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

Police: Festival incident blown out of proportion


No victim, blood in alleged stabbing

By Dan DuChene
Aug. 26, 2009    ·    12:13 p.m.

Paul DeRidder, acting police chief for Ypsilanti, said the incident that took place Saturday night in Riverside Park has “got blown out of proportion.”

What had been reported as a stabbing in the park just as the Heritage Festival was closing down for the day can not be substantiated, DeRidder said.

On the phone this morning, he said the initial incident started as a physical confrontation between teenagers near the children’s activity tent in the festival, which was empty as it was nearing 9 p.m.

He said several teens from the area ran to where the fight was taking place, to witness the events. He said different reports vary the size of the crowd from 100-150.

“All the kids came to watch,” DeRidder said.

As police responded to the scene, he said the group ran through the park headed to toward Michigan Avenue, where officers were responding to the incident.

He said the group then came running back toward the festival, and was eventually dispersed. He said there were arrests made, and a report will be ready at the end of the week.

The Citizen interviewed several vendors Sunday, and those that were at the scene gave a similar story to what DeRidder said today.

“Somebody in the crowd (told police) they thought they saw somebody stab somebody else,” DeRidder said.

However, he said no victim came forward at the scene, and none checked in to any county hospitals. He said no complaint had been filed and no blood was discovered at the scene.

The vendors interviewed by the Citizen Sunday said they didn’t see any weapons during the incident.

“(The police) did a very good job,” said Tom Pokryfky, from the Rainbow Feathers Bird Club, who had a booth at the event.

“They got it under control very quickly,” Pokryfky said. “They were tolerant.”

The Citizen will follow up on this story. Stay tuned as the police report will be completed later this week.

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