Good Samaritans killed in separate attacks in Detroit

Good Samaritans killed in separate attacks in Detroit

Wednesday was deadly for two good Samaritans in Detroit. A 62-year-old grandfather and decorated Vietnam veteran was shot to death after trying to protect his granddaughter from four robbers in a west side home. After intruders pistol-whipped his 16-year-old grandson, John Villneff was shot shielding his granddaughter, police said. On the city’s east side, a […]

State does nothing as Historic Highland Park school is gutted by thieves

State does nothing as Historic Highland Park school is gutted by thieves

Part one of a continuing series on abandoned buildings. More than 60,000 vacant buildings are scattered across Detroit and Highland Park, driving down property values and attracting crime, rodents and fires. This is the story of one of those buildings.  Neighbors tried their best. They circled the historic, sprawling school in Highland Park to keep out […]

Tax hike in Detroit? Council considers plan to put police protection on ballot

Tax hike in Detroit? Council considers plan to put police protection on ballot

Detroit City Council declined to vote on whether residents should have the opportunity to vote on raising taxes to put more cops on the streets, saying the police department needs to provide a more thorough plan. Council members said they want to ensure the roughly $56 millon that would be raised from a tax hike […]

Detroit, Hamtramck consider sharing fire services

Detroit, Hamtramck consider sharing fire services

Hamtramck and Detroit are exploring a relationship to share fire services at a time when both communities are cutting public safety to fill budget gaps. “The financial realities force us to think outside the box,” Hamtramck City Manager Nervus Nazarko told Detroit City Council this morning. “We would support anything that would make financial sense […]

Media: Be scared of Detroit

Media: Be scared of Detroit

Scared yet? If you’re white and live in the suburbs, you’re the target of sensational media accounts of two teens killed in Detroit last week. For the blood-thirsty media hoping to squeeze some pennies from a parent’s worst nightmare, it was the perfect story: Two white teenagers from Westland go missing after visiting a relative […]

Is Detroit’s population loss bottoming out?

Is Detroit’s population loss bottoming out?

The unprecedented exodus from Detroit in the past decade is slowing down, a sign that efforts to draw new residents is working, the Associated Press reports. Detroit shocked the nation when the decennial Census showed the city lost 25% of its population, which dropped to 714,000. It’s unclear what caused the slowdown, but officials in […]