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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 weekend summary

Rennie Brooks faces resisting and obstruction, malicious destruction of police property and aggravated assault on police charges for allegedly kicking in a deputy's patrol-car window. Photo by Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Rennie Brooks faces resisting and obstruction, malicious destruction of police property and aggravated assault on police charges for allegedly kicking in a deputy's patrol-car window.

Armed robbery, two arraignments

By Dan DuChene
Apr. 13, 2009    ·    12:37 p.m.

Armed robbery
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for a man for his involvement in an Ypsilanti Township armed robbery Saturday.

Deputies were called by 911 to a business on the 1500 block of Ecourse Road at 9:10 p.m. Police said the suspect used a handgun to rob the store of “a large amount of cash.”

Video of the event is currently unavailable, but the suspect is described as a 5-foot, 6-inch, 180-pound African American male in his 20. Police said he was wearing a black, upsidedown baseball cap, a long-sleeved, button-up white tee-shirt and black jeans. He had a blue bandana covering his face.

Disorderly person arraignment
A 38-year-old Ypsilanti resident was charged with three counts Friday after allegedly kicking in the window of a deputy’s vehichle Thursday.

Rennie Brooks faces resisting and obstruction, malicious destruction of police property and aggravated assault on police charges at his pretrial, scheduled April 21.

Police said two deputies were dispatched by 911 at 12:45 a.m. Thursday to the 8600 block of Kingston Court in Superior Court in Superior Township for a disorderly person. To diffuse the situation, deputies attempted to give Brooks, who police said was intoxicated, a ride home.

Brooks then kicked out the window, according to police. He was then arrested after a brief struggle and transported to the Washtenaw County Jail.

Shop-lifting arraignment
A 38-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident was charged with two counts and issued a $5,000 bond Sunday , stemming from a shoplifting in Ypsilanti Township Saturday.

Kimberly Rowland faces felonious assault and retail fraud charges at her April 22 pretrial for her involvement the incident, which took place on the 1700 block of East Michigan Avenue at 11 a.m.

Police said Rowland walked into the store and concealed more than $100 in merchandise. They said she “became aggressive and assaulted an employee with a stapler” when she was confronted by a store employee.

Rowland was arrested at the scene and transported to the Washtenaw County Jail, where she was remanded Sunday.


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