Why Tony Hawk is passionate about Detroit’s skateboarding scene
It was a skateboarding live shot that went viral, but to Local 4′s Victor Williams, it meant much more -- a chance to capture the attention of his mentor, Tony Hawk. The two chatted about their passion for skateboarding and what it means for Detroit.
‘History 4 All’: Celebrating Black History Month
WDIV-Local 4, in keeping with the station’s initiative of “Celebrating Black History” throughout February, aired a primetime special called “History 4 All” on Wednesday, Feb. 24. You can watch the full special in the video above. From what should be taught in our schools’ history classes to why we still need Black History Month, Local 4′s anchors and reporters highlight topics impacting on our local communities and beyond. “Our hope is that these in-depth stories will spark conversations about how we all benefit from a diverse community like we have here in Metro Detroit,” said Vice President and General Manager Marla Drutz. This hour-long special was hosted by Devin Scillian and Kimberly Gill, and featured stories from them, as well as Rhonda Walker, Evrod Cassimy, Paula Tutman, Steve Garagiola, Larry Spruill, Victor Williams and Jamie Edmonds.
Tonight: Local 4′s ‘History 4 All’ special will spark family conversations
WDIV-Local 4, in keeping with the station’s initiative of “Celebrating Black History” throughout February, will air a primetime special called “History 4 All” on Wednesday, February 24 at 8 p.m.Watch it on Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit -- it will stream here:From what should be taught in our schools’ history classes to why we still need Black History Month, Local 4′s anchors and reporters highlight topics impacting on our local communities and beyond. “Our hope is that these in-depth stories will spark conversations about how we all benefit from a diverse community like we have here in Metro Detroit,” said Vice President and General Manager Marla Drutz. This hour-long special is hosted by Devin Scillian and Kimberly Gill, and features stories from them, as well as Rhonda Walker, Evrod Cassimy, Paula Tutman, Steve Garagiola, Larry Spruill, Victor Williams and Jamie Edmonds. Stories include:AdChanges in the corporate world in response to 2020′s civil unrestLesser known Underground Railroad sites in Metro DetroitDiversity in the front office of sport teams and why the Lions and Pistons are leading the wayMotown’s programs for young musicians and singersWDIV’s “History 4 All” special airs Wednesday, February 24 at 8 p.m. on Local 4.
Grosse Pointe Shores man receives hate mail because of Black Lives Matter sign
GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. – A local attorney who was recently ticketed for his Black Lives Matter sign now has a new set of problems. While the ticket was thrown out, Todd Perkins is dealing with hate mail being sent to his home. Inside the letter sent to his Grosse Pointe Shores home was a poem full of racial slurs and signage designed to be a jab at his Black Lives Matter sign in the front yard. Why do people think that Black Lives Suck,” said Perkins. There was a return address on the hate mail sent to Perkins.
Morning Briefing Dec. 13, 2020: First shipments of Pfizer vaccine leave Michigan, suspicious GVSU death, what’s in store when Electoral College meets
Workers at the Pfizer manufacturing facility in Portage filled boxes of the first authorized COVID-19 vaccine through the night into Sunday morning. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 430,780 as of Saturday, including 10,662 deaths, state officials report. The state crossed the 10,000 mark in total deaths earlier this week. Officials no longer provide updates on statewide coronavirus data on Sundays. The next data update is expected Monday afternoon.
TCF Center to be temporary location for homeless helped by Pope Francis Center
DETROIT – With freezing temperatures on the way Father Tim McCabe with the Pope Francis Center says he has found a solution to helping the homeless though a pandemic. The solution includes the lower level of the TCF Center. But if the numbers continue to grow more adjustments will have to be made. But if we continue to see the numbers that we’re seeing, we’ll have to rotate them through,” McCabe added. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 216,804 as of Monday, including 7,640 deaths, state officials report.
Reading garden restored at Detroit school after vandalism
DETROIT – Students at Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School went weeks without one of their favorite school activities which include reading. “The manager at one of the Lowes stores just randomly sent me an email. Read more: Reading garden at Detroit elementary school trashed by vandalsNot just one, but separate Lowes stores pitched in to help donate anything they could along with volunteers to restore the garden, this time making it better than ever. The help doesn’t just come from the major franchise though, community members have also been working to make sure students have the best. The reading garden will be open to students this upcoming Monday.
Victim and gunman in Lincoln Park neighborhood shooting knew each other
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. – There is brand new information about a Lincoln Park neighborhood shooting that happened on Moran near Fort Street. Police spent hours in the neighborhood looking for any type of evidence they could find. Lincoln Park police were on scene combing the area for evidence and found a shell casing on the ground. Investigators are saying this is quite possibly a domestic incident claiming that the victim and the shooter either knew each other or were relatives. To make matters worse, the shooting happened right around the corner from a school.
Southfield funeral home director lends helping hand to family of slain 6-year-old
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The director at Haley Funeral Directors is not only a woman, but also a mother. Closure is very important and I want to do what I can to help them,” said Sarah Brown-Derbah of Haley Funeral Directors. Which is why Brown-Derbah wanted to do what she could for the boy whose life was taken away after being shot in such a brutal way. But it doesn’t stop there, Brown-Derbah wants to help others by at least starting an uncomfortable discussion. Learn more about Haley Funeral Home by clicking here.
Video captures parking lot fight in Bruce Township
BRUCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Macomb County police have released video footage of a fight involving multiple men with dangerous weapons. There was an Escalade, a black Dodge Ram and a blue Ford with a white trailer,” said Malinczak. It did some massive damage to the trailer,” Malinczak recalled. I mean it was lit up like a Christmas tree in the parking lot,” added MalinczakFive people were arrested. “You see the front end damage on it.
Detroit police crackdown on drifters
DETROIT – It has been called Sunday Funday. However, the Detroit Police Department is saying drifters are causing serious problems. Early Monday morning, DPD started a crackdown as a group of drivers attempted to shutdown an intersection. Local 4′s Victor Williams spoke with Detroit Police Chief James Craig about the issue. Watch his report in the video player above.
Children injured in triple shooting on Detroits west side
DETROIT Three people were shot Sunday night including a father, a 9-year-old and 10-year-old girl on Plainview Avenue near 7 Mile and Evergreen roads. I truly dont get it, said Terrance Nelson, father of the 9-year-old who was shot. READ MORE: 3 shot including 9-year-old, 10-year-old in DetroitHim and his kids over there, so I call my daughter to come over here and lets go look at the fireworks. I said, those arent fireworks.His daughter was hit, along with her 10-year-old friend and her 37-year old father. I turn to shield my daughter and then she turns around to tell me my arm is broke, he said.
I-94 construction project begins this weekend
DETROIT – If you are planning to head downtown this weekend there are major construction projects that could cause delays. Eastbound I-94 between I-75 and Gratiot Avenue will be closed while crews work to tear down the East Grand Boulevard bridge. Due to the size and complexity of removing the overpass, eastbound and westbound I-94 are scheduled to be closed the following weekend, Feb. 21-24, to complete the demolition process. You can watch his report on how the construction is going to impact traffic in the video above. READ MORE: I-94 to close 2 weekends straight for East Grand Boulevard overpass demolition