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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

Sheriff’s summary


Wild series of events for teen in custody this week

By Dan DuChene
Aug. 7, 2009    ·    3:09 p.m.

Suspect arrested, car crashes after police chase
A 16-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident was arrested this morning after leading police on a chase in a stolen car.

In a report issued by the Washtenaw Sheriff’s Office this afternoon, police said the teen had been involved in an armed robbery Wednesday before deputies attempted to stop him at 1:25 a.m. on Crestwood Avenue near Harris Street in Ypsilanti Township.

At 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were called to Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti Township for the armed robbery complaint. Police said the victim was a tattoo artist who had followed the subject to an apartment to finish work on a tattoo.

“Upon completing the tattoo, the victim was threatened with a handgun by the person who had just received the tattoo and another subject with a handgun who had been in the apartment,” the report said.

Police said the victim fled the apartment, but not before the suspects took his cell phone, tattoo kit, $60 in cash and his bank card.

It was one of the two suspects in Wednesday night’s robbery that police said had fled when deputies attempted to stop him this morning.

The chase continued to Holmes Road, where police said “the driver and front-seat passenger jumped from the moving vehicle and fled on foot.”

The driver was apprehended by police and transported to the Washtenaw County Jail. The car, however, continued with no driver until it crashed into a “vacant mobile home on the 2500 block of Holmes Road,” the report said.

Police said the suspect in custody will be arraigned later today. The second suspect in Wednesday’s robbery is described as 19-year-old, 5-foot 10-inch tall, dark-skinned black male.

No injuries were reported in either incident. Police said the investigation is continuing.

Felonious assault
Three Ypsilanti Township teenagers were able to escape unharmed after a driver had attempted to run them over with his pick-up truck in their front yard Thursday, police said.

Deputies were called to the 800 block of Twin Towers at 5:10 p.m., where it was reported the suspect had confronted the teens about them possibly breaking the mirror on his vehicle Wednesday.

Police said a verbal altercation ensued, which escalated to the suspect attempting to run the teenagers over in his truck. Instead, police said he drove over a mail box on fled the scene.

Assault and robbery arraignment
The two Ypsilanti township residents arrested in Scio Township Tuesday, for hospitalizing an Ypsilanti Township man last week, were arraigned Thursday.

. Michael Andre Gibbon, 24, and a 16-year old juvenile were charged with assault with intent to commit murder, first-degree home invasion and armed robbery. Gibbon was issued a $1 million bond.

A report issued by police today said the juvenile “was remanded to the Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention Center with no bond after becoming combative in the court room.”

The two were both arrested at the 500 block of Plum Street at 11 a.m. and transported to the Washtenaw County Jail, following an investigation by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office

The original incident had occurred when deputies were called to the 1300 block of McCarthy Court at 11:55 p.m. July 26, where it had been reported two suspects had broke a sliding glass door to gain entry to the residence.

“When the homeowner confronted the suspects, he was assaulted with a crow bar,” a report issued by police Wednesday night said.
Police said the man then activated his audible alarm and the suspects fled the residence with a wallet containing $100. The victim was treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The pre-trial for both suspects has been scheduled for Wednesday.

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