ROYAL OAK (WWJ) - Royal Oak is about to unleash new regulations on dog owners.
The new rules, which go into effect Thursday, require owners of “dangerous dogs” to carry $1 million in liability insurance, post signs, complete an obedience class with the dog, and keep the dog in a locked, fenced-in area. Owners must also comply with seven pages worth of other requirements to keep their pets in the city.
Officials say a dog is deemed [...]
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A judge has approved a long-awaited $700,000 settlement between a Dearborn McDonalds and people who say they ate chicken sandwiches, that should have been prepared as HALAL: the Muslim equivalent of Kosher.
Ahmed Ahmed, the Dearborn Heights man who represents plaintiffs in the class-action suit, claims he bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at the restaurant but found it wasn’t prepared according to Islamic law.
DETROIT (WWJ) – New changes in Michigan’s tax law mean many Michigan residents will be paying more taxes this year.
Jason Kassab, who owns four Liberty tax offices in metro Detroit, said everyone from low to middle earners are finding they owe more tax or getting less back.
TAYLOR (WWJ) - An event designed to help assist Michigan families with housing expenses turned into a chaotic scene after there was a mad rush to collect Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.
The incident happened Saturday morning at the Wayne County Family Health Services Center on Eureka Road, between Beech Daly and Inkster roads in Taylor — where thousands of people were waiting to get housing vouchers, many who had been waiting outside in the cold [...]
DETROIT (WWJ) - While Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Interim Police Chief Chester Logan explore a restructuring of the city’s police department, some residents are expressing frustration with how their calls are being handled.
Detroiter Rachelle Guyton said she called 911 around 6:30 a.m. Saturday to report that her 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan had been stolen from an apartment building in Palmer Park — but it wasn’t the van she was worried about.
LANSING (CBS Detroit) - It would no doubt be controversial, but the idea of dissolving the fiscally struggling city of Detroit and absorbing it into Wayne County is being tossed around in Lansing.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports other Republicans are talking about giving the city the option to vote itself into bankruptcy. And mid-Michigan Senator Rick Jones said all options should be considered — including dissolving the city.
“If we have to, that is [...]
DETROIT (WWJ) – Tempers flared — and a gun was pulled out — after one man accidentally stepped on the foot of another on board a D-DOT bus.
Detroit Police said it happened early Sunday afternoon when the bus lurched, causing the man to step on the other man’s foot. The passenger apologized, but the man was apparently still angry and when they came to their stop at Gratiot and Conner, he [...]
DETROIT (WWJ) – The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it.
Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives.
“Detroit is [...]
WATERFORD TWP. (WWJ/AP) - A 17-year-old boy was arrested after police found him lying completely naked in the middle of a street while apparently high on LSD. Police said the boy also jumped on the hood of their patrol car and broke out the windshield with his fists.
LANSING (WWJ) – A new statewide survey is out on the potential for a white mayor in the city of Detroit.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports registered voters were questioned after reports surfaced that Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan was interested in the job.
Fifty percent of Detroiters said yes — that Detroiters would vote for a white mayoral candidate; 25 percent said they wouldn’t; and 25 percent were unsure.
LE&A/Denno Research, the bi-partisan public relations firm that conducted [...]
SAN FRANCISCO (WWJ) - BMW North America has probably had to deal with plenty of unusual lawsuits, but one filed last week may be a first — a California man says the seat on his motorcycle has given him an erection he just can’t shake.
Henry Wolf of California is suing BMW America and aftermarket seatmaker Corbin-Pacific claiming his issue began after a four-hour ride on his 1993 BMW motorcycle, with a ridge [...]
DETROIT (WWJ) - A man was shot and killed Friday night after an apparent dispute over the price of condoms at a Detroit gas station.
WWJ’s Beth Fisher spoke to an employee at the BP gas station on Fenkell and Meyers, where the shooting took place on the city’s westside overnight. The employee said the argument was apparently over the price of a box of condoms.
He said the customer bought a box [...]
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DETROIT (WWJ) – State lawmakers are currently reviewing legislation that targets the use of certain toy guns. A planned proposal before the Senate would make it a crime to possess a toy gun that has its required markings removed or by having a real gun that is made up to look like a toy.
State Senate Republican Rick Jones said that this has become a major problem, especially within the gang community. [...]
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - In a case that could set national precedent, the three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel plans to hear arguments Thursday about whether a pastor’s testimony related to a possible confession in a child sexual assault case may be used in court.
According to court documents, Samuel Bragg confessed in 2009 to the Rev. John Vaprezsan at Metro Baptist Church in Belleville about the 2007 assault of a 9-year-old girl [...]
FLINT (WWJ/AP) - The mother of a 14-year-old Flint boy who was beaten last week says she hopes a video of the attack posted on Facebook leads to arrests.
Trina McNeil told The Flint Journal that video of the Friday afternoon attack was posted on a Facebook page of one of the attackers.
McNeil says at least 25 people clicked Facebook’s “like” button in response to the video.
According to a police report, [...]
(CBS) Two people were killed Wednesday after part of a vacant nursing home collapses on them on the Detroit’s westside.
Fire, police, and rescue crews were called to Seven Mile and Glastonbury, near the Southfield Freeway.
Two bodies were discovered in the abandoned five-story building. Fire Chief Kwaku Atara says it’s believed the two men were scrapping at the time of the roof collapse.
“If you see someone scrapping in your neighborhood, call police [...]
DETROIT (WWJ) - Would a city-run lottery in Detroit solve the city’s financial problems? One state lawmaker thinks so.
WWJ’s Vickie Thomas reports that state Rep. Dr. Jimmy Womack, D-Detroit, is drafting legislation to start a “Detroit only” lottery. He plans to meet with the state lottery commission next week.
The idea is the brainchild of Councilman Kwame Kenyatta, and it comes in the midst of a Detroit financial crisis that has created the threat of massive layoffs, service cuts, [...]
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A 101-year-old woman has been evicted from the southwest Detroit home where she lived nearly six decades after her 65-year-old son failed to pay taxes on the home.
Texana Hollis was evicted Monday and her belongings placed outside the home. Hollis’ son Warren told WXYZ-TV he didn’t pay the taxes for several years and he had received several eviction notices earlier, but didn’t tell his mother about them.
(WWJ Photo/Florence Walton)
DETROIT (WWJ) – Employees of five downtown-based companies are being given financial incentives to live where they work.
DTE Energy’s Paul Hillegonds says the trend is already there, with a number of young professionals and creative types hanging their hat in downtown Detroit lofts and apartments.
Now, the plan is to create greater density in surrounding neighborhoods, but not just for the younger set.
“We have a number of [...]
ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – Do you find yourself a little irritated this week? It’s probably the heat.
Beaumont Hospital psychiatrist Dr. William Miles says there’s a lot data showing that the heat makes us angry and irritated, crime and suicides go up, but no one really understands why.
“You know, this is not unique to humans. I have dogs and … when my dogs are hot, they wanna be left alone,” said [...]
Pontiac House Explosion (WWJ Photo)
PONTIAC (WWJ) – Copper thieves may be to blame for an early morning house explosion in Pontiac. Battalion Chief John Widdis said he has seen similar house explosions in Pontiac this year.
“This is about the fourth one of these we’ve had. The house in vacant at the time, they’re going in and we’ve got a problem with people taking pipes … turn [...]