Thursday, September 25, 2008

Copier-Gate

The Detroit News reported this morning that former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick awarded at $10 million contract to provide and service photocopiers to one of his friends, term-limited State Representative Ken Daniels. Much of the work that was required under the contract was never done and Daniels' company wasn't even authorized to sell or service copiers by any of the manufacturers.

I'm glad that Mayor Ken Cockrel is rooting out contracts like this. The question now is: what will happen now? Will the City Council actually rescind this contract? Since the work wasn't done, will the City sue to recapture any funds that were paid to Daniels?

In my opinion, how these questions are answered will do much to demonstrate what type of a leader Mayor Cockrel will be.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rouge Park 5K Meeting

As a quick reminder, the Friends of Rouge Park will host their next 5K Run/Walk planning meeting TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 24 at 6 p.m. The meeting will happen in the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Center, which is located at Joy & Lahser.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Good Bye, Detroit Uncovered

John K. Bennett announced this past weekend that he is shutting down his legendary web site, DetroitUncovered.com. He launched his first site, FireJerryO.com, in October of 2002 as way of exposing problems with then Police Chief Jerry Oliver. Since then, his site has become one of the best examples of investigative journalism around.

He was also voted the Best Political Blog in Detroit for two years in a row by the Metro Times.

I've also been pleased to be one of the only four blogs that he has found to be worthy of link to on his site. It's been an honor to share the blogosphere with him.

The good news, of course, is that Mr. Bennett is planning a run for the City Council next year. For more on that, please visit his campaign site.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CAID Charges Dropped

In June of this year, I posted about a police raid at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit - more commonly known as the Raid @ the CAID. Since then, the City of Detroit has decided to drop all charges against the more than 100 individuals who were detained during this raid.

It's unfortunate that this ever happened in the first place. However, I'm pleased that the City has dropped the charges. I will be optimistic and pray that this is a sign of better priorities beginning to emerge within Detroit's leadership.

For anyone who doesn't remember the raid that started it all, I give you a link to my original post on the subject.

Back Again

These past couple of weeks have been insane for me. Regardless, I'll have new blog posts up soon.

In the meantime, I have to report one rather unique thing that I didn't get to say anything about earlier. I drove past the liquor shop at W. Warren and Stahelin last Thursday on my way to a meeting with some developers. I couldn't help but notice that the Detroit Police Department was in the process of raiding the place.

And these weren't your ordinary police officers either.

I saw guys in camo gear with assault rifles.

I never found out what it was that prompted that incident. However, it's always surreal to see anyone with an assault rifle in your neighborhood. I'm glad they were there doing they're job, but it's surreal none the less.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friends of Rouge Park Meeting

The Friends of Rouge Park will have their next general meeting this coming Wednesday, September 17, at 6 p.m. in the pavilion on the east side of Spinoza. This is north of Joy Road; near Brennan Pools parking lot and the horseshoe pits.

A map is available at Mapquest. If you click on "aerial map" and zoom in then you will see the pavillion directly above the star.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Another Arson Update

Chief Gary Victor of the Arson Unit attended the Warrendale Community Organization meeting Monday evening night. He confirmed that there is on-going investigation into both the fire at the Dollar Store as well as the former Harry's Department Store. Because this is an active investigation, Chief Victor was somewhat vague in his details.

The most specific point that he divulged is that his unit has specially trained dogs that are used in arson investigations. Those dogs founds traces of an undisclosed accelerate at one of these locations, confirming that it was a case of arson.

He also disclosed that two fire fighters were injured battling these blazes. From my past experience, this means that the investigators on the case are more heavily motivated to arrest the perpetrator than they would otherwise be. (DFD Arson is always motivated, but an injured colleague kicks it up a notch.)

Other details that were discussed in general terms included the steel shutters on the former Harry's Department Store. Those shutter are normally down, but were left up the night of this fire.

Finally, there's also the report that a witness saw an unidentified male throw something into one of the buildings just before it was engulfed in flames.

Again, this is an on-going investigation so the authorities are reluctant to divulge too much information. However, anyone who might know anything about this - or any other arson case - is asked to call 313-596-2940 or 800-44-ARSON.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Reminder: WCO Meeting

As a quick reminder, the next meeting of the Warrendale Community Organization will be tomorrow (Monday, September 8) at 7 p.m. in the school building of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. The church is located at 5780 Evergreen, which is just north of Ford Rd.


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Monday, September 01, 2008

REWARD: Arson in Warrendale

I went past the former Harry's Department Store and the dollar store this afternoon. The steel shutters are one again down at Harry's. (Although, I really want to know how they ever came to be up in the first place.) Any other openings to either building have been boarded over.

More importantly, there are now signs posted at Harry's; offering a reward of up to $5,000.00 for information regarding the fire. Anyone with information regarding these fires is asked to call the Arson Unit at (313) 596-2940 or the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee at (800) 44-ARSON.