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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

Oyerinde case moves forward

This photo of Dominic Oyerinde was taken by police after his January arrest. Facing four felony charges, including murder, Oyerinde's preliminary examination is scheduled for April 16. Photo by Ypsilanti Police

This photo of Dominic Oyerinde was taken by police after his January arrest. Facing four felony charges, including murder, Oyerinde's preliminary examination is scheduled for April 16.
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Murder defendant found competent to stand trial

By Dan DuChene
Apr. 1, 2009    ·    10:31 a.m.

The man accused of bludgeoning his girlfriend to death in January was found competent to stand trial Tuesday.

Dominic Oyerinde, 20, faces four felony charges in relation to the death of his girlfriend, 17-year-old Ann Arbor resident Anna List. He is charged with open murder, assault to commit great bodily harm, assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a vehicle.

His preliminary examination was scheduled for April 16 in front of Judge Kirk Tabbey.

Tabbey made the ruling after Oyerinde’s initial preliminary exam was adjourned in January to allow time to conduct psychiatric evaluations to determine Oyerinde’s criminal responsibility and ability to stand trial, per two motions by his defense attorney Timothy Niemann.

Judge Richard Conlin, who ruled on the matter at the time, agreed to allow Niemann’s motions and have the tests conducted.

“The opinion of the forensic examiner was that Dominic was competent to stand trial,” Niemann said. “I did not contest those results.”

However, Niemann said the results of the evaluation to determine Oyerinde’s criminal responsibility were not made public and can remain sealed unless an insanity defense is pursued on his behalf.

Niemann would not comment as to whether he will employ an insanity defense for Oyerinde.

Oyerinde was transported back to the Washtenaw County Jail after the proceedings Tuesday. He was issued a $2 million cash bond at his arraignment Jan. 15.

List was found unconscious in the early morning hours of Jan. 13 near Recreation Park on Congress Street. She had been in a coma and hospitalized since, until she died more than a week later. An autopsy confirmed her death was a result of a blow to her head.

Police said witnesses had heard the couple fighting at a house down the street from the park. They had traced footsteps in the snow to the house, where List’s van was found missing. Oyerinde was apprehended by Detroit Police later that day in the same van.

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