Monday, May 31, 2010

Tip of the Week: Carjacking

The Detroit Police Department offers their advice on what to do if, God forbid, you are ever the victim of a carjacking. It is your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Warren Evans hasn’t been fired - yet

The Dyspathy blog, which is actually one of the best sources of news and analysis for stuff outside of the Warrendale neighborhood, has a post about how Chief Warren C. Evans will likely be fired from the Detroit Police Department in the coming days.

I think this is a real shame. This is partly because I believe Chief Evans has done a good job as chief of police, but mostly because his firing is being done as a political easy out to avoid any serious discussions about changes in the department (e.g., staffing, budget, etc.).

Warren Evans hasn’t been fired - yet

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

I want to wish a happy Memorial Day to everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood and beyond. I hope this long weekend brings you and your family the best of everything.

Let's just take a moment, though, to remember what this three day weekend is all about.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wow!

Um, wow! Sometimes, I just don't know what else to say.

New Sports Bar Coming to Warrendale

It looks like the former location of the PX Bar and Grill (18490 Ford Rd.), which closed earlier this year, won't be vacant for long. It will soon re-open under new ownership as J.S. Fields Sports Pub and Grill.

Based on some of the work that I saw a crew doing, it looks like the owner intends to open some of the windows that were bricked over. I think that's a great idea.

I look forward to providing a lot more coverage of this bar once it re-opens.

115 More Days

Time landed here late in 2009 with the stated mission of documenting Detroit for one year. Their first post was on September 20, 2009 and every post since then has been, in my opinion, one piece of sophomoric drivel after another.

September 20, 2010 is only 115 more days away. Presumably, after that point, the crew from Assignment Detroit will be forced to return to their jobs at Starbucks.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cool Warrendale Thing: Unabi by Christen Lien

Christen Lien has a new video that features her song "Unabi". It wasn't shot in the Warrendale neighborhood, much of it was done at the Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.) as well as other spots in and around Midtown. However, it's still Detroit and, in my opinion, it's incredibly cool.

Therefore, I'm bending my usual, self-imposed rule and proclaiming this video to be my Cool Warrendale Thing of the Week.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chase Bank is Hiring

The Chase Bank branch in the Warrendale neighborhood (18016 W. Warren Ave.) as well as several other branches around town are hiring again. They are hiring bank tellers, personal bankers, and several other positions.

Interested applicants are invited to apply on-line at chase.com/careers.

Breaking News: Kilpatrick Goes Back to Jail

Former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in jail for probation violations.

The Detroit Free Press has continuously updated coverage here.

Personally, I'm not thrilled with this decision. Mr. Kilpatrick is even less likely to repay Detroiters the money he owes us while he's in a jail cell than he would if he's working.

But I'm not surprised by the judge's actions.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Playing in Open Fire Hydrant

A group of children on Minock decided to beat the early summer heat by opening a fire hydrant. I'm sure this was fun for them.

There are, however, a few problems with doing this. First and foremost, opening one fire hydrant lowers the water pressure at all of the other ones in the area. If a fire erupted in the area, this could be a problem.

In addition, it causes the surrounding streets to flood and interferes with traffic.

I can't blame the kids for not thinking of those things. The adults nearby, however, are another story.



According to the Department of Water & Sewage, several people called to complain about it. Eventually, something will happen.

Tip of the Week: Prevent Home Invasions

A home invasion can be one of the scariest crimes a person can be victimized by. In order to help residents prevent such a crime from happening, the Detroit Police Department produced a short video that offers a few tips on how one can a home invasion from happening.



Preventing home invasions is your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

Facing Possible Return to Jail, Kilpatrick Buffs His National Image

I just have one question for former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick. If you can afford a publicist like Mike Paul, how come you can't manage to pay the restitution that you agreed to pay more than a year ago?

Kwame Kilpatrick had more than a million dollars in his campaign war chest at the time of his plea deal, according to reports filed with the Wayne County Clerk's Office. The Court said that he could use those funds to pay the $1 million in restitution that was apart of said plea deal.

In spite of that, Kwame Kilpatrick still hasn't paid Detroiters back in full.

Pay up, Mr. Kilpatrick, and then we can talk about a comeback.

Facing possible return to jail in Detroit, Kilpatrick buffs his national image | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Streets Get Cleaned

The streets will be cleaned in much of the Warrendale neighborhood tomorrow, Monday, May 24. I'm glad to see it happen.

Now, if we can just get something done about the overgrown grass that exists with all of the vacant homes in our neighborhood.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Economy of Cities

I've been reading The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs this past week. This is one of those books that I highly recommend reading.

One of the points that Ms. Jacobs makes is that the most economically vibrant cities tend to be horribly inefficient and impractical. It's their messy organization, or lack of any real organization, that enables a community to adapt quickly to change.

Cities that are extremely well organized, Jane Jacobs points out, are often ill-prepared to adapt to change. Detroit was actually this way prior to the birth of the auto industry.

With that in mind, I'd simply like to say that I look forward to Detroit once again being a horribly impractical and inefficient city once again.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm Pissed

Ladies and gentlemen, it's official.  I'm pissed!

The City of Detroit currently has some of the highest taxes in the nation. In spite of that, we also have some of the lowest levels of public services as well. Core city services, such as police and fire protection, are critically low and those shortages are ruining the lives of everyday Detroiters; making our dreams and plans for a better tomorrow an exercise in futility.

And now the idiots on the Detroit City Council have decided to cut police and fire services even deeper.

It's time to end this madness. It's time for the City of Detroit to declare bankruptcy and start over.

Detroit council cuts public safety budget | The Detroit News

Breaking News: Crash Shuts Down W. Warren Ave.

Two SUVs collided on W. Warren Ave. earlier this afternoon, resulting in at least one person being injured. The result of that crash left one of the vehicles immobilized on the berm.

The Detroit Police Department has shut down eastbound W. Warren Ave. between Artesian and Brace. Traffic is being detoured onto the residential side streets.

I will have more details on this accident as well as video from the aftermath of this crash up later today.

Update @ 10:31 p.m.
W. Warren Ave. is now re-opened.

I have video available of the aftermath of this accident. However, the editing on it is fairly minimal. I could've done more, but I'm not mentally up to it at the moment. (Read this if you don't already know why.)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Friends of Rouge Park Meeting Tomorrow

The Friends of Rouge Park will meet tomorrow evening, Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. Their meeting will happen at the Don Bosco Hall (9357 Westwood), which is north of the Warrendale neighborhood at W. Chicago St.

More information is available on their site.

Anyone who is interested in Rouge Park is welcome to attend.

Double the Controversy

I posted yesterday about our neighbor, Rima Fakih of Dearborn, and her recent win as Miss USA 2010. Since then, she has been the subject of much controversy. I posted about this at length over on my personal blog. However, I also wanted to at least mention it here.

A series of photographs emerged yesterday, which show Rima Fakih dancing on a stripper pole fully clothed as part of a contest that a local radio station held three years ago. Personally, I think this matter is much ado about nothing but there are more details of it over here.

Not to be outdone by this, conservative blogger and possible pedophile Debbie Schlussel published a series of five articles on her web site that accused Rima Fakih of supporting Islamic terrorists. Her allegations, in my opinion, have even less substance than the pole dancing photos have merit. I discussed them, however, and presented my argument for why Debbie Schlussel is a pedophile over here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Research. Research

I was downtown at the Wayne County Registrar of Deeds for much of today. I was researching who owns some of blighted properties in the Warrendale neighborhood.

It's actually a little surprising - but perhaps it shouldn't be - that many of them are ultimately owned by one of the banks that received a government bailout last year.

Anyway, more on this soon.

Toy Chest Is Hiring A Bartender

The Toy Chest Bar & Grill (18728 Ford Rd.) is hiring a bartender. Anyone who is interested in applying for this position is encouraged to visit the establishment and apply in person.

The Toy Chest was named "Best Upscale Strip Club" by the Metro Times two years ago. This is, I presume, a fun place to work.

Congrats to Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010

Rima Fakih, of nearby Dearborn, became Miss USA 2010 last night in Las Vegas. She is the first Arab American and the first Muslim to ever win this title. Her victory has been the cause of much celebration within the Arab American community.

Rima Fakih graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with bachelor's degrees in economics and business management. She is currently working in marketing for the Detroit Medical Center and plans to attend law school once she completes her reign as Miss USA.

Rima Fakih is the first Michigander to be named Miss USA since Kenya Moore of Detroit won the title in 1993.

My favorite factoid about Rima Fakih, however, comes from this quote in the Detroit Free Press.
When asked how she felt about winning the crown, Fakih said, "Ask me after I've had a pizza."
I have to love a woman who celebrates winning the Miss USA title with a pizza. Maybe we'll get lucky one day soon and see Rima Fakih at Gracie See or one of the other pizzerias in the Warrendale neighborhood.

I congratulate Rima Fakih and her family on this achievement. I wish her the best of everything in her coming year as Miss USA.

Metro Detroit celebrates Miss USA's first Arab-American winner | Detroit Free Press

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Squatters Die in House Fire

Two squatters were killed in a house fire over in Southwest Detroit, which is approximately five miles away from the Warrendale neighborhood. The fire reportedly happened at 4:30 this morning.

According to the Detroit Fire Department, this fire appeared to have been caused by an illegal electrical hook-up in the house.

The sad reality is that, with so many vacant homes in Detroit, we will likely see more fires like this soon.

2 squatters die in Detroit house fire | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kilpatrick Says He Failed While Mayor

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick gave an interview in this month's issue of Jet magazine. This, by the way, is the issue with Toni Braxton on its cover, which makes it worth picking just for that.

In this issue, Mr. Kilpatrick describes his failures while mayor of one of the largest and most troubled cities in America. When I first heard, however, that Mr. Kilpatrick would be discussing his failures as mayor, I have to admit that I didn't think about any of his personal or legal problems. My first thoughts were of his failures as Mayor of Detroit. Instead, it was entirely personal issues.

When Kwame Kilpatrick first entered office, my early hopes initially gave way to disappointments. The cockiness that he initially displayed didn't match up with his early accomplishments. However, when he came in second place in the nonpartisan primary for his 2005 re-election bid, I began to see a fundamental change in him.

He was still confident, but he lost that edge that took things one step too far. He was determined to do his job.

For awhile there, I thought Kwame Kilpatrick might be someone to stick around in the Mayor's Office for quite some time, even though he and I butted head on more than one occasion surrounding historic preservation.

For those who aren't aware, I was one of three people who filed a lawsuit in an effort to block demolition of the former Statler Hilton Hotel in 2004. That site is now a weed covered vacant lot. I was also the one who proved that the City of Detroit had falsified an inspection report in February, 2005 regarding the former Madison-Lenox Hotel, which is currently a parking lot.

Anyway, my point is that once Mr. Kilpatrick came in second place in the 2005 primary, it seemed to cause a transformation in him. I was proud and hopeful for the first time in years.

All of this changed again once the Detroit Free Press published transcripts of text messages, which proved that Mr. Kilpatrick had lied under oath. He seemed to develop what can only be described as a bunker mentality.

This could not have happened at a worse time for Detroit. The national economy was going from bad to worse. It was also the beginning of the mortgage crisis, which would eventually leave almost one out of every ten homes in the Warrendale neighborhood vacant.

When this problem first began, Mr. Kilpatrick convened a special meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He and other brainstormed ideas for responding to this crisis. Unfortunately, none of the recommendations that were made were ever implemented in Detroit.

By the time this report was complete, all anyone could talk about was his extra-marital affair.

In spite of Mr. Kilpatrick's pledge to "never quit on Detroit", he quit on us. He quit at a moment when Detroit needed a strong mayor more than at any time in a generation.

Technically, he didn't actually "quit". Mr. Kilpatrick remained in a bunker like setting. He didn't leave, but he also didn't do his job or allow someone else to step in to do it either.

Two years later, Mr. Kilpatrick is living with his family in Texas. I wish him well.

The courts will settle the questions that surround Mr. Kilpatrick and whether or not he has met the terms of his probation. Lawyers can opine on that question better than I can.

However, when someone talks about the ways in which Kwame Kilpatrick and his Administration failed Detroit, my thoughts will not turn to what happened in some hotel room or any of the events connected to it. My thoughts will always rest with a list of recommendations that were never implemented.

Kilpatrick says he failed while mayor in magazine interview | The Detroit News

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gracie See Is Hiring

Gracie See Pizzeria (6881 Greenfield Rd.) is looking to hire a cook. If you're at least eighteen years of age and want to be a part of making the best traditional pizza in town, I encourage you to apply in person.

I hope to see more businesses in the Warrendale neighborhood hiring soon, too.

Breaking News: Man Charged in Cop Slaying

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced this morning that Jason Alexander Gibson of Detroit will face fifteen criminal charges filed today, including first-degree murder, in the slaying of Detroit Police Officer Brian Huff. He is expected to be arraigned this afternoon at St. John Hospital & Medical Center (22101 Moross Rd.) on the far east side of Detroit.

Detroit man charged with murder in cop slaying | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Monday, May 10, 2010

Drunks Do Damage

A pair of drunks reportedly got into a fight late last Friday night at L. George's Coney Island (16835 W. Warren Ave.). The end result of this fight is that most of the windows in this restaurant were broken.

The tables, chairs, and everything else inside of it are fine, thankfully. More importantly, according to the staff, none of the innocent patrons or staff were injured either. Only their windows were broken.

The windows will eventually be repaired. L. George's Coney Island will presumably look like it did before the fight fairly soon.

As for the drunks who did this, they're probably beyond repair.

As one of my favorite comedians, Ron White, once observed, "You can't fix stupid."

And those folks are just plain stupid.

Gun Seizure - Press Conference

Detroit Police Chief Warren C. Evans held a press conference late last week, in which he discussed a police run that was eerily similar to the one that resulted in Police Officer Brian Huff being killed in the line of duty and four other officers being wounded. This one, thankfully, ended without anyone being harmed.

I want to share video from the press conference with everyone. I think his message and his answers to questions& from the various reporters is insightful. For starters, I was a little shocked when Chief Evans revealed that the Detroit Police Department had seized more than 1,000 illegal firearms this year alone. They still have a long ways to go in battling crime.

Part one of two is below.



Part two of two follows here.



I want to thank the Detroit Police Department for sharing this video with the public.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day. Therefore, I want to share this video with the entire Warrendale neighborhood and everyone beyond it.

A Mother's Day Song by the Singing Nerd.



By the way, in case you're wondering, my gift to my Mom this Mother's Day included the fact that I didn't make a video like this one. ;-)

Friday, May 07, 2010

Detroiters to Vote on Marijuana, Proposal Heads for Ballot

Tim Beck, who headed the efforts to decriminalize medical marijuana, turned in the required petitions to put a full-scale legalization effort on the November ballot. If approved, this would allow adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana on private property.

This ballot initiative was put together by the Coalition for a Safer Detroit. More details about it, including the full legal language of this proposal, are available on their web site.

Detroiters may vote on legal marijuana, proposal heads for ballot | Detroit Free Press

Ron Scott Is An Idiot

Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality is, in my opinion, an idiot.

When Police Officer Brian Huff was shot and killed in the line of duty this past Monday, and four other police officers who injured in the same incident, Mr. Scott went to the scene and made a series of remarks to the news media. Several media outlets carried his remarks, in which he spoke about police brutality and police officers violating the constitutional rights of young black men.

Since then, there has been a certain amount of public backlash against Mr. Scott. He has since said that his remarks were taken out of context. Quite frankly, I don't have a lot of sympathy for Ron Scott.

There is always a need to police the police department, whether it's in Detroit or anywhere else. Citizen groups, such as the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, have a legitimate role in addressing allegations of police misconduct and ensuring that it never happens in the first place.

However, when a person - any person - is standing at the scene where a police officer has been killed in the line of duty, the only remark that it is ever appropriate to make is to offer condolences to the officer's family. For anyone to make any other comment, is simply inappropriate.

The Board of Police Commissioners, the City Council, and newspaper editorial pages all exist for a reason. They provide citizens an opportunity to air grievances and present arguments, even ones that might be unpleasant to hear. Mr. Scott should have made his comments there and not at the scene where Officer Huff was murdered, especially while his body was still warm.

Mr. Scott has spent much of this week attempting to backpedal. He has repeatedly argued that his remarks were taken out of context. He has pointed out that the first thing he said was to express sadness about the death of one officer and the wounding of four others. He has insisted that his comments about police brutality where made with the best of intentions.

Quite frankly, I don't care. Mr. Scott is still an idiot.

The only thing he should have said at that instant was to express his condolences to the fallen police officers. Everything else should have waited for a better time and place.

Activist clarifies remarks after cop killing | Detroit Free Press

Update - Saturday, May 8 @ 11:38 a.m.
Ron Scott and Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans were on Fox 2's Let It Rip to discuss the shooting of Officer Huff, Mr. Scott's comments, and the response to said comments. Video from that exchange, as well as video of Mr. Scott's comments, are are all available below.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Pension Protest

The Michigan Legislature introduced bills last month that could potentially dismantle the City of Detroit’s two public pension funds and bring them under the management of a nonprofit trust based in Lansing. This move has been bitterly contested by the various labor unions that are served by those funds.

I was in downtown Detroit this afternoon for a series of meetings and had an opportunity to witness approximately 80 city employees protesting the proposed takeover in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (2 Woodward Ave.) They were orderly, respectful of passers-by, and very well organized.

I also couldn't help but notice that Councilwoman JoAnn Watson was one of those protesting this afternoon. This is one of the few times that I've ever seen an elected official so closely connected with a labor dispute.

I predict that this issue won't go away quietly any time soon. In the meantime, I want to share a brief video clip that I recorded with my cell phone from the scene.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick launched a new web site today in an apparent effort to raise the cash he needs to pay his restitution and legal fees.


Personally, I always wonder what happened to the more than $1 million that was in Kwame Kilpatrick's re-election campaign fund prior to his resignation.

Of course, my friend at the Dyspathy blog has his own unique take on this that is well worth reading.

Update @ 3:13 p.m.
The Detroit News is reporting that Kwame Kilpatrick's new web site has been targeted by hackers.

Budget Battle Begins

The battle of Detroit's budget has begun in earnest. (Try saying that fives times fast.)

The Detroit City Council, and perhaps most prominently Councilmen Andre Spivey, is upset with Mayor Dave Bing's plan to move his appointees from the Mayor's Office and into the various departments. The Mayor also wants to supplement staff salaries with grants and revenue from enterprise funds.

Mayor Bing argues that doing this will save money. Critics, however, contend that this move makes it harder to track what those appointees are actually doing.

Detroit council: Bing's budget a 'slap in our face' | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Wayne County to Target Arsonists

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced recently that she is dedicating a special prosecutor specifically to deal with arson cases. This is the first such program in the nation.

This program is especially important in the Warrendale neighborhood, in my opinion. For too often, the owner of a residential or commercial property has torched their own home or business because they couldn't sell it in the current economic climate. Insurance fraud quickly became their next best option.

The problem is that leaves us with a vacant, burned out building that is a detriment to our neighborhood; one that damages the property values of everyone who doesn't torch their own property.

I believe that the aggressive prosecution of these individuals is an important step in rebuilding our neighborhood.

Wayne County program to target arsonists | Detroit Free Press

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Thoughts on the Detroit Police Department

In response to the news about Police Office Brian Huff being killed in the line of duty over on the east side of Detroit yesterday, David L. Malhalab wrote a lengthy piece in the comment section. I feel that it's worth a lot more prominence and discussion. Therefore, I'm giving his remarks their own post, which begins below with only minimal editing from me.

I have a vision for what I would like the Detroit Police Department to be. As for the details of how that is accomplished, my inclination is always to allow experienced professionals lead the way. That's why I'm excited to have a retired police sergeant share his thoughts.

I invite everyone to share their own thoughts as well. Your comments, as always, are appreciated.


Detroit Needs an All Out War on Crime

The death of Detroit Police Officer Brian Huff and wounding of four other officers should be the last straw, the final spark that will get powerful Detroit black ministers off their bibles and get them onto their pulpits and pounding them and telling their members that it is alright to call police and "turn in" a murderer, robber, rapist, drug house, drug pusher, a B&E man/team, or car thieves.

Mayor Dave Bing, at every Detroit church, must also get up and declare that the police are not an occupying army or an army of oppressors; that residents should not fear police officers who are trying to protect them from the criminals who have no concern for Detroit or its residents. We must change the culture in Detroit that makes residents accept crime and fear the police.

The Mayor should tell Ron Scott to shut up - and not to denigrate officers and to cooperate with the police department to make it better - not to help spread the fear and suspicion about police officers. The Board of Police Commissioners must be more visible and active in making the Department better and accepted by the residents.

The ministers, Mayor and City Council member should commit themselves to making crime - the number one concern that needs to be solved - and make public safety Detroit's No. 1 problem.

Former Chief of Police Ella Bully Cummings should be held accountable for this officers death - you can't arrest criminals when there is not enough jail space to put them in (she closed 1/2 of the jail cells in Detroit). Cummings created a now failed Reorganization Plan, failed to supervise the progress of the DOJ decrees, and violated EEOC laws. Cummings failed police officers and residents of Detroit, and the problems she created have not been solved.

Mayor Bing and the City Council must seek federal grants to get Detroit Police - state of the are equipment, hire and train more officers and to make DPD the best police department in the country. This can't be done just at the city level - it will also take a commitment from the State and Federal governments.

I have always offered to be a resource...and spoken out about the problems and solutions that are needed to make the DPD better - hopefully someone will begin to listen now.

The news media must take an active role in examining bad policies and the lack of progress and why problems remain unsolved year after year. (Crisnet / lack of jail space-medical facility/ lack of facilities and equipment/ lack of quality leadership - just a few)

David L. Malhalab
Sgt DPD Retired

Happy Star Wars Day

I want to take a moment to wish everyone a happy Star Wars Day.

Yes, I am a nerd. Of this, there can be no denying.

May the 4th be with you!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Tip of the Week: Cinco de Mayo

This Wednesday is Cinco de Mayo. This holiday originally dedicated to remember the Mexican Army's defeat of the larger French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 but has since evolved into an American celebration of all things Mexican.

While our neighbors in the Mexicantown neighborhood do a lot more to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, for fairly obvious reasons, there are still a couple of great places to commemorate this occasion in Warrendale.

One of the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Warrendale neighborhood will be at El Monterrey Mexican Restaurant (18940 Ford Rd.). They will feature a live performance by Dueto Romance from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

As always, El Monterrey has great Mexican food and great drink specials. All of which combine to make this your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

Breaking News: 5 Detroit Police Officers Shot

Five Detroit police officers were shot this morning on Detroit's east side. One of the police officers died at the scene. The other four are listed in temporary serious condition at St. John Hospital.

This shooting was approximately seventeen miles from the Warrendale neighborhood. However, it's very close emotionally.

The shooting reportedly happened at a house on Schoenherr St., just south of E. Eight Mile Rd. The suspect is in custody. Police recovered a handgun and approximately one pound of marijuana at the house.

Each of those officers will be in my thoughts and prayers today.

5 Detroit Police Officers Shot; 1 Killed - WWJ Newsradio 950

Update @ 2:38 p.m.
The name of the police officer who was killed in the line of duty has been released:  Police Officer Brian Huff. Officer Huff was a twelve year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, assigned to the Eastern District. He is survived by his wife and their ten-year old son.

His memorial page is available at the Officer Down web site here.

Update @ 4:56 p.m.
The Detroit Free Press has a photo gallery devoted to the tragic events of this morning available here.