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Inkster man accused of fatally shooting toddler had been released from jail for good behavior

Jackson Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

The 25-year-old Inkster man accused of fatally shooting a 2-year-old girl execution-style was expected to be in jail at the time of incident on an 11-month sentence, but he only served about 3 months after being released for good behavior, according to Wayne County Sheriff's Office. More

Live tweets: Dearborn Heights police sergeant testifies Wafer cooperated with police

Theodore Wafer returns Thursday to the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit for his trial. David Coates / The Detroit News

A Dearborn Heights police sergeant testified Thursday morning that homeowner Theodore Wafer was cooperative and straightforward with police after he shot 19-year-old Detroiter Renisha McBride as she stood on his front porch in November. More

Conyers ramps up as Sheffield presses on

Detroit — U.S. Rep. John Conyers is campaigning more vigorously than normal for a 26th term, after a political scare a month ago nearly sidetracked his quest to be the first black dean of Congress. More

14th District race packed with action, but there's little attention

Lawrence Jose Juarez

Michigan's 14th Congressional District is a test-tube baby, conceived by gerrymandering to favor Democrats. Misshapen and geographically bizarre, it wends its way from Pontiac to Farmington Hills to Grosse Pointe. More

Small Michigan town with 100 police reserves under investigation

Two Michigan law enforcement agencies are investigating a small town with a big auxiliary police force. The Attorney General's Office and the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards want to know if Oakley is violating any rules governing the licensing of police officers, said a commission official. More

Michigan consumers to get $13 million in health insurance refunds

Michiganians stand to receive more than $13.1 million in health insurance refunds, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday. More

Canadians to bring Detroiters water in light of shut-offs

Detroit — The Council of Canadians on Thursday plans to deliver more than 200 gallons of tap water for Detroit families to a rally outside City Hall in protest of the water department's controversial shut-off campaign over delinquent bills. More

Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy to gather on Belle Isle today for reconciliation

Detroit — A group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy are expected to gather on Belle Isle Thursday for religious and regional reconciliation. More

Police chase ends in crash in Romulus; 1 dead

Romulus — A police chase ended in a violent crash early Thursday morning, leaving an 18-year-old man dead, authorities said. More

Police: Man found dead in manhole on Detroit's west side had been electrocuted

Detroit — Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a manhole on the city's west side late Wednesday night. More

Court throws out conviction in 1983 fatal stabbing in Highland Park

Highland Park — The Michigan appeals court has overturned a murder conviction in a Wayne County case that took about 30 years to bring to trial. More

University of Michigan bike thefts soar in July

Ann Arbor — Police are investigating a recent increase of bicycle thefts on the University of Michigan's campus. More

Prisoner pleads guilty to 2004 Michigan murder

Grand Rapids — A Pennsylvania prisoner has pleaded guilty to a decade-old murder in Michigan. More

Tortoise may have helped 12-inch alligator escape in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Naubinway — An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. More

Prosecutor says victim no threat on porch, but lawyer says homeowner fearful

Renisha McBride was not a threat to Theodore Wafer, the prosecution argued today during opening statements in the second-degree murder trial. Wafer's defense team, however, countered with a dramatic picture of a homeowner who feared for his life. More

Judge baffled as to why suspect in Inkster tot's killing was freed early

Jackson Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

A judge was baffled to learn a 25-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a 2-year-old girl execution-style in front of her father wasn't behind bars at the time of the shooting. More

Movie set may be going up in Detroit's Corktown

 Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

In front of the towering vacant black building on the eastern edge of Corktown there's now a huge fake ruin — big pieces of destroyed buildings that spill onto Sixth near Most Holy Trinity Church. More

NAACP denounces water shut-offs nationwide, cites Detroit controversy

'The passing of this resolution at our 105th National Convention is important because these water shut-offs have national implications,' Detroit Branch NAACP President the Rev. Wendell Anthony said in a released statement on Wednesday. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People passed a resolution Tuesday during its national convention denouncing public utility shut-offs involving the poor, the organization's local branch said. More

Replicas of Columbus' ships to dock in Wyandotte

Replicas of the ships used by Christopher Columbus during his transatlantic voyage in 1492, the Nina, left and Pinta, right, will be harbored at Bishop Park in Wyandotte in mid-August. The Columbus Foundation

Replicas of the ships used by Christopher Columbus during his transatlantic voyage in 1492, the Pinta and Nina, will be harbored at Bishop Park in Wyandotte in mid-August. More

Lansing groups seek welcome for child immigrants

Lansing — A coalition of activists and religious leaders in Lansing is calling on the City Council to make the community a welcoming place for child immigrants from Central America. More

Detroit Land Bank's dilemma: How to handle squatters in foreclosed homes

Joseph Garrett is hopeful he can stay in the Alden home his family lost to tax foreclosure. The land bank now owns it. David Coates / The Detroit News

A woman living tax-free in a city-owned house drove up in a BMW this month to find eight police officers, two utility workers and an attorney in the front yard. More

Supporters in Metro Detroit show 'solidarity' with Israel during Southfield event

 Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

More than 2,000 people filled Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield on Wednesday to show their support for Israel in the face of a deadly conflict that has rocked the Middle East and drawn international attention. More

Bond insurers grow 'more isolated' in opposition to Detroit's 'grand bargain'

Bond insurers say they'll continue fighting the city's plan to dump $7 billion in debt and favor pensioners over financial creditors, but chances are they'll find fewer allies alongside them. More

Court date set for challenge to Evans residency

Evans Steve Perez / The Detroit News

Detroit — Wayne County executive candidate Warren Evans has a Friday court date scheduled over a challenge to his residency. More

Royal Oak man in prison 7 years sues Oakland Co. sheriff, detective for false arrest

— A Royal Oak man who spent seven years in prison on charges of child sex assault, a crime he did not commit, is suing the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, alleging false arrest and malicious prosecution, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Oakland Circuit Court. More

Judge halts Saginaw mom's parental rights after boy died of abuse

Saginaw — A judge has terminated a 31-year-old Saginaw mother's parental rights to her three daughters, whose brother died from physical abuse. More

DTE investigating Royal Oak house fire after firefighters discover downed lines

Royal Oak Fire department officials investigate on the scene on Mandalay Street at 14 Mile in Royal Oak on Tuesday. Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

Royal Oak — An electric wire that fell across a porch may be the cause of a fire that completely destroyed a home Tuesday afternoon. More

Residents of the 313 celebrate Detroit's 313th birthday

Donald Hatcher, 11, checks out a model of a B-24 Liberator bomber as students of St.Paul AME Zion Church in Detroit tour the museum. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

After she heard the city will celebrate its 313th birthday this week, 6-year-old Anna Panek said: 'That's older than my dad.' More

Prosecutor: EMU football player died for iPhone, wallet

Ann Arbor — A prosecutor says Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed was murdered 'for an iPhone and a wallet that were never even used.' More

Officials say SMART buses' future rides on tax vote

Eighty percent of SMART's buses, or 196, have 500,000 miles or more of use, which is the maximum miles the industry recommends. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

The regional bus service SMART is asking voters for a tax increase in three counties and warns that if the millage fails, so does the entire system. More

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