New legal team, county prosecutor investigating Flint house fire where two brothers died
Two brothers -- Zyaire Mitchell, 12, and Lamar Mitchell, 9 -- died from injuries they sustained in the house fire on West Pulaski Street. They were found by other Flint firefighters, who were working to rid the home of smoke and smoldering debris. “Ordinarily, the city of Flint does not comment on pending litigation,” the statement says. The estate of Lamar Mitchell filed a lawsuit against the two firefighters, the city and the Flint Fire Department last month in Genesee Circuit Court. Read more at The Flint Journal:Flint firefighters issued all-clear at fatal house fire, but kids were still insideOne Flint firefighter resigns, another disciplined for roles in fatal house fireHome where 2 Flint kids died from fire had faulty wiring, investigators saymlive.com
Settlement reached between sexual assault survivors and EMU fraternity, sorority
YPSILANTI, MI - An Eastern Michigan University fraternity and sorority have reached settlements with survivors of sexual assault, according to federal court records. The Greek organizations were named in a pair of 2020 lawsuits that are now combined with 24 claims of sexual assault, as well as accusations EMU mishandled the cases. Read more: Timeline of Eastern Michigan University fraternity sexual assault scandalMore than 30 women have come forward since March 2020 to report sexual assaults at EMU, though there are 23 Jane Does and one John Doe in the federal lawsuit. ASP disassociated with EMU last fall, accusing EMU officials of violating its due process rights. The EMU officials include former Title IX Director Melody Werner, former Greek Life coordinator Kyle Martin, the entire Board of Regents, outgoing EMU Police Chief Robert Heighes and former Deputy Chief Daniel Karrick.mlive.com
8 women file lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University, allege sexual assault cover-up
YPSILANTI, MI – Eight more women filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Eastern Michigan University officials of covering up a series of sexual assaults. It is the second lawsuit filed against the university alleging that there is a culture of sexual assault on campus. “(Werner) and (Martin) frequently and deliberately failed to memorialize reports of sexual assault,” the lawsuit states. There is no place for sexual assault on or off our campus and we will continue to do everything in our power to prevent them from happening. READ MORE:Eastern Michigan University shouldn’t be blamed for sexual assaults it did not know about, lawyers argueEastern Michigan University launches public phase of $100M fundraising campaign‘I tried to take work seriously but never myself.’ EMU exec reflects on 40-year media careermlive.com
Eastern Michigan University covered up sexual assaults, lawsuit alleges
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Eleven woman have filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Eastern Michigan University, claiming that the university ignored reports of sexual assault. AdRelated: More victims come forward in Eastern Michigan University sexual assault investigationThe 166-page lawsuit claims that multiple entities within the school covered up a series of rapes that happened, specifically involving the fraternities Delta Tau Delta and Aplha Sigma Phi. A number of these sexual assault cases occurred during “traditional styled rituals” happened within the frat houses, the lawsuit states. “There is no place for sexual violence in our campus community and we will always take swift action to stop it. However, Flood said the lawsuit is aiming to change the fabric of EMU’s culture against these types of crimes.