Ross abandons plans to build University of Michigan’s Detroit Innovation Center at former jail site
DETROIT, MI - Real estate billionaire Stephen Ross said he and Bedrock will not build a $300 million Detroit Center for Innovation on the site of the former failed Wayne County Jail project. “The pandemic illustrated the need for the Detroit Center for Innovation to have a greater catalytic economic and social impact on the people of Detroit which was not possible at its current site,” said Ross, the chairman of Related Companies, in a statement. Gilbert initially sought to build a Major League Soccer stadium on the site in hopes of Detroit being chosen for an expansion team. Gilbert’s crews spent the summer of 2018 demolishing the partially built jail that was expected to become the new Wayne County Jail in downtown Detroit. READ MORE:University of Michigan announces plans for $300M Detroit Center for InnovationStephen M. Ross gives $100M to launch construction of UM’s Detroit Center for InnovationUM Semester in Detroit faculty express concerns about new Detroit Center for Innovationmlive.com
Wayne County officials unveil new COVID air technology to help slow spread in jails
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Officials in Wayne County are calling a new piece of technology a game changer. County leaders held a press conference Thursday morning at the William Dickerson Detention Facility in Hamtramck to unveil new technology that aims to stop the spread of coronavirus in jails. The technology targets the COVID-19 particles that might be in the air, as well as other airborne particles that can cause people to become sick. County officials believe the tech is so groundbreaking that it can serve as an example that other agencies can follow too -- including schools, hospitals and more. “We’re going to attack COVID where it lurks in the air,” said Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington.
Waiting for court hearing since October, man dies in Michigan jail
DETROIT -- A man accused of arson has died in the Wayne County Jail after he couldn’t afford bond and was unable to get a court hearing until April. When Preuitt’s defense attorney, James Humphries asked for an in-person hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to send the case to trial, Judge Ronald Giles set one for April 16. Humphries requested the in-person hearing because he felt a traditional court hearing is a better setting to challenge evidence and witness testimony, the AP reports. Courtrooms around Michigan have scaled back the number of in-person hearings in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE:Brother, 14, charged in homicide of 10-year-old sister35,000 pounds of rolled steel spills on I-94 near Ann ArborDowntown apartment building deemed total loss after overnight fire in Kalamazoomlive.com
Canton Township man charged with 18 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Canton Township man is facing the possibility of life in prison after he was charged with 18 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Shailesh Patel, 53, of Canton Township, was formally charged Thursday at 35th District Court, officials said. First-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to life in prison. Police didn’t release details about the alleged crimes, but said an investigate began after one victim filed a report of the abuse. Canton Police Department investigators worked with the FBI’s SEMTEC task force on the case, officials said.
Harper Woods man suspected of killing woman charged with homicide
HARPER WOODS, Mich. – Steven Mark Bratton was charged Tuesday in connection with the death of a 37-year-old Harper Woods woman. According to authorities, police responded to reports of a woman fatally shot in the back yard of a home in the 19100 block of Woodside Street. Police said the body of a 37-year-old woman was found at the scene and, within an hour, Bratton was taken into custody and a handgun believed to have been used in the crime was recovered. Bratton was charged with first degree murder and three charges of felony firearm. Anyone with information is asked to call Harper Woods police at 313-343-2530 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
Funeral held for corporal killed in attack at Wayne County Jail
DETROIT – The final farewell to Corporal Bryant Searcy was Friday at Third New Hope Baptist Church on Detroit’s west side. “It’s a challenging time,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Searcy was on duty when he was killed at the Wayne County Jail. Napoleon said if it weren’t for the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of residents would have gathered to pay their respects. READ: Hear from daughter of corporal who was killed by inmate at Wayne County JailMore: Detroit crime news
Funeral today for slain Wayne County Sheriff’s Corporal Bryant Searcy
DETROIT – A funeral will be held Friday for Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy Corporal Bryant Searcy. Searcy was killed Sept. 2 while on duty at the Wayne County Jail. Deandre Williams, 28, is accused of attacking Searcy, 50, while the corporal was on duty checking jail cells about 10 p.m. that night. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said Williams was willing to kill the deputy to try to escape. Williams was charged with premeditated murder, murder of a police officer, felony murder and escaping jail through violence.
Detroit man charged in July fatal hit-and-run incident on I-75
DETROIT – Michigan State Police said a Detroit man wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in July was officially charged and arraigned for the incident. Valerian Kobaidze, 32, was arraigned Thursday on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death, fail to stop at accident when in fault resulting in death and reckless driving causing death. The incident happened on July 14 on Interstate 75 southbound near Seven Mile Road. While the case being reviewed, Kobaidze left the state of Michigan and went to New York. State troopers assigned to the Second District Fugitive Team picked Kobaidze up from the New York City Sheriff’s Office Wednesday and brought back to Michigan.
Sheriff: Inmate killed Wayne County corporal in attempt to escape jail
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – An inmate at the Wayne County Jail has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder in connection with the deadly attack on Sheriff’s deputy Corporal Bryant Searcy. Deandre Williams was charged on Wednesday in connection to the attack that happened last week. READ: Jail inmate charged with first-degree murder in deadly attack on Wayne County Sheriff’s corporalWayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said Williams was willing to kill the deputy to try to escape. Williams was charged with premeditated murder, murder of a police officer, felony murder and escaping jail through violence. READ: Hear from daughter of corporal who was killed by inmate at Wayne County Jail
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Jail inmate charged with first-degree murder in deadly attack on Wayne County Sheriff’s corporal
DETROIT – An inmate at the Wayne County Jail has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder in connection with the deadly attack on Sheriff’s deputy Corporal Bryant Searcy. Searcy was found unresponsive by other deputies at the Wayne County Jail. “He (Searcy) was viciously assaulted by one of the inmates,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon during a news conference after the attack. “It has been almost a week since the horrific murder of Corporal Bryant Searcy and it is still very raw. This case is a tragic example of this reality,” said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
Wayne County Jail had series of issues before fatal attack, union head says
DETROIT The head of the Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs Association said there were long-running issues that led to the loss of one of their own. Bryant Searcy, 50, was fatally attacked as he was checking to make sure cells at the Wayne County Jail were locked for the night. The attack happened Wednesday night at the Wayne County Jail Division 2 building. Union president Reginald Crawford said short-staffing has been a major problem for the 100-year-old jail where the attack happened. Searcy was working a second shift, a double shift, 16 hours.A 16-hour shift is the norm for jail guards.
Troubling details emerge in fatal attack on Wayne County corporal killed by inmate
DETROIT – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is in mourning over the loss of one of their own. Bryant Searcy, 50, was fatally attacked as he was checking to make sure cells at the Wayne County Jail were locked for the night. The attack happened Wednesday night at the Wayne County Jail Division 2 building. Police said Searcy checked the lock on a violent offender who has a long history of armed robberies and carjackings. “He (Searcy) was viciously assaulted by one of the inmates,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
Hear from daughter of corporal who was killed by inmate at Wayne County Jail
Hear from daughter of corporal who was killed by inmate at Wayne County JailPublished: September 3, 2020, 5:21 pmThe daughter of a Wayne County Sheriff’s corporal who was killed by a jail inmate spoke with Local 4 about her family’s heartbreak.
Wayne County Sheriff’s corporal dies after attack inside jail
DETROIT – A 50-year-old Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy corporal has died after being assaulted Wednesday at the Wayne County Jail in Downtown Detroit, the Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement Thursday morning:It is with heartfelt sadness and deep regret that the Wayne County Sheriff's Office announces the passing of Corporal Bryant Searcy. Daniel Pfannes, Undersheriff Wayne County Sheriff's OfficeWayne County Executive Warren Evans released the following statement:“Our thoughts and prayers are with Corporal Searcy’s wife, Sherry, and their daughter during this horrific time. A full investigation is underway, both internally by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and by the Detroit Police Department’s homicide unit. The attack on and homicide of Corporal Searcy is a jarring reminder of the danger the men and women in law enforcement face on every shift.”