fire Department, the Michigan Department of Natural Resource and Chippewa County Central Dispatch.mlive.com
Police investigating shooting in Washtenaw County
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Police are investigating a shooting in Superior Township after a man was found with a gunshot wound to his head Thursday afternoon. Police were called at about 3 p.m. Jan. 20, to the 8800 block of Macarthur Boulevard for a report of shots fired in the area, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators advised they do not suspect a shooter is on the loose in the area, as the shooting appears to be self inflicted. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Confidential Tip Line at 734-973-7711. · The Washtenaw County Community Mental Health crisis team at 734-544-3050.mlive.com
One year later: How a Washtenaw County condo community became one man’s warzone
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – The sun was shining, and a warm breeze filled the air around Lakeview Estates in Superior Township on Sept. 16, 2020, before it became a warzone between police and a heavily armed man. While some information was made public in the days that followed the incident, it was never made clear what truly may have stopped the chaos until now—a single gunshot by a U.S.mlive.com
‘Simply amazing’: Conservancy acts quickly to scoop up 162-acres near Ann Arbor
This map shows the 162-acre parcel, in red, in Superior Township purchased by the Michigan Land Conservancy on Dec. 22, 2021. The land borders the roughly 300-acre "Rock property," which township leaders voted to acquire on Dec. 14, capping years of opposition to a mobile home park development proposed there.Captured from Washtenaw County parcel mapmlive.com
Capping ‘prolonged struggle’, Superior Township OKs $2.4M purchase of land targeted for mobile home park
Township Supervisor Ken Schwartz addresses roughly 60 people at Superior Township's Meeting Hall on Dec. 14, 2021 during a special meeting of the township's Board of Trustees to consider the purchase and preservation of the 300-acre "Rock property," once targeted for a 2,000-unit mobile home park.Lucas Smolcic Larson | email@example.com
Township eyes purchase of 300 acres near Ann Arbor once targeted for controversial development
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Elected leaders in Superior Township are poised to act on what some are calling a “once in a generation opportunity” to scoop up 300 rural acres long at the center of a bitter fight with developers. On Tuesday, Dec. 14, the township’s board will consider moving forward with a $2.4-million offer to buy what has become known as the Rock property, named for the developer that once pursued a roughly 2,000-unit mobile home park there, according to Township Supervisor Ken Schwartz.mlive.com
Man charged with shooting at police in 36-hour armed standoff pleads no contest
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A man accused of shooting at police during a 36-hour armed standoff in Superior Township in March took a plea offer from prosecutors Thursday. Omar Saad Shafie pleaded no contest Thursday, Dec. 2, to four felony charges stemming from a lengthy armed standoff with police where he shot at deputies, damaging several police vehicles.mlive.com
Plagued by COVID delays and ‘skyrocketing’ costs, Ypsilanti District Library’s new branch forges ahead
For more than a decade, the Superior Township and Willow Run areas have been served by a library branch the size of a two-car garage. Meanwhile at 1900 Harris Road, the site of the new Superior branch, workers have installed sewer lines and are laying masonry and wiring electrical systems. Plans for the library stretch back more than a decade, when Superior Township joined the library district, which serves Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and now parts of Superior. Construction costs are “skyrocketing” library officials said in a news release last week. The child and the dog need to be alone, which is impossible in the library’s current space in Superior Township.mlive.com
Developer pulls plans for sprawling project near Ann Arbor. They’ll be back.
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI -- Days before it was likely to be shot down, developers behind a 649-acre project proposed for Superior Township have pulled their plans from consideration. With one member absent, the planning commission then voted unanimously to draft a resolution to dismiss the project, a measure that would have been considered at the body’s scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 22 meeting. Representatives for the developer, Eyde Company, based near Lansing, attempted to soothe residents concerns in August by promising the development would not mean unchecked urban sprawl. The consensus from planning commissioners was that the township wants to avoid urbanizing in the manner of nearby Ann Arbor or Canton. “We don’t want to look like Canton,” said Planning Commission Chairman Jay Gardner at the August meeting.mlive.com
Suspicious barn fire displaces 4 in Washtenaw County, officials say
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Four people were forced out of their homes due to a Sunday barn fire in Superior Township, officials said. Firefighters responded at 1:38 a.m., Sept. 12 to the 3000 block of Napier Road in the township just north of Ypsilanti, said Superior Township Fire Chief Victor Chevrette. The four people fled from the fire, which totally destroyed their barn, officials said. The investigation into the fire is ongoing, officials said, with an early determination that it was suspicious in nature. Superior Township Fire received assistance from fire departments from the City of Ypsilanti, Canton, and Ann Arbor, Northfield, Salem, Plymouth, Northville and Ypsilanti townships.mlive.com
Man accused of shooting at police during 36-hour standoff heads to trial
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A man accused of shooting at police during a 36-hour armed standoff in Superior Township in March is heading to trialOmar Saad Shafie waived preliminary examination Tuesday, Aug. 24, sending his case to trial on seven felony charges. He is accused of barricading himself inside his parent’s home in the 5600 block of Meadows Drive in the early morning hours of March 24. The armed standoff ended at 4:30 p.m. the next day, March 25. They stated their son was armed with multiple weapons and was wearing a flak jacket with multiple magazines strapped to his body, police said. Shafie is currently detained in the Washtenaw County Jail with bond set at $500,000.mlive.com
Police identify two women killed in roll-over crash near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Police have identified the two women killed in a double fatal roll-over crash in Superior Township in early August. Alexis Hinton, 20, of Ypsilanti, and Patience Lunn, 18, of Southgate, were both killed in the crash near the intersection of Superior Road and First Street in Superior Township, east of Ann Arbor, Aug. 2, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Rescue crews were called at about 1:20 p.m. Aug. 2, to the intersection after receiving a report of a roll-over crash with multiple injuries, police said. Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711. More from MLive:Waste collection clean-up day available to Washtenaw County residentsIn-person learning, child care on minds of Ann Arbor parents in district surveyMan seriously injured in head-on crash with semi-truckmlive.com
Teen now in stable condition as police continue to investigate double fatal rollover crash
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A teen critically injured in a rollover crash Monday afternoon that killed two other teens is now in stable condition and still undergoing treatment, police said. Police are not releasing the names or ages of the victims at this time, said Washtenaw County Sheriff Lt. Katrina Robinson. The preliminary investigation indicates the teens were involved in a hit-and-run crash with another vehicle minutes before the rollover crash, police said. Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711. More from MLive:Art festival to focus on painting interesting Dexter propertiesVirtual LGBTQ+ Pride prompts watch party from Ann Arbor YMCAAnn Arbor renter rights law gets final OK, but lawsuit may be comingmlive.com
2 teens killed, 1 seriously injured in rollover crash near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Two teens were killed and a third seriously injured in a rollover crash in Superior Township east of Ann Arbor on Monday. The preliminary investigation indicates the teens were involved in a hit-and-run crash with another vehicle minutes before the rollover crash, police said. The names and ages of the teens involved in the crash are unavailable at this time, police said. The crash remains under investigation and the roadway remains closed as on 3:30 p.m. Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
‘Custom built marvel’ describes $3.67M Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY., MI - The meticulous vision of a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architect and a family instrumental in developing Ann Arbor’s downtown restaurant scene can be found nestled in more than 18 acres northeast of Ann Arbor. The $3.67 million artisan craftsman home at 3900 N. Dixboro Road in Superior Township stands in harmony with the site’s natural beauty. It’s the home of the late Dennis Serras, a prominent Ann Arbor restauranteur who brought establishments like Real Seafood Co., Gratzi, The Chop House and Palio to the city’s downtown, and his wife, Ellie. A shared study connects two bedrooms at 3900 N. Dixboro Road in Superior Township on Monday, July 26, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsJack-and-Jill bedrooms include a connecting bedroom and office space on the main floor. A first-floor deck overlooks the hill that the home is built into at 3900 N. Dixboro Road in Superior Township on Monday, July 26, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsA deck overlooking the property includes dual built-in charcoal grills.mlive.com
Teen suffers gunshot wound to the leg in Washtenaw County neighborhood
SUPERIOR TWP., MI – A 15-year-old boy was found shot in the leg by police called to a Superior Township neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. Deputies arrived and soon located a shooting victim, a 15-year-old Ypsilanti Township boy, suffering a gunshot wound to his leg, police said. The teen taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries which were deemed non-life threatening, police said. The teen was shot while in a field near an apartment complex where there was a report of gunshots, police said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
Ypsilanti District Library to launch capital campaign for new Superior Township branch
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, MI — The Ypsilanti District Library is launching the next phase of its capital campaign to help build a new library branch in Superior Township. Superior Township residents Bill and Vivienne Young, who have contributed $400,000 to the library, will match every dollar raised up to $100,000. Ypsilanti District Library held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 7 at the site of the new building. Construction on the facility is set to begin Monday, May 24, according to Sam Killian, Ypsilanti District Library community relations specialist. People can donate online at ypsilibrary.org/nextchapter, or mail checks made out to Ypsilanti District Library: Next Chapter Capital Campaign / Ypsilanti District Library / 5577 Whittaker Road / Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197.mlive.com
Police searching for armed motorcyclist who chased, shot at vehicle
SUPERIOR TWP., MI – Police are looking for an armed motorcyclist who allegedly shot at someone in a car and caused a crash. The crash happened around 3 p.m., Thursday, April 8, near Michigan Avenue and Congress Street in Ypsilanti, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said. The driver lost control while he was fleeing from someone on a motorcycle who was chasing and shooting at him, police said. The investigation shows the chase started in Superior Township, which is why the sheriff’s office is investigating. More from MLive:Man fatally shot in head in Ann Arbor, police saySemi crash closes M-14 for hours in Ann ArborPolice investigating body found in Lenawee Countymlive.com
Superior Township residents asked to shelter inside amid ongoing barricaded gunman situation near Meadow Drive, Gale Road
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Washtenaw County police are asking Superior Township residents to avoid an active police situation in the area of Meadow Drive and Gale Road, between Cherry Hill and Vreeland roads, on Thursday morning. According to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, a gunman has barricaded himself inside a home in the 5600 block of Meadow Drive as of 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Officials say the situation began as a domestic altercation between the gunman and his parents. Family members were safely evacuated from the home Wednesday morning, but the gunman refused to come out and remained inside the home. The gunman is still barricaded inside the home.
Barricaded gunman situation reported in Washtenaw County
SUPERIOR TWP., MI – Police were at the scene of a barricaded gunman situation in Washtenaw County’s Superior Township Wednesday morning and officials were asking residents to stay indoors and avoid the area. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, for the area of Meadow Drive and Gale Road stating a heavy police presence was in the area handling a barricade gunman situation in a home. The incidents stems from a domestic incident involving a man living at the home who assaulted family member earlier in the morning and now is armed, officials said. Metro SWAT and the crisis negotiation team has been called to the scene to assist. More from MLive:Ann Arbor’s 50th Hash Bash will be virtual, but smoke-in protest plannedFree tax preparation help being offered by United Way of Washtenaw CountyBank robbery suspect fleeing police crashes on U.S. 23, closing freewaymlive.com
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.
Newsweek names St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Chelsea hospitals among nation’s best
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, MI -- St. Joseph Mercy is being recognized as a top healthcare system in the nation. Newsweek’s 2021 list of the World’s Best Hospitals named both St. Joseph Mercy’s Ann Arbor and Chelsea locations as top hospitals. This marks the second year in a row the Chelsea hospital has been recognized with the award, according to a news release. “This recognition is the result of the collective effort of all our nurses, physicians, advanced practice providers, clinical support staff and administrators,” Alonzo Lewis, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston president, said in a statement. Downtown Ann Arbor music store pursues liquor license for bar, entertainment use63-year-old driver killed in rollover crash in Washtenaw County33-year-old critically injured in crash on U.S. 23 in Monroe Countymlive.com
Foul play suspected in death of man found inside burning car in Washtenaw County, police say
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Foul play is suspected in the death of a man who was found inside a burning vehicle last month in Superior Township, police said. Rescue crews responding to the vehicle fire at about 8 a.m., Feb. 19, near the area of Clark and Leforge roads found the body of Luis Geovanny Rivera-Estrada, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Rivera-Estrada, 41, was found inside the vehicle when crews extinguished the blaze, leading to police being called to investigate, police said. The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial evidence at the scene indicates Rivera-Estrada’s death is a homicide, police. More from the Ann Arbor News:Outdoor cafés on state trunklines OK’d in Ann ArborYpsilanti man pleads guilty to embezzling $140,000 from elderly manPublic feedback on downtown infrastructure projects sought by Ann Arbor DDAmlive.com
Washtenaw County deputies investigate death of 41-year-old man found in burning vehicle
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 41-year-old Luis Rivera-Estrada in Superior Township. Deputies said that at about 8 a.m. on Feb. 19, authorities were dispatched to a vehicle on fire near Clark and LeForge roads. Rivera-Estrada was found dead inside after first responders were able to extinguish the fire. No further information was released at this time. Anyone with information related to the incident or on Rivera-Estrada’s whereabouts 72 hours prior to being found is asked to contact Detective Mike Babycz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-260-9602.
Groundbreaking ceremony will usher in Ypsilanti District Library’s new branch building
YPSILANTI, MI — Plans are in the works to get a new Ypsilanti District Library branch building underway in Superior Township. The library is inviting masked members of the community to stop by the new Superior Library branch site at 3:30 p.m. April 7 for a socially-distanced groundbreaking ceremony that will take place rain-or-shine. Former State Rep. David Rutledge, D-Ypsilanti, a neighborhood resident and friend of the library, will attend the groundbreaking ceremony, along with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Superior Township Supervisor Ken Schwartz. A library millage that passed in 2018 includes funds for the construction of the new Superior Township branch, which is estimated to cost $5 million officials said. Architect Dan Whisler of Daniels & Zermack Architects, lead project architect for YDL’s Whittaker Road location, has been tapped to design the new Superior building.mlive.com
Three people shot in Superior Township, suspect in custody
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Sunday night at 9:42 p.m., Washtenaw Metro Dispatch received a report of multiple people shot at the 1000 block of Knollwood Bend in Superior Township. Upon arriving to the scene, deputies discovered a 26-year-old Superior Township man and a 29-year-old Ypsilanti man who both suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both were in serious condition, triaged at the scene and transported by Huron Valley Ambulance to a nearby hospital. A third individual with multiple gunshot wounds, a 30-year-old from Superior Township, transported himself to the hospital and was listed in serious condition. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.
Washtenaw County shooting leaves 3 injured, one detained as shooting suspect
SUPERIOR TWP., MI – Three men were shot Sunday night, suffering various gunshot wounds with one of the men being later detained as the suspected shooter, police say. Deputies arrived at the scene to find two men, a 26-year-old Superior Township man and a 29-year-old Ypsilanti man, both suffering multiple gunshot wounds, police said. While police were investigating the shooting, deputies were informed a third shooting victim, a 30-year-old Superior Township man, had arrived at the hospital after driving himself there with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He too is listed in serious condition and at this time is being detained as a suspect in the shooting, police said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office seeks missing 16-year-old girl
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing 16-year-old girl. According to authorities, Shelbee Nicole Sanders was last seen just before 3 p.m. Thursday leaving her Superior Township home, located near the intersection of Ridge and Mott roadsShelbee Nicole Sanders Details Age 16-years-old Height 5 feet, 4 inches Weight 120 pounds Clothing Last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black leggings, gray shoes and possibly a teal winter jacketPolice said she has a history of running away and has many friends in Plymouth. Anyone who has seen Shelbee Nicole Sanders or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-973-7711. More: Missing in Michigan
Belleville man fatally shot by Washtenaw County homeowner, police say
SUPERIOR TWP., MI – A Belleville man is dead after being shot in the chest by a homeowner in Superior Township early Tuesday morning, police say. Police were called at 1:17 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, to a house in the 8000 block of Liverpool Court for a report of a man who had been shot, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The man was taken to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead, police said. The homeowner, 30, was identified as the shooter and was taken into custody for questioning without incident, police said. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time pending next of kin notification.mlive.com
Sava’s owner launches The Boro takeout cafe in Dixboro Village
Sava Farah, owner of the Sava’s and Aventura restaurants, is opening the new venture inside 5400 Plymouth Road in Dixboro Village. The takeout concept is part of the larger restaurant Dixboro House. The Boro is inside a barn with original wood beams from the 1800s, and sits next to a new structural attachment, which will be Dixboro House, Farah said. An assortment of cakes and homemade sourdough and focaccia will eventually be added to the menu, Maldonado added. The restauranteur is going for an “old world charm” in Dixboro House.mlive.com
Michigan General Election Results for Superior Township on Nov. 3, 2020
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Washtenaw County approves $50K for new Ypsilanti District Library branch building
YPSILANTI, MI -- The Ypsilanti District Library is receiving $50,000 for its new Superior Township branch. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved funding for the new branch at MacArthur Boulevard and Harris Road during a Wednesday, Oct. 21 meeting. Officials expect to break ground on the new library in spring 2021, according Lisa Hoenig, library director. “The library is really a lifeline for the people there but the library is so undersized for Superior Township,” Hoenig said. Superior Township joined the Ypsilanti library district in 2007 and intended to begin building a new library then but an economic downturn took away its steady revenue source, Hoenig said.mlive.com
Upscale neighborhood suing U.S. Postal Service to try to get Ann Arbor ZIP code
Postal Service in hopes of getting an Ann Arbor ZIP code. For over two decades, the subdivision has had an Ypsilanti ZIP code, 48198, but its residents want to be part of 48105. The subdivision is located off Ford and Cherry Hill roads, just east of Ann Arbor by Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The ZIP code dispute goes back to 1999 when the builder of the subdivision sought to change the ZIP code and initiated litigation against USPS. “Many of us are employed in Ann Arbor, including with University of Michigan, and our children attend Ann Arbor schools.mlive.com
Local neighborhood sues USPS to switch to Ann Arbor zip code
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Property owners in the upscale Glennborough neighborhood are suing the United States Postal Service to have their zip code switched from Ypsilanti to Ann Arbor after five years of unsuccessful attempts. “We are right in the middle of 48105 zip code,” said Marx. We’re in Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor utilities, we get food delivery and everything from Ann Arbor yet we have an Ypsilanti zip code. The 48105 zip code areas are marked in green. Beyond issues with mail, switching to an Ann Arbor zip code could help improve property values and reduce insurance rates.
Witness recalls seeing barricaded gunman shoot Washtenaw County Deputy
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – What started as a fight between neighbors ended with a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputy shot and the suspected gunman dead. Early signs show the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning. Before all the chaos started Wednesday at an apartment complex in Superior Township, Dakota Turner was unknowingly right there with the gunman. “I’m going around and I see this guy and he’s got a really like mean stare on his face,” recalled Turner. Turner was working his landscaping job in the neighborhood and thought offering this strange man some help was the right thing to do.
Police identify alleged shooter found dead in home after standoff
SUPERIOR TWP., MI – Police have identified the Superior Township man who was found dead in his home after allegedly shooting a Washtenaw County deputy responding to a felonious assault. Nathan Kurt Hardenburg, 50, was found dead in his home following a tense police standoff after he allegedly opened fire on a lawn care worker and police responding to the scene, shooting one deputy, according to the Michigan State Police. Hardenburg entered his residence and continued to shoot repeatedly from the home at police arriving at the scene, hitting one deputy, police said. A Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to make contact with Hardenburg throughout the standoff, but was unsuccessful. After about nine hours, police entered the home and found Hardenburg dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound though his death is still under investigation, police said.mlive.com
Superior Township gunman found dead inside home hours after Washtenaw County deputy was shot
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A gunman was found dead inside a Superior Township home Wednesday night hours after a Washtenaw County deputy was shot Superior Township, putting an end to a nine-hour standoff. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton could not confirm how the man died. The gunman was identified by a member of the condo board of directors as Nathan Hardenburg. A man said he and his son were handling lawn care when they encountered the shooter. The man, like other residents, was forced to stay inside for hours.
Washtenaw County deputy shot in active barricaded gunman situation
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Washtenaw County deputy has been shot at an active police scene in on Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities. Law enforcement have surrounded a home in Superior Township after responding to a report of shots being fired between neighbors, officials said. Shortly after officers arrived on scene, the suspect in question fired shots at the officers -- striking a deputy. Members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Ann Arbor Police Department and Washtenaw County Metro SWAT Team are currently at the scene. Officials say a crisis negotiation team is working at the scene.
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Here’s what’s coming up on Local 4 News at 4:Superior Township residents near active police scene asked to stay inside or avoid areaWashtenaw County deputies are asking residents near an active police scene to stay inside or avoid the area. The affected area is in Superior Township, bordered by North Prospect, Geddes, East Clark and North Harris roads.
Superior Township residents near active police scene asked to stay inside or avoid area
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Washtenaw County deputies are asking residents near an active police scene to stay inside or avoid the area. The affected area is in Superior Township, bordered by North Prospect, Geddes, East Clark and North Harris roads. Residents should stay inside if they’re home or avoid the area, if not, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office warns residents about online safety after two 'swatting’ incidents under investigation
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents to stay vigilant when it comes to online safety. On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office released a statement alerting residents to two instances of ‘swatting’ that are under investigation. The WCSO statement highlights two recent swatting incidents within Washtenaw County on Aug. 31 and Sept. 6. Police said that while residents should make sure to maintain their online privacy, gamers should take extra precautions in order to not be victims of swatting. Find the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office statement here.
Learn about land conservancy at annual Winter Walkabout in Superior Township
ANN ARBOR – On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy will be hosting its annual Winter Walkabout in Superior Township from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The nonprofit has been conserving open land and natural space since 1988 in seven counties, including Washtenaw. Participants are asked to gather at Superior Township Hall at 1:15 p.m. for warm drinks, snacks and social time with Conservancy staff. The group will depart at 2 p.m. and drive to the nearby LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve to begin the hike. Superior Township Hall is at 3040 N. Prospect Road.
Questions still unanswered in murder of woman found dead in Superior Township home last October
DETROIT - Questions about the murder of a woman found dead inside her Superior Township home last October remain unanswered, police said. Kelly Campbell-Brown was found dead Oct. 6, 2018, inside her home in the 1900 block of Evergreen Lane in Superior Township, according to authorities. They said they left around 8:30 p.m. that night and tried to call her the following morning. When Campbell-Brown didn't answer their calls, family members went to her home and found her front door open, according to police. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
Man's body found slumped over inside car in Superior Township
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A body has been found slumped over inside a car in Superior Township, officials said. Officials said the man had been slumped over inside his car for multiple hours before somebody saw the body and called police. At this point, it's unclear how the man died, police said. The incident is still under investigation. Stay with ClickOnDetroit.com for updates.