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Bones found in the walls of historic Detroit building

The Ashley Apartments, a 67-unit mid-rise, which is undergoing renovations, is located on the 1500 block of Centre in Harmony Park. David Coates / The Detroit News

Crime scene investigators are on the scene of a historic downtown apartment building after bones were found in the walls Thursday morning, police said. More

Live tweets: Will Theodore Wafer testify at his murder trial?

Theodore Wafer pauses earlier this week during his trial in which he's accused of second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride. Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

The big question surrounding the murder trial of Dearborn Heights homeowner Theodore Wafer is whether the 55-year-old defendant will take the witness stand in the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his porch in November. More

Dearborn man tied to '80 killings due in immigration court

Detroit — A Detroit-area man suspected by the Irish government in the killing of two soldiers in 1980 is making his first appearance in immigration court. More

Dearborn Heights to get elections monitor for August vote

Dearborn Heights will have a state elections monitor for next month's election after claims of voter suppression and discrimination against Arab-Americans requesting absentee ballots while the city clerk is alerting authorities to possible voter fraud involving absentee ballots. More

Hearing continues for Dearborn man in soccer referee killing case

Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad David Coates / The Detroit News

A hearing resumes Thursday afternoon to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case of a Dearborn soccer player accused of fatally punching a referee to trial. More

Police end investigation of fatal mauling of Livonia man

Lapeer — Police have completed an investigation after two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on a rural Michigan road. More

City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

Detroit — Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website. More

Detroit boy's shooting death weighs heavy: 'When you lose a little one like that, it's terrible'

Residents of the Brewster Homes complex light candles on Wednesday in remembrance of Jakari Pearson, killed by a bullet while he was sleeping. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

Jakari Pearson, an 8-year-old baseball fan who was shot and killed as he slept in his bed Wednesday, was the latest casualty in a city that has lost nearly 500 children to homicides since 2000. More

Appeals court wary of Syncora bid to block Detroit casino cash

People play the slots at Greektown Casino in Detroit. Detroit's legal team and a holdout creditor are fighting over the city's best revenue stream — $15 million a month in casino taxes. John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

A panel of federal appeals court judges Wednesday had some criticism for a bond insurer's bid to block Detroit from accessing casino revenue, with one judge calling the creditor's efforts 'fairly Draconian.' More

Detroit drops proposal for bankruptcy 'plan monitor'

The city dropped plans late Tuesday to install a court-appointed official to oversee compliance with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's plan to shed more than $7 billion in debt. More

Detroit City Council rejects Orr request for bids on parking department

In April, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr imposed higher fines for parking tickets, calling it 'necessary and appropriate' to increase funds available to the city. The hike was the first for Detroit in more than a decade. The city had been paying $32 to issue and process a $30 parking violation. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

The City Council on Tuesday turned down a request from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to solicit proposals from bidders interested in running or buying Detroit's municipal parking department. More

Judge sets Thursday deadline for bankruptcy eligibility challenges

A federal appeals court judge late Tuesday challenged creditors to decide within 48 hours if they'll continue to contest Detroit's eligibility for bankruptcy and its plan to cut pensions. More

Dearborn Heights officials may seek oversight of primary amid discrimination claims

Attendees at a Dearborn Heights City Council meeting make their feelings known regarding accusations of voter suppression of Arab-Americans. Jose Juarez / Special to The Detroit News

Dearborn Heights — City leaders are considering seeking state or county oversight of next month's election after claims of voter suppression and discrimination against Arab-Americans requesting absentee ballots. More

Ex-Detroit cop accused of running $3M prescription drug ring

A former Detroit police officer, who resigned from the force six years ago after extorting money from a gas station owner, is accused of masterminding a major prescription drug ring that operated in Ohio. More

Mistrial for Detroit man in death of girlfriend's niece, 5

— A judge has declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked while deliberating the fate of a Detroit man accused of abducting, raping and killing his girlfriend's 5-year-old niece. More

Expert testimony: McBride shot at close range on Dearborn Heights porch

Theodore Wafer pauses at the end of Day 3 of his trial on Monday. Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News

A firearms expert is expected to continue his testimony Tuesday afternoon in the second-degree murder trial of Dearborn Heights homeowner Theodore Wafer. More

Decisions likely this week on dogs' fate, possible charges for owner in fatal attack

Craig Sytsma of Livonia was killed after being attacked by two dogs along this stretch of Thomas near Brauer in Metamora Township. Amanda Emery / AP

Metamora Township — Authorities expect to decide within the next few days whether the owners of two dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger from Livonia on a Lapeer County road will face criminal charges. More

Common complaint for Detroit's M-1 Rail: It doesn't go far enough

Work on the long-anticipated M-1 Rail streetcar line is underway on Woodward. David Coates / The Detroit News

With construction underway on the much-delayed M-1 rail project, organizers believe that once streetcars are moving up and down Woodward in two years, a skeptical public will be won over. More

Person of interest in custody after carjacking leaves man dead in Detroit

Detroit — Police are questioning a person of interest in a carjacking that left a 20-year-old man dead Monday night on the city's west side. More

Construction workers hit gas line at Detroit Metro

Romulus — Construction crews making repairs to a road at Metropolitan Airport hit a two-inch gas line Tuesday morning causing a nearby airport business to shut down temporarily. More

Canton Twp. police looking for suspect with stolen credit card

Canton Township — Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman suspected of making purchases around the Belleville area with a credit card stolen from a township residence. More

Brother charged with murdering woman who was strangled, stabbed

Haron Rajeh Elmawri Dearborn Police Department

A 23-year-old Dearborn man accused of killing his sister in his home was arraigned today in the city's 19th District Court. More

Witnesses testify about McBride, neighborhood on night of porch shooting


The prosecution presented five witnesses today, which included a neighbor of Theodore Wafer, in its strategy to prove its case against the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights homeowner charged in the shooting death of 19-year-old Detroiter Renisha McBride. More

2013 financial report confirms Detroit's insolvency before bankruptcy filing

— The city's 2013 annual financial report confirms the city was financially insolvent a few weeks before it filed the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, city officials said Monday. More

Orr temporarily withdraws proposal to transfer property for new bridge

The city's emergency manager has temporarily withdrawn the proposed transfer of 301 city-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank for the New International Trade Crossing to allow further discussions. More

Tips sought in afternoon fatal shooting on Detroit's southwest side

Police are asking for help in locating the person responsible for a fatal shooting July 17 on the city's southwest side. More



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