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

Psychiatric examination holds up Oyerinde’s time in court

Dominic Oyerinde, accused of bludgeoning his girlfriend to death, is escorted to his preliminary examination this afternoon. His exam was adjourned until he is evaluated by psychiatrists. Photo by Dan DuChene

Dominic Oyerinde, accused of bludgeoning his girlfriend to death, is escorted to his preliminary examination this afternoon. His exam was adjourned until he is evaluated by psychiatrists.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Two motions question defendant’s ability to stand trial, criminal responsibility

By Dan DuChene
Jan. 27, 2009    ·    3:36 p.m.

The preliminary examination of the man accused of bludgeoning his girlfriend to death in Ypsilanti was adjourned while his mental competency is examined.

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

At his preliminary exam this afternoon, Oyerinde’s public defense attorney Timothy Niemann, put forth two motions asking for a psychiatric evaluation of his client. The first would determine Oyerinde’s competency to stand trial and the second to determine his criminal responsibility.

Judge Richard Conlin approved the motions after some debate, and scheduled a new preliminary exam on March 31.

Eric Gutenberg, the prosecuting attorney, said he had received notice of the motions, but asked what grounds the request was based on.

“I am not privy to any information that may support the defendant’s motion,” Gutenberg said.

Niemann said he had reviewed the evidence against Oyerinde, interviewed his client and looked into his history to reach his determination. He said he made the motion “given the nature of the charges.”

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 last week. 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.

Conlin approved the prosecution’s motion to continue the subpoenas issued to witnesses in the case.

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