It’s like clockwork. A building in Detroit is abandoned, and within days thieves steal everything of value – copper plumbing, wiring, fixtures and pipes. Walls are torn up; water gushes from broken pipes; windows are smashed and the frames stolen. So it seemed incredibly irresponsible of the Detroit Fire Department to fail to secure one […]
Whether the west-side building will be salvaged is questionable because thieves stole copper plumbing, unleashing a torrent of water that was quickly rising in the basement.
Dispatchers were told to stop alerting the fire department of calls about the blaze Monday night because it was too difficult to access the plant’s north side, where several fires broke out, causing floors to cave in and walls to collapse.
Sheriff’s deputies raided the windowless, nondescript club and found prostitutes, drugs, guns and cash.
The man is accused of shooting four men at a gathering; two died, and two were in serious condition Sunday.
Critically acclaimed documentary, “Burn,” a feature-length film about Detroit’s distressed firefighters, will make its Motor City premiere Sept. 28 at the Fillmore. Producers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez will join city firefighters on stage to answer questions after the film. The documentary follows the crew of Engine Company 50, one of the busiest and most […]
Panhandlers in Detroit will have to show some decorum when begging for money – or face up to 90 days in jail, under a new city ordinance to go into effect in August. The ordinance, supported by civil liberty groups, seeks to find middle ground in a debate over the rights of panhandlers. The law […]
In just one day last weekend, two men were brutally beaten, an explorer was attacked and his car stolen and a photographer was robbed by a gunman. Thieves have smashed so many car windows that the streets and parking lots bordering the 105-year-old plant are covered in blue-green bits of glass.
The FBI is not down with the clown. In fact, the growingly suspicious agency categorizes the Juggalos – fans of the Detroit-based rap group, Insane Clown Posse – as gang members on par with Crips, Bloods and Latin Kings, according to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. So when police last week arrested a 20-year-old Juggalo wanted […]
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 […]