Monday, May 18, 2015

Suspect wanted after shooting on Westwood Street

Christopher Lamar - Detroit Police photo
A critical shooting occurred in the 7800 block of Westwood, which is just south of Tireman Street in the Warrendale neighborhood. The crime reportedly happened Sunday at approximately 2:00 a.m.

The victim was able to make a positive photo identification of the suspect, a Christopher Lamar, black male, with the date of birth of February 6, 1979. The suspect has a violent criminal history. This person is to be considered armed and dangerous. The weapon used in this crime has not been recovered at this time.

A photo of the suspect wanted is above. During the investigation, there was speculation that the suspect has possibly cut his dreadlocks off.

If anyone has seen this individual, know of his whereabouts or have any information pertaining to this crime please call Detroit Police at (313)596-5646, or email the investigator directly at tanguayj181 [at] detroitmi [dot] gov. Citizens can remain anonymous as always by leaving a tip on our app, DPD Connect, or contacting Crimestoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Detroit Police step up traffic enforcement

The Detroit Polic Department appears to be stepping up traffic enforcement in and around the Warrendale neighborhood. There was a period of heavy enforcement on Paul Street, west of the Southfield Freeway, late on Friday afternoon that lasted into the early evening.

Several tickets were issued and at least two vehicles were impounded by police during this time period. It's not clear whether or not any arrests were made in connection with those impoundments, although there didn't appear to be any from where I watched everything happen.

Portion of Ford Road renamed for fallen firefighter


Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Friday to rename a portion of Ford Rd. in the communities of Wayne and Westland the Firefighter Brian Woehlke Memorial Highway. This renaming honors a firefighter who died in the line of duty there in 2013 when a burning building collapsed on him.

The governor was joined at this signing by State Representatives Robert Kosowski and Julie Plawecki as well as Wayne/Westland firefighter David Polite and his son Tyler. Polite lives in the Warrendale neighborhood.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

House fire on Ashton

Detroit Fire trucks on the scene - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The Detroit Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant house on Ashton Ave. this evening. The fire broke out at approximately 10 p.m. at a house between W. Warren Ave. and Whitlock St.

The crew promptly extinguished the blaze. There were no injuries during this incident. In addition, the occupied house that is next door to the one that caught fire was not damaged in the blaze.

Interview with Detroit Public Television

I was interviewed again last week for a special that Detroit Public Television is doing on life in our city and its neighborhoods. Instead of a standard, sit-down interview, this time I got to show their camera crew some of the interesting parts of Warrendale.

One of the places that I showed them was the Lloyd H. Ryan Playground at the southern end of Warrendale. The playground is currently undergoing renovations that will make it a much stronger asset to the neighborhood, in my opinion.

When work is done there will be a brand new playscape for young children as well as two soccer fields at the southern end of it. There will also be a covered picnic area.

Another thing that I showed them was the horse barn that the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association maintains inside Rouge Park. This is a great resource to the have in our neighborhood, I believe, and I'm always surprised by how few people know about it.

The team at Detroit Public Television is still working on this special. As a result, they do not have a definite day or time as to when it will air.

However, as soon as that is finalized, I will report it on this blog. I will also schedule a viewing party to watch it somewhere in the neighborhood.

In the meantime, I invite everyone to follow me on Instagram to see more photos like the ones that I have showcased in this blog post.

Motor City Makeover comes to Warrendale

Volunteers from the Warrendale Community Organization will clean up the some of the vacant houses that are near the Carver STEM Academy (18701 Paul St.). This event is part of the annual Motor City Makeover initiative. It will begin on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. near the school.

Anyone who is interested in helping clean up a portion of the Warrendale neighborhood is encouraged to lend a hand that morning.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fire on Montrose

Fire on Montrose - Photo by Frank Nemecek
A fire broke out this afternoon on Montrose Street in the Warrendale neighborhood. The fire started shortly after 2 p.m. at a home just south of W. Warren Ave.

The Detroit Fire Department responded promptly to the scene. It's not clear, though, whether or not this home was occupied at the time of the fire.

Smoke clouds from this fire could be seen from almost three miles away. I was at Ford Rd. and Evergreen this afternoon when I saw it and decided to investigate.