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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

EMU robbery suspect arrested

Michael Allen Johnson is suspected of armed robbery in the incident that happened in Sellers Hall in January. Photo by EMU Police

Michael Allen Johnson is suspected of armed robbery in the incident that happened in Sellers Hall in January.
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Johnson awaits arraignment in Washtenaw County Jail

By Dan DuChene
Mar. 2, 2009    ·    2:11 p.m.

The man accused of robbing Eastern Michigan University students at gun point in January has been arrested, police said.

In an e-mail sent to the campus at 1:50 p.m., EMU police said Michael Allen Johnson, 20, was arrested Monday morning in Detroit by a multi-agency task force called the Fugitive Apprehension Service Team.

Johnson is suspected to be the person who brandished a weapon in EMU's Sellers Hall while robbing four victims in the lounge at 2:23 a.m. on Jan. 23. There were two other assailants, according to the victims. Those men have not yet been identified.

A resident of Detroit, Johnson is not an EMU student.

After stealing money, jewelry and a jacket from the victims, police said Johnson and the others told the victims to stay in the lounge and fled in an unknown direction.

The release said Johnson is currently being held at the Washtenaw County Jail, awaiting his arraignment on robbery and felony fire arm charges.

“Other suspects in the case are still being sought and the investigation is ongoing,” the report said.

Stay with the Citizen as this story develops.

See related stories: EMU Police identify Friday's armed robbery suspect
Armed robbery in EMU dorm

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