Protestors call Ypsilanti Township license plate reader plan ‘mass surveillance’
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - It wasn’t on the agenda, but that didn’t stop a group of residents from showing up to give Ypsilanti Township leaders an earful about a plan under consideration to install automated license plate readers for use by police throughout the Ypsilanti area. “License plate readers are reactive, and we need more funding at a preventative level,” said township resident and activist Alyshia Dyer. License plate readers have been used to apprehend murder suspects and quickly locate missing persons in nearby communities, police have said, pointing to their value in solving serious crimes. On Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo told demonstrators the township doesn’t yet have all the answers to questions residents have raised. Read more: Ypsilanti city leaders call installing license plate readers an invasion of privacyOn Tuesday, Dyer presented a similar measure for consideration by Ypsilanti Township officials, which she was was drafted in community leaders and Ypsilanti Community Schools students.mlive.com
Ypsilanti city leaders call installing license plate readers an invasion of privacy
YPSILANTI, MI - If a proposal to blanket Ypsilanti Township with automated license plate readers for use by police moves forward, the city of Ypsilanti would be surrounded by the devices capturing information from passing vehicles. The license plate reader proposal, under consideration by Ypsilanti Township officials while the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office seeks feedback from residents to decide if it wants to use the technology, will affect city residents too, Ypsilanti City Council Member Brian Jones-Chance said. Though some language in Ypsilanti city meeting documents referred to “red-light license plate readers,” the kind that automatically issue traffic citations, the Ypsilanti resolution was intended to oppose the automated readers the township is pursuing, used for different purposes, Ypsilanti Council Member Annie Somerville said during Tuesday’s meeting. On Aug. 23, the City Council is slated to take up an ordinance prohibiting the installation or use of electronic license plate scanning devices within the city and will have a public hearing on the measure during its regular meeting at 7 p.m., according to a city notice. More from The Ann Arbor News:‘I don’t want a Big Brother state’: Sheriff discusses license plate readers in Ypsilanti TownshipOspreys nesting high up in Michigan cell tower are sign of species’ comebackYpsilanti police investigating shots fired outside homeLincoln football aims to ‘push over the top’ and return to postseasonmlive.com
Washtenaw sheriff joins effort to advance 911 systems nationwide
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A nationwide effort to improve emergency communication services is being assisted by Washtenaw County’s top law enforcement official. Washtenaw County Sheriff’ Jerry Clayton announced Wednesday, July 6, that he is part of a nationwide effort to analyze and improve 911 services through the publicly led program Transform911. Clayton serves as co-chairman of the program, which is a national initiative to improve 911 emergency communication centers throughout the county, making them better able to assist the public. “While I believe that the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has already taken significant steps toward evolving 911 response in Washtenaw County. After years of research and foundational work, starting in 2019, the initiative released a blueprint for how better manage 911 systems, recognizing many 911 systems are under resourced, under staffed, not understood by the general public and not well positioned to nimbly adapt to future need.mlive.com
Facebook homicide suspect arrested in Georgia
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Police in Georgia have arrested a suspect in the shooting of an Ypsilanti man who was broadcasting live on Facebook when he was shot. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that on Friday, July 1, a 24-year-old Ypsilanti man was arrested in connection with the death of Terrell Smith, 46, who was shot outside a home in Ypsilanti Township.mlive.com
Dexter man suspected of break-ins arraigned for indecent exposure
DEXTER, MI – A man accused of exposing himself to a woman and suspected of trying to break into several Dexter-area homes has been arraigned on a felony charge. Isaiah Matthew Hopkins, 37, was arraigned June 21 on one felony count of aggravated indecent exposure, court records show. Following Hopkins’ arrest, detectives were able to link him to several previous indecent exposure cases and Dexter-area home invasions, police said. He is currently being held in the Washtenaw County Jail with bond set at $50,000. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to be vigilant and mindful to locking doors and windows to residences and vehicles.mlive.com
60+ license plate readers could blanket Ypsilanti area under township plan
YPSILANTI, MI - Should a proposal to install automated license plate readers for use by law enforcement move forward, more than 60 cameras would blanket the Ypsilanti area, placed at every entrance and exit point to Ypsilanti Township roadways, according to a township memo and map of proposed locations. Officials originally discussed installing the license plate readers only in certain areas, Ypsilanti Township Treasurer Stan Eldridge said at the township board’s Tuesday, June 21 meeting. Read more: ‘I don’t want a Big Brother state’: Sheriff discusses license plate readers in Ypsilanti TownshipDerrick Jackson, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, said community engagement over the license plate reader proposal, which includes a public online survey and presentations at local neighborhood watch meetings, is ongoing. “Capture objective evidence 24/7 without the overtime pay,” reads a promotional flyer from the company including in Ypsilanti Township meeting documents. Neighboring Van Buren Township has already contracted with the company to install 30 cameras, and they have already assisted in locating a suspect in a shooting in Superior Township, according to the Ypsilanti Township memo.mlive.com
Man charged with murder in Washtenaw County shooting
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A man accused of slaying another man near an Ypsilanti Township gas station has been charged with murder. Davion Christopher Brooks, 18, was arraigned May 18 on open murder and firearms charges for the shooting death of Laryus Dottery who was killed Saturday, May 14, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators discovered that one of two suspects involved in the shooting had also suffered a gunshot wound, police said. Brooks is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail without bond. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
Washtenaw sheriff’s deputy crashes on way to call
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy was involved in a crash Thursday morning while on his way to respond to an unrelated incident, police say. At 8:26 a.m. Thursday, May 12, the deputy was responding to a call for service when he was involved in a crash with another car in the intersection of Ford and Prospect roads in Superior Township, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.mlive.com
‘I don’t want a Big Brother state’: Sheriff discusses license plate readers in Ypsilanti Township
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton believes license plate readers mounted in Ypsilanti Township could be useful in reducing crime, but it’s not without risks if safeguards are not put in place. License plate readers could be coming to Ypsilanti TownshipYpsilanti Township is considering moving forward with the purchase of stationary automated license plate readers, cameras that can capture license place information from passing vehicles on public roads. The cameras, which would be mounted at every intersection entering and exiting Ypsilanti Township, are not a live video recording being monitored. Instead, they take a single photo of the back of a vehicle capturing its license plate, Washtenaw County Sheriff Lt. Keith Flores said. The presentation can be viewed in its entirety on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.mlive.com
License plate readers could be coming to Ypsilanti Township
Ypsilanti Township is considering moving forward with the purchase of stationary automated license plate readers, cameras that can capture license place information from passing vehicles on public roads. “Any surveillance that we are considering, there’s a process that we will follow,” said county Sheriff Jerry Clayton in a Monday interview. County deputies have been working behind the scenes with Ypsilanti Township over the cameras. Clayton said the idea for the cameras originated with a township staffer, but police thought it worthwhile to explore the technology. The sheriff said he opposed mobile license plate readers on patrol vehicles.mlive.com
Longtime teacher, attorney appointed Washtenaw Sheriff Director of Innovative Inclusion
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has found a new director to help make its goal of continued growth in equity and inclusion within the community possible. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton announced Friday, March 18, the appointment of Kimberly Jones as the office’s new director of innovative inclusion, a newly created position in the sheriff’s office, according to a written statement. One of those areas of opportunity is in the inclusion and equity space,” Clayton said. Jones was selected for the role after a lengthy search, accepting the role on Jan. 31, Clayton said. During her time in law school, Jones interned with the Michigan Poverty Law Program and the Cooley Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Jail officer in stable condition after being attack by inmate
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A senior corrections officer was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by an inmate inside the Washtenaw County Jail’s medical unit, police said. Jail staff quickly responded to the assault, which occurred at about 5 p.m. March 9, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The inmate was detained and the injured officer taken to the hospital where he his listed in stable condition and still being treated, police said. The inmate accused of attacking the officer has been moved to another detainment facility to await new charges relating to the assault, police said. As a result, Washtenaw County is a better place live.”No additional information is available at this time.mlive.com
Ann Arbor seeking bids for potentially $1.1M renovation of downtown fire station
ANN ARBOR, MI — The city of Ann Arbor is seeking a contractor to undertake a potentially $1.1 million renovation of the downtown fire station across from city hall. It also includes creating a secure ballot processing/storage room for the city clerk’s office to help with the increase in absentee voting. “This will have security features — cameras, card-swipe access,” Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said of the secure ballot room. Ann Arbor's Fire Station 1 on Fifth Avenue downtown on Feb. 21, 2022.Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor NewsThis is one of the first projects to go through the city’s new best-value contracting process that considers more than just contractor price, Kennedy said. In turn, that allows the city to consider building affordable housing on the Station 2 site at 1510 E. Stadium Blvd.mlive.com
Dog found frozen to death inside cage in middle of field, officials say
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Animal cruelty investigators are seeking tips from the pubic after a dog was found frozen to death in a cage placed near an Ypsilanti Township apartment community. Based on the snow and ice covering the dog and the cage, it’s likely the cage was placed in the small field off Share Avenue and west of Harris Road sometime Saturday, Feb. 12, officials said. It was clearly emaciated and had feces lining his cage, officials said. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined, officials said. Anyone with information on the dog is asked to call HSHV’s Cruelty and Rescue Department at 734-661-3512 or report online at hshv.org/report.mlive.com
Veteran trainer of deputies is Washtenaw County Officer of the Year
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Deputy James Roy has trained a lot of people in his 14 years at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. So many so, he didn’t realize his efforts caught the eye of his supervisors who nominated him to ultimately receive the Washtenaw 100′s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award for 2021.mlive.com
Washtenaw County, some township offices stay closed Friday, Feb. 5 due to weather
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Washtenaw County government office closures will continue into their third day, as officials work to get out from under the heavy snowfall this week. County officials extended the closure of all non-essential county public buildings and services through Friday, Feb. 4, citing safety of employees and community members. All appointments at county offices scheduled for Friday are canceled, and officials ask residents to contact departments on Monday, Feb. 7 to reschedule. Pittsfield Township offices is closed on Friday, with services available via email and phone, the township announced. On Thursday, Feb. 3, Washtenaw County Road Commission snowplows began transitioning to subdivision and neighborhood roads during a gap in snowfall.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff offers tips to stay safe New Year’s Eve amid pandemic
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A new year is upon us and celebrations are sure to ensue with both the usual safety risks -- and new risks brought by the ongoing pandemic. In an effort to help mitigate those risks, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is offering several tips to help all residents stay safe for the new year. “An educated and engaged community is our best partner,” Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton said. Limiting COVID exposureIf you’re vaccinated and 16 years old or older, make sure you get your booster to protect yourself from more transmissible variants. During holiday gatherings, immunocompromised family members should take all the precautions of unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted masks.mlive.com
Ann Arbor man found fatally shot Thanksgiving morning
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – An Ann Arbor man was fatally shot during a fight outside an Ypsilanti Township apartment complex Thanksgiving morning, police say. Von Cratic, 22, was found dead Nov. 25 by police responding to several reports of shots fired at the Villas apartment complex, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The initial investigation indicates Cratic and another man, 23, got into an argument that escalated, police said. The 23-year-old man is currently in police custody and is being questioned about the incident, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
Police investigate 2 shootings in Ypsilanti Township
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A woman driving west toward Ann Arbor from Ypsilanti Township was shot at for unknown reasons, police say. Police received multiple calls of reported shots fired at 9:12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in the 4900 block of Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti Township where they later discovered an unknown suspect apparently shot at a motorist, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. More than an hour later, at 10:45 p.m., police were called to another report of multiple shots fired in the 2800 block of Bynan Drive at the Villas apartment complex, police said. It is unknown if the shooting on Washtenaw Avenue and the shots fired in the apartment complex are connected as police are still investigating. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
Man shot several times while leaving Ypsilanti Township store, police say
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A man was shot several times while exiting an Ypsilanti Township store Thursday afternoon, police said. Police were called at about 5 p.m. Oct. 14, to a reported shooting in the 1000 block of E. Michigan Avenue, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Additional police responding to the scene found two shooting suspects, a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man both from Van Buren Township, and arrested them without incident, police said. The men were taken to the Washtenaw County Jail and are awaiting charges related to the shooting, which remains under investigation, police said. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
Armed robbery suspects sought at Ypsilanti-area apartments fled before police arrived
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - The three armed robbers tracked to an Ypsilanti-area apartment complex last Friday are still at large. Police now say they fled the scene prior to the barricade Friday evening, according to a release from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Read more: Armed robbery suspects barricaded at Ypsilanti-area apartments, police sayDeputies tracked the three suspects, described as men with firearms, to the Aspen Chase apartment complex at 2960 International Dr. in the township, police said. The armed robbery is still under investigation. Residents also told MLive/The Ann Arbor News that there has been an uptick in criminal activity at Aspen Chase recently.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
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
Boyfriend killed as girlfriend accidentally rear-ends his motorcycle near Ypsilanti, police say
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - An Ypsilanti motorcyclist was killed early Monday when his girlfriend rear-ended him with a car, police said. Deputies responded to reports of the crash at 1:32 a.m., July 26 to Leforge Road north of Clark Road in Superior Township, said the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The man was traveling north on Leforge Road with his 29-year-old girlfriend following him in a car, police said. Though specifics are not known at this point, the girlfriend crashed into the rear of the motorcycle, killing the man, police said. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office closed the area near Leforge and Geddes roads at 1:43 a.m. due to the crash.mlive.com
Food, cash stolen during break-in at Ypsilanti Township restaurant
YPSILANTI TWP., MI – Police are investigating a break-in at a locally-owned Coney Island restaurant in Ypsilanti Township where cash and various food items were stolen during the weekend. The suspect or suspects stole cash, food items and damaged some of the restaurant’s property before leaving in an unknown direction, police said. The break-in was discovered by employees arriving at the restaurant for work Sunday morning, police said. Opening a restaurant of their own was always a dream owners Irene Serrano and Miguel Martinez previously told MLive/The Ann Arbor News. More from MLive:Ann Arbor is once again the country’s most educated city, report saysCritical race theory won’t be taught at Saline schoolsKitchen fire damages Ann Arbor apartmentmlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office investigating Barton Hills home invasion
ANN ARBOR, MI – Deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a home invasion in the Barton Hills neighborhood of Ann Arbor Township. Deputies were called to the 500 block of Hillspur Road after a family member of the victim checked on the residence and found the home ransacked, police said. The family member noted that the victim’s vehicle had been stolen along with several pieces of high-end jewelry. Heather Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or the sheriff’s office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711. READ MORE:Group that manages Arbor Hills outdoor mall files for Chapter 11 bankruptcyAnn Arbor man accused of attacking transgender woman charged with hate crimeInsufficient cleaning of grease vent likely sparked fire at downtown Ann Arbor pizza place, officials saymlive.com
Man, woman on motorcycle seriously injured in crash with police vehicle
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A man and woman riding together on a motorcycle were seriously injured Thursday night in a crash involving a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. The crash occurred at 10:35 p.m. Thursday, June 17, in the intersection of Harris and Lester Roads in Ypsilanti Township, according to the Michigan State Police. The driver, a 23-year-old Ypsilanti man, and his passenger, a 21-year-old Belleville woman, suffered significant injuries and were taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for treatment, police said. The deputies in the sheriff’s patrol vehicle were not injured in the crash, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. As the crash involved sheriff’s deputies, the investigation is being conducted by the Michigan State Police which is ongoing.mlive.com
Ypsilanti Township mulling ‘public nuisance’ lawsuit against man accused of shooting 6-year-old
Read more: Washtenaw County officials explain how accused shooter of 6-year-old initially went freeThe township started pursuing nuisance cases as a criminal deterrent after state law changed in 2016. Rick Snyder, allowed municipalities to padlock residences under public nuisance laws. If filed, the case would be heard in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court in Ann Arbor. Le-Nguyen’s use of a firearm qualifies the incident for a public nuisance case. Read more from MLive:Accused shooter of 6-year-old back in custody after Washtenaw County prosecutor’s requestMan charged with shooting 6-year-old in Ypsilanti TownshipMichigan TikToker’s failed sex fetish stunt requires fire department rescuemlive.com
Missing paddleboarder at Silver Lake prompts closure of beach
PUTNAM TOWNSHIP, MI — The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency crews are looking for a woman who was on a paddleboard at Silver Lake and never came back to shore. A man and a woman were stand-up paddleboarding together Saturday, June 12 on Silver Lake at Pinckney State Recreation Area, police said. At some point, the man went back to shore and returned to the water to look for the woman, said Derrick Jackson, Washtenaw Sheriff’s spokesperson. As a result of her missing, the Silver Lake Day Use Area and Beach are closed until further notice, according to a Pinckney State Recreation Area Facebook post. Halfmoon Lake Beach and Day Use Area will remain open.mlive.com
Washtenaw County officials explain how accused shooter of 6-year-old initially went free
Specifically, people are asking how we allowed the person arrested to go free,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement posted on Facebook. Police agencies do not have authority to set bond,” the statement continued. “In this particular case, staff of the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office investigated, apprehended the suspect, and swore before a magistrate to the facts of the case. A judge then approved the modification and the sheriff’s office took the suspect back into custody. Accused shooter of 6-year-old back in custody after Washtenaw County prosecutor’s requestRyan Le-Nguyen, 29, is now being held on a $100,000 bond.mlive.com
Men destroy ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign, police won’t attend ‘killology’ seminars: Ann Arbor headlines May 15-20
ANN ARBOR, MI – Police are looking for two men who vandalized a large Black Lives Matter sign outside an Ann Arbor area farm. ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign outside Ann Arbor-area farm destroyed in less than 12 hoursA large wooden sign outside an Ann Arbor-area farm displaying support for Black Lives Matter was up for less than 12 hours before vandals destroyed it and disappeared into the night. Ann Arbor police will no longer attend seminars led by controversial ‘killology’ trainerAnn Arbor Police Department officers will no longer attend seminars led by controversial law enforcement trainer Dave Grossman, Police Chief Michael Cox said. Ann Arbor mayor condemns council member’s use of racial slurMayor Christopher Taylor condemned Council Member Jeff Hayner for offensive language in comments made to the Ann Arbor City Council at its meeting Monday, May 17. Taylor specifically addressed Hayner’s use of the n-word in a recent interview with MLive/The Ann Arbor News.mlive.com
Expect to hear explosions outside Ann Arbor, FBI says
SCIO TWP., MI – Residents living in and around Scio Township can expect to hear several loud explosions Thursday afternoon and should not be alarmed. The training session, known as the Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop, is designed to show local business owners what to look for when the supplies within their business are materials that could be used to make improvised explosive devices. Given the sensitive nature of what is covered in the training, it is not open to the general public, FBI officials said. FBI officials stated there would be about five devices being detonated in the training. The blasts are expected to be heard between 1-2:30 p.m.More from MLive:Firefighters rescue 5 ducklings from Ann Arbor storm drainChip seal work will affect traffic on several Washtenaw County roads‘Black Lives Matter’ sign outside Ann Arbor-area farm destroyed in less than 12 hoursmlive.com
‘Black Lives Matter’ sign outside Ann Arbor-area farm destroyed in less than 12 hours
ANN ARBOR TWP., MI – A large wooden sign outside an Ann Arbor-area farm displaying support for Black Lives Matter was up for less than 12 hours before vandals destroyed it and disappeared into the night. An artist who works at the certified organic U-pick farm had recently competed a large wooden sign -- 5 feet by 8 feet -- painted with “Black Lives Matter,” farm owner Kim Bayer said. The heavy sign was securely fastened and posted Thursday afternoon just off the roadway on the farm’s property, she said. Bayer and staff were disheartened to see the sign destroyed with such malice before it was up for even a day, she said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-994-2911 or the anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
U.S. 23 outside Milan closed after trailer full of hay catches fire
Update: The freeway reopened at 10:27 a.m. Thursday, April 22, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s OfficeMILAN, MI – A semitrailer full of hay caught fire Thursday morning, leading to northbound U.S. 23 near Milan being shut down. The trailer fire, reported at 8:17 a.m. April 22, occurred on U.S. 23 north of the Carpenter Road entrance ramp outside Milan, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The truck hauling the hay detached from the trailer and there are no reported injuries. Fire crews are on scene extinguishing the fire which is currently contained to the trailer. The ramp to northbound U.S. 23 at Carpenter Road remains closed, officials said.mlive.com
Ann Arbor council unanimously supports developing unarmed 911 response program
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor is moving forward with developing an unarmed public safety response program to have non-police professionals respond to certain 911 calls. The availability of unarmed responders for mental health crises would be a step in the right direction, Jackson said. They called the Community Mental Health crisis response team rather than police, she said. “It’s very important to understand the percentage of the jail population that’s there because of a mental health problem,” Griswold said. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Women who sued Ann Arbor police for breaking down their door get $50K in settlementAnn Arbor administrator tells central park group to temper funding expectationsDowntown Ann Arbor gets new street mural ahead of FoolMoon eventGallup Park trail pathway closes for improvementsCity withheld police records about Ann Arbor official and ex-senator, citing privacymlive.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.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office begins vaccinating Washtenaw County Jail population
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – On Monday, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced it is now vaccinating incarcerated individuals at Washtenaw County Jail against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Due to their close quarters, those within the jail are susceptible to outbreaks and have the potential to become “community spreaders”, officials said. In a statement, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton highlighted steps WCSO and its partners have taken during the pandemic to reduce the risk of spreading the virus within the jail. Those entering the jail can receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. WCSO also has an online tracking COVID-19 data within Washtenaw County Jail.
Man found shot to death in vehicle outside Ypsilanti Township apartments
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Investigators are searching for a person they would like to question about a shooting that left one person dead Saturday evening in Ypsilanti Township. Deputies with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday, March 13 to a single-vehicle crash in the northwest corner of the Ranches of Rosebrook apartment complex near Russell Boulevard. That’s where deputies found a 32-year-old man, identified by police as Henry Peoples Ross, unresponsive in the driver’s seat, according to a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office news release. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has asked anyone with information about the shooting incident to contact Detective Craig Raisanen at 734-260-1466 or by email at Raisanenc@washtenaw.org. Information about the fatal shooting is also being accepted through the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.mlive.com
Man wanted for questioning in Ypsilanti Township homicide of 32-year-old
A person is wanted for questioning by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office regarding a homicide in Ypsilanti Township. YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the homicide of a young man that happened Saturday. Henry Peoples Ross, 32, was found by deputies after being shot in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, according to the WCSO. His body was found by deputies who were responding to a single vehicle crash in the northwest corner of the Ranches of Rosebrook apartment complex near Russell Boulevard in Ypsilanti Township. The person pictured above is wanted for questioning in connection with the case.
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners create new positions for Sheriff’s Office, Prosecutor’s Office
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – Washtenaw County is looking to fill three new positions in the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. “As a Board, we are committed to supporting efforts to increase the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Washtenaw County,” said Sue Shink, Chair of the Board of Commissioners and Commissioner for District 2, in a release. “The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will build on the racial equity work already being done by the county,” said Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton in a release. Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion / Deflection ProsecutorWithin the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, this role will oversee all cases that have been diverted through the LEADD program, track program participant progress and ensure participant needs are addressed. Program CoordinatorWorking in the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, the program coordinator is responsible for daily operations of the LEADD program, including coordinating with community partners to design, implement, and sustain program activities.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office investigating home invasions in Scio Township
SCIO TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating recent home invasions in Scio Township. The suspect forced their way into residences and stole “high value” jewelry but fled once alarms were triggered, the Sheriff’s Office said in a release. Witnesses to the home invasions described a cream-colored sedan leaving the area. No further information was released at this time. Community members with information should contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office by calling 734-994-2911.
Jury trials in Washtenaw County not expected to start again until May at earliest
Washtenaw County’s first jury trial in months isn’t expected until May at the earliest, according to local court officials. “We’re at the mercy of the virus,” Washtenaw County Chief Trial Judge Carol Kuhnke said. Kuhnke confirmed no jury trials are being scheduled for March or April in Washtenaw County. RELATED: Michigan courts brace for jury trials to start again after pandemic creates massive backlogSeveral courts in Michigan are making preparations and setting up additional coronavirus-safety precautions inside courtrooms in hopes of holding jury trials again relatively soon. Washtenaw County Trial Judge Patrick Conlin denied both requests.mlive.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 email@example.com or 734-260-9602.
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
Search underway for Ann Arbor area teen missing since Thursday, says Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
SUPERIOR TWP., MI - Police are searching for an Ann Arbor area teenager who has been missing since Thursday afternoon, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said in an alert. The family of Shelbee Nicole Sanders, 16, last saw her at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, police said. Her last known location was her Superior Township home on the 1500 block of Ridge Road, which is about 10 miles east of Ann Arbor, police said. Sanders is white, 5-foot-4, 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, and her photo is being circulated. The Sanders family and the sheriff’s office are actively searching for her.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
Warning issued about possible police impersonator in Washtenaw County
YPSILANTI, Mich. – A 26-year-old man recently reported a suspicious Washtenaw County based traffic stop involving a possible police impersonator. On Thursday, Feb. 11 at around 7:30 p.m. the Ypsilanti man called police to report the traffic stop he was involved in. According to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle that pulled him over had red and blue lights. The Ypsilanti man then drove off since he knew the interaction was suspicious. AdAnyone with information is asked to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-973-7711.
‘Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk’: Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office cautions Super Bowl fans before big game
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is reminding football fans and community members of the dangers of drunk driving. With the Super Bowl happening on Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office has released tips for staying safe before, during and after the big game on Friday. Remind guests to have a designated driver before the event and to pace themselves, eat food and drink water. Related: Officials plead: Don’t let Super Bowl become superspreaderAdCommunity members that spot drivers under the influence of substances should call 9-1-1, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The WCSO release notes that in 2019, 10,142 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office forgives over $500,000 in jail debt
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has forgiven $509,888 of outstanding debt incurred by 31,614 individuals while at Washtenaw County Jail. The decision, made by Sheriff Jerry Clayton and supported by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, affects community members incarcerated between January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2020. “Our decision to eliminate this debt reflects our understanding of the stress and financial burden of incarceration,” said Clayton through a release. AdThe sum of $509,888 was identified after a review of the jail debt owed since 2013. In 2019, it increased the amount of money an indigent incarcerated individual was allowed from $3 per week to $5 per week and expanded what items that money could buy.
Ypsilanti woman in wheelchair killed after being hit on Michigan Avenue
YPSILANTI TWP., MI — An Ypsilanti woman in a wheelchair was killed Friday night after being hit on Michigan Avenue, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Just after 9 p.m. Friday, deputies and medical personnel responded to Michigan Avenue near Harvey Place after receiving a call from the driver of the vehicle involved, stating she had just hit a pedestrian. A preliminary investigation shows that the driver, a 36-year-old woman from Inkster, was traveling east on Michigan Avenue and the pedestrian — a 62-year-old Ypsilanti woman who was in a wheelchair — was in the roadway heading east. The Ypsilanti woman died from her injuries, WCSO said. There were four children in the vehicle, but no one in the vehicle was injured.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office seeks information on armed home invasion in Ypsilanti
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is reminding community members to lock all doors and windows after responding to a call on Saturday about an armed home invasion on the 2300 block of Lakeview Avenue. When deputies responded to the call around 2:50 a.m., they were told that two armed suspects entered the residence through an unlocked door and window, police said. No additional information about the suspects has been released at this time. The Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to share information regarding the incident by contacting Detective Boivin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deputy Erbes at email@example.com. Tips and leads can also be called into the WCSO Central Dispatch Non-Emergency line at 734-994-2911.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office warning public after occupied home invasion in Salem Township
SALEM TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public to check credentials of contractors who arrive on their property without being requested after homeowners in Salem Township were duped by men claiming to work for a tree removal company. Around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call from homeowners on the 5800 block of Gotfredson Road after they realized they had been robbed while distracted. The first suspect used the name Ernesto and is described as a small man who spoke with a Spanish accent. Deputies were then dispatched to the scene, but the suspects had already fled the area,” reads a release from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Calls can also be made to the Sheriff’s Office Central Dispatch Non-Emergency line at 734-994-2911.
10 most-read All About Ann Arbor stories of 2020 that weren’t COVID related
The Juneteenth March for Change drew hundreds to the Diag on the University of Michigan's downtown Ann Arbor campus. We’re taking a look at the most-read stories on All About Ann Arbor this year, minus COVID-19 related coverage (because we’re making another list for that). Driver killed, passenger extracted after car vaults from ditch into Ann Arbor WalgreensFrom December: On Dec. 24, an 82-year-old Ann Arbor man was killed when the car he was driving “vaulted” from a ditch into a Walgreens in Ann Arbor. The man was killed and an injured passenger, a 77-year-old Ann Arbor woman who was “significantly pinned” in the vehicle was extracted after 45 minutes. Ann Arbor police on scene of barricaded gunman situation at apartment complexFrom February: On Friday, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to multiple reports of shots being fired in the Hidden Valley Club Apartments in Ann Arbor.
Washtenaw County deputies find body while executing search warrant
BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, Mich. – While serving a search warrant Saturday, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office located the body of a man wanted in connection with a Christmas Eve road rage shooting. ORIGINAL STORY: Washtenaw County deputies search for suspect in road rage shootingAccording to authorities, the road rage incident happened neat the intersection of Alber and Textile roads in Lodi Township at about 9:45 a.m. Deputies said the suspect fired gunshots, hitting the victim’s vehicle multiple times. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said they were able to identify a potential suspect through tips provided to authorities. Police said the deputies spent several hours attempting to make contact to serve a search warrant Saturday before discovering the 51-year-old man’s body inside the home. Anyone with information is asked to contact Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-973-7711.
Suspect in Christmas Eve road rage incident found dead inside home, police say
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — The suspect in a Christmas Eve road rage incident was found dead inside his home Saturday morning, according to authorities. The road rage incident occurred in Lodi Township Thursday morning, when a motorist opened fire on another vehicle in the area of Alber and Textile roads, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. No one was injured but the victim’s vehicle was hit multiple times by gunfire, WCSO said. Car shot multiple times in suspected road rage incident in Washtenaw County, police sayUsing tips provided by community members, WCSO identified a potential suspect — a 51-year-old man — and went to execute a search warrant at the home of the suspect in the 21000 block of West Willow Road in Bridgewater Township, according to WCSO. After several hours of attempting to make contact with the suspect, deputies on scene found the man dead inside his home and the vehicle suspected in the road rage incident located on the property.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office seeks missing 32-year-old woman with disability
SCIO TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is searching for 32-year-old Amanda Marie Debruycker, who was last seen on Sunday. According to an endangered missing person alert, Debruycker has a disability and left a group home at 4344 Eyrie Dr. at approximately 6:30 a.m.She is described as 5 feet tall, 200 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing pink and white pajamas with a floral pattern. Authorities suspect she may be in Detroit near Gratiot Ave. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call 911 or 734-973-7711.
Man in stolen vehicle leads police on chase through 2 cities along I-94, police say
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Police chased a stolen vehicle more than 17 miles Sunday night in Washtenaw County. The driver did not stop, and a chase began through the city of Ypsilanti and parts of Ypsilanti Township before the car went west onto I-94, Jackson said. The attempt failed and disabled the trooper’s vehicle, which ended the chase, Oleksyk said. The stolen vehicle was found abandoned in Scio Township, Oleksyk said. The trooper, suspect and no one from the general public were injured during the chase, Oleksyk said.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office seeks missing 14-year-old girl last seen on Dec. 2
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 14-year-old Olivia Antonette Jones who was last seen leaving her home at 1215 Share Ave. in Ypsilanti Township on Wednesday. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt, red sweatpants and a jean jacket. She was last seen entering an unknown white sedan at approximately 2:05 p.m. If you have any information about this person's location, please contact 911 or our tip line. Posted by Washtenaw Sheriff on Friday, December 4, 2020Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 734-973-7711.
Thanksgiving double homicide victims identified by police
YPSILANTI TWP., MI – Police have identified the two men shot and killed outside an Ypsilanti Township apartment complex on Thanksgiving night. Two dead in Thanksgiving night shooting at Ypsilanti-area apartment complexOfficers arrived at the scene at about 7 p.m. and found both men had suffered various gunshot wounds, police said. There have been no arrests made and no additional information is being released at this time. Jamie Stitt at 734-973-4395, or leave a message on the confidential tip line at 734-973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 800-773-2587. More from The Ann Arbor News:Ann Arbor senior home cites COVID-19 pandemic in decision to cut skilled nursing beds in halfSuspicious Ann Arbor area death ruled homicide, victim identified$100M development could bring 454 new apartments to Ann Arbor’s Main Streetmlive.com
Dexter’s friendly troll, fish statues in Mill Creek Park vandalized
DEXTER, MI – Dexter’s friendly troll and fish statues were damaged in an act of reported vandalism in Dexter’s Mill Creek Park, police said. The troll suffered damage to its face, body and base while the fish statue appears to have been disassembled and was missing, police said. The pieces to the fish statue were returned to the boardwalk Friday morning, Nov. 20, Dexter Interim City Manager Justin Breyer said. “The fish statue appears to be repairable now that the pieces have been returned, but we still have a damaged troll,” he said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-971-8400 or Breyer at 734-426-8303 or Jbreyer@dextermi.gov.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office trying to identify Ann Arbor vandals
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is attempting to identify three people who vandalized the 22nd Circuit Court building in downtown Ann Arbor around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. The vandals appear to be two white men and one white woman, according to a post on the WCSO Facebook page. One of the men has waist-length dreadlocks. ✉ Like what you’re reading? Sign up for our email newsletter here!
Teen driver crosses centerline, injures motorcyclist in Ypsilanti Township, police say
YSPILANTI TWP., MI – A motorcycle rider was injured in a crash late Thursday night. The motorcyclist was driving south on Rawsonville Road near Textile Road, just before 11 p.m. Nov. 5, when a 17-year-old female driving a car north crossed the centerline and hit the motorcyclist, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Derrick Jackson said. The 29-year-old male motorcyclist from Monroe had a severe leg injury, but was alert and conscious at the scene, Jackson said. The 17 year old from Ann Arbor was not injured, Jackson said. The investigation into the crash is ongoing and no arrests have been made or citations issued, Jackson said.mlive.com
Extra sheriff’s deputies assigned to prevent voter intimidation at Washtenaw County polls
ANN ARBOR, MI — The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is increasing the number of deputies assigned to Election Day detail Nov. 3 and will readily respond to calls from polling locations if necessary, county officials announced. More than 1,500 poll workers are assigned to work at polling locations and on absentee voter count boards across the county for Tuesday’s election. “Washtenaw County residents have answered the call to serve as poll workers,” County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum said in a statement saying he’s grateful for their commitment. As of Thursday, 158,787 voters in Washtenaw County have been issued absentee ballots, and 124,730 have been voted and returned already — a 79% return rate. “I am confident the appropriate resources have been dedicated to this very important election,” County Administrator Gregory Dill said in a statement.mlive.com
I-94 in Ypsilanti reopens after traffic incident causes closure
YSPILANTI, Mich. – The collision on eastbound I-94 in Ypsilanti has been cleared, authorities said. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area of eastbound I-94 near Huron Street due to a traffic incident. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced at 3:52 p.m. Saturday that all lanes are closed due to a traffic incident that occurred in the area. After the incident was cleared, the highway reopened at about 8:45 p.m.Stay with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit as we share updates on this developing story. More: Local News
Police investigate multiple vehicle, semi truck crash in Ypsilanti Township
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a multiple-vehicle crash involving four cars and a semi truck on Wednesday afternoon. According to authorities, at about 1:30 p.m. the traffic crash occurred at the intersection of Rawsonville and Textile roads in Ypsilanti Township. Officials say individuals involved sustained serious injuries, though the full extent of the injuries has not been released. So far no deaths have been reported in connection with this crash. The intersection was initially closed for further investigation and has since reopened.