Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

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 likely to face murder

Bombadill's

Victim dies from last week's bludgeoning

By Christine Laughren
Jan. 22, 2009    ·    2:41 p.m.


Ypsilanti Police Chief Matt Harshberger said charges against 20-year-old Dominic Oyerinde will likely be changed to reflect Anna List's Tuesday death.

Oyerinde is accused of bludgeoning List with a blunt object near Recreation Park and stealing her van in the early morning hours of Jan 13. Harshberger said open murder will likely be the new charge against him.

A little more than a week after she was found unconscious in the snow, 17-year-old Anna List was pronounced brain dead and taken off life support. The victim’s family released a statement Tuesday stating List, of Ann Arbor, volunteered to be an organ donor when she applied for her Michigan driver’s license.

The family said in the statement, List was a “fine musician, a gifted young artist, a disciplined student, a trusted friend, a loving sister and daughter and a young woman with a gentle and open heart.”

“Anna is giving even up to the last moment,” List’s mother said.

Police say they tracked footprints in the snow from where they found List to the 1100 block of Congress Street, where witnesses said they had heard the couple fighting earlier. Oyerinde is believed to have walked back to take the victim's mini-van, which is a 1997 Honda Odyssey.

Oyerinde was found later that day on the east side of Detroit. Without a lawyer representing him at the Washtenaw County Jail last Thursday, Oyerinde stood mute to charges of assault with intent to commit murder, assault to commit great bodily harm, assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a vehicle.

Harshberger said the open murder charge would likely replace the assault with intent to commit murder charge. He also said investigators have yet to find the “blunt object” used in the felonious assault. However, detectives have speculated a crowbar, hammer or something with similar weight was used.

Washtenaw County Medical Examiner Dr. Bader Cassin finished the autopsy today. Roger Simpson, chief investigator at the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office, said preliminary report lists Homicide from penetrating head trauma as the cause of death.

“It’s a very tragic situation.” Harshberger said. “I hope that in the end we can hold the primary suspect responsible for what has occurred.”

Oyerinde’s preliminary examination is scheduled for Jan. 27 at the service center on Hogback.

Details for List’s memorial service have yet to be finalized. The List family would like to express their gratitude for the love and support of their friends and the Ann Arbor community.

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